Friday, May 02, 2008

Da Paolo La Terrazza

Had dinner at Da Paolo La Terrazza - one of 7 Italian restaurants/bars/gourmet shops that the Da Paolo group has opened up since their early days as Trattoria Da Paolo in Tanjong Pagar.

Interior & Menu

Located just a stone's throwaway from the ever crowded Holland Village in the quiet, tree lined stretch of Jalan Merah Sage, La Terrazza offers a respite from the hustle and bustle of life as the rat race takes a back seat in this charming little neighbourhood restaurant. The decor is simple yet comfortable, with its rattan chairs and a small alfresco dining area to cater to those who wish to enjoy the humidity of Singapore. Then again, there's only the air curtain to seperate the air conditioned area and the alfresco area so sitting inside doesn't guarantee a cool dinner, which was the case that very night I was there.

Complimentary Bread

The complimentary bread was a good start to the meal. Fragrant, soft and moist on the inside yet crisp on the outside. It would have been better if served warm though.

Minestrone Soup

La Terrazza's offering of the minestrone soup hit some rather flat notes to render it painfully average. I could have gotten the same standard of soup at most decent western restaurants for a lower price. Probably the only interesting thing was that the soup came with a slice of cheese in it, something I've not seen anywhere else. Not that it really made much of a difference to the taste of the soup though.

Cappesante Alle Erbe e Brandy - Sauteed Scallops with Brandy and Herbs

I like scallops hence I tend to have higher expectations of them. And these failed miserably. The scallops were bland and soft, not firm as I would have expected and there was no taste of brandy whatsoever. The only discernible taste came from the ground pepper scattered atop.

Tagliatelle Al Granchio

The Tagliatelle Al Granchio aka crab meat pasta provided a much needed boost to the disappointing dinner thus far. Al dente without being too heavy on the cream or taste. Nice and filling just the way I liked it. Could do with a little more crab meat though.

Crespelle Alla Crema - Caramelised Thin Pancakes with Vanilla Pastry Cream and Vanilla Ice Cream

This is probably one of the very very few times where I order pancakes for dessert. But I'm glad I did. The caramelised pancakes were rather interesting because as the name implies, the pancakes were coated with a hardened layer of caramel, making it sweet. Personally, I would have prefered chocolate cream instead of vanilla cream inside though.


Undoubtedly the star of the evening, and one of the main reasons why I wanted to eat at La Terrazza - the tiramisu. The not overly wet sponge to mascarpone cheese ratio was quite even and overall the tiramisu came across as light and fluffy with a stronger than usual hint of alcohol. A slice costs $10 and if you want the entire cake, its $60.


$94 for a soup, an appetiser, a main and 2 desserts certainly isn't prohibitively expensive considering the relatively above average quality of food in general. But it isn't cheap either. On the flip side, service is good and efficient but rather mechanical, lacking the personal touch and warmth.

Likes: Food quality above average
Dislikes: Expensive

Final Verdict:
Value for money:6.5/10


Address: #01-56 Chip Bee Gardens, 44 Jalan Merah Saga

Contact: 6476 1332

Opening Hours: Lunch 11.30 am to 2.30 pm. Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Tuesday.



R said...

the crab pasta looks delicious. i'm quite the sucker for any sort of seafood. and pasta. anyways, did you get to see the size of the $60 cake? lol. restaurants like to charge hefty prices for ONE slice, that when you add up enough slices to make one cake, the total price of the many slices often SHOCKINGLY exceeds the price of a whole cake. hahaha. happened at cedele. but you know, as long as it's good, i suppose there's no fuss to kick up. hehe.

fatpig said...

I didn't get to see the whole cake but I heard it serves only about 4-5 pax so that would probably be about the price as putting 4-5 slices together.

Anonymous said...

Hi! this is totally irrelevant to the post. Anyway i was thinking of having an anniversary dinner at sage. My partner has quite a huge appetite. Are the portions really that insufficient? if we order a starter, soup and main course each?

fatpig said...

Hi anonmymous, rule of thumb is, stuff yourself with as much free bread as possible. Nah I'm just kidding. Portions at Sage are not big but probably a starter, soup and main should suffice. There's always the dessert option after dinner you know? ;)

ps: Sage has moved to 7 Mohd Sultan Road.

Anonymous said...

Hi! I know there are takeaway outlets of Da Paolo (Paragon & Chip Bee Gardens). Do you know if the tiramisu is as gd as those served in the restaurant? They are much cheaper of course, a box for $8 (I think).

fatpig said...

Hi anonymous, I've only done takeaway from the outlet at GWC and it tastes about the same, just slightly drier.