Sunday, January 23, 2011

L'Operetta @ Boat Quay

Located nearer to Riverwalk, and furthest from UOB Plaza. There is an open air carpark nearby the place across the road.

The restaurant was not hard to find as it is situated next to Superbowl (大碗粥). Yes, the decor is of opulence but not overly so. It has an air of elegance, and yet a certain masculinity in it. Well, partly because my table view is directly into the kitchen where one can see about 5 strapping males working! I spied a lady in there as well.

First thought upon entering the restaurant was that it felt like walking into a well-to-do friend's home. There was a homely vibe to the place, as the owner can be seen entertaining guests like old friends.

table setting

First saw about the wood fired oven pizza from ieatishootipost blog, hence we were keen to try. Ordered 2 types of pizza; pescatora (squid and prawns pizza tomato base) and a cream base pizza (ham, cheese with basil). The pizza is about 10inch in size, so two of these is just probably enough to fuel the fire for more food in our hungry tummies. So, we ordered pasta as well. Squid ink pasta, kurobuta pasta and fettucine with prawns with subtle curry flavor.

First up, was the pescatora pizza.


deliciously fresh squids and prawns

My first time trying any wood oven fired pizza. Appearance wise, it looked like a naan with toppings. The dough was slightly chewy, bendable and light bitter tasting. Pescatora pizza has just tomato sauce, fresh squids and prawns, sans cheese. Very mild, and pleasing taste. The seafood was delish! Springy squid and crunchy prawns. It just screams fresh.

simple and refreshing

Next up, was the ham and cheese pizza. There should be a more glamorous name to it, but the receipt is not with me, and I didn't order this, so that's that.

pizza with ham and cheese

It was the fragrance of the cheese that captivated the senses first. Not much of a looker, and appearance wise, very plain. But it sure was tasty! I loved the cheese. However, the midpart of the pizza looked a little undercooked.
simple decadence

The dishes here do come, one by one. Probably to allow us to savour the individual taste of each item. After finishing two pizzas, we were still hungry for more. Next, was the kurobuta pasta.

This dish was a nice looking one. Colorful in splashes of yellow, red and green. Robust flavours; from the burst of tanginess of the tomatoes, the meaty flavour of the tender pork and subtleness of the herbs. Yums.

kurobuta pasta
The pasta tasted somewhat like an al-dente udon. Its shape are also irregular making it having a very handmade feel to it. It is good. Springy, chewy texture coated with flavours.

The restaurants also has a drinks list for diners to choose. We opted for the more ordinary, iced water.

iced water

Next, was the curry flavoured fettucine with prawns. A friend commented that it tasted like twisties albeit in a good way. In my opinion, it is a likeable taste. Unusual for pasta, but it works. The fettucine here is softer, and each strand brings a delightful infusion of flavors into the mouth.

attacking with gusto!

delicious morsels of seafood

Our order of squid ink pasta arrived last even though the order was placed before the curry flavoured additional order. Hmmm.

Nevertheless, this dish is worthy of the wait. Dark, and mysterious and beckoning us to taste. The taste of the sea. Every slurp, was lip smackingly good. Just don't smile for the camera when eating this!

squid ink pasta
can you tell where the pasta ends and the squid begins?

Service crew were immaculate, and plates were changed every now and then. Enjoyable experience indeed. There were alot more pizza flavors on the menu, but we cannot possibly try all of it in one sitting! Would love to come back someday for the funghi pizza.

For dessert, we were told that currently, they only serves dessert of the day. And for that day, they were having a dessert trio that comprises of tiramisu, pineapple tart and yuzu sorbet @$15++, and comes with complimentary coffee/tea/latte/cappucino. Feeling adventurous, we ordered one to end our meal.

dessert of the day

First impression of the dessert, "Gosh, that is really tiny!". Hahaa. Tiramisu is foamy and can taste slight bitterness. Pineapple tart was very sweet. Yuzu sorbet was mild and refreshing. I think I'd go for a regular sized tiramisu if they had one.

yuzu sorbet

Enjoyable experience, good food and good service. We spent approximately $36 per pax for the dinner.


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