K picked me up after my dinner at Alkaff Mansion and he was quite skeptical when I told him that I enjoyed most of the food! Can’t blame him because we had a very underwhelming (I quote myself: “crappy”) brunch there early last year jeez.
But times have changed at the Grande Dame on the hill (looks majestic at night!) – new executive chef from Sardinia, new Italian menu with a Sardinian flair, so I reckon it’s time to “rediscover” Alkaff Mansion eh?
And actually, it was a night of “discovery” about yours truly too. See, I’ve never liked octopus and squid (and abalone and oyster and mussel and the chewy seafood, you get the idea) but wow, I couldn’t stop myself from having seconds of the beautiful octopus salad! The fresh octopus carpaccio was so thin and tender! Have I been missing out the good stuff all along?! Haha.
Insalata di Polpo alla Carlofortina ($24++)
Sardinian Octopus Salad with Yellow Frisée Salad
The refreshed menu also boosts a luxurious seafood platter for two, with five different items – plump tiger prawns, tuna tartare, sea bass carpaccio, octopus salad (new found love!) and lobster chunks in a zesty citrus dressing. The portions were generous and I think four persons can share this comfortably without fighting!
Gran Misto di Mare ($68++, serving for two)
Seafood Platter with Tuna Tartare, Tiger Prawns, Lobster, Sea Bass and Octopus
Usually I’d prefer pasta to risotto (too carb-heavy, relatively) but the classic porcini mushroom risotto made with Superfino Acquerello grain (reportedly prized for making flawless al dente risotto as it absorbs liquids well yet still remains fluffy) had such a heady aroma and rich flavour that the toothsome fregola pasta steeped in a savoury seafood broth just paled in comparison.
Fregola ai Frutti di Mare ($28++)
Sardinian Pasta with Assorted Seafood
Risotto ai Funghi Porcini e Timo ($28++)
Porcini Mushroom Risotto Superfino Acquerello with Thyme
My main course of sea bream was fresh but unfortunately, it was way too salty. Guess you can give the other new dishes a try – oven baked lamb rack or the sardinian style suckling pig, which is apparently slow roasted for several hours at 70°C to obtain the perfect skin texture as well as ensuring the flesh is fork tender.
Orata al Forno in Crosta di Patate e Pomodorini Ciliegina ($48++)
Baked Sea Bream with Potatoes and Cherry Tomatoes
Carre’ d’Agnello al Forno, Cipolline in Salsa di Prugne e Arance ($45++)
Oven Baked Lamb Rack with Caramelised Onions & Homemade Prune Sauce
Porcetto Sardinyan Style ($46++)
Slow Cooked Sardinian Style Suckling Pig with Roasted Potatoes
A modern twist on another Italian dessert sees the creation of the mint and vanilla panna cotta which honestly didn’t score points with me. The minty flavour brings to mind toothpaste? Ah, just ignore me, I’m the girl who doesn’t like mint ice cream anyway.
Panna Cotta, Frutti di Bosco e Salsa al Lamponi ($14++)
Fresh Mint Vanilla Panna Cotta with Mixed Berries & Raspberry Sauce
Special thanks to Veronica and Jeanette for hosting us for dinner!
Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
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