Maxwell Food Centre, Amoy Street Food Centre, cafes and restaurants along Tanjong Pagar Road / Duxton; the perks of working in the Tanjong Pagar area. Any time you want a different lunch experience, you’ll find yourself spoiled for choices. Earlier this year in October, together with a handful of other colleagues, we continued our tradition of patronizing a Restaurant Week restaurant near our place of work.
This time round, we picked Latteria Mozzarella Bar on Duxton Hill (the most scenic corner of Duxton, one that is paved with cobblestones) for lunch ($25++). Knowing that we would likely need a little more time than usual for the lunch, we made an effort to reach at 12.45pm. We later also emphasized to the waitstaff that we would need the dishes to just come as we had no time to spare for the intervals between. We were then seated, but was extremely uncomfortable; thanks to the low ceiling + wide table, it was excessively noisy and it was nearly impossible for our table of 6 to communicate with each other without having to raise our voices and crying a few ‘huh‘s.
Buffalo Milk Bocconcini Trilogy :: In human terms, it simply means three small balls (like a size of a pingpong ball) of mozzarella cheese, paired with namely arrabbiata, avocado and olive oil, and involtini with parma ham. The restaurant sticks to the authenticity of only using buffalo milk instead of mixing it with cow’s milk for its Bocconcini, which is commendable. The balls of cheese were semi-soft, and tasted really mild. Thus the pairings were important. I especially like the spiciness of arrabbiata and well, parma ham, of course I love it. The avocado and olive oil were itself, bland too.
Grilled Halibut :: As a Halibut should be, it has a notably firmer and denser texture. I personally like it that way, also because you can get a better bite and taste of it. Their rendition of Halibut sits on saffron potato and lobster bisque sauce. I enjoyed the sizable portion of fish served.
Chocolate Cake with Caramel Cream Sauce :: Otherwise known as ‘Torta al Cioccolato’ in Italian, I thought the dessert was pretty good. What went particularly well together was the rough texture of the cake with the smooth ice cream, and the triple dosage of sweetness from the cake, ice cream and caramel. Despite that, it was not at all too sweet.
If given a choice, I’d opt for alfresco dining for dinner in the evening (because the heat in the afternoon would make it unbearable) just to escape the architecturally-made noisy environment. The food was reasonable, especially with the Restaurant Week pricing. Service was actually pretty good too, save for the fact that they were really slow with the service that day. Considering that we had informed them of our need to run back to the office by a specific time, that the restaurant isn’t that big, and that the kitchen is only preparing 4 different items from the set menu, I would have expected our request to be met promptly. The meal ended frustratingly due to that, though objectively, I still have to admit that the food wasn’t that bad.
Address: 40 Duxton Hill
Telephone: 6866 1988 (Takes Reservations)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm (Mon – Sun)