It's normal for food bloggers to come across unfortunate encounters". This is sadly the case with La Barca. I was excited to try this place, since it's located near me, and also because the Chef is heavily advertised for his Michelin Star, which he gained in Italy in 2009 in his restaurant in Siena, Tuscany. I was therefore eager to try his cooking, hoping it would match some of the superb Tuscan cuisine I had on my last trip over there, especially in Siena.
Bontá. It's sad that those remote memories re-emerged during the meal.
Gnocchi alla salsiccia, draw your own conclusion. And I am not a Michelin star chef. The sauce was basically some local fresh tomatoes, chopped and sauteéd for a few minutes, with a bit of salt. No flavour nor texture whatsoever were identifiable in this dish. I left it and returned it almost intact.
Finally, the meat: Grilled Pork Fillet with Wild Fennel and Vegetables in Tomato Sauce. I thought meat is something a Michelin starred chef should definitely get right. Once again, no flavour, and unpleasant "porky" taste throughout. Basically, although the meat itself was cooked well, it lacked of herbs and seasoning to bring out the flavour.
The $123 bill was something to be pretty upset about, thinking that if I had cooked any of these dishes, I would have considered them a miss, and also that I know of a few good Italian restaurants in Singapore where I could eat like a king at the same cost. It's never joyful to feel ripped off. Good luck to "La Barca", but I believe the days that you can get away with expensive, sloppy Italian cooking in Singapore are gone.