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18 Nov 2013

Oriole Cafe & Bar @ Somerset Road, Singapore

Singapore [新加坡] • NOVEMBER 2013
Located in the middle of Singapore's shopping district, Orchard Road, Oriole Cafe & Bar is in a great location for shopping and people watching. The restaurant has a very relaxed feel and the staff are pleasant and efficient.

Conscious coffee. Gratifying global comfort food. Delectable café dining by day, handcrafted cocktails by night - all set to a sublime soundtrack.Set within the Pan Pacific Serviced Suites, Oriole Café & Bar makes a great destination for all-day casual dining and drinks. Here, diners can indulge in affordable “global comfort food”, matched by an extensive bar menu of quality coffee beverages and cocktails.


Owner Keith Loh, opened Oriole because he is an avid coffee lover and saw an opportunity for an all-day café and bar – akin to those in Europe – which offers quality coffee beverages and cocktails.
Spurred on by his passion, Keith came in first this year at the Singapore National Barista Championships (SNBC) in February 2010 and was second place in 2008. John Ting (SNBC 1st ’09, ’08), is currently manager of coffee operations at Oriole Coffee Roasters. Together, they have created a thoughtful selection of quality coffee beverages, featuring a choice of Oriole’s espresso blend or seasonal single origins.


“I hope that by serving quality ‘honest’ coffee at our outlets by dedicated, professional and properly-trained baristas, we can fill this niche in the café market in Singapore,” says Keith. Apart from the regular espresso, macchiato and cappuccino, coffee lovers will be delighted with other Oriole specials - which are double ristretto servings of the Oriole espresso blend, as well as some of their winning coffee creations. The full bar menu also carries a variety of teas, milkshakes, sodas, juices, beers, wines and Oriole’s signature cocktails, so guests can pop in anytime during the day for a quick cuppa or tipple.


The Rum and Raisin Sticky Date Pudding is absolutely delicious.

Besides its substantial drinks list, the spacious dining café is the ideal place for breezy lunches, quick coffee breaks and relaxed dinners. Oriole has a warm and inviting ambience, featuring dazzling brass chandeliers, leather-upholstered booth seats, and a long marble-top bar counter. In the evening, Oriole morphs into a chic and lively watering hole that serves up specialty cocktails and an eclectic music selection.

Prices are average. Haven't try the food here but I'm pretty sure it's a good place to hang out for a chit chat and coffee drink.

We had the Piccolo Latte and Cafe Latte and thoroughly enjoyed our fix. It's not easy to find good coffee in Singapore despite the many coffee joints around. Now we know one in Orchard Road that serves great coffee.

                 
Coffee was great, not surpringly since the owner was Singapore's barista champion. I wold not have expected anything less and superb coffee.

Oriole is located just behind 313 Somerset, along a sheltered laneway. Even on a busy day, one can sit outdoors and enjoy a coffee without feeling crushed by human traffic. 
The staff seemed better trained than the average cafe staff in Singapore, and they were quick to be of service once we got their attention. There are several choices of corners where you can find privacy, so the cafe is good for a romantic meeting over coffee. The cafe offers a good combination of location, friendly service, very good coffee and outside seating for visitors to the Somerset area and the Somerset MRT station.



96 Somerset Road #01-01 Pan Pacific Serviced Suites S238163
Phone: 6238 8348 
Operating hours: 
Mon-Tue 11:00 am - 10:00 pm  Wed-Thu 11:00 am - 12:00 am 
Fri & Sat 11:00 am - 1:00 am Sun and PH 10:00 am - 10:00 pm 

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