Chef Otto Weibel’s Otto Deli Fresh is now Black Marble, offering an updated range of contemporary Western grill favourites.
At the grand age of 73, Swiss-born Chef Otto Weibel is perhaps one of the most respected individuals in Singapore’s F&B industry. Aside from stints at various top hotels and restaurants in Singapore throughout his five decades of culinary experience, Chef Weibel has also been a food consultant, cooking competition judge, and a mentor to many generations of aspiring Singapore chefs.
He became an entrepreneur at the age of 70 when he opened up Otto’s Deli Fresh back in 2016 in the expatriate enclave of Holland Village, a concept that combined a bistro and a deli selling a variety of seasonal produce. Very recently Otto’s Deli Fresh revamped to Black Marble, eschewing the deli section to focus fully on the restaurant section.
The menu’s correspondingly updated too – today it serves up contemporary Western cuisine, focusing on grilled meats and seafood. It’s not the most modern of menus – in fact, Black Marble quite reminds us of the good steakhouses of old. Think of Fosters and the (now-defunct) Coachman Inn; Black Marble gives you that comfortable familiarity in your food.
But it’s not like Chef Weibel hasn’t caught up with the times – the setting’s perfectly modern and tasteful. He uses quality ingredients too; you’re looking at the likes of a 30 Days Dry-Aged T-Bone Steak ($33++) – which comes with roasted whole garlic and heirloom cherry tomatoes – or an A4 Japanese Kagoshima Wagyu Beef Sirloin ($78++) if you have cash to flash. For sharing there’s the 45 Days Dry-Aged Bone In Ribeye ($90++), perfectly seared on the outside and tender within. On the other hand, those who like their seafood can opt for Norwegian Salmon Trout ($30++), or New Zealand Sea Bream with Crispy Skin ($30++).
That old school feel carries through especially with its sharing platters. From The Land ($88++) is essentially an upscale version of a mixed grill meant for sharing, featuring a plank bursting at the seams with a wagyu striploin, beef skewer, lamb rack, sausage and a roast chicken. From The Sea ($88++) is the aquatic equivalent with a Boston lobster tail, mussels, prawns, octopus and salmon. Make sure you order the 24-Hour Brine Hand-Cut Fries ($8++), the thick, trice-cooked chips some of the best potato this side of town has to offer.
The wine list here borders on the small side but is carefully curated to go with the food and well priced. Our picks go to the Rhone gem that is Stephane Ogier Syrah d’Ogier ($65++ per bottle) which will work well with the grilled meat offerings, as well as the Greywacke Sauvignon Blanc ($78++) for fish or chicken.
Black Marble may not be the fancy kind of joint to bring a well-heeled date to, but it’s entirely family friendly. Plus the older generation who hanker after the taste of a previous decade are most likely to enjoy its throwback flavours.
Address 118 Holland Ave, #02-01 Raffles Holland V Mall, Singapore 278997 (Google Maps link)
Opening Hours 11am to 10pm daily
Tel (65) 9641 6913