Fois Gras was one of the only few worth mentioningGirabaldi
has been around for quite awhile now but I have never felt the desire to check it out despite the raving reviews as I felt that it was likely one of those over-hyped expensive places.
I had a chance to dine there recently for a related work lunch and well though some of the dishes turned out quite good, I wasn't overly impressed. Some say that one should never order the special of the day as it's usually made of the excess ingredients that need to be used up quickly. How true this is, I don't really know but so far, the specials of the day have always turned out fine for me.
I ordered the special pasta which was a tortellini crab pasta. It sounded really good with the hints of orange and citrus but it turned out quite the opposite. The crab tasted really fishy and the sauce seemed to be a mis-matched. I ate barely half of it and left it aside. My other colleague who ordered the same dish felt the same too and left his almost untouched. So it wasn't just me with perculiar taste buds! The fois gras was smooth and silky so that was a thumbs up but there were a few other dishes that had the thumbs down so overall, we left feeling that it wasn't as great as hyped.
We ordered a round of desserts - tiramisu, panna cotta and chocolate lava cake. The tiramisu was weird with a biscuit like center. In fact, I didn't think that it resembled tiramisu. I did enjoy the chocolate lava cake as the hazelnut ice cream was good but the cake was slightly dry so though it was good overall, it wasn't the best that I have had. The best and clear winner was the panna cotta. Extremely wobbly, resembling 'tau huay', smooth in texture and just right in taste.
I guess I could say that I was slightly disappointed. Slightly because I wasn't expecting anything great but disappointed at the raving reviews about it. I have to mention that service here is great though. None of us mentioned or complained about the food. As the waiter cleared our plates, we were asked if the food was alright as it was half un-eaten. So we honestly said that 'it was fishy tasting'. That was all. We were pleasantly pleased to be give a complimentary cake and lemon sorbet (palate cleanser) and the charges for the two plates of pasta were waived. The cake wasn't good but it was the thought that counted so it was still a nice gesture.
Nice decor and good service but don't expect to get what you pay for..Garibaldi
36 Purvis Street
Singapore 188613( Collapse )