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Restaurant review: Galbiati Gourmet Deli in Singapore

Galbiati Gourmet Deli
400 Upper Bukit Timah Road
+65 6462 0926

Galbiati Gourmet Deli takes its name from owner Roberto Galbiati, former head chef of the Da Paolo group. He opened this delicatessen and dine-in combo at Rail Mall a few years ago. It’s well worth a visit, even for you inner-city dwellers.

While Galbiati has none of the slickness of the Da Paolo outlets, there are some resounding echoes in the food, including thin-crust pizzas from $6 a slice

The latter are perfect to take away as a snack, but on my last visit my wife and I tried a full three-course dinner instead. The place was packed, so we were glad we’d reserved a table.

A shared appetiser of salt-and-pepper squid had us clinking forks in a fight for the last crispy curl. (I’m generally a very chivalrous person, except when there’s food around.)

For main course, I continued the seafood theme with the special of the day, linguine alle vongole – generous, fresh and subtle – while my better half chose the cannelloni with spinach and ricotta: four fat pasta tubes in a satisfying tomato sauce.

For dessert, we duelled again, with two spoons crunching into a crème brûlée. This time, I let the missus take the last few mouthfuls. Hers was a Pyrrhic victory, however, for as she busied herself in the bottom end of the ramekin, I polished off the last of our white wine.

Still, the wife got the last laugh, sashaying out the door as our friendly waiter handed me the bill. Around $110, for the record, for plenty of excellent fare and a bottle of Sicilian plonk.