Da Paolo Great World – A fresh all day menu to be reckoned with
SINGAPORE – Am I the only person to find out that Great World City is now, and forever, known as Great World? Because now being just a city is not enough, at least not with the extensive and intensive renovation that has taken place within these sacred walls – a facelift that is long overdue.
It is here that Da Paolo has chosen to launch its eighth Gastronomia to mark its 32nd year of bringing Italian culinary pleasures to Singaporeans. And what good timing, with the Great World MRT station slated to open next year, bringing visitors from across the island conveniently and straight to the mall’s doorstep.
Of course, I’m completely in love with the Da Paolo brand, a restaurant I can count on for the most generous glass of Iced Flat White or Iced Moka, made from a unique blend of Robusta and Arabica beans. My favorite outlet is Raffles City, where the staff know me by my order and always go out of their way to seat me by the fountain. There’s just something about splashing water against ceramic that’s so conducive to writing reviews like this.
For their eighth edition, Da Paolo is shaking things up by offering a fresh morning and evening menu and a new retail section inspired by a European market in bustling Tuscany. As a card holder member of the Da Paolo fraternity, I was invited to lunch one afternoon when they served me way too much food – things I didn’t know Da Paolo could cook. After all, I just go there for a coffee and sometimes a pistachio tiramisu.
First they fed me Avocado Toast (S $ 12 ++) and Scrambled eggs on toast (S $ 11 ++). I prefer the latter; Creamy and golden scrambled eggs without a cage cooked just a few inches from well done, served with a pinch of Parmigiano Reggiano, chives and black pepper, on toasted homemade sourdough. It’s a simple yet reliable presentation of eggs that need nothing else to convince. I recommend that you start here, at least to get your day off to a good start.
The Greens and Grains (S $ 13.90 – S $ 16) The bowl will be a lather in the mouth, fitness enthusiast, with its huge array of proteins, vegetables, grains and carbohydrates of your choice, assembled on site for a lunch that makes all those Spin sessions worth it. sadness. The one I tried came with a summer barley salad, grated Brussels sprouts, turnip and cranberry salad, vegan chickpea hummus and a beautifully seasoned Moroccan chicken thigh. It just might be the healthiest thing I eat this month, on purpose.
While I don’t usually eat where I write (that’s one thing, forget it), I tried Da Paolo’s Melted Tuna Panini at Paragon and remembered thinking how good it was. simple but effective. I remember it because of this plate of Salami & Sun-Dried Tomatoes (S $ 18 ++), which I am convinced is the best combination of savory flavors in a compact package. It’s split in half so you can see with your little eye the layered artwork that makes it such a great thing to eat at 3pm. The sun-dried tomato mayonnaise and caramelized onion wasn’t a party I expected to like, but I did it tremendously.
Building on their online-only Pasta Bar brand, the Grand World outfit sees pasta offerings that I can only describe as incredibly authentic. Take, for example, the Spaghettone Carbonara Calabrese (S $ 25 ++), which at first glance looks like something someone who abstains from vegetables would like. It is actually a variation of the deeply traditional Carbonara, replacing Guanciale with Nduja. Where the Linguine Aglio Olio Calabrese (S $ 22 ++), that has a kick spicy enough to make me shed a tear or two. This is a serious plate of delicately seasoned Aglio Olio presented as is, with just Calabrian peppers, garlic, olive oil, basil, parsley and a little prayer for those intolerant of spices.
Suppose you are looking for common plates to share. In this case, I recommend getting the rustic and juicy Homemade meatballs (S $ 14 ++) served with tomato sauce or Rucola and Crudo (S $ 28 ++) Italian tomato pizza, mozzarella, parma ham, arugula leaves and parmesan shavings. The pizza looks like it came straight out of an Italian brick oven. In fact, it is. There is an open back pizza kitchen with a serious looking dome oven where the flames surely and fiercely erupt.
Lastly, you can’t go wrong with a square portion of Da Paolo’s classic. Tiramisu (S $ 15.90 ++). Here, the boudoirs have been soaked in Marsala wine for a nutty, caramelized flavor that pairs poetically with mascarpone, espresso, cocoa powder and chocolate shavings. If you’re feeling a little fancy, you can do better with pistachio tiramisu. There’s also ice cream if you’re up for a flavor that will spoil you. For me all I need is a glass of Iced Flat White – well that’s usually what I get every time I visit Da Paolo. But with this new Great World opening, I’d be a fool not to expand my repertoire a little more.
1 Kim Seng Promenade, # 01-163 Grand Monde, S237994
Every day: 8 a.m. to 10 p.m.