There's something satisfying about having a good dinner on Friday at the end of the work week. And I was happy to return to LaBrezza for one after the Sunday brunch experience the other time.
New Chef de Cuisine, Stefano Arrigoni, who hails from Milan served up a slew of dishes that evening.
The Pan-seared Hokkaido Scallops wrapped in Pancetta with Truffled Angel Hair Pasta and Caviar Sauce ($32) was a good way to begin dinner. The juicy scallop and saltiness of the pancetta coupled with the truffled pasta sure revved up the appetite.
Then came the Tuscany Style Tomato Soup with King Crab & Basil Foam ($18). Rich-tasting, sunny and refreshing. Seafood + tomato + basil = a tested and proven combination, no?
Mooving on to the pasta, the Homemade Whole Grain Pappardelle Ragout of slow-cooked Venison and Pecorino ($40) was meaty and comforting. Made me wanna hug grandma. Ok, that is all. Moohehe.
The Tagliolini with Boston Lobster, Sun-dried Tomato, Italian Basil, served with White Wine and Tomato Sauce ($48) was alright but didn't quite make an impression.
But the Barolo Wine and Pecorino Risotto, Sous Vide Oxtail and Sweet Saba Reduction ($38) blew me away. The risotto cooked with Barolo wine was robust yet balanced and toothsome. Flavourful oxtail and a sweet Saba reduction (reduced grape juice) complete the experience.
Slow-cooked Australian Lamb Rack, crusted with Kalamata Olives, Vegetable Caponata, Potatoes poached in Milk and Smoked Pork, Chianti mustard and Vincotto Sauce ($48). I'm not the biggest fan of lamb but I like the Chianti mustard! Moohehe. #alchie
Speaking of alcohol, try the Paolo e Noemia d'Amico Seiano Rosso Lazio IGT 2011 ($15/glass; $52/bottle). A blend of Italy's favourite child, Sangiovese, with Merlot, this youthful wine boasts nice acidity, fruitness, a touch of minerality and a pleasant finish. Very accessibly priced especially considering that one is dining at the St Regis.
We also tried some pizzas. My favourite was the Proscuitto ($38) featuring a delicious combination of Parma ham, sun-dried tomato, Stracciatella, Mozzarella and caramelised red onions.
If you like, you can request for your pizza to be made into a curry-pok-looking Calzone. But I think I prefer my pizzas open-faced. :p
The meal ended with the classic Tiramisu ($12). It was soft with strong coffee and liqueur flavours.
The food was pretty good and the place perfect for a nice Friday evening dinner...to unwind with fellow foodies of course. :)
Thanks to Jackson Sim of St Regis for the invitation and hosting me.
The St. Regis Singapore, Level Two
29 Tanglin Road
Tel: 6506 6884
Chew On This: Bring the kids! LaBrezza has a children's menu with Mushroom Soup, Penne Carbonara and Mini Burgers.