Read my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.wordpress.com/2013/04/19/nice-food-ambience-ochre-at-orchard-central-on-25feb2013/
a friend close to me now resident at Cupertino California with his family came calling and a few of us arranged to have a quiet 5pax dinner. I had an expiring 50% discount voucher from Kitchen Language which owns Ochre, Salta, Kumo etc so decided to do dinner at Ochre @ Orchard Central.
Ochre has a nice dining setting & ambience. It was one of the restaurants that had earlier offered palate discounts so I frequented it quite a few times then. The food was good for the price after palate discounts and as Ochre does not charge service, I used to provide the equivalent 10% in tip to the waiting staff.
For this evening, we had 7 dishes-
1. antipasti platter
2. beef carpaccio
4. meat-eater pizza
5. sous vide beef cheeks & kurobuta pork
6. osobucco on a bed of risotto
7. funghi risotto
using UOB Kitchen Language 50% discount voucher, we paid S$124nett for 7 dishes for 5pax, so its just S$25nett pax, truly great value for such food quality & ambience.
the anitpasti was good & substantial – with buffalo mozzarella, parma ham with rock melon, smoked salmon with caviar, artichoke. olives & cherry tomatoes with feta cheese.
the beef carpaccio with rockets & parmesan shavings was also good. the seafood linguine though was really average.
the meat-eater pizza was again very average (pizza not my thing but currently I like quatro fromage (4-cheese) pizza after trying a very good one some time back at Alfresco Gusto)- which is not saying so good for an Italian joint to have very average pizza & pasta..well, can’t have everything cheap & good I guess..
the duo sous vide beef cheek & kurobuta pork was quite ok, and actually my friends quite liked this savoury dish.
the osobucco was the usual good for osobucco in most italian joints, but the bed of risotto not good – not creamy & “pang” (fragrant”) as it should be. clearly they were not good at risotto as the next dish – a funghi risotto which like a vongole dish should define good risotto & pasta dishes – was mushy & not fragrant, again below par!
The restaurant was maybe 40% full on a Monday night & we had a good quiet table though likely not for the other diners as we were laughing quite a bit & quite noisy.
after dinner we moved to the lobby level and had a nice cuppa to continue our chat.