Daily: 09:00 - 21:00
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.
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.
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.
Where do you chill out after shopping ? I would say it is Caffe Cova at The Paragon. As a fashionista who shop in style, I am particular about the place I chill out after my shopping trip. I want a cafe with nice ambience for me to rest my tired feet and to relax. I love to drink my cup of cuppacino at Caffe Cova. The cuppacino is simply heaven and rich which I love. Very rich aroma. As a regular there, the staff recognised me and always give me excellent services. Some even called out to me when they met me at some social events when Cova is the caterer. Nice ambience, nice coffee and nice music to chill out after shoppings and to catch up with friends. You must try their coffee, you will love it. Also a nice place to spend a lazy afternoon over coffee and cakes. Oh yeah their pastries are also heavenly....well will comment on that on my next review. Keep a look out for my review on their pastries. Enjoying my caffe cova cuppacino now.
I think the small portions do not really justify the rather expensive price tag. I ordered the juicy mushroom risotto and finished it within 6 spoonfuls. At over $20 it is rather pricy and I was still hungry. I probably could have gotten more value at other places and feel fuller for the same price. Plus the mushroom risotto though yummy was not exceptionally a notch better than others which probably cost less and with a bigger portion.