Hidden Dinner Spot: Capricci at 27 Tanjong Pagar Rd, Singapore

April 26, 2011

Went for dinner last Monday with a bunch of old friends, in honor of my birthday (again!) Was hankering for some italian, and found that there's one just right opposite my office! Having read favorable reviews on HGW (I never go in blind), I suggested that we have dinner there.

It was a very nice restaurant. Being a Monday night, it was also super quiet, though not for long with our group, not that we made a lot of noise, but definitely added some life to the place.

It's our luck perhaps too to go on a quiet night. The staff was excellent, and the chef came out to speak with us too! He was really amusing with the Italian accent, and recommended every single dish on the menu. That was cute.

We had a difficult time deciding, but finally did so. There's also a 3-course dinner set for 39++ which is quite reasonable!

We had some bread with yummy olive oil and vinegar first.

Super fun to catch up with them!

Then came the appetizers! Here, it's asparagus with cheese fondue. Very interesting taste, quite well made. It was quite popular in the reviews too.


Then came the most interesting twist perhaps to a dish. Parma harm with rock melon SORBET! Yeah that round yellow ball in the middle is actually a very very creamy sorbet. Heavenly paired with the parma ham. I like creativity and surprises in my food.


Next is the eggplant dish. Pretty meh, and pic is out of focus so this photo is smaller. ha.

Next was the wine intro! The waiter was really hilarious, and told us this wine is exclusively distributed from this really rich shipping magnate that makes wine as a hobby. Therefore if we are unhappy with the wine, we can ship back the bottle and let him know. At $45 a pop, we are sold. And it was indeed not bad at all.


They have quite a lot of wines lying around.

Next you're gonna be hit by a 4-dish photo whammy. Ready?

First up, duck confit! Not on the menu, special for the day. It was really quite good. The duck skin was crispy and the orange sauce tangy. What we did was to rotate the dishes among the 4 of us, so 1/4 each and we get to try all!


The tagliatelle pasta is my least favourite among all. Not that special. Couldn't wait for my next rotation.

Lovers of lamb, here's a huge looking lamb shank! But it's actually quite a manageable size, and the meat MELTS off that 2 skinny bones there. Yummy. You can taste the lamb, but not TOO much lamb, if you know what I mean.

Lastly, the sleeper hit among the 4 -- lemon risotto with scallops! Nette claims this to be the best risotto she's ever had. I might have to agree with her except I have only tried 1 other risotto recently and that was home-made by my brother. This was really good because the lemon kept the dish from being "gelak", local speak for "too much". So it became a really light carbo dish, which is surprising. The scallops were nothing to speak of, but the risotto...!


Lastly, we capped off the meal with 2 desserts. White chocolate mousse with maraschino cherries. It was actually really disappointing. The cherries seemed to be those that is bright red instead of the dark red ones, and it is blended and mixed into a cube, which explains the pink colour. Grainy to the taste, and much too artificial for me. Skip!


But their panna cotta was gooooood.

Sweet, creamy, satisfying. It's like drawing a big fat full stop at the end of a long sentence.


The boss of the place also treated us to 4 shots of a sweet honey liqueur, apparently a type of wine from Sicily. It is REALLY nice. We tried asking the name, but couldn't figure it out.

What made this place go from good to awesome was in the end, the service and ambience. Other than the food, the waiters are all cheery and attentive. The wine and menu recommendations helped greatly. It  just feels good to have food in a place where it doesn't seem like they just want to make money off you. We spent about 250 in total, which seems really worth it if you think about all the food we had, and the wine. Plus, excellent service.

Gets a vote from me! Go try it and let me know!

Capricci
27 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore
Tel: +65 6221 6761
Website
Mon–Fri: 11.30am–2.30pm, 6.30pm–10.30pm
Sat: 6.30pm–10.30pm (Closed on Sun)

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2 comments

  1. Hello! just discovered your blog thanks to your review of The Pigeon Hole! Love it... the liquor you had was probably Limoncello... very popular one after meal in Italy ;)

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  2. @marie: Thanks for your comment, marie! So happy I have people reading my blog :) and limoncello sounds just about right, i'll make sure to check it out again!

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