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The indomitable and irrepressible Travelling Gourmet TM goes to a…
MONDO of good wholesome Italian cooking with comfort food and classic Italian spezialitati. This was what I tasted and savoured in Mondo Mio, which means in English “My world”. Unlike some Italian ristoranti in Asia which tailors their food to suit Asian tastes and likes…I do not blame them because only few, that have not travelled and tasted REAL Italian food in sunny Italy truly understand & appreciate what authentic Italian cuisine is all about.
Mondo Mio’s mission statement pulls no punches:
WE ARE NOT an Italian restaurant serving Italian dishes just by their names heard on the market!
WE ARE NOT a restaurant where you can eat dishes from fusion worldwide cuisines!
WE ARE NOT a restaurant where your bill is not worth the quality of food and cooking!
I like people who call a spade a spade!
Helmed by mio buon amico Massimo Aquaro who is an experienced Restauranteur, I was jolly pleased to see him and even happier with is warm Italian welcome! The ambience here is very relaxed and is good for families as well as romantic couples on a hot date! Enscounced in a nice table by the window where I could see all the goings-on outside the lively Roberston Quay area which is what they call a very “happening place” (I know it is grammatically incorrect but what the hell that is what they say nonetheless). A nice basket of pane casareccio which is an assortment of warm freshly baked bread like Foccacia…
As an outstanding and very traditional antipasto, The Travelling Gourmet TM or Il Turista Buongustaio recommend the Burratina! This classic comprises falvoursome
Burrata cheese made form buffalo milk with Proscuitto di Parma (thin sliced Parma ham), salame and pomodorini or cherry tomatoes. This is the appetiser of Champions! Simply drizzled with Extra Virgin Olive oil which is super HEALTHY unlike CANCER causing horrible palm oil, plus Balsamico from Modena, and sprinkled with some freshly grated black pepper, this dish is simply YUMMIE! For BIG appetites do try Antipasto Mondo Mio which has Burrata with mixed cold cuts od of Salame and Proscuitto as well as artichokes, tangy-sweet rock melon, selection of Italian formaggi (cheese)like Strong Gorgonzola and tasty, snappy Parmigiano and Arugula (rocket leaves).
Do you like Octopus? Well, go for Polpo all’insalata! Another classique! Octopus steamed just right so it does not become leathery like shoe leather, but rather lovely to bite into…with the unmistakable appetising flavours of the ocean…accompanied by tempting tender boiled potatoes, which are also very tasty with some Extra Virgin Olive Oil. I exaggerate BUT a really skilful Italian Chef can create beautiful dishes with just Balsamico, black pepper, First Press Extra Virgin Olive Oil, Rosemarino and a little salt!
T3 – Terrific and Tempting TRIO!
Osso buco alla Milanese
Lobster and crab meat ravioli with light tomato sauce and prawn
bisque sprinkled with crushed pistachio nuts
Capesante con vino bianco, aglio e prezzemolo
White wine pan-seared scallop with garlic and parsley
30, Robertson Quay
Riverside View #01-02A
Tel : ( 65) 6736 2503
To be continued…work in progress…