Monday 20 May 2013

[CLOSED] Onaka Restaurant : Putting the Yumminess in Healthty and Special Diet Food

Thanks to Onaka Restaurant Team and HungryGoWhere for hosting this food tasting event.

The restaurant’s speciality in Conscious Cuisine is a merging of Asian culinary cultures and traditions with modern Western influence, using only wholesome and selective organic ingredients. Onaka chef team is dedicated to using all-natural ingredients without artificial additives, chemicals, colourings, flavorings, MSG, preservatives and trans-fats. About 50% of the menu is vegetarian with special focus on Low Glycemic and Gluten-Free options.

This restaurant / bistro located in Alexandra Retail Centre (ARC). The décor is bright, modern with a combination of white colour and dark wood colour. You have a choice of seating at the bar or normal dining environments. So how's the food?

Dip Platers: Watermelon sashimi. Sous vide watermelon, agar wasabi “tobiko”, daikon and tamarind dressing. This starter shows a lot of creativity, flair and usage modern western cooking technique as the watermelon is sous vide to the point it look like “tuna”. At first bite, it tasted slightly weird, however when you dipped it with the tamarind dressing, it taste, texture and flavour just come together in this dish.

Watermelon sashimi

Salads: Tofu Avo and Nicoise Paper Roll. Tofu Avo is a great vegetarian salad with ingredients such as avocado, mesclun, walnut, sprouts, hazelnut, soy brined tofu and tamarind dressing. Light and healthy, and soy brined tofu tasted like feta cheese. The Nicoise Paper roll tasted light, fresh and refreshing. Special mention of this dish is the yummy soya made aioli instead of using eggs, which tasted like Japanese mayonnaise.

Tofu Avo

Nicoise Paper Roll

Noodle & grains: Pineapple Rice, Mushroom Soba, Chilli Crab Capelini and Maritime Barley Risotto.

Pineapple Rice

Roast Mushroom Soba
My favourite was Chilli Crab Capellini, served with crab cake, home made chilli carb sauce and perfectly poached egg. The pasta is al dente which absorbs the chilli crab sauce and nicely complemented by the crab cake.

Maritime Barley Risotto.

The second favourite is the maritime barley risotto. Yup, Barley risotto. This simple ingredients actually create a nice substitute for risotto, it is slightly chewy, not starchy and tasty, as it absorbs the crustacean stock broth quite well. The incorporation of foam in this dish to prevent it from making diner feel “Jelak” (overwhelmed).

Carnie: Duck Pancake, 48 HR Beef, Miso Lamb, and Modernist Chicken Curry v2.0. Duck Pancake is the highlight here. Five Spice Duck Confit wrapped in turmeric crepes served with orange caramel glazed. Onaka answer to Peking Duck, it is slightly crunchy, flavourful and slightly sweet, Yummyyy!!! A must try dish, we actually have an encore for this dish. :)

Duck Pancake

The 48HR Beef with red wine reduction and Miso Lamb use a modern slow cooking technique in low temperature, 48 hours for beef and 24 hours for the Lamb. The result is moist, succulent and tender meat.

48 HR Beef

Miso Lamb
The modern take of chicken curry does not suits my taste buds. I find the taste too sour and just simply like my chicken curry with some lemak taste.

Modernist Chicken Curry v2.0

Sweets: Banana Pastillas and Avo Choco Emoticons. Baked banana in phyllo pastry serve with cardamom ice cream and maple syrup. The banana pastillas has a nice combination of crispy, sweet, moist and complemented well with cardamom ice cream. The Avo Choco Emoticons is the Onaka answer for healthy moose. Combination of Avocado & chocolate “healthy” moose.

Banana Pastillas

Avo Choco Emoticons
Overall, Onaka serve a modern, healthy conscious type of dish, but not forgetting the taste as well. They are very creative and they price their food reasonably. I have to honestly say that without this invitation, I will probably never enter this restaurant. Thank you very much for giving me this opportunity to sample the healthy and Yummyyyy food here. Cheers!!!

Food & Drink: 8/10
Value: n/a
Service: 7.5/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10.

Onaka Restaurant & Wine Bar @ARC
460 Alexandra Road
#01-32. PSA Building
Singapore 119963

Tel: 6270 2012
Op Hours:
Mon – Fri: 11.30 – 22.30
Sat – Sun: 10.30 – 22.30

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