A new pizza joint has appeared in Upper Thomson after Crust Pizza closed. Hubby was most excited to try out this place!
- Rosticciana ($28 nett): This was a rather small rack of oven-roasted, herb-marinated baby back ribs (5 ribs), served with leafy salad and wedges. The wedges were not bad. While the baby ribs were quite tender with a sweet glaze, there was a rather overpowering pork smell that made this dish less than satisfactory.
- Salmone ($19 for 9 inches): Fresh salmon, caramelised onions & capers as toppings, we enjoyed the thin-crust pizza very much!
I suspect we will be back here again to try out the rest of the pizza flavours 🙂
Ms I highly recommended that we try out Fratelli Fresh, so we took a 15-minute walk here after our Walking Tour ended at the harbour front.
We ended up sharing a white base Parma Pizza (A$22) and a Cauliflower with Chickpea and Spinach (A$9.50) to share.
Cauliflower with Chickpea and Spinach
We were back to Lygon Street for a late lunch after visiting the Queen Victoria Market, and saw this very popular restaurant with queues still forming despite being close to 2pm already.
But we were mostly attracted to the humongous pieces of schnitzels that we saw as we walked past the diners seated in the al fresco area that we eventually decided to try it.
We also had to wait quite a while after ordering (approximately 30 minutes), because it was so packed with customers who ordered schnitzels after schnitzels!
We were walking along Lygon Street (known as Little Italy in Melbourne) after our morning trip to Brighton Beach, trying to figure out which of the (many) Italian restaurant we should try, when JJ pointed out Seasons Provedore to us, as she had dined here before with good experience.
Trusting her precious good experience, we decided to have our lunch here too.
The Chicken Curry Pie (A$10.50) was a gorgeous huge pie served warmed, with buttery pastry and oh-so-juicy huge chicken chunks filling up the pie entirely, and curry filling up the gaps! This is how chicken pies should be, filled with huge chicken chunks instead of potatoes and frozen peas and carrots. Oh, and this is an award-winning pie!
Today we took a short walk from Ang Mo Kio MRT Station to this neighbourhood restaurant for some very affordable Italian food 🙂
- French Quail with Egg Tortino ($15 nett): One of the today’s special for appetiser, this was very delightful! The quail was de-boned, making it real easy for us to eat. Pan-fried skin was crispy, and the meat was tender. The egg tortino was soft and abit like custard, and hubby likened it to a hard version of chawanmushi. Hahahaha, it was quite delicious and had a lovely truffle aroma to it. Pity that they forgot to remove the top layer of paper, which they were really shocked when we discovered it; we were too, for they had drizzled balsamic vinegar on it! Other than this little blip, this dish was good.
- Capesante ($12): This was one of the 3 chef’s recommendations for appetiser. The 2 baked scallops were fresh, but perhaps their thunder were stolen by the capsicum puree with flavoured butter and cheese in this dish.
- Pan Fried Pork Milanese ($22): Today’s special, and our favourite. This breaded pork fillet had a good balance of meat and fats. Very succulent and addictive. Perfect for sharing! The potatoes by the side were delicious too.
- Nero ($12): We are unable to resist ordering squid ink pasta 😛 It was actually a pretty good plate of pasta, with the spaghetti done just right, but the rest of the food we tried were just better. Is it normal that we always inevitably ended up fighting with the membrane of the squid whenever we order this dish? Made it a bit tough to eat. We missed the squid from yesterday… Haha 😛
- Tiramisu ($6): We almost did not order it, but the pictures look oh-so-good, and we were glad that we tried it! The generous amount of mascarpone cream made it look like melted ice cream, and we liked the overall texture and the balanced taste of this lightly-sweetened dessert.
Service in general was pleasant and friendly.
Note: They do not serve water, so it was $2 Dasani distilled water by the bottle. Considering that prices were nett, and the food portions were actually pretty decent, plus the food was good mostly delicious, we do consider this a value-for-money dinner, and a gem in this neighbourhood. 🙂
- Location: 408 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-779 S(560408)
- Website: pocoloco.com.sg
- Hrs: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm
We were looking for something new to try, at Holland Village but alas, the new Cantonese restaurant (Full of Luck Club) is still not yet opened (it opens tomorrow 20 May 2016!!!).
Taking a quick stroll along Lorong Mambong, La Nonna seemed rather popular. We quickly settled down and got ourselves a chef’s special of Squid Ink Spaghetti with mixed Seafood ($24++), and a La Nonna Pizza ($23.90++).
The tangy squid ink pasta was really good! We loved the sauce, and the al-dente pasta! The seafood were also very fresh, and very soon, we had very dark lips and very satisfied tummies!
The thin crust pizza was oozing truffle aroma goodness when it arrived, and we quite enjoyed it too. Somehow, the asparagus managed to retain its juice and sweetness, and the egg was sooooo runny.
This was a good dinner indeed 🙂 We were pleasantly surprised to find that there was a 1-for-1 promotion with UOB credit cards, so our pizza was free!
- Location: 26/26B Lorong Mambong S(277685)
- Website: lanonna.sg
- Hrs: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 10:30pm
After so long, we finally tried it!!
While we were still dating, my then-boyfriend said that he wanted to bring me to this authentic Italian restaurant, Pontini. Boyfriend became hubby for 6 years… And today, we finally had the chance to go 😀
Pontini has undergone several changes since those days but it remains one of the top Italian restaurants around. The decor was inviting and full of warmth with tables far apart enough to not give a congested environment. The lighting was soothing and provided a cosy atmosphere for casual conversations among diners.
We decided to stroll around the area for something light, and then we saw the SuagrApp sticker at one of the shops.
Oh yar! We could check out the app to see if there was anything interesting nearby.
And so we used the app and found this place! We tried the tapas – Prawn Alioli with Lemongrass & Coriander ($9.80, but only $1 with the app) and Stir Fried Button Mushroom with White Wine Shallots & Kaffir Leaf ($8.50), and were happy with our food! They were really generous with the fresh prawns and the mushrooms were delicious too!
Stir Fried Button Mushroom
The live band (The Passerby) began their performance slightly before 8pm. We enjoyed ourselves very much with the good food and the great music, loved the ambience!
However, the staff seemed to be in a hurry to chase us away, wanting to clear our plates when we were not done with our food. The minute we finished the pasta, he swopped in to clear the pasta, the sharing plate and all the unused serviettes, so we had to end up requesting for more when we were done with our mushrooms.
Drinks seemed rather expensive here, but there was no service charge or Goods Service Tax.
It was a rather nice place to hang out, would have been better if the service had not been so zealous. Do note that the live music is available only on Fridays and Saturdays.
- Location: 289 Farnborough Road S(509747)
- Website: kakis.sg
- Hrs: 4pm – 12am (Mon, Wed-Sun), 10:30am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
I think we are running out of food options at Holland Village! Despite us attempting to eat healthier because we were nursing not-so-good tummies from last night’s dinner, we ended up at Cucina Authentic Italian Restaurant for pasta…. Because we have tried almost all other food options along this stretch :p
This address seems to be for Amici Italian Restaurant, and hubby did saw the word ‘AMICI’ on the chef’s apron. Whatever it is, the place looks cosy enough with soft lighting and an earthly feel with rough bricks lining the wall. Not too many seats but comfortable enough to let guests mingle around. The kitchen has a glass window and we can see the chefs preparing the food from our seats.
We came to town to check out the Robinson’s sale and decided to try out Trattoria Italian Kitchen as they are currently having a buy one main free one champagne for ladies on Wednesday nights… and I needed to reward myself after a bad day at work… hehe.