We came here for an early dinner on a lovely Friday evening because we needed to find a place that was nearest to Lido Cinema (on Orchard Road). We had wanted to catch “The Great Gatsby” that night. As expected, most the eateries inside ION Orchard are packed to the brim. And it wasn’t yet 6pm!
And then, voila! We chanced upon this kewl bistro located just outside of ION Orchard. Welcome to the Alfresco Gusto Italian Bistro.
As we entered the eaterie, we were greeted warmly by the Manager and his team of waiters. It made us feel already at home!
Located at ION Orchard, Alfresco Gusto is arguably Orchard Road’s largest Italian restaurant in an al fresco setting. The 100 seater outdoor trattoria spans some 60 meters and covers almost the entire width of ION Orchard. It features a chic bar offering a delectable array of spirits, wines and cocktails and a contemporary dining area set amongst lush greenery.
The service we received that evening was beyond excellent. There was already a crowd inside the Bistro by the time we arrived at 6pm, consisting largely of expats and tourists. Hardly any locals.
Portions here are large and prices are reasonable.
This was what we feasted on that evening:
Above: The Mushroom Ragout is delicious! A must-try.
Above: The Cream of Mushroom Soup is also another winner.
Above: The Pomodoro Pasta. Yum!
Above: Carbonara Pasta
Above: Pizza Proscuitto. Great if you are a meat lover. My friend is. For me, I prefer more mushrooms, cheese and ham/salami on my Pizza. So this dish wasn’t quite a favorite with moi…
Above: Wine, anyone? We had Savignon Blanc.
Above: The Menu.
Above: Some of the better wines the Bistro has in stock….
Personal Rating for Food: 4/5
Personal Rating for Ambience: 4.5/5
Personal Rating for Service: 4/5
Would we recommend this eaterie to people?
A definite YES!
Alfresco Gusto Italian Bistro
2 Orchard turn #01-15
+65 6509 9380
Above: The famed Linguine Alla Modesto (flat spaghetti with fresh prawns, squid, mussels, whole crab, anchovies, capers, olives, fresh tomatoes, garlic and white wine cooked in the traditional Italian Cartoccio style).
If you are looking for a lovely place to unwind in an al fresco environment, watch sports on a huge TV screen over beer, pasta, pizza and seafood, may I recommend you - Modesto’s at the Orchard Parade Hotel? This is the only outlet we love (there are a few other outlets runned by Modesto’s).
The ambience is perfect. Lots of tourists but the crowd is generally fun and casual. Service, though, could be improved. It took us a while (after waving frantically) before a waiter/waitress came to our table!
This eaterie specializes in wood-fired pizza and homemade pasta. Their menu is pretty sizeable catering to just about every taste. One of the must-try dish is the Linguine Alla Modesto (Seafood Linguine in traditional Cartoccio style). Truly mamma mia!
Do note that the food portions are large - like those you’ll find in the USA. In a way, it is value for money.
One of my gripes in dining here is their coffee. Even their thickest coffee is too bland and diluted for me. Maybe I’ve grown accustomed to drinking Italian coffee that anything else seems too diluted to me eg the Americano.
Enjoy my recommendations for a rad dinner at this al fresco restaurant!
Above: Crema di Funghi (S$12.00). Home-made Cream of fresh Mushroom Soup, topped with cream.
Above: Fritto Misto (S$24.00). An assortment of deep-fried soft shell crab, squid, silver bream and prawns - served with tartar sauce.
Above: Quattro Stagioni (Regular size: S$26.50). Ingredients include Tomato, Cheese, Mixed Seafood, cooked Pork Ham, Mushrooms and Black Kalamata Olives.
Above: Capricciosa (Regular size: S$24.50). Ingredients include Tomato, Cheese, cooked Pork Ham, Mushrooms and Artichokes.
Above: Yup, this is the house speciality pasta! Linguine Alla Modesto. I love crabs but I wish they had removed the crab shells ;-)
Above: Warm bread with Olive Oil, anyone?
Above: Double Espresso (S$6.50).
Above: The House Blend Coffee (S$4.50). It is very diluted!
Above: Watching sports on TV!
Personal Food Rating: 4/5
Service Level: 1.5/5
Modesto’s (Orchard Parade Hotel)
1 Tanglin Road
#01-09/10 Orchard Parade Hotel
Tel: +65 62357808
** All photos shown on this page taken using the iPhone 4S (late last year). I didn’t bring along my bulkier Canon Powershot G15 camera. Excuse the bad lighting and grainy photos. Thank you! **