Tuesday, August 31, 2010

Garibaldi Italian Bar and Restaurant, Purvis Street, Singapore

Tuesday, August 31, 2010
Garibaldi, Candle, Bar
Pretty candle lighting up the bar table

This was a really special surprise. It was our first anniversary, and M had been really secretive about his plans. I was so thrilled when I finally found out! We were led into the bar for a short wait, before being ushered into the main dining area.

Garibaldi, Sun-dried Tomato Focaccia, Parmesan
Complimentary Bread with Olive Oil and Balsamic Vinegar

Garibaldi, considered by many to be the best Italian restaurant in Singapore, has no lack of accolades. Chef-owner Roberto Galetti won Chef Of The Year 2010 just this month at the World Gourmet Summit (WGS) Awards of Excellence. Last year, he had won Restauranteur Of The Year, and Garibaldi itself had clinched Restaurant Of The Year. Their Sun-dried Tomato Focaccia with Parmesan was quite the perfect start. The bread was soft, fluffy and aromatic. I had seconds!

Garibaldi, Cheese Amuse Bouche

We were also presented with a complimentary amuse-bouche - a creamy, milky cheese that came with a dressing. A pleasant surprise indeed.

Garibaldi, Antipasti, Veal with Potatoes
Veal with Potatoes

Since UOB was running a promotion, we decided to have the Chef's Creation menu. Our antipasti consisted of veal with potatoes. The texture of the veal was perfect - soft and tender. I loved this!

Garibaldi, Capesante, Antipasti, Hokkaido Scallop
Capesante - Hokkaido Scallop with US Green Asparagus and Truffle Emulsion

And it gets better. We ordered an additional antipasti of Hokkaido Scallops, and it was fantastic. The scallops were seared to perfection, and the truffle emulsion was really, really good.

Garibaldi Minestrone
Minestrone - Vegetable Soup with Basil Pesto

Minestrone! This good ol' soup never fails.

Garibaldi, Conchiglie, Gorgonzola Cheese
Conchiglie (Shell Pasta) with Gorgonzola Cheese

I loved this. Al-dente hand-made Conchiglie with a sauce of gorgonzola cheese. It was just the right balance of creamy and cheesy, and very addictive. 

Garibaldi, Pork Chop, Pomodoro Sauce
Pork Chop in Pomodoro Sauce

By the time we got to this, we were getting really full. What made us order an additional antipasti? The texture of the pork was great here, I liked that it had a bite to it. The tomato-based sauce went really well with the pork chop, and despite how full we were, we somehow managed to finish everything.

Garibaldi, Dessert, Vanilla Ice Cream, Chocolate
Dessert of the Day

Dessert! Vanilla ice-cream with apple filling in a sweetened chocolate base. I'm a fan of the ice-cream and apple filling, though the chocolate base was a tad too sweet.

Garibaldi, Dessert, Tiramisu

Just when I thought the meal had ended, the staff walked over with this(: The most memorable Tiramisu ever. Thank you M(:

Garibaldi Italian Bar and Restaurant
36 Purvis Street #01-02, Singapore
Tel: (65) 6837 1468 Fax: (65) 6337 3770

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