A wonderful Saturday and we woke up early to challenge (yet again) ourselves to Bukit Timah hill, and of course the wonderful Liu Sha Bao after that! But the highlight of the day was definitely not only the baos, but the yummy Italian food that came after the baos!
We made our way to the nearest bus stop to Greenwood Ave (one of the outlets), and low and behold, it started to rain!! And very very heavily at that! Between the few of us (and the few umbrellas we shared), we were totally drenched by the time we walked in to the rustic-feeling place…
There is a oven right by the entrance which immediately gives a very warm and homely feel to it. There is an alfresco section outside the restaurant, and also an open-aired section in the middle of the restaurant once you step in. Drawing papers lined the tables and crayons are freely available for anyone to scribble on the papers while waiting for their pizzas. In fact the walls of the restaurant were lined with scribbling of diners which adds to the variety and reduces the monotony of the single-coloured wall.
Here are the foods that we shared:
Fried Portobello: Crispy and juicy! But Ms V had a better one at the Zion Road outlet. She said that the batter was too thick and unfortunately the Portobello mushroom today was a bit smaller.
Mushroom soup: Quite thick and full of mushroom flavour, this was good for our cold bodies! Loved it 🙂
21 inch family size pizza: We were so wowed by the sheer size of it! 😮 we ordered a half-and-half, one half with Parma ham and the other side with salmon. The salmon was still juicy, which was really great, since most of the time we tended to have overcooked salmon pieces in the pizzas.
Calamari: Crispy and tender, it was easy to munch and the tomato sauce provided the punch!
While we think that the food is quite good, unfortunately, the same could not be said of the service level. The table we had was directly under the strong aircon, and we asked if we could change tables as some of us were drenched. The staff was rather unfriendly and was rather grouchy in replying that the other indoor seats were worse. No other solutions offered. We requested to sit outdoors and she reluctantly agreed. We had to carry our own drinks and open the doors ourselves while she stood idle by the side. It was also quite strange that another staff was about to open the door and when he saw us approaching the door, instead of opening for us, he stepped away so that we could open the door ourselves! They also avoided eye contact and it was difficult to get their attention. The call-for-service button on the table was apparently useless. And the worst was the bill was served to us when we didn’t even ask for it… and the place was not even crowded!