Dinner @ OChre // CLOSED

August 20, 2012 in Italian by thywhaleliciousfay

It will be my second time back to OChre. Not that they had impressed me on my first trip when they newly opened, but because we were in the area and I could not think of any other place. (^^lll) But I am glad we headed to OChre for dinner as OChre had improved. My second dining experience was not as bad as I last remembered.

The group of 7 (of us) arrived at 6.30pm without making any reservation. The staff seemed as though they wanted to throw the big group of us to the outdoors seats, but we were insistent that we wanted to be seated indoors. So the staff said they could arrange a round table for us, though they warned it may get a little cramp. But their worries were unfounded, as it turned out that the arrangement was perfect! With the round table, we were able to see one another better, as compared to being seated at a long, rectangular table.

And from the menu, my girlfriends and I ordered:-

1) Set dinner, $50 comprised of:-

(A) Angel Hair with Sea Urchin & Avruga Caviar (above) – The portion could pass off as a main course, but the angel hair pasta did not impress. The taste came across as a little flat. What a shame especially when expensive ingredients were used (caviar and sea urchin). And it’s a pity the sea urchin was not served fresh and raw, but overcooked.

(B) Fillet of Sea Bass with Mashed Potato & Baby Vegetable (above) – Dont be deceived by its look. I was not too impressed with the presentation, it being just a fillet put on top a pile of mashed potato. But the sea bass was fresh and juicy. Nice.

(C) Green Tea & Black Sesame Tiramisu with Azuki Compote & Sesame Tuile (above) – The fusion of Japanese and Italian gave the dessert an interestingly yummy twist. Nice!

2) Caesar, $20 (above) – Normal. We ordered this only because we wanted variety in our dishes since there were 7 of us. The waiter recommended this based on its portion for us to share too.

3) Antipasto OChre, $38 (above) – The presentation is almost like our Chinese’s cold platter. Will definitely recommend ordering this for big groups or for anyone who wants a bit of everything! I liked everything about this – Buffalo Mozzarella and Tomato, Parma Ham and Melon, Smoke Salmon and Caviar, Marinated Octopus, Artichoke and Porcini.

4) Sous Vide Baby Chicken “Al Mattone” with Baby Spinach & Mash Potato, $34 (above) – Nice. The skin was slightly crispy with the meat being tender. Do order this if you are looking at ordering a variety of dishes. I would not say order this if you are here to try signature dishes.

5) Ravioli with Sheep Ricotta, Baby Spinach & Truffle Sauce, $28 (above) – Sadly, this fell short of my expectation. We were served 2 gigantic ravioli with the inside being mainly baby spinach. Due to its size, the ravioli lacked the ‘burst in your mouth feeling’ when you bite into it, which is something I prefer my ravioli to be.

6) Prosciutto, $28 (above) – This is a pizza with parma ham, black olives, tomato, baby spinach salad and caprino cheese. I did not really fancy this. Somehow, the combination did not complement. And it’s to note that cured parma ham was used.

7) Calzone, $28 (above) – As described in the menu, it’s a pizza pocket filled with smoked cheese, tomato, ham, olive, wilted spinach and egg. I did not really enjoy this (I had better), especially the crust. It was a little burnt.

Overall, the dining experience was pleasant. We were not blown away by the food, but rather, it was the restaurant’s ‘a little high class yet a little laid back’ ambience that gave the right mood for us since we were there having a birthday dinner celebration. So yes, want to impress a date without going too harsh on the wallet? OChre is the place.

181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #11-03, Singapore
6634 0423, Website
Overall: 6.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Sun : 11:30 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sun : 18:30 – 22:30 (Dinner)
Value: 7
Service: 6 

Brunch @ Club Street Social

August 12, 2012 in European (cafe) by thywhaleliciousfay

Having learnt that Club Street Social serves breakfast whole day, my girlfriend and I made our way down at 4pm.

It could have been a blessing in disguise that we came at non-peak timing such that we managed to find a parking lot easily. I can imagine it will be a nightmare to find a lot during peak hours.

And from the not-very-extensive menu, my girlfriend and I ordered:-

1) Scrambled eggs, fontina, chives, $12 (+ $4, smokey bacon) (above) – The scrambled eggs which are on the wet side, is nice, though honestly, there’s nothing special to shout about this dish too. But I can imagine the dish to look pretty bare had we not ordered additional bacon.

2) Panini (pan-seared lobster, avocado, yuzu mayo), $28 (above) – We were at a loss when it came to choosing the ‘flavour’ of our sandwich, but we decided to go with the most expensive one (lobster). And interestingly, the 2 groups which came later and sat on our right and left ordered this too. The bread (panini) is toasted such that it’s very crispy. Can be a little messy for dates if you are using your fork and knife to cut the sandwich into smaller pieces. =p And while I cant say the serving of the lobster is generous, but for mouthful where there’s chunks of the fresh and juicy lobster meat, it’s yummy!

3) Nutella bread pudding, ice cream, $12 (above) – This was the highlight of our meal. I absolutely loved this. Instead of the classic vanilla bread pudding, chocolate and nuts are layered into the chocolate bread pudding. The bread pudding was nice, moist and absolutely yummy! A must try.

5 Gemmil Lane, Singapore
6225 5043, Website, Facebook
Overall: 6
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 6
Mon – Fri: 11:00 – 22:30
Ambience: 7
Sat : 09:00 – 22:30
Value: 6
Sun : 09:00 – 21:00
Service: 5

Dinner @ Le Bistrot du Sommelier

July 30, 2012 in French by thywhaleliciousfay

Sometimes, town is still the best place to meet because it’s central and hence more accessible if you are meeting up with friends who work at opposite corners in Singapore. Ha.

Although we made a reservation, there was no empty table for us at the ground level. We were brought to the 2nd storey (bar) where we decided to order appetizers, and of course a bottle of white wine. =p And it’s surprisingly cosy at the upper level.

And from the menu, my girlfriends and I ordered:-

1) Duck Rillette (above)

2) Ibenico Shoulder (above) – We were curious over the difference between the Ibenico Shoulder and Ibenico Ham, to which the waiter went “The Ibenico Shoulder has more omph”. And so we decided to go with it. Ha.

3) Chicken Liver Pate (above)

The duck rillette, ibenico shoulder and chicken liver pate were served together on a wooden tray, with a basket of bread and a small bowl of pickled cucumbers. And allow me to say, these were SO good. Try eating them alone or spread over the bread. The flavours were so rich, yet unique in taste when compared to one another. But if you really need me to choose, I will say the chicken liver pate and ibenico shoulder are must trys!

We spent almost a good one hour in the bar enjoying our appetizers and chatting away. When the waiter came back to take order for our mains, we decided to have our mains at the ground level.

And from the menu, I ordered:-

1) French duck leg confit (Cassoulet style) - I was being a little adventurous by opting for my duck leg confit to be baked in white beans stew. And frankly, I did not really like it though it’s to note that the duck meat was tender and came off easily from the bone.

If it was not because I had to rush off, I would have definitely stayed on to try their desserts. Not everyone may appreciate dining in a dimly lit place, but I thought the upper storey had a better ambience than the ground level which was brightly lit. Ha. I definitely recommend this place for a good catch up over finger food and wine. Second storey, of course. =)

53 Armenian Street, Singapore
6333 1982, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7.5
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Sat : 12:00 – 14:30 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sat : 18:00 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
* Closed on Sun
Service: 8