Excellent pasta crowns the offerings at this new Italian restaurant tucked in a corner of the quaint Maxwell Chambers building.
Contributed By Yong Yung Shin
Taking over from Osvaldo, L’Angolo is one of the newest additions to the Tanjong Pagar restaurant scene. L’Angolo (which means “the corner” in Italian) is helmed by chef-partner Giuliano Dacasto, who brings to the table 17 years of culinary expertise honed at the three-Michelin star Ristorante Le Calandra at Padova, two-Michelin star Ristorante Bracali at Massa Maritima, and one-Michelin star II Convivio Troiani at Rome in Italy. Subsequently, he worked at Gordon Ramsay’s Boxwood Café in London for over a year before arriving in Singapore.
From the antipasti section, the Sweet Capsicum With Blue Swimmer Crab And Zucchini (S$24)— fresh crab meat dressed in Greek yoghurt, mayonnaise and lemon juice stuffed into roasted peppers, makes an appetizing starter.
L’Angolo’s highlights are its pasta dishes. We love the Parma Ham Ravioli With Buffalo Mozzarella Cream And Sweet Peas (S$27)—neat little bishop hat-shaped bags stuffed with Parma ham, minced pork, onion, pepper, bread, milk and egg, tossed in a fragrant butter sauce; the combination ensures that the filling doesn’t come off too meaty and overwhelming, while the side serving of sweet peas gives balance to the saltiness of the ham.
The Tagliatelle With Chantarelle Mushrooms (S$30) was surprisingly flavorful as well; al dente ribbons of pasta tossed in a light butter-based sauce of red wine, dried porcini, veal jus, rosemary and parmesan. The use of summer truffle shavings also imparts a classic aroma to the dish without overpowering the other flavors. On this note, we were told that all the pasta is made fresh in-house daily—which explains the nice, light texture and the subtle, wheat-y flavors.
The meat dishes are well done too. Roasted for over three and a half hours, the Slow-cooked Beef Cheek In Amarone Red Wine Sauce (S$38), is tender, with the rich beefy flavor bolstered by a jus reduction. A staple that caters to those who prefer white meat, the Pan-roasted Canadian Black Cod (S$38) is a safe bet, served on a pillow of mashed potato speckled with red saffron strands—a great touch. Even the accompanying porcini mushrooms show the chef’s attention to detail, being sautéed with garlic, thyme and white wine.
The Apple Cake With Vanilla Gelato (S$13), was introduced as an authentic grandma’s recipe creation—and it sure tasted like one, with that distinctively homemade aroma wafting over to tease us even before the dish reached our table. Comprising a light butter sponge cake with diced Granny Smith apples and a drizzle of mascarpone and white wine sauce, it was the perfect end to a pleasant meal.
Overall, great for office birthday meals or business lunches.
32 Maxwell Road,
+65 6224 0978