Lestari Grill & Pasta

Out in the moonlight charmed rice fields of Bali, there is a ranch and its sister restaurant. Far flung from the urbanized mess of Kuta or Seminyak, the latter has a romance that would draw you back to it, again and again. Here, the grills and hand-made Italian pieces plead for one to dine al-fresco under the moonlit sky. Unfortunately on such a night, the drizzle compelled us to take shelter indoors. The symphony began with a complimentary brush of Salad on bruschetta. Such was the hospitality of Bali that complimentary appetizers of artisan bread appear to be the norm at most establishments.

First came the Tuna Dill Medaillons (est ~$15.00), pan-seared sashimi grade tuna which did not seem to speak the same language as the freshness of the country air. Nevertheless the piece dé resistance made its appearance with the Ravioli Carouselle (est ~$15.00), carrying five different varieties of ravioli fillings (butter, tuna, mushroom,  roquefort cheese, balinese spices).

Ending this concerto was a thick and gorgeous concoction of chocolate mousse ($6.00) with a dash of peppermint leaves that wafted into the air of the fields and night. With such hearty goodies at pocket friendly rates in timeless charm, one would do well to make a date here the next time Bali beckons.

Jalan Umalas II, Bali 80361 Indonesia


Bistro One Zero Three

Away from the bustle and hustle of Harbourfront is a cozy little family-run fusion (think French, Middle-Eastern) restaurant that accords you with quiet while treating your purses with dignity. Start your savory journey with some humble Humus Dip (~$6). Or if you are in the mood for something livelier from the garden, there’s also Escargot in White Wine Sauce (~$9). Hearty and honest fare. 
No one would go wrong with the Battered Barramundi Fish & Chips ($16) that is done with such hearty servings of chips, cole slaw and a fruit salad. Neither did they cut the fish any slack.
Their concoctions of pastas are likewise otherworldly. Take your pick from a variety in the likes of Bacon in Red Pesto (~$15) and Escargot and Mushroom in Saffron Cream (~$16).

As if that wasn’t sumptuous enough, there’s always some old school desserts like Brownie ($6) topped with ice cream and as if there wasn’t enough cream, a Pinna Cotta ($6).

Definitely a place to return to. Till next time…
103 Pasir Panjang Road, Singapore
Tue–Fri: 11.30am–3pm, 6pm–9.30pm
Sat: 6pm – 9.30pm
Sun: 11.30am–3pm, 6pm–9.30pm


What can be more indulgent than an afternoon having high tea and desserts with friends at this “Alice In Wonderland”-esque outfit. The name, Oomphatico’s, just pops out at you when reading it out loud in your head. She’s been waiting there all these time just beckoning for you to discover her, give her lick, and tell her what a bad ass Tiramisu ($10.90) she has.

Taste her we did…   we gulped down That Chocolate Set ($12.90). The lava choc was thick, warm and luscious, ice cream was mandatory but the mousse was like a bad date gone sour. Thereafter, a pang of boldness took over our appetite and we decided to venture up the rabbit hole to check out her mains. Oh boy, she pampered us with her Duck Meat Risotto ($14.90)…

Oh it was warm out of the pan, the flavors that were emanated kept us deep in that homely bliss you have from lovers’ embrace. Next up came the Parmesan Ham with Rocket Pizza ($17.90)…

Look at that fistful of rocket! She just kept spooling us but we didn’t have the stamina to keep up. We called a time-out, but oh this enchanted land was so mesmerizing, we hated to leave her.

163 Tanglin Road (Besides Trader’s Hotel)

Open Daily 8am-11pm
(Update: Closed as of December 2011)