La Cantina At Changi Village

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Tucked away in the seclusion of Changi Village, away from the hustle and bustle of the city, is where you can find La Catina, one of the finer Italian restaurants in Singapore.

It all started with me emailing Camemberu for some suggestions on a place to celebrate a friend’s Bday, and then it was narrowed down to La Cantina, which I thought was an excellent choice in the end.

Located on the top floor of Changi Village Hotel (previously known as Le Meridien Changi), customers will get an unparalleled sea view with ships docking in the horizons. Every few minutes you’ll see planes taking off and landing. Best part is you can’t hear the noise from inside of the restaurant.

There’s two floors to the restaurant, and alfresco dining is also available. However due to Singapore’s humid climate, I’d suggest an indoor sitting. Alright, n’uff said, lets go to the food.

I was feeling kinda adventurous (well as always), and hence we ordered a fair share of dishes. 2 appetizers, 2 main courses, and 2 desserts to be exact.

Deep Fried Mozarella Cheese

Deep Fried Mozarella Cheese

First up is the Deep Fried Mozaralla Cheese. Whether you’re a cheese person, or not, I think this is a must try dish. The cheese is coated with a layer of crumbs (possibly bread or buscuit crumbs), and fried to golden brown. The salad accompanied the cheese quite well, and the ingredients were really fresh. So much so, its the first time I actually kept popping tomatoes into my mouth!

Inside of the Mozarella Cheese

Inside of the Mozarella Cheese

Now, this has to be the winning shot. We took a little bit of time to take the photos, so the cheese wasn’t as warm as how its supposed to be. But nevertheless, look at how we managed to stretch it apart. Yummy!

Next up was the Vongole. I remembered I had trouble ordering this, because vongole to me was always a type of spaghetti. Well, lesson learned, its actually a clam.

Vongole Soup

Vongole Soup

This was done like a clam soup. Not creamy based, but more broth-like. Ok, I have to be honest. If you don’t like clams or mussels, then you may want to skip this. On first taste, the soup was pretty salty (because of the clam, not excessive salt). So much so I wanted to give up. But bit by bit, you start to get accustomed to the taste, and its actually quite fragrant with the clams.

Pile of empty clam shells

Pile of empty clam shells

So basically, I guess its an acquired taste. Both of us managed to finish the pile of clams at the end. And personally, I was quite satisfied with myself.

Since we were at an Italian restaurant, then I guess it only makes sense to order pastas and pizzas right? Hence we decided on the Fruitti Di Mare Pizza and Fettuccine Porcini for main course.

Fruitti Di Mare Pizza

Fruitti Di Mare Pizza

The pizza’s ingredient is similar to what you get in a Hawaiian Pizza and a Seafood Pizza. There were prawns (juicy n succulent ones), clams, squid, scallop, and pineapple chunks. Speaking of which, the scallops are actually hidden in the cheese and the toppings aren’t really spread evenly across the pizza. And I only got to know of what I missed out a day later.

Darn!

Fettuccine with a variety of mushrooms

Fettuccine with a variety of mushrooms

Fettuccine Porcini was pretty good. I’m a mushroom lover, and so is my friend. There were¬† loads of different kind of mushroom inside, covered with a cream based sauce. I think its not the usual mushrooms you can get locally either. The only draw back was that my friend thought the pasta was a little over-cooked. I thought it was fine though.

So guess if you want your pasta to be cooked Al Dante style, do let the service staff know.

Finally dessert time! I’m asking the obvious here, but can anyone guess what we ordered?

Pretty decent tiramisu, not fabulous, but decent

Pretty decent Tiramisu, not fabulous, but decent

Alright, not entirely the best Tiramisu that I’ve tasted, but one of the better one. The cheese was pretty soft and creamy, while the ladyfinger is soaked thoroughly with espresso. The only thing I felt was lacking was the liquor.

But on that note, I should compliment the exquisite service provided by the staff at La Cantina. I briefly asked them to come up with a little B’Day surprise for my friend… And my my I thought it was perfectly executed, even I was a little stunned!

Speaking of which I’ve always had high hopes for The Patissier’s cakes. I’ll try their Tiramisu when I get the chance then I’ll blog it down here. Hopefully it won’t disappoint. I always get my cakes from them, especially if its for a special occasion. You may want to check out the link above.

Mandaino - Deep freezed mandarin orange with ice-cream

Mandaino - Deep freezed mandarin orange with ice-cream

Finally to wash everything down, we decided on the Mandaino. Its basically a hollow mandarin orange, filled with orange flavoured ice-cream, and deep freezed. I thought it was quite ordinary, except for the presentation. Maybe we should have tried the Gelato instead.

Anyway, I think you can try checking out Carrefour, or the other hypermarts to see if they have the Mandaino. I’m quite sure its an imported product, and there are other flavours such as pear, lemon, etc to choose from as well.

On the whole, La Cantina is really a good place if you like to spend quality with someone. Its really out of the way, and they don’t close till 2am. Hence you can just sit there to talk while watching the planes go by. Only thing to note is that they do blast up the music past 10pm during “Happy Hours”, though i think you can kindly ask them to turn the volume down.

Oh and do go early. I’ve read that you can get an amazing sunset view from there. We missed the sunset that time round. And lastly, I heard this is one of Xiaxue’s favourite Italian restaurant.

La Cantina in Veneziaindex_03
Changi Village Hotel, 1 Netheravon Road
#08/09-02, Singapore 508502
Tel: (65) 6546 9190
Website: www.cantinafoodwine.com

Did you know, Tiramisu means “pick me up” in Italian?


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