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Invited Session: Oasis @ Grand Hyatt

22 March 2010

This is the very last invited session that you will be reading on this blog. Thereafter, this blog will no longer be taking any more food tasting invites, for reasons that would be explained in further detail very soon. Interestingly though, I'd never meant to go on a tasting session at Oasis. It actually began with an e-mail reservation for an ala carte dinner for two, but it turned out that the Hyatt staff got wind of me and Glenn's Hyatt series posts and we were subsequently invited for Oasis' weekend grill buffet.

Poolside dining here at Grand Hyatt Singapore's Oasis Restaurant, with all the peace and quiet that you can ever ask for. Watch as this place gently descend into the night amidst the backdrop of jazz music, the soft lapping of waves, and the clinking of wine glasses.

And if you're the sort who worries about the rain spoiling your meal, rest assured, there's shelter as well as indoor seating available. Overall, Oasis is another testament to Hyatt's unpretentious dining environment, with only good food and good service to be found here. You can say I was quite impressed already.

And so, ladies and gentlemen, let us begin with dinner :)

Complimentary Garlic Bread, Cold & Hot Appetisers and Sides

There's such a range of appetisers here that I have no idea where to begin. The Toasted Garlic Bread was really good - light, crisp and flavoured as I like it to be, and it went pretty well with the Grilled Skirt Steak with Beansprouts. Glenn particularly adored the Smoked Ocean Trout which was very fresh and delicious indeed, but I stuck to my simple but satisfying Baked Potato with Turkey Bacon Bits.

There's Vegetable Fried Rice and Fried Kway Teow here as well, but seriously, who would want to load up on the carbs when you got grilled seafood and meats in waiting? And yes, there's Fresh Greens too for those who like to pretend that they're on diet.

Grilled Seafood Platter

Oh my, this is like a platter from the heavens, just like the meat platter coming up next. I honestly wanted to pay for this meal because I just want to rave, rave, and rave about it, but to insist on the bill at the end might have seemed rude, especially when it was so nicely arranged by Ms Rina, the marketing manager for Grand Hyatt Singapore.

The Grilled Squids and Prawns were really large and juicy, but the highlight definitely has to be the amazing Grilled Salmon Skewer which was done to perfection - fresh, sweet and oh so tenderly moist. The Grilled Seabass was good stuff too, chunks of delicious white meat that you just want to have more and more.

Grilled Meat Platter

There were undeniably some hits and misses on the meat platter. The Grilled Steak and Grilled Chicken were quite ordinary and in fact were really quite dry on some parts. The Lamb Chops and Chicken Sausage were alright, but the real and main highlights really were the Beef Sausages and most especially the Marinated Beef Ribs. If I'm back here again for dinner, I would just eat the salmon skewers and beef ribs the whole night long I tell you.

The beef ribs were so tender that I constantly amused myself tearing at the meat with the slightest of touches with my fork, while the beef sausages had herbs in them that made each bite bursting with flavours. You can't really see the sausages in the pictures because they're hidden under the thick slabs of meat, but they're definitely worth that precious tummy space.


Speaking of tummy space, there's quite a fair bit of desserts on offer too. The Caramel Custard Pudding and Marble Chocolate Cake though were too simple and should not be allowed to take up even a millimetre of space in you. Try instead either the Blueberry Crumble Tart or the Baked Apple Tart, both of which fared way better on taste, texture and sweetness. Last but definitely not least, treat yourself to some Vanilla Bean Ice-Cream, or better still, my personal favourite Raspberry Sherbet that was so wonderfully light and refreshing.

I don't normally rave in such a manner for an invited tasting session, and you can imagine my dilemma when I was holding on to my wallet eager to take out my card to swipe for this well-deserved $80 meal ($68++). Nevertheless, it was a very satisfying meal indeed, so satisfying in fact that me and Glenn had trouble walking comfortably to Wheelock's Borders nearby because we were just so full. For this one and only exception, I'm going to add Oasis to the hall of fame in my precious A List.

Sincere thanks must definitely go to Ms Rina and Grand Hyatt Singapore once again for the generous invite to Oasis. I'm actually turning down the follow-up invite to Straits Kitchen (no offence Ms Rina!), and this is only because I would like to pay for my own meal as any respectable food blogger would. I know I will enjoy Straits Kitchen's buffet dinner for sure, so it makes it all the more necessary that I pick up the tab and present to you a fresh, non-invited post. If you are keen to know the reasons behind this new direction, stay tuned for that, it's coming up next :)

$68++ for the weekend dinner buffet, inclusive of beer, wines and margaritas.

Grand Hyatt Singapore, Level 5.

Pictures taken with the Canon EOS 500D.

8 Foodie Comments:

ice said...

Can't wait to read your next post.

Oh my just look at the beef ribs.

March 22, 2010 at 7:12 AM
Wen said...

Wow what a rave review! How can not add it in my to try list. lol!

March 22, 2010 at 9:24 AM
Angeline said...

I'll love to go to oasis someday! And it's always "someday". LOL

March 22, 2010 at 9:40 AM
*Harris said...

ice: the beef ribs were so so so good. and about the next post, who knows, i would probably be making a few enemies along the way haha.

wen and angeline: yes, do try, and especially since i've reviewed what is good and what isn't so much so. moreover, on crowded days you don't get platters served to you, instead you go to the bbq area and request for particular dishes.

you girls should try the dunearn too ;)

March 22, 2010 at 10:51 AM
annisa said...

wow :O the place looks really romantic. and nice review! ;) oh and btw, I'm currently searching for a good restaurant.. it's for my birthday, I'd love to gather all my friends to have a sweet dinner and chat :) would Oasis be a good place for that? or do you have any other recommendations? if you do I'd love to know, please :) It's my 19th birthday so, nothing too over the top. like Oasis, decent but still casual. and just to help you in recommending.. I love tranquil, romantic places ;)

June 28, 2010 at 3:03 AM
*Harris said...

Oasis is definitely a great place, it's very peaceful too so it's perfect for chats. Do note that it's only available during weekends, Fri included I think.

If you want something less pricey, there's Straits Kitchen at Hyatt as well, where it's buffet so you can sit and eat and chat all night long haha.

Are you looking for no pork no lard places, or anything will do? A cheaper alternative (and Halal) would be Sofra Turkish Restaurant at Shaw Tower. Nice place, food is reasonably priced, and it leaves you with much more money to venture elsewhere for desserts :)

June 28, 2010 at 10:04 PM
annisa said...

Hi, thanks for the reply :) hmm.. actually I haven't thought of budget yet lol. yes, straits kitchen would be nice too, but they serve 'local delicacies'. I'm afraid I want to experience something more 'classy' when eating at a hotel restaurant. I mean, I think it's worth to pay more for a european/western food, than for food you can easily grab at the perfect places you know very well in a much much cheaper price, right? :)

yes.. halal food is something that I'm seeking. but even though the place serves pork or alcohol, it's fine to me as long as I don't consume them (except for just a weeny bit of wine hehe. you can't refuse a good food can you?) anyways not all of my friends are muslims either, but just to play it safe :) oh and I read one of your blog which reviewed this restaurant called 'food for thought'. What will you say about that?

again, thank you very much for the help :)

June 29, 2010 at 3:00 AM
*Harris said...

Oh, we have identical diets then, on the no pork no lard thing haha!

FFT is more like a cafe, it's not the classy experience that you're seeking. If that's the case, you could try Hyatt's Mezzanine, PS Cafe at Orchard Palais, or The Dunearn at Bukit Timah Guild House. Three of my fav and not so pretentious places. Dunearn is about out of the way but it's peaceful and nice. I have two posts on it already if you're curious :)

June 29, 2010 at 9:56 AM

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