Small setup, but with bit of outdoor seating, and it's really windy outside. The salted-caramel macaroons are the nicest.
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Following outlets at Joo Chiat and 112 Katong, a third one has recently been set up at Rochester Mall. To celebrate the opening, diners will enjoy 50% off for the purchase of a second pasta/pizza/sandwich/salad (T&C’s apply) from now till the end of March.
Obolo means “the cake” in Portuguese, and admittedly it’s the pastries that drew us into the cafe. The wide selection of cupcakes, muffins, cakes and macarons were just too irresistible. Not to mention the promotion was attractive too.
Being fans of green tea, we just had to order macha cappuccino ($6) and the drink was spot on. Intense flavor with a slight bitterness and not overboard on the sweetness.
Our sandwiches came fast enough. The panini bread was fresh and well toasted. Served with a side of potato crisps and mesclun salad, the portion was just nice for a light meal.
I ordered roast beef (roast beef, red peppers, caramelized onions, tomatoes, romaine lettuce, wasabi mayonnaise $9.90), which was tender and deeply flavored.
K’s smoked salmon (smoked salmon, avocado, cream cheese, cracked black pepper, dill, tomatoes, romaine lettuce $9.90 $4.95) wasn’t overly salty though we would’ve preferred more avocado in the filling.
We also shared a few desserts. The sea salt caramel cheesecake ($7.50) was delightfully creamy but the base was soggy. A more intense flavor would’ve blown us away though it wasn’t too bad.
The macha cupcake (green tea cupcake with green tea frosting $4.50) was a tad dry but the green tea flavor shone through nicely.
As for the macarons – salted caramel chocolate, champagne and pistache ($2.35 each), we liked the flavors, especially champagne, but the texture didn’t quite cut it, which was more chewy than crispy.
Service was laudable as staff took the time to introduce the promotion, menu and loyalty card. However, no one refilled our water.
See the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com
Like most of the other cafes and bistros circling the outer perimeter of Rochester Mall, Obolo has limited indoor air-conditioned seating and lots of alfresco tables. Surprisingly, alfresco kind of works here, because the 3-storey high atrium makes the open area so incredibly windy.
Obolo specializes in all things sweet. Or used to, at least. Although it primarily still serves desserts, it now has ventured into the savory and churns out a small selection of western-styled bistro fare as well.
1) Chocolate Truffle Mousse ($7.50): mouthwateringly divine. It had a crunchy bottom, with layers of airy mousse and soft sponge, great textures at play here and a rich, but not cloying, sweetness
2) Molleux Au Chocolat Maracaibo ($12): served with vanilla bean ice-cream and cocoa streusel was a lava cake enlivened with crunchy Oreo crumbles. Really decadent and catered to the chocolate lovers, I would have liked a little bitter elements to contrast with the sweetness of the rest of the chocolate
Must tries: Champagne macaron, lemon meringue tart
Rochester Mall in the One-North vicinity is the new F&B hotspot. Obolo, a local dessert start-up, has opened Obolo Galéria, its new bakery-café at the mall.
First established in 2004 by chef-owners and couple Mac Woo and June Lee as an online pâtisserie, Obolo has since gained a loyal following for its macarons ($2.35 each) – try the champagne marcaon with golden dust on top – smooth, light, not overly sweet and with a subtle touch of alcohol. In addition to Obolo’s signature cakes and pastries, Obolo Galéria serves up a breakfast and brunch menu, and other savouries such as fresh salads, sandwiches, pastas and pizzas, with varied success.
The rather ordinary cajun chicken sandwich ($7.50) is messy to eat and tastes much better warmer, while their Thai green curry and chicken pizza ($16.50) leaves a wanting impression – it could do better with a stronger curry flavour.
Try the cakes instead: The salted caramel cheesecake and beautifully purple Le Cassis are good starting points. The light and fluffy texture lemon meringue tart ($6.50) with the right touch of zest is one of our favourties.