For the complete review with uploaded pictures and quoted prices, please view:http://www.thefoodnomads.com/2013/06/19/onaka-alexandra-retail-centre/
The team behind Onaka is a strong advocate to the concept of Conscious Cuisine and encourages their guests to become conscious of the food they consume- that is through being aware and taking pleasure in the flavours, texture and presentation of food while understanding the nutritional health benefits they provide. Using whole grains, unrefined organic sugar, unrefined brown sugar and palm sugar and minimising the use of extra- virgin oil, coconut- oil, butter and so on while adopting healthier cooking methods such as baking, steaming and sous- vide, Onaka provides an extensive range of organic vegetarian and non- vegetarian dishes for its customers.
Chock full of ingredients, the Nicoise Paper Roll comprised sliced raw tuna, cucumber, french beans, herbed egg salad, dehydrated olives and aioli. This did help much to whet our appetite, given that the main highlight of the dish- the raw tuna was smooth and fresh; what one would in turn expect in a Japanese eatery.
The Maritime Barley Risotto was one of my personal favourites from the selection we had. Bathed in a savoury gravy and rich with fresh prawns and mussels, the flavours from the delicacy lingered in the mouth for a while.
The Roasted Mushroom Soba was really memorable- a vegetarian number that really tugged on my heartstrings for there was a ‘home- cooked’ feel to it. The noodles had a nice bite to them and each strand was well- coated with flavour; the lightly aromatic perfume of mushrooms was very much apparent in the dish. I would certainly pay a return visit to Onaka for this one.
Our verdict then was that Onaka’s Miso Lamb would definitely deserve a permanent starring role in the menu. Cooked to tender perfection, the dish was lip- smackingly delicious. The Miso paste endows the meat with a hit of richness that made it much better taste- wise.
Very much a must- order in the restaurant, the Duck Pancake was so satisfying that we had to order another plate to share. Each bite off brought about an explosion of notably sweet flavours and gratifying differing textures, with each ingredient providing for a different note in the mouth, with none discordant.
Banana Pastillas; the better of the two desserts we were served, there was an intense banana taste that was very much fragrant while being slightly tempered by the accompanying citrus berries and hazelnut ice- cream if had all together. It did certainly do much to provide for a satisfying end to our dinner at Onaka.
For more dishes reviewed, please view the link above.