Chef de Cuisine Giorgio Maggioni of Dolce Vita at Mandarin Oriental Singapore has recently launched a new Sunday Brunch concept for a leisurely weekend experience.
You will be presented with three options, which you can choose to indulge in their Affettati Buffet that offers a selection of cold cuts and cheeses, an assortment of pickles preserved vegetables, and homemade marmalades. I would recommend you to just go for it, which is what this weekend experience is all about.
Couple that with an add-on three hours free flow Nino Franco Prosecco ($48) to complete the experience.
Seared Hokkaido scallops 4.5/5
Dessert is a must in all options, so it is a choice of one dish or two dishes from Antipasti, Primo and Secondo. Dishes from Antipasti stood out the most. You wouldn't want to miss the plump and meaty Seared Hokkaido Scallops in citrus dressing. Every element that comes with it has a role to elevate the taste and texture of the scallop.
Cured Wagyu Beef Carpaccio 4.5/5
The same goes to the luscious Cured Wagyu Beef Carpaccio. The sweet, buttery cracker balances the richness of the dish, along with the acidity from the pickles.
From Primo and Secondo, we had a Tagliolini, Risotto and a main. The Tagliolini was underwhelming with its rather dense pasta. The morsels of cured pork were yummy but that was pretty much about it.
Personally, I like the Artichoke Risotto, although some found it too plain. I appreciate the subtlety of the artichoke, and if your brunch includes the Affettati Buffet, this dish would complement the entire experience.
Manzo, a Tajima wagyu beef oyster blade slow-roasted, is a crowd pleaser with its fork-tender meat. The red cabbage served along with it was interesting, as its sweetness seems to be able to bring out the flavour of the beef.
Warm Berries Compote 3.5/5
For dessert, I chose the Warm Berries Compote. With all the meats and carbs, this sweet and tangy dessert is the best bet. If you are really stuffed, then perhaps you can go for the sorbet.
All options include a dainty selection of Petit Fours served with a spritz of edible scent exclusive to Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. It comprises mellow notes of cinnamon, star anise and nuts that evoke a trip to a true Italian pastry shop.
Choice of one dish and one dessert $58
Affettati buffet, choice of one dish and one dessert $68
Affettati buffet, choice of two dishes and one dessert $78
Add-on three hours free flow Nino Franco Prosecco $48
Words and photos by Si An. A girl who is allured by travelling, loves the feel of freedom, smell of the rain and the aroma of fine coffee and food. Note: This is an invited tasting.
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
5 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 68853500
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line, DT Line), Esplanade (CC Line)
Weekday Lunch: 12pm - 230pm
Weekend Brunch: 12pm - 3pm
Daily Dinner: 630pm - 1030pm
1) Alight at Promenade MRT station. Take Exit A. Cross the road. Walk to Marina Square. Follow the signage to destination. Journey time about 6 minutes. [Map]
2) Alight at Esplanade MRT station. Take Exit B or D. Walk to Marina Square. Follow the signage to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]