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2015-06-14 123 views
See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/06/13/still-good-but-far-too-pricey-valentino-on-11jun2015/had an early father’s day family dinner at valentino on 11.6.2015. i had not been to valentino for many years. my impression had been that food is good here, but just too pricey & not justifying the quality of food. this evening was no exception, nothing to change my mind.we had a complimentary focaccia. it was warm, & good!we had a bottle of amarone. we were told S$145, but when
had an early father’s day family dinner at valentino on 11.6.2015. i had not been to valentino for many years. my impression had been that food is good here, but just too pricey & not justifying the quality of food. this evening was no exception, nothing to change my mind.
we had a complimentary focaccia. it was warm, & good!
we had a bottle of amarone. we were told S$145, but when the bill came it was S$168. anyway it was father’s day dinner & wine was good. we just paid up.
i remembered the burrata was a very good dish here. & it was! ^^very light & went well with the palate. i thought there was prosciutto accompanying the dish, but there wasn’t. later i found on my earlier post that senso indeed served it with parma ham, however my memory had been that valentino’s was still better! we added a beef carpaccio. it was good too. sweet, tasty cut.& just great with the parmesan cheese & rockets. & i always love the crab squid-ink linguine in pink sauce.it was still very good, and i guess i still liked it. it was very creamy, a lot of crab meat, and linguine was done well, al dente!
but for me it has lost a bit, or maybe most of the wow factor. my daughter, who is rather discerning with food & has a better palate than i, though liked this quite a lot. goes to show taste is a very individual preference. that it was a very good pasta & the price was quite ok is not disputed.
the carbonara – my first taste was that it was good. but then immediately, i agreed with my youngest daugher that it did not taste like the usual carbonara.yes, valentino’s was a good pasta, the dry creamy kind & tasty maybe from the cheese. but i think i like the alfresco gusto version of carbonara with an egg much better.
i liked the parma ham porcini cheese pizza – good! nothing so special but just a good pizza.
what was a very pleasant surprise was the pan-fried veal with parma ham, about S$37. it w2as the best dish of the evening, and we ordered a second.^^
for me, the pistachio penna cotta was a complete flop. we all said it tasted like a poor chinese almond jelly. & it cost S$15.50. i was not expecting lake como’s pizzeria balognett standard, but this was just plain poor dessert.
overall we paid like S$528nett for 5pax. the wine alone cost like S$195, so about S$325nett for the food for 5pax.
we asked the price of every dish that was the special not on the menu. the prices of specials though like S$258 for 1kg T-bone steak & S$168 bisteca florentine steak were just not on for me leh! ….al borgo used to serve the florentine steak at S$60, maybe it is S$80 now?? there was no lobster pasta this evening & the special was king prawns at S$58. i guess i woud order it if i have faith in the restaurant where transparent pricing & price matching the food is concerned. well, i didn’t. i guess i will call it just my personal lack of faith.