Overlooking the city lights on Scotts Road is Arossa Grill & Wine Bar. Helmed by Chef Chiaki Watanabe, who simply cooks with the believe that simplicity is key, the restaurant offers a spread of Italian cuisine picked up by the chef herself over years of experience.
Arossa boasts over 120 labels of wine available in store that compliments the meal. Apart from that, the 60 seater restaurant also has an ambience we think would be perfect for a first date if you are really out to impress. From private rooms and brick walls to classical music, the restaurant gives off a medieval vibe without looking overly cluttered despite the open concept kitchen.
As starters, we were served the Lasagne di Melanzane which consisted of baked eggplant, topped with aplenty of mozzarella cheese and tomato sauce. We liked how the cheese and tomato complimented each other and also took away the natural bitterness of the eggplant. The other antipasti we gave the green light to is the Calamari which was served with Aioli Sauce. Each piece was coated evenly and seasoned minimally to bring out the freshness of the squid.
For mains, we especially enjoyed the Guanciale di Manzo, beef cheek braised in red wine and honey. The tender slices of beef atop the beautifully scented truffle mash was a spot-on description of heaven on earth. The Salmone however, was a little disappointing. Plating wise, it felt as if i was looking at more greens than fish. And even though we felt the salmon was cooked almost perfectly, we wished for the fish portion to have been a tad bigger since it was served as a main after all.
As for desserts, the votes were clearly for the Tiramisu. At Arossa, this Italian classic is deconstructed. You won't find layers of ladyfinger and mascarpone, instead what you get is a just everything in a bowl, topped off with fresh strawberries and caramelised nuts.
As a whole, we did enjoy our dining experience at Arossa Grill & Wine Bar a lot. And like we mentioned earlier (and will repeat again), we like how they set the ambience perfect for a date which will clearly impress. This also means we highly recommend you don't tag your kid along for a meal here unless you do not mind all attention to be on your kid instead of the food.
Arossa Grill & Wine Bar
6 Scotts Road
Scotts Square, #02-01
+65 6636 2951
This was an invited media tasting.