Oriole Cafe & Bar is one of my choices for a late-night dinner. The low-lights of the restaurant, softly tuned down-tempo music and groovy vibe invokes that sense of relaxation. It helps that the food's pretty alright too. And, with the current Amex 1-for-1 promotion, it makes even more sense to eat here.
The Bangers & Mash ($16) is one of the better ones I've tried. The grilled English pork sausages were moist and juicy, and I liked the chunky meaty texture. I appreciated that the mashed potatoes weren't the generic, instant types, and the onion gravy was rich and aromatic without being cloying.
The Fish & Chips ($17) were also well done. Snapper fillets were fresh and sweet, coated in a thin but flavoursome batter, and paired with thick hand cut chips, tartar sauce and malt vinegar.
Although I'm not usually a fan of panna cotta, the Vanilla & Pear ($7) was very pleasant, it was dense but wobbly, and sweet without being saccharine, pears were poached al dente in red wine, and topped off with crushed amaretti for a little edge.
Oriole Cafe & Bar
96 Somerset Road #01-01
Pan Pacific Serviced Suites
Tel: 6238 8348
Open Mondays to Saturdays from 11.30am to 11pm, and Sundays from 10.30am to 11pm