I finally got over whatever reservations or procrastination I had in me, perhaps just plain laziness, and went to check out La Ristrettos that is located on the 8th storey of Novena Medical Suites. I have read some reviews of this place before and how its odd location had not prevented customers from flocking to it. The fact that it has been around for sometime now goes to show that an obscure location these days isn’t a deterrent for people wanting to experience something different from your usual run-of-the-mill coffee chains. Well, I am not turning my back on good-old trusty Starbucks since I am not fussy about my caffeine dosage, especially when I am quite a sucker for convenience and who can fault me when walking an extra 100m in Singapore can sometimes be a catalyst for dehydration from excessive sweating or who knows heatstroke.
It was a weekday afternoon when I decided to make my way there, and I think I dropped in at an opportune time because the lunch crowd had probably already dispersed and the sneaking-out-of-office-for-a-coffee-break crowd had yet to come by. After placing my order and getting settled into a counter seat that looks out to lush greenery with my back to the rest of the cafe, I realised that the cosy place started to fill up with more customers.
It was by pure coincidence that I chose a seat that had this small arrangement of purple flowers by the side. I don’t know my flowers since I am generally not appreciative of them but they do add a country touch to the place, complementary to the red brick walls.
Was pondering on my choice of caffeine and went back to the usual Americano even though I was considering a cappucino. Oh well, the Americano is nice. Despite that I still think good coffee is typically a little too acidic for my palate, the first whiff and taste of it already sealed it as a mark above the usual coffee that I have.
And since it was lunchtime, or just slightly past, I caved in to an indulgence of a sandwich that was packed generously to the brim with fried breaded chicken, avocadoes, cheese and perhaps some mayonnaise of sorts. I didn’t read the menu carefully and can’t remember the name of this sandwich but it was indeed delicious and great with my coffee. The side salad also was not miserly and dressed lightly with (I think) balsamic vinaigrette, it provided a healthy take to the fried chicken. Don’t get me wrong, the chicken, though breaded and fried, wasn’t oily like how some breaded and fried stuff are. It’s just that I can get a little obsessive when it comes to fried stuff, sometimes. With the exception of French fries of course, where the obsession is in a totally opposite direction.
I’ll definitely return, hopefully its business continues to be good and it continues to operate, so that I can enjoy its coffee, perhaps a cappucino or latte the next time, and definitely I will check out the other food items. Besides sandwiches, they also offer all-day breakfasts and have a selection of desserts too! If you are thinking of visiting, go to Square 2 at Novena, take the lifts in the Medical Suites lobby and go to the 8th level. It isn’t hard to find it from there. Just follow your nose to the aroma of coffee.