Story & photos by Dr. Michael Lim The Travelling GourmetTM
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The implacable and indomitable Travelling Gourmet goes to a hill in Singapore and finds that…
Friday, 26 April, 2013
MANY things change in life. Lee Kwan Yew, the beloved Father of Singapore said: There is only one thing that is constant in Life, Change. Si, I am in Gattopardo where the Chef is mi buon amico, Lino Sauro.
Lino hails from Sicilia. where that shadowy organisation called La Cosa Nostra is SUPPOSED to exist. However, many say it only exists in the minds of Hollywood scriptwriters. Many in the know call me “Il Padrino Gastronomia”. It means the Godfather of Gastronomy. As in the movie, ‘The Godfather’, when you upset the Mafia or La Cosa Nostra, things happen to you…not necessarily good things…People say, the same happens when you upset “Il Padrino Gastronomia”…but it is not true. I am a very kind and forgiving person…
Back to the theme ‘change’. I was supposed to attend a World Gourmet Summit 2013 Event about Othello here but it has been cancelled or whatever??? I do not know. ‘Non lo so’ as they say in sunny Italy. Well, Life is change. Like that scene in Csablanca 1942 where Capitaine Louis Renault, the French Prefect of POlice asks Soldier of Fortune Rick Blaine, amazingly played by Hunphrey Bogart, “I often wonder why you came to Casablanca…”
Non importa. It is good. Change is always good. Now I get to enjoy Lino’s Set Lunch. It is really yummy.
The Rotolo di Mortadella e Burrata, Cuore di Bue is excellent. Light, tasty, just the right touch of acid with peppery Arugula and spring roll like Mortadella ham rolls. Inside…sexy Burrat cheese and pistachio puree. I like it!
My main course is Chicken or Pollo in Italian. The core temperaturee was nice: 59.8 C.
Senz altro, I checked with my CIA thermometer, The thigh meat was chunky and juicy and the skin was crispy. I confess I ate the skin! Bad boy! Bits of black pepper on the skin exploded like tiny bombs on my taste buds to release their addictive aromatic spiciness, Yummy…Never mind…more time in the Gym tomorrow.The 5mm thick slices of Eggplant were roasted to perfection and not soggy. I hate that. I loathe and detest soggy, overdone vegetables with all the goodness cooked out of them. A big rectangle of red Capsicum caressed in Extra Virgin Olive Oil had that enticing caramelised herbaceous flavour that is so exciting.
I chatted in German with my fiend, Fabian from Berlin, der Restaurant Manager, who told me, with a wry smile “Der StaSi war der beste Geheimdienst auf der ganzen Welt…” It means the StaSi was the best secret service in the whole world. They were like the Mafia which does not exist. The Ministerium fuer Staatssicherheit did exist till after 1989…the year the Berlin Wall fell.
The atmosphere is raucous and noisy but never mind. The food is more important. Service is laid back so do not come here if your are ‘kan cheong’ and in a big hurry to eat and run. Go to McDonalds instead.
Buon appetito! Ciao from Il Padrino della Gastronomia…Parla piu piano….
11 Canning Walk
Tel: 6337 2770