Family, FOOD COUSINS AT CULINA 31 August 2011

Culina
8 Dempsey Road, #01-13
Singapore

PRICE: $$$$
RATING:***

I don’t have many cousins, but am particularly close to 2 of them (sisters). Almost everyone that knows me ‘in real life’, especially those that also live in Singapore, know them or are friends with them too. It’s a small world, I guess 😛

After much deliberation, we decided on Culina at Dempsey Hill. I’m a big fan of the area because it reminds me of Sydney, with restaurants stand-alone style (ie. not in a shopping mall) and lots of el fresco casual dining. Culina has lovely high ceilings and open spaces, with a relaxed vibe. Perfect for a long lunch. They do have outdoor seating but as it was a bit of a dreary day (not to mention humid), we decided to sit in their enclosed balcony area that’s air-conditioned.

 

Well HELLO there, cousin

 

Inside Culina at Dempsey Hill

 

The gorgeous cheeses

 

Wine with our lazy lunch

 

The food at Culina is good but not blow-me-away IMHO, especially at the prices they charge. I was expecting mains to be around the $20 mark and was surprised that it was more towards the $30 area, considering the place is so casual and nowhere near fine-dining.

We kicked off with cheese. A LOT of cheese. The Cheese platter (with cheeses you select yourself at their Deli) came with 4 lovely cheeses, all of which I’ve forgotten the names of, since it was Mervyn the expert that chose them for us. I did adore the one in the middle, which looked like Brie, but was creamier yet firmer and was absolutely delicious.

Our cheese platter. Fabulous cheeses. But, oddly, the dried grapes had seeds in them, d’oh!

 

Not satisfied, we decided MORE cheese was appropriate. This time, it was a whole slab of Burrata drizzled with olive oil. “Make sure you scoop up the Burrata with the olive oil”, suggested our French deli/cheese expert. True. The smooth slip of the olive oil really complimented the mild, almost sponge-y texture of the cheese. It was lovely and a lot lighter than it appears in the photo.

A whole slab of burrata cheese drizzled with olive oil. Ooooh la la!

 

Elliot approves (too busy eating to give a thumbs up!)

 

I was really keen to try their Crabmeat pasta, but unfortunately it wasn’t available, so I settled on the Fresh made pasta with wagyu beef instead. The rich gravy that the pasta was served with was superb, full of flavour of the wagyu. The pasta was cooked el dente style, and there was a surprising amount of wagyu beef. The beef was soft but quite a few pieces had rind still attached to it, which I’d have preferred to be removed.

I thought the best main was the Braised beef short ribs, which came as big meaty chunks of meat that were meltingly tender from being braised for hours. It was perfect as-is and not too salty, and would have been superb too shredded in pasta.

Homemade gnocchi duck ragout ($29)

 

Fresh made pasta with wagyu beef

 

Braised Australia short ribs ($31)

 

A lunch is never complete without…. FRIES.

 

Delicious coffee for all

 

Life’s good 🙂

 

 

4 Comments

  • Amanda Ang-Phan on Facebook posted on August 31, 2011 at 9:07 am

    Aww we should do lunches often! Maybe something less expensive next time haha!!

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    • Beverly! posted on August 31, 2011 at 10:07 am

      LOL yes! Cannot afford to be ladies-who-lunch all the time 😉

      Reply
  • rachel posted on August 31, 2011 at 7:21 pm

    hmm you all have the same nose? 😛

    Anyways Love the picture of you guys together..

    Reply
    • Beverly! posted on August 31, 2011 at 7:29 pm

      Haha I hadn’t noticed!!

      Reply

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