Sunday, July 29, 2012

Trattoria Bonissima ... definitely an Italian gem for keepers along Tanjong Katong

The blessed folks living in Katong showered with abundance of good food must have noticed that traffic jams has never been this bad along Tanjong Katong Road. Tanjong Katong has recently added to it's stable of F&B, Eng's Noodle House, Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, Big Bad Wolf and 2 other Italian restaurants. No wonder traffic is bad. One of the new Italian addition is the Trattoria Bonissima that I would like to recommend. Our experience in the trattoria was one of excellent food plus attentive service. Trattoria Bonissima has an array of wine to go with food. With this standard of hospitality and cooking, it's gonna be staying for a while and stand out against the more established Italian restaurants like Bruno's and Pasta Fresca da Salvatore.

Trattoria Bonissima is located along Tanjong Katong Road nearer to Goodman Road. The interior was cosy, warm and casual. I came in my T-shirt shorts and flip flops and nobody gave a damn at all. Nowadays meals for me would mean having little Julien and his stroller in tow. The good folks gave us a very strategic table where we can still fit in the trattoria where space is a luxury.

Calamari Fritti - They did the calamari the way I like it. It was floured uniformly so that it gave a thin consistent crisp on the outside yet leaving the squid ring still tender and juicy inside. A mayonnaise dip sauce accompanied the calamari but I was perked up one more notch when they ....

.... served me some Pepperoncino flakes (dired chilli powder, flakes) that I can dip with the calamari as well. It was spicy but was definitely up my alley. It certainly says authentic Italian on the sign board but the folks certainly knows how the Singaporean taste is like. "Hiam Hiam", "Hot Hot"!

Zuppa di Mare - For folks who have followed me for a while, remember HY and I were searching for good Zuppa Pesce in Venice, Italy and then came back and complained about below par Zuppa Pesce that we find here in Singapore? Search no more. If you are an Italian seafood soup fan, come here for the Zuppa di Mare. It's as close to our Italian experience as you can find in Singapore.

Salsiccia di Maiale -  So you like your sausage? Then you have to like it the way these guys did theirs. The smokiness came from the slightly charred exterior that wraps the wholesome savory yummy pork inside. A drizzle of lemon accentuated the taste. Only thing that bars me from eating this every other day is $$$ though.

Gnocchi di Zucca ... Homemade Pumpkin Gnocchi with Parma Ham and Porcini In Marscapone Sauce. I never really like Gnocchi but pumpkin Gnocchi was something else. It's easy to recognize a good gnocchi when you chew on it and it goes "twang twang" This is it and on top of that the sweet pumpkin that made every chew feels more like a dessert than a main dish. A couple slices of Parma ham was all it needs to complete the dish. Savory from the ham marries well with the sweet gnocchi creating an appealing contrast. 

Almond Chocolate Cake topped with almond chips and custard cream. The friendly and attentive, Ganesh, the manager of the trattoria, recommended this warm almond chocolate cake that wasn't found anywhere in the menu. The almond flavor was delicately mixed in with the chocolate and the cake turned out moist and fluffy. It's good on it's own even without the help of custard cream that's another plus for the sweet tooth to swipe them off the plate.

308 Tanjong Katong Road
Singapore 437091
Tel : +65 6346 5845

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