After a brief discussion on where to lunch, a colleague shared about how he missed the pasta dishes at Dimbulah, Anson House. So we decided to give it a shot and what happened next is the inspiration for this entry. The lunch I had consisted of only one dish and yet it contained everything I needed for a completely satisfying meal.
From what I understand, not all Dimbulah outlets have the same menu. This outlet appeared to have a complete commercial kitchen, which allowed for an array of freshly prepared meal choices. After listening to my colleague, I decided to stay on the ‘Italian’ side and ordered the Beef Lasagna with Tomato Ragu ($12.90). Another reason for my choice was that it’s been a while since I’ve had excellent lasagna and was hoping to do so that day.
When it arrived, I was slowly taken in by the appearance. At first it looked simple, small and hardly worth the money I paid for it. But as I took in the aroma and looked closer, I could see that the simple outlook was merely the tip of the iceberg. Upon digging into it, I immediately went into a much brighter mood.
First off, the tomato ragu sauce was fresh, clean and so inviting. I could taste freshly pureed tomatoes and herbs coming together to deliver bursts of flavour. Then there was the pasta. Every layer was cooked through, soft and held its form even after I cut into the lasagna. The texture was perfect and not too firm, allowing for minimal effort when chewing. The beef had to be fresh because there wasn’t any of that ‘gamey’ smell, but it didn’t lack flavour either.
What surprised me was this layer of – what I thought was -ricotta or cream cheese at the top of the lasagna. It didn’t have a strong taste and instead, delivered a clean, creamy flavour that cut through the otherwise cheesy dish. So despite being covered with generous amounts of grated parmesan, the dish didn’t become too heavy even until the end.
Also, the size was deceptive because I found myself both full and satisfied after the meal. I pretty much cleaned it up and half-wished that I could pick the plate up and lick it clean. Definitely a comforting and fulfilling experience, which adds tremendous value points. 9.5/10.
Service is pretty much what you expect at a cafe, with a couple of the staff being friendlier than average. Atmosphere is very…professional? I mean you get a lot of the executives having casual meetings over a cup of coffee. So while a lot of people are chatting, it’s not overly noisy.
Should You Try It?
I know it’s not a steak or ‘meaty’ dish, but I personally recommend it for anyone who appreciates fresh, clean food. The beef isn’t the star of the dish but it’s not some overlooked extra either. So give it a shot!
Dimbulah (Anson House)
72 Anson Road,
#01-02A Anson House
Mon – Fri: 7:00 am to 7:00 pm
Tel: +65 6536 2949
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