Six & Seven •
02 Jul 2012 • 68 reviews • 3 followers
There exists a quality about home-cooked food that people just can't get enough of. Stripping away the fancy techniques and meticulous presentation, it is the ‘Zi Char’ and hawker stalls we favour for a fuss-free bite that highlight how much harder it is to make simple food taste good.
Some attribute it to the heart – or soul – of the chef that goes into his cooking, or the mastering of those dishes over the years, but probably few are able to demonstrate this art as well as Chef Carlo Marengoni
at his homestyle, casual Italian restaurant, Trattoria Gallo D’Oro
– or “a 'Kampong' Italian restaurant”, as he affectionately terms it.
“Have food must share”, the head chef and co-owner quips, as he serves up memories of home-cooked food from his hometown, Bergamo. Staying true to his motto of sharing, meals are served in a communal approach, where dishes are prepared for sharing and set in the centre for all to partake in. Diners may also opt for the ‘sharing menu’, featuring must-tries to new daily dishes off the menu.
To kick off our meal, Chef Carlo presents the Sardine fritte ($25). Usually one to avoid fried food, I found myself strangely drawn to the crisp, deep fried sardines with onions, that were delightfully light and oil-free. The main, disguised as a starter, also helped the table to ease into conversation as we adopted a more casual way of eating with our fingers.
Topped with sage and part-crisp, part-succulent bacon mini-strips, the Casonsei alla Bergamasca ($20) was almost too easy to eat. The stuffed veal ravioli was packed to the brim with flavour, and the savoury bacon, that highlighted the delicate taste of veal, is rounded off with a rich, buttery finish.
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