I heart balsamic vinegar

One ingredient that I love so much in Italian food is balsamic vinegar. Or in any western food. When it’s done right – caramelized and all – it’s oh-so-perfect!

And I tasted not one, but two dishes using balsamic vinegar sauce that is perfectly done that it tasted both tangy and sweet, during my recent trip to Bali. I tell you, Bali is a heaven for western food. While in Jakarta people go all gaga over fusion food, in Bali you can find something that is not too over the top. And that is comforting.

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I think I’ve found my favourite restaurant in Bali, one of them at least, that’s called Petitenget. After a fail encounter of chicken schnitzel that is too dry, too stiff and no taste at all during lunch at Bali Bakery, I take my chances on the afternoon to order another chicken schnitzel and I was floored by the result. I’m thankful that I did amidst being really full already from one bad lunch and a really good dessert prior to that. It’s a bar and bistro style place.

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The chicken schnitzel was put on top of a caramelized balsamic vinegar sauce with a bed of fresh rocket salad and halved cherry tomatoes and shaving of parmesan cheese. The combination of the ingredients were perfect. The warm schnitzel with the cool salad. Savoury and fresh at the same time. Not to mentioned the sweet and tangy sauce that is perfectly matched with the choice of cheese. I think if it’s any other cheese that they choose, it will not be as perfect. I love the crust because it’s crispy but the chicken is still juicy inside. I think I died and gone to food heaven with every bite.

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They have a special menu written on the board, change accordingly during breakfast, lunch and dinner time.

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They also have different menu selection for breakfast, lunch and dinner. It’s good to separate the menu because sometimes you can get easily overwhelmed by the mountain of choices you got on the menu. This way, you get to choose a dish that is perfect for your situation.

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The vintage tiles that really gives character to the place. Reminds me a lot of the graphic of the Tulisan design.

Next week, I’m heading to Bali again. I’ve promised myself that I shall come back to this place and finally try their eggs benedict or florentine.

I haven’t tried their coffee yet, so couldn’t comment much about it. Though lots of reviews said that it’s a good place to find good coffee in Bali amidst its inconsistency in brewing.

 

Petitenget
Jl. Petitenget No.40X Seminyak, Bali.

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I heart balsamic vinegar

Caramelized Beauty Atop My Egg!

I think it’s about time that I write less about beauty. I spent my days working on beauty related articles, so enough about that, and let’s find something else to write here.

Humm … what shall I write? Ah, yes, FOOD!

I found this photo on my camera and I was suddenly transported back to this one fine day where Rika and I hop on a MRT heading to Novena in search of what Nopai said to be the best Italian restaurant she ever tasted. Da Luca (not De Luca in Plaza Senayan, and in no way associated) is an Italian restaurant that is just couple of minutes walk from the Novena station, Singapore. It’s placed in restaurants row and is quite small and somehow homey.

Since we went there during lunch time, they have lunch menu available with a set of appetizer, main course and dessert. The most memorable dish for me was the appetizer! I can’t live without eggs dishes and I’m always in search of the best of them.

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I can’t recall the name anymore, since my trip to Singapore dated way back to June 2012. But it was really on a class of its own. The sunny side egg was done perfectly with the yolk firm up on the outside quite well but still runny. Combines with the sumptuous watery portobello mushroom that retains the juice inside it, not oozing water everywhere on my plate. When you bite into it, the juice just melts in your mouth. And the best part of it is the sauce! It’s a balsamic vinegar sauce combines with caramelized onion, they’re both sweet but the acidic balsamic vinegar just tied up everything perfectly. Not eggs benedict – which is my favourite – but it’s one of the best eggs dishes I’ve tried so far.

Anyway, I think Nopai was right. This is by far one of the best Italian restaurants I’ve ever tried too. The waitress know the dishes well. Good service. And the most important thing is the food is stellar! The lasagna was tasty, amidst being a really normal Italian dish lots of restaurant still can’t pull this off correctly. My lamb stew and mashed potato dish was also beyond expectation. But other memorable part of my meal was the dessert. It was layers of pastry with peach and cream and it was so soft, fluffy and heavenly. Still, the one I remember vividly was the egg.

I think lunch is the best time to tried restaurants like these – more upscale kind of set up. Because dinner menu is usually much more expensive and they offers lunch menu which round up the same as one main course dish on the menu.

Da Luca
1 Goldhill Plaza Novena #01-19/21 Singapore

Caramelized Beauty Atop My Egg!