If you’re ever in town looking for affordable and quality brunch plates, Oriole should be at the top of your list. Who says you can’t have the best of both worlds? Located at Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Oriole has an industrial décor, exuding a laid-back ambiance that feels very welcoming. On cooler days, it’s nice to sit at the alfresco area to watch the world go by.
Le Cordon Bleu certified and trained Head Chef Randy Torres, who is from Texas, has expanded the brunch menu with several tempting offerings. For the faithful old-timers, classic items such as the Hot Cakes with espresso mascarpone and Avocado Foccacia Toast with smoked tomatoes still remain.
Start your day right with Crab Cake Benedict ($22) where Maryland-style crab cakes crowned with poached egg, nest on toasted English muffins. A drizzle of lemon dill hollandaise adds a touch of tang and lightens up thedish. The crab cakes, featuring succulent crustacean flesh were lovely, however, the poached egg was not as flowy as I’d have liked.
The highlight of the tasting was the Grilled Truffle Cheese Sandwich ($14). It’s humble presentation did not evoke much of my interest at first, but upon biting into it, I was blown away! Grilled buttered brochie is stuffed with truffle cheese, emmental cheese and oak smoked cheddar. I love the alluring aroma of the earthy truffle notes, as well as the melted texture of the cheese. I recommended dipping the sandwich into the accompanying tomato cheddar soup before slurping up the rest. Awesome!
Another brunch plate that won my heart was the Smoked Salmon Rosti ($16). Served in a skillet, the crisps potato rosti is topped with smoked salmon, capers, crème fraiche and fresh spring onions
Go organic with Wild Berries Oatmeal ($10), where organic rolled oats are cooked with Oriole M.A.D milk (cold pressed milk made with macadamias, almonds and dates), brown sugar and goji berries. Fresh strawberries, raspberries, blueberries and gooseberries add burst of sweetness and help throw additional colours across the bowl. This is a healthy, yet yummy option, perfect for waist-watchers.
The Mango French Toast ($16) was commendable as well. Brochie egg battered toast is served with fresh mango slices, toasted almond slices, espresso mascarpone butter, maple syrup and mint mango coulis.
Folks who have always struggled to get up early can escape being denied bunch, as Oriole’s brunch is available from 10am till 5pm (weekends and public holidays at Somerset branch).
During the tasting, we also had the opportunity to sample some of Oriole’s desserts. My top pick will definitely be the Oriole Coffee Cake ($14), featuring a distinctive coffee-textured cake with an espresso crème anglaise core. The dessert comes with toppings such as chocolate jelly, chocolate crunch sprinkles and crushed meringue, which adds textural variation. This sweet ending is potent enough to engage coffee addicts, yet not too overwhelming, so as to not to drive away non-coffee lovers.
If you’re just after a quick bite, Oriole’s Grab and Go Counter offers fuss-free take-away breakfast sets at only $10. Choose from Smoked Salmon Caesar Sandwich, New Yolk BLT Bagel, Truffle Brioche Croque Madame or Vegetarian Mediterranean Wrap to enjoy along with a hot cup of coffee. Oriole’s Grab and Go Breakfast are available on weekdays (excluding public holidays) from 8am to 5pm.
Many thanks to Refinery Concepts and Oriole Coffee+Bar for the invite.