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Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar

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Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar provides a fine example of a stylish Italian eatery. The enticing menu emphasizes authentic Italian cuisine prepared with the best ingredients imported directly from Italy.

Daily: 12:00 - 15:00

Daily: 18:30 - 23:00

+65 68371468
$102 based on 95 submissions
Dinner (35 votes), Lunch (30 votes), Fine Dining (27 votes)
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Restaurant week lunch

Restaurant week rolled on by again but unfortunately we were pretty packed and only managed to squeeze in a lunch at Garibaldi on a Saturday afternoon.

While my last visit to Garibaldi was over 7 years ago, the interior looked like it hadn't changed much; sombre and minimalistic with the wine racks featuring prominently in the background. A window table was offered and gladly accepted. Tables are fairly large albeit placed a little too close to each other and the place is a hot bed for noise when operating at full capacity so we had to raise our voices to carry out a conversation.

Complimentary Bread - Served warm, the foccacia was crusty with a soft and airy center. We had seconds.

Seasonal Seafood Salad With Cold Angel's Hair, Smoked Caviar & Chilled Spicy Tomato Soup - A mildly spicy, tart and chilled broth coupled with fresh seafood (shrimp, octopus, fish etc) and a little less than al dente angel hair pasta. Topped with a small spoonful of rather inferior caviar (can't complain for the price though!). Still a pretty decent eat though and I particularly liked how the coldness of the pasta and soup gave it a mildly refreshing spin from the norm. 

Fettuccine With Hokkaido Scallop, Truffled Cream Sauce & Chives - The fettuccine was al dente whilst the truffle cream sauce gave it a nice creamy taste that didn't threaten to overwhelm the senses. The scallop slices, though relatively generous, were a little bland and on the soft side, which highlighted the lack of contrast in both texture and taste of this dish. Still a decent eat nonetheless. 

Valrhona Chocolate & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mousse With Crispy Caramelized Hazelnut & Macadamia Nuts Sauce - I quite enjoyed this sweet ending to our meal. Smooth valrhona chocolate mousse sitting atop a thin slice of limp sponge and topped with a crisp caramelised hazelnut crumble that threatened to stick to my teeth at every possible instance. Couldn't quite make out the olive oil though. 

As with alot of the more "upclass" restaurants, Garibaldi charges an additional fee for their restaurant week meals (for lunch it's $15++/pax more), which works out to be almost $95 for 2 pax. Not too expensive but food quality, though above average, seems to have gone down a few notches since my last visit (maybe comparatively the competition has improved/intensified since then). Service this time round was friendlier though and that is definitely a good thing! 

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Restaurant week lunch

Restaurant week rolled on by again but unfortunately we were pretty packed and only managed to squeeze in a lunch at Garibaldi on a Saturday afternoon.

While my last visit to Garibaldi was over 7 years ago, the interior looked like it hadn't changed much; sombre and minimalistic with the wine racks featuring prominently in the background. A window table was offered and gladly accepted. Tables are fairly large albeit placed a little too close to each other and the place is a hot bed for noise when operating at full capacity so we had to raise our voices to carry out a conversation.

Complimentary Bread - Served warm, the foccacia was crusty with a soft and airy center. We had seconds.

Seasonal Seafood Salad With Cold Angel's Hair, Smoked Caviar & Chilled Spicy Tomato Soup - A mildly spicy, tart and chilled broth coupled with fresh seafood (shrimp, octopus, fish etc) and a little less than al dente angel hair pasta. Topped with a small spoonful of rather inferior caviar (can't complain for the price though!). Still a pretty decent eat though and I particularly liked how the coldness of the pasta and soup gave it a mildly refreshing spin from the norm. 

Fettuccine With Hokkaido Scallop, Truffled Cream Sauce & Chives - The fettuccine was al dente whilst the truffle cream sauce gave it a nice creamy taste that didn't threaten to overwhelm the senses. The scallop slices, though relatively generous, were a little bland and on the soft side, which highlighted the lack of contrast in both texture and taste of this dish. Still a decent eat nonetheless. 

Valrhona Chocolate & Extra Virgin Olive Oil Mousse With Crispy Caramelized Hazelnut & Macadamia Nuts Sauce - I quite enjoyed this sweet ending to our meal. Smooth valrhona chocolate mousse sitting atop a thin slice of limp sponge and topped with a crisp caramelised hazelnut crumble that threatened to stick to my teeth at every possible instance. Couldn't quite make out the olive oil though. 

As with alot of the more "upclass" restaurants, Garibaldi charges an additional fee for their restaurant week meals (for lunch it's $15++/pax more), which works out to be almost $95 for 2 pax. Not too expensive but food quality, though above average, seems to have gone down a few notches since my last visit (maybe comparatively the competition has improved/intensified since then). Service this time round was friendlier though and that is definitely a good thing! 

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For the full reivew, please see http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.sg/2014/11/garibaldi-italian-restaurant-bar.html The swanky restaurant may seem, at first brush, intimidatingly posh and severely stiff, but the warm, inviting service immediately puts one at ease. 

And, for a fine-dining spot, the food is portioned rustically. Exemplary cooking aside, such is the generous portioning that the pricing becomes so very value-for-money.

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1) Free-Range Poached Eggs ($26) layered upon a pool of truffle potato cream and sauteed porcini mushrooms, and crowned with White Truffle shavings ($60 at $10 per gm). This was seasonal food at its orgasmic best, masterfully exquisite and beautifully executed.

2) Prosciutto di Parma con Gnocco Fritto ($26): crisp battered and fried morsels of chewy romagna dough encircled by pink ribbons of the finest Italian Parma ham.

3) Ravioli al Funghi Porcini ($30): bite-sized pockets of veal slathered in a velvety porcini mushroom cream - Hearty and comforting but so very refined. 
 
4) Acquerello Risotto Mare ($36): perfectly al dente, brimming with a rich lobster consomme, and dotted liberally with squid rings, fish, and fat bouncy prawns, all perfectly cooked as well.  
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An old classic...just epic

As a lover of Italian cuisine myself, it's a delight to see so many new Italian trattorias, pizzerias and other -'ias' opening up all over Singapore. With all these new pizza spinning, pasta-making newbies in town, it can be easy to overlook and forget about the stalwart Italian stocks. Garibaldi is one perfect example of this.
(to read full review and pics, visit http://www.citynomads.com/reviews/italian/490/garibaldi-italian-sometimes-the-classics-are-still-the-best)

Embarrassingly, it was by chance that after 4 years of hearing its name and a variety of pleasant to flattering reviews of the famed restaurant, that I finally ventured down for lunch this week.   Like most sane people, I don't believe in spending ridiculous amounts of money on food unless a) it's for a special occasion or b) the food is so good that it leaves an indelible impression on my temporal lobe.   In the case of Garibaldi, it was a special occasion… and after having eaten there, a firm print of delicious Italian goodness is left in my mind…. and most pertinently in the shape of what is shown below:   Gnocchi al gorgonzola – ($28) -After having some sub-standard potato dumplings at another venue earlier this week, the dish at Garibaldi came like a cheese-soaked knight in shining armour. Perfectly al dente, well-textured and bite-sized. And the sauce…Oh my God, the sauce. F*** the diet and order it anyway. While typing this I've practically been drooling with the image below staring me in the face.
(to read full review and pics, visit http://www.citynomads.com/reviews/italian/490/garibaldi-italian-sometimes-the-classics-are-still-the-best)
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