We chose to try Bonta, located at the "jinxed corner of UE Square", to quote a friend. The restaurant has a mezzanine area that seems like a respite from the main dining area that lacked no crowd during the lunch hour. I was glad we weren't stuck in between people who spewed business lingo all through lunch.
Our meal started with fresh baked complimentary bread that I have heard such much about. After breaking into the crust and taking the first bite, I understood why people loved the walnut bread with sundried tomato and feta cheese. The crisp crust shattered and flew everywhere but the innards were soft like pillow and had a strong hint of sundried tomato flavour. It was especially joyful to bite into nuggets of walnuts and feta cheese that spiraled inside. All of us bread lovers, it was certainly an unanimous vote that this bread was beyond good.
The main course was a grilled seabass with sicilian dressing, rosemary potato and green beans (2nd picture above). Nothing exciting here but it was well put-together. Fish was fresh and cooked til the flesh was still tender and had a delicious crispy skin. I know of people who do not eat their fish skin. If I knew that person well enough, the fish skin would be in my tummy :P
The other set lunch entree was a gnocchi with gorgonzola cheese. It had a really soft texture with hardly any tenacity. You either love or hate its texture. The sauce was really good though and after the main course, the friend shared not to underestimate the small portion of gnocchi because the heaviness sets in after you finished it.
The other friend succumbed to temptation and got the a la carte order of foie gras with homemade tagliatelle (S$36) but unfortunately the dish did not fare too well with her and the pasta was barely touched.
Bonta Italian Restaurant