Fabulous 5-course Wine Dinner @ Da Luca on 30Jul2015

chilled capellini in wild truffle emulsion

#1 chilled capellini in wild truffle emulsion

wife was invited to a credit suisse wine dinner so i tagged along.^^

the menu looked fabulous, that’s why…i not really a wine person though i drink some red for health reasons… haha! 🙂

da luca (wine dinner)

da luca (wine dinner)

restaurant was filled up.  there were 45 diners including quite many bank staff.

da luca (wine dinner)

da luca (wine dinner)

food was excellent. & we had great company, seated with the wine distributor & the CS banker. a most enjoyable evening dining & chatting! ^^

bread

bread

we were served a toasted bread. it was good. i finished all of it. 🙂

& we had a prosecco. 🙂

chilled capellini in wild truffle emulsion

#1 chilled capellini in wild truffle emulsion

#1 first course was chef luca’s signature chilled capellini in wild truffle emulsion. chef luca hailed from garibaldi & gunther.

this was really good! it was so very flavourful, wonderful truffle aroma, with a japanese laver (seaweed) & ceviche of hokkaido scallops.

you can get decent even good chilled capellini at saveur & also just as good ones at concetto for S$7 but this here is the “real thing”.

bacula bididi 2011

maculan bididi 2011

we had the maculan bididi 2011, not that i know what it was. a pretty good, sweet white wine. wife liked it. ok for me too.

slow cooked spanish octopus

#2 slow cooked spanish octopus

#2 the slow cooked spanish octopus was done very nicely too, very tender. ^^

the grilled flavours (server said it was braised then grilled) kind of masked by the tomato sauce. 🙂

slow cooked spanish octopus

#2 slow cooked spanish octopus

the best octopus i had was at alle darsene at bellaggio lake como.

the roasted octopus tentacles at miky monterosso cinque terre was good too.

the preparation at da cula was perhaps more fine i guess, but taste & overall experience wise, alle darsene was just heavenly, and i think i prefer miky monterosso too.

in singapore the best i had was the sous vide octopus tempura we had almost everytime at mikuni.

funghi risotto

#3 funghi porcini risotto con tartufo nero

#3 & the porcini funghi risotto with black truffles was good, great texture, al dente, good taste.

funghi risotto

#3 funghi porcini risotto con tartufo nero

i did not find it as intense & flavourful as the funghi risotto (sans the black truffles) which i had recently at tess bar & kitchen though.

funghi risotto

#3 funghi porcini risotto con tartufo nero

not sure why. maybe the more expensive black truffles overwhelmed the mushrooms?

anyway it was a good risotto.

barolo braised wagyu cheeks

#4 barolo braised wagyu cheeks

the red wine braised wagyu cheeks was very good too. very tender, a very good braise.

barolo braised wagyu cheeks

#4 barolo braised wagyu cheeks

it was beefy but not very beefy so easier on the palate. portion was fairly generous, not totally satiated but almost there. 🙂

chatting with a CS banker, who i found out is a fellow cooking enthusiast. he asked me where to get wagyu beef cheeks. i have not tried cooking wagyu cheeks so have not looked into this. anyway, beef cheeks  & braises not really my favourite.

for a good braise, i think my own spanish slow-braised beef ribs with a vegetable ratatouille gives a more balanced flavour. and i also prefer beef ribs to the beef cheek.

barolo bricco fiasco 2001

barolo bricco fiasco 2001

there was good wine pairing for each course, & i do enjoy just a little of the wine, though they were basically lost on me. 🙂

chef da luca previously with garibaldi & gunther

chef da luca previously with garibaldi & gunther

chef luca came to say a few words.

chef da luca previously with garibaldi & gunther

chef da luca previously with garibaldi & gunther

we all enjoyed his food very much, so chef luca was very popular man for the evening.

crispy apple tart

#5 crispy apple tart

#5 & yes, the crispy apple tart was excellent!^^

crispy apple tart

#5 crispy apple tart

maybe i will give this a try if i can find a good online recipe.

5-course wine dinner at da luca

5-course wine dinner at da luca

it was really a fabulous dinner & company.

one gentleman on our table mentioned that the S$20pax lunch here was very good so i asked for the menu, and indeed definitely worthwhile coming to try the set lunch.

the ala carte menu prices looked pretty ok too, so likely i would come here for dinner too some time.

P.S. i went with wife to an amarone wine dinner at american club last november. looking at the food picture again, that dinner would be a bit better by comparison. still, this one was very good, and we enjoyed every bit of it. 🙂

c.h.e.f andy

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