Wednesday, 27 February 2013

Etna @ Upper East Coast / Siglap – Delightful Italian Food with Sicilian Touch


We have frequented Etna @ Duxton a few times before and we are well aware of the standard of their food and service. So this time around when we are looking for Italian food in the east, we decided to try their upper east coast / siglap outlet.

Located on the first floor of a private residence in Siglap, this outlet has indoor and outdoor seating. The restaurant ambiance is very cosy, with leathered chair and white clothed table. Feels like you are entering a fine dining restaurant with a homely service.

We started the dinner with Burrata di Andria con Rucola, Pomodorini Pachino e Prosciutto di Parma (in short – Burrata cheese with Parma ham - $32). We like this dish because of the combination soft and mild flavour of Burrata mozzarella cheese with the Prosciutto di Parma. The salad light and it lets the ingredients speaks for itself. Yummyy!!

Burrata cheese with Parma ham

Next come the pasta, I ordered Strozzapreti con Coda alla Vaccinara – Homemade pasta in slow-cooked oxtail tomato sauce ($26). Presentation wise, this dish might not be the most appealing, however don't judge a dish from its look. The oxtail meat is tender, fall of the bone but not mushy. The homemade pasta is thicker then normal pasta, and a little past al dente. However, the texture allow the rich tomato sauce to absorb and cling onto the pasta.

Homemade pasta in slow-cooked oxtail tomato sauce

My other half ordered the Seafood Risotto with tomato base version ($26). This is actually a special order and we are glad the Chefs at Etna for accepting the order. A perfectly cooked risotto with the natural fresh seafood. The tomato base sauce is light not as heavy as the cream sauce. Compliment to the Chef.

Seafood Risotto with tomato base version

A friend of ours ordered Taglierini al Nero di Seppia ai Frutti di Mare – Squid ink pasta with seafood ($26). She gave her two thumbs up for the pasta.

Squid ink pasta with seafood

Next come the Pizze Bianche Etna – White pizzas, mozzarella cheese base with porcini mushrooms, Parma ham, cream cheese and pistachio ($26). The dough is crispy, but the ingredients are still moist. The saltiness of the parma ham goes well with the cream cheese and porcini mushrooms. The grind pistachio is mild add to the texture, but not on the flavour.

Pizze Bianche Etna 

For desserts we ordered Creme Brule alla Banana ($14) and Etna Lava Cake served with Hazelnut ice cream ($14). The lava cake is good, with the liquid chocolate oozing from the cake goes well with the hazelnut ice cream. While the banana crème brulee does not sit well with us. We just find banana and crème brulee is a not a match.

Creme Brulee alla Banana

Etna Lava Cake served with Hazelnut ice cream

Service is very good. The service staff has a good knowledge of the menu and very accommodating. At one stage, the lady head chef actually came out to check on us and jokingly tell me to stop being a paparazzi of her food.

Overall, if someone ask me to recommend an Italian food, I will not hesitate to recommend Etna. The price is not cheap, but you are paying for the quality. Can't wait for my next visit, Grazie e Arrivederci !!

Food & Drink: 8/10 (but desserts 7/10)
Value: 7/10
Service: 8/10
Ambiance: 7.5/10.


Etna @ Upper East Coast
Italian Restaurant & Pizzeria
110 Upper East Coast Road
Singapore 455298

Tel: 6444 9530
Op Hours:
Mon – Sat: 12.00 – 14.30; 18.30 – 22.30
Sunday: 11.00 – 23.00
Menu and Online reservation available on their website.

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