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Consomme Foie Gras - $18A unique presentation in a clear stock instead of the usual pan-seared treatment. But I think I preferred the usual pan-seared foie gras, coz the foie gras here tasted like well cooked minced pork here. *Shrugged*Pappardelle - $28This was essentially very large and very broad fettuccine. Not a pasta lover myself, so I guess they were just okay, never really impress much. Codfish - $32Codfish can never fail. I mean the ingredient is so good on its own that even just plai
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Consomme Foie Gras - $18

A unique presentation in a clear stock instead of the usual pan-seared treatment. But I think I preferred the usual pan-seared foie gras, coz the foie gras here tasted like well cooked minced pork here. *Shrugged*
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Pappardelle - $28

This was essentially very large and very broad fettuccine. Not a pasta lover myself, so I guess they were just okay, never really impress much.
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Codfish - $32

Codfish can never fail. I mean the ingredient is so good on its own that even just plain steaming is good enuff. If I have the chance to eat a sucky codfish, I will sure black list that restaurant! Haha

Anyway, the codfish here was very soft, you just need to use the fork to break it apart, no knives required!

To read more and view photos, visit http://fun-hideout.blogspot.sg/2011/11/tartufuo-ristorante.html
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When I saw Casa Tartufo is known for their truffles on their menu, I was dying to try the food there. I love truffle oil on my fries, soup, pasta etc that the thought of having a truffle-infused 3 course meal was very appealing. Hence, this is one of the place I booked for lunch during Restaurant Week. The entire 3 course lunch was about $50 per pax after tax. When you first step in, the warm woodsy yellow design of the restaurant is very welcoming. With the old fashion white table cloth, red ve
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When I saw Casa Tartufo is known for their truffles on their menu, I was dying to try the food there. I love truffle oil on my fries, soup, pasta etc that the thought of having a truffle-infused 3 course meal was very appealing. Hence, this is one of the place I booked for lunch during Restaurant Week. The entire 3 course lunch was about $50 per pax after tax.
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When you first step in, the warm woodsy yellow design of the restaurant is very welcoming. With the old fashion white table cloth, red velvet wooden chairs and furnishing, you feel like you're stepping into a lovely Italian cafe. There wasn't much of a crowd so it's a very relaxing place to have a nice peaceful meal.
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Our first course is the Porcini Mushroom Creamy Soup with Black Truffles. You can smell the truffle oil once they placed this in front of you. The soup is very creamy and delicious and great for dipping the complimentary bread in. Hard to go wrong with creamy mushroom soup
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For my main, I chose the Char-grilled Striploin with Truffle Butter and Fries. This dish is the disappointing item in the whole meal. I got a pretty tough part of the meat (whereas my lunch companions who ordered the same thing got more decent sized and better cuts of the meat) and it was small! It was not very tender and I couldn't really taste the truffle in the butter. Plus the beef was kind of dry which is not something I will overlook especially at the price of the meal.
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Now dessert is where this place shines. First up we had the Truffle Ice-cream with Crumble Shortbread and Volcanic Salt. This is really GOOD! The hint of truffle in the cool ice cream and that slightly savory crumble just hits all the right notes. It was light, pack full of flavour and a must order!
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We had the Tiramisu which wasn't on the menu and I didn't really tasted any truffle in it so I'm not sure if there is any in this dessert. It was quite average, good mascapone cheese flavour and a slight hint of rum.
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I'm not sure about the actual name of this dessert but it was like an ice cream cake sprinkled with pistachio and the waiter drizzled the hot chocolate sauce in front of us! This is my favourite dessert of the 3. It was rich and cold and the hot chocolate sauce compliments the creaminess of the cake and the pistachio added that needed crunchy texture to balance out the dish. Super delicious and definitely must order this (not to share as I'm sure you can finish this all by yourself
) Thumbs up!

Overall, for the price I'm paying, I'm not impressed with the main. The desserts are definitely worth coming back for as they are divine.
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2013-10-10 33 views
Casa Tarfuto actually means House of truffles in Italian as the dishes there are cooked with truffles. Being a Truffle lover myself, I was all excited when the day arrived to dine there during the restaurant week. Upon arriving, the owner actually stood outside to greet us and when entering the restaurant you will feel that the restaurant’s setting and ambience is very elegant, classic Italian, homely with a warmth feel. Near the kitchen was decorated with many wine bottles like a typical Itali
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Casa Tarfuto actually means House of truffles in Italian as the dishes there are cooked with truffles. Being a Truffle lover myself, I was all excited when the day arrived to dine there during the restaurant week. Upon arriving, the owner actually stood outside to greet us and when entering the restaurant you will feel that the restaurant’s setting and ambience is very elegant, classic Italian, homely with a warmth feel. Near the kitchen was decorated with many wine bottles like a typical Italian restaurant and there were some shelves with books placed on top of it that makes it feel like a little home.
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The restaurant has imported its truffles from Toscana, Marche and Umbria, all of which were freshly flown from Italy. I tapped on the restaurant week to visit there and the set lunch menu actually comprises of Tartufuta (Porcini Mushroom Soup), Manzo (Char-grilled Striploin that came with Truffle butter & Fries or Fettuccine with truffle cream) and lastly the Gelato (Truffle Ice Cream) for desserts. Since, I went with two other friends; I had the opportunity to share the dessert of the day. The 3-course truffle lunch set cost about $47 during the restaurant week.

So what’s my verdict for the dishes that I have tried?
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Tartufuta (Porcini Mushroom Soup)
I could taste the strong taste of the Porcini mushroom, the soup was rich, smooth, and velvety with strong fragrance of truffle from the truffle oil sprinkled over the soup. There are also bits of black truffle shavings in the mushroom soup itself that makes it so alluring. I couldn’t have enough of the Tartufuta.
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Manzo (Char-grilled Striploin that came with Truffle butter & Fries)
The Manzo came in medium rare. It was tender but a tad bit burnt at on the sides and it came with truffle butter at the top which gave it a buttery flavour. It came with fresh green salad by the side and truffle fries which I thought was only average. I did enjoy the beef but thought it can be better if it was not burnt. The truffle fries was not the best that I had. I thought it was a little bit overcooked otherwise it will be perfect.
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Gelato - Truffle Ice Cream
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Tiramisu
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Pistachio dessert

It was my first time trying Truffle Gelato. I don’t recall it selling in anywhere else that I have know off. The truffle taste was strong and the gelato tasted salty with right amount of creaminess. This was a really nice dessert to end the meal with.
The pistachio dessert was topped with bits of pistachio nuts; it seems to me as a gelato ice cream cake. The taste was so heavenly. The nuts just went well with the ice cream cake which wasn't overpowering. This is a recommended dessert.
I thought the Tiramisu was alright, it wasn’t too sweet and the texture was light and powdery with the coffee powder sprinkled over it. I had a wonderful dessert there all in all. Actually, I love the desserts there.

Music played at the background were Italian songs and you will feel you have been transported to some Italian home for a nice meal. Service was not too bad, waiters were very attentive and they topped up the ice water quite quickly even before we ran out of it.

This place is definitely worth a try, great and good for long conversations, especially dates ;) and one can sit and casually chat over a truffle meal, especially if you are a fan of truffle.
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I went to casa tartufo sometime in march with my girlfriend, it is yet another anniversary. We went there for dinner and had the cena dinner set meal. We started the meal with the burrata al tartufo, it was actually burrata cheese and a truffle bean. It was one of the nicest appetizer I ever had. The combination was simply flawless. The cheese tasted so good. For my main, we had two choice to choose from, the tajarin and ossobuco. I opted for the tajarin which was the egg noodles with fresh blac
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I went to casa tartufo sometime in march with my girlfriend, it is yet another anniversary. We went there for dinner and had the cena dinner set meal. We started the meal with the burrata al tartufo, it was actually burrata cheese and a truffle bean. It was one of the nicest appetizer I ever had. The combination was simply flawless. The cheese tasted so good. For my main, we had two choice to choose from, the tajarin and ossobuco. I opted for the tajarin which was the egg noodles with fresh black truffles cooked in piedmont style. They were really generous with the truffles. The egg noodles were really good very springy and does not stick to your teeth. The sauce was so rich in flavours, very unforgettable. For dessert we had truffle ice cream, you can say this is the one of the best ice cream I have very eaten. The ice cream is so creamy and rich in the truffle flavour. I really enjoyed my truffle dinner and so did my girlfriend. guess we will be back to try more of the food.
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We visited Casa Tartufo during the Singapore Restaurant Week. With $55++ per pax, we had a wonderful 3-courses dinner. A great deal I would say. When we stepped in the restaurant that evening, we were greeted by the very friendly owner, with big warmed smile on her face. The ambiance of the restaurant is great, classy yet cozy. The waiters are professional and the service is very satisfying. Appetizer: Home-made gnocchi potato dumplings, gorgonzola sauceThe chewy gnocchi was served in a rich c
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We visited Casa Tartufo during the Singapore Restaurant Week. With $55++ per pax, we had a wonderful 3-courses dinner. A great deal I would say.

When we stepped in the restaurant that evening, we were greeted by the very friendly owner, with big warmed smile on her face. The ambiance of the restaurant is great, classy yet cozy. The waiters are professional and the service is very satisfying.

Appetizer:
Home-made gnocchi potato dumplings, gorgonzola sauce
The chewy gnocchi was served in a rich cheesy sauce, and tastes sinfully yummy. It was a very comforting dish.
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Beef carpaccio, parmesan, rucola, truffle dressing
Beef slices were very thin and well-seasoned. When you put the beef slice in mouth, it feels like it just melted straight away, and left a great truffle aroma after taste.
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We had Roasted sea bream "isolana" and Breaded and fried chicken breast milanese for mains. Perhaps the appetizers were too good that we think the mains would be as good, if not better. Oh well, the mains did taste descent, but with no surprise. The fish was fresh, and the chicken was very moist despite being deep-fried.
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Dessert:
Truffle profiterole
The dessert was so tiny portion that I felt a bit cheated when it was served. However, after the first bite, I was like "Oh my god.. this is soOooo good!!" I love the crunchy bits, and the truffle-flavored ice-cream of course! Having the smooth ice-cream melted in mouth with a burst of truffle aroma, is definitely a perfect ending of a good meal.
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They are the newish kids on the block. They aim to be and I quote: "..the reference for truffles in Southeast Asia, trading the finest ingredients from Italy, France and the rest of the world, in order to give our guests the best products at the best prices all year round." Big ambitions indeed and why not.Walking in at about 8.30 for dinner last Sunday, we were a little worried at first, since there were only 2 other tables occupied in the entire restaurant. But we were warmly welcomed by th
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They are the newish kids on the block. They aim to be and I quote: "..the reference for truffles in Southeast Asia, trading the finest ingredients from Italy, France and the rest of the world, in order to give our guests the best products at the best prices all year round." Big ambitions indeed and why not.

Walking in at about 8.30 for dinner last Sunday, we were a little worried at first, since there were only 2 other tables occupied in the entire restaurant. But we were warmly welcomed by the friendly and professional waiters (only males). Unlike badly trained waiters who will pack you in only one area of the restaurant, we were lead to a quiet corner away from the other 2 tables.

The restaurant is very dimly lit (unevenly so since some spots were brighter than others) but decked in dark wood and white table cloths, against lace curtains and sparse photos across a couple of the walls. Simple but cosy.

Bread Basket
Perhaps our only complaint was the long wait for the bread to arrive since we were quite hungry. It was a little game of who would blink first, and we lost. So we had to ask the waiter for the bread, to which he replied with a smile: "We're baking a fresh loaf for you". Ok, with that comeback, we just had to endure the hunger and smile back with a "ooh, yummy". And in all honesty, it was worth the wait. It is exactly the kind of loaf I like. Aside from being freshly baked, this was just good bread - crusty on the outside, and soft and chewy on the inside. And 2 plates of flavored butter. The basil better beat what I think was truffle butter hands down.

Wagyu Beef Carpaccio, Rucola, Parmesan, Truffle
The starter was my favourite of the evening. No cooking required, this was just simply a testament of their commitment. Pricing aside, this was an aggregation of very fine produce, put together to deliver probably one of the better beef carpaccio dishes I've had in my "short" life. Shavings of naturally tasty Wagyu, on a bed of peppery Rucola but without any bitter aftertaste, topped off with fragrant fresh Parmesan, then teased with a little truffle to give the dish an aromatic finish. Lovely.

Classic Tajarin with Our Truffle sauce
This is not commonly found in Italian restaurants in Asia. Tajarin is in simple terms, a fettucine that has been halved in width. For Singaporeans, it is akin to "Mee Pok". For HongKongers, it is akin to "foot meen" (阔面). Here, the Tajarin was well coated with a truffle sauce that they call their own. Although we did not verify, my guess is a blend of the 2 types of black truffles they had on offer - Perigord and Alba. It was too good to have been a paste from a bottle, which is what I typically use for regular meals at home. If you like your truffles, this is a simple dish where we can just enjoy the essence of truffle with no distraction.

Veal Chop Milanese in Grissini crust, Tomato and Rucola
Of course, no Italian restaurant is worth its pasta if it cannot execute this dish in perfection. And it was pretty darn close here. Well fried to a crispy outside but with no excess oil to be found, the veal on the inside was a nice combination of flattened meat with bone-in on the other side. Well protected from the cooking process, the meat was still succulent. Of course, the garnish of very good Rucola and sweet (and I do mean sweet) cherry tomatoes kept each bite fresh. For the first time, I wish I had a few more tomatoes on my plate.

Banana Crêpe flambé, Madagascar Vanilla Ice-Cream
If I had to pick a nit somewhere, it was with dessert. Because it was slightly charred from an over-enthusiastic blow torch table-side, there were bitter bits. I would also have preferred the nuts to have been roasted to take away that raw taste that I dislike. But properly executed, the banana-chocolate combination generously drenched in Triple Sec is a winning one. Of course, the ice cream made from Madagascan vanilla beans brought it all home for us despite the flaws.

I like the potential with this place. But there is a price on top of fine produce, no pun intended. Aside from the veal chop which can feed 2 not-so-hungry people very comfortably, portions are a tad smaller than most Italian places here, which tend to be hearty. If you can get past that, what you should enjoy is their commitment to quality.

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2011-02-06
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  • Rucola
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  • Veal Chop Milanese in Grissini crust
  • Tomato and Rucola