Since the Singapore induction in 2009, I personally thought that Restaurant Week is slowly losing its charm. For one, there's an increasing number of (and too many) established restaurants that demand a premium over the usual $25++ lunch and $35++ dinner price tags which in my opinion, lose the meaning of top-notch dining at affordable prices. Secondly, some of the remaining restaurants seemed unproven and even slightly overpriced with their restaurant week menu.
After missing the last one in March (I think), the girlfriend asked if I was interested to give it another go and so after some late decisions and booking, we found ourselves at Our Korner for a weekend lunch.
Situated within Scarlet Hotel, I always thought the restaurant looked interesting from the outside after walking past countless times along Ann Siang Road. With the bar/lounge area and dining area separated, decor was modern and slightly mismatched, without the stiffness of fine dining and yet intimate enough for a dinner for two. Service was very pleasant with the manager making small chats around the tables and his staff refilling our glasses promptly.
Beef Ravioli Consomme, Tuna Tartare
With choices for starters (and main courses), my clear beef stock was distinct in taste, being excellent comfort food on the rainy day. The girlfriend's tartare was light and refreshing, as the cubes of tuna came with cucumber and dashes of lemon juice.
Bacon Wrapped Chicken Thigh with Mushroom Spaghetti, Stemeed Seabass Fillet
Although there was nothing exquisite about the ingredients, my pasta was pretty well done with al-dente spaghetti and juicy thigh stuffed with baby spinach ricotta, given an Asian twist when drizzled with hoisin sauce.
The girlfriend's choice, on the other hand, looked plain and tasted a tad bland on the fish and mashed potato beneath.
Tiramisu too was a little dry and lacking in alcohol. More like a Mascarpone Cheese cake really.
At $25++ per person, Our Korner's restaurant week attempt was decent but unfortunately, nothing impressive. Well, at least I have finally satisfied my curiosity about the place! Restaurant week in March 2013? Let me think about it.