Pepperoni Pizzeria (Frankel Avenue Outlet) – Possibly the Best Pizza!

7 11 2011

Go to any online forum with a discussion thread on “Where to find the best pizza in Singapore?” and I’m absolutely positive the name Pepperoni Pizzeria will pop up. Operated by the Les Amis Group, Pepperoni Pizzeria‘s Frankel Avenue outlet is the newest of their 3 outlets, the other 2 being located at Binjai Park and Greenwood Avenue, both around the Bukit Timah area. Given the popularity of the place, reservations are highly recommended.

If there’s one appetizer worth ordering here, it’s got to be the Fried Potobello Mushroom with Chicken & Red Wine ($18++). With a portobello the size of both my palms combined, the fried batter manages to remain crisp despite the excessive local humidity. The  red wine sauce is spectacular, rich, fatty and robust and comes with diced bacon, just my kind of gravy.

The Aglio Olio & Peperoncino ($18) or Spaghetti tossed with Garlic and Red Chili in Olive Oil is awesome as well, though priced rather steeply for something so simple. The garlic isn’t that intense despite it’s chunky look and the spiciness is well tuned. Feedback from friends HH and JH is that the other pasta dishes available here pale in comparison, so I’d suggest sticking to the Aglio Olio if you are a first timer here.

The Pizzas here are thin-crusted and come in 3 main sizes, Medium (9 inches), Large (12 inches) and Family Size (21 inches). Personally, apart from the novelty factor of having a crazily huge pizza,there really isn’t any perks in ordering a family size since it will typically be less evenly cooked. Hence, we ordered a large Salmon (Fresh Salmon, Caramelized Onions & Capers) and Frutti Di Mare (Prawns, Clams, Scallops, Squid Rings & Fish) Pizza ($23++). Yes you can have your pizza half and half here 🙂 My favourite pizza at Pepperoni’s is the salmon, whose flavour has somehow been infused within the pizza. Not sure how they do it but it’s devilishly good.

If you prefer your pizzas on the salty side, go for the Pancetta (Pancetta, Diced Tomato & Soft Egg), Prosciutto Crudo di Parma (Parma Ham & Rocket Salad) ($23++). 

So is Pepperoni the best Pizzeria in Singapore? Very possibly, I’d say.

Bon Appetit!

Pepperoni Pizzeria

 95 Frankel Avenue

Tel: +65 6445 5661





KOPITALK

2 04 2010

You know how the saying goes that the best things in life are free? Well, I beg to differ. The guy who said that probably hasn’t tried the Katong Laksa or Carrot Cake at Kopitalk, a small humble coffeeshop located at the junction between Changi Road and Telok Kurau Road. You can call me lucky, but I have been living just a stone’s throw away(literally) from here for the past 15 years, depending on the Laksa and Carrot Cake here for sustenance on occasion. Kudos to my dad in doing such a fine job of purchasing a domicile in such an ideal location!

  

Having undergone a recent renovation, most of it’s previous stalls still reside within Kopitalk, with the exception of the Zi Char stall which has now been taken over by Rajah’s Curry, a seemingly famous Indian stall plastered with the numerous articles featuring it but we shall cover more of that on another day. We must focus on today’s mission, the carrot cake and laksa!

Most people don’t know this but the Katong Laksa in Koptitalk is actually the orginal Katong Laksa(with authentic stall certificate from the 1980s)! I had only recently found out about this interesting fact after reading a post on this laksa stall by Dr Leslie Tay(aka ieatishootipost). Anyway, having eaten both this and the laksa now located at Katong, somehow I prefer the one here. The gravy boasts a rich and robust flavour from lots of coconut milk and the white noodles are intact with the right amount of chewiness. No Tau Pok(fried beancurd) is put in the laksa, only fresh prawns, cockles and fishcake. Yes, this will definitely satisfy your laksa cravings…

   

 Various food shows have rated Golden City Carrot Cake as the best carrot cake stall in Singapore and that is despite a slight fall in standards(from perhaps 10 years ago) after the uncle running the stall passed on. When I was there today, his son had taken over the family trade with his mum standing by. The most notable difference between this carrot cake and others is that lots of chye poh(preserved radish) and ikan bilis are fried in the carrot cake which enhances both the taste and smell. They do serve black carrot cake too but it’s not as popular as the white ones. Die die must try!

  

There is also a chicken rice stall within Kopitalk and what it dishes up is pretty average. If you do patronise it, stick to the white chicken instead of the roasted ones.   

So now we know, the best things in life actually come at an unostentatious charge of between $3-$5.

Bon Appetit!

 

 

KOPITALK COFFEESHOP (KATONG LAKSA, GOLDEN CITY CARROT CAKE)

1 TELOK KURAU ROAD

TEL: +65 6440 4585








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