Probably the best hidden secret of Regent Singapore is the cheese room at Basilico which houses a huge collection of cheeses. There are more than 40 varieties of cheeses ranging from soft, hard to blue cheeses. For cheese lovers, every Wednesday night at Basilico is Formaggissimo Night, diners can skip the buffet and get to have a standalone access to the cheese room to enjoy the huge varieties of cheeses for only $40. A selection of free flow wine is also available for an additional $38.
I am not a fan of blue cheese as I find the smell too piquant for my liking. The thoughtful team at Basilico has infused them with other ingredients, to develop new taste profiles that are more palatable. A few of these infused in-house cheeses which caught my attention are Gran Gueriero, White Chocolate & Truffle Gorgonzola and Dark Chocolate & Chilli Gorgonzola. The Gran Gueriero is infused with honey and walnut. The sweetness of the honey definitely harmonize the sharpness of the blue cheese.
White Chocolate & Truffle Gorgonzola and Dark Chocolate & Chilli Gorgonzola
A very unique infusion is the White Chocolate & Truffle Gorgonzola and Dark Chocolate & Chilli Gorgonzola. For one that dislikes the piquancy blue cheese, I found myself enjoying them.
Ubriaco al Amarone
Guess I like cheese aged with wine. Another favourite of mine is the Ubriaco al Amarone which is aged with Amarone wine. It as a smooth, rich taste that is nutty with winey in flavour.
Besides the cheeses, there is an array of dried fruit, nuts, jams and compotes, bread sticks, oat crackers and various honeys to complement the appreciation of the cheese selections.
Every alternate month, Basilico will also combine its impressive cheese room with its year-long Italian wine tour. Known as Formaggio E Vino, it presents a wine and cheese journey every alternate month that focuses on Italy's iconic wine regions (Veneto, Sicily, Tuscany and Piedmont).
Note: This is an invited tasting
Regent Hotel Singapore
1 Cuscaden Road
Tel: +65 67253232
Nearest MRT: Orchard MRT (NS Line)
Mon-Sat: 630am - 1030am
Sun: 7am - 1030am
Mon-Sat: 12 - 230pm
Sun: 12 - 3pm
Daily: 630pm - 10pm
1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit E. Walk towards Wheelock Place via ION. Exit Wheelock Place and turn left towards Liat Tower. Continue onwards to Forum Shopping Mall. Walk further down to Orchard Parade Hotel. Turn left onto Tanglin Road. Continue walking down Tanglin Road. Turn left onto Tomlinson Road. Walk to destination. Journey time about 18 minutes. [Map]