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Ricciotti Pizza Pasta & Deli

A few days ago, we were at Ricciotti to celebrate the impending departure of one of our colleagues. The last time I was at Ricciotti was several years ago, and while the food was good, I thought it was too expensive to go there on a regular basis. This time round, it seems there are lots of promotions going on, which makes it worth my while to try out Ricciotti.

2 of the colleagues decided to go for the $23 set meal. The set meal comprises of a mains, a dessert and drink. There’s very few mains to choose from, basically some chicken pasta or salad. The good part about the set meal is that you get to choose any dessert and drink from the main menu. Desserts themselves are already $8+, and coffee is $5+, so it’s not a bad deal. I didn’t like the pasta so I couldn’t order the set meal. However, there was a 1-for-1 pasta promotion going on, so it was fine in the end.

Ricciotti - Spaghetti

The spaghetti dish from the set lunch – The person who ate this said that it was “OK”.

Ricciotti - Penne

The Penne dish from the set lunch – The person who ate this said that she liked the sauce and the pasta was tasty.

FETTUCCINE ALLA BOLOGNESE

FETTUCCINE ALLA BOLOGNESE – $19.50
Fettuccine with beef ragu sauce from the main menu  

The person who ate this said that it was nice but too oily. There was still a pool of oil at the bottom of the plate after the pasta was finished.

Ricciotti- Fusilli al Gorgonzola

FUSILLI AL GORGONZOLA – $23.50

Fusilli with gorgonzola cheese, chicken, zucchini in cream sauce from the main menu

This was what I had. I love cheese and this gorgonzola cheese dish sounded like the cheesiest dish available. I must say I overestimated my tolerance of this pungent cheese coz it was SO STRONG! The 1st few mouthfuls was wonderful, but towards the end, I could feel myself being defeated by the gorgonzola.

I normally like Fettuccine and Tagliatelle but Ricciotti charges $4 extra to have the pasta changed, so I had no choice but to stick to Fusilli. I know all the pastas are made from the same ingredients, just that the shapes are different. But still, I prefer the long stringy texture of Fettuccine and Tagliatelle. I like swirling long strands of pasta on my fork, I don’t like spooning pasta up. If this sounds funny, then just think of rice. Some people like rice firm to the bite while others like theirs sticky and moist, but yet it is all rice.

 Riccioti - Tiramisu

TIRAMISU – $7.80
Mascarpone cheese cake with ladyfinger biscuits, coffee and cocoa – MMMMmmm, tasty and moist!

Soffiato - Warm Dark Chocolate Cake

  SOFFIATO – $8.90
Warm dark chocolate cake with chocolate chip ice-cream 

If you don’t know what dessert to order, then order this. Rich, chocolatey and sweet. Even though I was pretty full, I regretted not ordering my own Soffiato and could only steal 2 bites from my colleague!

This time round, no one ordered any of the pizzas. But from what I could see on other diners’ tables, the pizzas look good! Definitely want to try them out next time. Maybe on a Tuesday or Wednesday when they have 50% off on the 2nd pizza ordered. Click on MORE below for a list of Ricciotti’s credit card or daily promotions. Click on Ricciotti’s website link for their menu.

 

Ricciotti Pizza Pasta & Deli
20 Upper Circular Road
B1-49/50 The Riverwalk
Singapore 058416
Tel: (65) 6533 9060Fax: (65) 6535 5915
Email:
ricciotti-riverwalk@ricciotti.com.sg

http://www.ricciotti.com.sg

There is also another branch at China Square Centre in the Central Business District.

 

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Bishamon Sapporo Ramen

I’ve eaten at Bishamon several times, mainly due to convenience’s sake. It isn’t the type of place I would actively mark down in my oh so packed schedule as a place to revisit on x date, if you know what I mean. It seems that they have also recently made changes to their menu.

Previously, you could order mini salads, such as sashimi and avocado salad for about $4.80, which I thought was a good price. Coupled with their mini sized ramen portions, the amount of food just filled the gap. It now seems that their new menu has done away with the mini sized salads. The full-sized sashimi salad now costs about $8.50.

The mini ramen portions are still available at about $8. I think this is the perfect sized portion if you want to still be able to try their side dishes.

Ordering ramen can be quite confusing if you don’t know the terminology. The pictures show similar looking bowls of noodles. A friend once told me how to unlock the mystery, which I will attempt to address here. It seems the main difference between all of them is in how the stock is prepared. There is chicken stock, pork stock and chicken and pork stock. For each of these, you can then continue to choose if you want a salt flavour (shio), soya sauce flavour (shoyu) or miso flavour (miso). These are the main choices but each restaurant may obviously try to impart their own uniqueness to the broth. You are on your own there.

All I know is that I like the Tonkotsu stock with miso, which in my opinion gives the most impactful flavour. Miso sounds mild, especially when you associate it with the mild miso soup. For some reason, this is not so in the context of ramen broths.

Bishamon - Mini Sapporo Tonkotsu Ramen

I ordered the Mini Sapporo Tonkotsu Ramen – $7.80. I think the broth is quite flavourful. You can taste the flavours of the simmered ingredients in the broth. So many other places serve ramen broth that just tastes like salty water. The noodles are also bouncy, similar to the texture of wanton mee, which is exactly how I like it.  Still, as mentioned previously, my favourite ramen restaurants are Marutama Ramen and Ippudo.

Bishamon also uses the chewy type of ramen for some of its other dishes, so if you don’t like those, be sure to order the Sapporo Tonkotsu Ramen, or ask the waiter if it is possible to get the bouncy noodles instead.

Bishamon - Agedashi Tofu 

And because I ordered the mini sized ramen, I still had space to indulge in a bowl of agedashi tofu ($4.20 if I recall correctly)

Bishamon - Chicken Don

 

Bishamon Sapporo Ramen

Great World City, #01-21B              Tel: 6235-2890

Bugis Junction, #B1-K27                  Tel: 6884-8373

Bukit Panjang Plaza, #01-64/65      Tel: 6462-2001

Funan Digitalife Mall, #01-18           Tel: 6337-5142

Killiney Kopitiam vs YY Kafei Dian

YY Kafei Dian’s breakfast beehoon has fallen in standards. It used to be so good, I would drive to Beach Road almost every morning just to have it. The bee hoon costs $1, and a fried sunny-side-up costs another $0.50. YY’s coffee is also damn good. I used to look forward to waking up in the mornings just to go to YY Kafeidian!

But….some months back, the cook changed or the budget for ingredients changed. The bee hoon is quite horrendous now. It tastes oilier, like as if it has been cooked and left out for a long time. Worse still, there are black flecks in it, which means that the oil used must have been reused countless times. Do you know how carcinogenic that is? The bee hoon sucks, the service sucks since day 1, the only thing left keeping us going back is the coffee.

So for a long while, I haven’t had YY Kafeidian’s bee hoon. Actually, there are numerous coffee shops lining Purvis Street that sell bee hoon and other local breakfasts. I have tried a few of these coffee shops over the years, but the stuff they sell looks unappetising and tastes just as unappetising. And since YY Kafei Dian used to serve me well, there was no reason to go back to those coffee shops.

After a long haitus, we were back at Beach Road again. I decided to hop across the road to Killiney Kopitiam to try out their version of beehoon for the 1st time. The bee hoon didn’t look too bad. It had little bits of egg in it. I ordered a plate, plus the customary fried egg, and was shocked to be billed $2.70!!!!! I’m like WHAT THE HELL??? Is that daylight robbery or what? And apparently the bee hoon costs $2.20 already! It’s such a waste, because the beehoon tasted very good. It was QQ (or al dente if you will), and tasted light and refreshing. I would have loved to have this for breakfast on a more regular basis, but no I am not going to pay $2.20 for almost plain noodles! This is breakfast, hello!

And that wasn’t the end of it. My father ordered the French Toast set, which comprises of a slice of French Toast, 2 half-boiled eggs and 1 cup of kopi. The set cost $4.10!!!!!!!! Even Yakun doesn’t charge that much. What’s going on? And the best part? The individual components themselves added up to $4.10. So what’s the logic in calling it a “set’”????

Does the main branch Killiney Kopitiam know that this is happening in their franchises?

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