Having read some of the past reviews, I must say times must have changed.
I'll use my first review to say, as a European, this is the est pizza I've had in Singapore.
I was impressed.
Couldnt comment on the other dishes however, as we just went in to try two pizzas.
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Al Borgo is a quaint Italian restaurant situated along the lower end of Bukit Timah Road. We have always been impressed with Al Borgo’s unique cakes, but sadly their cake offerings this time round were unimpressive and we had to settle for a no desserts meal instead.
Though there wasn’t any desserts attracting us, Al Borgo does serve decent renditions of classic Italian dishes. The Melanzane alla Parmigiana ($16.50) had a sufficiently thick and rich tomato sauce. There wasn’t a whole lot of cheese, but thankfully Al Borgo provided us with additional freshly shaved cheese. The eggplants had also adequately soaked up the tomato sauces and on the whole, this was a flavourful dish.
The Orecchiette con Formaggi e Salsiccia was recommended by the staff to be the most cheesy dish in Al Borgo. The mix cheese sauce was creamy and flavourful, not too overwhelmingly salty and rich such that it made us sick. The orecchiette was cooked al dente, retaining a bit of bite. The homemade sausage was quite fresh, didn’t taste like processed meat. On the whole, this was a simple yet comforting dish.
This Italian restaurant located in Alocassia, Bukit Timah, has always been crowded with people, and one has to always wait to get a table. It is totally not possible to walk in without waiting in the evening as it is always full house.
This place has the best calamari, with the best home made mayonnaise. As soon as you bite into it, the juice bursts in your mouth and combines with the mayonnaise makes the calamari unspeakably delicious. They also made the most wonderful pizza in this part of Singapore!!! My favourite is the seafood pizza. The cheese and the tomato sauce are just right, as they are not too salty and you can feel the juices of the tomato with each bite. It is loaded with the freshest prawns, squid and mussels. Best of all, they are cooked just right, not over or undercooked bringing out the fresh sea taste. If you are a cheese lover, you definitely have to order this Buratta cheese with Parma ham. Last but not least, to finish off your meal, the tiramisu is the right choice. It is sweet and filled with chocolate that is both bitter and sweetish. The coffee soaked spongy fingers also make the cake soft and very easy to swallow. Another cake worth trying is the strawberry shortcake. It is made using fresh strawberries with a very light cream so even with a full stomach, you can probably squeeze in that last bit.
They have great service and are reasonably priced. The prices range about $30-$50 per person, depending on what you order. This restaurant is recommended for both young and old so don’t forget to go there with your family!!!
See my full reviews & photos at = http://chefquak.com/2013/11/24/lovely-italian-food-service-al-borgo-on-22nov2013/
5 of us decided to go al borgo for dinner on 22.11.2013. al borgo charges S$30 for corkage but if you buy a bottle then the second bottle is free corkage. 1 friend picked up a jacob creek moscato & he orderd an italian red feudi di san gregorio.
i ordered a few of our favourite dishes.
portobello mushrooms with crabmeat in pink sauce was an excellent starter. portobello was nicely grilled & flavourful & the crab meat pink sauce was excellent, pretty to look at & tasty.
parma ham pizza was good too. parma ham was a favourite for many of us (a friend commented it was not so dry when served on a warm pizza than as antipasti though personally i liked the latter more). it made for a fine combination of dishes for the evening though i had no special thing for pizza.
we ordered 2 servings of seafood squid ink tagliatele to share among 5pax. they were very good as usual, quite a bit of prawns & squid & the nice flavour of creamy squid ink went very well with the pasta.
next was the florentine steak (we waited quite a while for this item as the restaurant was quite full). this was a 700g t-bone steak (new york strip on 1 side & tenderloin on the other). it was S$60 before, now S$75, just as the squid ink was S$22 before & now S$25.
it came together with very nice grilled potatoes & mesclun salad & a dip of balsamic vinegar & olive oil (maybe with the grilled juices). it was still good though for this night, the meat was a bit tougher than what we had here many times before. being greedy, i ordered a second serving, and though we polished up everything, i thought afterwards i would have done better ordering the S$38 250g ribeye steak instead.
a friend brought a mille crepe, the new hit in town. it was like kueh lapis, with many thin layers of pastry interleaved with cream & custard, very labour intensive to make & obviously very costly. it was not too sweet.
the service at al borgo was super! nicola, the restaurant manager (he took over from luigi) was friendly, chatty & constantly at our table & mimo (the chef) came many times & took several photos with us including with his “brother”, my friend who had the same hairdo as mimo. he even recommended the wine. they also arranged for parking redemption for my 2 friends (never knew they had that, so i parked my car along the road with single yellow line though as there were quite a bit of construction going on, i had to park my car a bit further up the road). & the servers, kumar & 2 ladies, were also very friendly, attentive fun & cheerful (an important trait in service business). my wife was commenting on the generation change in the image of chefs. they used to be haughty & temperamental, scowling in their kitchen fiefdom, now they are reinventing to be like gracious, warm, inviting hosts.
the evening (& the whatsapp messages afterwards) was filled with conversation, laughter & fun.
Had dinner at Al Borgo. Menu was good and the Specials were great. Had Wagu Beef (500g) shared between 3 people. Portions are fantastic. Wine selections, though limited to Italian wines, are of excellent quality and reasonably priced. Served with nice balsamic dressing. Desserts are to die for - especially the chocolate lava cake and tiramisu.
Service crew was very attentive and caring. Will definitely come back again with more friends and family.