Wow, this is authentic and excellent quality italian food and service at its best. And though the restaurant setting is posh, our toddler was made to feel very welcome by the staff. Not snooty about it at all.
The meal was sensational from start to finish, even till today, the memory of that meal still lingers on. Appetizer was italian tomatoes oozing with a sweet and savoury taste wrapped in the restaurant's own home made buffalo cheese. It was "umami-ness" to the max. Main was a mouth watering, melt-in-the-mouth braised wagyu beef cheek, cooked in a vacuum sealed bag to lock in the flavors we were told. It was served with saffron-touched mashed potatoes. Every bite of the wagyu beef cheek was flavourful, tender, to-die-for. Dessert was a very smooth panna cotta which I later supplemented with chocolate gelato (boring choice but I have a sweet tooth that needs satisfying). Oh even before the appetizer, the bread basket was fresh and aromatic. The entire meal was heaven, a culinary journey course-by-course through the heartiness and flavours and sensorial pleasures of italian cuisine. The manager told us the chef is from north Italy so I would recommend ordering dishes that makes the most of his provenance and heritage. Oooo. Just writing this review is making my mouth water...the beef cheek is sheer pleasure, every single morsel of it. Generous pours of wine and prosecco too!
The service excellence matches the food too. Friendly yet classy, attentive yet unobstrusive, the manager and the lovely waitress who served us completed our experience of italian hospitality. They were so accommodating and cheerful about my toddler's embarrassing requests for repeated servings of parmesan cheese to go with her pasta (she is an addict and can eat a full bowl of parmesan cheese on its own). No need to ever ask for more bread or water or napkins (for my toddler's mess), the service staff will anticipate your needs before you ask them. Another thing I really appreciate is that each course for each person is brought out just at the right time, which is uncommon even in the nice restaurants in singapore.
I will definitely be back. Already the craving for a repeat of the wagyu beef cheek is intensifying as I write this review.