Al Borgo is located at Alocassia Apartments along Bukit Timah Road, where the old Shell gas station used to be but is now a mini dining hub with Al Borgo, Le Bon Marche and Estivo Gelateria. Apparently after Italian restaurant Borgo closed down, one of the owners decided to start Al Borgo on his own.
We came here on Monday because our first choice, Le Bon Marche, was closed. We wanted something simple so we just shared a starter and had a carb each.
I like that without us prompting, the waitress gave us the list of specials for the evening. As a result, we switched our starter from a smoked cheese to the octopus salad special. This ended up costing more than our pasta mains, but it was quite good. The octopus was very tender and the salad was just lightly dressed with lemon juice and olive oil. This was a good start to the meal.
A ordered the tagliatelle with scallops and cherry tomatoes. This wasn’t too bad, a bit like a glorified aglio olio with scallops, but it needed some grated cheese to add flavour. At least they were generous with their grated cheese, and it was proper cheese too, not that nasty powdery sort.
On hindsight perhaps not the best choice for a restaurant that hasn’t been tried and tested, but I went with the porcini mushroom risotto. While this wasn’t undercooked like the one I had on my second visit to Osvaldo, it was quite dry and stodgy, and didn’t have that elusive ooziness that is the hallmark of a really good risotto.
Because the risotto was so heavy, I didn’t have space for dessert, nor even for gelato at next door Estivo. The service here was good though, so I don't think we’ll write them off just yet. Their pizza menu looks very comprehensive and a glance at some pizzas that came out of the kitchen looked promising. The jury’s out till we give the pizzas a go.
Awesome octopus salad. The pasta was so-so. I’d be interested to come back to try the pizza. Will post an update when we do.
383 Bukit Timah Road
#01-02 Alocassia Apartments
Dinner: 6pm–10.30pm (Closed on Tue)