Mon - Thu: 11:00 - 23:00
Fri: 11:00 - 00:00
Sat: 10:00 - 00:00
Sun: 10:00 - 23:00
At Oriole Coffee + Bar , diners can indulge in affordable comforting bistro fare, matched by an extensive bar menu of quality coffee beverages prepared by award-winning baristas.
Having a bit of free time to myself, I brought a bit of reading material and went down to Oriole Cafe to grab a snack and a cup of coffee.
The last time I was there, 313 hadn't been completed and all we could see from the cafe were aluminum boards. Now that the construction has ended, it's a decent place to watch people walk by between reading.
Oriole Cafe itself was warm and quiet. It was slightly dark but bright enough to read by. The chair was comfortable enough that I did not shift much for an hour and a half. There was ample table space for a coffee, dessert and a magazine.
Food & Beverage:
I started out with a double macchiato ($4.20), which is a double espresso with a bit of foam on top, to go with a grilled lemon cake ($8.50) which came with a sprinkling of pistachio nuts, ?clotted cream and glazed apricots.
Some time later, although I was already buzzing, I couldn't resist ordering another cappucino ($5.00) to drink as I was reading.
Starting out with appearances, it's always a good sign when the foam that comes on both the macchiato and cappucino were perfect. Delicate latte art and no real visible bubbles, unlike that cinnamon-powdered mess that chains like McCafe fob on us.
I believe that coffee blends in Singapore are suited more for going with milk. The macchiato was nice, quite fragrant, sufficiently bitter with some sourness. It was definitely a whole lot better than Prive Bakery (with their sour coffee without fragrance). The cappucino was excellent.
The grilled lemon cake was almost too sweet, had a good texture. The pistachio nuts enhanced the kou gan "mouth feel", adding crunch and preventing the whole thing from being gelat. The cream didn't add much. The apricots were delicious and melted in the mouth.
I thought the service was excellent. I stood outside, looking at the menu and a waitress came out and waited unobtrusively at the side. As compared to Food for Thought, where the pathetic excuse for wait staff see you standing at the door and blatantly ignore you.
The timings for giving the menu, taking orders and then changing the cutlery (since I was not taking any main courses) were appropriate. When I asked for a recommendation, the waitress was able to answer confidently without waffling. When delivering the drinks and dishes, they were careful and quiet. Halfway through my meal, the waitress came over to ask if I was enjoying the lemon cake (which she had recommended) When collecting the empty cups/plate, they asked politely for permission and removed them without interfering with my reading. Excellent service.
I would probably return again. My next plan is to try their Sunday brunch, available on Sundays and Public Holidays. A good cup of coffee always does wonders to start the day.
I was at Somerset one weekday evening with friends and needed a quick bite. We popped into this restaurant, as it wasn’t crowded.I shared with a friend: - Fish and Chips. Thick chunky pieces of fish in a breaded crust. Fries were done Cajun style. This particular dish is different from the traditional ones at most places.
- Chicken Tikka: Chicken pieces nicely marinated and grilled. Served with a yoghurt dip on the side. Tastes good, even though it's served in a western cafe.
They do have Happy Hour promotion, where some beers and wines are ‘1 for 1’.
My husband and I ordered a salad and 2 mains. with UOB 10% discount we paid $64. The food was yummy and had generous serving of fresh ingredients. (unlike PS Cafe Petit's overpriced cargo-laden food!). Our main were cheek pasta, seafood baked rice. I'll surely go back to try other dishes.