Another new spot, courtesy of mom! She took me for dinner at the Goodwood Park Hotel. When we lived in Singapore, our family would frequent their Chinese restaurant Min Jiang at least once a month. I've never been to another one of their restaurants, so I was looking forward to this night.
We went to Gaia, the hotel's Italian restaurant. Sooooo friggin' good! Italian food is a mainstay in our family, and I *know* if we still lived in Singapore, this would be frequented just as often as Min Jiang. Given that the atmosphere is quite formal, Gaia serves home-style fare and classic Italian cuisine. I guess I'd add "with a twist" for some items. We got an eggplant and mozzarella appetizer that came pretty dressed up - not quite how you'd see it at home. My favorites were the homey risotto (mom and I shared this for appetizer too) and my truffle pasta. When I go again, I'm getting the truffle pasta fo sho'. Mom got her sea bass and for dessert we ended with tiramisu. I definitely recommend Gaia to all of you reading this. When you make reservations, you can mention that you want to be seated in the area that resembles a garden or there's the more intimate dining room space. Mom and I sat in the dining room section... Next time, I'd like to experience the other side ;)