Dinner @ OKB // CLOSED

March 9, 2013 in Asian, European by thywhaleliciousfay

I was randomly surfing the net, trying to find out what are the new places to check out when I chanced upon OKB. And the article grabbed my interest with their description of OKB being ‘quality food at affordable prices’. Thus, curious to check OKB out, I suggested it as the venue for my next meet up with my girlfriend. I did put into consideration that their menu is not extensive, thus a good place to check out in pair and not in a big group.

But it was not easy finding the place. I got slightly lost. Though my girlfriend found the place with ease. It really depends on which bus stop you get off from. Along the long stretch of shophouses, they are located directly in front of the traffic light, just round the bend.

We were seated at the first table, in front of the huge cupboard which shelves empty cups and bottles.

And from the menu, we ordered:-

1) Haloumi & tomatoes – golden haloumi, lime leaf marinated tomatoes, $9 with housepour wine pairing, $7 (above) – Haolumi is white cheese from Cyprus, traditionally made with sheep milk. It’s a first for us and my girlfriend totally enjoyed it.

2) Seared scallops – U.S. sea scallops, buak keluak oil, $10 with housepour wine pairing, $8 (above) – We were served two big perfectly cooked scallops which were sweet. But I felt the greens could do with a little more dressing.

3) Chicken – seared breast, laksa leaf beurre blanc, starfruit pickle, $14 with housepour wine pairing, $8 (above) – The chicken breast was surprisingly not dry but very juicy. And it was a very interesting combination of having the chicken with the starfruit pickle, which was surprisingly good together too.

4) Fish – turmeric & fill catfish, Vietnamese pesto, rice vermicelli, $14 (above) – The fish, which was served with a nicely browned exterior, was sweet and juicy. The portion of the rice vermicelli was pretty generous, so much so that the dish could pass off as a fish pasta rather than a fish main.

5) Pork – baby back ribs, mustard sauce, gingered mustard greens, $16 (above) – The pork ribs were slightly charred on the exterior. The gingered mustard greens gave the fork-tender meat a real zing. I attempted having the greens on its own, but I was too adventurous by taking a half-fork worth cause I had to down with lots of water thereafter. Ha.

6) Foccacia, $3 (above) – Oddly, this was served after our mains. It tasted as though the bread was toasted on the same grill after the pork. Thus, I did not particularly enjoy the charred smell on the bread.

7) Chicken liver pate, $4 (above) – We did not start on the chicken liver immediately, and five minutes after it was served, a thick layer of fats had hardened on the surface. The chicken liver pate was not as smooth as how we preferred it to be.

8) Chilli crab rillettes, $5 (above) – This was spicy! But it’s probably because I cant take food that’s too spicy. It’s an interesting flavour, but because it was too spicy for me, I could not taste the chilli crab flavour properly. Though I did see bits of crab meat inside.

9) Sticky date pudding, $7 (above) – They had run out of the desserts on the menu, and thus we went with the special. And this was the highlight for me! I was totally sold. It was so good! My friend, who did not like sticky date pudding, changed her mind after trying this. The pudding was sticky and moist. A must try!

10) Scone, Complimentary (above) – This came as a surprise after we paid the bill and were ready to leave. The scone with cranberry bits was so good! There’re those bad scones which leave an after taste of baking powder in our mouths or those which are dry. But this had none of those.

We had a enjoyable dining experience. The staff always had a smile on their faces and were helpful. The place was packed that night with many big groups. But when one group left, the staff immediately pulled an additional table over cause they knew we ordered a fair bit for our (one) small table. =) So while I will not recommend the wine pairing which was average, I am definitely looking forward to checking them out in the day when their bakery is open.

1 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore
6220 4711, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Fri : 11:30 – 15:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 5
Tues – Fri : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 6
Sat : 12:30 – 15:30 (Lunch)
Service: 6
Sat : 18:30 – 23:30 (Dinner)
* Closed on Sun