Sometimes, the best finds are the unplanned ones. En route to Hediard Cafe, the funky furnishings and brilliant colour scheme of Oomphatico’s caught our eyes and we halted to check out the place. Nice ambience? Check. Interesting menu? Check. Lovely decor? Check. And when we realised we were too late for breakfast at Hediard Cafe, Oomphatico’s it is then.
The dill cured gravlax (a Scandinavian dish of raw salmon) with caper berries ($16++) was fabulous. Creamy avocado (instead of the default dill crème fraîche) spread on slightly crisp multigrain toasts, topped with savoury coils of smoked salmon. Simple and so satisfying!
The best friend enjoyed her Farmers Club Sandwish ($16++) so much that she wants to replicate it at home (whether she’s successful reminds to be seen, haha). Thick chunks of Sakura chicken, crisp fatty bacon, cheddar, avocado, tomato and egg sandwiched between light rye bread on a skewer.
Another sandwich that won the friend’s approval was the grilled triple-decker turkey ham ($16++) with gruyere, tomato, Dijon mustard and baby spinach.
I love the contrast between the sweet dates and bitter espresso in the satiny-smooth espresso date creme brulee ($9++)! The chestnut ice cream doesn’t hit you over the head with the flavor of chestnuts, but mellow and creamy instead. Interesting pairing.
The tiramisu ($9++) has about 80% mascarpone cheese and 20% Savoiardi biscuits so you can imagine how creamy and rich this is. A more balanced proportion would be much appreciated, and it’s just weird to top it off with chocolate chips.
While the food made me happy, the service by one particular waitress was atrocious.
1. Within 10mins after we were seated, she asked us whether we are ready to order. When I said “nope, not yet”, she went “WHAT, not yet??” in a condescending tone. What’s with the rush? The bistro was only 40%-50% full at that time so it’s not like we were hogging the table unneccessarily. And can’t I take my time to study the extensive menu? It’s just plain rude.
2. When the friend happened to mention that I don’t like cheese, she said ”If you don’t like cheese, you SHOULDN’T go to an european restaurant.” Does that translate to “you shouldn’t even be here”? Does one need to like cheese to enjoy European food? That’s debatable. And who is she to tell me where I shouldn’t eat? Even my mom don’t presume to dictate where I should eat.
3. Because I don’t take meat except seafood, I asked whether the chef can change the chicken to smoked salmon for one of the sandwiches. She replied with a very flippant “we do not anyhow change the menu”. I totally understand and accept the bistro’s policy in not making any changes to the menu. What irks me is her tactless way of answering my question.
If I were alone and not with my friends, I would have walked out without any qualms. Well, luckily I didn’t or I would have missed the nice food here! The waitress can always be ignored, I suppose.
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