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Nestled in Raeburn Park, a commercial space that was the former Gan Eng Seng School, Parco Caffe is extremely hard to get to. The management really mean it when they say it's off-the-beaten-track (pun intended- it's behind Tanjong Pagar KTM). I would never head to this place unless i'm driven here. The great news is that you won't have to jostle for a spot with annoying kiddos here.
The vibe is quite similar to that of Skyve Elementary Bistro though Skyve feels a little more fun while Parco is more serene. The Park theme is consistent throughout the restaurant with open spaces and lush greenery. I love that it is filled with natural lighting and there is a seamless integration with the outdoors but yet it maintained that air conditioned comfort. Singapore ought to have more of these indoor alfresco dining places.
I especially love the atrium, which could be booked for private events. This is the perfect garden party location minus the disgusting humidity we have. We tried to do dinner here once (online reservation failed us) but the place was booked for a couple's solemnization ceremony. I thought it looks better in the day with its chapel-like atmosphere.
Food-wise, if you like Spruce and Alkaff Mansion Ristorante, then you would probably like the offerings at Parco; they are managed by the same group. Expect classic Italian cuisine and some Asian fare for lunch and dinner daily. The Homemade Tagliatelle with Duck (S$23) sounds like a crowd pleaser, so does their Calzone with spinach and smoked duck (S$20).
Weekend brunches (also on PH) offers indulgent items like Scrambled Eggs with shaved Black Truffle (S$25), Foie Gras & Wild Mushroom Eggs Benny (S$21). Served from 9am - 4pm, this is perfect for all you lazy birdies.
I had the Parco Continental Colazione (S$20) because i was craving for meat. The freshly baked bagel with creme fraiche was more of a bread than a bagel for it lacks in the density department. Wasn't too impressed with the rest of the items. Hash brown was too flaky and tasteless and the tomato was the Malaysian sort. I enjoyed the juicy Portobello but it didn't come grantinated with Gruyere cheese as stated on the menu. The sausage was a little flat and powdery. I regretted ordering this instead of the foie gras benny. :((
The pancakes were fantastic S had the Strawberries (S$11) which were 3 ginormous fluffy and moist pieces stacked with fresh strawberries, tons of buttery sweet thick cream (it didn't seem whipped to me) and maple syrup. Love the light sweetness of the cream with the lightly salted pancakes.
If you are still clueless over where to eat this weekend, perhaps check Parco Caffe out. I'm a little uncertain about the brunch menu but would probably head back here some time to try their all-day Italian mains.