Tuesday, September 01, 2009

Gary Baldy

I've been meaning to come back to Garibaldi for some time since it's been quite some time since I've eaten here. So that would make it my first visit since they time they closed up for a little while for renovations and the prices inched up noticeably higher from the time before. Still, one could find pastas at a price that could reasonably be considered non exorbitant or excessively overpriced. And I did have some good impressions of them from before.

Hence this lunch which started with some prosciutto & gnocco as it was called. It was described on the menu as a Romagna fried dough. Might have been street food from the place of origins and possibly something one could get real cheap since the price of it was pretty much about how much parma ham that came along. The taste of the freshly fried dough was akin to a sugarless fried doughnut or from another perspective of it, hum chim pang. The fun part about eating it was that one could just stuff the thinly sliced Parma ham into them before eating. It was otherwise pretty much as it looked.

One of the reasons for wanting to come back again was also, the selection of risotto that the restaurant has these days on the menu. One of those that got me curious was the risotto alla carbonara which was basically, a carbonara styled risotto which was something I've never tried before.

It was on the whole, rather predictable in taste being both eggy and cheesy at the same time with very defined beads of rice that's cooked in the reduced sauce. I could consider this comforting for abit, but it became a little boring after a while and the portions were rather generous for something that was so rich in texture. The crispy parma ham on the top wasn't too exciting really.

What was surprisingly quite good was the cannelloni stuffed with minced wagyu beef that came in a cheese sauce and some leeks confit. The winning factor for me in this dish was mostly because of the meat which did remind me more than a little of that braised boar stracci from Oso and they were savoury in a very good way. The bonus was the cheese sauce which contained Gorgonzola that was really the icing quivalent of this cake. Unfortunately, the sauce came in really miserable portions and that was about the only thing I had gripes on for this pasta. Leeks were pretty good if ordinary. Funny thing is, I've been looking for places that serves cannelloni that's not baked and here I find one that is, and I actually like it quite a bit.

As you might have already noticed, this lunch was filled with rolls that come with stuffings. Even for dessert. It might have been because, I wasn't really thinking much in the way of expectations for their cannolo siciliano. Not that I think they're not good. This did turn out much nicer than the no-expectaions that I've set for it. I would have to say that it was probably because of the creamy ricotta fillings and encrusted with a genorous amount of pistachio bits at the end and some of the pistachio sauce at the sides. The bar of chocolate that the pastry rested on was even filled with more of the pistachio stuff. Unexpectedly pleasant surprise there.


Anonymous said...

after seeing this pots, maybe i should give Garibaldi another visit since my maiden visit there 3 yrs ago

Anonymous said...

Haha I like your play on words.. "Gary Baldy" indeed! Good one ha =D