After my previous visit to Oriole Cafe & Bar at Somerset 313 Orchard, I went back on a few occasions for their food and coffee. I have mentioned before that Oriole cafe had lost the cool hidden-find vibe, and I know it sounded like this: “Singapore Food Blog ‘discovered’ Oriole Cafe while it was still relatively unknown. After raving about it to everyone, the food blogger subsequently declared that Oriole Cafe lost its unique characteristics due to the opening of 313 @ Somerset.”
So is that really the case? Is Oriole Cafe still worth going?
While I feel that Oriole Cafe isn’t cozy as before, we have to understand that a business strives on having more customers. Ultimately, the owner needs to pay the bills and wages of the staff. Having a good crowd is still the priority and if the cafe manages to maintain the consistency of the food — then it’s really not bad at all.
Despite saying all that, Oriole Cafe remains one of my favorite restaurants in Orchard, and it is still one of the first few places that I think of whenever someone ask me the popular question: where to eat in Orchard?
The beef cheek tagliatelle is still excellent, and not to forget that they have one of the better fish & chips in Singapore.
My partner ordered the affogato which changed my perspective of coffee & ice cream. How can a single shot of espresso makes the seemingly ordinary scoop of ice cream become so delicious? Oh wow, the amazing things in life.
Spaghetti prawns ($15) – Sauteed prawns, aglio olio, rocket, tomatoes
I was disappointed by Oriole Cafe’s Chocolate Fudge Cake ($6) on the previous visit, but I decided to give it a second chance. Everyone (thing) deserves a second chance, right? Unfortunately, the chocolate fudge cake just wasn’t good enough. The chocolate-y surface was great, but the inside of the cake was way too dry.
Coming back to the important question: Does Oriole Cafe has the best coffee in Singapore? I’m not qualified to answer that since I don’t drink coffee, but apparently most of my friends seem to think so. But here’s one thing I can tell you: Oriole cafe is probably one of the best Cafes in Singapore.
It’s funny how we always order the same few dishes. Speaking of which, I have yet to check out Oriole Cafe’s ‘new’ (okay maybe not so new anymore) brunch menu. Has anyone tried the food at Bedrock Bar & Grill?
Oriole Cafe & Bar
96 Somerset road
#01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites
(Opposite Brotzeit 313 @ Somerset)
Tel: +65 6238 8348