Tucked in the alleyway behind 313 somerset, Oriole Cafe is known to be bustling at night but not so much in the afternoons. That’s a pity, because they’ve got some decent mains for their set lunches on weekdays.
Oriole lunch menu: For weekday lunch hours, you can choose any mains under Oriole Classics for $19++, and complete your meal with salad and iced tea.
*The following dishes are all under Oriole Classics. Price stated is a la carte pricing during non-lunch hours.
Beef Cheek Tagliatelle – $22
G: The tagliatelle was cooked perfectly, but the beef cheek could be cooked longer for a more tender texture. The sauce was also a little too smoky and heavy with the shallot oil, which overshadowed the lilt of red wine and citrus from the braised beef cheek slices.
Capellini Crabmeat – $26G: Fresh chunky crabmeat with capellini and piquillo peppers, served aglio olio style. This was definitely worth the price. The spaghetti was al dente and the ingredients went well with one another.
St. Louis Pork Ribs – $26 G: While the sambal matah dip was nothing fancy, the Oriole-spiced fries was pretty good on its own. The slow-baked pork ribs was also well-seasoned, though a tad overcooked, resulting in chewier pork instead of tender ones.
Oriole revamped and reopened its doors just this year, and the outdoor dining area is a nice spot to people-watch and chill. If you don’t like the heat, there’s always the indoor air-con areas.
Oriole Coffee + Bar
96 Somerset Road
Pan Pacific Services Suites
Sunday to Thursday: 10am – 11pm
Friday to Saturday: 10am – 12am
Average cost per pax: $20-$35