Sunday, May 26, 2013

Food Review: ONAKA Restaurant & Wine Bar at ARC

Thanks William for the invitation, I get to attend this Food Tasting Session at ONAKA Restaurant & Wine Bar @ ARC some time during earlier of the month.
Photo Credit: Hong Peng Yeo
Actually, prior to this food tasting I've been to Onaka during the private screening of Start-Up, I've tried a couple of the dishes and there are really nice....

When first came to this restaurant, I've thought that this must be a Japanese Restaurant; however, ONAKA is actually Optimum Nutrition And Kitchen Arts in short.  The restaurant's specialty is Conscious Cuisine, serving food using only wholesome and selective organic ingredients in their Asian culinary with a Western twist.  They set to promote health consciousness through "Eat Consciously; Live Mindfully"; in hope to inspire their customers to eating in balance and moderation, 

With ONAKA's dedication to use all-natural ingredients without artificial addictives, chemicals, colorings, flavorings , MSG and trans-fats and focus to serve food with Low Glycemic, Gluten Free and Vegan Options; we really need to worry less about what we are putting into our mouth.

About 50% of the menu is Vegetarian; no pork or lard is served at the restaurant.  This is a great news to all, as it's always so difficult to accommodate to each and everyone when all have different eating habits.  One no longer need to worry, if their friend is vegetarian or on strict diet.

Let me bring you through the Conscious Cuisine that Chef Jason Vito, and Chef Benson Tong had prepared for us!

Shooters and Dips

Asian Hummus - a blend of organic chickpeas, tahini, topped with chilli-marinated olives, served with Nacho Chips or Wholemeal Pita Crisps.

Omega Soy Smoothies - The smoothie contains Mango + Banana + Organic Vanilla Soy milk with cinnamon and chia seeds.  It's rich and thick, with a nice fragrance from the Mango and Banana.  This is probably a great alternative to replacement meal for the girl on diet.
Bread Basket  - Actually, the bread taste great to eat on itself, without any dips. Crispy on the outer and fluffy on the inner, dip it into the olive-oil mixed in balsamic vinegar, it gives you a totally different sensation.  The bread is so yummy that most of us ate at least 2 each.
Cold Appetizer
Water Melon Sashimi - This is really interesting, the last time I saw it during the "Start-Up" event, I dare not try it as, although the name seems to suggest it as water-melon, but the look of it looks indeed like raw fish.  Only then I came to realised that this is actually of compressed water melon and this is 100% vegetarian.  Dip into the sauce, you totally feel as if you are eating Sashimi while in actually fact, is 100% water-melon.

Tofu Avo - Indulge into this salad with the tasty Tofu and Avocado.  There are even bits of Walnut that adds on some crunchiness!  Perfect for the vegetarian and health conscious!  This ought to be one of my favourite!

Hot Appetizer
Mushroom Tea - This is something unique, I felt like I'm drinking mushroom soup, instead of mushroom tea.  The tea is very clear and gives off a nice aroma of fresh mushroom, love it to bits.  It is clearly a MUST TRY for mushroom lovers!

Noodles & Grains
Roasted Mushroom Soba - This is a twist from the usual cold Soba that we eat at Japanese restaurant.  Cooked with mushroom and topped with seafood, this is clearly another great dish for the vegetarian and mushroom lovers.
Hot and Sour Prawns Rice Noodles - I personally do not find this dish very spicy, it tasted very much like Assam Laksa. The rice noodles has a very QQ (springy) texture while the prawns taste awfully fresh and yummy, crispy at the side and yet not overcooked.
Organic Pineapple Fried Rice with Quinoa - Organic Brown Rice is used instead of white rice for this dish.  Personally not so much to my liking, as I will prefer it to be slightly more sour and topped up with some Pork Floss or rather, Chicken Floss, since ONAKA do not serve Pork or Lard. 
Meat and Seafood
Duck Confit Pancake - I have never eaten duck in such a manner before, it is simply interesting and the honey actually brings out the sweetness of the duck meet. This is another TOP Favourite among all.
Pumpkin Seabass - The roasted pumpkin seeds layered on top of the seabass' skin adds on crunchiness. Tasted a bit blend on itself, but it certainly goes well with the tomato puree.
48hrs Beef - The beef is cooked over 48hrs with red wine reduction which explains why it taste so tender and juicy.  Even for a non beef lover like me, it taste pretty good.
Pear and Salmon - The pear goes really well with the Salmon and it has a refreshing taste, totally in love with it! 


Avo Choco Emotion with Cocao 7 Chocolate -  Ain't the dessert look cute???  This is pretty much like an Avocado and Chocolate combination mousse.  Great for those who love dessert but have low thrashold for sugar.

The pricing at ONAKA seems to be of medium-high range, however, if compared to most organic restaurants, ONAKA's price range is actually considered reasonably priced and affordable.

Last but not least, check out the current promotion at ONAKA:

Getting to ONAKA @ ARC
Address: 460 Alexandra Road #01-32 PSA Building Singapore 119963
Nearest MRT Station: Labrador Park ( Circle Line)
Contact No.: +65-62702012

Opening hours:
Mon- Fri - 11.30am to 10pm
Sat & Sun Brunch - 10am to 5pm
Sat & Sun Dinner - 6pm to 9.30pm

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