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La Barca Receives Award of Excellence

26 May 2012, SINGAPORE – La Barca Ristorante & Wine Bar has received an Award Of Excellence for ‘Best New Restaurant, Western’ by The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel “G Restaurant Awards 2012”. “We are so happy to be recognized in such a prestigious manner” said chef Michele Sorrentino.

“We are very proud of our efforts. We have strived to position La Barca as an upmarket, yet casual restaurant. I want everyone to be able to experience my food, so we have a fine dining menu in the evening, hearty good food for lunch at a reasonable price and family brunches on the weekends,” continued Sorrentino.

“Our menu is designed to make all of our customers happy. We have people coming from the CBD during the week for lunch, those who prefer to escape the crowded inner city and discuss work in a relaxed manner. They only have a short drive to enjoy a delicious set lunch in quiet surroundings. We have couples and groups who want a romantic dinner in the evening,  and then on the weekends we have parents who want a leisurely family meal and to enjoy a glass of wine while their children play happily in the grounds.  The new parking arrangements have pleased the customers too!” 

La Barca offers complimentary parking for guests at Block C, Goodman Arts Centre. Taxis may also drop off and pick up passengers at the same car park, which is beside the restaurant’s entrance

La Barca Ristorante & Wine Bar is owned and operated by Chef Michele Sorrentino and Christopher Tung. It is situated at the Goodman Arts Centre on the East Coast of Singapore. La Barca is so called because of it’s shape, which is reminiscent of a boat. The restaurant has recently been recognised with an Award of Excellence for Best Restaurant, Western in The Peak Selections: Gourmet & Travel “G Restaurant Awards 2012” , a supplement to The Peak Singapore magazine.

La Barca Media Alert: Now serving Weekend Brunches and Pizza's

Brunch

La Barca Ristorante is now open for brunch from 11am to 3pm every Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy homemade sausages and eggs, fluffy omelettes, incredibly delicious pizzas and more from a diverse menu that will satisfy every palate. There is also a special kids menu.

Complemented by free flow Prosecco (Italian sparkling wine) for just $30 per person, diners can relax with friends and family inside the restaurant, or al fresco while their children play on the grass or in our new playroom.

PizzeriaPizzeria

La Barca is now serving a delicious pizza menu. The pizzeria is open Tuesday through Sunday and serves:

  • Pizza Margherita (Tomato, Mozzarella, Basil)
  • Pizza al Prosciutto (Tomato, Mozzarella, Parma Ham)
  • Pizza Vegetariana (Tomato, Mozzarella, Bell Pepper, Eggplant, Zucchini, Fresh Tomato, Basil)
  • Pizza al Tonno e Cipolla (Tomato, Mozzarella, Tuna, Onion)
  • Pizza ai Funghi (Tomato, Mozzarella, Fresh Mushrooms)
  • Pizza Salsiccia Piccante (Tomato, Mozzarella, Handmade Sausage)

 If you would like to review our new menu, please let us know.

 

 

About La Barca

La Barca is a family dining restaurant situated at the Goodman Arts Centre, in Katong. The food served is classic Tuscan fare with a modern twist, with an emphasis on fresh flavours and stylish presentation. 

La Barca embraces Valentine's Day with a heart warming menu

What more romantic way could you celebrate Valentine’s Day than with a wonderful Italian meal prepared by one of Italy’s top chefs? Well you don’t need to go to Tuscany to do it! Join us at La Barca for Valentine’s Day and receive complimentary coffee and chocolates with your meal.

Valentine’s Day occurs annually on February 14 and today is known and celebrated around the world.
This tradition was spread by the Benedictines, the chief guardians of the Basilica dedicated to Saint in Terni, through their monasteries, first in Italy and then France and England.

St. Valentine, known to Catholics as the patron saint for lovers, was beheaded on 14 February 273, at 97 years old. He is therefore commemorated each 14th day of February, a day upon which traditionally celebrated the ancient feast of the Holy Febronia. 

And so La Barca celebrates the Feast of San Valentino this 14 Febraio 2012 with the following menu.

Mille cuori di polenta con mousse de spigola e salsa Americana piccante
Polenta Hearts with Sea Bream Mousse and Spicy Tomato Sauce

Raviolini Ripieni di Patatine in Brodetto di Crosatacei Afrodisiaci
Little Ravioli Filled with New Potatoes and Served in a Shell Fish Broth

Cuore di Tonno di San valentino con Verdurine Tricolore e Sals di Pepe
Heart of Tuna with Seasonal Vegetables and Pepper Sauce

Lo Zuccotto degli innamorati con salsa di frutte delle passione
Lover’s Trifle with Passion Fruit Sauce

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Notes to Editors:

According to the annals of history (Wikipedia), St. Valentine, also known as Saint Valentine of Terni and Valentine of Interamna (Interamna Nahars), lived approximately between 176 and 14 February 273, mainly in Rome. He  was a bishop and a Christian martyr that was venerated as a saint by the Catholic Church and is considered the patron saint of lovers by Catholics.

Born into a patrician family, was St. Valentine converted to Christianity and consecrated the bishop of Terni in 197, at just 21 years old.  In the year 270, St. Valentine was in Rome, having arrived there to preach the Gospel and convert the heathen. 

That year, Emperor Claudius II the Goth tried to suspend the celebration of religion and get the Christians to renounce their faith. St. Valentine refused to do so, and even tried to convert the emperor to Christianity. He was arrested and sentenced to be executed. Claudius II later pardoned him from execution and entrusted him to a noble family.

St. Valentine was again arrested under the emporer Aurelian, who succeeded Claudius II. Under his reign, the empire continued its persecution of Christians and as St. Valentine’s popularity was growing, Roman soldiers captured him and brought him out of town along the Via Flaminia to scourge him, fearing that if they were in Rome, the population could rise to his defense.

Beheaded on 14 February 273, at 97 years old, St. Valentine is therefore commemorated each 14th day of February, a day upon which traditionally celebrated the ancient feast of the Holy Febronia. 


About La Barca

La Barca is situated on an unusually shaped site, one that is in the shape of a boat, on what was formerly a school campus. The campus is now an arts centre, and a Swede has transformed what was the schools’ former canteen cum hawker centre into a stunning restaurant, reminiscent of Singapore’s colonial era. So called La Barca to echo the site’s shape, the restaurant is helmed by Chef Michele Sorrentino, one of Italy’s top 10 chefs, and whose restaurant in Siena, Tuscany, retained a Michelin star for 10 years from 1999.

Chef Michele Sorrentino earned his Michelin star in Italy by drawing inspiration from the rustic simplicity of Tuscan culinary tradition and re-inventing it for the modern palate with technical finesse and stunning visual presentation.

La Barca is owned and operated by Chef Michele Sorrentino and General Manger Christopher Tung. Michele Sorrentino, was the chef and owner of Antica Trattoria Botteganova in Siena, Italy until he sold it in 2009. Chef Michele received his Michelin star in 1999 and maintained it throughout the lifetime of his restaurant. Christopher Tung worked for seven years in New York in corporate law and investment banking before deciding to give it all up and move to Siena, Tuscany, to indulge his passion for food and wine.

A one-of-a-kind Italian prosperity salad from La Barca

Delight and impress your friends and a colleagues this Chinese New Year with a one-of-a-kind Italian prosperity salad.

Packed with artichokes, zucchini, crispy-fried potato strips and other vegetables, the prosperity salad is accompanied by raw tuna and sea bass marinated in basil pesto. Available at La Barca during January and February, the prosperity salad is served with a lemon cream and blasamic onion sauce.

Orders must be placed in advance. At just $88 per table, La Barca is the perfect place to help you celebrate Chinese New Year.

About La Barca

La Barca is situated on an unusually shaped site, one that is in the shape of a boat, on what was formerly a school campus. The campus is now Goodman Arts Centre, and a Swede has transformed what was the schools’ former canteen cum hawker centre into a stunning restaurant, reminiscent of Singapore’s colonial era. So called La Barca to echo the site’s shape, the restaurant is helmed by Chef Michele Sorrentino, one of Italy’s top 10 chefs, and whose restaurant in Siena, Tuscany, retained a Michelin star for 10 years from 1999. (http://www.labarca-sg.com)

La Barca Celebrates New Year’s Eve With One Of Italy’s Top Ten Chefs

16 Dec 2011 – One of Italy’s top ten Chef’s, Michele Sorrentino , has prepared a stunning New Year’s tasting menu to be experienced right here in Singapore at La Barca Ristorante and Wine Bar. The ten course menu features mouth watering dishes typical of Siena and the Tuscany region in Italy. Those inclined to do so may also enjoy wine pairing with the meal, which will be spread over the course of the evening, leading up to a champagne celebration at on the turn of the New Year.

The menu commences with an Aperitif with Sparkling Italian Wine, made of Lentils and Italian New Year’s Eve Sausage. The next course has mouth watering Grilled Scallops on a bed of Braised Endives with Balsamic Vinegar.

That course is followed by Veal Roast Beef on Mesclun Salad, served with Parmesan Cream, and later a serving of Chickpea Cream with Steamed Prawns and Extra Virgin Olive Oil. To stimulate your senses, a scintillating Ravioli dish with Egg Yolk, Ricotta and Spinach, will be served with Butter and White Truffle.

To cleanse the palate, a Saffron Risotto and Pigeon Paté will be served before the Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Porcini Mushroom and Wild Fennel Seeds.

The dessert features a delicious gelato of Nougat Ice Cream accompanied by a light and luscious Sponge Cake with Chocolate Cream. Coffee rounds off the end of the meal, along with with light and delicate Pastries.

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MENU

Aperitivo con spumante italiano, lentiche e cotechino
Aperitif with Sparkling Italian Wine, Lentils and Italian New Year’s Eve Sausage
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Le cappesante arrostite su indivia brasata e aceto balsamico
Grilled Scallops on Braised Endives with Balsamic Vinegar
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il roast beef di vitellina su insalatine novelle e crema di parmigiano
Veal Roast Beef on Mesclun Salad, served with Parmesan Cream
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La passata di ceci con scampi a vapore e olio extra vergine
Chickpea Cream with Steamed Prawns and Extra Virgin Olive Oil
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Uovo in raviolo con ricotta, spinaci e burro al tartufo bianco
Ravioli with Egg Yolk, Ricotta and Spinach, served with Butter and White Truffle
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Il risotto allo zafferano e paté di piccione
Saffron Risotto and Pigeon Paté
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il filetto di manzo alla griglia con cappella di fungo porcino al finocchio selvatico
Grilled Beef Tenderloin with Porcini Mushroom and Wild Fennel Seeds
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Il Gelato al Torrone
Nougat Ice Cream
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lo zuccotto alla senese
Sponge Cake with Chocolate Cream
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La piccola pasticceria e caffe
Pastries and Coffee

$288++
(wine pairing additional $100++)

ABOUT LA BARCA
La Barca is a restaurant and wine bar at The Goodman Arts Centre off Fort Road in Singapore, which features a seasonal menu that showcases food typically found in Tuscany. It is owned and operated by Chef Michele Sorrentino and General Manager Christopher Tung. As the chef and owner of Antica Trattoria Botteganova in Siena, Italy, Chef Sorrentino received his Michelin star in 1999 and maintained it throughout the lifetime of his restaurant. The menu at La Barca embraces Chef Sorrentino’s skills and brings the delicacies and flavours of Tuscany to Singapore. 

La Barca benefits from the enterprise and skill of Christopher Tung, who spent several years on Wall Street in New York before deciding move to Siena, Tuscany, to indulge his passion for food and wine. He became Chef Sorrentino’s apprentice and acquired a derelict medieval parsonage in the Tuscan countryside, which he turned into the successful B&B and cooking school, called Ankhura. He has lived in Singapore since July 2008, along with his wife and three children. Chris teaches Italian cooking locally and organizes gourmet tours to Tuscany.

La Barca

Goodman Arts Centre 
90 Goodman Road Block C, East Coast
Singapore 439053
(near Katong Swimming Complex)

http://www.labarca-sg.com/location.php

Telephone: 6346 5813
Fax: 6346 5813

Open:
Tues – Fri: Open from 9am
Sat & Sun: Open from 12 noon
Kitchen closes at 10pm

Closed on Monday

Experience La Barca and make a review

To dine at La Barca with the purpose of reviewing the restaurant for your publication, please contact Illka Gobius or call 9769 8370.

Location
Goodman Arts Centre, 90 Goodman Road Blk C, Singapore, Singapore

Hours
Mon – Fri: 9:00 am – 10:00 pm
Sat – Sun: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm

Parking
Parking Lot

Public Transit
Mountbatten MRT

Tel: 6346 5813

La Barca Website

 

Media Invitation to experience La Barca

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Michele Sorrentino, Chef and Owner of one of Italy’s Top Ten Restaurants Antica Trattoria Botteganova has moved to Singapore to open La Barca.

La Barca is owned and operated by chef Michele Sorrentino and Christopher Tung. Christopher left a corporate career in New York in 2001 to pursue his passion for food and wine. He moved to Siena, Italy and soon began an apprenticeship in chef Michele’s Michelin-star restaurant Antica Trattoria Botteganova. The two have remained good friends ever since.

Michele and Christopher

About the Chef, Michele Sorrentino

Michele Sorrentino, 49, was the chef and owner of Antica Trattoria Botteganova in Siena, Italy until he sold it in 2009. Chef Michele received his Michelin star in 1999 and maintained it throughout the lifetime of his restaurant. Over the years he has received innumerous awards and favorable reviews in the international press and has regularly appeared on Italian TV. Antica Trattoria Botteganova was on Frommer’s guide’s “Top Ten Restaurants of Italy” form 2000 to 2008.

Michele graduated from hotel school in 1979 and has worked as a professional chef ever since. Originally from Calabria, he first came to Tuscany in 1985 as chef-de-cuisine of the newly established Relais & Châteaux Borgo San Felice in Chianti. In 1992 he opened Antica Trattoria Botteganova.

Having been at the top of his game in Italy for over 25 years, Michele is looking forward to opening a new chapter in his life and the challenge of establishing himself as a renowned chef in Singapore. Michele has moved permanently to Singapore.

About the Restaurant

La Barca is situated in a stand-alone building within Goodman Arts Centre (formerly La Salle School of the Arts). Christopher came across the building late 2010 and was immediately attracted to the unique architecture of the building and the serene surroundings, and saw the potential for creating a one-of-a-kind restaurant.

The design of the restaurant is elegant and understated featuring original art works by Malaysian artist Yeoh Jin Leng and Filipino artist Alfredo Aquilizan (whose painting “Passage” hung at the Tate Liverpool before arriving at La Barca). Reminiscent of a chic restaurant in Milan or Turin, the tables and sofas are original designs for La Barca and the chairs are by the legendary Viennese furniture maker Michael Thonet.

Food

Chef Michele Sorrentino earned his Michelin star by drawing inspiration from the rustic simplicity of Tuscan culinary tradition and re-inventing it for the modern palate with technical finesse and stunning visual presentation. All of Michele’s dishes are original creations deeply rooted in Italian culinary tradition. Michele will continue his innovation here in Singapore using only the finest produce, meats and fish and drawing on his extensive network of friends in Tuscany that produce rarefied delicacies such as prosciutto, cheese, olive oil, truffles and wine.

Wine

The restaurant’s wine list displays the depth, variety and knowledge associated with a Michelin-starred restaurant, emphasizing Italian and particularly Tuscan wines. Initially, the restaurant will rely largely on local wine merchants for stock, but will immediately begin its own import of wine with the goal of gradually and thoughtfully growing a collection.

The Name

La Barca means the boat in Italian and was conceived by Michele as the shape of the building (as seen on a drawing) reminded him of a boat and the irregularly shaped roofs covering the outdoor area resemble sails.
Opening Hours

The restaurant is open for lunch and dinner 6 days a week (closed on Monday). The coffee bar and lounge is open from 11 am to 10 pm Sunday through Thursday, and 11 am to 1 am Friday and Saturday.

About Christopher Tung

Christopher Tung, 40, was born in Sweden to a Swedish mother and a Chinese/Japanese father. He was educated in the US (Phillips Academy Andover 1990, Dartmouth College 1994) and worked for seven years on Wall Street in New York. In 2001, he moved to Siena, Tuscany, to indulge his passion for food and wine and soon began an apprenticeship in the kitchen of chef Michele Sorrentino. During that time, he also acquired a derelict medieval parsonage in the Tuscan countryside, which he turned into the successful b&b and cooking school Ankhura.

He moved to Singapore in July 2008 with his wife and three children, and has been teaching cooking classes in Italian cuisine and organizing gourmet tours to Tuscany.

Goodman Arts Centre

The main tenant of the Goodman Arts Centre is the National Arts Council, which moved its headquarters there at the beginning of 2011. The other spaces are occupied by businesses related to the arts such as dance and theatre companies. The centre also features gallery and performance spaces that are The restaurant looks forward to playing an active role in the centre’s arts eco-system, and hopes to collaborate on cultural events and work together to promote Goodman as a destination for creativity.

Reviews for the restaurant

by Geoffrey Eu

Review: “The culinary sophistication at La Barca is a pleasant change from the more rustic offerings found in the suburbs, and the food here wouldn’t be out of place in some swanky location in say, the CBD or Orchard Road. In a quiet corner of Katong, surrounded by the art galleries and dance studios at GAC and the residential buildings beyond its gates, La Barca has embarked on a bold journey to become a destination restaurant with a difference. With quality food, friendly prices and efficient service – and an environment to match – it deserves to succeed.”

Review: “Along the road that leads to Chianti is arguably the best restaurant in Siena. Chef Michele Sorrentino’s cooking is all about clean flavors, balanced combinations, and inviting presentation. Look for inspiring dishes such as spaghetti alla chitarra in salsa di astice piccante (with a spicy lobster sauce), or ravioli di ricotta con ragù d’agnello (with sheep’s-milk cheese and lamb sauce). The interior, with high vaulting, is relaxed yet elegant, and the service is first rate.”