24 May 2015 • 1 review • 0 follower
The moment you step in to Cicheti, you know you're in good hands. From the unique wooden(albeit not very comfortable) chairs to the floor tiles or the map of venice on the ground, the restaurant oozes rustic charm, with impeccable service that adds to the warmth of the place. Service here is both prompt and friendly, making you feel at home. The food here is absolutely amazing in my opinion enough people have covered their pizzas, and although ive tried them, ill opt to focus more on their other dishes. I've never been to a restaurant where they put so much effort into every dish and every detail of the dish such that anything you order is an instant favourite or if not at the very least, a decent interpretation of the dish. For starters, you MUST have the Burratina ($29) the combination of the creaminess of the cheese, the sweetness of the seasonal fruit, the saltiness and fragrance of the quality parma ham unlike the one you find in supermarkets, is sublime beyond anything ive had. I love Beef Carpaccio($15), and the one at cicheti is very well done, the beef itself lacking the raw taste and being of good quality, paired with parmiggiano, horseradish cream and fresh peppercorns that when combined complemented the beef perfectly, making for a very tasty, fresh tasting carpaccio. My favourite carpaccio ive had anywhere. The Polpette ($15) (meatballs) here oft-mentioned, are excellent, especially the hearty,tasty tomato sauce it comes with, which is the real star, as it truly is the best tomato sauce ive ever tasted. Mmmmm. The Squid Ink Tagliatelle($28), consisting of homemade pasta, crab meat and squid is another must-try, as the tomato sauce here is soooo tasty and fragrant thanks to the fresh seafood used, and the combination of the crab ,squid, al dente pasta and hearty sauce makes for the best pasta ive had in Singapore, for its tastiness and heartiness though i think the quality of the pasta itself could be improved. The Manzo Alla Griglia($37) sliced beef thats a steak, basically, is decent and well executed, but the beef itself lacks that beefy punch that i was looking for, and a sauce could have been given with it or an attempt could be made to make it more italian in some way? Im no chef but i felt the beef was too ordinary for such an extraordinary restaurant. The star dessert as you may well know is the Salted Chocalate($12.5) which is a MUST. The balance of sweet and bitter of the chocalate itself, of hot and cold and richness of the cake, is perfect and the best ending to an already heavenly meal. To close, Cicheti's attention to detail is truly commendable, eg the rucola they use in their dishes is the best ive had anywhere, not bitter and yet still fragrant, and the bread provided with their dishes is homemade and of superb quality as well, hell i'd buy their bread alone if they sold it! The simple and tasty, really well done food in Cicheti have really stolen my heart and ill definitely look forward to eating there every week.