November 16, 2016
Oxwell & Co @ Ann Siang Hill, Chinatown ~ British Gastropub Offers Delightful Festive Dining Options
Last year's festive meal experience at Oxwell & Co stayed deliciously well in PinkyPiggu's memory and she was keen to relive it this coming Christmas season.
Read: Oxwell & Co @ Ann Siang Hill, Chinatown ~ Superb Food & Venue! Check Out What They're Offering This Festive Season!
So we made our way to the British-inpsired gastropub that is nestled within a heritage three-storey shophouse at Ann Siang Hill near Chinatown. The ground floor houses a casual bar, perfect for soaking up the drinking atmosphere with a couple of friends. For proper sit-down table arrangement, the elegant dining hall on level 2 will suit better.
We were given the chance to dine in the private Oxwell Study room on level 3. The room is decorated with quirky items including a scurry of rather costly UK-imported taxidermied squirrels. Found them nailed to the walls. Ouch!
Nevermind. Let's just get to the food and drinks.
Available from 14th November 2016 onwards, Oxwell & Co will be offering three festive dining options including the Christmas Set Menu ($85++) which features a 3-course meal with choices of starter, main and dessert.
For group of 4 or more, the Sharing Feast would be a good idea as we get to enjoy more entrées. Can share share. The more friends and food, the merrier.
Guests with dietary preference or concern can make their selection from the Vegetarian Menu ($65++).
Prices indicated below are for any additional ala-carte orders.
The group of us had quite a sumptuous feast starting with Smoked Salmon Gravlax ($20) topped with a medley of watercress and green herbs in a zesty vinaigrette dressing.
I particularly enjoyed the fresh watercress which gave this dish a peppery kick to complement the saltiness of the salmon.
Next up, Turkey & Pig's Cheek Terrine ($18) comprising of turkey and pork that are roughly chopped, compressed and chilled.
The terrine is very well-prepared with the right fat to lean meat ratio. Those bits of crunchy cartilage within provided a crunch that were especially agreeable.
Tiger Prawns, Smoked Bacon & Toast ($24), which is the star of this dish?
For most it could be the tiger prawns that are cooked in bacon fat, however for me it was those chunky "sio bak" style bacon pieces which were so delectably rendered with wonderfully caramelized exterior and succulent meat. The sourdough toast is a nice addition, giving a chewy texture to this dish and perfect for mopping up those juices.
Moving on to the mains, Pan Roast Grouper with Sauce Vierge & Surf Clams ($36).
One of our dining companions find the fish a tad fishy, but PinkyPiggu thought it was still okay overall with adequately crisped up skin and moist flesh. The soupy sauce containing coarsely chopped tomatoes, green herbs, olive oil, lemon juice and clam broth rounded up the fish dish with some refreshing flavors.
The Westholme Fillet of Beef with Buttered Leek, Hazelnuts & Roast Potatoes ($55) came highly recommended and the premium beef certainly did not disappoint.
Westhomle herd can be traced back to a Wagyu lineage in Japan. As the cattle are raised on native grasses and allowed to roam freely amongst the vast pastures of Australia, the result is a very minerally-rich flavored meat with a buttery soft texture.
What's a Christmas feast without turkey? Though I'm not a very big turkey fan due to its one-dimensional taste and chalky texture, I was pleasantly surprised by how well-executed the Roasted Organic Turkey with Chestnut Stuffing & Cranberry ($36) was.
We don't see a big bird here, but slices of meat which came mainly from the thigh and drumstick cut. This really made a difference in yielding that more tender bite.
All Christmas set offerings also come with sides including Roast Potatoes ($8/$12) and Roasted Brussels Sprouts with Smoked Bacon & Maple Butter ($12/$22).
Both sides were amazing!
The luscious aroma and texture of roasted potatoes with cloves of garlic was indescribable. Tossed in bacon fat and maple butter, the bowl of savory candies-like greens balanced with slight natural bitterness of well-caramelized Brussel sprouts was spot-on!
We also ordered a portion of Pigs In Blankets ($12/$16) because pork within pork sounds too irresistible lol! This sinfully decadent, calorie-bursting treat of minced pork wrapped and grilled with bacon was highly addictive.
Sticky date pudding has always been a favorite of mine, and Oxwell & Co's Sticky Toffee Pudding with Rum & Raisin Ice Cream ticked off all the requirements for a great one: Moist and gooey with natural sweetness from the dates, and a rich caramel sauce to accompany it. Two thumbs up!
PinkyPiggu prefers the Lemon Posset & Homemade Shortbread which is comparatively lighter but complemented very well with the heaviness of festive feasting. When we reminded her "it's all sugar" and she chose to ignore "warning", you know how winsome the dessert was.
With these desserts, dinner concluded on a satisfying note.
The cocktail menu is also given a seasonal touch with the introduction of limited edition drinks including the Spiced Almond Fizz, Mince Pie Negroni and Winter Cup ($19 each).
Oxwell & Co offers Christmas dining with a British twist, giving locals a chance to savor such delights while giving our overseas friends staying in Singapore something to reminisce about.
Most of the food tend to lean towards the heavier side and rested very "full-fillingly" on our tummies, but I guess this is what festive dining is all about. Eat heartily, drink abundantly, and be merry.
Oxwell & Co
Address: 5 Ann Siang Road, Chinatown, Singapore 069688
Contact: +65 6438 3984
Opening Hours: Mon 4pm-12am / Tue-Fri 12pm-12am / Sat 4pm-12am / 12pm-12am
Prices are (1) Stated in Singapore dollars (2) Subject to 10% service charge & 7% GST (3) Correct at point of published date.
* Written by BFF, a guy who is desperately trying to find a balance while lost in the world of sights, sound and taste.
* Edited with additional inputs by PinkyPiggu
* Photos by PinkyPiggu