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S$98 Lunch At The No Menu Restaurant

Have you been to a restaurant with no menu? Do you like surprises? Well, if you’re tired of picking food off the menu, this Italian joint would probably suit your taste if you don’t mind forking out S$98 for a lunch per head.
The Michelin-Star eatery that people raved about is a family-style restaurant in a shophouse space, with cozy dining rooms. Upon seated, my Japanese ex-colleague & I were welcomed by a passionate & well-polished manager, explaining the concept of the degustation No Menu. We got to choose only the Main Course – Fish or Meat, & the rest is up to the Chef.  My eyes brightened with anticipation!

Being an anti-fish person, I was disappointed with my Amuse Bouche. The breaded Anchovy was too fishy for me. Then again, it’s not fair for me to comment being one who doesn’t appreciate fish.

Starter 1: Mix of Parma Ham & Brushetta

Starter 2: Boiled Mussel & Prawns

Trio Pasta:
Asparagus Risotto, Wild Boar Pasta, Burrata Cheese Ravioli

Main: Pork Piccata

Dessert: Green Apple Cake with Ice-cream

So was I impressed? Honestly, No! Coming from Michelin-Star Chef Osvaldo Forlino, I was disappointed. The first three courses were very simple dishes & didn't quite display the Chef's skills.

For the much talk about Pastas, I saw my well-travelled business friend mixing the Risotto with the Wild Boar Pasta. I too, found the Risotto too bland while the other, too salty. So it was a brilliant idea to mix them up & eat it together. Lol! The only thumbs-up dish was the Pork Piccata, one of the best I’ve ever tasted. The pork was thin, light & very tender. An excellent execution by the Chef.

Would I return again? Definitely not for the S$98 course as it wasn’t value for money. Certainly not my cup of tea. The No Menu Italian joint serves Ala Carte too, with a menu. If I’ve to return, I would probably just go for their Pork Piccata. Rating: ★ ★ ☆ ☆ ☆

No Menu Restaurant
23 Boon Tat Street
Tel: +65 6224 0091

21 comments:

  1. definitely not worth for your money huh Sis?? He he he.. Well, not my type also.. Ha ha ha..

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  2. although they way u describe it is not too appetizing but my stomach keeps on growling when i see those pictures.

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  3. Shirley, your post reminded me of a story I heard at a truck stop in the middle of nowhere in Texas. The folks there said the only restaurant for miles around was in the next town, run by an elderly woman. You could order whatever you wanted, but no matter what you ordered, you got whatever she decided to cook! (I don't suppose she charged $98 for it though, lol.) An intriguing concept -- I can see why you were excited to try it.

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  4. wow no menu? i guess i dont favour such 'surprise' from the restaurant though

    Latest: Lou Sang in Cantonese Style

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  5. We frequent one French restaurant where the chef will cook what he want for us but so far so good. He has not disappointed us yet:D I think it is quite fun.

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  6. Wah, S$98 for a lunch, it's too expensive for me.

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  7. When I saw the title No Menu from my link, I thought this sounds interesting. Well... now I'll just look at those beautiful pictures.

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  8. Aki, painful for pocket. Hahaha!

    Dblchin, just my personal taste. Perhaps u should give it a try; u may like it :)

    Kimby, cool! Thks for sharing & I think it's so interesting! Have u ever thought of trying her cooking?

    Fish, u can choose to go Ala Carte if u don't like surprises; if the prices suit u :)

    Veron, do u have the name of the restaurant? Would certainly love to kiv.

    Small Kuching, just my taste buds :<

    LuPorTi, I can't imagine after converting to Ringgit....

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  9. Aki, painful for pocket. Hahaha!

    Dblchin, just my personal taste. Perhaps u should give it a try; u may like it :)

    Kimby, cool! Thks for sharing & I think it's so interesting! Have u ever thought of trying her cooking?

    Fish, u can choose to go Ala Carte if u don't like surprises; if the prices suit u :)

    Veron, do u have the name of the restaurant? Would certainly love to kiv.

    Small Kuching, just my taste buds :<

    LuPorTi, I can't imagine after converting to Ringgit....

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  10. Ann, u can always try & judge for yourself. Or order from the Ala Carte. Heehee!

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  11. $98 per head for a lunch with no menu is in itself a very big surprise for me. IN this age of stretching your buck, this is a innovative way of making money on part of the restaurant. So sorry the food did not live up to the expectation. It hurts when food disappoints you. But an experience well earned.
    Love Ash.

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  12. No menu and i had to fork out $98 which is rm240 here? I can throw a feast with good food here! All the food shown didnt attract me and from your comment, it's totally unworth it!

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  13. I too was excited to see what your anticipation would end us with when i read "no menu surprise" and "Michelin". Too bad it didn't lived up to the standard. The picture didn't impress me too - i meant the presentation of the food. Yours (presentation) is so much better.

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  14. No menu makes me think of the seafood restaurant at Vivo City though, hehe. $98 per head is slightly expensive for me :(

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  15. Yea lo, converting to RM, it's more than RM200. It's..... unaffordable by me.

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  16. Shirley momma, Im sure there's a big hole in your pocket already.. nevermind, next time if you visit Malaysia, I'll suggest u scrumptious food with reasonable price! kay? ahehee~

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  17. Ash, how true! My friend & I had too high expectation perhaps :<

    Henry, indeed! With that price, one can throw a feast in M'sia. Lol!

    Doris, u're so sweet! Thks for your kind words :)

    Evelyn, u're referring to No Sign Board? Food's good there :)

    LuPorTi, it's dear for me too & it's just Italian.

    Eunice, sounds good! Thks, sweetie!

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  19. Hi Shirley, I don't think I would care for that place either. Certainly not worth the money. The only thing I might have enjoyed would have been the piccata. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
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  20. Jac, thks for visiting & will chk u out!

    Chris, thks so much for leaving your wonderful comments! Would certainly love to follow your blog too :)

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