The Place Located at South Beach, I was excited to check out the relatively new Caffe Cicheti as I am a fan of their sister concept Bar Cicheti in Keong Saik. Unlike Bar Cicheti, the space of Caffe Cicheti feels much more casual, which previously housed modern Australian restaurant Fynn’s. This is also the Cicheti Group’s third F&B establishment.
The Food The concept of Caffe Cicheti revolves around the coast of Italy, and the menu is pretty easy to digest (pun intended) – choose from starters, cold cuts, to pasta and mains. If you are up for drinks, there is a comprehensive wine list as well.
I started with the Fried Sardines (S$18) served with garlic aioli, which looks just like thick chunks of wedges. I am not a big sardine lover but this version does not taste too fishy.
In comparison, I am more fond of the Panzanella (S$15), where the refreshing and delicious heirloom tomatoes are mixed with stracciatella, cucumbers, onions and croutons.
If are up for something more comforting, go for the Cioppino (S$26), an Italian-American stew consisting of fish and prawn stock with tomato sauce. Interestingly, this dish originates from San Francisco. It is like an intense seafood soup for me, with other seafood ingredients likes scallops, clams and squid within. Don’t forget to dip the accompanying house-made focaccia!
For pasta, this section is probably the forte of Caffe Cicheti as I have good memories of the other pastas I had previously at Bar Cicheti. The Pesto (S$22) is spaghetti tossed in shaved parmigiana, done to an al dente texture and full of umami flavour. I can have this over and over again.
The Gnocchi (S$23) is another pasta which equally impresses. The pasta is tossed in mushroom sauce along with delicious forests mushrooms, topped with shaved parmigiana. I am a huge mushroom lover so this dish speaks volumes for me, and I like that it is not overly creamy yet still very tasty. Amongst my favourite pasta ever.
If carbs is not your thing, which I doubt is the reason to be here, you can also expect mains like the Iberico Pork (S$29.50) served with kale and apples.
For vegetables, I will recommend the Brussels Sprouts (S$10), which is done slightly charred and topped with candied pecan. The pecan does the trick well and I rarely label vegetables as addictive.
On to desserts, try the Olive Oil Cake (S$11) with lemon thyme and vanilla gelato if you are looking for something light.
Otherwise, I actually preferred the Gianduja Semifreddo (S$12.50). I am bias towards this since I love hazelnuts, and this hazelnut semifreddo is intense enough with the bitter chocolate sauce.
Rants Only limited indoor seats, make sure you take a reservation if you do not like your outdoor seats – though it is sheltered too.
Will I Return Again? For the pasta and desserts, I will gladly be back. Cicheti does it well again. Prices are pretty affordable for Italian food without comporting quality.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 3.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
26 Beach Road
South Beach Tower #B1-21
Tel: +65 6384 1878
Tuesday to Friday: 11.30am – 2.30pm (lunch); 5.30pm – 10.00pm (dinner)
Saturday: 11.30am – 3.00pm (weekend brunch); 5.30pm – 10.00pm (dinner)
Sunday: 10.30am – 4.30pm (weekend brunch)
Closed on Mondays
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