Caffé B – Italian Fine Dining with a Japanese Twist
While Caffé B is thought to be a café, its food and ambience is anything about it. Located at the The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands opposite Mont Blanc, this is nouveau Italian fine dining restaurant and bar, serving cuisines with a Japanese essence.
The owner is Japanese, that’s why. The ‘B’ is said to be a random addition because the owner likes the ring of the sound.
The Pappardelle with Wagyu Beef Bolognese ($28) is the best dish of the lunch, and my dining partner MoonBerry is likely to agree with the verdict. Perhaps the Japanese factor worked in well so the beef sauce is not overpowering, coating the al dente large broad fettuccine evenly. Highly pleasurable.
The Le Linguine ($32), a linguine dish in a zucchini cream sauce topped with sautéed scallop is a beauty. Though the pasta looks better than it tastes. Don’t get me wrong – it is a decent light pasta with the scallop adding a delicate finish, but I expected more oomph and savour.
There could be a divided view on the Porcini Risotto. My personal take is that the rice grows on you, especially it is of a high quality and unique aged Italian Carnaroli rice, a medium-grained rice native to the Vercelli province of northern Italy.
On the first bite, the risotto tastes… ‘matured’, possibly because it uses porcini mushroom and a 24-month aged Parmigiano Reggiano cheese. 2 years is old for cheese. Its after taste Japanese with Italian always work for me. is very strong, distinctly-mushroomy and definitely memorable. And strangely, I grew to like it and probably would return for this again.
Caffé B is a charming place, though lunch time crowd was slightly sparse. This could be a combination of its location which is away from the restaurants, and naming causing wrong perceptions. Food-wise, Italian with Japanese always work for me.
2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-15 & 01-83, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018972 Tel: +65 6887 3311
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 3pm, Dinner 6-11pm
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February 11, 2016