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Saturday, March 23, 2013

Valentino's

Private booth... uber romantic!

Warm and crispy ciabatta

Parma ham with fresh figs

Beef carpaccio

Grilled squid tentacle

Beef tenderloin

Panna cotta with raspberry sauce

Tiramisu

Latte and cappuccino

I felt like I had broken the bank. This meal cost $239 for just 2 people. It was much better value though... than the hairy crab experience HERE. The food here is well made. I tend to think that the quality of an Italian restaurant is seen by its bread. The ciabatta was a delight. Soft and moist on the inside. Warm. Crispy on the outside.

The squid tentacle is flown in from the Mediterranean sea. The last time I had it was in Greece at a coffee shop outside which hung huge squids on clothes lines. Do they cure them that way? I dunno. Anyway, the squid was sweet and salty... soft and juicy on the inside... crisp and crackly from the chargrill.

The parma ham was not over salty and went very well with the fresh figs, instead of the rock melon that it's normally served with. An ohhhh... the tenderloin beef was melt in the mouth tender. Tenderized through aging... NOT sodium bicarbonate. The panna cotta wobbled when served. It was soft and creamy... not too sweet. The tiramisu was light and not at all jelak.

I like the food here because it's not too heavily seasoned. The flavours of the fresh ingredients come through well. Care was taken to prepare these dishes.

4 comments:

Theanne said...

a lovely meal...there would have been a day when I envied you your gustatory delights...alas no longer, as currently I eat mainly fruit and vegetables (while still enjoying milk products, eggs and fish)! So it was with my eyes alone I savored the dishes you described!!

Wen-ai said...

haha! Hub and I used to dine at Valetino's quite often. That was when I was still working in the Finance industry and Beanie wasn't born yet. Food was good and Valentino's carries a interesting (but very expensive) wine list that intrigued my Hub. Now, I cannot afford Valentino's anymore! Partly because I have found cheaper and just as good alternatives. Tell you next time when I see you! ;)

Petunia Lee said...

Theanne - Is it for health reasons?

Petunia Lee said...

Wen-Ai: You dined there quite often? Wow! It's so expensive!! I've been drooling over my own pictures and don't really dare make it through those hallowed doors again.

Cheaper and just as good alternatives? I am ALL ears!