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Wednesday, April 30, 2008
Amici Authentic Italian Restaurant
275 Holland Avenue
After a whole semester of postponement, my FM group (Clara, Wei Yuan and Zhi Peng) finally met up for lunch at Holland Village. We were considering Hog’s Breath Café but the lack of strong air conditioning made us decide on Amici instead. It’s such a relief to get out of the sweltering heat!
Come during lunch time and you can enjoy their affordable set lunches. You get to choose either a soup or salad, main course and a cup tea/coffee.
The complimentary bread is quite good—a little crispy yet soft inside.
I like to dip the bread in the vegetable soup of the day, making it slightly soggy yet retaining a nice chewy texture. The soup is creamy and similar to the usual soups found in bistros.
Clara’s and my salads are a mix of fresh romaine and iceberg lettuces, tossed in a homemade vinaigrette dressing. I like the taste of vinaigrette which is made with olive oil and wine vinegar. It has a tangy flavor which makes it very appetizing.
My Salmon Steak ($14.80++) is well-done and not overcooked. I know that I’ve just eaten salmon the day before but I just love salmon! Especially when the flesh is tender and moist. It’s served with a small portion of sautéed potatoes and florets of broccoli. The potatoes are fried quickly in a little olive oil so that the water content is retained and the olive oil lends a nice aroma to the otherwise bland potatoes.
The guys requested for the Rib Eyed Steak ($15.90++) to be medium done. I tried a little and it’s quite good. It’s not tough and chewy. The peppery sauce is savory and goes well with the red meat. But it was not grilled consistently as part of Wei Yuan’s steak is fully cooked while the other part is medium done.
Clara had the Italian Beef Meatballs with Spaghetti ($10.90++) in tomato sauce. The pasta is cooked al dente so no complains there. The meatballs are nice but a little too salty. I think that Ikea’s meatballs are better.
For the price we are paying, this is quite a good value for money set lunch. Even though there were not many diners, the service was quite poor, probably because there were only 2 waitresses. We had to try many times to catch their attention when we wanted a refill or the bill.
This little Italian restaurant is quite small and narrow. I love the beautifully painted wall murals which depict angels. It adds a nice touch to an otherwise bland space. The ambience is very nice with a dim lighting.
I'll be back again to try their other items and award-winning tiramisu!
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