I chanced upon this eatery when I was wandering around the Esplanade looking for new activities to discover. The entire mall at the Esplanade is littered with bars and bistros but what stood out here was the rooftop garden. The ambience is chill, romantic and even serene. Not to mention, their decor and layout are top notch, ideal for the perfect first date.
What I Had
Their servings come in tasting and full portions which were a unique twist for those who don’t feel like having too full a meal. I had the All’ Arrabbiata with Shrimps ($15), in the tasting size. Ideally, I presumed it to be an ordinary dish, but I was taken away when I found such heartiness as I tucked into the fragrant tomato-based pasta with succulent shrimps. Nothing beats simplicity in a dish.
They also have two pizza sizes to choose from. The regular which is 9″ at $20 and the large which is 13″ at $24. The pizza I ordered was the Prosciutto E Funghi / Ham & Mushroom 9″ topped with an egg ($20). Once again, the simple combination of their ingredients, pull together a scrumptious, guilt-free, hearty delight that I thoroughly enjoyed.
The menu too has a section for meat lovers to shine and offers diners different meats specially prepared as the chef decides. I decided to go with the Chicken ($20) which was roasted and glazed to perfection, served alongside a few bites of tasty chicken poppers.
The Panna E Aglio with seafood ($27) which I got in the full size, was so fulfilling with the generous helpings of prawns and cheese. Not to mention with the pasta having a garlic infused cream sauce, each bite was certainly satisfying.
Nope, not done yet! I got the Panna E Aglio with chicken & mushrooms ($21) in the full size as well which was equally plentiful with its portion of toppings. I would definitely have to say this was my favourite dish just because, it’s almost as if they know how I like my pasta. Extra creamy, extra garlicky, and heaps of extra toppings which unmistakeably leaves you fully gratified.
Another favourite of mine, the Chicken Truffle Rice ($23) served up with yummy chicken yakitori sticks, savoury mushrooms, and a decadent soft-boiled egg. All this goodness on a blissful bed of truffled rice! Heaven sure is a place on earth.
What I Loved
I have to say the magic of the place really is the combination of its simple and hearty meals with the amazing ambience. Not many places offer such a wide variety on their menus yet here you’ll find yourself absolutely spoilt for choice!
Raffles Avenue #01-13 Esplanade Mall
Opening Hours (Esplanade)
Monday – Thursday: 11.00AM – 10.30PM
Friday – Saturday: 6.00PM – 3.00AM
Sunday: 12.00PM – 10.30 PM
277 Orchard Road, #02-13/14,
Orchard Gateway, 238858
Opening Hours (Orchard)
Daily: 11.30AM – 2.30PM
6.00PM – 9.30PM