Monday, March 21, 2016

Grazing on LaBrezza's New Menu Dishes

It's such a luxury to have a wonderful Italian meal amidst tranquillity in town yet away from the maddening crowd. That's possible at LaBrezza, The St. Regis Singapore's Italian restaurant. It recently launched a new menu with Chef de Cuisine Luca presenting "classic Italian nuances with modern influences".
 
The meal started on a fresh note with the Moioli Insalata di Mare ($29), a seafood salad featuring a medley of scallop, prawns, mussels, clams, octopus and squid with poached and lightly charred vegetables which still retained their crunch. A hint of olive oil, lemon zest and oregano provided just enough lift for the appetiser.
 
Next up was something warm and comforting. The Zuppa Di Porcini e Pollo ($18) with porcini mushrooms veloute, slow-roasted chicken breast, mushrooms espuma and hazelnut powder was one of the best mushroom soups I have had recently. Creamy, rich, earthy and a nice multi-textural experience.
 
From the pasta section, the Ravioli Del Plin ($24 for the smaller piccolo size) offered tender pillows of Piemontese Agnolotti filled with chicken, pork and veal, served with its natural braising sauce. There was a good sense of balance in the dish preventing it from being overly rich or big. Scrumptious.
 
By the way, pastas here come in two sizes so one can decide on the appropriate portion depending on the number of dishes one would like to order or simply the amount of stomach space. Moohehe.  
 
Another dish to showcase Chef Luca's balanced, restrained touch is the Baccala in Due Maniere ($36). A juxtaposition of delicate pan-seared cod fillet with a richer-tasting oven-stewed cod fish with braised onions and milk reduction. The duo were accompanied by organic polenta and charcoal radicchio which provided a hint of pleasant bitterness.  


To anchor the meal and induce sweet, meaty dreams, the Costoletta di Vitello ($48) provided a substantial bone-in chunk of veal, breaded and fried until golden and presented with buttered Kipfler potatoes, arugula, cherry tomatoes and shaved Parmigiano Reggiano. I felt this dish had a certain rustic, homecooked feel beneath that polished veneer. So good that I even ate my friend's portion when she could not finish hers. Yes, I am that helpful. Moohehe.


Dessert took the form of Sicilian Cassata ($14), a classic Italian dessert. Ricotta cheese and candied fruit terrine, citrus coulis and pistachio gelato.

Thank you The St Regis Singapore for the invitation.

LaBrezza
Level 2
The St. Regis Singapore
29 Tanglin Road
Tel: 6506 6884

Chew On This:

Thirsty? This Chilean Hemisferio Sauvignon Blanc Reserva 2014 by established winery Miguel Torres will slake one's thirst with its refreshing acidity and notes of passion fruit and guava. Oh and it goes pretty well with the oysters which are part of LaBrezza's buffet spread for Barbeque Night ($88 per person) every Friday evening. Other delights include antipasti, cold cuts, seafood on ice, and lobsters, lamb chops, sirloin and seabass grilled upon order.      

1 comment:

Sham Monk said...

I definitely dream about going to this party place again. The live music at venues in Los Angeles was an added bonus, providing a backdrop for the fun hours spent imbibing, tasting, and chatting up with the breweries and beer distributors.