Otto’s Deli Fresh – Veteran Chef Opens Restaurant At Raffles Holland V, Comforting Food At Its Best
If you haven’t been to Holland Village in a while, do not be surprised to see the new Raffles @ Holland Village standing right opposite the MRT station exit.
The mall is owned by Raffles Medical Group, and houses milkshake café Patissez Singapore, Haakon Superfoods and Juice, Hoshino Coffee, Soup Restaurant and Otto’s Deli Fresh.
Otto’s Deli Fresh is still considered under the radar, but is one restaurant to look out for.
The man behind Otto’s Deli Fresh is Swiss-born Chef Otto Weibel, a veteran chef with more than 40 years of experience, including being Director of Kitchens at The Stamford & Fairmont in Singapore.
He has been mentor to several young talented chefs, and is said to have also poured his heart and soul into this 46-seater deli.
The deli section sells a curated selection of meats such as Japanese Kobe Beef, and Brenton Beef and Dorper Lamb from Australia; Irish Ostra Regal and NZ Kaipara oysters, and Hokkaido scallops; French and Swiss cheeses; olive oils from Greece and Portugal, amongst others.
The chef’s own personal favourites include Grilled Fremantle Octopus Salad ($17), Bircher Muesli ($6), Beef Stroganoff Fettuccine ($17), Pressed Beef Steak Ciabatta ($20), and Braised Beef Cheeks ($26).
Coincidentally enough, these were some of the items I picked out from the menu without prior knowledge.
The Grilled Fremantle Octopus Salad ($17) looked deceptively simple, brought to life with a combination of light tangy, zingy dressing and chewy-tender octopus slices – so good.
I thought there could be more slices of the green apple sticks though.
While I initially wanted to go easy on the Hand Cut Fries with Salted Egg Yolk Cream sauce ($6), they were irresistible.
Without exaggerating, these were probably the best fries I have eaten this entire year, perhaps even including last.
It has been a while since I last ate fries with that real potato taste (I know, sad), and these came soft and lightly salted, with house-made creamy salted egg sauce without that artificialness.
The brown butter sauce with sour cream enveloping the Beef Stroganoff Fettuccine ($17) made this another possible crowd-pleaser.
The beef was tender and moist. If the pasta was handmade, I would have been over-the-moon.
The only let-down was the Burnt Banana Waffle ($11.50).
Nevermind the not-so-slightly presentation with the bananas looking like they form the alphabets of L and J, the waffles were unfortunately one-dimensional and could do with more crisp on the outer, more fluffiness within.
I spotted the young and talented Chef de Cuisine Rick Chow, previously from Portico Prime (no wonder the drastic change in food there.)
While Otto’s Deli Fresh may lack of that ‘hipster’ element, it presents comforting food in a seemingly straightforward way, with quality produce and execution.
Otto’s Deli Fresh
Raffles @ Holland Village #02-01, 118 Holland Avenue Singapore 278990 (Holland Village MRT)
Tel +65 6694 3291
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
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