After our last visit here which was a slight non-event because of A’s headache, we more than made up for it with another Valentino’s fix on Friday night. This time we went full-on with the appetizers, and just shared one lobster pasta between the two of us.
Because we were so enamoured with the twisted mozzarella the last time, we were initially pretty psyched to hear that it was available again. Kudos to one of the waiters though, who strongly advised us against ordering both the twisted mozzarella and the burrata starters, since they were too similar and would be too jelak. We ended up having a calamari, deep fried anchovies, and the burrata with cherry tomatoes.
Because we’ve only ever had anchovies in their salted/oiled/tinned form, we wanted to try the deep fried fresh variety just for the heck of it. While they had a rather interesting taste, they were unfortunately quite bony and were somewhat similar to Japanese shisamo (pregnant fish). Worth a try, but I wouldn't order it again.
On the other hand, until we get sick of it, we’ll keep ordering the burrata as long as it’s available. If we thought the twisted mozzarella was good, this just blew it away. Burrata is a kind of Italian cheese whereby the outside is made with regular buffalo mozzarella, and it’s filled with a mixture of more pieces of buffalo mozzarella, cream and butter.
The result is an incredible combination of flavour, texture and ooziness. The outer mozzarella layer still has some bite to it, the inside is incredibly smooth, rich and creamy, and everything coupled with the sweet Italian cherry tomatoes was absolute heaven.
On a separate note, the Pasticceria next door has been revamped, and is now much snazzier and takes up 2 units. It’s been renamed Perla’s Pasticceria (giving a much deserved nod to Valentino’s sister Perla’s pastry skills), and connects to a very rustic, almost kitschy wine annex. Once you pop in, you’ll be hard pressed to resist the tiny little pastries on display. They’re pretty good, but nothing spectacular compared to her tiramisu and white chocolate Chantilly cake.
Valentino always rawks!
Ristorante da Valentino
11 Jalan Bingka (off Rifle Range Road)
Tuesday to Sunday: 12 pm to 2.30 pm, 6 pm to 10.30 pm