An iconic and historical colonial architecture, Alkaff Mansion sit majestically atop tranquil Telok Blangah hill. The 2 story Tudor-styles bungalow’s history dates back to 1918. It was built by the Alkaff family for entertaining guests and as a family retreat.
Surrounded by lush greenery, the romantic restaurant treats diners’ taste buds with fine Italian cuisine, in a classy European-style setting. Recently, the award-winning establishment’s new executive chef has updated the menu to feature dishes with Sardinian influence. Regulars diners who may have favourites from the older menu, fret not, approximately half of the items are the same as before.
Because I dined here several months ago during restaurant week (3 course set dinner for $55++ per pax), I’ll just touch on the surface for items which are no longer available, but will describe in more detail on dishes that are still available. We also ordered a soup and another dessert from the a la carte menu to sample as well.
Breads were pretty good, accompanied with balsamic vinegar with just the right amount of acidity.
We were pleasantly surprised with the generous portion of Italian “Burratina” from Andria nesting on a bed of Rocket salad and Marxano Tomatoes. The dreamy cheese has a thick rich texture, with a delicate, slightly salty, milky flavour. The Burratina contrasted well with the bitter rocket and sweet tomatoes.
Ahh, two of my favourite ingredients combined into a lovely, creamy soup. Wholesome with a touch of decadence, the Green Asparagus Soup with Black Truffle Scent ($16) should not be missed. Thumbs up to the staff who divided the soup into 2 bowls, even though we didn’t request for it. Glad to know that this is still available on the menu.
Slow cooked Australian Lamb Rack with Oven Baked Pumpkin and Whole Grain Mustard Sauce. Beautifully pink and tender, the flavoursome meat was a delight to chew.
Cheese Cake with Dark Cherry Compote. It’s hardness took us by surprised as we were expected ethereally soft texture. The exterior is somewhat like ice cream, encasing a melt-in-the mouth core.
Homemade Tiramisu with “Savoiardi” and Mascarpone cream ($14). Light and airy mascarpone sit atop moist lady fingers. A swipe of the fork reveals a spongy interior that doesn’t fall apart. Not the best tiramisu I’ve tired, but definitely one of the better ones around.
Overall, we enjoyed our enchanting evening at Alkaff Mansion, with made better with warm service. They serve lunch, afternoon tea (Mon-Sat) and Sunday Prosecco brunch as well. Although the location is rather inconvenient (need to drive or catch a cab), it’s still worth a visit!
Alkaff Mansion Ristorante
10 Telok Blangah Green