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Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Amici Authentic Italian Restaurant
275 Holland Avenue
6469 9989

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.

There is even a table for 2 out on the balcony overlooking Holland V. It’s a romantic place to bring your special someone for an al fresco meal.

I'll be back again to try their other items and award-winning tiramisu!


2:32 PM



In ancient Greek mythology, sirens are creatures which have the body of a bird and the head of a woman. They have such sweet voices that sailors who heard their songs were lured into grounding their boats on the rocks on which the nymphs sang.

To me, food are like the sirens in so many ways. Intoxicating, wonderful, beautiful and yet, so very deadly if you let them get the better of you. Food is a big part of my life and it’s meant to be appreciated and savored slowly. I admit that I am extremely particular about what I eat. If it’s not something I want to put in my body, I’d rather not eat. Some people eat to live while others live to eat. I’ve yet to discover which side of the camp I’m in… What about you?

I hope that you will enjoy reading about my food adventures as much as I like writing them. And many thanks to my family and friends who always wait patiently for me to take photos before digging in!


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