The new Italian restaurant, Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza is opened by The Cre8tive Group, the folks behind the successful Supply & Demand restaurant in Orchard Gateway. The decor of the restaurant was elaborate and interesting but gave no hint that it was an Italian restaurant. We stopped by for lunch to see what they had to offer.
A lot of thought must have gone into conceiving the interior of the Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza. From the tables to the menus, each item seems to be customised for this place. There are interesting details to look at from each angle. Like most of the other food outlets at the Galleria wing of the Capitol Piazza, space seems to be at a premium and the tables are placed very close together. Here are pictures of a section of their menu. There is a link to their full menu below.
The items on the menu of Equilibrium were a mix of the familiar (such as the usual pastas and pizza) and less common items (such as the meat skewers and other appetizers). We ordered a mix of both for sharing. As there are many dishes today, we will keep our descriptions brief and to the point.
Good first impression: promptly served bread which was light, toasted and warm.
The Carpaccio di Spigola ($11) – thinly sliced raw barramundi in citrus dressing, was light and refreshing but slightly fishy. Looks good but tasted so-so.
The Grilled Squid with Citrus Air ($15) was very lightly grilled and smothered with a buttery foam. The menu mentions fennel chili but we did not quite taste it. Not bad, but would have preferred a bit more grilling.
Grilled Beef Skewers ($11.50 each). The beef was tender and cooked just right. The generous topping of chopped onions enhanced the dish’s looks and and taste. The menu mentions spicy marinated beef. There was no spicy taste but still good.
We should mention that Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza has quite an interesting wine list that has some bottles that will not break the bank. We tried the $55 Piccini Prosecco. A bit low on bubbles but still, the simple sparkling wine helped liven up the proceedings. We hope the management will introduce corkage-free days to entice us to visit more often.
We ordered the Arancini Porcini $18 as we like the taste and smell of porcini mushrooms. We could hardly detect the presence of these prized mushrooms in the dish but we still liked the risotto balls stuffed with cheese anyway as this was an unusual dish and the taste was good. We will order this again.
The Pasta with Arrabiatia sauce and chorizo did not look very beautiful but tasted good. The ‘bow-tie’ pasta was cooked just right – springy texture. The chorizo added a deep meaty taste to the sauce.
The pizzas here are named after the various stages of a day. We tried the “At Dusk” Pizza ($27). It was a pizza with cheese, Coppa ham, rucola leaves, truffle paste and a runny egg on top. It was a visual feast for the eyes and a burst of flavours on the palate. Very good indeed.
That was the end of our savoury dishes. We had over-ordered and all the above dishes was slightly too much for four people. So we had to confine ourselves to one dessert to round things up.
We decided on the Tiramisu Inverso ($18). Anything that is tiramisu should be good right? Wrong, the “Inverso” meant this was some kind of de-constructed cake. The various components of tiramisu are displayed on the plate for you. It was not a pretty sight and the taste was so-so.
Thankfully the meal did not end on an ‘inverso’ note as Equilibrium serves a wide range of teas. At $9.90 per pot that serves four, it was reasonably priced as well. We opted for a white ginger pear tea. As you can imagine, it was a fruity drink to bring our visit to Equilibrium at Capitol Piazza to a pleasant end.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
Equilibrium Modern Italian Bacano & Ristorante
15 Stamford Road #01-06
Tel : +65 6384 4069
Nearby Stations : City Hall, Bras Basah