Having not ventured far from my immediate vicinity - Robertson Quay - I felt it time to go a bit further afield to discover a new area in Singapore.
Holland Village is a place that has popped up in many a local magazine and mentioned a few times on Asia Food Channel. I had heard about a roof terrace cafe in this area and so I had to check it out.
On arrival to Holland Village, I was surprised to discover that this roof terrace cafe was at the top of a rather ugly looking shopping centre rather than some pretty old shop house.
Taking the escalators up to the 4th floor, I felt just a little apprehension. Upon entering the cafe, I was sure I had made a big mistake - with formica covered looking tables and cheap looking chairs - it just didn't look all that great.
When I asked for the roof terrace, the waitress took me outside where I was amazed to find a lush looking roof terrace with a serene water feature and pretty lamp lights.
The food here is a mix of Italian and Australian; pasta, risotto, salad, soup, meat and fish. I opted for the rack of lamb cutlets with roasted vegetables ($28.80 nett) and my dining companion chose the spaghetti vongole ($16.80 nett).
We didn't have too long to wait for our food. First impressions were pretty good, much better than expected. That lamb was beautifully cooked, just what I asked for, medium. The vegetables carrots and zucchine were al dente and the portobello mushroom was juicy and delicious.
The spaghetti vongole came with a generous amount of clams, the chilli had been de-seeded to take away the heat, the spaghetti was cooked al dente and sauce was deliciously garlicky.
For a cafe, the food we had was well executed and well priced. The roof terrace is certainly a big draw for those who want alfresco dining in the middle of a concrete metropolis.
Staff are attentive and service is fairly quick. This place is surely a lovely cafe to come for a spot of lunch and some respite from a shopping session.
211 Roof Terrace Café
211 Holland Avenue, #04-01 Holland Road Shopping Centre, Singapore
TEL: +65 6462 6194