If you are anywhere near the coffee lover that I am, you will naturally fall in love with Oriole Cafe. The Piccolo Latte ($5.50++) that owner Keith Loh made. What differentiates the Oriole’s Piccolo latte from a Cafe Latte from the likes of Coffee Bean is that you get (1) Well roasted coffee beans (Bitter coffee is a good indication of over roasted beans) and (2) A good proportion of Espresso Coffee and Milk (None of that 1/3 Espresso, 2/3 Milk proportions here). Can I just add that the Latte Art that Oriole prides itself upon is just a joy to look at?
Located at the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, facing 313 Orchard, it is a fantastic location just to people-watch to see, and be seen. The interior decor’s simple yet elegant, perfect for catch ups with friends and perhaps the occasional pre-movie dinner dates.
If I were to sum up the food at Oriole, simple comfort food comes to mind, where good company takes precedence, rather than food per-se.
On a side note. I quite liked the food and coffee here, that I revisited Oriole the following week of this invited food tasting session and had one of their signatures, the braised beef check pasta. (Review coming soon)
Hand-cut thick fries & aioli ($8++)
Keith shared that the fries served here are not of the frozen variety and that the chefs at his cafe prepare the fries on a daily basis.
Spicy calamari with pickled chilli pepper ($13++)
I actually found this a little irresistible. Like the famous slogan, “Once you pop, you can’t stop”, I could not help myself pinching seconds. Admittedly, I was hungry that evening, so that could have played a part too.
Portobello mushroom salad ($12++)
Decent salad, and well tossed. I found that it was dressed in a tad too much olive oil though.
Salmon tagliatelle ($19++)
Fresh pan fried salmon, served on a bed of (slightly overcooked) pasta. Decently seasoned though.
Cod fish pie ($28++)
Kaelyn’s cod fish pie came served topped with fluffy puff creamy. Within it, contained a creamy mushroom ragout and cod fish. In your humble author’s opinion, this was the best dish of the evening.
Honey crumble affogato ($7.50++)
Personally, I found the combination of vanilla ice cream, espresso and honeycomb crunch too sweet for me. Kaelyn, on the other hand, seemed to adore it.
Thank you Carlyn for inviting us for this invited tasting session. Do read Kaelyn’s review here.
Oriole Cafe and Bar
96 Somerset Road
#01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites
Tel: +65 6238 8348