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Otto's Deli Fresh, Upper Place, The Disgruntled Brasserie, Lucia Cakes and Kumoya

Limestone ridge full-blood wagyu beef rump PHOTO: DAPHOTOGRAPHER
Reconstructed laksa risotto PHOTO: UPPER PLACE
Angus tenderloin PHOTO: THE DISGRUNTLED BRASSERIE
Ombre berry cheesecake PHOTO: LUCIA CAKES
Petite eclairs PHOTO: KUMOYA

1 OTTO'S DELI FRESH

He is better known in the food and beverage scene as a veteran chef who has been working in hotels, and as a mentor to many chefs who join culinary competitions. Now, at age 70, Swiss-born chef Otto Weibel has finally opened his own restaurant at Holland Village.

The 46-seat casual eatery, which is five days old, features dishes such as grilled Fremantle octopus salad ($17); beef stroganoff fettuccine ($17); pressed beef steak ciabatta ($20); Limestone ridge full-blood wagyu beef rump ($32, 150g) with salad; and Norwegian salmon cappellini ($16) topped with mentaiko and nori.

For dessert, do not miss the burnt banana waffles ($11.50); creme brulee ($8.50) with pineapple rum compote; and Oreo brownie ($12.50) with mixed berries and vanilla gelato.

Juices, wine and signature drinks, such as a refreshing house-made lemonade ($9.50) with soda, yuzu, Manuka honey and applemint, are also available.

The deli section features a variety of meat and seafood, which can be cooked at the deli at a premium. Weibel will also bring in seasonal produce such as truffles, artichokes and asparagus.

Where: 02-01 Raffles @ Holland Village, 118 Holland Avenue

Open: 11am to 10pm daily

Info: Call 6694 -3291 or go to www.ottosdelifresh.com


2 UPPER PLACE

After European restaurant The Rabbit Stash moved out of Wangz Hotel in April, a new restaurant has set up shop on the hotel's rooftop.

The 76-seat Upper Place also features European cuisine, but with an Asian twist.

Highlights include the lobster kueh pie tee ($10); tuna tartare ($14) with onion truffle compote, avocado coulis and tobiko; Thai-inspired slow-cooked pork belly tacos ($10); short ribs congee with veal sweetbreads ($17); and reconstructed laksa risotto ($37) with scallop, lobster and shrimp.

Where: Wangz Hotel, Rooftop, 231 Outram Road

Open: 7 to 10.30am; noon to 3pm; 6 to 10.30pm daily

Info: Call 9643-4366 or go to www.facebook.com/upperplace.wangz


3 THE DISGRUNTLED BRASSERIE

It was formerly known as The Disgruntled Chef at The Club hotel on Ann Siang Road. Now, the 40-seat restaurant has re-launched as a more casual French eatery called The Disgruntled Brasserie. Its sister outlet at Dempsey is still called The Disgruntled Chef.

Menu items include small plates such as steak tartare ($18); baked king scallops ($18); and spicy prawn bisque ($14) with prawn tempura, poached egg and coconut foam.

Mains include curried blue mussels ($24); Angus tenderloin ($45, 200g); foie gras beef burger ($28); and lobster Thermidor ($56).

The prix fixe menu (11.30am to 2.30pm daily) costs $28++ (two-course) or $38++ (three-course). For the main course, pick either the pot-roasted chicken or seafood marinara pasta.

For high tea (3 to 5.30pm daily), go for the set ($18 for two), which includes deviled eggs, mini shepherd's pie and house-made scones.

The restaurant also offers breakfast (7 to 11.30am daily). The menu features a full English breakfast ($18) with a choice of eggs, grilled sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes; lobster omelette ($26); and roasted pumpkin salad ($14) with quinoa and shaved beets.

Where: The Club, 28 Ann Siang Road

Open: 7am to 10.30pm daily

Info: Call 6808-2184 or go to http://disgruntledchef.com/


4 LUCIA CAKES

Bored of the usual mass-manufactured cakes? Check out Lucia Cakes, which makes its cakes and brownies in-house.

The small menu features ombre berry cheesecake (from $45); avocado lime cheesecake (from $45); triple chocolate brownies ($35 for 8-inch cut into 25 pieces) with white chocolate chunks; chocolate fudge cake (from $45); and carrot cake (from $45) with vanilla cream cheese frosting.

Order the whole cakes online a day in advance before 6pm. Opt for delivery or pick up at the Club Street store. Delivery charge is $7 for orders below $50, $5 for orders below $120, and free delivery for orders of $120 and above.

For walk-in customers, a limited range of individual portions of cakes and brownies are available.

Where: 93A Club Street

Open: 10am to 7pm (Mondays to Saturdays); closed on Sundays

Info: www.luciacakes.com


5 KUMOYA

Japanese cafe Karafuru Desserts, which specialised in prettily plated sweet treats, closed in April due to manpower and management issues. Kumoya, with a new team and revamped menu, has taken over the space in Jalan Klapa and also serves Japanese-French inspired desserts.

The 30-seat cafe sells petite eclairs (from $3 a piece), with flavours such as yuzu, matcha, pistachio and hazelnut chocolate, as well as more elaborate desserts such as sakura yogurt parfait ($14.90) which has souffle cheesecake, vanilla pudding, cereal crunch, raspberries, strawberries, and sakura syrup.

Sweet pancake options include matcha ($14.90), pancakes with matcha financiers; and tiramisu ($15.90), which has tiramisu souffle cheesecake, chocolate sable crumble and a shot of cold espresso.

The menu also features savoury items such as tempura soft shell crab with pancakes ($17.90) and truffle fries ($11.90).

Kumoya is currently pending approval of its halal certification.

Where: 8 Jalan Klapa

Open: Noon to 10pm (Sundays, Tuesdays to Fridays); noon to 10.30pm (Saturdays); closed on Mondays

Info: Call 6297-3727 or go to www.facebook.com/kumoyasingapore

Eunice Quek

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on October 23, 2016, with the headline Otto's Deli Fresh, Upper Place, The Disgruntled Brasserie, Lucia Cakes and Kumoya. Subscribe