Alkaff Mansion Ristorante Introduces New Italian Menu

An iconic and historical building in Singapore- Alkaff Mansion has stood the test of time since it was first built back in 1918. Initially owned by a Yemen family of spice traders, Alkaff Mansion played host to many opulent and high society parties back in the day when it was a weekend retreat bungalow spanning an area of 780 square metres. It comes as no surprise that almost a century later, Alkaff Mansion remains a popular choice of location to hold events, weddings and even fashion shows with its exquisite architecture and sprawling grounds that are complimented by a panoramic view of Telok Blangah Hill.

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Recently, Alkaff Mansion Ristorante welcomed a new chef- a native from Sardinia, Italy with 20 years of culinary experience to spruce up its menu with hearty Italian fare made from produce imported all the way from Sardinia. Talk about recreating an authentic Italian dining experience without actually having to get on a plane.

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From the list of Antipasti’s, we tried two specialties- the Fresh Octopus Carpaccio $24 and Seafood Platter $68. The former which featured lightly steamed silvers of octopus won my vote with its delicate nature and subtle sweetness, brought even more to life with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Conversely, the platter of five different types of seafood- tiger prawns, tuna tartare, sea bass carpaccio, octopus salad and lobster chunks had me quite split in my decision. But either way $68 for such a huge platter of seafood is a pretty sweet deal in itself.

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For pastas, the Sardinian Pasta with Assorted Seafood $28 made with Fregola imported all the way from Italy, was one of the prettiest items that evening. Dressed with a medley of assorted seafood such as clams, prawns and scallops, and steeped in a tomato-based broth, this is one that the kids will enjoy eating. The adults can go for their Homemade Squid Ink Tagliatelle $32 which is another of their signatures and an item that I saw on almost every other table that evening.

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My personal favourite for the evening was this Porcini Mushroom Risotto Superfino Acquerello with Thyme $28. Such a classic Italian dish that was done excellently. The grains were al dente and the flavour so rich and creamy, perfumed with truffle and chunks of mushrooms in every bite. A must order if you are here and a dish I would willingly return for.

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The Slow Cooked Sardinian Style Suckling Pig $46 was a crowd-pleaser and huge hit with everyone for its crisp crackling and moist fork-tender flesh. Chef Depalmas shares with us that the suckling pig was actually slow roasted for several hours at a constant temperature of 70 degrees to obtain that gleaming skin and perfect texture. While the dish was actually paired with a homemade mixed berry compote to cut through the richness of the meat, I found the sauce to be unnecessary and was happy having my crackling and suckling pig on its own. Shiok!

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The Fresh Mint Vanilla Panna Cotta $14 for dessert surprised me most because I was never a fan of mint. In this case however, the mint was extremely refreshing and an unlikely match to the creamy wobbly panna cotta. Interesting and worth trying. The traditional Alkaff Mansion Tiramisu $14 is also on the menu for those who want to stick to the classics.

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To sum it all up, Alkaff Mansion is indeed beautiful with its colonial architecture and romantic gazebos. It is an ideal place to bring that special someone and perfect for celebrating an occasion. The only grouse I have about the place is how secluded it is and the inconvenience of getting there without a car or taxi. But I guess it is a fair price to pay for privacy and exclusivity.

Thank you Jeanette and Alkaff Mansion Ristorante for hosting us!

10 Telok Blangah Green
Singapore 109178
Tel: 6510 3068

Opening hrs:
Lunch: Monday-Friday, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Dinner: Monday-Sunday, 6.00pm – 10.30pm
Afternoon Tea: Monday-Saturday, 11.30am – 3.30pm
Weekend Terrace Brunch: 10am – 3.30pm
Sunday Prosecco Brunch: 11.30am – 3.30pm

Singapore

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