We went with A’s parents to La Vela, the Italian restaurant at Keppel Club. The place was quite deserted for a Sunday night, and the music playing was decidedly un-Italian, but the food was surprisingly good considering that we didn’t have great expectations.
We shared a couple of starters – the fried calamari itself was nothing spectacular, but it did come with a pretty good aioli-type dip. The insalata caprese – buffalo mozzarella with tomatoes, basil and olive oil – was much better. The cheese was firm yet creamy, and the tomatoes were fresh and sweet.
A ordered the rib-eye steak with gorgonzola sauce, which was surprisingly good. It looked a little hard but was actually very tender, and done to a perfect medium rare. The meat was very tasty – sweet but with a strong beefy flavour. I initially ordered the lobster spaghetti, but I was told that the one lobster they had remaining in the kitchen wasn’t fresh and therefore they couldn’t serve it. I ended up having the beef tenderloin with porcini mushroom sauce. Again this was better than expected. The sauce was tasty, with a pronounced mushroom flavour, and the beef was very tender. After tasting both a tenderloin and a rib-eye tonight, I realize that a rib-eye is much more flavourful. The tenderloin, while definitely very soft and tender, tends to lack character in its taste. I was a bit puzzled with the veggie sides though; A and I had exactly the same sides of potato wedges and baby asparagus, but I could’ve sworn that on the menu, my steak was supposed to be served with spring vegetable fritters… oh well.
Alas, we were too full for dessert. We got a voucher for our next visit though, so I guess this won’t be our last trip. Hope the lobster is available the next time…
Food’s okay. Starters stood out more than the mains though. Pity the place is so empty. It could do better in a different location.