Friday, October 24, 2014

Pontini @ Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel

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It is all about Italian with the first ever Italian Buffet at Pontini, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel. Starting from 04 October 2014, Chef Daniele Sarno of Pontini unveils a sparkling new Italian buffet featuring a plethora of antipasti, breads, soup, main courses and desserts from various regions in Italy.

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Pizza 4/5

What is Italian buffet without their staple Pizza and Pasta isn't it? The pizza and pasta are done a la minute. The Pizza comes in three bases, Tre Porcellini, Vegetarian and Margarita with up to 21 different topping choices. My advice is to place your order to the kitchen and help yourself to the spread of antipasti, bread and soup first while waiting for the pizza to be served.

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Pizza 4/5

I do not like my pizza to be crowded with ingredients so I am content to have only two to three toppings. Biting into the thin crust pizza, the first thing that hit my palate is the taste of fresh tomatoes. This itself already won me. Nothing beats the taste of freshness.

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Tagliolini Genovese style basil pesto sauce 4.2/5

Moving on to pasta section, one has a choice of Tagliolini, Penne and Tagliatelle. There are 5 different styles of cooking you can opt for. They are Aglio Olio and sweet chilli, Fresh tomato fondue with basil, Roman style carbonara, Wild mushroom, pancetta, pine nuts and parmesan cheese and Genovese style basil pesto sauce.

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Tagliatelle Wild mushroom, pancetta, pine nuts and parmesan cheese 4.2/5

Like the pizza, the pasta are also cooked a la minute. The pasta were also freshly made from the kitchen and cooked to a nice al dente bite. Once again the essence of simplicity and the used of fresh ingredients of Italian cuisine is clearly demonstrated in the plate.

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Piedomont Style Braised Beef Brisket 4/5

It is a buffet so we can't just stop at pizza and pasta. There are three different mains available on the menu for selection too. It is a buffet so we tried all the three items. We started with the Piedomont Style Braised Beef Brisket on top a bed of potato fondant in herbs gravy. The beef brisket was beautifully cooked under it literally melted in the mouth. It also carried a rich and robust flavour that was cleverly balanced by the potato fondant.

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Chicken thigh Diavola 4.5/5

The Chicken Thigh Diavola with tomato sauce, spicy capsicum and dry oregano was my favourite among the three mains. The tender chicken with the fresh tomato sauce worked marvelously on my palate. I think I will gladly eat anything that is served to me using the fresh tomato sauce.

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Oven Baked Norwegian Salmon Mignon 4/5

From the land we moved to the sea with the Oven Baked Norwegian Salmon Mignon in Pistachio Crust. The pistachio was hardly noticeably but it did give the pinkish salmon an extra layer of texture.

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Of course every buffet comes with a spread of sweetness to end the feast on a sugar rush. Indulge in a selection of desserts after a journey through the different antipasti, breads, soup, pizza, pasta and mains to end the Italian feast on a sweet note.

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Stracciatella & Ricotta Cannoli 4/5

There was even a live station that made my Stracciatell and Ricotta Cannoli

The Italian Buffet is priced at $48++ per person. It is only available on Saturday and public holidays from 12pm to 4pm.


Pontini
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Level 2
392 Havelock Road
Singapore 169663
Tel: +65 62331100
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/GrandCopthorneWaterfrontHotel
Website: http://www.millenniumhotels.com.sg/grandcopthornewaterfront/dining/pontini.html
Nearest MRT: Tiong Bahru (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Italian Buffet: 12pm - 4pm

Direction: 
1) Alight at Tiong Bahru MRT station. Take Exit B. Walk to bus stop at Tiong Bahru Plaza (Stop ID 10169). Take bus number 123. Alight 4 stops later. Walk to junction of Havelock Road and Kim Seng Road. Cross the junction and turn left. Walk to destination. Journey about 15 minutes. [Map]

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Shima @ Goodwood Park Hotel

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I felt a bit embarrass when I realized that Shima is actually located at Goodwood Park Hotel. Having been to Goodwood Park Hotel on several occasions, I have not noticed the existence of the restaurant until my recent visit. Shima is established since 1980. It has re-opened recently after a month long renovation with a refreshed new look.

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4 Kinds of Sashimi Moriwase 4.8/5

While waiting for our Sukiyaki dinner, we started with some sashimi and sushi. The 4 Kinds of Sashimi Moriwase ($45) comes with an assortment of raw fish. The platter of tuna, sea bream, yellow tail and salmon belly which were beautifully sliced that literally melted in the mouth with its buttery sweetness.

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10 Kinds of Sushi Moriawase 4.5/5

Moving on we had 10 Kinds of Sushi Moriawase ($75), the exquisite platter of sushi with its fragrant rice were well balanced in terms of portion and flavour.

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Although Shima is know for its Teppanyaki, Shima is also well loved for its Sukiyaki with a choice of US Ribeye ($80), Australian Wagyu ($110) and Japanese Wagyu ($170) that comes with appetisers, mixed vegetables, steamed rice/zosui rice soup and seasonal fruits.

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Sukiyaki 4.2/5

Having tried several sukiyaki elsewhere, this is the first time that I have a waiting staff cooking our sukiyaki for us. Usually we will get a pot of soup and throw all the ingredients inside. At Shima, the waiting staff will actually cook the vegetables first to get the flavours out before the delicious broth is poured into the pot.

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US Ribeye

For our sukiyaki, we had the US Ribeye. Additional servicing of the beef comes at an additional cost, US Ribeye ($60), Australian Wagyu ($90) and Japanese Wagyu ($150).

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After trying out the sukiyaki at Shima, it definitely set a high standard in my future experience. The excellent soup plus the premium ingredients together with the attentive service, I can sit back, relax and enjoy my meal to the fullest.


Shima
Goodwood Park Hotel
22 Scott Road
Level 1
Singapore 228221
Tel: +65 67346281
Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/ShimaRestaurantSingapore
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 3pm, 6pm - 10pm

Direction: 
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk down Scotts Road to destination. Journey time about 12 minutes. [Map]

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