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(Closed) COVA Pasticceria - Confetteria (Paragon)

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Caffe Cova is spilt into a tea room and restaurant, with the open concept cafe having the space once taken by Dome, and the restaurant taking over the premise of Swarovski crystal shop.

Daily: 09:00 - 21:00

+65 67330777
$32 based on 49 submissions
High Tea (21 votes), Lunch (15 votes), Quiet (15 votes)
The Hungry Bunny

Not just for amazing desserts, they do great Italian food too

For additional reviews of this place, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com/2011/03/cova-pasticceria-paragon.html and http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com/2011/02/cova-pasticceria-paragon.html

Although the array of pretty desserts and pastries is breathtaking, this charming tea-room-styled bistro serves more than just sweets. The quality of the Italian cuisine here, albeit with a limited menu, is almost faultless. Desserts here are admittedly pricey, so it's best to get the desserts after 8pm, as they go for half the price then. Much more worth it.

We had:

1) Mozart ($16) starter of arugula and grilled prawns dressed with balsamic vinegar was fantastic. The bouncy plump prawns, coated with a smoky sweet glaze, harmonized brilliantly with the bitter crunchy arugula leaves

2) Merluzzo alla Piastra con Pomodori al Forno e Riduzione di Balsamico ($34) pan roasted cod with oven baked tomatoes and balsamic vinegar reduction. The fish was fresh, mild and creamy, topped with a generous sprinkling of ground pistachios for some crunch and a light nutty accent.

3) Risotto al Tartufo Nero ($30) black truffle risotto with porcini mushroom and veal jus - delicate and elegant.My only gripe is that the portion was too tiny for me

4) Dark & White Chocolate Cake ($8) - awesome. The dark chocolate, with its bittersweet overtones, married well with the rich milkyness of the white chocolate. A semi-tart blackberry, raspberry and strawberry provided a brilliant counterfoil to the rich, creamy dessert.

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08 Apr 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

RUSSELL HAY

On a recent trip to Singapore ,- due to the fact I missed out on lunch ,and it was too late to visit the Superb " Crystal Jade " Chinese Restaurant on the 4th floor ,-I wandered in to COVA .

I perused the limited selection of savoury items and decided on a cheese and tomato sandwich . No "Ham and Cheese" available ( probably because there is more profit in the alternative ) - Cheese and Tomato .

The Light Rye bread was stale ,-the cheese was tasteless ,-and with a small sliver of Tomato .

If my wife served up such a pathetic sandwich ,I would divorce her .

This excuse for a sandwich cost me : wait for it : $16.50 !!

On the way out ,I did mention to the " Ponsified " doorman with a large pretentious mustache ,that it was the worst sandwich I had ever experienced ,-He replied with a facile comment ,-"But it is light Rye Bread ".

No excuse : even light rye should not be stale .

Never again ,- Potential customers : Be Warned !
09 Mar 2012 • 579 reviews • 21 followers

Not just for amazing desserts, they do great Italian food too

For additional reviews of this place, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com/2011/03/cova-pasticceria-paragon.html and http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com/2011/02/cova-pasticceria-paragon.html

Although the array of pretty desserts and pastries is breathtaking, this charming tea-room-styled bistro serves more than just sweets. The quality of the Italian cuisine here, albeit with a limited menu, is almost faultless. Desserts here are admittedly pricey, so it's best to get the desserts after 8pm, as they go for half the price then. Much more worth it.

We had:

1) Mozart ($16) starter of arugula and grilled prawns dressed with balsamic vinegar was fantastic. The bouncy plump prawns, coated with a smoky sweet glaze, harmonized brilliantly with the bitter crunchy arugula leaves

2) Merluzzo alla Piastra con Pomodori al Forno e Riduzione di Balsamico ($34) pan roasted cod with oven baked tomatoes and balsamic vinegar reduction. The fish was fresh, mild and creamy, topped with a generous sprinkling of ground pistachios for some crunch and a light nutty accent.

3) Risotto al Tartufo Nero ($30) black truffle risotto with porcini mushroom and veal jus - delicate and elegant.My only gripe is that the portion was too tiny for me

4) Dark & White Chocolate Cake ($8) - awesome. The dark chocolate, with its bittersweet overtones, married well with the rich milkyness of the white chocolate. A semi-tart blackberry, raspberry and strawberry provided a brilliant counterfoil to the rich, creamy dessert.

28 Dec 2011 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Tiramisu at it's best

The Cova Tiramisu cake was amazing from the first bite. I loved the thick layer of coco powder with the whipped cream and the cake was light and fluffy. The sweetness was just right, and it feels natural.

For pictures and details, click here: http://foodsionista.blogspot.com

26 Dec 2011 • 473 reviews • 68 followers

Disappointing

Popped by Cova Pasticceria for dinner one evening since we were in the vicinity and everywhere else was packed. Started in 1819 in Milan and originally patronised by the crème de la crème of society, Cova has expanded to a few countries in Asia to cater to those who seek "the high life" (albeit if only temporary).

And the decor is telling. Dark wood coupled with European style overhanging lamps that throw off warm light and well designed cornices greet you as you step into the cozy space that Cova occupies. Simple yet elegant.

Mushroom Risotto - For $30 , I had expected something more substantial than a miserly thin layer of risotto which I finished in 2 mouthfuls. And to compound matters, the risotto was a little overcooked for my liking.

Seafood Spaghetti - The seafood spaghetti fared a little better though I did think that the spaghetti wasn't al dente. I liked the light tomato based sauce and the fresh seafood but as with the risotto, portions were pathetic.

Lamb Rack - I didn't get to try this but from observation, portions were still small.

Peanut Feuilletine - And for dessert, a tiny piece of peanut feuilletine about a third the size of a regular slice of cake you would get at the likes of Starbucks, Coffeebean etc. To give it credit, the feuillentine was nicely thin and crisp while the chopped peanuts provided a nice crunch to the whole dessert. There wasn't much to go around though.

A miserable meal for 3 cost to the tune of $130, which is ridiculously expensive in my humble opinion. Portions were pathetic and two people with average appetites would have been able to polish off all the dishes with ease (we resorted to MacDonalds after the meal). Food quality hovered around average to slightly above average but the prices (and portion size) definitely do not warrant a revisit. Also, service lacked warmth and I didn't feel invited at times. Maybe we are just the wrong target audience.

See all my pictures here.

02 Dec 2011 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

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I'd always thought Cova looks pretty glamorous so when I saw they were having a 1-for-1 set dinner offer, I jumped at the chance!

The set dinner basically consists of 4 courses and a coffee/tea.

Course #1: was a choice of a sort of eggplant lasagne and a potato & leek soup. both are super awesome! i am now a convert to the eggplant loving camp!

Course #2: was the spaghetti carbonara. One of my companions does not take cream, so they changed it to a tomato-based one for her. the spaghetti was cooked perfectly, and the carbonara is amazing! the best carbonara I've had in Singapore so far!

Course #3: was a choice of rib-eye steak with mushrooms and a truffle sauce; or halibut with some cheese and a champagne sauce. The halibut is cooked perfectly! as for the rib-eye, I've had better elsewhere, but the truffle sauce is really marvelous!

Course #4: was your choice of cake. you either get one big cake or four small ones. the staff recommended the peanut cake and it was amazing! it's just like ferrero rocher but in a cake! I also tried their sachertorte which was perfect. it wasn't overly rich! I'm really impressed with their cakes!

On the tea side, I had darjeeling which was pretty nice. I find that their teapots are kind of small - just enough to pour two cups of tea, so the tea gets a little thick, but if you ask the staff they will refill your pot with more water.

I must say that Cova has one of the best service I've ever experienced in Singapore! The staff are efficient and attentive, taking away the plates just when you're done. Some of my companions have various dietary requirements, and so we had to make some special requests (like getting a tomato-based spaghetti instead of carbonara, and also having a halibut without any cheese), and the waiter was able to take all these orders perfectly! I am very impressed!

The staff also made recommendations - for tea and cake - which we were very happy with.

Btw the portions are quite huge, so it might be a good idea to go there famished if you're going for the set dinner.

I haven't been so impressed with service in Singapore for a long time. Thank you Cova! =)) I'll be back!