I wrote about the availability of new U.S. Prime Grade Cuts from Greater Omaha at the Hilton Singapore's Opus Bar & Grill a couple of weeks ago and I recently invited down to the restaurant to check out the menu for myself when I was staying over at the Hilton Singapore last weekend. Remember you can easily get S$50 back in statement credit when you charge at least S$300 to an eligible American Express card.
I arrived at the Opus Bar & Grill (this is where Checkers Brasserie used to sit) pretty late in the evening after utilising my Hilton HHonors Diamond benefit in the Executive Lounge of the Hilton Singapore - in case you were wondering, I arrived there sober. The place is dark in the evening (and you would see it from the quality of my photographs) but it does make for quite a nice dining atmosphere.
Instead of serving you the regular bread basket, Opus Bar & Grill serves the signature warm onion bread here which is popular amongst the regulars. I did like the butter that they used but I wish it was salted instead - the onion bread itself does have a really satisfying crisp on the top though!
For my choice of starters, I opted for the Seared Foie Gras (S$23++) which is served with a kumquat compote, duck jus, caramelised baby carrots and a toasted brioche on the side. My tip to you? Pair the foie gras and the toasted brioche - finish the rest on its own later.
The winning dish for me that night had to be the Tartare of Bluefin Tuna (S$17++) served with fresh avocado, chives, trout roe and EVOO. This has also got to be one of the most value-for-money dishes here as you are really getting quite a lot for that price (considering it is a pretty fancy restaurant located in the Hilton Singapore which is in Orchard). The bluefin tuna itself was fresh and delicious but that avocado underneath it was just brimming with buttery texture and subtle flavours!
I was told that the King Prawn Skewers were one of the most popular starters here and it comes in two sizes - one skewer for S$20++ and two for S$30++. Obviously the latter option is the more value for money option but I honestly thought it was average at best - save your stomach and money for the amazing tuna tartare and foie gras instead!
As mentioned in my earlier article, diners can now select steaks from the U.S. Greater Omaha region - there are three main cuts here: Sirloin (S$68++), Tenderloin (S$78++) and the Rib-eye (S$88++). I personally opted for the fattiest cut, the U.S. Greater Omaha Rib-eye (S$88++) and I chose the classic Bearnaise sauce to go with it. Remember Opus Bar & Grill here at the Hilton Singapore runs a really attractive wine promotion where you can enjoy two hours worth of free-flowing red and white wines from Sundays to Thursdays and 50% off wine by the bottle on Fridays and Saturdays whenever you order any prime cut from the Opus Beef Selection.
The U.S. Greater Omaha Rib-eye (220g) is quite a decently size of steak and while the flavours are quite delicious, I would have preferred it if they served it in a medallion-size instead. The cut was slightly too thin for my liking but the asparagus that I ordered as a side was really good. If you intend to have a steak and free-flowing wine, S$68++ for a piece from the U.S. Greater Omaha region is really a price that is hard to beat!
This was an invited Media Tasting session, though all views expressed are my own.