Food Review: White Marble Restaurant At Orchard Rendezvous Hotel | Mediterranean Grill Dining By Chef Otto Weibel
The Place Located in Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, White Marble is a new Mediterranean grill restaurant created by Chef Otto Weibel with a sister restaurant Black Marble under his belt. The space of the 158-seater White Marble restaurant is mainly decked out in white, and is a pretty open concept space for a casual dining ambience along Orchard Road. While Black Marble focuses on grilled premium beef and meat, White Marble’s focus is on Mediterranean flavours with a focus on seafood and vegetables, taking inspiration from the region from countries like Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco, and the Middle East.
The Food The menu showcases dishes from the three Mediterranean regions – Middle East, Southern Europe and Northern Africa. My meal started with the Mezze Plate (S$34 for two), a signature dish at White Marble. The plate features a variety of Chef Otto’s favourites such as Falafel, Tabbouleh with quinoa, Fattouche, Eggplant Moutabbal, Hummus, Chicken Skewer and Pita. My favourite elements here are the more familiar ones to me like the flavourful chicken skewers, hummus seasoned with salt and paprika and the grilled pita.
A refreshing starter to have is the Fattouche (S$12), a classic Levantine crunchy salad, traditionally made from toasted or fried pieces of khubz (Arabic flat bread) combined with mixed greens and other vegetables such as radishes and tomatoes. It comes with lemon dressing, so there is that bit of zesty flavour.
One of my favourite appetisers here is the Roasted Butternut Squash (S$12) with chilli yoghurt and coriander salsa, along with chilli oil, sunflower seeds, and seasonal herbs. Strong flavour profile at play here, and especially from the chilli yoghurt prepared from sriracha and labneh (strained Greek yoghurt).
You also cannot go wrong with the Octopus (S$36) where the chargrilled marinated Spanish octopus is served with garlic cream, fried shredded potato, pistachio and chilli oil. The texture of the octopus is good, not too chewy and I especially enjoy the fried potato here. No guilt.
No mention of Mediterranean is complete without crossing to Italy, and the Prawn Bucatini Puttanesca (S$28) with tiger prawns, cherry tomatoes, capers, olives, garlic, and anchovies is the answer at White Marble. Puttanesca is a classic Italian recipe of cooking pasta with olive oil, mixed olives, tomatoes, capers, and anchovies, and the dish here spots an al dente texture. Overall, it is a good pasta dish though not a must order dish here.
Instead, my recommend must have dish here is the Chicken Leg Bone-in Tagine (S$60 for two), a classic Moroccan stew perfectly cooked in the traditional earthen pot known as the Tagine. The presentation is quite interesting as it is my first time seeing a cone-shaped lid, where the shape helps to deepen the flavour and maintain the moisture of the stew. Quite an ingenious notion!
The chicken meat is very tender and flavourful from the long hours of marination with shawarma spice, and the rich stew is best enjoyed with some Curry Leaf Pilaf Rice (S$8) where the Basmati rice is cooked with curry leaf, sliced lemon, salt, and butter.
Another highlight of the menu is the skewers section, a showcase of Middle Eastern Shish Kebabs. Flavours here include the likes of Seasonal Vegetables (S$20), Seafood (S$38), Chicken & Mushroom (S$34), Australian Lamb (S$48) and Black Angus Beef (S$68) and are served with lemon garlic cream, harissa aioli and salbitxada sauces.
The seafood skewer is a charcoal-grilled skewer of octopus, white fish, and prawn with assorted vegetables, good for two persons, and is probably my recommend pick of the lot. The meats like the lamb and beef skewers are unfortunately a tad too dry, and I would prefer that the seasoning is more heavy handed.
For desserts, I had the Crèma Catalana (S$16) which is a Spanish dessert originated from the region of Catalonia. The texture and taste is similar to creme brûlée, though the crèma catalana is thickened with milk and cornstarch while Crème brûlée uses cream.
Alternatively, there is the Fig & Almond (S$16) where the cold-pressed olive oil cake is baked with fresh figs and served with yoghurt ice cream.
Rants The predominantly white interior is a little bare at the moment and is relatively incongruous to the cuisine it serves. That said, there are plans to add in some paintings and greens to the space, which should make the dining ambience cosier.
Will I Return Again? The dishes at White Marble are an exotic mix as it is rare to have European, Northern Africa and Middle East flavours presented in a menu. If you have been curious and are open minded to trying Mediterranean flavours, this is one restaurant to consider.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
1 Tanglin Road
#01-09 Orchard Rendezvous Hotel
Tel: +65 9772 9434
Monday to Sunday: 11:30am to 10:30pm
Ranted by The Ranter
Loved the refreshing flavours at White Marble. The skewers are fantastic as is the mezze platter. Try the crumbed olives too which are amazing