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Tuesday, 19 April 2016

Lunch at Osteria Art Italian Restaurant @ Raffles Place

55 Market Street, Level 1, Singapore 048981
Tel: 6877 6933

The chosen venue for lunch today was Osteria Art Restaurant and came highly recommended by a colleague. Osteria Art Restaurant is an elegant Italian restaurant led by Beppe De Vito, where quality and fresh ingredients are being valued.

When we first set foot into the beautiful, sophisticated restaurant with dark ornate wood and dazzling lights, we were being greeted warmly with smiles from the various crew members. This brightened our moods instantly, and we had a feeling that service would be efficient and friendly – we were not disappointed.

Many items on the ala carte menu interested me, particularly the Black Cod and Kale Fettucine dishes. However, since the colleagues were all going for set lunches, I decided to choose one of these attractive sets too. Each set lunch is priced at SGD$35.00 and comes with a starter, an entrée and a dessert as well as tea / coffee; it was very value for money.

To start us off, there was Bread – piping hot, utterly crispy on the inside and fluffy on the inside; we devoured every bit ravenously dipping in the olive oil and butter provided.

My appetiser was the Foie Gras with Pumpkin Cream and Almonds. The first cut into the fatty slice set it wobbling, and it was so buttery, so soft it melted on the mouth deliciously. However, I tried to distance my treasured foie gras away from the pool of thick, saccharine pumpkin cream it was sitting amidst. The taste just did not jibe, the creamy, sweet sauce was a sharp contrast IMHO.

Colleagues who had the Cauliflower Soup with Garlic Chips complimented it for its tastiness.

For mains, I had the Red Wine Braised Lamb Shank with Potato Puree. Usually I would’ve gone for the fish or lobster (especially during this period that I am supposed to be on my rigid diet), but today I needed some “tonic” so red meat was the right choice – an excellent choice, in fact. The flesh was so tender it fell off the rack upon gently contact of the knife, shedding itself beautifully. Into the palate, the succulent flesh teased ever so lightly yet flavorfully, yet there wasn’t a single hint of the supposed gamey taste most other lamb meat contain. This was a marvellous dish executed well, and the red wine infusion though subtle, was beautiful.

Grilled Seabass with Rucola Salad and Pachino Tomatoes was another delightful dish – crackling top layer concealing moistened flakey flesh. The natural taste of fresh fish was distinctive, heightened by the slightly tarty sweetness of tomatoes.

The Linguine with Lobster and Martini was described to be very scrumptious, pasta springy, broth saccharine with lobster bisque’s richness and lobster meat fresh.

Dessert time came finally. Our Mango Cake was dainty in portion – served in tiny cubes, in fact, surrounded by an assortment of colourful fruits. Once the teeth broke through the cottony-soft sponge of the cake, taking in the velvety smoothness of its texture – the mango aroma came flooding through the palate, filling it nicely.

We ended the meal with some good Tea and Coffee, as well as Candied Almonds as accompaniments. You tell me what is there not to love about this non-pretentious, posh restaurant and its well-thought dishes!  I would love to bring my friends and The Beau back here for dinner.

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