Bell and I went for dinner at Covelli Italian Bistro & Wine Bar. It was a restaurant at B2 of Orchard Central. At the counter, the staff informed us that there was no record of our reservation even though I did call at the beginning of the week. We were asked to wait while they sort out the sitting arrangements. We waited for quite a while but luckily the staff managed to find a table for us in the end.
We were shown to our seats and a boyish-looking young man came and introduced himself as our waiter. Bell said that he had a nervous giggle and would give a soft giggle after he spoke. But when I paid attention and tried to listen for the giggle, he stopped giggling. This made Bell felt really frustrated and she half-wanted to call him back and get him to giggle in front of us.
We were looking at the wine list and he recommended the last of the four red wine listed. After our glasses of wine arrived, an older waiter told us that if we had asked him, he would have recommended another wine which was more full-bodied. But we thought the wine recommended by the first waiter was quite nice as well so no complaints there. I just thought that the whole thing was a bit weird. We were served a piece of bread and a dish of balsamic vinegar and olive oil after we placed our orders.
For appetizer, we had the cold cut platter which came with four types of ham and salami, some garlic bread and stewed figs. I thought everything on the plate was nice. Each type of meat tasted different and my favorite was the prosciutto. Bell’s favorite was the slightly spicy salami which was a good thing. This way, we need not fight over the food. The figs were soft and sweet and worked really well at cleansing the palate whenever I felt that the taste of the meat became overpowering.
The chicken confit was quite nice. The meat was tender and flavorful while the skin was crispy. The leek and potatoes were cooked until very soft and all the flavor had gone into them.
The mixed seafood was quite nice as well. It wasn’t fanciful with all kinds of sauces and spices. It was just simply cooked to let the freshness of the seafood shine through.
For dessert, we had tiramisu which Bell liked a lot. It was light and creamy without being overly rich. We especially liked the sesame wafer. It was coated in sugar so it was crunchy. Biting into it released the sesame fragrance and flavor.
Bell and I liked the sesame wafer so we were delighted when the sticky date pudding came with another wafer and a scoop of vanilla ice-cream. The sticky date pudding was more spongy like a cake than a pudding but it was quite nice and not too sweet.
I left the restaurant with mixed feelings. I enjoyed the food and the staff were friendly and professional so I really wanted to like this restaurant. But the dishes were expensive. The quality of the food and service made the restaurant felt like a fine dining restaurant but somehow the location felt like it was situated in the middle of the corridor. The floor to ceiling glass panels that formed the restaurant walls also added to the effect. We also did not enjoy the loud techno/rock music that played during our meal. I felt that it did not gel with the image that the restaurant was aiming for.
Covelli Italian Bistro & Wine Bar
181 Orchard Road #B2-13/22, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896