Sunday, 3 November 2019

Roots Mediterranean – Simplicity at Its Best [MEDIA INVITE]

Burrata E "Datterini"

Roots Mediterranean opens its door to the public in August 2019 at Greenwood Avenue. The Roots experience offers an epicurean journey which starts from the origin, the roots of the Mediterranean culinary culture. Roots Mediterranean (“RM”) provides the quality and experience of an Italian “Osteria”, a Greek “Ouzeri” and a Spanish “Tasca”.

Roots Mediterranean

RM tagline belief that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, the culinary concept is simple and elegant. Using only fresh, premium ingredients and original recipes, delivering a hearty and flavourful dish to the diners.

Roots Mediterranean

Outdoor facing Bar

Dinner at RM normally starts with a basket of bread. Consist of different type of bread including sourdough, grissini, flatbread and others. The bread is served with olive oil dip. Following it, we have a feast on entrée and small bites.

Basket of Bread

Burrata E "Datterini" (S$24) - Imported Burrata with cherry tomatoes, capers and olives. The burrata is firm and creamy, but not the oozing type. The cherry tomatoes provided a sweet and savoury burst of flavour, while the capers and olives add the mini twist to the dish. One of our favourite starters in any Italian restaurants.

Burrata E "Datterini"

Dips are the heart of starters in Mediterranean cuisine. We had Tzatziki ($8) - The most loved Greek dip, Yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and extra virgin olive oil; Tirokafteri ($10) - A spicy and cheesy dip. A spread with yoghurt, feta cheese and chilli; Hummus (S$8) - The most iconic Middle Eastern dip: chickpeas cream with sesame paste; and Melinzano Salata ($8) - Roasted eggplant dip with lemon, extra virgin olive oil and parsley. 

Dips from Top Tirokafteri, Hummus, Tzatziki & Melinzano Salata
Hand Model: The Food Chapter

Tzatziki and Hummus are two of the most common dips found in Mediterranean cuisine. Surprisingly, the roasted eggplant catches my attention here. I normally avoid eggplant because of its sticky and mushy texture, however, the Melinzano Salata was tasty, bursting with flavour and nicely complemented the crispy bread.

Dips from Bottom Tirokafteri, Hummus, Tzatziki & Melinzano Salata

Tortillas de Papas Y Queso Fundido ($8). Spanish Omelette which includes potatoes and melted cheese is just irresistible. Although it can be eaten on its own, I like it as a dip or topping for the bread.

Tortillas de Papas Y Queso Fundido

Spanako Tiropita ($8). Greek Entrée. A crispy phyllo dough pie with spinach and feta cheese. Crisp exterior followed with creamy spinach blend with slightly salty feta cheese.

Spanako Tiropita 

Gambas Ajillo (S$15) - Sauté prawns with smoked paprika, fried garlic and parsley. The version here is on the dry side compared to some that I tried before. The prawn is crunchy, pack with a bit for fiery flavour from the paprika. Missing from the dish is the flavourful olive oil at the bottom to dip the bread with.

Gambas Ajillo 

Croquettas de Jamon Y Queso ($8). Very tasty and delicious croquette. The exterior is crispy, followed with cheesy and salty fillings.

Croquettas de Jamon Y Queso 

Next up are the heart of Italian dishes, pasta. Spaghetti Carbonara ($20). Al-dente spaghetti, coated with delicious strong creamy pecorino cheese. The flavour of the bacon-infused well into the dish; you can taste it in each bite of pasta.

Spaghetti Carbonara

Tortelli with Ricotta Spinach ($20) and Tortelli Crab Lobster ($24). The Italian version of dumpling. Both dumplings are bursting with flavour. The ricotta spinach fillings with tomato sauce have a nice balance between creaminess with the tangy tomato sauce.

Tortelli with Ricotta Spinach

Meanwhile, the crab and lobster tortelli are filled with natural sweetness from the crab and bouncy texture from the lobster. The butter and sage sauce accentuates the crab and lobster flavours and we can’t stop scooping it into our mouth.

Tortelli Crab Lobster

Lunette Truffle ($24). Lunette is round shape pasta filled with four types of delicious cheese, topped with black truffle sauce. Kind of reminds me of quattro formaggi pizza, instead, it is in pasta form and topped with the exquisite black truffle. Not for everyone, but a must-have for a cheese lover.

Lunette Truffle 

The intermission between the pasta and pizza is Paidakia ($35). Greek style Lamb Chop. The lamb is tender, succulent lightly marinated with oregano, garlic and lemon. Unlike most lamb chop, the is almost no gaminess in this lamb. It is served with grilled vegetables, mixed salad and tzatziki sauce.

Paidakia

Finally, we meet the star dish of the restaurant. Roots are famed for “pizza in teglia alla romana”, a special pizza which is rectangular and extremely trendy in Italy at the moment. The dough is slightly thicker, but it is extremely light, airy, crispy due to high hydration with a long fermentation time of 48 hours. The pizza comes in different sizes, namely 25cm, 50cm and 1 metre.



Roots' famous “pizza in teglia alla romana”

We tried 4 different flavours in the 1-metre plank pizza: Parma and Burrata, Sausage, Salami and Truffle, and Prawn Arrabbiata. The price for each one is 25cm - $18, 50cm - $26 & 1 metre - $50). I like the Parma and Burrata plus the sausage and for LD, she loved the spicy kick from the prawn arrabbiata. The pizza dough is so light, I still manage to try the four different flavour of the pizza. It tasted like fresh-baked ciabatta bread.

Parma and Burrata

Sausage

Salami and Truffle

Prawn Arrabbiata

Due to no alcohol for me and no coffee for LD, we swap out desserts a bit. I tried Frozen Pistachio Profiteroles, Hot Chocolate and Cherries; Tiramisu; and Crème Catalana. All of them are delicious, however, our taste buds are a bit numb due to the savoury food that we had earlier.

Desserts Platter

Desserts Platter

The décor of the restaurant is simple, almost like dining in the traditional dining room of an Italian home or Spanish home. The atmosphere is very much family orientated and lively. It seems that everyone is enjoying themselves including the kids as well.

Part of the Dining Area

Part of the Dining Area, The Kitchen Pass and Entrance to the Shop

Overall, dining in Roots Mediterranean is like having a gastronomic culinary exhibition in Italy, Greek and Spain. The food is based on fresh and premium ingredients cooked using traditional recipe. My personal pick is their pasta (spaghetti and tortelli), pizza in teglia alla romana, and anything with burrata. For awesome Mediterranean food, visit Roots. Saluti! Salud! Cheers!!

Thank you very much to Jennifer and Roots Mediterranean team for hosting us.

Food & Drink: 8.5/10
Value: 7.75/10
Service: N/A (Tasting Invitation)
Ambiance: 7.5/10
Budget per Person: $26 - $50,

Roots Mediterranean
2 Greenwood Avenue
Singapore 289189

T: +65 6463 4206
IG: @Rootsmediterranean
OH:
11.00 – 23.00 Daily
Sunday Brunch: 11.00 – 16.00

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