Came for lunch with a couple of friends mid-week. I had tried to get in for dinner but without much luck. This place has lovely reviews based on Osvaldo's previous restaurant, but I had also heard some negative things. After eating here, I have nothing but praise.
The restaurant name is based on its degustation menu, which is $98++ for a 10-12 course tasting at the chef's discretion. However there is an a la carte menu.
The restaurant is small, and the tables are tightly packed together, so it's very easy to overhear your neighbour's conversations and difficult to manoeuvre around if you get up to the bathroom. However, this is offset by large-ish tables and very comfortable large chairs, where you could easily while away a couple of hours. There is no business lunch menu, but the restaurant was still packed, albeit mostly businessmen.
Upon arrival, we were greeted by a taster of mortadella on crispbread - simple but yummy. We ordered starters to share - a burrata (flown from Puglia and deliciously soft and creamy) with prosciutto and salad as well as a mixed salumi (cured meat including bresaola, pancetta, ham, salami). For mains we had 2 specials (snapper with caponata and lobster tagliatellle) and a mixed seafood stew. For dessert we shared one of their house specialties, the apple cake. The food style could be described as homely, but I think it is the honest simplicity of good ingredients and technique that elevates the food beyond home-style to something quite special. The prices are very reasonable, and I think the portion sizes are very generous (bordering on too big).
The floor is staffed by Osvaldo's family, who were very friendly, as well as a number of locals. The local waitstaff are obviously well trained, encouraged to interact with customers and very knowledgeable. Unusually for Singapore, I felt I could be confident in trusting their recommendations (even more unusually, they actually contributed an opinion when asked). They were also very proactive. When our waiter saw my friends hand me a gift and realised it was my birthday, he took the initiative to put a candle on our dessert and the waitstaff sang happy birthday! It was very embarrassing but I was impressed by the eye for detail which is so often missing in the service industry in Singapore.
I am really looking forward to returning here soon.
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