This is not just another Da Paolo. This BistroBar is helmed by Da Paolo Junior, aka Chef Andrea Scarpa, son of Da Paolo Group founder Paolo Scarpa. (So technically he is Scarpa Junior.) This shy 20-something created most of the dishes on its new a la carte menu, with a focus on Italian specialties with a twist.
And shhh…… Da Paolo Junior is quite good looking, giving one more reason other than the desserts for the ladies to drool over. (Read: Interview with his beautiful sister Francesca Scarpa Da Paolo)
The pizzas created by Chef Scarpa are quite light and ‘youngish’, tasting pretty different from any of the traditional pizzas I had. (Read: Da Paolo Ristorante)
Its Sweet Corn and Smoked Duck ($24) has savoury thin slices of smoked duck with sweet corn puree as a base, resulting in a sweet-salty interesting (or peculiar tasting) combination. Duck and corn? You will either like it or hate it. All I can say is it left quite an impression for everyone on the table.
I much preferred the Pear and Parma Ham ($28) where the thin curst wood-fired pizza is topped with parma harma, feta cheese and sweet pear puree base. Absolutely loved it when it was topped with a melted Gorgonzolo cheese, making the original pizza a little richer and creamier. Am sure about the additional calories too, but it’s worth it.
Da Paolo has always been known for their desserts.
The trio of Candied Almond Popcorn ($17) contains three different things on a single long plate: salted caramel panna cotta, crunchy honey coated popcorn and iced cold mocha. We are supposed to take a bit, a crunch, then a sip, which all results in an out of the ordinary dessert experience. The panna cotta was rather sweet, the mocha does help to balance it off.
The Chocolate Caramel Bar with Salted Peanut Nougat ($17) is another creative and photogenic ‘many-likes’ dessert – caramel, chocolate and nougat stacked on a salty peanut butter chocolate base. It will take some bites for this trinity to grow in you, and I have the feeling many regulars would just go for the signature Tiramisu ($15).
Da Paolo BistroBar makes a very relaxing place to chill out with friends, or enjoy a romantic dinner date. It is located in an old-style colonial black and white bungalow, surrounded by lush greenery and water features.
Beautiful space, beautiful food, and a good looking chef, what more can you ask for?
Da Paolo BistroBar
3 Rochester Park Singapore 139214 (near other restaurants such as B@Rochester, NOSH and Graze), Tel: +65 6773 5537
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am-2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm, Bar 5:30pm-11:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Brunch 10:30am-2:30pm, Dinner 5:30pm-10:30pm, Bar 2:00pm-11:30pm (Sat-Sun)
Other Italian Restaurant Entries
Caffe B (Marina Bay Sands)
Peperoni Pizzeria (Zion Road)
Limoncello Restaurant (Robertson Quay)
Covelli Italian Bistro & Wine Bar (Orchard Central)
Garibaldi (Purvis Street)