PerBacco Italian Restaurant: An Exquisite Italian Restaurant Hidden In Outram Park

Perbacco Italian Bar and Restaurant
20 Craig Road, Craig Place
#01-03, Singapore 089692
Contact: 6635 7130
Nearest MRT: Outram Park
Opening hours: Mon (5.30pm to 10pm), Tues to Sat (12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm)

‘PerBacco’ refers to Bacchus, the Roman god of wine.

Perbacco Italian Restaurant is the european eatery on Craig Road with the long, spacious bar overlooking the charming street and with the tables next to opened windows offering an al fresco feel.

At Perbacco Italian Restaurant, they aim to provide an authentic, top-notch Italian bar and dining experience along with the motto, "If you do not leave with a smile then we have not succeeded".

The brick-lined walls and dark wood furnishings provide the perfect ambience to savour a range of whiskeys, rums, un-pasteurised beers, wines and other spirits offered by the restaurant's bar; and behind the bar is a sprawling yet cosy dining room appointed with dark wood chairs, stone floors and artfully stacked wine crates that imbue a warm, quirky feel.

The restaurant's Enomatic machine keeps the wine fresh and allows it to offer 8 bottles of premium house pours. This enables the restaurant to offer Domenico Barolo, Frescobaldi, Kerlann Pinot Noir and Cesare Amarone by the glass at attractive prices.

To accompany the drinks is a a nice selection of cold cuts and cheeses, alongside a list of premium home-made Italian Tapas.

Together with 9 other fellow bloggers, I was invited to a 4-course food tasting session at Perbacco Italian Restaurant.

#1| Appetisers

Strudel di Verdure e Fonduta di Formaggio ($18)
"Grilled Vegetables & Mozzarella Strudel with Cheese Fondue"

A pleasant sight to the eyes, with crispy pastry crust that every croissant lover would fall heads over heels for. The only downside is the lack of any prominent taste to this dish, which makes it rather bland and normal.

Crocchette al Granchio ($12)
"Crab Meat Crocchette with Spicy Tuna Sauce"

My favourite appetiser out of the three options, most probably because it has crab meat — which I love!! The spicy tuna sauce didn't exactly have much of a punch to it so for the non-spicy eaters, fret not!

Frittelle Soffici e Involtini al Prosciutto e Scamorza ($18)
"Smoked Scamorza Cheese wrapped with Italian Ham and Soft Fritters"

I absolutely adore the ham and the cheese, but I can't say the same for the soft fritters as I found it to be a sinful ball of dough that could have been done without.

#2| Pastas

Linguine alla Carbonara di Astice ($28)
"Linguine with Lobster and Egg Yolk Cream Sauce"

Ooo.. This pasta has got me excited! Unlike most carbonaras produced in our little red dot which uses cartons of heavy cream, this carbonara is cooked the authentic Italian way using egg yolks, starchy water, tons of cheese and NO cream at all.

Hip hip hooray to all the lactose-intolerants in Singapore, we have finally found a carbonara that wouldn't set us on a mad dash for the washroom!

Gnocchi di Patata con Coda di Manzo Brasata e Tartufo ($28)
"Potato Gnocchi with Braised Oxtail and Truffle Essence"

Ever since I watched MasterChef and learnt the existence of Gnocchi, this is my go-to pasta whenever it is available on the menu. Sadly though, I haven't had any Gnocchi that has been cooked al dente. Most has been cooked till it is soft because that is the Asian's definition of being "cooked".

Regardless the sauce for this Gnocchi was rich and tangy with a tinge of red wine, and the braised oxtail was soft and tender. If you are a fan of Gnocchi, do give this dish a try!

#3| Main courses

Dentice al Forno con Sugo di Pomodorini e Burrata ($32)
"Oven Baked Red Snapper Fillet, Cherry Tomato Sauce and Fresh Burrata"

I am impressed by the choice of fish used, but the taste wasn't as spectacular as I had hoped. The burrata, on the other hand, is to die for and should be tried by all cheese lovers in the nation!

Guanciale di Vitello Brasato al Vino Rosso ($34)
"Braised Veal Cheek in red wine with Cannellini Beans"

Tender, juicy veal meat + a layer of melt-in-your-mouth fat = YOU MUST TRY!!!! Omg it was really sooo good!

#4| Desserts

Cheesecake alla Ricotta e Pesche Sciroppate ($14)
"Ricotta Cheese Tart with Peach Compote"

A simple combination of creamy cheesecake with slightly sweet peach compote, which is also an irresistible dessert for any cheesecake lover. Even I, who rarely takes cheesecake, couldn't resist taking another forkful of this delicious dessert.

Pannacotta alle Nocciole Caramellate ($12)
"Caramelised Hazelnuts Pannacotta"

If you thought the cheesecake was awesome, think again! This dessert is my favourite out of the two.

I love the slight sweetness from the caramel sauce and the crunch from the roasted hazelnuts. The pannacotta was creamy but not overpowering, hence I could most definitely polish off this dessert on my own if I weren't sharing it with another fellow diner.

Rating: 4/5

My two cents:

Perbacco is a neat Italian restaurant with 35 seats at their bar area and 45 seats within the dining compound. The interior of the eatery is decorated with warm tungsten lighting and wooden furnitures that gives off a very soothing and romantic vibe.

As for the food, I would say that there were slightly more hits than misses. However the restaurant does deserve a mention for its fine food presentation of both elegance and finesse.

To be entirely honest, I wouldn't be a frequent guest to this restaurant due to the steep prices and that I have an assumption of leaving Italian cuisines for special occasions such as birthday or anniversary dinners. With that said, Perbacco does offer an exquisite meal that would most definitely impress their diners.

Here is a tip so that you can have a great meal at Perbacco without burning your pocket: You do not have to order two sets of every course, but instead just order a set from your choice of appetiser, main and desserts. I found the portion for each course to be adequately generous for sharing amongst two people.

The dishes that I would recommend to try would be: Crab Meat Crocchette with Spicy Tuna Sauce, Linguine with Lobster and Egg Yolk Cream Sauce, Braised Veal Cheek in red wine with Cannellini Beans, Caramelised Hazelnuts Pannacotta.

Note: This post was kindly sponsored by Perbacco Italian Restaurant.

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