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Bonta Italian Restaurant

It is a small world after all and after a friend and I found out that we both knew the same friend, all 3 of us decided to get-together, over a meal of course.

We chose to try Bonta, located at the "jinxed corner of UE Square", to quote a friend. The restaurant has a mezzanine area that seems like a respite from the main dining area that lacked no crowd during the lunch hour. I was glad we weren't stuck in between people who spewed business lingo all through lunch.

Our meal started with fresh baked complimentary bread that I have heard such much about. After breaking into the crust and taking the first bite, I understood why people loved the walnut bread with sundried tomato and feta cheese. The crisp crust shattered and flew everywhere but the innards were soft like pillow and had a strong hint of sundried tomato flavour. It was especially joyful to bite into nuggets of walnuts and feta cheese that spiraled inside. All of us bread lovers, it was certainly an unanimous vote that this bread was beyond good.

As I was not feeling too good, I decided against my desire for something heavy and naughty for a fish option from the set lunch ($26++) menu. The 3-course episode started with a grilled vegetable platter with melted scarmoza cheese. It was very little food but tasty nonetheless and I still had the bread to finish. The other option was a tuna carpaccio, which I found slightly too fishy.

The main course was a grilled seabass with sicilian dressing, rosemary potato and green beans (2nd picture above). Nothing exciting here but it was well put-together. Fish was fresh and cooked til the flesh was still tender and had a delicious crispy skin. I know of people who do not eat their fish skin. If I knew that person well enough, the fish skin would be in my tummy :P

The other set lunch entree was a gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese. It had a really soft texture with hardly any tenacity. You either love or hate its texture. The sauce was really good though and after the main course, the friend shared not to underestimate the small portion of gnocchi because the heaviness sets in after you finished it.

The other friend succumbed to temptation and got the a la carte order of foie gras with homemade tagliatelle (S$36) but unfortunately the dish did not fare too well with her and the pasta was barely touched.

A feedback to the waiter saw the owner & executive Chef Luca apologising via an upgraded dessert on the house. We were served his specialty, the mango gelato with a pistachio crust, which was a light dessert perfect to finish off lunch. We still got the dessert of the day though, a raspberry tart. The tart crust was not a shortcrust but an almond torte. It was slightly heavy but paired with a whipped, light mascarpone cheese on top that was yummy.
It was an overall enjoyable lunch for me and I would love to come back soon to try some of Chef Luca's specials.

Bonta Italian Restaurant
#01-61 UE Square
Tel: 6333 8875


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