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Our Korner

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The former Desire restaurant at Scarlet Hotel has been revamped into Our Korner, a contemporary and pulsating bistro and bar. Its menu offers an interesting mix of International classic fare and Modern Singaporean dishes, which includes burgers, chili crab linguine and laksa clam chowder.

Mon - Thu: 07:00 - 01:00

Fri - Sat: 07:00 - 02:00

Sun: 07:00 - 01:00

+65 65113323
$54 based on 10 submissions
Dinner (4 votes), Lunch (4 votes), Quiet (4 votes)
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A Cozy Corner

Located at the hidden corner of Erskine Road, this boutique hotel reaches out to business travellers and hence Our Korner provides a nice mix of traditional and fusion mix to fit the different palettes.

For the explorer, try the cream of laksa clam chowder, a thick soup with a laksa after taste.

Another fusion dish that popped up was the sliders with chili crab. Now one can have chili crab without having to dirty their fingers.

Looking for something more traditional, try the char kway teow if you are into something local, and their rib eye for something more western.

End the meal with something sweet, and a local dessert to try is the puloh hitam with cream - although be aware that it can be quite heavy and rich for one to indulge by himself. Not to worry though, if you have food coma like me, one advantage of dining at Our Korner is that you can just check into a room later to sleep it out.



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18 Jan 2013 • 1909 reviews • 258 followers

A Cozy Corner

Located at the hidden corner of Erskine Road, this boutique hotel reaches out to business travellers and hence Our Korner provides a nice mix of traditional and fusion mix to fit the different palettes.

For the explorer, try the cream of laksa clam chowder, a thick soup with a laksa after taste.

Another fusion dish that popped up was the sliders with chili crab. Now one can have chili crab without having to dirty their fingers.

Looking for something more traditional, try the char kway teow if you are into something local, and their rib eye for something more western.

End the meal with something sweet, and a local dessert to try is the puloh hitam with cream - although be aware that it can be quite heavy and rich for one to indulge by himself. Not to worry though, if you have food coma like me, one advantage of dining at Our Korner is that you can just check into a room later to sleep it out.



03 Sep 2012 • 27 reviews • 0 follower

Interesting fusion

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It really feels like a kosy korner here at Our Korner, especially when you're going there for a surprise birthday dinner. Take a nice walk from Tanjong Pagar MRT, where it's quiet and serene, pass by Maxwell Hawker Centre and up the hill to Scarlet Hotel! Feels like you've found a gem.

Back to the food, this place serves up fusion food - a mix of Singaporean/ Asian with other international cuisines. It's always interesting to have fusion because you try to figure out the influences on the dish, and the reasons behind the flavours in the dish. Here's some stuff that was found on the table that night!



Char Siu Salad ($14.90) (photo courtesy to my friend who has a knack for capturing some of the most candid moments). Barbequed chicken, poached egg, orange slices, croutons, lettuce, green apple slices, parmesan. Friend mentioned the char siu was tasty, almost like it was obtained from Maxwell, which is just next door haha.





A few Flaming Pizzas (7 inch at $14, 10 inch at $18) appeared on the table that night and the moment they did, everyone's attention immediately turned to it! Smoked duck with artichoke, sun-dried tomatoes, capsicum, mozzarella and Bacardi flambe thin crust. I felt like the cheese overwhelmed everything else, and I couldn't get enough of duck, and definitely not enough of artichokes. The flaming part is lots of fun though! Tiny hints of alcohol when you bite through the crust.



Seafood Spaghetti ($25) - garlic, prawns, squid, clams, mussels in tomato cream sauce. Looked like a hearty portion but I didn't try this!



This was my main! And I recommend it yum. It's Chili Crab Linguine ($25)!! Filled with chunks of crab meat and tossed in tomato sauce, topped with a poached egg and a tempura style soft shell crab. Mine was plated beautifully, but some of the other portions on our table didn't have crabs that stood so prim and proper atop the pasta aha.

While the pasta felt a little soggy for my liking, I did like breaking the egg over my pasta and eating it with my soft shell crab as well. The sauce was also very strongly crab flavoured! Very good and special. Try out the chili crab sliders as well! Heard pretty good reviews about it too.

Our Korner
14 Jun 2012 • 158 reviews • 110 followers

Modern Singaporean Cuisine

Our Korner, a new restaurant and bar perched on the apex of Ann Siang Hill and Erskine Road started last Semptember, is a casual comfort food establishment in Scarlet Boutique Hotel.

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The menu reigns a medley of seasonal local and international influences, marrying the cornerstone of Asian favourites such as Laksa Clam Chowder ($14) which was drizzled with truffle oil served in a focaccia bread bowl. We love the combination of bread and laksa, but the strong spices from the soup covered up the taste of truffle oil, which is a pity.

A delicious spicy prawn dish bursting with flavour, high in protein and packed with chilli. The Spicy Garlic Prawns ($16) was stir fried with roasted garlic and chilli and comes in three small cups, which make it convenient for small bites.

We enjoyed the Chilli Crab Sliders ($22) thoroughly. The patty was crab meat with diced water chestnut which wasn't too dry but you can taste the generous amount of crab meat in the patty.

The patty came with mini burger buns, accompanied by signature Singapore chilli crab sauce. The chilli crab sauce was more towards the spicy side, but it sure made us crave for more!

Putting a traditional Italian dish to a twist, the Chilli Crab Linguine ($25) was tossed with crab meat in spicy tomato sauce topped with poached egg and tempura-style soft shell crab.

The Chilli Crab Linguine was bursting with rich robust flavours and every mouthful, there was generous amount of crabmeat. The deep fried soft shell crabs complemented the dish, but I felt the poached egg didn't go quite well. When mixed, the linguine came too sticky and dry.

  Colour Me pretty ($12) which was horlicks ice cream topped with colourful frosted icing cookies. It reminded me of my childhood days when I had the frosted icing cookies. They got their ice cream from a ice cream shop and it was quite good.

Some hits and misses here but we appreciate the creativity of the chef to create modern Singaporean cuisines. I Particularly like the Chilli Crab Sliders, Spicy Garlic Prawns and Laksa Clam Chowder.

29 Apr 2012 • 28 reviews • 0 follower

disappointed with laksa clam chowder, but the crab dishes are gastrogasmic

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Our choices that day at OK weren't very strategic: we ordered the crab cakes with laksa mayonnaise, chilli crab sliders, and laksa clam chowder from the appetizers selection - crab and laksa is like repeated in all of them! The crab cakes was essentially a bigger version of the crab patty inside the slider, except that there was chilli crab sauce. Then, laksa mayo, and laksa chowder, somemore. Tsk tsk. But nevermind, besides the laksa clam chowder, everything was absolutely finger-licking. We also shared the minced pork pasta, and nasi goreng from the Asian Korner.

Laksa clam chowder with truffle oil in focaccia bowl - this was a disappointment. Perhaps my palate was tainted after the savoury crab cakes, but besides the fragrance of the truffle oil, there was no laksa flavour, nor clam flavour. There weren't chunky potatoes, nor fleshy clams. It was just a thin, orange soup with diced vegetables.

Crab cakes were luscious - the diced chestnuts provide a sweet crunchy bite to the shredded crabmeat beautifully seasoned, breaded and fried to perfection. The laksa mayonnaise, hm, not much laksa taste!

The chilli crab sliders are the same crab patty as above - The way to eat it is to spoon up oodles of the accompanying chilli crab sauce and add it to the little burger. Press the bun back, bite down, and swoon from deliciousness! The chilli crab sauce is very tangy and sour-spicy - it's definitely more refined than the crab specialty tze char stalls' versions, in a class of its own.

The minced pork spaghetti is perfectly executed; I enjoyed it greatly- chewy and fragrant with oil and garlic. Basil strips provide a little exotic kick, and the french beans and pine nuts add complexity to the textures. Very tasty indeed.

Nasi goreng - The fried rice came with onions aplenty, which I didn't like. The prawns were huge, crunchy and the shell easily fell off, indicating their freshness! The sambal was good too. The chicken was tender, juicy and the skin was fragrant with charred smoky goodness.

02 Apr 2012 • 375 reviews • 31 followers

Mod Sin Cuisine, finally!

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Mod Sin” or “modern Singaporean cuisine” should be more aptly named a fusion of Western food and Singaporean food. It is an up-and-coming cuisine that many, including Our Korner, have adopted and come up with their own recipes.

There are several directions you can take to Our Korner: You can enter at (1) Ann Siang Road. You see a bar first. (2) If you choose to enter from Erskine Road (beside Maxwell Market) through the opulent Scarlet Hotel, first luxury boutique hotel in Singapore and take the lift to 1A, you will come to the dining area.

The decor is a little gothic and a little like a Turkish palace with the bold use of rich colors, gold, shades of purple, and Egyptian blue. Eclectic mix of textures: bare wooden tables with plush velvety chairs, illuminated by smooth modern cylinder lamps of dark red shades. Altogether, the decor gives off a fun, almost eccentric vibe. It also makes a very good romantic date location.

Appetizers

The PR said almost every table orders Chili Crab Sliders ($22), a mini burger of crab meat with diced water chestnuts and a dollop of mayo, accompanied by Singapore chili crab sauce by the side. The best way to eat this is to remove the top bun, add lots of chili crab sauce on top, put back the top bun, and bite.

The flavors just burst in the mouth! So, so good! The crab meat is lightly breaded and fried so it gives a thin crispy layer but isn’t oily, providing that crunchy, tempura-like texture. The water chestnuts are so finely diced that they are imperceptible but it adds a fruity sweetness to the seafood-sweetness of the crab. The bun could be softer and less dry but what the heck, the mayo, the chili crab sauce and the crab meat are such a spectacular combination. This is a must order.

Marinated in 14 spices for 72 hours, the oriental wings ($16) are sensational! My friends and I always claim that Ikea chicken wings are #1 in Singapore. Sorry, Ikea, I love you but you’re now #2. Oriental wings are power-upped Ikea wings. Fried in such a way that the skin is crispy–not oily–and the meat is tender and juicy, the chicken wings taste almost Thai-ish, especially when dipped in the homemade special spicy sauce. The aroma of the wings is like–oh my god, I need to eat this now, I don’t want to take photographs anymore. This is definitely a must-order too.

Soups

When the laska clam chowder ($14) arrived at the table, the wonderful aroma of truffle oil was assaulting my senses out of my mind. How is fair when the wings and soup were served together? Two amazing aromas VS one pair of hands to take photographs. I had to chop chop curry pok finish the photo shoot of food!

The laska clam chowder is served in a focaccia bread bowl, and the lid is spread with garlic. Seriously, why am I still describing the food and blogging this entry when I should be flying to Scarlet Hotel now? The taste is out of the world. You can taste both the laska and the clam chowder; they complement and compliment each other so spectacularly. Amazing balance and mix of flavors. This dish must be one of the most successful Mod Sin food.

Also: the soup alone can be a light meal by its own. Super value for money.

This is a must-order.

Mains

Steamed cod fillet ($32) is wrapped in turmeric leaf and served with olive oil mashed potato and beurre monte sauce (melted butter sauce). After three unforgettable appetizers–and perhaps my expectations were raised because of their excellence–the fish is quite forgettable. Although it is expertly executed, the flavor is too light. Salt seemed missing in our sampling. The olive oil mashed potato is healthier than the butter one, but it is lumpy. As a consumer, I don’t think if I will spend $32 on a small piece of fish.

Braised beef short ribs ($38) is served with barossa shiraz red wine sauce, with mashed potato and sauteed vegetables. The beef is extraordinary. It slides off the bone at the merest touch. The sauce has permeated completely into the beef, giving it an exceptional sweetness and tenderizing the meat. And the thin layer of cartilage–if I choose to believe it’s cartilage, it’s cartilage and not fats–melts in the mouth. If you eat the cartilage and the meat together, the contrast in texture on the same piece of beef is striking and very, very awesome: one is gelatin-like and the other, shredded beef. The sides are good too but less admirable than the beef itself. While the beef came in a huge portion, about two times a grown man’s fist, and is very delicious, the dish can be cheaper by 10% or so.

#1 best-seller of Our Korner, the Nasi Goreng ($16) is super value-for-money. There are: garlic-and-sambal fried rice topped with a runny sunny side-up, a huge BBQ chicken, prawn crackers, achar, and three gigantic prawns topped with hae bee hiam (spicy dried shrimp sambal). While I can see the attraction of this dish–its huge portion as one major factor–I’d suggest some changes. The chicken is inconsistently grilled, dry on one side and succulent on the other. The chicken would be more savory if it is dipped entirely in the sauce, rather than glazing the sauce on chicken, but that would destroy the presentation. The huge prawns are tough although the wonderful not-very-spicy hae bee hiam goes very excellently on the prawns: shrimps on prawns, quite a humorous take. When the runny yolk broke and flowed slowly onto the rice like lava down a volcano, it was visually exciting. The achar is sourish, appetizing and refreshing. All in all, a decent dish that is value-for-money.

Desserts

A general comment of the dessert is that the presentations are similar: mango, raspberry and chocolate sauce on the plating; cakes topped with strawberries and crispy balls (what confectionaries in Singapore used in the 80s); and the same chocolate mousse is used. Granted the dark chocolate mousse is delicious and smooth, using it across the cakes means that the customer can only 1 of the cakes.

A compliment is that – look at the generous sizes of the cakes. Can be shared between two people.

Chocolate Royaltine ($14) is Melicacy’s favorite. It is a simple chocolate sponge cake with thick layers of dark chocolate mousse on a hazelnut base. While I couldn’t taste the hazelnut base, it is, in all other areas, satisfactorily accomplished. This is the lightest of the three chocolate cakes.

Triple chocolate cheesecake ($14) is my favorite because it is 3-in-1: a top layer of chocolate mousse, followed by cheese cake and with brownie (with nuts) as the base. My favorite because the flavors mix well together and the textures are interestingly different. But Melicacy brought up a valid reason: this is the heaviest of the three cakes and for desserts, people usually like something light. If you don’t mind a heavy dessert, this one scores.

The nutella chocolate tart ($14) consists three layers: dark chocolate cream, nutella, and an almond pastry. The flavors are nothing surprisingly but they work well together. The textures are good too: soft cream; a heavy slab of nutella, more like a slab of chocolate bar texture; and the crumbly crust, a balance of in-between crispy and doughy. Although I couldn’t taste the nutella, the aftertaste of almonds came on pleasantly, lingering pleasantly in the breath.

Ice Creams

You can order scoops of ice creams ($5 single scoop; $8 double scoop) or order the creations. We sampled the Color Me Pretty ($12), three scoops of horlicks ice cream with frosted icing cookies (so nostalgic!), a huge serving of whipped cream and crispy balls. In general, the ice creams have shard-of-ice texture within, which we didn’t like. The excessive whipped cream dilutes the favor of horlicks but if you get to the end of the dessert, as Melicacy did, you’d find that there is horlicks powder underneath, which is a thoughtful touch.

Can you tell Melicacy and I love ice cream? We ordered sandcastles ($12), chocolate, bailey’s and horlicks ice creams topped with chocolate fudge and almonds. We substituted the chocolate with peanut butter ice cream. Melicacy said she was glad she didn’t substitute the bailey’s, which she normally doesn’t like. The peanut butter ice cream tasted like peanut bits in mochi. The presentation of frosting all the ice creams to give a uniform look is thoughtful. Not something mindblowing, but not bad either.

Service: Very attentive and excellent. Our glasses were always filled when they reached the mid-mark.

While the desserts need improvement, the food, especially the appetizers, are exceptional. As I am writing this entry, I want to fly to Scarlet Hotel to eat more of the food. I have been craving for the food. Besides the confirm-must-order chili crab sliders, oriental wings, and laska clam chowder, I want to try the sumac beef tart ($14), chili crab tart ($16) chili crab linguine ($25) with poached egg and tempura-styled soft shell crab, and curry chicken pizza ($12 – 7inch, $18 – 10 inch). Except for the Meat Mains, the other mains–Asian, pastas, pizzas, pies–are quite value-for-money. Next time, I’ll bring my date there, it’s a romantic place with outstanding service. This is one of the few places that I foresee I’ll return again and again. A new hangout place!

Our Korner is the first restaurant to impress me with mod sin cuisine and wins the Best Mod Sin Cuisine. For other mod sin cuisine, see Wild Rocket and Wok & Barrel.