Etna is an institution at Duxton, having stood the test of time, in an era where restaurants open (and close) in a blink of an eye.
I came by for lunch recently and I had a craving for something traditional and something basic. So I opted for the classic signature dishes:
- Calamari alla Piastra: $18. Unlike most restaurants that do the batter-coated and fried versions, Etna does this dish differently. The squid is pan seared with rosemary oil, capers, olives, cherry tomatoes and pine nuts with squid ink powder. This allowed me to savour the freshness of the squid and the texture of the squid was excellent. The accompaniments for the dish completed the whole dish, elevating it to a high level. What’s unique was the squid ink powder which added a decadent taste to the dish. Highly recommended!
- Carbonara: $22. This was unique. I asked for carbonara without cream, which is what most restaurants serve. The carbonara here is prepared with Mediterranean spices, which adds a special soy sauce taste to the noodles. The pasta noodles were al dente, which gave the pasta a good bite. Recommended!
- Affogato: $9. Vanilla ice cream served in a martini glass, with a shot of Espresso in a serving cup. You pour the espresso into the martini glass. The final result was something that reminded me of a ‘Rootbeer Float’. You use the spoon to scoop the ice cream and coffee for each mouthful. A special highlight and a perfect ending to my meal. Highly recommended!
This was a great meal, and the restaurant is on my ‘Go-to’ list of Italian restaurants to dine.