When I pass by Cova, it is usually quiet and empty. No doubt COVA attracts the tai tais during tea breaks, but not much diners during meal times.
There are 2 sections to COVA - a cafe section in the middle of the mall, and a tea lounge next to it. The decor is classic Italian decor. As it is quite empty during dinner time, the whole place looks pretty spacious.
We ordered 2 Set Dinner - S$69 per person. On each table were bottles of white wine vinegar and balsamic vinegar, and a bottle of olive oil meant to dip the complimentary bread platter. And of course, all of them are direct from Italy.
Our set dinner started off with our appetizer of Stewed black mussels in white wine and black pepper "Impepata" style served with croutons. Mussels were fresh and the crouton allows the sweet and flavourful white wine stock to be mopped clean.
Another appetizer was this mini serving of Fusilli pasta served with braised duck leg ragour and duo colour of zucchini. The braised duck leg ragour was nicely done, without the over-acidity of tomatoes.
Ice water is available for free here at Cova when you dine in.
Next are the mains: Seared beef tenderloin served with pistachio sauce and paprika scented crispy potatoes. It took a little getting used to the pistachio sauce with the tenderloin. I am not sure why pistachio sauce was used, and I don't think it matches well with the beef.
The Grilled stuffed squid served with sauteed spinach and lemon sauce, on the other hand, is a winner.
Dessert was in the form of a Cova chocolate chestnut cake. We appreciate that the chestnut helps to balance out the thick slab of chocolates in the cake.
Our set dinner ended with Coffee and tea. A good place to chat and have a meal if you are around the area.
COVA Pasticceria (Confetteria Singapore)
290 Orchard Road
Paragon Shopping Centre