Tuesday, December 04, 2007

La Cantina in Venezia

Most people think of Changi Village as a rustic spot still relatively untouched by modernisation, with its lush greenery and long sandy beach. What most people don't know is the existence of an Italian semi fine dining restaurant, La Cantina, at the only "modern" building there - Changi Village Hotel.




Interior

Hidden from sight on level 8 of the hotel, La Cantina offers a splendid view of the ocean as well the surrounding greenery through the vast windows that stretches all the way up to the second floor, which incidentally happens to be the private dining area I believe. The decor revolves around simplicity with a touch of Victorian elegance through the addition of Roman pillars and crafted figurines. For people who prefer the outdoors, there's the more romantic (but warmer) al fresco option as well.



Menu & Drinks



Bruschetta

I didn't think too much of the Bruschetta, which was decent but not the least bit outstanding. It was essentially garlic bread with diced tomatoes on top, in which case the tomatoes looked a tad tired but managed to retain its juiciness fortunately.



Grilled Scampi

Billed as the specialty for the week, the grilled scampi was nice with a smoky grilled taste but did come across as a tad too salty for my liking. Another grouse was that the meat was minimal. And at $29, it certainly didn't come cheap.



Linguine Al Granchio - Crabmeat Linguine in Creamy Tomato Sauce

A most decent dish save for the fact that the creamy tomato sauce overwhelmed the taste of the crab, which was a pity really. They could have added chicken and there would be minimal differences except for the texture. Pasta was al dente however and overall the dish didn't come across as too heavy on the palate.



Quattro Stagioni - Pomodoro, Mozzarella, Ham, Artichoke, Mushroom & Olive

First looks, the pizza looked huge and was literally spilling off the sides of the plate. However it was more of an eye full than anything else. The crust was a little limp and not the least bit crispy, while the ingredients tasted rather bland with neither cohesion nor contrast of flavours.



Coffee Creme Brulee

I had thought the coffee creme brulee would have been an interesting dessert but it didn't really live up to expectations. The creme brulee was very sweet on the first mouth but slowly became better. The coffee taste was unique but a tad too strong for my liking.



Chocolate Bitter Tart

Contrary to its drooling inducing appearance, the chocolate tart was merely average with its crust being too hard and the chocolate not being rich enough. Never ever judge a dish by its appearance.



Chocolate Souffle

Probably the best dessert of the evening, the chocolate souffle was not too sweet but small and didn't come with ice cream which would have complemented it very well. The crust could have been a little firmer as well but no complains about the oozing chocolate though. I would say its a slightly above average rendition.



Bill

Dinner for 2 cost almost $125, which isn't too expensive considering the quantity of food we ordered. Sure, the quality isn't top notch but its still decent Italian fare with huge portions to boot. Throw in the excellent ambience and service and there's no question if a revisit is on the cards.



Likes: Good service, great ambience
Dislikes: Average food

Final Verdict:
Ambience:8/10
Service:7.5/10
Food:6.5/10
Value for money:6.5/10

Overall:7.125/10

Address: 08/09-02 Changi Village Hotel

Contact: 6546 9190

Opening Hours:

Mon to Fri & Eve of Public Holidays - 11am to 3pm and 6pm to 11pm
Weekends & Public Holidays - 11am to 11pm

14 comments:

MamaBoK said...

Yah.. a wee bit ex.. even for me.

jane said...

are u going GyuKaku (CHIJMES) soon? :)

fatpig said...

Hi Jane, I'm planning to go soon. But even then, my writeup wont be up so soon cause I still have a backlog of about 10 entries :p

jane said...

WOW. 10! :( i must slowly wait le... hehe.

Camemberu said...

Wah that's a healthy backlog to have! :) Somedays I got nothing to post! lol

I must say you eat quite well. Love reading about the places you go to. Vicarious enjoyment! :)

fatpig said...

I rather have no backlog cause I don't really have time to do many writeups lol.

ps: You flatter me. =)

ratatouille said...

hi, if u visit cantina again, do try the mussels in white wine. Its one of the better dishes there. outdoor seating can be quite chilly, since now its the monsoon season.

fatpig said...

ratatouille: Tell me about it. Went there again and sat outside. It was so windy that we had to move in. But it sure is nice sitting outside =)

Cheezer said...

I didn't have a really good time there during Valentine's 2007. Took 10 mins to come and sit us down (we have reservations), called them 3 times before they are free to deliver our ice water, 2 hours for just salad and soup (they forgot the appetizer). We didn't wait for the main course and the dessert....coz it was already 11pm and I got to work the next day. So we hopped over to the hawker centre next door. Needless to say, I never go back to the same restaurant again. They might have better service during off-peak period.

fatpig said...

Hi cheezer, 2 hrs is a long time! I've been there a couple of times and the service is ok but maybe it was Vday so things were off? Usually restaurants tend to screw up on occasions like Vday, Christmas, CNY etc. But I totally agree that if I had your experience, I would definitely not go back!

Marco said...

Hi

You know of another italian called Cantina (i think)? It was wedged rite in the "middle" of those landed houses opp Holland V.

Last went there a few years ago....

Marco said...

oh... found it. Its under the same group though. Its Cantina (greenleaf).

Maybe u can go and check the place out. :) It would be better if u drive.... cos its really out of the way....

fatpig said...

Hi Marco, thanks for your recommendation! =)

LiquidShaDow said...

The place at Greenleaf, is call Ban Guan Park. I'm not sure if it is still there. The last time I was there visiting La Braceria, Cantina there was closed and I meant, closed. Later on, i heard mention of the owners of La Braceria looking for a new place to re-locate their restaurant because they couldn't stay there anymore. I don't know if the places there will remain, but if anyone knows of any new addresses for Cantina, pls tell.