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A16 First Try

vliang | Apr 14, 200501:49 PM

After much anticipation and armed with rec's from this board, BF and I went to A16 last night. First off, was expecting crowded but did not expect deafening loud. Think matters were not helped by the fact that we sat next to a four top of squealing and giggling women. We partically had to shout at eachother in order to discuss the menu. But our reservations were right on time and no hiccups or extra waiting on that.

We ordered the following to share:
Mozzarella burrata with olive oil, sea salt and crostini, 10
Wild Boar Salami, 9
Marghereita pizza, 10
Tubetti with fresh favas, lentils, pancetta and pecorino, 13
Contini, ‘INU’, Cannonau di Sardegna Riserva 2001, 34

For dessert we had:
Chocolate, almond and cherry cake, chocolate mousse, 7

The burrata was indeed cloud-like and light. I love the creamy and almost melted marshmellow (fluff) texture. The taste was subtley sweet almost. Delightful, BUT four small crostinis isn't really enough for the amount of cheese given. And eating the last bites of the cheese with bread basket bread tremendously hurt the airy soft against crunchy juxtaposition.

The salami was okay. Nothing particular fantastic about it. Also did not think it was a good value given taste or quantity to price.

I loved the pizza. The sauce on there was AMAZING. Slightly smokey, full of tomato flavour... I could drink a vat of this sauce. The crust was appropriately burnt in some parts... thin and crips yet had that softer yet al dente middle. The BF had two issues with the pizza which I can see. One, the cheese could have used maybe 30 sec more on the cooking as it was not quite "set" with the rest of the pie. And secondly, they could have used more than the two smallish pieces of basil on the pizza. Maybe four? So that each piece could have its own?

We both adored the pasta. It was very different than any pasta dish we had ever had. It was almost more like a lentil stew with little pasta pieces in it. The lentil flavour was strong and really brought to a smokey meaty level by the pancetta and pecorino. Gently sauced.

The wine was light and fruity... perfect with our food. Non-obtrusive and meshed well.

BF liked the dessert. I liked it enough as I generally can only take one bite of any dessert. It was dense but not too rich. Really brought out the cherry in the wine too.

Overall, we decided we were fascinated by the food, but could do without the Marina migraine-inducing din. Perhaps a revisit during a calmer lunch would be ideal. Very much enjoyed the sublety of the flavours... no hit-you-over-the-head saucing or spices. We felt completely taste satiated yet not burdened down. And that is a rare thing to achieve.


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