Garibaldi Italian Restaurant and Bar – A One of A Kind Experience, Quite Literally

Garibaldi Italian along Purvis street is well known for their fine Italian cuisine and cos we wanted somewhere quiet, we decided to give it a try. The restaurant has a fair bit of crowd during the weekend but you still get to enjoy a pretty cozy atmosphere. Service was polite and the food comes out quick

Bread Sticks

Good to munch on while waiting for the rest of the party to arrive

Complimentary Bread

We adore the soft warm bread that goes well with the olive oil

Amuse Bouche – Vegetable Croquette

A decent vegetable croquette that was served piping hot, dipped in an appetizing sauce

Cold Angel’s Hair Pasta w Hokkaido Scallop & Carelian Caviar $48

We asked to recommend their best sellers and this was one of them. The angel’s hair pasta felt a little too mushy and wet. The texture might not be too welcoming to some diners’ palate but I appreciate the dressing that accompanies the pasta which was a refreshing mix of sweet and lemony. The scallops felt a little too overwhelming with the texture being too soft

Fresh Italian Burrata w Italian San Marzano Tomatoes $48

I grew to like burrata cheese over time but sadly this was too milky and watery in my opinion

Acquerello Risotto w Parmesan Cheese $78

The restaurant was having a seasonal special of white truffle so we picked one off the menu to try. The risotto was undercooked but the creamy flavour was delightful with Parmesan cheese infused

And cos we were taking so many photos, they took out the whole bowl of white truffle for us to snap as well (and we were very careful handling it)

Veal Ravioli w Porcini Mushroom & Cream Sauce $30

The veal was overcooked to the point it felt more like a paste to me. Though the flavours made up for the lacking, somehow

First Grade Angus Beef Tenderloin w Grilled Green Asparagus $58

So we anticipated the last dish after a non-stop disappointing experience. I thought the beef could be a little more tender. The sauce was a little on the heavy side. The friends didn’t like the potato but I thought it was alright

When I told my friend I was visiting Garibaldi, she told me their standard dropped so I went with no expectations. Well, I have to agree with her that such dining experience is really disappointing. They probably hit everything that could gone wrong. Although I have to mention they have the right flavours but perhaps they could improve on their execution. I’m not usually a fan of Italian cuisine, but I think there are definitely many more restaurants that could have done Italian food better than this

And ending the dinner with a birthday cake 🙂

Garibaldi Italian Restaurant & Bar

36 Purvis Street, S(188613)

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