Stepping into Trattoria Lafiandra at the Singapore Art Museum, you will find yourself greeted by the rustic interiors of hand painted walls decorated with Italian scenery. The dim chandeliers added to the warmth of the staff who greeted us promptly at the door and showed us to our table.
This restaurant owned by Chef Cataldo since 2003 has a good selection of authentic Italian dishes to choose from in their menu. Right after we placed our orders, we were served a basket of surprise.
If you love bread and pizza, this would be a great start to your meal here because even for me who usually skip the bread, I loved it! A slight tint of garlic with super crispiness in the crusty bread made me wish I ordered a soup to go along with it.
This classic Italian antipasti with the raw thin slices of beef tenderloin in a dressing of olive oil and lemon juice, topped with fresh Parmasan Cheese and arugula was simple yet refreshing. With the acidity of lemon juice and slight bitterness of arugula, the flavours of that Parmesan cheese and beef was elevated. A dish with different textures and tantalising every taste bud on the palate.
My Italian friend insisted on ordering this spaghetti. He said the simpler the dish, the easier it is to discern how good the Chef is as there isn’t any savoury sauce to hide behind. This plate of al dente spaghetti cooked simply with garlic, olive oil and chilli was so fragrant that I could smell the garlic-chilli aromas across the table. And with each mouthful, you can taste the chewy pasta with that bit of oiliness from the olive oil and a kick from the chilli and garlic. He was full of praises for Chef Cataldo who kept true to Italian way of cooking this.
Risotto is one rice dish I can never resist. The creamy and rich textures of the porcini sauce coating each granule of rice which was still solid yet soft, with aromas of truffle oil – I honestly believe this is the best Risotto I ever had.
We had a glass of wine each to go with our food and by the time we were done with our mains, we were too full to get desserts. The meal was about $100 for two of us, which is a little pricey in my opinion but I was definitely impressed by the comforting flavours in our food. With my Italian friend’s affirmation that it is better than typical Italian foodfare he finds back home, I would definitely revisit to try out the other Italian dishes and desserts!
71 Bras Basah Road
Singapore Art Musuem
#01-02 Singapore 189555