05 May 2014 • 12 reviews • 0 follower
Italian food is difficult for me to enjoy because I am most particular and fussy about it-- it is my favorite cuisine and have high expectations when someone calls themselves an "Italian restaurant". Very few Italian restaurants please me because I really dislike it when it is not done well and spoils the name of Italian cuisine. Otto Locanda was one of the few that was not only good, it was really great!
We started with the Frittelle alla Pugliese (Melted Smoked Scamorza Cheese Wrapped with Italian Roasted Ham
and Soft Fritters with Spicy Tomatoes Sauce) for $18. Excellently done, really enjoyed it.
We also had the Gnocchi di Patate e Zucca (Pumpkin and Potatoes Gnocchi with Pan-Roasted Scallops and Crispy Bacon Bits) for $28. Best gnocchi I've ever had although the portion was smaller than I would have liked but it tasted fabulous.
Then we had the Astice alla Griglia (Grilled Boston Lobster with Mix “Pinzimonio” Vegetables and Fresh Seasonal Fruits), I thought $35 was pretty good value for money. I enjoyed the pairing of the lobster with fruits, however, this dish was only average for me in terms of taste.
We finished it off with a limoncello creme brûlée with chocolate drops. It was very delicious as well.
All in all, the food was of very high standards and quality, totally worth it.
Service was good and everyone was polite and pleasant. I personally would have preferred a friendlier experience as opposed to a professionally pleasant experience. But it wasn't bad, just different. Everyone was very helpful and had a smile on their faces.
Ambience was ok. Many people mentioned that this is their more casual arm whilst Otto Ristorante is their fine dining arm. Maybe because of that I had anticipated a more relaxed and homely experience, but it was actually still quite "proper" for me. Nothing bad about the place, but I would have appreciated a more homely experience.
Although the best for me remains that little restaurant called Bruno's in Positano, Italy, this may be my favorite Italian restaurant in Singapore so far!