There Is No Menu @ Fratini La Trattoria

Don’t ask for one because there is no menu at Fratini La Trattoria. Instead, sit back and relax. Let Chef Fratini take care of your meal with whatever’s available from the day’s marketing, which he does every morning, loading his Vespa with bags of seafood for that day’s cooking. Freshness is guaranteed but you may not find the same dishes you ate before on your subsequent visits.

How we landed here:
Naomi and I have been wanting to go for an Italian meal at 52 Kandahar Street but each time, there were obstacles. The first time, the restaurant was full and we winded up at Shinzo for a Japanese omakase dinner. For our ladies luncheon, we suggested Cicheti but Anne didn’t like its location so we ended up at Fratini’s. Which incidentally also serve “omakase” Italian style.

Chef Gabriel Fratini will tailor your menu.

Chef Gabriel Fratini will tailor your menu.

Omakase in Japanese simply means leaving it to the chef to prepare your meal. At the assigned table, Chef Fratini, a carbonated character, asked if there was anything we didn’t like. Anne said no beef and he replied that they did not have beef that day. Anne doesn’t eat salmon because she believed all salmon to be farmed so Naomi and I got to split her pickings. Let’s see what we had for our set lunch.

Squid.

Squid.

Chicken on Mushroom.

Chicken on Mushroom.

Sea Bass.

Sea Bass.

Seafood comprising of Prawns, Squid Rings and Baby Squid with Pasta.

Seafood comprising of Prawns, Squid Rings and Baby Squid with Pasta.

Pasta with Prawns, Squid Rings and Baby Squid came as main dish.<br />The thin tagliatelle was made in the restaurant and had QQ bite to them.<br />QQ = Al dente (I was being Singlish, wink)<br />The seafood was definitely fresh.<br />However, the dish was too salty and was sent back.

Pasta with Prawns, Squid Rings and Baby Squid came as main dish.
The thin tagliatelle was made in the restaurant and had QQ bite to them.
QQ = Al dente (I was being Singlish, wink)
The seafood was definitely fresh.
However, the dish was too salty and was sent back.

A Spoon of Tiramisu and Mini Chocolate Tart. Modest serving of sponge fingers moisturised with coffee, mascarpone cheese and sprinkled with cocoa powder.

A Spoon of Tiramisu and Mini Chocolate Tart.
Modest serving of sponge fingers moisturised with coffee, mascarpone cheese and sprinkled with cocoa powder.

Mini Chocolate Tart.

Mini Chocolate Tart.

Meet effervescent Chef Fratini, your host at Fratini La Trattoria.<br />Gabriel Fratini, a chef for nearly 40 years, has worked for some of the leading hotels in Singapore, Australia, Jakarta and Italy.

Meet effervescent Chef Fratini, your host at Fratini La Trattoria.
Gabriel Fratini, a chef for nearly 40 years, has worked for some of the leading hotels in Singapore, Australia, Jakarta and Italy.

Gabriel Fratini, (with Singaporean wife Hwee Ling and two children), has worked as Italian chef of Domvs in Sheraton Towers during the late 1980s. According to his wife with whom I had a short chat, opened two Italian restaurants, Fratini La Trattoria (Neil Road) and the more upmarket Fratini Il Ristorante (Ngee Ann City) before moving away from the Singapore scene. The move back, after spending the last 20 years overseas, was due in part that his teenaged son may be returning to Singapore for his national service after his studies in Italy.

Our bill amounted to S$170.65 (inclusive of taxes and 2 coffee).

Our bill amounted to S$170.65 (inclusive of taxes and 2 coffee).

The last time we met up as trio for a meal was at Summer Palace Restaurant, after which we proceeded to Dolcetto by Basilico for desserts. That was in July 2013! This time, I had another brilliant time catching up with the girls even though the food was not so dazzling.

Both ladies were in a hurry so we did not go for dessert which I wanted around the corner at Baker & Cook.

Fratini La Trattoria
Address: 10 Greenwood Avenue,
Hillcrest Park,
Singapore 289201.

Tel:(+65) 64682868

Operating hours: Closed on Mondays.
Lunch: 12nn – 2.30pm
Dinner: 6pm – 11pm

Happy eating 🙂

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Comments
6 Responses to “There Is No Menu @ Fratini La Trattoria”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    Sounds fun and interesting, and looks delicious.

  2. Laura Lynn says:

    What a lovely idea to let the chef decide what is freshest and best! I want to find a restaurant like this myself…there must be one here.

    • Sam Han says:

      Omakase is very popular in Japanese cuisine. This is rather new for Italian cuisine in Singapore. Maybe this is good for Spanish tapas too. Trouble is I would not know the name for dishes and we may not get to eat dishes we like since they keep changing. But this surely keeps meals interesting 🙂

  3. Rörschåch says:

    Absolutely adore no-menu restaurants. Just enjoy. Absolutely perfect way to eat. It’s like going to a friends house and being so pleasantly surprised.

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