Wednesday, December 9, 2009
Birthday celebration @ Garibaldi
This week, Gayle celebrated my birthday by treating me to a wonderful fine dining experience at Garibaldi Italian Restaurant located at 36 Purvis Street. The atmosphere is really cozy and it's best to come early at 6.30pm where it's really very quiet and you can have the whole area to yourself before the crowd comes in after work. Arriving early also means one should be able to get a parking lot just outside the restaurant.
The service was a warm and wonderful experience with the waiters engaging you with a courteous, friendly yet discrete tone. We were never for want of their attention. Drinks were filled, table was cleaned after each course and dining experience was enquired upon. We chose to order ala carte so that we could pick and choose what we wanted although you can ask the waiters for their recommendations which they will readily offer or the chef's special.
While we waited for the starter, we were served goat cheese wrapped in zuchinni(above) and warm soft freshly baked bread cuts dipped in olive oil and balsamic vinegar(below).
For the starter - Antipasti E Insalate, Gayle ordered Lumache(below) which is a starter course comprising of garden snails stewed till soft and tender dressed with saute baby spinach and chick peas puree.
I ordered Capesante(below) which is a starter featuring juicy and sweet Hokkaido scallops with Green asparagus dressed in truffles emulsion.
Next, the main course arrived. Gayle's main course - Anatra(below) comprised of vanilla scented Challon duck breast accompanied with foie gras which simply melts in your mouth.
My main course - Agnello(below)starred roasted premium juicy and tender Australian Lamb tenderloin with Polenta(Hour long boiled corn grain which has a texture between fine porridge and fine mashed potato) and Porcini mushroom.
Porcini mushroom is a rich, heady, meaty mushroom that is complements and adds to the flavorful taste of grilled steak accompanied. It has been described by the Italians as one of God's gift to humanity.
The serving was substantial and made for a very full meal, beyond our expectations. To celebrate the end of a wonderful meal, we ordered the Chef's dessert special for this season - Bianco(below) which is a sinful masterful artpiece of white chocolate
heaped on crisp honey meringue topped with raspberry sorbet sprinkled with decadent nougats and icing sugar. It was by far one of the most impressive dessert we have tasted. Definitely a must try.
Drinks are the most pricey items with free flow still water priced at $9. We also ordered juices, of which the lemon juice provided a refreshing drink after the meaty main course. In all, the whole meal cost $211 after GST and UOB and Citibank credit card holders are entitled to 10% discount for ala carte orders. We felt that this splurge was well justified and redeemed by the qualitative and valued , flavorful and exquisite dining taste and experience.