Tuesday, May 03, 2005

Dinner Al Dente

Had dinner at Al Dente at Boat Quay.

Although I'd seen the restaurant mentioned in magazines, I was mainly drawn in by the huge UOB 1-for-1 dining promotion poster outside. There were two of us (plus one little girl), so my friend and I decided to try it.

The four-cheese pizza was good although somewhat mild. Crust was nice. Kylie had fun looking at the wood-fired oven while her mom and I were waiting for the food to arrive. The lasagna was OK, nothing to rave about.

Service quality varied. The waiter and waitress who served us dinner were pretty good. However the waiter who welcomed us in and seated us misinformed us about the promotion. He insisted we'd have to pay for two dishes to get a third one free. Me: "So that means it's not really one-for-one then?" Waiter: "No, it's not." Luckily we asked a second waiter for a clarification.

Our bill for a lasagna and a four-cheese pizza, after the promotional discount, came to $22. Not bad considering it's in a great location. Not sure I'd go without the discount though.

After dinner we hopped on a bumboat and took the river cruise. Fullerton Hotel looks quite grand at night. I've added two more items to my list of things to try - the bars and restaurants at Empress Place, and Fullerton Hotel's chocolate buffet. We got off at Clarke Quay after the cruise and stopped for gelato before heading back home.

Getting There

Al Dente Trattoria is at 71 Boat Quay. Call 6536 5366 for reservations.

Bumboats can be boarded from both Boat Quay and Clarke Quay. Ticket stations and boarding platforms line both sides of the river. Cruises cost $10 per adult.

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