Casa Tartufo is an Italian restaurant located at 33 Erskine Road in The Scarlet Singapore. Literally, the name means “house of truffles” and the establishment actually dates back to 2010 in its former The Forum location. One of the first places in Singapore to extensively use truffles, Casa Tartufo is run by a husband and wife team. The restaurant has a distinct family-run atmosphere the moment you enter – quite similar to the warm and cozy trattorias that one would normally find in Italy. During my #SLHdoesSingapore staycation at The Scarlet Singapore, I managed to have a truffled-filled dinner at Casa Tartufo.
We started off with Carpaccio – practically the starter to have in any Italian meal. Casa Tartufo’s version is a lot more fragrant than the carpaccio I am used to, thanks in no small part to the inclusion of some fresh winter truffles.
The Burratina ($23 for standard size — I had the serving size) consisted of a chewy mozzarella crust with a creamy stracciatella – the cheese is imported from Puglia in Southern Italy. The Burratina came with a custard-like texture within and had a prominently milky flavor.
For seafood lovers, the Capesante ($28) consists of two plump scallops – lightly fried and with a succulent interior – that were topped with caviar. The scallops came with an interesting, almost glutinous texture which contrasted nicely against the firmer lightly seared exterior. It went nicely with the parmigiano truffle fondue. I only wished that there would have been more scallops to dip the fondue in!
A standout dish is the Tajarin ($39) which traces its origins to the Piedmont region of Italy. My plate came with no meat or vegetables – just egg noodles soaked in a bit of mushroom sauce and topped with generous amounts of truffle. Don’t let the relatively light description deceive you – this is the dish to try at Casa Tartufo. The noodle was smooth and chewy and the aroma of fresh truffles fragrant and well-defined.
After having such wonderful noodles and cheese, the meat dish that followed almost became an afterthought. The Maiale ($37) or Grilled Iberico Pork Collar was an interesting play of flavors – alternating between salty and sweet. The latter came from a most delectable sauce that came with plump cherries.
The Homemade Truffle Gelato ($8.50 per scoop) is another house specialty and some guests are known to patronize the restaurant just to have a scoop! I never had truffle ice cream before and eating it for the first time that night gave me a bit of a jolt initially. I never imagined truffle as a dessert! Nonetheless, the unmistakable aroma became quite addicting, especially with the sea salt topping.
You can check out their full menu here.
33 Erskine Road
+65 6836 4647
Monday to Thursday – 7AM to 10PM
Friday – 7:00AM to 11PM
Saturday – 7:30AM to 11PM
Sunday – 7:30AM to 10PM