Food Review: Otto’s Deli Fresh at Holland Village | Casual dining concept by the revered Chef Otto Weibel
The Place It has been awhile since we dropped by Holland Village, little to discover a new mall Raffles @ Holland Village right beside the MRT station where Otto’s Deli Fresh is located. Opened less than a month ago, the new deli and all-day restaurant is inspired by the career and vision of Chef Otto Weibel, one of the most respected veterans of Singapore F&B, who has won various awards through his culinary career and previous stints in esteemed five star hotels in Singapore.
The casual dining setting of Otto’s Deli Fresh is welcoming with a nice natural lighting and view of the quaint Holland Village estate if you happen to sit by the window. There is a small deli section at the entrance of the restaurant which showcases seasonal produce, drawing inspiration from Chef Otto’s vast experience and personal connections at good value.
The Food Otto’s Deli Fresh is all about providing quality food at great value. We would say that while the menu is nothing ourt of the ordinary, you can pretty much be guaranteed that you are not having your food prepared with subpar ingredients.
For a good start, the Hand Cut Fries (S$6) is not the usual fries you are expecting. The fries are double-fried to a slight crisp texture and served with three sauces – Salted egg yolk cream with curry leaves and lemongrass, Mentaiko Mayonnaise and housemade barbecue sauce. My favourite is the salted egg yolk sauce which has that unique curry element in it, which is surprisingly quite a nice blend.
The Burratina Roquette Salad (S$17) will appeal to those who like your fresh Italian salad. This version is tossed with a myriad of ingredients such as Baby arugula, Italian Burrata, Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Tomato Chutney and Balsamic Dressing.
The Pulled pork burger (S$19) is served with fries & condiments prepared with pork cheek sous vide for five hours. The shredded pork is tossed in housemade BBQ sauce, Yuzu cabbage salad tossed in mayo and yuzu juice, housemade pickled Japanese cucumber and rocket leaves.
The Press beef steak Ciabatta (S$20) is a crispy combination of Bresaola beef, housemade pickled Japanese cucumber, rocket leaves, gruyere cheese, caramelised onions and housemade BBQ sauce. Served with fries and condiments, I love the Ciabatta.
For a hearty pasta, go for the Beef Stroganoff Fettuccine (S$16) with button mushroom, sour cream, cornichon and parsley.
One of my favourite dishes here is the Heritage US Kurobuta pork rack 300g (S$39). It’s a huge portion good for sharing. The surprise element here is that this pork rack was very juicy and flavourful, given that it is only seasoned with salt and pepper, then grilled.
Similar to the pork rack, the Limestone ridge full blood wagyu beef rump MB4 – 150g (S$32) is grilled and seasoned in the same fashion. I wasn’t expecting much for rump steak as it is usually tougher and less flavourful as compared to other parts, but this version managed to break my preconception. You can choose to have the meat as it is, or dip it into the accompanying housemade barbecue sauce though I don’t think it will do justice to the already tasty steak.
For desserts, we tried the Burnt banana waffle (S$11.50) topped with peanut butter gelato and with freezed dried banana. The waffle has a very light, airy texture though I would prefer it to be denser and more buttery.
My recommended dessert instead is the Oreo Brownie (S$12.50) with vanilla gelato and mixed berries compote, where the brownie was not too sweet yet rich enough.
The Valrhona Hot Chocolate (S$9.50) is not for you if you like your hot chocolate simple. That said, this version comes with Sea Salt, Crunchy Pearls and Hazelnut Cream Espuma, which I feel is superfluous. Less is more works better for me to better appreciate the chocolate flavour.
Rants The prices are slightly high for a casual deli concept.
Will I Return Again? A good addition to the Holland Village vicinity. While I am less sure about the other mains, will definitely be keen to head back Otto’s Deli Fresh for its sandwiches and burgers, which are frankly to-die-for shioks.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Otto’s Deli Fresh
118 Holland Ave #02-01
Raffles @ Holland Village
Tel: +65 6694 3291
Monday to Sunday: 11am to 10pm
Ranted by The Ranter