Friday, May 02, 2008

Another crack at the walnut...

Lunch with some a.m.i.gos. I remember clearly that my previous visit here at La Noce (3 Chu Lin Road, S669890, tel : 6877 1986) wasn't one that inspired much of confidence. I've somehow managed to convince myself to give this place another chance to see what has improved since it's been several months from that last time and sometimes, things change for the better. Sometimes. Two things happened here. I shook hands with Salvatore Catalano. I shook hands with Mia, the Skinny Epicurean. Lol.

The main draw for making this journey into the obscure part of the west was their fagotino. It's a dumpling based pasta stuffed with pear and cheese which I thought was rather interesting. This pasta which is made in house came with the option of the regular/boring pomodoro, arrabiata or quattro formmagi sauce. To form, it arrived pretty much like how I imagined it to be. Dumplings of pasta skin filled with cheese and pear. The texture of the fruit was totally lost along with the sweetness. There was an almost indiscernible fruitiness which was buried under the sauce and cheeses. Could have been a lot better. Funny thing is, the old fried calamari starter was actually pretty good. Crispy batter and chewy insides. That's something that many places can't get right.

The other special of the week was a ravioli stuffed with ricotta and porcini mushrooms. The commendable part was the robust flavor of the mushrooms. Unfortunately, the skin seemed to be a tad undercooked.

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