Oasis Taiwan Porridge Restaurant

A true-blue institution, this famous restaurant has lost none of its old magic since its move from the Kallang River (where it was floating) to Toa Payoh some time last year. This new location may be away from its scenic old neighborhood, but being in the heartlands has a charm of its own and it’s now bound to become a very popular place for supper. The décor is basic and without fuss, but we don’t really mind that as we’re here for the food and not masquerading as interior design know-it-alls and critics. The menu meanwhile is varied and there are a few gems choose from, like the cai poh omelet, which is always good to start with, ditto the tofu with pork floss. We were also recommended to try the braised pork and it was a flavorful and excellent choice; but please give the claypot chicken a miss, as it was utterly forgettable and a little overpriced considering its not-so-appetizing portion. But no worries, there is veritable a spread of mains to stab at, and we think after the claypot chicken episode we did well to choose exceptional pomfret with black bean sauce, which texture-wise, could not be faulted—it was succulent and fresh. We also did not forget that it is ultimately a porridge place and so we duly tried some. Having tasted it [the porridge is free-flow], we found it to be a wonderful complement to the dishes on offer and kept taking more. Although some of the dishes were a little on the salty side, this is a decent value-for-money dining option, which given its popularity and fame is going to be a hit in its new hood.