Ambush At Takashimaya

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For all you spaghetti fans out there, this is a must try place!

Tucked away in the basement of Takashimaya , is an Italian Bistro like setting called “Ambush”. Basically what it is is a simple shop front where you place your order, and a seating area (kinda small) at the back while the kitchen has a transparent window. Its like an open concept situated in the middle of the basement area within Takashimaya.

From the looks, it would seem like its an eat and go kinda place, where the business model is more for the Takashimaya shoppers to take a break. I for one wouldn’t have thought that they would serve decent, if not very good Italian spaghetti there!

Both my friend and I ordered a main course, and an addition of about $4.50 for a soup OR desert.

The soup of the day was cream of mushroom. One of my personal favourites. The soup is definitely homemade. Unlike many bistros these days, Ambush doesn’t use those instant can or packet soup mix. You can taste the broth with lotsa diced up shitake mushrooms inside.

Creamy Mushroom Soup

Creamy Mushroom Soup

I’m a sucker for cream soup, hence I thought it was really good. Though my friend thought that the soup was a little bit too creamy. So I guess its an individual’s preference.

For appetizers we had the “Queen’s Scallops”, its basically baked scallops (with the shells) with some herbs on the top. Pretty decent with 6 shells on one plate. Don’t expect some fine dining type of quality cooking, but for about $12 per plate of 6, I think the pricing may be a little on the high side as well. Unless you are a seafood fanatic, you may want to skip this and try other types of appetizers.

Queen Scallops

Queen Scallops

My friend then ordered the Prawn Linguine with Arriabiata Sauce. Basically its tomato based type of linguine with a generous amount of big succulent prawns. The prawns were quite fresh and were very chewy. The tomato based sauce wasn’t too “tomatoey” and you can taste some garlic and other herbs within. For me, I’m more of a “creamy” person, but I think its still ok. The noodles though were cook to perfection, not soggy, and the chewyness was just right.

Prawn Linguine with Arriabiata Sauce

Prawn Linguine with Arriabiata Sauce

For me, I ordered the Scallop with Fresh Roe Linguine. Hmm firstly the base was kinda like those white creamy sauce, with a generous serving of fresh scallops (different type from the appetizer we had earlier on), and lots of fish roe sprinkled on top. The gravy was just right to me, not too creamy, being able to taste some herbs. So far, I think its one of the best Cream based pasta that I’ve tasted in Singapore. The ingredients used were very fresh too.

Scallop with fresh Roe Sauce

Scallop with fresh Roe Sauce

I think both pastas were value for money. They were roughly about $12-$14 per dish, and even so, the amount of ingredients added were in abundance.

For dessert, we tried the apple crumble. Nothing super fanciful, but it tasted home made, not those factory mass produced type. The apples inside were fresh too.

Apple Crumble

In terms of pricing and food quality, the only other place that can match this would probably be Creations at Shaw Tower. Taking the price and food quality served, I think this can easily beat fine dining restaurants like Prego’s, hands down.

Highly recommended for pasta lovers!

Ambush (Takashimaya)

Ambush (Takashimaya)


Ambush

391B Orchard Road,
#B2-04-2-1 Ngee Ann City Tower B,
Singapore 238874
www.ambush.com.sg

Esse nufesso qui dice male di pasta…


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