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New chef, new menu at Alkaff Mansion Ristorante

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Tucked away from the hustle and bustle of the city and perched atop Telok Blangah Hill, Alkaff Mansion Ristorante has recently launched a new refreshed Italian inspired menu by newly-appointed Executive Chef Simone Depalmas, where he has added his own Sardinian flair to dishes using specially imported produce from his home province. with 20 years of culinary experience, Chef Depalmas is a strong proponent of quality fresh produce and believes in making all his sauces from scratch and in creating inventive dishes that retains the natural flavours of authentic Italian cuisine. Diners can look forward to refined, gourmet dining reminiscent of Italy at reasonable prices.

Tempting starters include Seafood highlights like Fresh Octopus Carpaccio ($24) comprising delicate slivers of lightly-steamed Sardinian octopus atop a bed of frisee salad and dressed in a light drizzle of aged balsamic reduction for a sweet and tangy finish, Pan Seared Hokkaido Scallops ($28) perfectly seared while still maintaining a juicy, served with creamy cauliflower puree and luxurious Avruga caviar or try the Seafood Platter ($68) for two to share with plump tiger prawns, tuna tartare, sea bass carpaccio, octopus salad and lobster chunks in a zesty citrus dressing.

Sardinian Octopus Carpaccio

Sardinian Octopus Carpaccio

Pasta dishes are the hallmark of an Italian restaurant, the signature Homemade Squid Ink Tagliatelle ($32) is made daily with fresh squid ink complemented by a generous helping of clams, prawns, squid and scallops in a robust tomato sauce. For something truly Sardinian, savour the toothsome Sardinian Pasta with Assorted Seafood ($28) made with specially Sardania imported fregola. Commonly referred to as “Sardinian couscous”, fregola has a distinct nutty, wheaty flavour from toasting which adds to the well-rounded flavour of the whole dish. Chef Depalmas makes his version of this pasta steeped in a savoury seafood medley of clams, juicy prawns, squid and scallops. The classic Porcini Mushroom Risotto Superfino Acquerello with Thyme ($28) is another crowd favourite with its heady aroma and rich flavour. Chef’s preferred choice of risotto is the Superfino Acquerello grain – prized for making flawless al dente risotto as it absorbs liquids well yet still remains fluffy.

Seafood Fregola

Seafood Fregola

A range of delectable mains awaits with choices like Slow Cooked Sardinian Style Suckling Pig ($46) with crispy skin and moist flesh paired with homemade mixed berry compote. The pork is slow roasted for several hours to obtain the perfect skin texture as well as ensuring the flesh is fork tender. Another must-try main course is the Oven Baked Lamb Rack ($45) cooked to a luscious medium pink served with velvety-smooth celeriac mash, caramelised pearl onions in homemade prune sauce. Visitors to Italy will relish this hard to find Italian dish in Singapore, the Oven Baked Sea Bass in Salt (600g/$48, 700g/$56, 800g/$64) served tableside by Chef Depalmas himself. The fish encased in salt is rolled out guéridon style, flambéed tableside before the salt is cracked open and the fish skilfully deboned; a light sprinkling of fresh cracked black pepper, drizzling of extra virgin olive oil, a squeeze of lemon and it is ready to serve.

Salt Baked Sea Bass from Alkaff Mansion Ristorante

Salt Baked Sea Bass

End your meal with the traditional signature Alkaff Mansion Tiramisu ($14), coffee liqueur soaked sponge fingers sit between velvety layers of mascarpone cheese. Alternaively, you can opt for a modern twist with the Fresh Mint Vanilla Panna Cotta ($14) creation paired with a mixed berry sauce for balanced juxtaposition of rich cream and tart bite.

Fresh Mint Panna Cotta

Fresh Mint Panna Cotta

For the adventurous diner, pamper yourself with Jilly’s Surprise Plate (from $24), a special dish created by LHN Culinary Concepts’ owner Jilly Wang and Chef Depalmas. Each month, diners can expect Duck Ravioli in Truffle Mushroom Sauce among other exciting creations. On weekends tuck into a mouth-watering brunch on the outdoor al fresco terrace for a relaxing weekend. Breakfast favourites include the Smoked Salmon with Eggs, Zucchini Souffle & Mixed Salad ($15); a la minute crisp Waffles with Vanilla Ice Cream, Wild Berries Sauce and Whip Cream ($10); or a generous 14 inch Pizza Alkaff of tomatoes, mozzarella, smoked salmon & prawns ($20). If you happen to be taking a nice Southern Ridges walk, you’ll likely pass by Alkaff Mansion, do stop by to eat and relax. For Sundays and public holidays, you can indulge in the Sunday Prosecco Brunch ($88) with freeflow Prosecco and premium Italian red and white wines. The extensive buffet spread includes Seasonal Oyster,; Italian Cold Cuts, and Scottish Salmon ‘Carpaccio’ with caviar dressing. There’s also live stations with chefs serving Homemade Seafood Ravioli; Oven Baked Beef Sirloin with mustard sauce and Roasted Atlantic Cod.

Alkaff's Potion

Alkaff’s Potion

Soak in the serene view and lush greenery at the second floor bar and lounge, Bar 1918, as you enjoy your drink. Take your pick from signature cocktails, beers, wines, champagnes and single malts. The new signature cocktails have a spice theme as inpsired by the Alkaff family who are spice traders. White Colonial ($18) is a strong, creamy concoction of Sambuca, Kahlua, milk and nutmeg, Captain Wood ($18) is an intoxicating floral cocktail made with rum, elderflower syrup, lemon and aromatic cinnamon and Alkaff’s Potion ($18) packs a spicy punch with chilli, curry leaves, rum and lime.

Alkaff Mansion dining area on level two

Alkaff Mansion dining area on level two

Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
10 Telok Blangah Green, Singapore 109178
Tel: 6510 3068
Opening Hours: Lunch:
Lunch: 11:30am to 2:30pm (Mon – Fri), Dinner: 6pm to 10:30pm (Mon-Sun), Afternoon Tea: 11:30am to 3:30pm (Mon-Sat)
Weekend Terrace Brunch: 10am to 3:30pm (Sat, Sun & Public Holidays), Sunday Prosecco Brunch: 11:30am to 3:30pm (Sun & Public Holidays)

Author: Rebecca Tan
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