La Strada has become our weekday dinner go-to place. We love it here; the food's consistently sublime and there's a familiarity about the cosy restaurant that's very Cheers-like, where everyone knows your name. By our second visit, the manager had learnt our names and our peculiarities, and automatically held off the coriander/cilantro/parsley in all our dishes.
We brought Kimchi here once, and made a fan out of him. He'd fallen in love with La Strada at first bite (of their carbonara).
The Wagyu Carpaccio ($28) was exquisite; ribbons of fatty melty beef spiked with the peppery kick of baby arugula, and the robust tang of aged balsamic reduction.
I would have preferred if the Cestino di Focaccia al Pomodoro ($8) tomato focaccia, were complimentary, but boy were they awesome. Soft and pillowy, these were imbued with incredible fragrance and flavour, and dotted with sundried tomatoes and black olives.
It's truffle season!! We got their special, the King Crab Risotto ($50) lavished with 3 grams of black winter truffle. Infused with the sweet essence of crabmeat, grounded in the earthiness of porcini broth, and ever so delicately accented by the truffle, the risotto was pure perfection.
Their regular risotto, the Risotto All'Aragosta ($40) was gloriously texturised by sumptuous chunks of maine lobster, green asparagus and fennel.
The Tagliolini al Granchio ($32) was simply seasoned with white wine, chillis and garlic, and laden with oodles of freshly shredded mud crab, julienned peppers and fleshy cherry tomatoes. Somehow, the homemade pasta reminded me of mee pok, in that it was delightfully springy and chewy.
The Ravioli alla Ricotta e Spinaci ($26), a trio of fat dumplings gorged with delicate ricotta and spinach was gratinated with oozy cheese for a creamy finish.
1 Scotts Road
#01-11 Shaw Centre
Tel: 6735 6656
Open daily from 12noon to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.30pm to 10pm for dinner