This gem of a bistro is a slight walk from Kembangan MRT, but we recommend the exercise before the rich offerings here because soon you’ll be hard pressed to stop eating. Imagine a chic, new-American style restaurant right off the streets of swish New York, except tucked away in a quiet residential neighbourhood in the East. Here, they grow their own herbs, make their own pasta, and build from scratch practically everything else that goes onto your plate. Kick off with their signature Chicken Noodle Soup, a deli classic here made with a super-rich chicken stock, shredded chicken breast, little chunks of fresh vegetables, and pasta noodles. Other appetizers include their stellar Poutine, easily one of the best on the island, featuring freshly-made fries slathered with a meaty duck-stock gravy, and melty cheese curd sauce.
It’s the mains here that will steal your heart, though, particularly their perfectly balanced pasta plates, featuring fresh handmade pasta. The Duck Confit Tagliatelle features delicate, eggy noodles in a meaty sauce of duck confit, hazelnut cream, and sauteed spinach, while the Gemelli Bolognese features little chewy batons of pasta coated in an unctuous, creamy ragu, topped with an indecent amount of tangy pecorino cheese. Also good is the Seared Prawn with Carrot Risotto, featuring flame-seared tiger prawns atop a savoury-sweet, flaming orange risotto, drizzled with fresh pesto. Another top notch seafood option is the Herb Crusted Barramundi, the fleshy fish served with crisp haricots verts and mustard-coated potato salad, all served with a fiery red romesco sauce of bell peppers and nuts. We told you: walk from the MRT. (Mar 2018)
“I don’t often order pasta in cafes, and when I do, you know they’ve done something right.” -The Smart Local