>> Dec 15, 2010
Sorry for the long absence. I was having a very major exam on the 2nd of Dec. Now that its done and over with, lets hope for the best. I recently got back from Singapore. I have to say, food down south seems to be a lot better than back home. As they say, the grass is always greener on the other side.
Anyway, my 1st lunch outing in Singapore was at Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar. It was a rather quiet and nice restaurant, situated along Purvis Street. Service at Garibaldi was top notch. We were immediately seated upon arrival. The server informed us of the chef's special of the day, and was more than happy to make recommendations. There is a set lunch at the restaurant for SGD38, which I personally feel is a steal. The set lunch consist of 3 choices of appetizer, 5 main and 2 desserts. Being my first and hopefully not last visit here, I opted for the degustation menu SGD98.
We were served bread to be dipped with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. The bread was done very well. It had a nice crusty exterior with a soft core.
To make it easier to read, I'll start off with dishes from the degustation menu followed by the set lunch.
A Mediterranean Tuna Tartare with orange and topped with Mullet Roe. The fish had a nice smooth texture to it and the slight zing from the orange gave it a good kick. If you're a fan of raw sashimi/sushi, you'll definitely enjoy this.
Sorry for the crappy picture. The restaurant was extremely dark, thus I had to use flash which usually screws up the picture. Anyway, the dish certainly tasted better than it looked. The above picture was a Naepolitan style baked eggplant with mozzarella, basil and tomato sauce. The cheese certainly gave the vegetable a nice flavour. I really enjoyed this dish.
For my main, I was given a choice of Atlantic Cod or Grilled US Beef 'Tagliata' with Potato Gratin & Green Asparagus. I opted for the beef. The beef was done to medium. The asparagus on top wasn't only for presentation sake, it gave a nice crunch in contrast to the texture of the beef. The potato gratin was nicely crusted as well.
For dessert, I had a chocolate and hazelnut parfait Piedmont style. A parfait is something frozen, usually cream. I suppose one could freeze yoghurt as well. Well in this situation, it was resembled gelato. Taste wise, it was smooth and not overly rich. A nice way to end the meal.
The pictures below are from the set lunch.
Appetizer: There was a choice of a salad, vegetable platter or soup of the day.
Main: The choice of mains were different styles of pastas, a fish or a chicken dish
All in all, Garibaldi has a nice atmosphere, good service and above average food. Compared to the fine dining one could get back home (even in restaurants in 5 star hotels), I guess Malaysia still has a long way to go. I hope to come back one day. Then again, Singapore has so many nice restaurants (I wanted to have lunch at Iggy's but I couldn't secure a reservation).
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*Opinions expressed are solely based on my personal experience
Map to Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar
Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar,
36 Purvis Street #01-02,
Telephone number: (65) 6837 1468
Fax number: (65) 6337 3770
Restaurant hours: Lunch 12pm-3pm, Dinner 6.30pm-11pm Daily.
Bar hours: 12pm-12am daily.