Casa Tartufo Hot
Bringing the truffle experience from Italy to our doorstep by a passionate Husband and Wife team with a love for truffles.
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Authentic Italian food in Chinatown
A stone’s throw away from the Buddha Tooth Relic Temple lies a gem of an Italian restaurant. If a pig farm were to let their pigs run free, this would be their go-to place. Casa Tartufo stands for “House of Truffles” in Italian and many of its dishes aptly revolve around the prized fungus. The chef and owner, Alex, hails from Italy and so does 80% of its ingredients, which ensures the quality and freshness of the food served.
The most memorable dish was the truffle burratta cheese. The creaminess of the soft cheese paired amazingly well with the cherry tomatoes and rocket leaves, which undercuts the richness of the burratta and prevents it from becoming too ‘jelat’. The truffle taste, though present, was not overpowering in the least, making this a must-try starter.
For dessert, I was feeling adventurous and decided to give truffle gelato a go. It was an interesting experience, but one spoonful was more than enough for me. My palette was thoroughly confused by the earthy taste of truffles in a frozen form. Interesting, but not exactly my idea of a good dessert, and probably not your’s too unless you’re a die-hard truffle fan.
If you love truffles as much as the pigs do, this restaurant is a must go to.
When I first tried dining in Casa Tartufo, I did not realize how much I could fancy the truffles in this restaurant. The restaurant is classy and dimly lit and the dining tables and seats are wooden, simply cosy. After we were seated, we were served a basketful of loaves , they are crusty outside and soft inside. It goes really well with an even spread of butter. Well, that was our 'welcome appetiser'.
As the starter, we ordered truffle with mushrooms and poached eggs, it is simple, well balanced and not too salty. Definitely a recommendable starter. For the main course, I had Veal chop with grissini crust topped with fresh cherry tomatoes. The outer layer is so crispy and the inner one is a piece of flat tender meat without much of excess oil. You wouldn't feel so oily eating this, moreover with the combination of the sweet sauce and cherry tomatoes that would freshen the whole veal.
After such a wonderful starter and main course, you absolutely have to get their mouth watering dessert. I would recommend the banana crepe flambé with vanilla ice cream. I wouldn't say that it is not sweet, of course it sweet but with the nicely charred crepe on the edges with the great combination banana and vanilla beans would make you not minding having that for the dessert.
I would definitely recommend this restaurant to everyone. Don't be left out to try the unique cuisines that would blow your mind away.
Quality food, service and ambience!
Casa Tartufo, a nice cosy place where everything especially the food, reminded us of our honeymoon to Florence, Italy. My hubby and I have just visited this restaurant this afternoon for their set lunch and the moment I had my first bite of their antipasto of the day, I knew I will be here writing this review.
Antipasto was fried rice (shaped like balls) served with tomato sauce – it was crispy outside and deliciously soft inside. For mains, we had their house special, the Tajarin and the Risotto Casa. The Tajarin consist of thin Egg-noodles cooked with butter and sage and served with fresh Summer Black Truffles. It is indeed their house special as it was wonderfully cooked. You can taste a hint of butter and sage (just the right amount) and slices of truffles. For the Risotto Casa, it was served with sea urchin and truffles. In my opinion, the sea urchin taste was over-powering but you can definitely taste the freshness of the sea urchin. Dessert, we chose truffle gelato and chocolate tart. I prefer the former as it was innovative and not too heavy. The set comes with coffee or tea as well.
We were served by Alex, the owner himself and it is our pleasure as he is really a very nice person. He even took photos for us a few times. His partner Tammy is a lovely lady who is very pretty and extremely easy to chat with. Dining here at Casa Tartufo is really a homely experience. You don’t feel like you are in a restaurant, but rather in their house hosted by the owners themselves. It is indeed a pleasant experience and we will be back to try their new menu when the white truffles are in season in the later part of the year.