Thursday, 17 September 2015

Savour the Flavours of Tuscany at Burlamacco Ristorante

Enjoying hearty Tuscan cuisine

A quaint Italian restaurant located along Amoy Street, Burlamacco is one of the best Italian restaurants that I have tried. Helmed by true-blue Tuscan Chef, Gabrielle Piegaia, this three year old restaurant is named after a carnival mask from the town of Viareggio in Tuscany. Over the years, Burlamacco has established a reputation for providing hearty and wholesome Italian food in a fun, relaxed and convivial setting.

The interior

Decked in red and white with wooden furniture and hanging lamps in black and orange shades, this contemporary, airy 50-seater restaurant offers a relaxed and cosy ambience.

The entrance

The walls are embellished with modern, carnivalesque artworks giving the restaurant a touch of warmth and friendliness.

With Chef Gabrielle Piegaia

The menu is not very extensive, however, Chef Gabrielle who has cut his teeth at Michelin-starred restaurants in Italy and renowned restaurants in Singapore such as Senso, Palio (Resorts World Sentosa) and Alkaff Mansion is set to impress your taste-buds with his unpretentious and authentic Tuscan creations.

Hand chopped red tuna tartare served with avocado batutta

My hubby and I commenced our meal with the hand chopped red tuna tartare served with avocado batutta ($26). The fresh red tuna was tossed with olive oil, soy sauce and Dijon mustard resulting in a savoury, sweet and slightly spicy taste. It was complemented with creamy avocado slices, tomatoes and an interesting medley of salads.

Linguine with Boston lobster tail in spicy “Arrabbiata” sauce and homemade-veal filled ravioli served with porcini mushroom sauce 

The pastas were lovely too. I had the linguine with Boston lobster tail in spicy “Arrabbiata” sauce ($32) while my hubby had the homemade-veal filled ravioli served with porcini mushroom sauce ($26). The linguine was marvellously executed with the sweetness of the lobster tails, the robust, tangy tomato sauce accented with a tinge of spice, giving it a ‘kick’. The linguine was also al dente and the captivating flavours completely swept me off my feet.

The ravioli was splendid too. Each morsel was generously filled with the well-marinated veal and bursting with heavenly goodness. The ravioli was also steeped in a deliciously, rich porcini mushroom sauce, heightening our dining experience.

Cacciucco' traditional Tuscan seafood stew with garlic bruschetta 

For the mains, we had the ‘Cacciucco' traditional Tuscan seafood stew with garlic bruschetta ($42) and duck confit served with cranberry sauce in stewed beans ($40). The seafood stew was brimming with treasures of the sea such as prawns, mussels, squid and seabass. Rich and flavourful, this delightfully homey soup was satisfying to the last mouthful.

Duck confit served with cranberry sauce in stewed beans

The duck confit was also perfectly cooked, a testimony to the culinary prowess of Chef Gabrielle. The skin was done to the right degree of crispness, while the meat was succulent and flavourful.

‘Crostata' chocolate tart eruption with vanilla ice cream

Desserts were predictable but tasted wonderful too. The ‘Crostata' chocolate tart eruption with vanilla ice cream ($18) was devilishly divine and it is generously filled with decadent Valrhona chocolate, satiating the palates of chocoholics with its molten chocolaty-rich interior.

Tiramisu

The creamy tiramisu ($18) is also one of the better ones that I have tried so far.

Hubby and me

Overall, the dining experience at Burlamacco was a superb one and definitely warrants a repeat visit. All the items on the menu were delicious and was a perfect harmony of textures and flavours. 

The restaurant is located at 77 Amoy Street Singapore 069896. It is open from 11.30am to 2.30pm for lunch and 6pm to 10.30pm for dinner. On Saturdays, it is open from 6pm to 10.30pm. It is closed on Sundays. 

For reservations, please call 6220 1763.

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