After a day of fun at the River Safari with a brief stopover at Mama Panda Kitchen for a quick lunch, my BFF and I decided to check out a relatively new Italian restaurant, which began its operation sometime last year. I also had a chance to interact with the Italian owner, albeit due to an unforeseen situation, which I'm going to elaborate more later.
Bisque di Aragosta S$15.90
A mind-blowingly rich bowl of lobster-based broth made a good start for the dinner. The degree of thickness was up to my expectation, but the level of sweetness could be increased to balance the savoury crustacean taste. The huge river shrimp, clams and mussels were adequately fresh, but not the most luscious I've tasted.
Pane Pizza all'Aglio S$4.80
The adequately fragrant hand-stretched pizza bread made a good accompaniment to the soup, especially to scoop up the last bit of the latter from the bowl. Spread with garlic, mixed herbs, olive oil and sea salt, each piece was baked till crispy. A few parts were a tad too salty though. Pika's advice: A recommended appetiser dish is their layered potatoes with streaky bacon and cheese. You may want to give it a try.
Spaghetti al Nero di Seppia S$23.90
The glossy appearance of the black pasta was truly captivating. The squid ink taste was pretty distinct, but the one that I had at Pasta Inc. some time ago was better. There were juicy mussels present in the dish, as well as char-grilled squid, which I felt wasn't grilled long enough and could be more succulent.
Osso Buco alla Milanese S$28.90
The restaurant's must-have for meat lovers is the veal shank, sitting on a bed of saffron risotto with a huge piece of toasted bread on top of it. Braised for at least 4 hours, the veal was no doubt tender, but the sauce could be sweeter. The rice apparently grew somewhat cloying on the tongue towards the end, but the bread was perfectly crunchy.
Orange and White Chocolate Fondant S$12.90
If you're looking for a classic chocolate lava cake, you won't find one in the restaurant, as it serves orange lava cake instead. I was enamoured by the warm filling that oozed out of the soft cake, which white chocolate sweetness was balanced by the sourness of what I believe had to be concentrated orange juice. The baked-to-order dessert came with vanilla ice cream.
Here's the story I promised earlier. That evening, a swarm of winged termites decided to pay the restaurant a visit as well, having their own party under the light bulbs outside. Due to the small gap in the entrance door, it was inevitable that a few (thankfully) of them flew inside. Knowing that, the owner came to the rescue by chasing after them. Despite all that, my dinner wasn't ruined at all as none of the insects was interested in my food.
Follia Italian Restaurant
3 Clover Way
(Mon, Wed-Fri, Sun: 11.45am - 3.00pm, 6.00pm - 11.00pm; Sat: 3.00pm - 11.00pm)
*Prices quoted are subject to 10% service charge and 7% GST.
Have a nice meal,