(May-June 2013 Dining Destination Feature: The Grandstand) Casallena

A relaxing chill-out dining spot at The Grandstand, Casallena offers western-style nosh accompanied by a wide selection of wine labels. Immerse in euphonious slow-tempo R&B songs indoors, or energetic dance beats at the veranda overlooking lush greenery.

Exotic Mushroom Soup infused with Truffle ($7.50)

For a complete meal, you can start off with the Exotic Mushroom Soup infused with Truffle. It is awash with heady earthy aroma in an irresistible way. The portion size is more than substantial!

Tataki of Tuna with Peppercorn Salad ($11.90)

Thick slices of pepper-crusted tuna, briefly seared to retain its pinkish rare centre, and drizzled with a blend of sweet teriyaki and wine sauce –this will please hoards.

Pork Sausage Pizza ($11.80)

Their pizzas come with a crisp thin crust that doesn’t fill you up to the brim, leaving room for more items to come.

Curry Seafood Pizza ($11.80)

Pizzas are definitely worth ordering there.

For a hit of spice, the Curry Seafood Pizza panders to those who can take the heat, and only to them. Those with a delicate palate, take this as a warning.

Seafood Lasagne Maki ($12.50)

The Seafood Lasagne Maki is a personal favourite. It’s judged strongly based on personal preference though, since lasagne is one of my all-time favourite foods. Casallena’s rendition of lasagne surprises and delights. Pasta sheets are rolled to form the shape of maki rolls. Doused in pasta sauce and topped with cheese, the dish goes into the oven to bake, and emerges as comfort food –especially with that gooey melty cheese.

Wagyu Tomahawk ($198 – special promo price; usual price $256)

The Wagyu Tomahawk is one of Casallena’s signatures. The meat is derived from cows that feed on red wine and solid food on a daily basis –what a luxurious diet.

It is supposedly tender if adeptly executed. Unfortunately, it was served medium, and my hopes, crushed. It could’ve been juicier and tenderer, but it was lacking in that department. I felt sorry for the poor cow, as the doneness did not do the quality meat any justice. I would highly recommend requesting it to be done medium-rare so as to truly appreciate the meat in its most ethereal form. I prefer my steak medium rare, so it was hard to find a segment in that hunk that I could appreciate.

Baked Apple Crumble ($9.80)

Amongst three desserts that we’ve tried, the Baked Apple Crumble was crowned supreme. It was the only dessert plate that went back to the kitchen almost spotlessly clean. It was devoured to the very last crumb.

What we loved about the baked apple crumble: the crumbly crust that isn’t heavy on the stomach; the contrasting temperature between the warm apple compote (fragrant of cinnamon) and the cold scoop of ice cream set atop; the contrasting textures in every mouthful; the cold scoop of ice cream that’s of superb quality –because it is Haagen Dazs that’s why.

The Green Tea Tiramisu ($6.50) and Chempedak Cake ($6.50) pale in comparison.


#01-14, The Grandstand

Website: http://www.casallena.com.sg/

Opening hours:
Sunday to Thursday: 12pm – 12am
Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holidays: 12pm – 1am
*Last order for food at 10.30pm except pizzas and tapas

Photos in this post are taken using the Sony NEX-3N