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Sunday, July 13, 2014

[ADVERT] Arossa Wine & Grill @ Scotts Square

2 weeks ago, I was invited down by Amanda for a tasting session at Arossa Wine & Grill. I was pretty hesitant initially because Scotts Square is where all the high-end stores are located in, and I really didn't know what to expect of this restaurant. I'm sure many of you would have thought the same way, and wouldn't even step into it thinking it might be too atas and hence not affordable. Well, that is totally not the case!

"Arossa is the new hotspot in the latest culinary experience in the heart of Orchard Road at Scotts Square; offering authentic classy ambience which surrounds the store, transporting diners to indulge their food in a warm and relaxed setting.

The restaurant impresses with exciting creations from our celebrated Chef Chiaki Watanabe, who believes that simplicity is key in her food, without compromising on delectable tastes. The restaurant is known for its grill sourced from Australia and New Zealand, and the pairing of wide range of wines to complement each dish."

Here, you can get to choose over 120 labels of wines to complement your meal:

I love the ceiling-to-floor windows that allow sunlight to stream in in the day, while at night you can enjoy the city lights while having a romantic candlelight dinner:

The kitchen at Arossa is helmed by a lady Japanese chef, Chef Chiaki Watanabe, who had went abroad to further her culinary skills in Italy hence explaining her East-meet-West concept in Arossa.

I was told Italians love to have bread together with their food. Here, we have some Focaccia and Walnut bread (which is so good my Mum and I bought a packet home hehe) to start off our 4-course lunch:

Burrata (S$34) - burrata cheese and Sicilian tomatoes, served with olive oil. This looks like an ultra huge egg white/marshmallow at first glance, but it is actually a type of Italian cheese made from mozzarella and cream. I am not a fan of cheese, but I quite like this as the flavour is really light. The texture is silky and fluffy, and also sticky at the same time. I loooove the Sicilian tomatoes too! Probably the sweetest type of tomatoes I've tried:

Chitarra (S$29) - homemade square-cut long pasta with sea urchin paste, chives and peperoncino. The pasta is soft and chewy, and overall the sea urchin paste makes it very rich and flavourful! It is of the right creaminess as well so it doesn't get gelat after awhile. I really wanted more of this but too bad it was for sharing.....:

Tonno (S$36) - my favourite dish of that day - grilled blue fin tuna with caponata! I'd never have known it was tuna if it wasn't written in the menu, because it looks and tastes really similar to beef. The tuna's really wonderfully grilled with the burnt taste still lingering on its surface. It is fresh and juicy, and I love how it is semi-raw too so sashimi lovers will definitely like it as well!:

Tiramisu (S$14) - one of Arossa's signature desserts, it is creamy, sweet and its sponge is packed with rum. It has macadamia nuts within too, which I find really special and they complement the flavours really well. So good I finished most of it hehe:

With Chef Chiaki! She is so cute and funny hehe:

Private dining is available here too, with NO extra charges - all you have to do is call and reserve in advance! They have 3 rooms set aside for such events, each room catering to about 6-8 people.

Take a look also at the Set Lunches they are offering. Prices start as low as S$15++, which is really affordable even for young adults!:

In addition, they have a cocktail Happy Hour from Mondays to Saturdays 6-9pm, where all cocktails are 1-for-1 (at $15 or $18 each)!

Thanks Amanda and Arossa for having me! :)

Arossa Wine & Grill
Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road,
#02-01, Singapore 228209

Daily: 11:30am - 3:00pm / 6:00pm – 10:30pm
Tel: +65 6636 2951

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