Thu - Tue: 12:00 - 15:00
Thu - Tue: 18:00 - 22:30
Located in World Square at Resorts World Sentosa, OSIA serves contemporary cuisine with Australia flavours and Asia accents infused into the dishes. Their menu changes 4 times a year.
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Osia's modern Australian, seafood-centric menu was excellent. Fresh, clean flavours abound, and cooking styles were deliberately kept delicate. Perhaps it's the lack of a dining crowd during lunchtimes, but Osia's set lunch menu, at only $45 for a 3-course set ($35 for 2-courses), is probably one of the most value-for-money ever. A competitively priced set lunch in order to draw in the customers, I suppose
Service was excellent at Osia. I'd gotten terribly lost in the labryith of a carpark and was an angry mess by the time I arrived at the restaurant, but the waiter was so empathetic, so cheery, downright nice, that it wasn't long before I cooled down. And despite a couple of serious c***-ups (the restaurant's power tripped which caused the credit card facilities to fail, so after 20 minutes of trying to swipe our cards, we were then told that only cash was accepted, and there was this faint stench of the sewage that reeked through the restaurant towards the end of the lunch dining hour), service recovery was fantastic. Apologies were profuse and sincere, and reparation efforts were made to provide us a better dining experience by way of a discounted return visit.
1) Mixed Flatbread ($11), a chewy confection burnished half with Truffled Kalamata Olives and the other half with Macadamia Pesto.
2) A starting option on the set lunch menu, the Black Angus Beef Tenderloin Carpaccio, dusted with dukkah spice and topped with creamy egg mayonnaise: scrumptious.
3) Cardamom Citrus-Cured Yellowtail Amberjack: another starter, crisp and refreshing, complemented by the mild sweetness of fennel and the fruity bite of a thick orange-ginger foam.
4) Pan-Fried Foie Gras (supplement $12): a stellar mainstay in their rotating stable of appetizers. The melty richness of the liver was balanced with a whipped light-as-air banana mash, Jamaican rum and Madagascar vanilla.
5) Onto the mains, the Chicken Leg Confit: set atop a velvety garlic potato mash, slathered in a luscious red wine sauce, and contrasted with the subtle bitterness of charred radicchio.
6) Braised Compressed Oxtail: fork-tender, and laden with ratatouille and blanketed in a caramelized onion puree and robust red wine sauce.
7) For a lighter entree, the flaky Grilled Perch, stewed with boiled potato and fennel in a tomato fish broth, was flavourful and exquisite. This was served in an earthernware and then ladled onto a bowl for consumption.
8) For dessert, there was just the one option of a sublime Valrhona Hot Chocolate Soup with black pepper-spiked vanilla ice-cream and sesame crisp. Great textures and wonderfully balanced
My first visit to Osia recently was by an invite from a friend. I read up on the reviews and menus to get a feel of what to expect and was pretty impressed with what I saw. Unfortunately, they fell short of the expectations.
We were recommended the Macadamia Pesto and Truffled Kalamata Olive flatbread which we ordered. It came nicely presented with olive oil and butter and a tube of macadamia ricotta cream which I find interesting and complimented the bread well.
For mains, we were recommended the Chilean Sea Bass which is one of their iconic signatures, Grilled Barramundi Fillet and the Grainge Black Angus Beef New York Steak (30 days dry aged). We went with their recommendations and ordered the barramundi and the New York steak. The food came plated in the same simplistic manner...a tiny portion of veggie, the protein portion and a sauce of our choice served in a small Pyrex beaker. My friend enjoyed her fish which she had ordered on a previous visit. My steak was a disappointment. To begin with, I ordered medium rare and it came looking like a medium...l cut through the middle and it was pink throughout. Kudos to the service staff who was observant enough to come by the table to enquire about my steak. I gave my feedback and he promptly explained that this is probably the way the kitchen cook to a medium rare doneness. Erm! I have my doubts...both my friend and I agreed it was medium and by the way, shouldn't the standard and definition of the degree of doneness of a steak be a universally agreed upon and accepted one...anyway, we gave the restaurant the benefit of the doubt...they probably think they are qualified enough to establish their own in-house standards! The service staff removed the steak and informed me that they will cook the steak ONE more time And this time it will be cooked to the medium rare doneness of my liking. The wait didn't take long but I was to be disappointed a second time. I cut through the middle of the steak and found it to be rare...a thin band of brown on the outside and red, almost blue throughout! Such a huge contrast to the previous steak. Pretty shocking I must add, given this is a steakhouse! By the way, is the restaurant trying to prove a point to me? You want a medium RARE steak...you got one now! In spite of its doneness, the steak was dry and sinewy...totally not worth the $62 price tag! The service staff came to the table to ask about the steak, again I expressed my disappointment. They didn't ask if I want the steak to be cooked again and no apology was forthcoming. Least to say, I didn't finish the steak and that put a damper on the whole dining experience.
To end the night, we had the Hot Chocolate Soup with Black Pepper Ice Cream which fared better but it's nothing more than a dressed up chocolate self-saucing pudding.
Overall, not a very pleasant dining experience. I expected much more but they fail to deliver.
We had 2 course set lunch which comes with main course and dessert. we also had STONE HEARTH FLAT BREAD which has additional charges.
Bread is quite good. you can choose two flavors in one bread. and, it comes with butter, olive oil and sauce of the day. we did not like sauce that much, it was some eggplant sauce.
main course was good. portions were reasonable. and, thumbs up to dessert Hot Chocolate Soup with black pepper ice cream.
all in all, food is quite good. but, very small menu selection. average service.
Service staff were totally inattentive. Couldn't get their attention at all. We walked in the restaurant, seated down for at least 15 mins. No one attended to us. No menu, no drinks were served. I had to call out to one service staff n he plonked down 3 menus for 5 of us. After that, no one came to us again. I tried gesturing to service staff walking past to take our orders but it was tough to get their attention. After much gesturing and calling out, someone in suit I believe to be the manager saw me n merely nodded. Instead of coming to our table he signalled to one staff to take our orders. The food took a long while to come. The whole dining duration was 3 hours!! (That was after chasing them to serve the dessert). Then asking for the bill was another problem coz the service staff never seem to be attentive to the patrons. They are always going into the kitchen or looking elsewhere other than their customers. Getting their attention was really frustrating. I left feeling disgruntled that I had to pay almost $100 in service charge when I did not receive any form of good service from them. (You can imagine how much was the total bill). Though the food was ok, the dining experience was totally spoilt by the Poor service. The price tag which comes with it is def not worth the value. To think this is supposedly to be a fine dining restaurant. Din feel fine at all.