La Strada At Shaw Center On Scotts Road

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Joone! was ill for a while and she had visions of eggs, dishes made from eggs with eggs on top and eggy sauces on the side courtesy of the food bloggers on her extensive egg blog roll which probably has eggs in it.

She sent an sms indicating her availability for dinner so I suggested La Strada since she sent me a picture of a egg floating on top of some pasta served at La Strada a few days before.

You see, give me a clear sign and I will, in the fullness of time, get the message.

I was a few minutes late as I picked up my monthly load of books which included Neil Gaiman and Gris Grimly’s The Dangerous Alphabet which is a children’s tale told in rhyming couplets starting with a letter in the English alphabet. Great fun for reading out loud.

I was greeted at the door by someone who dressed like one of the generic “personal bankers” who try their best to sell you either investment-linked insurance or some unit trust, you know the type: glasses, gelled hair with dark striped shirts and charcoal-gray pants. I was momentarily disorientated by the attire but was ready to run away if he whipped out a folder of investment opportunities and attempted to “balance my portfolio”.

A lot of people have written about La Strada – the best write-up still being Chubby Hubby’s – so I will not repeat the repeats here other than to say that the seating is still as I remembered it and only the decor’s changed.

And speaking of seating, we were placed right next to the picture window where Joone! had the unparalleled view of Automatic Transaction Machines and I was constantly updated on the number of parking lots available in Pacific Plaza.

After a perusal of their portfolio of dinner opportunities, we decided to start with the pan-grilled octopus salad, the hand-cut pasta with mud crab and the very famous Carbonara pasta. I also persuaded Joone to share their grilled Kurobuta pork with me.

Pan-grilled Squid

I’ve just returned from Europe where I drank fermented dark bread water, so pan-grilled octopus was tame by comparison. It was refreshing with the olive oil and a squeeze of lemon.

I tasted a forkful of the mud crab pasta and thought it was nice as far as crab-based pasta went, a little under-salted but nothing a little sea salt cannot fix.

Mud Crab Pasta

Then came the Carbonara pasta with Prosciutto and an egg confit which Tedesco57 commented that it looked a little over the top (har!).

“I see a globe of white quivering, floating over a sea of wheat!”

It is your usual Carbonara pasta except that the La Strada version was elevated by the liberal use of Truffle oil. It was, not to put too fine a point on it, fantastic.

Eggy Truffled Carbonara

I offered to get a second serving, but, visibly torn, Joone! declined. Alas. I would have loved a second helping.

Of course, we still had the grilled Kurobuta pork coming.

Grilled Kurobuta Pork

Alas, this was slightly overdone and the fact that it was Kurobuta pork saved it from becoming too dry. The flavor was still present, but not much. Fortunately, we were full and very satisfied from the pastas to have been overly disappointed.

Dessert was a painful choice as I didn’t want something too rich, so the waiter rattled off their portfolio of Gelato opportunities. It was a long list and in the end we settled for two chocolate (a gelato and a sorbet), a Passion-fruit-Banana and a special gelato made – the waiter was almost reverent as he whispered this – from the most exotic of fruits, the Lychee.

Apparently, we do not look local. 🙂

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La Strada is a great pasta place. We’ve not tried the pizzas and will have to make it a point to do so. The price point for their food is aimed for the casual dinner as is the comfortable decor. Service is of the Les Amis standard and they do try their best to please. This is definitely a place I will come back to explore more of their portfolio of dining opportunities.

La Strada is at #02-10 Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road, Tel:6737-2622.

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Posted on 3rd Aug 2008 in Bistro/Trattoria, Food and Drink, Italian

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There Are 7 Comments

 

ice commented on August 4, 2008 at 12:57 am


“This is definitely a place I will come back to explore more of their portfolio of dining opportunities.”

Me too. 🙂


 

tommy commented on August 7, 2008 at 4:52 am


You can’t imagine how much I want that carbonara want.


 

ivan commented on August 7, 2008 at 10:57 am


@tommy: Haha! I know, it looks so good right?


 

tommy commented on August 9, 2008 at 7:42 am


It seems like whenever I’m away I spot something that I want to eat. But whenever I’m back home, I forget all these new places and head for the old comforts. Need to make a list right now I think…

Looking forward to more recommendations from you!


 

piracer commented on August 10, 2008 at 10:45 am


Ive gotta say, I reckon La Strada is pretty damn good. The pizzas are pretty up there i felt, although i just had a plain magharita when i went there. Try their veal cheeks, its a very very good dish. Their olive oil here is also fantastic, the one that they give you for the bread that is.


 

Ivan commented on August 11, 2008 at 2:16 am


@tommy: Glad you like it. Do come back soon.

@piracer: The pasta is good and I do agree that their Olive Oil served with the bread was excellent but we weren’t impressed with the other stuff. We’ll have to go back for the pizzas next though. 🙂


 

food.recentrunes.com | Chiamata Ripetuta a La Strada commented on February 9, 2009 at 11:41 am


[…] wasn’t until last Sunday when I found out in the papers that the Chef of our previous visit left the restaurant. My guess is that the new Chef need some time to get into the groove of things […]


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