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“Splendid Italian Restaurant”
Review of Oso Ristorante

Oso Ristorante
Ranked #121 of 10,933 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $36 - $120
Cuisines: Italian
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions, Business meetings, Bar scene, Large groups, Romantic
Dining options: Late Night, Dinner, Lunch, Reservations
Description: WELCOME TO OSO A Cultural And Gastronomical "Embassy" Of Italy OSO Ristorante by waiter/owner Stephane Colleoni and cook/owner Diego Chiarini . Located on the 27th floor, Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah Street, S079333
Singapore, Singapore
Level 6 Contributor
98 reviews
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“Splendid Italian Restaurant”
Reviewed February 16, 2013 via mobile

Had a business lunch for 4 pax. Reasonable 3 courses set lunch at Sin $39 each. Loved the homemade pasta and dessert. Quiet and fairly decent wine selection. Will definitely revisit.

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“Worst dining experience in past 10 years”
Reviewed February 15, 2013

A friend recommended this restuarant for our usual couple outing and after reading all the good reviews, I was also looking forward to the dinner. As the font on the menu was too small to read.. we decided to just go with the $98 to save us some efforts and time so as to enjoy our wine.

The menu has 5 courses, prawns with beetroot, funghi pasta with parmigiano cheese, seabass on bed of asparagus, wagyu beef tenderloinwith foe grais, dessert is some chilli chocolate pot with scoop of ice cream. Sounded great isn't it.... but that is as far as it goes.

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I think they have seriously gone overboard in the plating the dishes, trying to be very different and bold in a very low class manner, the tenderloin resembles some crime scene as seen with the cranberry sauce splatters over the mashed fig, which looks like a brain and all over the corpse... ie, the foe grais and the beef, the pathetic,and ice cream served in a cored huge tomato .... how nice can it get ? Pizza hut can do better.


Taste:
1) Prawns - tasteless pouched frozen shrimps with beet root, rose petal, caviar, .. this combination is rather " interesting" for the taste bud, as they do not complement, do not contrast each other at all...same comment from all 4 of us..."WEIRD ".

2) Tagliolini with funghi sauce - pasta is soggy. not even firm let alone al dente. - sauce so-so. nothing to shout about... just a cream sauce

3) Seabass on bed of asparagus - the pan fried fish is limp, weak and and tasted unfresh. maybe the fishmonger was not open during CNY. the asparagus, is a very chinese Tz char sauce, , clear sauce with some chopped herbs with msg and olive oil

4) Beef tenderloin with foe grais - this dish top it all, the beef is as though they have boiled it for soup, then tenderize with tons of acid and then pan fried. very mushy and tasteless.. The foe gras is dry and tough and tasteless.

5) the chilli chocolate pot with ice cream served in warm cut tomato is a joke - the chocolate pot is eye opener, never had i tried this kind of gluey chocolate paste, like some uncooked chocolate cake dough. The melting ice-cream in a warm tomato is just too much for us...
The chilli chocolate... is also a disaster.... instead of just adding a tint of spiceness... it has totally changed the taste of chocolate... into some strange taste... no taste of chocolate at all.... just weird taste again...made worse with the bad consistency of the chocolate. another failure in trying to experiment too many new ideas in one dish.

I was so inspired to write this review as it has been a very very long time that I had dinner with all 5 courses that taste like crap. It is not easy you know. Normally, they are just so-so or one of the dish will certainly be pleasing... but not tonight....

Not sure if they have some problem with costing on the menu as they try to impress with ingredients "called" caviar, foe gras, wagyu beef or perhaps they try too hard to impress their guest with their extra unnecessary efforts in the plating. To be honest, this meal is like some juvenile chef is experimenting with their first dishes and also using all the unfresh ingredients.

I would appreciate more if they offer a simple pasta al pomodoro done with heart, or spaghetii aglio olio served al dente, or simply a fresh piece of fish pouch in butter. And not spending time dressing up unfresh expensive ingredients and making it look 'glamourous and busy' and ignored the basics of making the food taste good.

My husband gave them the benefits of doubt that perhaps only the set dinner is lousy, and that the ala carte items might be good. But I told him that if any chef could allow those dishes to leave their kitchen, he can't be any good and would not be a chef with any passion. Perhaps the chef is on leave today.....

Anyhow, all 4 of us concurred that this has to be the lousiest meal in the past years and felt that the good wine we brought was terribly wasted, which would probably taste better with a $4 nasi briyani .

Nevertheless, this would remain as a very memorable meal for the rest of our lives as I think it is going to be very hard for any restaurant to beat their record of all 5 crap dishes being served in the same meal with not a single merit found. Oh, service is good though and San pellegrino is great ! BTW, Just a note of caution on all the good reviews you have read....

  • Visited February 2013
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Hong Kong, China
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“Great Italian food in Singapore”
Reviewed February 12, 2013

Been back to Singapore there for the Chinese New Year and suddenly I feel the need of some pasta ... hard life to be Italian , believe me ! So we went to this restaurant and was definitely a nice experience . Ambient is casual-chic and the restaurant was fully packed , a good sign normally . Service was "Italian style" with friendly and professional waiters and the new manager , truly Italian , just arrived from a previous restaurant in London . Food wise all was the way you expect to be : antipasto with the Burrata cheese was a tasty start , then the pasta "angel hair" with bottarga was a tasteful flashback to Sardinia for my GF . She also wanted to give a try to the fish as main course , I decided to listen to my DNA and went for an Ossobuco . Both the choices were nice . Then a shared dessert , espresso and a gently offered limoncello were the gran finale . If you want to eat Italian here in Singapore this OSO should be on your mobile phone .

  • Visited February 2013
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London, United Kingdom
Level 4 Contributor
24 reviews
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“Fab food and staff”
Reviewed February 4, 2013

I've been to Oso a few times now over the past year, and I am always impressed with the attention the staff give you. From the welcome at the door to the waiter at the table, their customer service is first class. I went with a group of last week to celebrate a birthday of a friend. We had the table In the wine cellar which was really novel. I had suggested and booked the restaurant, my friends never having been before, and all were very impressed with the menu selection. We had a great night and we will definitely be back.

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Thank Claire D
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Sentosa Island, Singapore
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“Love this place”
Reviewed February 2, 2013

I love OSO - this place is consistently good. Food is very nice, the service is among the best in Singapore, the wine list is great and the ambience is just fantastic. The place is excellent for both business and casual, including bringing your wife or a group of friends. Pricing is also very reasonable for what it is. Further, I like the fact that the place is not dead by 10pm as other restaurants in Singapore. Highly recommended (especially in the white truffle season!).

  • Visited January 2013
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