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Sapore Italiano

They say that when it comes to food in Singapore, the choices are unlimited. This is technically true if you consider every single establishment in Singapore. However, when you want something quick, fast and within like walking distance from the office, the choices are whittled down. And when it comes to places that you have never tried before, you’re pretty much lost for ideas, especially after a long and hard day’s work.

Yesterday, we finally decided to try Sapore Italiano. This Italian restaurant has probably been around for about a year but we just never had the urge to try it out. In fact, I had mistakenly read the name to be Sapporo Italiano when the place first opened. As a result, I was under the impression that it was a kind of fusion Japanese Italian restaurant. Or perhaps an Italian restaurant serving lots of beer? That’s about the only thing I know about Sapporo!.

Anyway, we finally decided to give it a try. The menu looked really promising. There were lots of pasta dishes and pizza dishes. I was particularly pleased to note that they had a number of gnocchi dishes and ravioli dishes on offer too. You seldom see gnocchi around, but I suppose I am comparing them to non-Italian restaurants that happen to serve a lot of pasta.

As you can see from the pictures below, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, and the Partner ordered the sliced beef salad. Unfortunately, Sapore Italiano didn’t have the exact dish that I wanted, which was meat ravioli in cream sauce. They had a meat ravioli in tomato sauce and they had vegetarian ravioli in cream sauce, but just no meat ravioli in cream sauce!

The ravioli I ordered turned out to have a very interesting taste, which I think many Singaporeans may not like. Firstly, the ravioli was mostly Ricotta, so if you hate Ricotta, don’t ever take a bite of it. You might think the spinach taste would cover the cheese taste, but the filling is mostly cheese rather than spinach. The Partner tried a ravioli and had some trouble swallowing it. Luckily for me, I have no problem with Ricotta so I quite enjoyed the ravioli. The walnut sauce was very interesting to me. There was no hiding the nutty taste of the walnut. It was very distinct, in addition to the crushed bits of fine walnut mixed into the sauce.

As for the Partner’s beef salad dish, he found the beef tasty but a little too salty.

I think pizza lovers would like Sapore Italiano. Most other diners had ordered pizzas. The ones here are the thin crust type, and they look really humongous and cheesy. I’ll get a pizza the next time I dine here, or I’ll get the Partner to get the pizza while I get the gnocchi.

Finally, a comment on the decor. I didn’t like the decor very much. I happened to be facing 3 very large portraits of what I thought were rather ugly women trying to look sexy. The chairs were also not very comfortable given that they were oddly shaped. I am extremely particular about chairs because of my back problems. Lastly, I thought the lighting was a little too dim for the type of restaurant that Sapore Italiano is. Sapore Italiano looks like a place where groups of friends can hang out, and is certainly not a place for a romantic candlelit dinner. Click here for Sapore Italiano website.

Spinach and Ricotta cheese ravioli in creamy walnut sauce

Sliced beef on rocket salad bed

Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie

Feel so depressed watching the market drop drop drop. I thought I was good at analysing, but apparently not. I almost don’t care anymore (yeah right), so that’s why I’m here, trying to forget it all. Might as well blog about my latest find in the food arena, if I cannot advise in the financial.

Yeah anyway, after exhausting all our dinner options at Raffles City, we decided to go back to Canelé Pâtisserie Chocolaterie. The reason for the hesitation is that Canele strikes us as a rather expensive place to dine at. Have you seen the price of their cakes??? Those tiny exquisite little things cost like $7,$8,$9 !!! They may be well worth the price, but because of that, it makes one feel like Canele is for Fridays and the Weekends rather than for a mere Tuesday.

Well, we were pleasantly surprised. The menu $ is actually no different from that of the Coffee Club and TCC. The stews are going at about $12.50-$16.50, the sandwiches at about $13.50-$15.50 and the pastas at about $12-$17.50. The menu selections on the other hand, is a breath of fresh air, when compared to the other eating establishments of this price range. As mentioned, they have stews. But what I like are their interesting selection of sandwiches and their Crepes. I tried the Smoked Salmon and Scrambled Egg sandwich which was very nice. The foccacia bread had a very generous helping of eggs and smoked salmon in it. But if you really want GENEROUS, try the Smoked Salmon and Cream cheese Crepe. I tried that some months back and seriously, I have never had so much smoked salmon before in one sitting!! I could not finish the crepe myself!

Definitely am going to make another trip there in the near future, before it gets crowded when everyone finds out that it’s actually not so expensive to dine there, as long as you don’t order the chocolate cakes! In fact, drink tea instead. One order gives you a nice pot of tea that can be shared between 2.

Check out the menu here. You can find Canele in several locations, namely Paragon, Raffles City, Robertson Walk and Shaw Centre.

~Update 23 May 2010~

Canele at Raffles City is currently closed. In fact, half the restaurants at Raffles City basement are closed for some sort of renovations. It is scheduled to be reopened in September 2010. As to whether Canele has closed down for good at Raffles City, or only temporarily, is anyone’s guess. Click here for Canele’s website.

Birthday lunch at Il Lido

Today we treated our boss to a birthday lunch at the “famous” Il Lido. I had heard much about this Il Lido, which is like his most favourite restaurant. And him being a man of high tastes, I expected no less from Il Lido. I’d actually never been to the restaurant before, for some reason, every time there is a special event, we go to some other restaurant instead.

I was slightly disappointed to be frank. The ambience was not good. There were colourful plastic chairs in the restaurant! Which self-respecting restaurant that caters to the business crowd does that? The boss said that they set the tables differently at night, but I’m not so sure if they go to the extent of changing the chairs as well. And if you know me, I place high marks for ambience. The view was very nice though. The restaurant was up on top of the hill in Sentosa, and faced the sea. For this reason itself, I plan to go back again.

Foodwise, I had nothing to complain about though. We all had the $45 set lunch. Today, that comprised of:-

Appetiser:- Cheese and vegetable salad OR Zucchini Soup

Mains:- Red Snapper or Breaded Lamb

Dessert:- Vanilla Pudding

I took the salad. Strangely, the vegetables were cooked. There was a whole piece of melted camembert sitting on top of the vegetables, and if you know me, I never complain about having too much cheese. Everyone found the cooked vegetables strange for the salad, and in fact, those who took the zucchini soup ended up having a greener dish that the salad. Everyone loved the mains, I loved my breaded lamb very much. It’s basically what it sounds like, that is lamb in breadcrumbs. As for dessert, we had decadent chocolate cake on the house because of the birthday. For those of you who are in search of the perfect chocolate cake, this one can’t go far. There was so much chocolate in it, I had a hard time finding the cake part! We also had the vanilla jelly pudding, which was supposed to be the dessert served. Going beside the chocolate cake, I couldn’t taste the pudding anymore.  I only identified it as a vanilla pudding due to the black flecks in it.

In conclusion, I will definitely be back. $45 for a supposedly high class restaurant isn’t bad at all. But if you ask me, my favourite is still Garibaldi at Purvis Street.

Read about my more recent visit to Il Lido in Jan 2012.

 

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