I have long heard of the modest and affordable food served by Basil Alcove – a tiny bistro facing the main road at Middle Road. And I decided to have dinner there with my parents recently. But to my disappointment, the service was awful. For a small eatery with about 12 tables max., 2-3 waiters on hand, and only 3 occupied tables, I sure expected better service from them. At times, a warm greeting and smile go a long way. Service aside, I shall introduce our dinner for the night. Their Soup of the Day, a Mushroom Soup ($4.50) [***.] was a creamy blend with a tinge of flavoured oil, topped with their signature basil leaf. I’d say it’s definitely worth ordering.
The Roasted Lamb Rack with Mango Chutney ($18.90) [***] had a great chutney and yoghurt with light tangy notes that complemented the lamb, but the lamb could’ve been better. The meat was a tad too dry for my liking, lacking a rush of juicy tenderness that I usually look out for with my meats.
Portions were decent with sides like tomatoes, french beans, mashed potato and basil leaves for accompaniment.
For pasta, the Shrimp Aglio Olio with Orange Basil Sauce ($10.50) [***] had an interesting fusion of tastes. The orange sauce was light and sweet, infusing the spaghetti with zesty burst of flavour. Shrimp lovers would love the generous servings of fresh shrimp (about 10 in total), but the down side was the overload of shredded cheese. For a simple pasta like aglio olio, less is more. Personally, the pasta would’ve been good enough on its own, and cheese should be optional.
/ all prices are nett.
Taste – 7.5/10
Price – $$
Service – 5/10
Ambience – 7/10
Accessibility – 7/10
[$]-cheap like peanuts: ($10 & below/person)
[$$]-average Jane ($15-$25/person)
[$$$]-you might wanna tke tht card out..($30-$60/person)
[$$$$]-extremely exorbitant ($70 & above/person)
[* to *****] – rating(s) for individual dishes
Tel: 6336 1318 (call for reservations)
190 Middle Road, #01-07, Fortune Centre
Dinner: 6.30pm onwards
Dress code: casual
Buses: 56, 133, 145…
Nearest MRT: Bugis