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Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria

YJ who shares a similar love for exploring new things recommended that we should dine at Cugini after he had read some positive reviews on the place.  We did so several weeks ago and were not disappointed.

Cugini is a very homely looking Italian restaurant located in Club Street. Unlike some other restaurants there, it doesn’t look pretentious at all. This could be a reason why the food they serve is so good. Their energies are focussed on bring out the best in their dishes, rather than being channelled into other frivolous areas.

Cugini - (4)

Complementary bread – Seems like a must for Italian restaurants. The orange coloured sauce looked a bit dubious but turned out fine.

Cugini - Veal Ravioli

Veal ravioli with green cabbage and Barolo wine reduction $24.90 – Meat wrapped in pasta, how hard can that be to make? Surprisingly, even the best of restaurants I’ve been to can fail in this aspect. A lot of meat ravioli I’ve had tasted harsh, dry and cardboardy. I’m glad to say, I’ve finally found the place to have moist and tender veal ravioli. I snitched a piece from YJ’s plate and it was so good. There was a distinctly unique flavour to it, perhaps they added some special spice. The creamy sauce paired excellently with the ravioli and I kinda slightly regretted that I didn’t order this myself, given that I’d considered it.

Cugini - Squid Ink Fettucine Cugini - Squid Ink Fettucine (2)

Squid ink fettuccine with seafood, fresh pea and mullet roe $24 – I have to say, this is the best squid ink pasta I have eaten to date, hands down. The seafoody flavours was intense and the pasta was just bursting with life. I was practically eating non-stop, trying to slurp up all the delicious sauce. Even without those prawns there, if you gave me this dish with only pasta and the sauce, I would be supremely happy.

Cugini - Seating Area

We were both very very satisfied with the food. The food was great and it is without a doubt that I will return again. The prices seem reasonable but the portions are not huge. You could load up on the free bread, or order an appetiser/dessert. The one thing I didn’t like were the hard wooden blue chairs, not so good for my achy breaky back.

Cugini Trattoria Pizzeria

87 Club Street #01-01 Singapore 069455

T: (65) 6221 3791

F: (65) 6221 3798

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Double Bay Australian Dining & Bar

I’d been avoiding Double Bay for a long while now after my 1st visit there. Not that the food wasn’t good, it probably was. I have a thing about fish. I only like certain types, and if it isn’t the type I like, no matter how well you dress it up, I will not be able to fully appreciate it 100%. It happens they didn’t have any type of fish I liked, so I never went back again.

Recently, my colleagues chose Double Bay as the venue for a birthday celebration. I didn’t object (anyway I was outnumbered), since I was hoping to find some other dish I would like. Turned out to be a pretty good evening after all.

Double Bay -  Mussels in Tomato Broth

The Mussels in Tomato broth was really good. We ordered this as a starter, but apart from the broth being a little hard to share, I really have nothing but good words for this. The tomato broth was so tasty I wish I could just take the pot away from the rest and slurp up the goodness myself. The mussels were very fresh and had a nice bite to it. Apparently, no salt is added to this dish at all. All the flavours come naturally from the mussels. It can get too salty sometimes so when ordering, get the chef to give a good rinse to the mussels so there are no hidden traces of seawater.

Double Bay -  Barred Cod  Double Bay -  Barred Cod (2)

You know what? It seems one can make the same mistake twice. I ordered the Barred Cod, thinking that it was cod, my favourite fish. Turns out it isn’t cod at all! Man…I was quite disappointed because I felt the fish was tough and cardboardy. The pureed potato was nice to look and tasted good, but it didn’t fill the gap. It felt more like a thick sauce rather than a substantial staple.

Double Bay -  Pasta Aglio Olio with Squid

Double Bay -  Pasta Aglio Olio with Squid (2)

Pasta Aglio Olio with Squid – This looks like a really healthy aglio olio, with all the olives and tomatoes. The squid was pretty bland though. Even the waitress knew this and had warned my colleague in advance not to order this dish. Nevertheless, the next time I’m there, I’m going to order this. Shall treat this as a delicious vegetarian pasta, and if the squid is done well, that’s a bonus.

Double Bay - Crabmeat Linguine

Double Bay - Crabmeat Linguine (2)

Crabmeat linquine – The ultimate star of the main courses we ordered that day. Chock full of crabmeat! Everyone who ordered this loved it!

Double Bay -  Fish and Chips

Fish and Chips – Can’t remember what the person said. But I personally would advise against ordering fish and chips so that you can test the true skills of the chef.

Double Bay - Banoffee Pie

Banoffee Pie – It’s not often you get something like this in Singapore, although it’s common in the UK. According to Wikipedia, Banoffee pie is an English pastry based dessert made from bananas, cream, toffee from boiled condensed milk (or dulce de leche), either on a pastry base or one made from crumbled biscuits and butter. Damn good, made tastier by 7 people having to share this.

Double Bay - Chocolate Cake Molten Chocolate Cake – Doesn’t look like the usual molten chocolate cake, but rest assured this was oozing with chocolatey goodness. I gotta come back again to Double Bay just for their desserts!

Double Bay -  Hot Chocolate

Hot Chocolate

Double Bay -  Hot Tea  Hot
Tea to wind down

Double Bay Australian Dining & Bar

Tel : +65 6334 6530

Fax: +65 6334 6107

Raffles City Shopping Centre

252 North Bridge Road, #01-22A

Hours of Operation
Monday to Sunday
11.30am to 2.00am

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