A Soft Spot for Italian

A Soft Spot for Italian

Featuring fȳr (Boon Tat), La Nonna (Holland Village), Pasta Brava (Craig Road), Aura, Amò, Riviera Forlino (One Fullerton), Bar Cicheti, Publico Ristorante, District 10 Bar & Restaurant (UE Square), Burlamacco Ristorante (Stanley Street)
Miss Merlot
Miss Merlot

Some complimentary bread never hurt, especially if served warm and crusty and this delicious. The drinks are priced reasonably too with wines starting from $12 per glass and $48 per bottle (ps there’s free bubbly for ladies on Wednesdays too).

I enjoyed this seafood stew that came with two huge prawns. The stew itself had a rustic coarseness but was flavourful nonetheless. A starter worth ordering.

Went for this because of the squid ink dough. Squid ink was subdued and couldn’t detect flavours of ink, but hey, our eyes eat too don’t they? This leaned towards the thin crust variety which makes for a good toppings to flour ratio.

I usually like my pastas al dente, but strangely found myself falling in love with the texture of this overcooked gooey gnocchi. Doesn’t hurt that the sauce was tasty and they were really generous with the pulled duck.

First thing the waitstaff said to us was to recommend the Barramundi Al Cartoccio, the most expensive item on the menu at $78. But went for the small portion instead so as to try more items. A beautiful piece of fish that was fresh and moist, served with a delicious tomato based stew. A real steal at this price.

A dry chocolate cake, crumbly rather than moist. Not my favourite dessert and would have done better with some ice cream on the side.

Coffee in an adorable cup. No options for coffee/tea/milk, you get an intense cuppa at the end of your meal regardless whether you want it.

The menu is fixed as an omakase, with no option to go ala carte. Otherwise I'd probably skip this dish on my return. Although pinkish the lamb was not fork tender and flavours were slightly lacking. The other dishes really outshone this.

Alfonsino fish with a saffron sauce. First time having this fish, a little similar to seabass, but most delightful was the generous portion of uni.

A huge slab of foie gras, served with a crispy millefeuille, spinach and duxelle mushroom sauce. Very delicious, although the foie gras was not of a melt-in-your-mouth texture but more like a firm tofu. Every course was a sizable portion you'd expect as a main in any other restaurant.

I hesitate to share about this place, which currently only seats - surprise - 6 people every evening. The food is amazing, and you'll see why reservations are incredible difficult to snag. The starter was a beautifully plated dish of abalone, scallops and ikura, of which the juicy and sweet scallops really stood out.

This was so tender, flavourful without the gamey pungence of lamb. Served with portobello mushrooms and banana shallots. I really liked it.

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