After over a month’s hiatus, I’m back! Didn’t mean to disappear without a word, but school happened >< the past few weeks have been absolutely insane for me, especially the week before last. That's the last week of school in NUS, and also the week where Computing gets taken over by zombies, cause everybody is barely sleeping haha. Now that it’s the exam period, I’m done with all my projects and am so much free-er! But enough of that, here's a quick review of the second restaurant I visited this Restaurant Week.
I went to Oca Grassa on the Wednesday night during Restaurant Week with a few of my Computing friends. Even though their dinner menu was only 1 item different from their lunch menu (lamb instead of pasta), all of us had classes/meetings in the day ): Here’s the menu:
Oca Grassa menu.
– Goose –
Cured goose breast with compressed grape, fresh beans, olives, rucola and foie gras dressing
– Risotto –
Squid ink risotto with asparagus, sautéed seafood & fresh herbs
– Lamb –
Grilled lamb fiorentina with onion confit & potato, Barolo jus
– Pannacotta –
Panna cotta with mango, vanilla crumble
Upon reaching, we were told, rather briskly, to go upstairs when we said we had a Restaurant Week reservation. Not a very good first impression. Our booking was at 8.30pm, but one of my friends was going to be late. We wanted to wait for him to arrive before we ordered our food, but felt quite bad that we were taking up space in the restaurant, so decided to order their potato purée with truffle oil ($10). The potato was indeed a purée; it was super smooth and silky, almost like mashed potatoes but much better. The portion was incredibly small though –the spoon you see in the bowl is a normal sized spoon =x
Potato purée with truffle oil.
When our last friend finally arrived, it was almost 10pm and the kitchen was closing soon D: After we ordered our food, they served us bread with an olive oil and balsamic vinegar dip, which unfortunately I forgot to take a picture of ): this was free flow if I didn’t remember wrongly. Shortly after our appetiser came: cured goose breast with compressed grape, fresh beans, olives, rucola and foie gras dressing. The cured goose was on the chewier side, but it had a great flavour: salty and fatty and intense, with a hint of spice. The dressing was so-so, and I didn’t really like the fresh beans (i.e. raw french beans D: ) and compressed grapes. Overall, this dish was not too bad.
Cured goose breast with compressed grape, fresh beans, olives, rucola and foie gras dressing.
For the mains, I ordered the Grilled lamb fiorentina with onion confit & potato, Barolo jus. Surprisingly, the lamb taste wasn’t that strong, and I couldn’t taste the alcohol in the sauce at all. It was served on a bed of that awesome potato purée, though I felt the purée was nicer on its own rather than doused in the gravy. The lamb itself was juicy and really tasty, though again, the portion was on the smaller side. The meat was also kinda tough, much to the annoyance of my other friend who ordered it too. I’m not too fussy about it though (I’m the type who can eat steak well done LOL) and I actually quite liked this dish (:
Grilled lamb fiorentina with onion confit & potato, Barolo jus.
The other main was the squid ink risotto with asparagus, sautéed seafood & fresh herbs, which 2 of my friends ordered. I only tried a mouthful, but it seemed quite good! The risotto was rich and creamy, with a slightly briny tang. The portion was really small though ):
Squid ink risotto with asparagus, sautéed seafood & fresh herbs.
Dessert was panna cotta with mango, vanilla crumble. This was a disappointment. Aside from the fact that each glass jar was pathetically tiny, the panna cotta just didn’t taste like panna cotta. I know panna cotta is a type of pudding, but honestly, this tasted more like the mango pudding you get at Chinese restaurants than anything else. The vanilla crumble also felt more like normal biscuit crumbs ):
Panna cotta with mango, vanilla crumble.
Overall, the food here was just ok only. There was a consensus among us that even with the Restaurant Week discount, Oca Grassa isn’t really worth the money (we spent around $45 per person). The food was a hit-and-miss affair, and all their portions were so small that we were still hungry after we left =x The service and ambience is pretty nice, but I doubt I’ll ever return to that restaurant.
The second floor of Oca Grassa.
Photo credit: Oca Grassa
Oca Grassa is about 5-10min walk from Outram Park MRT, at the Bukit Pasoh area (near Duxton). The restaurant is at the end of the street nearer Neil Road, tucked in between many other eateries.
6 Bukit Pasoh Road
Lunch: Mon to Fri, 12pm-2.30pm
Dinner: Mon to Sat, 6pm-11pm
All photos in this post have been Auto Awesomed on G+ (: