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Blend It Up, Chef Peter Neo’s latest venture, offers authentic and fusion Italian dishes, in a casual setting along Upper Paya Lebar Road. You may find Chef Peter Neo familiar; he appears on TV programs, radio shows and cooking events.
Chef Peter Neo has 35 years of culinary experience under his belt. He has honed his skills in Italy, Raffles Hotel and Bruno, before setting up Pietro Ristorante Italiano in Jalan Kelulut.
The food at Blend It Up is handmade from scratch and the affable chef sources for his ingredients every morning, as he firmly believes in using only the freshest produce.
At the first glance, prices for some items are a tad high; however, on weekdays from 11.30am-3pm, diners can enjoy 1-1 promotion on many dishes. Very value for money!
To start, warm your tummy with Wild Mushroom Soup ($10) or Seafood Soup ($11). The former is comforting bowl of velvety textures and intense earthy aroma. Fans of the ocean will love the latter, where robust flavors riddled with spicy and tangy notes stimulate the senses.
Satiate your taste buds and stomach with Italian staples such as pizzas and pastas.
Sink your teeth into Blend It Up Pizza ($20). The pizza dough is hand stretched and topped with honey baked ham, feta, mozzarella and mushrooms. A single sunny side egg completes this winning dish. I especially love the pizza base, which was thin and adequately crispy, yet retaining some doughiness for an engaging layer of bite.
We also tried an Italian classic, Spaghetti Vongole ($18), which was lovely but personally I felt the wine flavor could be more intense. The spicy Spaghetti Prawn Paste Aglio Olio ($$19) with dory slices and succulent prawns deserve a mention. Your tongue would revel in the explosion of flavours!
Another signature you should not miss is the Whole Grilled Squid ($26), where tender squid, laced with smokiness from the grill, is seasoned with a homemade blend of mixed herbs, paprika, crushed black pepper, basil, diced cherry tomatoes, a drizzle of EVOO and a squeeze of lemon. Portion is large and enough for 3-6 people to share.
The meal drifts into the sweet realm of lava cakes. At Blend It Up, an extensive variety of lava cakes are offered. Classic selection includes chocolate and pistachio. We wanted to experience adventurous creations, hence went for Salted Egg Lava Cake ($11) and Black Sesame Lava Cake. The former was excellent, but I felt the latter much more outstanding. The flavor is unique and Chef Peter Neo nailed the balance of savory, salt and nutty flavors well. The ooze game was strong for both lava cakes and they were also accompanied with a scoop of refreshing vanilla gelato. As the lava cakes are only prepared upon order, do note that the waiting time is about 15-20 minutes.
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Many thanks to AT Marketing and Consultancy for the invite and Blend It Up for the warm hospitality.