La Strada, which means “The Street” in Italian, is a subsidiary of the award winning Les Amis Group. The restaurant serves classic Italian cuisine and is conveniently located at Shaw Centre.
Its rustic interior is reminiscent of the laid-back Trattorias in Italy, providing a temporary respite from the urban rat race for all who step into its cosy premises. Despite being almost full on a weekday, staff maintained polite and efficient service standards. We went for the set lunch at $35++ for 3 courses, with 3 selections for both entrees and mains, a fixed dessert, and coffee or tea.
To start, we had Prosciutto E Manzo Stagionato, a ham and cured beef platter with toast and ratte potato salad. It’s a simple, classic dish that tastes as good as it looks.
Capesante Alla Griglia was something new for me. Flashed-grilled Hokkaido Scalloped clocked in rhubarb sauce, with slices of endives. It’s a combination I’ve never tried before, but fell in love with upon the first bite.
Bistecca Alla Griglia. Char-grilled Black Angus Striplion jazzed up with argula pesto was not the most tender, but acceptable. Adding texture and variety to this main, were perfectly fried cardoncello mushrooms and root vegetables, perched prettily atop the steak. While we could smell the lovely truffle aroma, our taste buds could hardly detect it.
Admittedly, I was quite disappointed with Pancetta Di Maiale, a dish of Iberico Pork Belly, sitting in a moat of sweet white cabbage and caraway sauce. The crackling skin was spot-on-crispy and flavours were lovely. Unfortunately, the meat itself was too tough and dry.
The dessert in the set lunch menu didn’t excite us, hence we topped up $5++ each for a Tiramisu and Honey & Pine Tart. La Strada’s Tiramisu is moist and each bite fills the mouth with a explosion of coffee, chocolate and cream flavours, with a hint of alcohol. Not my kind of Tiramisu!
Toasted pine nuts, coasted with honey, are piled onto a thin pie crust and topped with a huge scoop of strawberry ice cream. The intensity of the pine nuts was rather overwhelming; I’d have like this if the ratio of pine nuts and buttery pie base were equal.
Overall not too bad, but La Strada did not leave a huge impression on me.
#01-13 Shaw Centre
Tel: 6735 6656