The name is Trattoria Lafiandra. Owned by Chef Cataldo and Brenda Lafiandra.Trattoria Lafiandra al Museo is a charming addition to the 19th century building, with its warm-hued interiors set aglow by chandeliers and scenes of Italy hand-painted on walls.
At Trattoria Lafiandra, which they started in 2003, Brenda, handles the front of house, while Cataldo cooks every dish in the kitchen. With an entensive selection of antipasti, homemade pasta, risotto and main courses, the 42 seater trattoria offers a usually wide section of typically Italian fare. Says Cataldo, “I believe that everything should be cooked a la minute. There is no such thing as a quick meal here at my trattoria.”
Their food speaks for itself, and as far as comforting flavours and good value are concerned, it speaks volumes.
Good food and service. Ambient is good too
The food here is usually good anytime, however for Restaurant Week I feel that they should have done a much better menu that featured their signature items.
As always, generous portions at Trattoria Lafiandra. The appetiser was not fantastic but it was good enough. The pasta with prawn was the best I've had in a long time, the oil had absorbed the flavour of the garlic and the dish was a pleasure to eat. The desserts however seemed to be a flop in comparison, the ladyfingers in the tiramisu could have used a longer dip in coffee and there was a lot of mascarpone and it felt like I was eating mainly cream at parts.
We were seated really promptly and the funny thing was food started coming out before we were even asked what mains we wanted!
Besides that food was not bad..I had pasta which went down well and lamb was great though slightly small in portion. The beef was done as my friend requested (med rare) which was a definite treat.
Not a bad place filled with good atmosphere.
Food: Fairly generous in portion and staff was willing to change certain food when told of our dietary preference.
Service: Was not impressed initially with the service. However, as the dinner proceeded on from one course to another, our impression of their service changed.
Atmosphere: Restaurant is a bit of a squeeze and when the crowd decides to talk together, the noise level can get a bit overbearing.
Food are excellent, love their main course beef n potato are Done just right. salad was good too. The desert I ordered was tiramisu, it's perfectly Done. Moisture and texture r just right for me. As for service, the waiter is like chasing is us to made a decision. We went with 2 children, and u know how children mind... indecisive... Lol. But the waiter just kept bugging us to make order when I told him give us 2 mins to discuss after getting the menu. Here comes to the food portion,the portion in each similar order were significantly not the same. I am referring to the salad and the main course, beef. However, for the quality of the food, I will recommend the restaurant.
Had heard good things about Lafiandra so decided to take advantage of the Restaurant Week deal. To my surprise, they fell short of every expectation:
- The service was extremely slow. The resto was packed and there were clearly not enough wait staff. We had to wait half an hour to place our order and another hour for our meal. The guests at the table next to ours had a worse experience.
- The lamb chops were tiny. My rib-eye steak was medium-well rather than medium-rare. I would expect such a place to get these basics right.
- The resto was warm. Air-conditioning couldn't keep up.
Overall, I feel that Lafiandra was ill-prepared for the onslaught of Restaurant Week, which is a shame given the reputation that precedes it. I normally will highlight positive points as well when I write a review, but unfortunately, in this case, I have none to share.
Food was very good value. The little extras made for a very pleasant experience, but I guess this is because it's restaurant week? They were also very flexible when I requested for ala carte for my 5-year-old.
Overall the experience was pleasant. The waiter who served us was chatty and friendly, made us feel welcome. Ambience of the restaurant was nice too.
Food was overall fine, had a strong home-cooked feeling. Nice place for small gatherings for family and friends or a romantic candle-light dinner with the special one.
One plus point is that it is very conveniently located next to the circle line station Bras Basah.
Great presentation of food but taste and quality of the mains were disappointing. The seabass was too dry and the aglio was not sufficiently flavorful