Who says you must cut a new restaurant some slack? The service here was spectacular. Attentive, friendly, helpful and knowledgeable. In mid-meal, I was perusing a menu for fun and a waitress noticed me to check if I needed more food. Kudos to the server in the above photo: she was awesome.
Mixed Cheese Platter ($18)
All the servers and cooks are Italians. So the food is Italian served in small plates to share. Each person should order about 2-3 plates. According to the server, everything is made in-house. Even the charcuterie is cured in-house and pasta made from scratch.
We trio ordered 8 plates and the food ranged from acceptable to good. The least favorite dish–but still acceptable–was pork tuna ($10, pictured above), a shredded pork, styled like a can of tuna. It was a tad dry.
Better than the tuna pork were the calamari ($12, above), cooked just right, with a nice bite but not overly chewy; aspargus, garlic & anchovy sauce ($9), ok but nothing special; prosciutt San Daniele with pickled pears ($12), the appetizing pears perked up the dish; and Kurobuta Pork Neck with Porcini sauce ($15), tender with a nice crisp crust but there was a hint of Maggi Mee seasoning, which was nicely familiar.
Our favorites of the night: The cheese mix board ($18) with 5 selections (from 13 cheeses) was a winner for us: each cheese with distinct hints, like truffles or cherry. Another winner was the paccheri ($15, above), a must-order. The thick pasta was first cooked, then rolled and baked like a cinnamon bun. When you cut open, it was filled with Iberico pork and the aroma of truffle assaulted the senses. Actually, I think another pasta, sea urchin carbonara ($16) looks interesting too, but too bad we were already too full.
Kurobuta Pork Neck with Porcini sauce ($15)
So full that I FORGOT about the essential part of the meal, desserts. ALAMAK. When I walked out of the restaurant, I wanted to go back in and try the desserts. But my other two friends were already gone. The salted caramel strawberry jubilee ($12) sounded good.
An all-round winner, good food, classy decor and great service. We spent $200 for three including a bottle of wine ($75).
Rating: 3.599/5 stars
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.