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Despite what the name suggests, Oenotheque by Wine Universe has not just wine, but very, very good food. ..... A shining example of this is the Salmon and Crab in Omelette Skin </strong>($22). Refreshing with a very good balance of flavours - saltiness from the caviar (exploding balls of taste), cream from the avocado and creme fraiche, and soft, fresh cold crab and mayonnaise in the middle. Very nice… And as we are at Wine Universe, pair it up with some Chardonnay. Also well worth ordering is the Maine Lobster Salad ($32) and the delicious <strong>Foie Gras Terrine ($24) served with brioche and some carpaccio sliced figs. Moving on to the mains, I have found the fish dishes to be pleasant but a little unexciting. Much more however can be said about the meat, particurarly the Veal Tenderloin ($45) and the Fondue sets ($32). My two favourites however were the... Beef tartar ($40)- Hand chopped beef with pickles, mustard, spring onion and some tabasco giving it a little kick then topped with a bit of truffle oil giving ......
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My girlfriend and I happen to chance upon Wine Universe yesterday as we were leaving Millenia Walk for Suntec. It sits at the corner facing Conrad hotel and was slightly hidden unless like us, you chance upon it.
We already had dinner so we decided to go for something light with our wines. We tried the sauteed prawns in pan. The prawns were juicy and served with garlic bread. I'm a huge fan of prawns so this dish really made my day.
I also had the German sausages which were cut nicely into bite sizes. I didn't really like the sauerkraut but the mash was really different from the ones you get from Western food places. The waiter told me it was made with milk which explains the creaminess.
The best part is the ambience. It wasn't noisy and they have cosy couches where you can just lay back and relax. The place isn't dark or too brightly-lit so it's comfortable for the eyes as well. It’s a nice place to go for chill out dates or just hang out with friends.
Hidden at the corner of Millenia Walk, it is quite easy to miss Oenotheque by the Wine Universe. The space had been fully made used and the idea of retail-cellar, restaurant and bar (3-in-1) was a contemporary concept. The restaurant featured Modern French Cuisine, helmed by Head Chef- Paul Longworth. If you wished to observe the chefs at work, request for the bar seats.
Set lunch menu
The restaurant offers a 2 or 3 course set lunch priced at $32++ and $38++ respectively ( some dishes might require additional supplement. It was a challenge to decide for the choice of starters as they all seemed to suit my personal preference.
Tiger prawn tartare, cucumber, quail egg and caviar
It was quite common to see Tuna tartare on the menu but Chef Longworth used Fresh tiger prawns instead and it proved to work very well. The tiger prawns were sweet and without any fishy smell or flavour. The thin-like thread used for garnishing was white radish which I thought was vermicelli!
Fillet of barramundi, salsify braised in red wine and coconut sauce
This dish looks like a piece of art .
The thick ‘‘egg-white” was actually coconut cream which I mistook it for egg white . The barramundi fish was lightly seared , served with thick coconut cream, purple salsify and top with asparagus spears.The barramundi fillet was simply and light-tasting but I thought there was too much coconut cream and tend to overpower the natural flavour of the fish ( coconut cream is thick and rich).
It was my first time trying purple salsify and I even mistook it for asparagus! The texture indeed reminds me of asparagus but salsify has an ”oyster’‘ flavour and hence it is also known as ‘‘oyster plant”
It was a little peculiar to serve roasted potatoes as a side dish ( as I did not place an order for that) but anyway, I enjoyed the roasted potatoes.
The skin was incredibly crispy and bursting with flavors in each bite. It was certainly addictive and even a person like me who dislikes starch made an attempt to finish all of them.
Verdict: Thumbs up for the food presentation, simple, light-tasting food.
Quail egg + caviar = Divine!
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A newcomer to the vibrant Restaurant Week scene, Oenotheque by Wine Universe awes with its stunning repertoire of dishes and impeccable wine pairings in its recent Media trail. Located on the ground floor of Millenia Walk, Oenotheque is a large restaurant, elegant and sleek in tones of black and white, with large floor-to-ceiling glass windows separating their indoor and alfresco tables. Despite being of Swiss origins, the restaurant serves up dishes Modern French cuisine, with Italian, and slight Asian influences.
The Twice-cooked Baby Octopus, Avocado, and Toasted Sesame Salad that followed bore very distinct Asian flavours, that I thought was a pleasant – albeit confusing – surprise. Marinated with what must surely be something of a mix of garlic, ginger, and perhaps soy sauce, the baby octopus was aromatic and delightfully chewy. The occasional chunks of avocado were, of course, very much welcome amidst crisp salad leaves and a little dab of sweet balsamic glaze on the side.
With recent rave of tapas and recent trip from europe, I decide to relive tapas in a "best tatler resturant 2012".
European waiter unable to advise what sort of farm cheese platter with response-" what's from kitchen". Served with 3 smallest and thinnest slice of brie, blue & orangey parmesan and few pieces of apricot worth $32.
Tiger (index size) prawn over-soaked in oil with flake of garlic and chili
Coldest rock hard bun and garlic toast that crumbled like biscuit with each bite.