(Closed) Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ ARC

Category : Bistro

I have mixed feelings about Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC).

We were there for a farewell lunch and everyone ordered Onaka Restaurant’s S$28++ 3 course set lunch which includes 1 Starter, 1 Main & 1 Dessert with a choice of Coffee & Tea.

Choice of Starters

Watermelon Sashimi – Sous Vide Watermelon, Agar Wasabi “Tobiko”, Kombu, Daikon Tamari Dip

Tofu Avocado Salad – Soy Brined Tofu, Avocado, Mesclun, Walnuts, Sprouts, Hazelnut Tamari Dressing

Chilled Cream of Asparagus – Fresh Asparagus in Homemade Chicken Stock with Cream

Choice of Mains

Roasted Mushroom Soba – Roasted Mushroom Ragu, Organic Buckwheat Soba, Mushroom Dashi, Truffle Oil, Kizami Nori, Kombu

Pineapple Rice – Organic Brown Rice, Quinoa, Spices with marinated Tempeh

Stuffed Bell Peppers – White Rice, Onions, Parsley in Tomato Sauce served in Bell Pepper topped with Mozarella

Pumpkin Sea Bass – Pumpkin Seed Crusted Sea Bass, Pumpkin Mash, Haricot Vert Salad, Smoked Tomato Puree

Chicken Tikka Masala – Twice Marinated Chicken Tikka, Kasmiri Chilli Powder, Yogurt, Makhani Curry served with Homemade Naan

Chilli Crab Capellini – Capellini, House made Chilli Crab Sauce, Crab Claw, Sous Vide Egg

Choice of Desserts

Coconut Panna Cotta – Gelatin Free Coconut Custard, Tahitian Vanilla, Mango Paper, Berries served with Gula Melaka Caramel

Daily Specials – Pastries & Berries OR 100% Natural Gelato Ice Cream

Source: http://www.onakafoods.com.sg/index.php?option=com_k2&view=item&id=24:food-9&Itemid=196

Personally the choices didn’t appeal to me so I went with ordering from Onaka Restaurant’s A La Carte Menu instead. That’s how I ended up ordering Onaka’s Pear and Salmon Main.

When I said I have mixed feelings it’s because, I enjoyed the dish. But the portion is so small. We were all shocked when the dish was served. Flabbergasted more like it.

The strip of salmon is so tiny. If you compare it against the tomato, it’s almost the same height and width as the cherry tomato. I know salmon is not cheap but for S$26++ I would have expected a bigger portion.

Size aside, I really like Onaka Restaurant’s delivery of the Salmon. The outer layer is all crusty, the skin is crispy yet the inside of the Salmon is completely raw. Thumbs up.

The fries-look-alike are actually pear strips. Very creative & yummy. The egg with pumpkin seeds is nice but The Missing Pan 62 Degrees Eggs Benedict is the best! 🙂

So all in all I enjoyed Onaka Restaurant’s Pear and Salmon Main but the portion is too small for S$26++ (at least to me).

Here’re what other folks around me had & their feedbacks:

Starters

Watermelon Sashimi  – Interesting. The watermelon are really sliced and textured like sashimi. The Daikon Tamari Dip is a little weird.

Chilled Cream of Asparagus – Average and it’s really cold

Tofu Avocado Salad – Best amongst the Starters. Both in terms of taste and portion.

Mains

Chicken Tikka Masala – Nice but portion is small.

Roasted Mushroom Soba – Nice

Chilli Crab Capellini – Popular choice but none from my table ordered this so sorry no photos. But feedback is it’s good. Portion is good too. Best amongst these 3 Mains.

Desserts received average ratings. Here’s Onaka Restaurant’s Coconut Panna Cotta & Matcha Gelato.

Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ ARC (View in Google Maps)
460 Alexandra Road
#01-32 Alexandra Retail Centre
Singapore 119963
GPS: 1.2738904,103.8020426
Tel: +65 6270 2012
http://www.onakafoods.com.sg/

Mon – Fri: 11am – 10pm
Sat: 10:30am – 10pm

Closed on Sundays




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The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah

Category : Afternoon Tea, Bakery, Bistro, Breakfast

The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah serves the BEST Eggs Benedict! There, I’ve said it. And they’re seriously good. Best Eggs Benedict ever!

Though I guess I’ll have to try the Eggs Benedict at Skyve Wine Bistro @ Winstedt Rd & Wild Honey @ Scotts Square to know for sure…

Anyway, I got to know about The Missing Pan though a television programme which focuses on their 62 Degrees Eggs Benedict, saying that the owners went through many trial & errors before concluding that 62 degrees is the perfect temperature to make the perfect egg.

I couldn’t agree more!

So when a decision is made to have our team lunch at The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah, I’m overjoyed and ordered their 62 Degree Eggs Benedict With Smoked SalmonAvocado, seaweed crumbs on sourdough with in-house hollandaise without hesitation.

The Eggs Benedict texture is perfect. It’s soft and velvety yet not runny. I can mix/stir the egg yolk and egg white and it’ll still stay in its semi-liquid form. It doesn’t drip off my utensils.

I can enjoy the Eggs Benedict on its own or use it as a dip for the sourdough bread or combine it with the smoked salmon and they’re all good.

As you can see, the Eggs Benedict doesn’t collapse even after I split it open. And yes, the salmon is still raw on the inside, just the way I like it. What can I say? Delicious, 好吃, Sedap, 美味しい, 맛있어요!

My colleague had another version of The Missing Pan’s Eggs Benedict, 62 Degree Eggs Benedict With HamHoney grilled gammon ham, sauteed spinach and mushroom, buttered corn, in-house hollandaise. He wasn’t wowed by it, commenting that it’s okay.

I have to provide some background though, he doesn’t like corn. See all those corn under the hollandaise? And the honey grilled gammon ham was too little for him aka not enough meat. Plus he’s not a vegetables person. So he kind of regretted ordering this instead of a burger. But hey, he just wanted to try something different 😉

Next up, The Missing Pan’s French Toast SalpiconChicken, spinach and mushroom stuffed in French toast, banana nuggets, mixed berries, strawberry-smoked maple syrup. Doesn’t this look sweet? Nice presentation with fruits nicely arrange over a thick French Toast.

First impression, we all thought this was a dessert dish until she cut into the French Toast. Lo and behold, a secret stash of chicken and mushroom spilled out. She commented that the French Toast Salpicon is quite nice and very filling. By the way, the banana nuggets are goreng pisang (deep fried banana) 🙂

Our vegetarian colleague had the Reza YoghurtGreek yoghurt, cucumber, radish, granny smith, raisins, mint, homemade chewy granola stick. She commented that it was okay.

She wanted to order The Missing Pan’s Beetroot Quinoa Salad initially but we were informed that they ran out. The last I checked, Reza Yoghurt is no longer on The Missing Pan’s menu.

And lastly, we also ordered a set of The Missing Piece to share. Mostly out of curiosity as to what is it. These chocolate cookies-look-alike are pretty nice with an interesting texture. Like a honeycomb.

The Missing Pan @ Bt Timah (View in Google Maps)
619D Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 269724
GPS: 1.324528,103.809256
Tel: +65 6466 4377
http://www.themissingpan.com/

Tues – Sat: 9am – 5pm & 6pm – 10pm
Sun: 9am – 6pm

Closed on Mondays & Sundays Dinner




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