Dinner @ Cicheti

July 29, 2016 in Italian by thywhaleliciousfay

It’s relatively easy to find Cicheti; Just follow the directions given on Google map. o_O Haha. It’s a 15 to 18 minutes walk from Bugis MRT station. However, I didn’t follow Google map’s direction to the T and chose to walk through Kampong Glam. Of which, I was happy I did that. It was a picturesque sight to see the setting sun’s rays casting a golden hue on Sultan Mosque and watching our Muslim counterparts moving around quietly within the compound, getting ready for their prayers.

The real tricky part was verifying the unit. I kid you not. There was neither a signboard (with the restaurant’s name) nor unit number. The only way to guess if one was at the right unit was to look at the menu that’s hung beside the main door. o_O Luckily for me, a staff was standing at the entrance and greeted me with “Hi, can I help you? We’re Cicheti.”

My girlfriends who came in a little later than me weren’t as lucky. They had to compare the online menu against what was hung on the wall.

And upon entering, the working counter where the chef work on his pizza dough, etc came into full sight. However, we were led to second storey. So no live action (of chef at work) for us. Although I am sure they would have accommodated if we knew and made our preference for seats at ground level. But for reservation, I was lazy and chose to email them instead. So yah… If not they may have asked for our preference had I called in. Oops.

But in my opinion, the second storey was more conducive for catching up. It was brighter. Good for my ‘camera eats first’ too. Haha.

And from the menu, my girlfriends and I ordered:-

1) Soft shell crab, $15 (above) – With tomato chutney. This was nicely done. Capsicum was included too. But it isn’t a dish I would normally order in a Italian restaurant. But 1 of my girlfriends love her soft shell crab tempura.

2) Burratina, $29 (above) – With toasted pistachio, onion marmalade, pesto and beretta ham. The cheese was so good! The filling within, which resembled really soft marshmallow, oozed slightly when I sliced through the mozzarella pouch with my knife. But my girlfriend who loves her soft shell crab wasn’t impressed cause she isn’t a cheese lover. So I guess it’s subjective? But I really enjoyed this. Although it’s a first to be given bread to enjoy burratina with.

3) Bismark pizza, $25 (above) – Fior de latte, ham, mushrooms, soft runny egg, parmesan. Pizzas are categorised as ‘red’ and ‘white’. I wanted to try Pollo under the ‘white’, but yet another girlfriend was sold when she read ‘soft runny egg’. And so, we went with Bismark. And I liked this, but without the egg. Oh, the irony. The pizza base at where the egg was placed was probably too thin cause it couldn’t hold (the wet egg) and fell apart when we took our respective slices. Chef may have gotten a little too excited and stretched the dough a little bigger than he should cause the staff told us the pizza was 10 inch, but it certainly looked bigger when the pizza was on our table. But one could taste the smoky flavour from baking the pizza in a wood-fired oven. So yes, thumbs up for the pizza. Just go with another flavour.

4) Seafood stew, $29 (above) – Grey prawns, clams, squid, scallops. What the menu didn’t mention was that fish was also included.

5) Tagliatelle, $28 (above) – Squid ink, crab meat. I guess it comes with having tried many squid ink pasta (at various places) that my girlfriends and I realised an authentic squid ink pasta is one which incorporate the squid ink into the noodle dough than using it as the sauce. Or at least, that’s our preference. The former works better for dates too. No unsightly black-tainted teeth. Haha. And we certainly enjoyed the handmade tagliatelle. The texture was great.

6) Parpadelle, $26 (above) – Braised lamb sugo, porcine, soffritto. Again, we enjoyed the handmade pasta. The texture was kept consistent; Good.

7) Panna cotta, $12.50 (above) – Rhubarb granita.

8) Crack pie, $12.50 (above) – Cocoa crumble, vanilla gelato. This was really good. Pie was served slightly warm, which texture was almost similar to pound cake. Maybe a little denser? But so nice! And I liked that gelato was served, not ice cream. Gelato is the healthier option.

After our mains were served, we realised our pizza, pasta and (even) stew were all red; Tomato base. So after a while, it did get a little boring even though the ingredients used for each dish were different. So one may want to be careful and have a good mix of ‘white base’ and ‘red base’ dishes. If I could re-select the choice of our pasta, I probably would have selected one with delicate sauce so that the texture of the pasta can take the front stage instead.

Would I recommend Cicheti? Yes, for their handmade pasta. It was an enjoyable dining experience. The ambience of the restaurant was very chilled. Absolutely ideal to order a pizza and grab a bottle of beer to go with it.

They had additional specials (that’s not on the menu) like pan-seared octopus which I would normally order. But we didn’t cause one among us don’t take octopus. And it was a pity the meatball was made with beef. I don’t take beef. =(

We did notice our dishes took a little while to come, but that’s because they were full house that night. That said, when our dishes came, they came together. Ie, when they served our mains, they served all our mains at the same time.

In addition, when our appetizer of cheese was served, we noticed there were only 4 slices of bread. So we asked if we could have 1 more since there were 5 of us. However, we were surprised when the staff came back with a plate worth. Although we didn’t think too much into it too. We assumed the chef was being generous. So we weren’t exactly pleased when we called for the bill to see we were charged $3 for the extra bread on the receipt. The staff should have informed us that they couldn’t accede to our request and that additional bread was chargeable. Cause had we known, we would have just shared our existing 4 slices. Though frankly, we ladies also made the mistake of assuming it was free just because most restaurants give complimentary bread. Oh well.

52 Kandahar Street, Singapore
6292 5012, Website, Facebook
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 8
Mon – Fri : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Mon – Sat : 18:30 – 23:00 (Dinner)
Value: 7
* Closed on Sun
Service: 7