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Oso Ristorante

Having had a most sumptuous albeit sad lunch to bid my boss adieu 2 years ago at Oso Ristorante, I’ve always had a mind to return. Oso Ristorante is a cozy yet fine dining sort of restaurant housed on the 2nd storey of a row of shophouses along Bukit Pasoh. It has a woody theme, with windows to let in the light. The seating is not as cramped as 2 years ago.

The chance to dine here again presented itself when I snagged a table during Restaurant Week last month. Actually, I wanted to try more restaurants but I had to settle for only 2, given that Restaurant Week is but one week long! You can read about all my Restaurant Week feastings here.

Oso Ristorante was very generous for Restaurant Week. Most restaurants provide just 3 course meal, but Oso Ristorante up the ante with not only a starter, but a soup! That’s why, for Restaurant Week, it’s best you check out the menu to see if it’s to your liking, although some restaurants make the choice of keeping it secret and surprising you only on the day itself. Very tough for fussy eaters, but good if it means that the restaurant can select the freshest produce of the day to serve to customers.

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See, don’t you think it looks nice?

Oso Ristorante - 70% dark chocolate and almond timbale bonnet & Double cream flan panna cotta with caramelized black pepper sauce

70% dark chocolate and almond timbale bonnet & Double cream flan panna cotta with caramelized black pepper sauce

Decided to talk about the dessert first for a change. The white cubes were the panna cotta, delivered in a cube form as compared to the usual shot glass form or unmoulded onto a plate. It had an even creaminess, and actually not extremely creamy despite the double cream. The chocolate cubes had a half brownie half gelatine texture. True to the description, it was very chocolaty and had a slightly crisp top. Wish it were a little more sweet as it was meant to be a dessert.

Oso Ristorante - Warm cauliflower timbale with avruga herring caviar in dill dressing sauce

Warm cauliflower timbale with avruga herring caviar in dill dressing sauce

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Oso Ristorante

Went to Oso Ristorante today as a farewell lunch for my boss. It is a nice little place located in the corner shophouse along Bukit Pasoh Road. When we arrived, there was nobody downstairs so I thought we were the only ones. Turns out the 1st floor is the bar area and everyone else was upstairs. I heard that on weekends the bar is jammed packed with customers. Nowadays there are just so many Italian restaurants in Singapore, it’s almost hard to choose. Oso Restaurant is but one of them, but the unique thing about Oso Ristorante is that it is located in a quaint shophouse.

The place feels slightly cramped, perhaps due to the low ceiling, and I had to clamber past one chair in order to get to my own. However, the space didn’t bother me that much after we were seated, and the more positive amongst us would possibly consider it as simply a cosy restaurant. The decor was also pleasant and they had wooden planked floors. Be sure not to sit next to someone who rocks or shakes his leg or you might inadvertently get motion sick.

They had a lunch set menu for $32 where you choose a starter, mains and dessert from a choice of 3 per section. It was quite hard for me to make up my mind because none of the items particularly called out to me. Still I did finally manage to shortlist the required 3.  On the other hand, many of the a la carte dishes looked really interesting. In particular, I could just hear the Homemade Veal stuffed Ravioli with cheese fondue and mushroom sauce calling my name! And they are not too expensive either, at $23 for any pasta dish.

In the end, we found out that the chef was willing to do a special “tasting” menu just for us s o we went ahead with that instead of the normal set menu. This is what we had. Delicious!

Oso Ristorante Appetiser Sampling Plate

Appetizer tasting platter

Oso Ristorante Truffle Pasta

Main dish part 1 – Pasta with nutty truffle sauce! SO DELICIOUS!

Oso Ristorante Grilled Seabass with vine-ripened tomatoes

Main dish part 2 – Grilled seabass with vine ripened tomatoes

Oso Ristorante Dessert Sampling Platter

Dessert – Interestingly, the panna cotta (the white thing on the top left) had pepper bits on it. Wonder if it was a mistake, but it was a tasty mistake if any.

Conclusion, good enough to bring AA, and definitely will do so in the near future.

Address for Oso Ristorante

46 Bukit Pasoh Road
Singapore 089858

Tel: (65) 6327 8378

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