Waterfall Cafe at Shangri-La Hotel Singapore first opened in 2012 and I still remembered I attended their first ever cooking class. After more than 2 years, Waterfall Cafe has been given a make over to serve south Italian cuisine with the appointment of Marco De Vincentis as chef de cuisine of Waterfall Ristorante Italiano, responsible of transforming the former waterfall cafe into a Southern Italian trattoria featuring handmade pasta and fresh seafood.
Insalata Di Mare All'Amalfitana 4/5
The dinner at the revamped Waterfall Ristorante Italiano started with the Insalata Di Mare All'Amalfitana ($23), a luxurious seafood salad on a plate. It is a pleasing and light antipasti to kick start the dinner.
Parmigiana Di Melanzane 4/5
Layers of eggplants cooked to perfection is the Parmigiana Di Melanzane ($20) with parmigiano and tomatoes. This goodness simply melted in the mouth complemented with the parmigiano and tomatoes.
Linguine Allo Scoglio 4.5/5
If you are a tomato based lover, then the Linguine Allo Scoglio ($28) is a worthy try. The fresh homemade pasta was cooked to perfection and packed to the brim with fresh prawns, scallop, mussel, clam and cherry tomato. A noticeable different is the tomato sauce base which tasted more refine and lighter allowing the ingredients to shine instead of drowning it with its richness.
Lasagna Croccante Ragu' Bianco E Porcini 4/5
If you prefer cream base pasta, then you should try the unique Lasagna Croccante Ragu' Bianco E Porcini ($24) which chef Marco created the crispy lasagna recipe in memory of his childhood cravings for the crispy edges of his mother's lasagna. It felt like a huge dumpling floating on top a creamy sauce. This is really a very interesting variation of the classic Italian dish and it tasted really good, especially the crispy pasta sheet.
Tagliolini Al Pesto Siciliano 4.2/5
Another twist to the pesto pasta is the Tagliolini Al Pesto Siciliano ($22). It comes with homemade pasta, tomato, ricotta cheese, pine nut, basil and roasted almond. This is yet another pasta dish that impressed me with its combination which is something new to me.
Stufato Di Pesce 4.2/5
Moving on to the main, we tried the Stufato Di Pesce ($68) which is good for 2 pax. The signature seafood stew is cooked in a delectable tomato sauce with sun ripped tomatoes and flavoured with garlic and garden herbs. I could find clams, mussels, prawns, lobsters and red snapper in the red sea. Similar to the Linguine Allo Scoglio, the seafood stew highlights the freshness of the seafood with the tasty yet refined tomato based sauce.
Tagliata Di Manzo Rucola E Grana 4.2/5
If you need your meat there is the Tagliata Di Manzo Rucola E Grana. You have a choice of three different cuts in the Striploin Black Angus 120 days grain fed ($38), Tenderloin Hunter Valley grain fed ($41) or Wagyu Rub Eye 5+ ($56). The meat was cooked beautiful to a nice pink accompanied with fresh greens and shaved cheese.
Zabaione All'Espresso 3/5
Torta Caprese 3.5/5
Dinner comes to an end with a trio of desserts in the Zabaione All'Espresso ($14), Tiramisu and Torta Carprese ($16). Most memorable of the three for me is the torta caprese which is originated from Capri. The flour and gluten free dessert with its rich chocolate flavour did come across a bit weird in texture initially but as I had more of it, I started to appreciate it more.
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Tel: +65 62134138
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line)
630am - 11am (breakfast)
11am - 12pm, 3pm - 6pm (light snack)
12pm - 3pm (lunch)
6pm - 1030pm (dinner)
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit B. Transfer to hotel shuttle bus. Journey time about 15 minutes. (Shuttle bus at 1h interval). [Map]
2) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk towards Wheellock Place via ION. Exit Wheellock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Cross the road at the traffic light junction and turn left towards Royal Thai Embassy. Walk down to the end of Orchard Road. Turn right onto Orange Grove Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 23 minutes. [Map]