It wasn’t too long ago when the “national anthem” at 7pm rang daily to the OST of the Taiwanese soap drama series 《愛》 【我問天 by翁立友】. Slowly but surely, jargons on the street experiences mashup; OMG (oh my god) evolved to OMT (oh my 天)… somewhat a little more gusto in the expression.
Just above the Boon Keng MRT (NE 9), located at the foot of a HDB block in the midst of a pretty matured estate, sandwiched between the renowned Boon Tong Kee – Whampoa Branch (coincidentally, is 1 of my favorite, among all other BTK branches island-wide), and Lau Ah Tee Bak Kut Teh just few units down. Back against the bustling Bendemeer Food Centre, OMT offers a contrast to the traditional settings/ flavors of this precinct.
OMT was established in 2016 by the folks of Hatter Street Bakehouse & Café. As of January 2017, first time restaurateur Aloysius has taken the reigns, and OMT no longer has affiliations with Hatter Street.
The façade & ambience remains somewhat unchanged. Interior is screaming with a carnival theme in the corner, with influences of Alice in Wonderland type of feel, retro mosaic tiled floors, contrasting furnishing, and plenty of suspended lighting. And patrons get to immerse in a mixture of contemporary English & Mandarin music, aired inside & out.
OMT offers a list of fusion food on the menu, as well as some familiar ones, so to appeal to the neighborhood demographics. And since it’s sandwiched between 2 big boys offering local favorites, OMT would be the go-to-place for some alternatives, snacks, desserts & beer.
At this session, I had the privilege to share the table with fellow Blog-spotters, Word-pressers & Instagram-mers, comprising of folks from; The Arctic Star, Little Tiny Sun, Purple Taste, @msginginly, Chubby Botak Koala, and Ivan Teh-Runningman.
There was a long list of dishes served, but I will mention the following that I felt, set OMT apart.
Nacho Chips with Mayo-Cheese dip, I know is a nice snack for the young & young at heart. Mayo & Cheese… the dip always run out sooner than the chips, because everyone just loves generous coating of mayo-cheese.
Curly Fries & Onion Rings Combo, we’re no longer at the mercy of fast food chains, availing them only once or twice per annum. At OMT, they’re available all year round. The fries & onion rings are good on their own, so, there’s no real need for the dips. Besides, the “salted egg yolk” dip didn’t quite appeal to me.
Greeny Protein is a light meal that earned several thumbs up round the table. Charbroiled fillets of marinated chicken, on a bed of greens, accompanied with a hardboiled egg, drizzled with sesame seed dressing, sprinkled with roasted sesame seeds & thyme. I liked it. We liked it.
Don’t be mistaken! Oyakodon Thigh is not the teriyaki version. The charbroiled marinated chicken thigh is served on a layer of lettuce, with a mound of fragrant rice, accompanied with a disc of fried egg, and blanketed with Japanese curry. Expect this to be savory, a tad heavier tasting on the palates.
Chicken & Waffles Nachos is an organized mess, and requires acquired tastes. The waffle at the base is crispy sweet, there’s a blob of sour cream, cheese-mayo, chopped onions, popcorn chicken, hash brown and crispy bacon. It’s savory, but taste is all over the place. If you are adventurous enough, try!
The Waffle with 2 Scoops of Ice Cream is a good size for sharing. Chocolate flavored waffle served hot is somewhat soft, and nice texture to be eaten while hot. It grows stiff when cold, since they’re ice cream on top. Leave it a little longer to soak up the melted ice cream, and you have a third transition to the texture.
Hong Kong style OMT Dou Fu Fa is served hot & plain, silky smooth, accompanied with a cup of red sugar crystals on the side. Patrons can decide on the intensity of sweetness level. On the contrary, because it’s served plain, patrons who prefer it savory, can choose to use table salt too.
All in all, I didn’t find myself too impressed by what OMT has to offer. To be fair, the menu is designed to cater for a different demographic, a very minute segment of the neighborhood – teens.
It’s not anywhere near crowded like some fast food joints; it’s spacious enough, snack/ food prices are affordable enough; food portions are big enough, to justify their expenses- given their limited spending power (aka allowance/ pocket money).
Possibly a good spot for teenage hangout over curly fries (all year round) and some waffles & ice cream, as it’s the only waffles joint in the neighborhood.