Last Friday night I found myself at a round little table on a patio with coloured lights swaying in the breeze, surrounded by Italian waiters in crisp white shirts taking (and giving) orders. No, this wasn’t mama splurging on a weekend to Tuscany. This was date night in Singapore and more precisely at Latteria Mozzarella Bar in Duxton Hill.
And what is a Latteria? The translation in Italian is, “Milk Shop” but I think we can refer to Latteria in Duxton hill as “Milk Heaven” instead — this is where cheese comes to show off! Flown in fresh from Italy a few times a week this is THE place if you’re looking for the best mozzarella in town. The Burrata is to die for, being just firm enough for you to cut through to the amazingly soft center. Yum. And the Mozzarella di Bufala tastes just the way it should and leaves no doubt it came straight from water buffalo to mama’s plate.
But there isn’t just cheese on the menu mamas… There are some really, really good traditional Italian dishes served up at Latteria. Although the pasta dishes we saw hitting tables left, right and center did look amazing, we were in the mood to wake up our starved European taste buds with a Tagliata. Now, this simple dish isn’t very special at all, which is exactly what makes it so special. A Tagliata is essentially a piece of steak that is grilled to perfection (well coloured on the outside but rare on the inside) and served on a bed of rocket with Parmesan shavings and a light dressing. Both hubby and I opted for a medium-rare version, which was served exactly to order. This was a pleasant surprise because getting a rare steak done properly is a rare thing these days. Most of the time I think waiters suffer from severe tinnitus or something which makes whatever you say, when asked how you want your steak, sound like “medium-well”.
Another thing we loved about Latteria is the fact that they serve their house wine (which is very decent indeed) by the carafe — oh-so European. This means that you can go for a half of white with your starter and a half of red with your main. Or just double that if you want to have a really good time.
Dessert was no disappointment. I went for the Lemon Crème Brulée with Balsamic Strawberries and hubby tried that night’s special- Molten Lava Cake. No need to tell you how great that was. After dinner we were offered a small glass of home made Limoncello on the house (nice touch!) after which we stumbled out of the restaurant into a taxi and fell asleep on our way home. This was date night after all!
Latteria, 40 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089618
Tel: (+65) 6866 1988
Sunday – Friday 12pm -2:30pm and 6 – 11pm
Saturday 6pm – 11pm (closed for lunch)