Rail Mall at Upper Bukit Timah seems to have gotten a new lease of life. The last time we came to our old-favourite Rockys was more than a year, even two years ago, and back them it was a fairly sleep strip mall with just a few nondescript cafes, pet shops, dessert stores and restaurants.
When we were there on Friday night at around 9.15 pm, it was still buzzing with life. Finding a car park is well nigh impossible, and lots more eateries and watering holes have sprouted up. Rockys is still there, as well as Ramen Ramen, but Blooies has set up shop there as well, as well as a strange seafood restaurant called Let’s Clap that boasts an outdoor show-kitchen.
We were there to try a new bistro – Galbiati, that looks amazingly similar to Da Paolo’s Gastronomica. There is an array of antipasti and salads, as well as pizzas and hot food.
A and I shared a Stuffed Portobello Mushroom to start with, and while it doesn’t look too appetising, it tasted really good. The Portobello mushroom was stuffed with even more mushrooms – a mix of shitake, button and some wild mushrooms, and the result was quite a heady mushroom hit.
I decided on the Spaghetti with Squid Ink Sauce, which came with pieces of squid. The squid ink pappardelle at Friends was better, but as it goes this was pretty good. The squid ink flavour wasn’t as strong and rich as I would’ve liked, but the good thing about it was that it wasn’t too gelak.
A had the Spinach Fettucine with Clams, Garlic and White Wine. This started out good at first, but after a while, somehow it got a little overbearing. Maybe the white wine was too strong. Next time I think I’ll try the penne with crabmeat, cream and vodka, and I know A will make a beeline for the salmon ravioli.
This is quite a pleasant place, and much more easygoing than then sometimes overly-poncey Gastronomica. Their starters look very appetising, so maybe we’ll actually have more starters next time, and just share one main.
The mushroom was good, even though it was pre-made and had been sitting in the display. The mains we had were nothing special, but I don’t think those are Chef Roberto’s specialties. Roberto was also very friendly and easy to talk to. This place is definitely worth a visit if you live around the area.
Galbiati Gourmet Deli
400 Upper Bukit Timah Road
Open daily from 10 am to 10 pm