Oriole Cafe and Bar @ Pan Pacific Service Suites
I'll apologise for the lousy quality pictures simply because the flash overexposes the pictures and..somehow I didn't bring the digicam out. The best I took are of the surroundings more than the food. :(
Pan Pac Suites is right smack in the middle of Orchard and I once mistook it for another hotel, well turns out it's serviced apartments...very chi chi indeed. The papers have done their fair share of promoting this place, starting with the fish and chips which I've not tried yet and then the pub grub. Headed to Oriole for coffee one weekend. There are currently just two joints at Pan Pac Service Suites..Oriole and Bedrock. Bedrock's the more atas of the two, judging from the exterior.
Oriole's tucked at the end of the walkway, I adore the lights (dangling chandeliers)...the ceiling even! Looks paraquet-ed. With handwritten menus that change every week, you can imagine how often the waiters have to scrawl on the glass walls to write. Yes, inconsistency in handwriting kept us amused.
I was told by the company that when they first started out nearly 5 months ago, they changed their menu daily. Now, it's weekly...probably a hassle to change your menu or the item names so frequently!
This place rocks on ambience, warmly lit, cushy chairs...lovely.
The dessert menu is limited but we all found something to eat.
My choice of pear tart ($3.50), a warm flaky tart with pears, would've preferred if the pears were infused into the tart, the tart filling was more cake though, it got slightly pasty towards the end. Plus point, not too sweet.
Bread and butter pudding, another warm dessert that was well balanced in terms of sugar levels. Not too bad.
Brownie and Ice-cream ($5.50), the sweetest of the lot, the brownie's dense and very chocolatey indeed. It won't send you to heaven but a decent job done.
I stole a peek at the fish and chips..looks so good! As with the toast...
Service is friendly too! It's a hidden gem of Orchard. The desserts didn't wow totally but good enough for Orchard's standards. It was only after the visit to Oriole that I realised it's under the management of Whitebait and Kale, not sure if that adds to the rating of the place but I'm sold on Oriole. Seconds!
Oriole Cafe and Bar
#01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites