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Da Luca Italian Restaurant

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Address: #01-19/21, Goldhill Plaza, 1 Goldhill Plaza, 308899

Armed with more than 15 years of culinary experience in Italy, Australia and Singapore, chef Luca Pucciani offers a succulent feast of authentic selection of pastas, pizzas, antipasti, soups and desserts. All of the restaurant's pastas are handmade daily but prices remain affordable at a minimum price of $20.

Daily: 12:00 - 15:00

Daily: 18:30 - 23:00

+65 62584846
$65 based on 36 submissions
Dinner (7 votes), After Work (5 votes), Children/Family (5 votes)

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Fabulous 5-course Wine Dinner on 30Jul2015

See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/07/31/fabulous-5-course-wine-dinner-da-luca-on-30jul2015/

went with wife for a wine dinner hosted by a bank on 30.7.2015^^ the menu looked fabulous..restaurant was filled up.  there were 45 diners including quite many bank staff. food was excellent. & we had great company, seated with the wine distributor & the CS banker. a most enjoyable evening dining & chatting! ^^ we were served a toasted bread. it was good. i finished all of it. 
& we had a prosecco. 
#1 first course was chef luca’s signature chilled capellini in wild truffle emulsion. chef luca hailed from garibaldi & gunther. this was really good! it was so very flavourful, wonderful truffle aroma, with a japanese laver (seaweed) & ceviche of hokkaido scallops. you can get decent even good chilled capellini at saveur & also just as good ones at concetto for S$7 but this here is the “real thing”. we had the maculan bididi 2011, not that i know what it was. a pretty good, sweet white wine. wife liked it. ok for me too. #2 the slow cooked spanish octopus was done very nicely too, very tender. ^^ the grilled flavours (server said it was braised then grilled) kind of masked by the tomato sauce. 
the best octopus i had was at alle darsene at bellaggio lake como. the roasted octopus tentacles at miky monterosso cinque terre was good too. the preparation at da cula was perhaps more fine i guess, but taste & overall experience wise, alle darsene was just heavenly, and i think i prefer miky monterosso too. in singapore the best i had was the sous vide octopus tempura we had almost everytime at mikuni. #3 & the porcini funghi risotto with black truffles was good, great texture, al dente, good taste. i did not find it as intense & flavourful as the funghi risotto (sans the black truffles) which i had recently at tess bar & kitchen though. not sure why. maybe the more expensive black truffles overwhelmed the mushrooms? anyway it was a good risotto. the red wine braised wagyu cheeks was very good too. very tender, a very good braise. it was beefy but not very beefy so easier on the palate. portion was fairly generous, not totally satiated but almost there. :-) for a good braise, i think my own spanish slow-braised beef ribs with a vegetable ratatouille gives a more balanced flavour. and i also prefer beef ribs to the beef cheek. there was good wine pairing for each course, & i do enjoy just a little of the wine, though they were basically lost on me. 
chef luca came to say a few words. we all enjoyed his food very much, so chef luca was very popular man for the evening. #5 & yes, the crispy apple tart was excellent!^^ maybe i will give this a try if i can find a good online recipe. it was really a fabulous dinner & company. P.S. i went with wife to an amarone wine dinner at american club last november. looking at the food picture again, that dinner would be a bit better by comparison. still, this one was very good, and we enjoyed every bit of it.

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• 31 Jul 2015 • 297 reviews • 1 follower

Fabulous 5-course Wine Dinner on 30Jul2015

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See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2015/07/31/fabulous-5-course-wine-dinner-da-luca-on-30jul2015/

went with wife for a wine dinner hosted by a bank on 30.7.2015^^ the menu looked fabulous..restaurant was filled up.  there were 45 diners including quite many bank staff. food was excellent. & we had great company, seated with the wine distributor & the CS banker. a most enjoyable evening dining & chatting! ^^ we were served a toasted bread. it was good. i finished all of it. 
& we had a prosecco. 
#1 first course was chef luca’s signature chilled capellini in wild truffle emulsion. chef luca hailed from garibaldi & gunther. this was really good! it was so very flavourful, wonderful truffle aroma, with a japanese laver (seaweed) & ceviche of hokkaido scallops. you can get decent even good chilled capellini at saveur & also just as good ones at concetto for S$7 but this here is the “real thing”. we had the maculan bididi 2011, not that i know what it was. a pretty good, sweet white wine. wife liked it. ok for me too. #2 the slow cooked spanish octopus was done very nicely too, very tender. ^^ the grilled flavours (server said it was braised then grilled) kind of masked by the tomato sauce. 
the best octopus i had was at alle darsene at bellaggio lake como. the roasted octopus tentacles at miky monterosso cinque terre was good too. the preparation at da cula was perhaps more fine i guess, but taste & overall experience wise, alle darsene was just heavenly, and i think i prefer miky monterosso too. in singapore the best i had was the sous vide octopus tempura we had almost everytime at mikuni. #3 & the porcini funghi risotto with black truffles was good, great texture, al dente, good taste. i did not find it as intense & flavourful as the funghi risotto (sans the black truffles) which i had recently at tess bar & kitchen though. not sure why. maybe the more expensive black truffles overwhelmed the mushrooms? anyway it was a good risotto. the red wine braised wagyu cheeks was very good too. very tender, a very good braise. it was beefy but not very beefy so easier on the palate. portion was fairly generous, not totally satiated but almost there. :-) for a good braise, i think my own spanish slow-braised beef ribs with a vegetable ratatouille gives a more balanced flavour. and i also prefer beef ribs to the beef cheek. there was good wine pairing for each course, & i do enjoy just a little of the wine, though they were basically lost on me. 
chef luca came to say a few words. we all enjoyed his food very much, so chef luca was very popular man for the evening. #5 & yes, the crispy apple tart was excellent!^^ maybe i will give this a try if i can find a good online recipe. it was really a fabulous dinner & company. P.S. i went with wife to an amarone wine dinner at american club last november. looking at the food picture again, that dinner would be a bit better by comparison. still, this one was very good, and we enjoyed every bit of it.
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• 02 Jul 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower

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Agree with earlier comment that service commensurates with how much you spend. Recently spent almost $3,500 for 14pax, and still didn't feel service was sincere.  Food was so so, adding insult to injury.  Definitely not my first choice for Italian food, or value.
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• 01 Aug 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

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Double standard service. You get no service if you don't order wine, or a full course meal. We were served by 1 particular filipino guy on all 3 visits, seems like a senior as he was bossing the other waiters around and likes to be "friendly" with caucasian customers instead of serving plates like the others. Once we came in and sat on a table he pointed us but the table was not set yet, no cutleries whatsoever. We had to get his attention a few times to set the table or even to refill the water. Sometimes water refill doesn't come even after we got his attention. Weird, as he seems to be so attentive with caucasian customers, kept topping up their drinks without any commands.

It's a no brainer that main courses have to arrive at the same time. Mine was late, and maybe forgotten cause others have almost finished their food and mine wasn't even on the table yet. He eyed our table a few times looking at my empty space but no effort of updating me about my food. Tried to get his attention but he kept walking away from our table (???) Finally when my food came, everyone already finished their food, no apology was made. I mean, if I dont want service, I might as well eat in food courts.


Tbh the food is not bad that's why I came here 3 times thinking it'll be different from my first experience but to no avail. So if you want a good service here, make sure you order a full course meal and maybe bring your caucasian friend. 
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