September 12, 2011

Lunch @ Fabbrica

I've read a lot of mixed reviews on Fabbrica, so I was reluctant to try out Mark McEwan's latest venture, especially since the prices are not exactly cheap. To my surprise, I ended up having a very lovely and satisfying lunch with my work team. First off, the space was gorgeous, channeling an urban rustic look. I didn't expect the bread to be complimentary, since I've previously heard a lot of complaints about Fabbrica charging for bread when it initially opened. The warm bread was a pleasant surprise with a crunchy crust and soft interior, served with extra virgin olive oil and balsamic vinegar. After studying the menu, the fettucine with crab, guanciale, cream and soft poached egg immediately won me over. I love everything topped with a soft poached egg!
The egg was perfectly poached: the runny yolk spilled over to coat the pasta with delectable creaminess. I'm very partial to any type of seafood pasta, but this one defintiely exceeded my expectations. The sauce was rich and delicious with a bold shellfish flavour. The portion was quite reasonable for its price (a hefty $26), and I was only able to finish about 3/5 of it. I loved that the pasta was very flat and delicate, like a slightly firmer version of Chinese rice noodle (河粉). I washed it down with a glass of lemon juice, which was very refreshing and not overly sweet. Although the meal was wonderful, it was definitely very rich and not the healthiest lunch choice. In fact, my mom informed me that when she microwaved my leftovers later, there was half a bowl of melted butter. I guess this decadent pasta can only be an occasional indulgence. 
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