Tue - Sun: 12:00 - 14:00
Tue - Sun: 18:00 - 22:00
The highlight of this Italian steakhouse at Mohamed Sultan Road is the Bistecca Fiorentina, a massive 1.2kg piece of Australian wagyu. Those who avoid beef will be glad that the restaurant also has a selection of pastas and non beef dishes.
Moving here from London, it was hard to give up great steaks cooked properly (e.g. in a Josper grill). When you see how packed Goodman's is even on weeknights, you wonder why Singapore doesn't have an equivalent. Even places that supposedly specialize in steak (Bedrock Bar & Grill, I'm thinking about you) serve desperately thin, small pieces of meat, cooked at too low heat, without much flavour...
...until Bistecca came along. Not quite a Josper grill, it's more the giant flame around the meat kind of place, but the effect is the same.
Go for the costata, not the bistecca - it's tastier, softer and takes better to that method of cooking. Medium will keep it nice and red on the bone whilst ensuring the fat will actually melt into the rest of the meat and you'll get a nice crust. No information on what beef it is, but it definitely has enough flavour to be worth the 180++. A costata should feed three.
The only issue I have with the place is the high priced wine list. I think there are only 2 bottles below 90++.
Nice atmosphere inside suitable for a business occasion or a date, but I still prefer sitting outdoors between the cypresses after the sun has set.
Second time here and the service here is still awful. I've never been to a restaurant where I was ignored for 10mins after being seated. The food is decent but we didn't get to enjoy it as the staff were perpetually hovering and trying to clear our dishes. Yes, I know there is a second seating but do we have to be hurried so? There were empty tables around us. We were there for a birthday celebration and the staff knew this but who asks you to leave then says "would you like dessert"?
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For a steakhouse, the pastas were flawless. You'll be remiss if you didn't try them. That said, the steaks were a must-try, get the bone-in steaks to share if you've got at least 4 persons in your group.
Service was upbeat, attentive and warm. Our water glasses were never left parched, and the wait staff sported wide grins with a twinkle in their eyes.
1) Coniglio ($25) - tagliatelle tossed in a full-bodied rabbit ragout, mixed mushrooms and pancetta: exquisite. I love bunnies (as you can well tell from my moniker), but wowoweewa, this was truly glorious. It's a little difficult to feel guilty when this was so awesomely good.
2) Risotto al Tartufo ($35) with porcini, parmesan and generously littered with black truffle shavings: intoxicatingly delicious, creamy, and wonderfully comforting.
3) Fiorentina Manzo ($188): a massive 1.1 kg wagyu-holstein T-bone, and incredibly tender and juicy. I loved its full-bodied decadence, and beautiful charring
4) Asparagi ($15): perfectly grilled asparagus sticks imbued with a heady smoky aroma
5) Gnocchi e Funghi ($13): a mushroom medley with chewy potato gnocchi, and tossed with butter and thyme, was unfortunately laced with parsley despite instructions to hold all said herb off. Good thing we had a parsley lover in our midst or we'd have sent it back