Oh Deli was another gem I found at the Takashimaya Food Fest. They’ve been around for a number of years, and their first store is located at a shophouse on East Coast Road opposite Magarita’s restaurant. Run by five siblings, the Ohs put the “Oh” in Oh Deli. Their family business sources gourmet foods from various parts of Australia to import to our sunny isle. Meat is 1 of their specialities, especially with 2 family members based in Australia to manage the purchasing. The deli was sparked by the family’s passion for fine foods, and their store items just grew and grew over the years. 2 of the sisters personally find boutique producers and brands – think along the lines of preserves, wines, breads etc.
What intrigued me was their extensive range of products at the food fest. Oh Deli had a larger booth compared to their immediate neighbours, and the siblings put their central location to good use. Their gourmet meats counter was adjacent to their bottled range of products as shown here. What you can’t tell from the pictures is how 1 sister tended to the meats, and another engaged in friendly conversation with customers on the other side. Annie Oh was the sister I spoke to on Thursday. She was attending to the deli’s liquer selection. I decided to stop and take a look when I spotted a boutique selection of wines and liquers I’ve not seen before.
Annie elaborated that they purchase a number of artisanal wines and liquers from Magaret River, Western Australia. The bottles you see here are sold exclusively by Oh Deli, lending them an edge over mass-market brands from the popular wine region sold by other distributors.
While talking to Annie, I had the chance to taste Oh Deli’s strawberry liquer, strawberry port, sparkling strawberry wine, chocolate liquer, and a very light chardonnay (as pictured). All of which was pretty impressive I must say. If you like ice wines, you’ll love their strawberry range. I liked the chardonnay and strawberry liquer in particular – the former had a light, fruity finish that lingered on the palate. The latter was a light liquer that contained about 18% alc. and tasted wonderful on its own. While the strawberry port was a first for me, I’ve always preferred my ports to be more full-bodied, and this one was a tad too light for my liking. But nevertheless you should check out their strawberry range to decide for yourselves. As for the chocolate liquer, it’ll make a sinful treat to add to cocktails (chocolate martinis), cakes, or simply had on its own. Some specific examples of other kinds of products they bring in would be fine teas from Henry Langdon (a fifth-generation business).
I’ll definitely be back to buy their wines as gifts for my family.
Taste – 8/10
Price – N.A.
Service – 8/10
Ambience – N. A.
Accessibility – 8/10
[$]-cheap like peanuts: ($10 & below/person)
[$$]-average Jane ($15-$25/person)
[$$$]-you might wanna tke tht card out..($30-$60/person)
[$$$$]-extremely exorbitant ($70 & above/person)
[* to *****] – rating(s) for individual dishes
Tel: +65 6440 4409
421 East Coast Road & soon-to-be Takashimaya Basement 2
Nearest MRT: Kembangan / Orchard