Monday, August 20, 2012

Fantastic Italian Makan!

Many people have said good things about this place- from its food to its decor and even the folks who run the restaurant. Today, I too, am one of them.

Valentino was located at Rifle Range Road until it shifted to its new premise at Turf Club not too long ago. My sister strongly suggested a visit there after she had a good experience. And the rest as they say is...

Lunch. Moohahaha.

Check out the charming interior. A nice mix of elegance and rusticity with homely Italian touches.

Small private rooms are also available. They look nice and cosy!

Anyway, on to lunch. Warm bread with an olive oil and basil dip was a good start to the meal. 

The Linguine al Granchio ($25.90) was fantastic! The wait staff suggested Tagliatelle so we had ribbons of squid ink pasta tossed in a creamy tomato sauce with chunks of crab meat. The sauce was hearty and rich but balanced. The lovely crab meat was succulent and delicate. Two hooves up!

One of the specials of the day during my visit was this Linguine with Mussels, Clams and Botarga ($42.90). Both the shellfishes were small but plump and sweet. The simple tomato sauce mixed with the flavours of the clams, mussels and botarga, a cured fish roe, was wonderfully sweet, tart and savoury. 

Risotto ai Fruitti di Mare ($24.90) also turned out well with al dente rice grains cooked in a flavourful seafood broth with very fresh prawns, squid, scallop and clams. I'm guessing there was a little wine in here too.  

We also tried a pizza, one of Valentino's signatures- Parma Rucola Porcini Pizza ($23.90). With a thin crust topped with tomato sauce, rocket leaves, parma ham, shaved cheese and porcini mushrooms, it was hard not to like. But still, I think the pastas outshone it.

I ended my lunch with a Negroni ($16.50)- a classic Italian cocktail or gin, sweet vermouth and Campari. The small ice cubes meant that I could not slowly sip this as they melted rather quickly. :(

All in all, I really enjoyed the food here and will be moost happy to return again for some Italian loving! 

Ristorante Da Valentino
200 Turf Club Road
Te: 6462 0555

Chew On This:

A bag hook made of a bent spoon. Such a clever idea! :)

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