The Baba •
23 Jan 2009 • 74 reviews • 3 followers
Having never stepped into an actual Da Paolo restaurant myself (and having no concrete plans to do so in the future), I can't be certain of how close the gourmet shop's food is to the "real thing", but it's still very good from what I've tried.
Spinach & ricotta-stuffed cannelloni ($8.50) - I'm adverse to nuking my food in a microwave oven, and so as I heated it up on the pan, it filled the whole kitchen with the lovely aroma (or pong, if you don't like cheese) of ricotta. There are 3 pieces, each about the size of 2 D batteries put together. They're not stingy with the minced spinach and the ricotta is as rich as the aroma suggests.
Cous cous with sweet potato and wild rocket ($3.50/100g) - A very interesting blend of flavours and textures is present: the 2 different kinds of sweetness from the soft sweet potatoes and the raisins, the nutty taste of the cous cous grains and the bitterness of the rocket. Quite refreshing although it continues to absorb water from your mouth after ingestion!
Banoffee tart ($8) - It's damn expensive but it's also a massive serving best had in 2 sittings or shared with a significant other. The toffee is very smooth and very sweet, the bananas are soft without being mushy (although the sweetness of the toffee often masks its flavour), and under that cream and chocolate, it's such a sinful delight. The tart pastry is unremarkable, a little dry and, no, doesn't make it less 'jerlak'.
Chocolate chip scone ($3.50) - A single piece can make for a very filling breakfast, and can also be had over 2 days. As expected, it's dry, a bit buttery and crumbly (get your own clotted cream if you want to). The chocolate is definitely Valrhona. 'Nuff said.
The staff were helpful as well and didn't appear the least bit grumpy. Yes, the items are still pricey, but some of them can be managed into more than 1 sitting. I'll be back for banoffee and scone fixes.