Hello, Etna

After a particularly disappointing dinner at a new Italian joint*, we needed some affirmation and hence headed to Etna at Siglap. It has a homely feel; and we were happy to have competent, fresh Italian food.

We had a pizza, and a ravioli and thoroughly enjoyed it all. We laughed and were thankful at how the food here does not taste like it was microwaved*. We wondered if we liked this or Al Forno better. Halfway in, we also realised that Siew has begun to appreciate (a) coffee; (b) bread; and (c) cheese. And so it seems we are properly ready to plan a trip to Italy.

It was a happy meal.

On the tip of a nice friend, we ordered the tiramisu. You must have it if you are at Etna. It makes a good meal end even better.

PS. One of the waiters has an odd air about him but oh, he gets his job done.

Location: 110 Upper East Coast Road. Parking can be hard to find! Take public transport. With two mains, one dessert, and two beverages, the total bill came up to S$95.

*We are talking about the one that just opened at Suntec, and comes with a grocery section and a gelato counter. The menu looked exciting, and the branding looked well thought out. Sadly, our food tasted like it was left there and microwaved to order. We prefer if our food tasted like it was made to order. Sigh.

Durian, durian.


I never loved durian much. I remember eating one while sitting cross-legged on the living room floor of my grandmother’s house, and going away unimpressed. Sometimes, my mother brought them into the house surreptitiously. She wrapped packed durian in layers of plastic and into an airtight container, but the fridge gave her game away each time.

And being Singaporean, whether or not you eat durian is something established pretty early on with close friends. When asked, my waffly answer is taken as a no to durians. But last year, I went along when Siew asked me to go eat durian with her. Not sure why she asked. Haha.

There are a few durian places in Joo Chiat, and if you are in the area, you can try the one at Telok Kurau Road (near Lorong L), the one at 227 East Coast Road, or the one at Joo Chiat Place (where it meets Still Road). I don’t know much about durian seasons but apparently one has just started. I can’t believe that in my 30s, I am telling people that I am beginning to like durian. More durian sessions are being organised! Heehee.