SINGAPORE RESTAURANT

Otto's Deli Fresh

Holland Village gets a deli-restaurant that serves up premium cold cuts, swiss cheeses, seafood, seasonal truffles and more.

Chef Otto Weibel, who was the director of kitchens at The Stamford and Fairmont in Singapore for 26 years, has finally launched a cozy noshery, Otto’s Deli Fresh, in the trendy Holland Village. This 46-seater establishment gives off a very homely feel with its monochrome earthy tones and has an abundance of sunlight that pours through the glass panels.

The homeliness of the space is extended to the menu but with a little upscale touch by Chef Otto, of course, so expect dishes such as the grilled octopus salad with green apples ($17), air dried beef ciabatta sandwich ($20); and if you’re really famished, devour their rib-eye steak ($32). Apart from their hot/ice chocolate which is made using Valrhona chocolates, a dash of sea salt and hazelnut foam, their drinks menu is pretty standard, with fresh juices, coffee, beers, wine and champagne in the mix. After dining in, you can also take away the fresh produce from their deli, which has been carefully curated by chef Otto, such as the Japanese Kobe beef, Hokkaido scallops, Swiss cheeses, elusive seasonal truffles and more.

The buzz: After 26 years as the director of kitchens at The Stamford and Fairmont, chef Otto Wiebel has opened his first ever restaurant in the idyllic Holland Village, offering comfort food made using his own recipes and a deli with fresh cuts of beef, Swiss cheese, mussels and seasonal truffles.

The vibe: This 46-seater establishment gives off a very homely feel with its monochrome earthy tones and has an abundance of sunlight that pours through the glass panels. Despite its rather chic and modern decor, it has a rather warm and welcoming vibe that will make you want to sit down with a glass of wine and a friend for hours.

The food: They serve up modern European cuisine, with quality over quantity in mind. We started off with the button mushroom soup ($8.50), and it was creamy without being too heavy. Their octopus salad ($17) is a perfect example of making something bland into something much more palatable. The octopus was tender and the zesty dressing (made from the octopus juice) really brought the dish together. The pulled pork burger ($19) is a juxtaposition of flavors: the sweetness from their house-made barbeque sauce and the tanginess from their yuzu cabbage slaw really complement each other. Take a bite into their beef steak ciabatta ($20) if you’re a fan of all-things briny. From the beef to the cheese, it was one salty dish (which some of us love). The main highlight has to be the wagyu beef rump ($32): served medium rare, it was juicy and tender. Their hand-cut fries had a good length to thickness ratio and they were served with ketchup, alongside mentaiko and salted egg yolk sauce which were kind of a miss.

The drinks: Their drinks menu is pretty standard, with fresh juices, coffee, beers, wine and champagne in the mix. But their lemonade ($9.50) and hot chocolate ($9.50) are definitely worth a mention. The former was very refreshing and the Manuka honey helped to even out the sourness from the yuzu whereas the latter was… let’s just say we're yearning for another cup.

Why you’ll be back: If you’re on the hunt for home-cooked food but too lazy to cook.

Venue Details
Address: Otto's Deli Fresh, #02-01 Raffles @ Holland Village, 118 Holland Ave., Singapore, 278990 Singapore
Phone: 6694-3291
Website: www.ottosdelifresh.com
Area: Holland Village and Dempsey
Cuisine: Cafe
Open since: October, 2016
Opening hours: daily 11am-10pm
Nearest trainHolland Village
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