Monday, March 17, 2008

Olio Café

C says:

Part of the Olio and Dome family, this cafe is quite an underrated and pretty dependable casual dining option. We usually come to the Suntec City branch, but their latest outlet, and the one most recently in the press, is at Holland Village.

Their best dish, and also the one that they promote as their specialty, is the Capellini Miso Salmon Fillet. The miso cream sauce is just savoury enough without being overly salty, the pasta isn’t overcooked, and the salmon is done perfectly – just slightly rare in the centre. The generous heaping of flying fish roe also accentuates the flavour of the dish. Either A or I will inevitably order this dish whenever we come.

Since A had the salmon today, I settled for the Rendang Lasagna. In contrast, this was a very heavy and incredibly gelak dish, and tasted just like a curry puff. It was interesting, much like the way the BK rendang burger is interesting, but I wouldn’t order it again because it’s just too rich and heavy, and the flavour is too one-dimensional.

The good thing about coming here on a weekday (Sunday to Thursday) is that if you pay with a Citibank credit card, you get one-for-one main courses. I’m not sure how long the promotion will last, but it’s a pretty good deal. I don’t believe in wasting calories on sucky food just because there’s a promotion on, but I would voluntarily eat the food here anyway, so the deal is just a sweetener.

A says

C is just begging for a Citibank (or any other credit card rewards programme) endorsement.

Anyway, we pretty much decided to stick to the Salmon because everything else, while good, pales in comparison.

The iced coffee with ice cream is rocking too.

Olio Café Suntec Fountain
3 Temasek Boulevard
#B1-033 Fountain Terrace
Suntec City Mall
Tel: 6238-1109
11.30am to 9.30pm (Sun-Thurs)
11.30am to 10.30pm (Fri & Sat)

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