Otto Ristorante

10 04 2010

We all deserve that occasional pampering once in a while. For that pupose, there are spas, medicure & pedicures, massages, facials and there is Otto

Otto’s lunch set menu($35++) varies weekly, which is great because it not only shows off the full extent of the chef’s abilities but at the same time gives him flexibility in cooking as well. One will never bore at what Otto has to offer.

Though touted as Italian Fine Dining, I felt that the low ceilings and confined space allowed for too many decibels which made my dining experience there a little less than private. Then again, the service mannerisms, furnishings and food were able to hit the mark of a fine dining venue.

Amuse Bouche came in the form of a Gratinated Cauliflower. A palate teaser to whet the appetite…

Choice of Appetizer (Roast Beef with Tuna Sauce “tannata” or Classic Caeser Salad with Garlic Croutons and shaved Parmesan Cheese or Cauliflower Soup

The Roast Beef with Tuna Sauce could hardly be called an appetizer. The portion was huge! Not that I’m complaining. Easily my favourite dish from the meal, I was entralled by the hedonistic pleasures derived from popping these streaks of thinly sliced beef in my mouth. The capers also gave the beef a savoury kick.

Despite throwing in strips of fried egg, it proved to be nothing more than an accessory for aesthetic appeal and I found the Caeser Salad boring, unable to detect the presence of Parmesan. The only thing worth mention was the crispy and flavourful Garlic Croutons.

Choice of Main (Potato Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cheese & Walnut Sauce or Pork Loin Scaloppini with Marsala Wine Sauce and Vegetable Ratatouille or Confit Grouper Fillet with Cauliflower Veloute)

I am used to the chinese style of steaming or frying grouper till its flesh is tender so eating grouper cooked in this style was a first for me. The thick slab of Grouper confit was surprisingly firm and I thought the Cauliflower Veloute(similar to a soft mash) paired nicely and did well to make this dish a little more exciting. Still, Grouper won’t be replacing Cod as my perennial choice of fish anytime soon.

You can give it a long and fancy name but at the end of the day, it’s just a Pork Chop and it didn’t wow me.

Choice of Dessert (Pear & Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Sauce or Otto’s Ice Cream or Sherbet)

I thought this was going to be a typical chocolate fondant. Instead, what arrived was a warm and crisp Pear Cake whose texture and taste reminded me of a Carrot Cake with a mild Vanilla Sauce drizzled at it’s base. It didn’t matter at all that I couldn’t really taste the chocolate. This was oomphalicous regardless!

Otto’s Ice Cream on the other hand was just erm ice cream…good old comfort food.

I like pampering and I like Otto, do you?

Bon Appetit!

 

 

 

OTTO RISTORANTE

28 MAXWELL ROAD, #01-02 RED DOT TRAFFIC BUILDING

TEL: +65 6227 6819

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8 responses

10 04 2010
kiewupforgoodfood

Fried egg in Caesar Salad?! Yuck. The beef sounds good but I think it would have been 100000000x more appealing if it had been a darker shade! Like we’re eating it pure and fresh (like scavengers). Similar to those at Dozo!

10 04 2010
drpiggy

waaaaa u don’t know wat you’re missing out! you should try beef sashimi one day, it’s awesome!

12 04 2010
huiyuan89

U didnt had the cod fish?

12 04 2010
drpiggy

nooooo. i read that it’s supposed to be damn shiok right? haiiiz, guess there’s gg to be a next time @ otto soon.

12 04 2010
drpiggy

oh btw, it seems we are from the same batch of 89!

13 04 2010
huiyuan89

that’s right…so u r having ur 21st this yr?
When’s ur bdae?

13 04 2010
drpiggy

already had it! 2nd mar…just some hassle free catering at my place, nothing too fancy. is yours gg to be some big feast?

13 04 2010
huiyuan89

Mine is in May. I do not have any plans yet.
I don’t intend to hold any parties as my frens are quite busy due to exam period 😦

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