Review: Capri Trattoria & Pizzeria @ Binjai Park

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Edamus.Bibamus.Gavdeamus – We Eat. We Drink. We Enjoy. 

This is the Latin mantra that Capri vows to stand by and provide for its customers. Indeed, they did. I felt absolutely at ease and at home with the sincere service and perfectly executed dishes. Not only that, I felt like I was whisked off to Italy with their food, as Capri has recently launched its Monthly Regional Specials Menu, which showcases dishes that highlights the signature dishes of a selected region. In this menu, a brief introduction of the featured region is also included.

We would all think that only Asians could take spice. Well.. At least for me, I thought so. However, did you know that, the Southern Italians LOVE their dishes FIERY, and it can get REALLY spicy. Since there are almost 20 regions in Italy, we could definitely expect the regional specials menu to be ENDLESS with the different pairings and permutations of the signature dishes. Now, now, aren’t we in for a surprise every time?

The Food

Capri not only prides itself with their jack-in-the-box menu, the quality of their dishes are also assured. The Pork and beef are cured in-house at Capri weekly, their pastas and pizza bases are also made right from their kitchen.This is probably as Italian as it can get, here in Singapore eh?

My Italian feast was off to an amazing start with just their baskets of home-baked breads. So fresh, crisp and fragrant. I could just have them as a meal.
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First, let me introduce you guys to the Monthly Regional Specials Menu.

In the month of May, the menu featured the region of Abruzzo (South-Italy). Here’s how the menu would look like:Photo 14-5-15 7 26 05 pm

1) Cannarozzi allo zafferano ($25++)
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An al dente tube-like pasta sauteed in saffron sauce, with ricotta cheese and smoky bacon. Mmm.. So delish. If you like your pasta to be more cheesy than it already is, additional shavings of parmesan can be added as well. I exceptionally loved the pasta used, because like penne (BUT BETTER), it soaks up and traps the sauce within the tubes, ensuring a flavorful burst with every bite!

JUNE SPECIAL: Calabria (Southern Italy)

1) Tagliere Casereccio ($28++) – Antipasti
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Platter of home-cured cold cuts which includes pancetta (pork belly), capocollo (pork neck) and bresaola (air-fried beef) served together with rocket salad and soft and aged cheeses. This was definitely something unique that I’ve ever tried. After all, it’s not always you get to try a combination of quality cold cuts. This was an eye-opener for me!

2) Pasta riccia all’nduja ($25++)
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This was the dish that caught me off-guard because I didn’t expect any Italian fare to contain spice like that! A definite must-try! Nduja is a fiery sauce made up of a fine blend of pork, olive oil, garlic, black pepper, chili flakes and ricotta. Basically, a spicy pork sauce, tossed with this flat hand-made pasta. I say, a worthy try because the heat in this was very refreshing!

Besides the monthly specials, Capri also have some of the all-time favorite dishes on their ala carte menu. Here’s a look at the regular menu:
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1) Gamberi e cappesante alle erbe ($20++) – Antipasti
Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset If you’re a seafood lover, this will be a must-order in your books. Plump prawns and freshly seared scallops seasoned with a blend of mediterranean herbs and pan seared in olive oil. You could taste the freshness in the seafood, and wow, the sundried tomatoes definitely added to the tanginess in this dish, which to me, has elevated the flavors in this!

Other popular antipasti includes the Bresaola – house made air dried beef seasoend with truffle oil, and Caprese – thick-cut buffalo mozzarella served with slices of tomatoes and basil leaves!

Main Course (Secondi)

1) Cacciucco alla Livornese ($28++) Photo 14-5-15 10 06 47 pm If there’s a must order dish that I have to pick from Capri, this would be it. Right out from the western coastal waters of Tuscany. This features a bowl of tomato broth filled with an ARRAY of seafood like mussels, prawns, squid, clams, crayfish, and cod. Wow. Just wow. You could taste the freshness in these seafood, and they are of a REALLY generous portion. Remember to soak the bread on the side with the broth for a more mind-blowing experience!

2) Cotoletta alla Milanese ($48++)Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset Originating from the region of Lombardy (Northern Italy), this is a 300g bone-in deep-fried breaded veal chop. I’m not kidding you when I say it is extremely crisp on the outside, YET moist in the center. Something I was skeptical about, seeing how breaded and fried it is. Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetThis is some pictorial evidence. The meat on this slid off the bone perfectly. The trick? This Australian veal is tenderised and coated with egg wash and dusted with flour before it is coated again with breadcrumbs and deep fried for 5-6 minutes to medium doneness. I know it all sounds really sinful, but Chef Domenico has made this better for us, by replacing the usual melted butter with premium vegetable oil. This serving could probably feed a very hungry man.

Dolci (Desserts)

What’s a meal without any desserts? Good news for all is that, Capri desserts are ALL priced at $10++ each!

1) Torta al limone Processed with VSCOcam with c1 preset This beats ANY lemon tart or cake I’ve ever tasted. This dense and buttery cake was served warm with a side of cream, and finished off elegantly with a subtle lemon zest. Wow.
2. PanacottaProcessed with VSCOcam with c1 preset A refreshing, refreshing end to the meal. This is crowned with dark Italian cherries and served in a jar. I took a spoonful and refused to share it any more!

The Chocolate Lava Cake we saw the other tables ordering, looked absolutely divine with the flame. You should probably order that for the sake of Instagram.Processed with VSCOcam with c1 presetWe were also lucky to try an Italian Classic – Gelato with Olive oil. The components in this pretty glass were vanilla gelato, olive oil and black pepper. What an amazing, amazing experience I had at Capri.

Closing Remarks

I really felt like I’ve been whisked away to Italy with the food that Capri presented to us. This is by far the BEST Italian dining experience I’ve had, and I was really glad to have tried something off the mainstream Italian dishes. Even the pasta dishes I had here were not the norm that we usually have at Italian restaurants. I especially liked the Monthly Special menus as well, because it makes the experience unlike any other dining experiences. It’s a lesson about Italy, and it’s also learning to appreciate the food and culture they have in the regions of Italy! Afterall, we don’t always have the time and finances to explore the food at each and every region of Italy eh?

Also, unique dishes are always a draw to me. Hence, Capri is definitely the TOP Italian restaurant on my list right now!

How to get there?
3 Binjai Park
Singapore 589819

Opening Hours
Tuesday – Sunday (Closed on Mondays)
Lunch: 12pm – 2.30pm (Last order 2pm)
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm (Last order 10pm)

Complimentary valet parking available every Friday to Sunday dinner.

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  1. June 8, 2015    

    The food looks incredble