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Nikolaus
CONTRIBUTOR
7 reviews
7.5
18 November 2019
Roots Mediterranean opens its door to the public in August 2019 at Greenwood Avenue. The Roots experience offers an epicurean journey which starts from the origin, the roots of the Mediterranean culinary culture. Roots Mediterranean (“RM”) provides the quality and experience of an Italian “Osteria”, a Greek “Ouzeri” and a Spanish “Tasca”. RM tagline belief that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, the culinary concept is simple and elegant. Using only fresh, premium ingredients and original recipes, delivering a hearty and flavourful dish to the diners. Dinner at RM normally starts with a basket of bread. Consist of different type of bread including sourdough, grissini, flatbread and others. The bread is served with olive oil dip. Following it, we have a feast on entrée and small bites. Burrata E "Datterini" (S$24) - Imported Burrata with cherry tomatoes, capers and olives. The burrata is firm and creamy, but not the oozing type. The cherry tomatoes provided a sweet and savoury burst of flavour, while the capers and olives add the mini twist to the dish. One of our favourite starters in any Italian restaurants. Dips are the heart of starters in Mediterranean cuisine. We had Tzatziki ($8) - The most loved Greek dip, Yoghurt, cucumber, garlic and extra virgin olive oil; Tirokafteri ($10) - A spicy and cheesy dip. A spread with yoghurt, feta cheese and chilli; Hummus (S$8) - The most iconic Middle Eastern dip: chickpeas cream with sesame paste; and Melinzano Salata ($8) - Roasted eggplant dip with lemon, extra virgin olive oil and parsley. Tzatziki and Hummus are two of the most common dips found in Mediterranean cuisine. Surprisingly, the roasted eggplant catches my attention here. I normally avoid eggplant because of its sticky and mushy texture, however, the Melinzano Salata was tasty, bursting with flavour and nicely complemented the crispy bread. Tortillas de Papas Y Queso Fundido ($8). Spanish Omelette which includes potatoes and melted cheese is just irresistible. Although it can be eaten on its own, I like it as a dip or topping for the bread. Spanako Tiropita ($8). Greek Entrée. A crispy phyllo dough pie with spinach and feta cheese. Crisp exterior followed with creamy spinach blend with slightly salty feta cheese. Next up are the heart of Italian dishes, pasta. Spaghetti Carbonara ($20). Al-dente spaghetti, coated with delicious strong creamy pecorino cheese. The flavour of the bacon-infused well into the dish; you can taste it in each bite of pasta. Tortelli with Ricotta Spinach ($20) and Tortelli Crab Lobster ($24). The Italian version of dumpling. Both dumplings are bursting with flavour. The ricotta spinach fillings with tomato sauce have a nice balance between creaminess with the tangy tomato sauce. Meanwhile, the crab and lobster tortelli are filled with natural sweetness from the crab and bouncy texture from the lobster. The butter and sage sauce accentuate the crab and lobster flavours and we can’t stop scooping it into our mouth. Lunette Truffle ($24). Lunette is round shape pasta filled with four types of delicious cheese, topped with black truffle sauce. Kind of reminds me of quattro formaggi pizza, instead, it is in pasta form and topped with the exquisite black truffle. Not for everyone, but a must-have for a cheese lover. The intermission between the pasta and pizza is Paidakia ($35). Greek style Lamb Chop. The lamb is tender, succulent lightly marinated with oregano, garlic and lemon. Unlike most lamb chop, the is almost no gaminess in this lamb. It is served with grilled vegetables, mixed salad and tzatziki sauce. Finally, we meet the star dish of the restaurant. Roots are famed for “pizza in teglia alla romana”, a special pizza which is rectangular and extremely trendy in Italy at the moment. The dough is slightly thicker, but it is extremely light, airy, crispy due to high hydration with a long fermentation time of 48 hours. The pizza comes in different sizes, namely 25cm, 50cm and 1 metre. We tried 4 different flavours in the 1-metre plank pizza: Parma and Burrata, Sausage, Salami and Truffle, and Prawn Arrabbiata. The price for each one is 25cm - $18, 50cm - $26 & 1 metre - $50). I like the Parma and Burrata plus the sausage and for LD, she loved the spicy kick from the prawn arrabbiata. The pizza dough is so light, I still manage to try the four different flavour of the pizza. It tasted like a fresh-baked ciabatta bread. Due to no alcohol for me and no coffee for LD, we swap out desserts a bit. I tried Frozen Pistachio Profiteroles, Hot Chocolate and Cherries; Tiramisu; and Crème Catalana. All of them are delicious, however, our taste buds are a bit numb due to the savoury food that we had earlier. The décor of the restaurant is simple, almost like dining in the traditional dining room of an Italian home or Spanish home. The atmosphere is very much family orientated and lively. It seems that everyone is enjoying themselves including the kids as well. Overall, dining in Roots Mediterranean is like having a gastronomic culinary exhibition in Italy, Greek and Spain. The food is based on fresh and premium ingredients cooked using traditional recipe. My personal pick is their pasta (spaghetti and tortelli), pizza in teglia alla romana, and anything with burrata. For awesome Mediterranean food, visit Roots. Saluti! Salud! Cheers!! Full review avaiable at: https://www.chubbybotakkoala.com/2019/11/roots-mediterranean-sg.html
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Richard
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2073 reviews
7.5
8 November 2019
Super delicious!
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Ronnie
CONNOISSEUR
92 reviews
7.5
4 November 2019
Amazing Sunday Brunch from 11a,-4pm Large portions and they serve the food continuously to your table until you tell them to stop! Highly recommended. Roots Mediterranean is a new restaurant which opened in late 2019. Housed along Greenwood Avenue where the former Donna Carmela Italian Restaurant was located and just a few minutes away from Tan Kah Kee MRT Station, Roots Mediterranean offers authentic and delicious Mediterranean cuisine comprising Italian, Spanish, Greek and Lebanese cuisine. The culinary team at Roots believes that simplicity is the ultimate sophistication. Therefore, the cuisine at Roots Mediterranean goes back to the roots and to the basics. Fresh ingredients and herbs are used to bring out the natural flavours of the food. At Roots Mediterranean, you can be assured of honest, rustic, wholesome and unpretentious cuisine.
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