Made reservations for Saturday dinner, to celebrate a birthday. Was pleasantly surprised to discover that we would be seated in a private dining area. Nice.
Ordered ala-carte dishes. We had five pasta and two meat items. Complimentary bread (foccacia and walnut) was served meanwhile. For starters, we had duck breast salad and prosciutto with buffalo mozarella.
Sharing the mains was fun, and allowed everyone to have a taste of everything.
For pasta, we had Arrabiata (spicy tomato sauce penne with garlic) done al-dente and it was refreshing with some spice. The Sakura-Ebi spaghetti tasted akin to Chinese hae-bee (dried shrimp) dish.
The Tagliatelle with wagyu bolognese and black truffle was fragrant. The bolognese was subtle though. Didn't quite enjoy the ravioli with lobster, in bisque sauce. Found the ravioli skin a tad too hard, and bisque sauce a bit too salty.
The Carbonara was quite a hit as it was the only cream based pasta on our table that night. Pancetta tasted rather like fatty pork, and liked the doneness of the spaghetti.
The beef cheeks braised in red wine sauce with acacia honey was nicely tender and flavourful. The iberian pork loin was done medium well. Kind of fatty, but definitely tender. Yums.
Kudos to the maitre d' for taking care of us that night. The birthday memento was a nice touch as well.
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For full coverage and pictures; please read:http://www.epinosh.com/la-luna-rossa-osteria-singapore/ Nestled in the corner at Scotts Square since Feb 2012; this Italian-Japanese restaurant La Luna Rossa Osteria is helmed by chef Masahiro Takada (known as Masa) who has had 8-years stay in Italy. He aims to replicate the cuisine from "La Luna Rossa bijou ristorante"- Japan; introducing the same artisan taste to this flagship outlet in Singapore. With his kitchen experience with numerous Michelin-starred restaurants, it is unquestionable that I will be in good hands.My lunch began with a Bread Basket; a slice of butter bread and wholemeal buns. I was blown away by the butter bread for its dense texture and crusty shell while the wholemeal buns were less impressive. I wished it has been more toasted. The dipping extra virgin olive oil was very comforting, nice penetrating olive fragrance. By the way, bread-sticks will be served in addition to the bread basket, when you chose a $38++ or $60++ set, but not the $25++. The Celeriac Soup - solacing. Full-bodied soup, true on its own - 100% celery-based and it was so magnificently creamy. The bowl was licked clean!The other main - Spaghettini Cream Sauce with Baby Scallop and Broccoli. Sadly, neither did it out-performed the former, nor was it on par. The pasta came with a generous serving of seafood; baby scallops and clams of which the clams - dreaded fishy. The baby scallops were alright. The cream sauce tinted with that fishy odor, was light but tasted slightly awful. It was a pity as the pasta had been cooked well - firm and chewy.The main - Spaghettini MENTAIKO Peperoncino topped with KIZA MINORI. The portion was sufficient to feed any lady, slightly more than what a fine-dining would served. The roe has been well-seasoned with a tinge of spiciness but not overly burning. Most notably, the spaghetti was one of the best - cooked al dente. I have been to some highly regarded Italian restaurant but their spaghetti were lackluster. Here, at La Luna Rossa; they have done a good job! The seaweed nori in replacement to the usual Italian herbs was a brilliant tweak. A clever innovate. Perhaps, I should opt for dishes that were whipped up by the master chef himself, then can I conclude on his true culinary skills. For now, I could only pass judgement (a mixture of good & bad taste) based on the the generic Japanese influenced - Italian dishes, along with the artful plating and ambiance. A $70 bill, sure was hefty and it was less bang for your dining bucks, if you had asked me.