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Arossa Singapore Revisited @ Scotts Square


There seems to be a different management from my last visit during Restaurant Week and now. Reservations were made and on the day of confirming our reservation, the girlfriend was greeted with a singsong "ALLO!" over the phone and a gruff "tonight at 715pm is on. Ok ah, ok ah." And the phone was slammed down.

So much for first impressions. We had a room to ourselves, not too private in my opinion since it was just a wall away from everyone else.

bread

Freshly baked foccacia and walnut bread with a drizzle of olive oil and olive spread was served. Hearty stuff to begin the meal on.


oyster

Freshly Shucked Oyster with Champagne Vinegar (Half a dozen, $38) 

Reasonably fresh oysters of varying sizes and a wedge of lemon.

beef caparcio

Australian F1 Wagyu Beef, Onion, Radish, Daikon Crest,Parmigiano Reggiano, Balsamic Reduction ($20) 

The other thing about having wagyu in carpaccio and a beef patty is, it is hardly discernible. Usually tender, topped with cheese and balsamic reduction, this was none too different.

buffalo cheese
  
Artisan Burrata Cheese from Bari, Umbria with Sicilian Tomato ($38) 

It was mentioned this served two nicely, we shared it amongst six with the other appetizers we had and considered it a decent portion. Milky and chewy, this burrata was pretty good just lacking in wow.

spinach

Sautéed Spinach ($8) 

asparagus

Sautéed Asparugus ($8) 

Tasted off a stir fry pan and asian. 

fries

Truffle French Fries ($10) 

No truffle fragrance, just overly oily fried french fries.

ravioli

Spinach-Blackened Ravioli Stuffed with Lobster, Bisque Cream Sauce ($28) 

I was under the impression it was squid ink but turned out to be a clever usage of blackened spinach. The fillings were lobster though they really tasted like shrimp and midly fishy. This had some misalignment going on with the sweet cream sauce and savoury dumplings.

pork

Razza Iberico Pork Chop with Herb Breadcrumbs Caponata ($38) 

These chops were drenched in herb breadcrumbs, two thumbs up for crisp exterior and tender meat chunks. I could have expected a whole lot more for the long wait for this.

seafood platter

Seafood Platter ($88)
Hokkaido scallop, King Prawn, Catch of the Day

An underwhelming platter for two, just two portions of each that makes a platter. We were all taught a lesson on platter. Apart from the King Prawn, the rest were mere efforts by the chef to simply fill the board up and serve a full meal.

beef tenderloin


Ribeye 100% Grain Fed with Red Wine ($68)

I was eyeing the T-Bone, pun intended. 1 kilogram worth of beef and bone and of course what is expected of it is a meal of gratification. Yet, it was apparently "not available". So the next best alternative kicks in in the form of a  250 gram ribeye. Well marbled and possibly the best of the night.

apple tart

 Apple Tart with cinnamon ice cream ($14)

A pound of diced apples on a bland biscuit base with a melting icecream. Haphazard effort with marriage of flavours that obviously was screaming divorce.

chocolate creme brulee

Orange Creme Brulee ($10)
Orange flavour with chocolate gelato

Yet another consistent mismatch in flavours. The chocolate gelato overshadowed the rest of it. Orange? Vanilla? It was all naught.

tiramisu

Tiramisu ($10)

Because they refuse to provide a complimentary cake for the birthday girl, we made did with a dessert order with a chocolate writing of her name. Meh-dinary once again.

Italian? French? Japanese? Their origins are confusing and so is their acumen to flavours that compliment. The road ahead looks rocky and truly, not a place I will return that soon.

Arossa Singapore
Scotts Square

A foodie born to eat, shop and travel. Forced to work.

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