Sunday, December 02, 2007

Borgo, Bukit Timah

Did I say that I liked this place? This probably means that at some time in the future, I'd like to come back again because the food's pretty good. Well maybe there was just a little thing about the fact that it gets tiresome to gain the attention of the wait staff when the restaurant was crowded. Borgo (789 Bukit Timah Road) embodies a character of Italian food that I admire. A character which is starting to creep into scarcity. Good old fashioned heartiness with the food. The prices here are atypical of most decent Italian restaurants here. Which means that while you couldn't possibly expect anything to be very wallet friendly, they are fair and hence quite reasonable for what you get. I hear that this place does excellent pizza too, but I've not had the opportunity to try them this time. Still, this first visit was promising and boded well for re-visits.

The bread here was quite a bore. Understandably, that wouldn't be the only yardstick to measure the restaurant.

Scamorza Dello Chef

Scamorza cheese is a type of curd cheese a chewy texture like mozzarella. The ones here are the smoked variety and hence, tasted like a smokey mozzarella. The scamoza dello chef was essentially baked scamorza topped with sauteed mushrooms and chopped.....well, greens. The result was a fragrant starter of smoke and mushroom flavours. I thought this was pretty good and it's certainly something that I wouldn't mind having again if I came back.

Gnocchi with pumpkin sauce

The gnocchi here looked hand made. Possibly in house. That was because the sizes weren't consistent. These soft potato and flour nuggets were coated with a thick sweetish pumpkin sauce. They also appeared pretty small compared to previous ones that I've had. I liked it with the shaven cheese and bits of real bacon that created a contrast from the sweetness. Does anyone think that those look like corn kernels?

Bistecca Alla Fiorentina

This steak was a meat lover's dream. At $58, it was a hefty 700g serving with side of sliced roasted potatoes. And some token vegetables with olive oil and balsamic vinegar. I didn't really think so much of the rosemary which tends to be a little overwhelming, but the meat was pretty good. The striploin side was noticeably more chewy than the tenderloin section which I personally preferred. I had thought that the striploins were suppose to be more flavorful but the differences between that and the tenderloin was barely discernible to me. The steak was done medium rare with a nice char on the exterior. I thought this to be pretty good, even if it didn't quite score with juiciness.

Lava cake

I had originally thought this to be one of those ubiquitous molten chocolate cakes that everyone out there is doing, but this turned out to be a little different. And a little gimmicky. Basically, the cake in a ramekin gets doused with Grand Marnier and is then flambéed on the table. The aftermath leaves a soft, warm and rich creamy cake that had a surprisingly weak chocolate flavour. That, I did not expect. So if you're hoping for a full bodied chocolate thingy, this didn't quite do the job.


D said...

Thanks for the comment.
Borgo? Oh.. I actually went there once but didn't review it. I sort of know the owner, did you see her there? Some people think she's rather good looking but then again, beauty is subjective aye?
Nice to see you're still going strong in the SG.
Cheers mate!

LiquidShaDow said...

Hey D,

Thanks for dropping in. Well, I didn't take any particular note of any lady that might look like the owner. The food here's not bad. Will probably come back again in the future.