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Sunday, October 29, 2006 Y 7:12 AM

Number 3 Rochester Park

I went to this restaurant with Yog and Bonnie to celebrate Lee's birthday on Saturday night. Took us 10 minutes to walk from Buona Vista MRT station to Rochester Park.

Rochester Park is a stretch of bungalows that have been converted into dining places for the public. Number 1 is One Rochester, which is a wine bar. Number 2 is North Border Restaurant, which is an American restaurant. Number 3 is Da Paolo Bistro, an Italian restaurant. Number 4 is Graze, a famous restaurant that sells a fusion of international cuisine. Number 5 is Min Jiang Restaurant, a Sze Chuan cuisine and delicacies restaurant.

We decided on Da Paolo Bistro, as they didn't want American and Chinese food, and Graze's prices are sky rocketed. Well, turns out that Da Paolo's prices are also sky rocketed as well.

As we walk into the restaurant, we had to walk down this wooden flight of stairs, where we are then welcome by a scenary of chairs and tables hidden amidst green lushes. We chose alfresco dining so we sat amidst the green lushes. There's an area for alfresco dining and another area amongst the trees for chilling out.

The menu doesn't have much variety, with only 8 - 9 starters, 8 main course, about another 7 desserts and drinks menu. Bonnie, Yog and myself took pasta. Bonnie had cabonara while Yog and myself had crayfish pasta. Please do not ask me what is the Italian name because I can't rem. Lee took the special dish of the day, some pork meat meal. We also ordered calamari and buffalo cheese with tomatoes for starters. Lee took some nice pictures of the food which I will get from her later hee. We also had tiramisu and flourless chocolate cakes for desserts.

The food were quite okie. The starters weren't fantastic. I didn't like the calamari but it may be biased cuz I don't like real squid taste. The buffalo cheese was interesting though and I kinda like the weird taste. Tomatoes were really fresh and juicy! The pasta tasted real nice! Cabonara wasn't too cheesy, just the right pinch of cheese and the crayfish pasta was fabulous! Lee's pork was a lil too thick though so it was really hard to chew upon but the taste was okay. The tiramisu didn't meet my expectations though but the flourless chocolate cake was really yummy and thick!

We had drinks after dinner where we shifted to the wine chilling area. Here, the chairs are made of canvas materials and the tables are made from stones. I had a strawberry margarita that didn't taste as nice as others I have tried. Yog had a Pina Colada which tasted just like pineapple juice to me. Bonnie had a Long Island Tea that became a Short Island Tea. There wasn't any alcoholic content in it at all! Lee had a Whisky Dry which didn't really have any kick in it.

Bonnie and Yog asked for more alcohol in their drinks and the waitress changed it for us. Bonnie's liquor turned out to be too whisky rather than Long Island Tea and Yog's one still taste like juice to me. So in conclusion, Da Paolo's wine and liquor really sucks big time. Perhaps for chilling out, it's better to go to One Rochester, where is a wine bar with alot of variety of wine, liquor and cocktails.

Nevertheless, it was still a good place to dine and chill out because of the ambience and atmosphere. It's a good place to get away from the buzzling city life and slack away in nature. It's isn't cheap though cuz we paid $275 dollars to dine and drink there.

If you are looking forward to chill out in a quiet and nice surrounding, why not consider going down to Rochester Park?


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