Pizza at The Pulse: What was The Pulse missing from its rapidly expanding dining repertoire? There's high end seafood, Balinese, a few cool cafes and takeaways, ice cream, robatayaki, and beachside barbecue, but no pizza! Consider that little problem solved with the new Italian haven from the boys behind Central hotspot Rummin' Tings, the Roopchand and Chellaram brothers, comes the latest resident on the seaside, Amalfitana.
The Place: Bringing a taste of the Amalfi Coast to the hungry masses at Repulse Bay right down to the Italian chef Michel Degli Agosti and the beautiful pizza oven brought over to cook the crust to just the right crisp. Using a 36 hour slow-rise dough that is reputedly easier to digest, it also has the benefit of being lighter and crunchier than what's on offer from the usual pizza places in the 852.
The Food: We sampled a cheese platter that featured our favourite sharp pecorino from Sardinia and was accompanied by a "Zibibbo" Sicilian grape syrup that highlighted the pungent flavours of the cheeses. The tricolore ($90) salad that arrived was beautifully plated in a towering flower of buffalo mozzarella and veg, while the kale caesar ($90) was both innovative and surprisingly delicious. Four types of garlic bread (from $30-$50) feature on the menu from pesto and cheese to tomato and classic and the battuta di carne ($120) was a simple, good quality dish.
The pizzas themselves were all teeming with toppings from the parma ham ($190) to the quattro formaggio ($170) that had a smoked cheese that added a husky element to the scamorza and gorgonzola, the fiorentina ($160) with a perfectly cooked yolky egg on top and plenty of spinach and cheese underneath, to the juicy sausages that livened the salsiccia e porcini ($190) . We hear they serve up a mean truffle-topped pizza too for the padded pockets of all those fungi fun guys out there for $488.
We sampled a heavenly spoonful from a giant jar of tiramisu ($80) and had a tiny slice (all we could manage) of the Nutella pizza ($90). Several versions of the classic Italian spritz feature on the menu and add to the beachside allure of a sundowner in a people-watching paradise.
For the Bambinos: A cute ode to the little ones takes the shape of a fish-shaped margarita pizza, adjustable seating for bigger tots, and plans for a large toy chest to keep the little ones entertained, if the seaside and outdoor playground aren't enough.
The Verdict: A house-infused Limoncello ($70) was a satisfyingly sweet and syrupy ending to a perfect afternoon spent enjoying several slices by the sea.
The Pulse, G/F, Shop 105, 28 Beach Road, 2388 7787