Sunday, April 15, 2012

Parco Caffe, fine dining at a hidden area

Raeburn Park, one of the many hidden areas in Singapore but located almost at the heart of the city area. Sounds improbable? Cute Cute also found it hard to believe that such a place exist in Singapore. Located near to the old KTM railway station, Parco Caffe (of Alkaff Mansion affiliation) is the only restaurant that is within Raeburn Park.

Not knowing what to expect, the Lions settled down for their meal. Now Parco Caffe boost of 2 different kinds of cuisine in its menu, Italian and local and they are very affordable for their lunch menu. To satisfy their curiosity, the Lions asked and found that there are 2 chefs in the kitchen, each specialising in their own cuisine, namely Italian and local fare. Everything in the menu looked so good that the Lions wanted to order a lot. Thank God that they had friends with them!

In their own private corner
An array of food was ordered and the reviews are as shown in the caption
Seafood Laksa:
Look and sound simple, but the taste is much more than simple. The lemak in the laksa is just nice and a lot of seafood were present adding to the flavor of the dish.
Chicken Rice
Chicken Rice here??!! A simple dish but you would be surprised by the quality. (Cute Cute and his friend were surprised) Chicken was really tender and the rice was so fluffy and nice. This dish can really give chatterbox a run for their money!
Risotto Fruitti Di Mare
Very filling and does not have too strong a seafood taste. It was ordinary however....

Pizza Proscuitto E Fungi
A unique looking pizza that comprises of tomato, mozzarella, ham and mushroom. Nothing really special apart from its look and it tasted more like a tortilla wrap.   

Parco Salad
The usual salad topped with smoked chicken. Something different from your usual salad fare. 

Curry Chicken
Curry chicken here at a fine dining restaurant?? It is one of the recommendations and Cute Cute was ready to dive into the dish. The curry has the right consistency and spiciness. A generous portion of chicken was also served together with this dish. 

Lobster Bisque
The lobster bisque was nothing extra ordinary but it was nice and savory. Extra points for having visible pieces of lobster.
It's mine finally!!! Tee Hee....
Linguine alle Vongole
The Vongole was pleasant but did not really tickle Cuchi's taste bud. It's still good but it lacked a bit of white wine to it.

Cute Cute and Cuchi so loved Parco Caffe that they went back again but this time in the evening to try their dinner menu.... and of course on a different day. 
Kurobuta Pork Ribs
Cuchi was impressed by this dish. The lions had never heard of Kurobuta pork ribs and since it was a recommended and special dish, Cuchi ordered it. Very tender with just the correct bite to it, the Kurobuta pork was really a dish that brought out the black pig's taste. The teriyaki sauce also complemented well with the pork giving it a nice sweet savory taste.

Agnello Scottadito
The rack of lamb was another specialty of Parco Caffe. Lamb chops grilled nicely (Cute Cute took it medium rare) and the colour consistency of the lamb was very even. What mattered more was that the lamb did not have a gamey taste. Tender and nicely done, the lamb chops was also another dish that Cute Cute would remember.
Gula Melaka Sago
This dessert was rather ordinary according to Cute Cute but Cuchi being a more dessert person felt that the dessert was rather good. Not too sweet and it's a unique way of presenting the usual sago dessert that all of us were so used to.

In all, the Lions enjoyed every moment of their time at Parco Caffe. The food was wonderful, the service staff were very friendly and helpful and the ambience was extremely pleasant making the whole place a gem in the F & B industry.

Here is our review for Parco Caffe

Food quality: 8.5 pawprints out of 10
Ambience: 9 pawprints out of 10

Specials that you should try: The Local Dishes, Lamb Chops, Kurobuta Pork Ribs

For those who are interested in going there, here is the address:

Parco Caffe @ Raeburn Park
10 Raeburn Park
#01-28, Singapore 088702
Tel:  6223 6338

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