Category Archives: Bukit Timah Area

Ristorante da Valentino

Valentino Valtulina costine di agnello stufate agli aromi
Ristorante da Valentino
11 Jalan Bingka (near Rifle Range Road)
Singapore 588908
Tel: 6462 0555
Opening Hours: Noon to 2.30pm and 6pm to 11pm from Tuesdays to Sundays; closed on Mondays

The story: Ten years ago, Valentino Valtulina, who prefers to be known simply as Valentino, was working in a restaurant in Italy when his boss told him that an Italian restaurant in Singapore was looking for a chef and asked him if he was interested. Then 23, he jumped at the chance.

In Singapore, he worked in restaurants such as Cafe Cafe and Casa Roma and also as an executive chef at Cantina. Two years ago, he opened his own restaurant with his wife Patricia.

Valtulina, who applied for permanent residency in 2005, says that he likes Singapore as it is a vibrant and bustling city.

He says the people here like to eat and enjoy fine dining, so he was comfortable with going ahead with his 45-seater restaurant in Bukit Timah.

The food: Try the signature dishes which include costine di agnello stufate agli aromi ($33.90), stewed lamb ribs in light tomato sauce and aromatic herbs.

The dessert, torta chantilly ($8.80 per slice), which has strips of custard and cream-topped sponge cake sandwiched with chocolate and vanilla cream, is Valtulina’s favourite. It is baked by his sister, Perla, who opened the nearby Pasticceria Da Valentino, a pastry shop, in August last year. 

The restaurant also has pastries and pizzas besides pasta dishes.  Check their website for the full menu.


This review and pictures were extracted from ST Foodies Club

Relish by Wild Rocket

Relish Burger 2 Relish Burger
#02-01 Cluny Court (next to Serene Centre)
501 Bukit Timah Road
Singapore 259760
Tel: 6763 1547
Opening Hours: Noon – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm, Mon to Fri; Noon – 11pm, Sat & Sun

Relish, the latest addition to the wild rocket family is a casual chic joint dedicated to burgers. Besides the very popular wild rocket burger with sun-dried tomato relish and the classic bacon and cheese burger, there will be other mouth-watering creations like the BBQ charsiew soft-bone pork open foccacia burger, a garam masala lamb and mint hummus pita burger and even a portebello tofu burger with eggplant salsa.


This review was extracted from Relish’s website.  What got me excited and wanting to visit this place is its bacon and cheese burger.  Reminds me of the days when McDonalds was selling bacon cheeseburger.  *salivating already*

Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro

Red Miso Cod Fish Calamari
Greenwood Fish Market & Bistro
34 Greenwood Avenue
Tel: 6467 4950
Opening Hours: Noon to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10.30pm, Mon to Fri; Noon to 10.30pm, Sat & Sun

You know smoked salmon, the orange hued fish you see in the appetiser section of buffets.  Well, this smoked salmon is nothing like that.

For one thing, the king salmon is a very different creature.  Also called chinook, the biggest one on record is 30kg.  This restaurant has brought in one that is 26kg and that was one big fish.

The chef smokes the thick fillet (S$26.95) with hickory chips for about 8 minutes.  That’s when the fish gets about 80% cooked and is still pink.  It is also the stage when the texture is at its most exquisite: satin smooth from the natural oils coaxed out by the heat.

It is served immediately to the table and must be eaten while still warm.  Let it get cold and the fish firms up.

The smokey hickory flavour is exactly what is needed to balance the fish oils.  Add a dash of wasabi if you want a nice little kick.  Or eat it as is.

Be forewarned, there are limited seatings in this place, so make a reservation before you go there.  And prices are steep: expect to pay between S$35 to S$50 per person.

Note: This review was extracted from The Sunday Times dated 14 Oct 2007.

Mien By FirstPasta

Mien’s Seafood Pasta
Mien By FirstPasta
116 Upper Bukit Timah Road #02-133
Bukit Timah Market & Hawker Centre
Opening Hours: Noon to 9.30pm, closed on Tuesday

If you are looking for good value pasta in a hawker centre, don’t miss eating at this stall.  All pastas here go for S$3.90 per portion with the exception of Aglio Olio which costs S$3.50.  Add S$1.50 and you get a bowl of mushroom soup.

Julius Truffles

Fishy Truffles Citrus and Chocolate Tartlets 
Julius Truffles

Julius Truffles was also featured in The New Paper on 20 October 2007.

What I had my eye on is the fishy truffles that I am going to order for Chinese New Year.  “Nian nian you yu” 😛 18 pieces of fishy truffles go for S$55.

Check Julius Truffles’ website for more details on other truffles/chocolate delights and tarts.  They also have pricing there and delivery information (it’s located under the link, FAQ) there.

Some of the cakes and chocolates in this collection are created by friends of Julius Truffles. Thus, there will be times where they can not be fulfilled because people get busy. Book your favourite chocolate delights early and be assured that you will be amazed!

Baked Ideas

Chocolate Ganache Plain Jane Chocolate Loaf Cake
Baked Ideas

I know what you’re thinking. You’re just cupcaked out. Cannot look at another one, much less eat it.  Maybe this one will revive your appetite.

This dark beauty from Baked Ideas, an Internet baking business, has everything going for it – soft fluffy cake and a yummy chocolate ganache topping crowned with a velvety raspberry. The cake isn’t too sweet, which is a good thing since the ganache is unabashedly so. But there is just enough, so it isn’t terribly cloying.

Two women are the brains behind the business – Karen Huang, 33, who runs a graphic design business, and Joanna Ong, 35, who works in the finance industry.

Aside from cupcakes, they also offer a chocolate cake called, quite endearingly, the Plain Jane Chocolate Loaf Cake. I found it too sweet, but the soft, crumbly texture was good. There is also a decorate-it-yourself Gingerbread Man kit, which comes with unadorned cookies and little pots of icing. Perfect for kids’ parties.

The cupcakes go for S$25-S$35.  The Plain Jane Chocolate Loaf Cake (see above picture) goes for S$40 per pack of 5.   They have other bakes like Raspberry Chocolate Pavlova/Pavlova with Mixed Berries and Creme Anglais (S$40 each), Cranberry and Pistacho Biscotti (S$25 for 320g) and Biscotti di Prato (S$20 for 320g).

Delivery service has been suspended until further notice.  You can pick up your order from either Chip Bee Gardens or Sixth Avenue when it’s ready.  Details will be given to you upon confirmation of your order.

To place your order, call either please call Karen (9747 2908) or Joanna (9749 3454).

Cake Avenue

Sitting Baby and Flowers Cupcake Pink Cupcake Blue Heart Cupcake 
Cake Avenue
33 Lorong Kilat #01-01
Kilat Centre
Tel: 6877 9008
Opening Hours: 11am to 8pm, Mon to Sat; 11am to 6pm, Sun; closed on last Monday of each month

What caught my eye about this cake shop is their beautiful cupcakes.  They are so beautiful that you really don’t feel like eating them. I’ve put some of the pictures above, so you can see for yourself.

Prices range from S$15.00 for 6 pieces of vanilla flavoured cupcakes to S$25.00 for 10 pieces of assorted flavours, right up to S$40.00 for 9 pieces.  You can find the prices and designs on their website.

They also sell the usual cakes, cheesecakes, wedding cakes and even first month give aways.

Cantina The Food & Wine Stop

La Cantina Cantina Food Quattro Stagioni
Cantina The Food & Wine Stop
60 Greenleaf Road
Tel: (65) 6467 5413
Opening Hours: 11am to 3pm & 6pm to 11pm, Mon to Fri & Eve of Public Holidays; 11am to 11pm on Weekends & Public Holidays

I had the privilege of dining here at someone else’s expenses some time back, so I can’t remember if they had the set menu or not.  But you could check with the restaurant.

The food here is mamma mia! Really good food at reasonable pricing.  The environment here is relaxed since it’s pretty much out of the way. But service is excellent. Check the website for menu & pricing.

One of the best ways to eat artichokes is on a pizza, and you can’t beat this Quattro Stagioni ($20.80) one from Cantina. Aside from the obligatory tomato and mozzarella, there’s also mortadella, black olives, mushrooms and artichokes to represent each of the four seasons or stagioni. Tart slivers of artichokes go perfectly with the briny olives, smoky mushrooms and ham. The crust on this one is crisp, but with a slight chewiness. Don’t worry, it’s not doughy so you can have a couple more slices.

Why I’m putting this review here is that they have got a wonderful outlet at Changi Village called La Cantina in Venezia (specifically at the roof top of Changi Village Hotel). Picture on their website shows a beautiful sea view while dining al-fresco (see picture above).  Romantic venue if I must say. 🙂

Note: Part of the review was extracted from ST Foodies Club.

Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak

Selera Rasa 
Selera Rasa Nasi Lemak
Stall No. 2 Adam Road Food Centre
Tel: 9843 4509 (Mr Hj Hassan)
Opening Hours: 6.30am to 10pm

Their slogan is “No. 2 Adam Road is the No. 1 Nasi Lemak”.  Can’t say I disagree with them as they are the best tasting nasi lemak in Adam Road Food Centre. 😀

Choose from a regular set (S$2 for rice, 1 fried egg, ikan bilis and chilli) to Fish/Chicken/Otak set (S$3 for additional fish/chicken/otak to the regular set) to the full house (S$4)/royal flush (S$4.50)/full house (S$5) (check their website for pictures). Add S$0.20 more for take-aways. 

They also do free delivery for 30 packets (check with Mr Hassan to see if he delivers to you or not first) and above or you can call and order in advance before collecting.

I love this stall’s fried chicken wings and the cuttlefish in chilli. 

Think Tofu

Think Tofu
170 Upper Bukit Timah Road #B2-18
Bukit Timah Shopping Centre
Tel: 6466 2886
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 3pm; 5.30pm to 9.30pm daily
Latest Update: Think Tofu has already closed due to higher rental cost.

Tofu is the main ingredient used in this restaurant.  Of course there are other dishes like beef steak, pork chop, etc. in case you are not a tofu eater.

This is a unique Chinese restaurant serving many varieties of tofu dishes. If you need tofu for your diet, this is the place to go. They have tofu like you have never seen before. They have the Mai Pian (Tofu with Crispy Cereal) Tofu – favourite, tofu with minced beef and other kinds of tofu dishes. Of course they also have other meat and vegetable dishes including desserts. The Thai fried fish fillet is also delicious.

Price : Reasonable. About $5.50 per dish. Size is just right for 2-3 persons. Vegetable dishes are just about $3.20.

Location : Place is usually crowded during weekends. So go early to get a good seat.