Showing posts with label Gnocchi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Gnocchi. Show all posts

Saturday, April 16, 2022

Waterfall Ristorante Italiano @ Shangri-La Singapore - New Chef De Cuisine Featuring Pugliese Classics, Signature Handmade Pasta And Pizza


Waterfall Ristorante Italiano at Shangri-La Singapore welcomes new Chef De Cuisine, Simone Loisi. Chef Simone Loisi is formerly from iO Italian Osteria, a popular Italian restaurant in HillV2. With Chef Simone Loisi at the helm, customers can look forward to a new and refreshed menu.

Caprese Di Mare 4/5

We started our dinner with the Caprese Di Mare. What you get is a beautiful plate of marinated salmon and buffalo cheese atop a bed of fennel salad. It is a light yet appetising starter to kickstart the meal.

Porchetta Alla Birra 4.2/5

A worthy dish to order is the Porchetta Alla Birra. It is Chef Simone's rendition of the sumptuous beer-marinated pork belly that is both crispy and juicy. It is best to enjoy with the honey mustard adding a touch of tangy sweetness, while the tangy homemade sauerkraut helps to temper the meat's richness.

Pizza Mortadella Stracciatella 4/5

Italian cuisine is known for its pizza and pasta; hence, we need to try them. From the pizza selections, we had the Pizza Mortadella Stracciatella. The thin crust pizza comes with delightful toppings of stracciatella cheese, mortadella, grounded pistachio and sundried tomato.

Gnocchi Mare E Monti 4.2/5

We tried a couple of pasta dishes from the menu, starting with the Gnocchi Mare E Monti. The soft and fluffy handmade potato gnocchi is tossed in an umami prawn bisque sauce.

Orecchiette Broccoli E Salsiccia 4.2/5

The Orecchiette Broccoli E Salsicca is a pasta dish from Chef Simone's hometown of Puglia. The comforting pasta features a trinity of broccoli, Italian pork sausage meat and handmade Orecchiette pasta. The ear-shaped pasta is ideal for holding the creamy sauce, accentuated by shaved Pecorino, chilli, toasted fennel seed and breadcrumbs.

Linguine Al Crostacei in Crostia Di Pane 4.5/5

My favourite pasta dish is the Linguine Al Crostacei in Crostia Di Pane. It arrived covered in a thin layer of bread dough. Cutting open the bread dough reveals a hearty pot of luscious linguine brimming with a medley of crustaceans. The highlight is the delicious housemade tomato sauce. I recommend wiping up the leftover pasta sauce with the bread dough from the plate.

Polpo Alla Plancia 4/5

It is not just about pizza and pasta at Waterfall Ristorante Italiano. There is a selection of mains too. One of them is Polpo Alla Plancia, Mediterranean octopus leg with potato cream and mixed salad. The octopus leg was huge. The kitchen got the cooking spot on for a delightful, firm and bouncy texture.

Tiramisu Classico 4.2/5

The Tiramisu Classico is a light and sweet ending to a beautiful meal at Waterfall.

Cannolo Siciliano Fatto in Casa 4.2/5

If you still have space, I recommend going for the Cannolo Siciliano Fatto in Casa. The homemade cannoli stuffed with sweetened ricotta cheese with a hint of orange zest come with bitter chocolate chips and nutty pistachio on each side. It is one dessert, two ways of enjoyment.


Note: This is an invited tasting.

Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore
22 Orange Grove Road
Level One, Garden Wing
Singapore 258350
Tel: +65 62134398
Nearest MRT: Orchard (NS Line, TE Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 10pm

1) Alight at Orchard MRT station. Take Exit 4. 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]

Monday, April 5, 2021

Tablescape Restaurant & Bar @ Coleman Street - New Glamping Picnic Experience By Tablescape


Tablescape on Coleman Street is a modern European restaurant and bar housed within Grand Park City Hall. It has recently launched a new menu, showcasing dishes crafted with new techniques, ingredients and inspirations.

Botanic Garden 4.5/5

By inspirations, I refer to dishes such as this Botanic Garden. Bringing our UNESCO World Heritage Site to the table is not an easy task. Still, I thought this starter was well executed with its 3-D approach plating and the choice of colours and ingredients. Planted onto the charcoal-grilled aubergine was a variety of fruits and vegetables such as beets, broccoli, strawberry, plus a couple of chips for a crunch. To enhance the smoky nuance lent by the aubergine, sip on the small goblet of Lapsang Souchong tea in between bites of the dish. In addition, there is a housemade Secret Dressing (a blend of olive oil, pommery mustard, raspberry vinaigrette and white onion) for you to drizzle onto the salad at any point of time when you feel there's a need for acidity and sharpness to balance the sweetness of the salad. Eating this dish is a journey itself!

Zucchini 4.5/5

Talking about a new ingredient, I was in love with this Zucchini starter. Rested on the plate was a whole zucchini flower, a delicate ingredient so rarely seen elsewhere, was stuffed with ricotta and steamed. As for the Zucchini itself, it was simmered with basil, then blended with olive oil to create a creamy liquid texture. Even without cream or cheese, its flavours were reminiscent of a hearty broccoli cheddar soup.

Gnocchi 4/5

Next up was housemade Gnocchi. Simply cubes of broccoli, mussels and gnocchi, it tasted far more intense than its earth-toned self, thanks to the wasabi foam atop made with umami-packed ingredients - wasabi, anchovies and fish stock. I would have liked it even more if the gnocchi had been more cheesy.

Beef 3.5/5

The Beef was our main using Australian wagyu with a marbling score 5 or 6. It was grilled with just salt to showcase the quality of the prized meat.

Champagne 3.8/5

For Desserts, we had Champagne and Chocolate ($14 each). While the Champagne was relatively luxurious with Orange Peel Champagne jelly and looked pretty with berries and dollops of Mascarpone Cheese, it was the good old Chocolate dessert that won with its bittersweet and rich layers of cake and cream. And also, not to forget the unique housemade cardamom sauce made by infusing the aromatic Indian spice in crème anglaise, which is also one of the Chef's inspirations at work.

Chocolate 4/5

There are three degustation options at dinner: the 4-course Tasting menu, the 6-course Experience menu, and the 8-course Signature menu. And what's more, until 30 June 2021, you can amp up your dining experience in Tablescape's latest Glamping Picnic experience.


You will be welcomed by a guide at the concierge desk on the ground floor and ushered to the tent set up on the rooftop terrace of Grand Park City Hall. Only 2 tents occupy the entire rooftop for maximum privacy. Fitted with rugs, cushions, a low dining table, and even a speaker, you can link up to amplify the cosy ambience.

Picnic Spread

Foie Gras

The Glamping Picnic experience offers also offers a picnic menu – an indulgent spread of small but satiable delights such as Cheese Platter, Lobster Salad on blinis or Foie Gras, which is one of my favourites, featuring a slab of buttery duck liver on housemade brioche, topped with a tangy-sweet William pear compote, pistachio and balsamic vinaigrette.

Tablescape-Style Mini Beef Burgers

You will enjoy the little towering Tablescape-Style Mini Beef Burgers, wherein between the housemade burger buns lies a piece of well-seasoned juicy wagyu beef patty, paired with mushroom, bacon, onions, cheese, truffle mayonnaise, and a tiny quail's egg cooked sunny side up.


To sip the evening away, you can opt for free-flow soft drinks; or with 2 cans of Tiger beer or 2 glasses of house pour red or white, or prosecco. If you want more, there is Tablescape's own beverage list to choose from as well.

Glamping Picnic experience
- Minimum Spending Requirements: $88++ per person and a total of $350++ overall *surcharges may apply on certain weekends Seatings: 530pm to 730pm - 8pm to 10pm
- Reservation Link:
- This promotion is available until 30 June 2021
- One day’s advance reservation is required.

Photos and words 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.

Tablescape Restaurant & Bar
Grand Park City Hall
Level 3
10 Coleman Street
Singapore 179809
Tel: +65 64325618
Nearest MRT: City Hall (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Daily: 12pm - 230pm, 6pm - 1030pm
Afternoon Tea: 230pm - 5pm

1) Alight at City Hall MRT station. Take Exit D. Turn left and walk to junction of Coleman Street and North Bridge Road. Cross the road and walk to Peninsula Plaza. Continue down Coleman Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, October 24, 2020

Solo Ristorante @ Amoy Street - Compact In Size But Big On Flavours


Somewhat under the radar is Italian restaurant, Solo Ristorante at Amoy Street. Chef/Partner Simone Fraternali recently took over the reins in March 2020. With him on the helm, he has refreshed the menu, introducing his dishes inspired by the northern region of Italy.

Branzino 3.5/5

We started our dinner with some antipasti. First up is Branzino ($20), thinly sliced seabass with light lemon emulsion, chopped shallots, pimento and chives. I applauded that the chef brought something I don't usually get in an Italian restaurant in Singapore to the table. However, I felt that a little more zest to the flavour will perk up the whole enjoyment.

Wagyu Carpaccio 4.5/5

Beef carpaccio is quite commonly served in my many restaurants, but you need to try the Wagyu Carpaccio ($30) at Solo. The addition of Parmigiano Reggiano shaving and pickled artichoke with a few dashes of Aceto Balsamico di Modena IGT, brightens up the flavour profile. It really excites my taste buds, sending them into a dance of joy.

Melanzana alla Parmigiana 4.2/5

A very hearty and comforting dish on the menu is the Melanzana alla Parmigiana ($18). The baked eggplant is served in a parcel of layered deep-fried eggplant with mozzarella and parmigiana nestled in light-as-air tomato sauce.

Pappardelle 4/5

Equally hearty is the Pappardelle ($30) with slow-braised pork ragout, herbs and Marsala wine. It is a white ragu made without tomatoes and fortified wine for a rounded finish. The simplicity also allows the appreciation of the homemade pasta even more.

Gnocchi 4.2/5

The Gnocchi ($30) comes with Angus Beef Ragout "alla Bolognese" with rosemary and red wine. I always thought gnocchi needs to have a bit to it, but I was surprised that the version here is pillowy soft. The chef shared that the trick to good and soft gnocchi is to use as little flour as possible to achieve the melt in the mouth texture.

Tagliolini 3/5

A luxe pasta dish in the menu is the Tagliolini ($45), lightly tossed with smoky uni sauce, tarragon and lemon zest, crowned with sea urchin brought in fro Japan. While I enjoyed the texture of the fresh handmade pasta, the uni sauce was lacklustre. I have tasted much better one elsewhere.

Polipo 3/5

The Polipo ($38) is an elegant plate of octopus that is braised in its own natural liquid and then grilled to a nice char on the exterior. Personally, I prefer the octopus to have a firmer texture. Accompanying the dish is tomatoes and creamy orange zest-tinged mash.

Faraona 4/5

For meat, we have the Faraona ($36). The guinea fowl is cooked in two ways. We have the sous vide breast and extra virgin olive oil confit leg to bring out the best of each cut. The beautiful poultry is rounded off by its natural jus, paired with caramelised banana shallots.

Torta Al Limone 4/5

I do recommend saving some space for desserts, they are as good as their savoury too. The Torta Al Limone ($14), Amalfi lemon and white chocolate curd tart topped with strawberries, and basil sorbet. It is a dessert with contrasting flavour profiles but yet well balanced and satisfying.

Tortino Al Cioccolato 4/5

Last but at least the Tortino Al Cioccolato ($15), a coconut and dark chocolate 70% lava and toffee with a scoop of yuzu and orange sorbet. I enjoyed the molten interior with a crusty exterior which is very addictive. I could not resist going back for me.

Set lunch is available at $26 for two courses, $32 for three courses, while Solo's Classics Set Dinner is $88 for four courses, and Solo's Gourmet Set Dinner is $128 for five courses. There is even a Saturday Brunch at $78 whereby customers can top up $38 for free flow of Prosecco, house wine and soft drinks or $78 for free flow of Champagne, house wine and soft drinks.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Solo Ristorante
45 Amoy Street
Singapore 069871
Tel: +65 62600762
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line), Telok Ayer (DT Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Sat: 12pm - 230pm, 630pm - 10pm
Sun: 630pm - 10pm
(Closed on Mon & Sun lunch)

1) Alight at Telok Ayer MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Amoy Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 5 minutes. [Map]

2) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit G. Walk down Telok Ayer Street. Turn left onto Amoy Street. Walk to destination. Journey time about 8 minutes. [Map]

Saturday, November 23, 2019

Morton's The Steakhouse @ Mandarin Oriental Singapore - Raises Decadent Autumn Flavours To The Next Level


This Autumn season, Morton's The Steakhouse launches a new seasonal menu of hearty autumn dishes. Diners will be pleasantly surprised by the two new premium cuts of Wagyu beef accompanied by decadent sides.

Burrata, Brussels Sprouts & Roasted Butternut Squash Salad 4/5

We start off the meal with their Burrata, Brussels Sprouts & Roasted Butternut Squash Salad ($28++). The healthy plate features a rich and creamy burrata cheese, which balances the earthy charred Brussel sprouts and roasted butternut squash well. Complete with housemade basil pesto, crispy prosciutto and toasted pine nuts to add a crunch to the dish.

Black Truffle & Porcini-Crusted Center-Cut Wagyu Filet 4/5

The Black Truffle & Porcini-Crusted Center-Cut Wagyu Filet ($118++) is impossibly tender and lean, dusted with porcini mushroom seasoning and black truffle zest, before being broiled and topped balsamic and roasted shallot butter for an explosion of flavours.

“Gold Label” Wagyu New York Medallion 4.2/5

The highlight is undoubtedly the “Gold Label” Wagyu New York Medallion ($138++) with its magnificent 10oz cut simply broiled and finished with Morton’s signature au jus. The indulgent steak features superior marbling, flavour and texture.

Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream 3.8/5

For something more substantial, go for the Gnocchi with Gorgonzola Cream ($18++), which serves as the perfect side dish to the succulent steaks. The rich flavours, creamy texture, and just the right hint of lemon zest make this the ultimate comfort dish.


Photos and words by Crystal. A girl who likes to eat, photograph, and write about food, and dreams about travelling around the world one day. Note: This is an invited tasting.

Morton's The Steakhouse
Mandarin Oriental Singapore
Level 4
5 Raffles Avenue
Tel: +65 63393740
Nearest MRT: Promenade (CC Line, DT Line). Esplanade (CC Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Sat: 530pm - 11pm
Sun: 12pm - 9pm

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]

Monday, February 25, 2019

Kilo Kitchen @ Duxton Road - Moved To Its New Location After 8 Years At Kallang


Kilo Kitchen which has been at Kampong Bugis Road for the last 8 years has relocated to its new home at Duxton Road. Retaining the same laidback vibe of its original Kilo Kitchen in Kallang, the new place stops an open-format natural kitchen and a Turkish marble and brass bar with a raw, minimalist decor, greenery and floor-to-ceiling windows.

Kilo's Seafood Ceviche 4/5

The Kilo's Seafood Ceviche ($23) hits the spot with its citrusy and spiciness amid the fresh seafood. Besides the usually tuna and snapper, I enjoyed the addition of the fresh octopus and crispy wanton skin for the extra textural bite.

Beef Tongue Taco 3/5

The Beef Tongue Taco (2 for $18 / 4 for $35) comes with tender black pepper flavoured beef tongue paired with miso, apple and jalapeno-garlic tallow wrapped in tortilla shell. The flavours are beautiful but I felt somehow not satisfy with the thin slices of beef tongue, it is not substantial enough.

Atas Lentils 3.8/5

I like the idea of the egg yolk, giving the Atas Lentils ($26) a coat of creaminess. The smokiness of the bacon gives it a nice contrast but I am not sure about the necessity of the truffle. If it comes with some some pita bread to mop up the lentils, that would be perfect. It felt a bit weird having it alone without any bread.

Squid Ink Rice 3.5/5

The Squid Ink Rice ($29) serves in claypot is defintiely eye catching but its only for plating purposes only. It was missing that smokey flavour and burnt rice grains, one would expect in claypot rice. The finishing was also on the salty side too. Apart from that, I enjoy the crispy baby squid that comes with the claypot rice.

Ricotta Gnocchi 2.5/5

I was really disappointed with the Ricotta Gnocchi ($26). The gnocchi was too doughy and bland. Even the delicious mushroom and miso butter sauce did not manage to lift the taste profile.

Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout 3.5/5

Simply cooked to showcase the flavour the ingredient is the Grilled Whole Rainbow Trout ($46). Grilled to an exterior char, the fish remained moist inside. This is paired with confit tomatoes, basil and olive oil to complement the subtle flavour of the trout.

Chocolate Terrine 4.2/5

Surprisingly my dinner ended on a high with the Chocolate Terrine ($14). The richness of the chocolate terrine, tuile and smoked salted caramel works harmoniously striking the perfect note to wrap up the dinner.


I was not impressed with the food at Kilo Kitchen. Maybe its raving reviews when it was at Kallang has set my expectation high. To be frank, checking with my dining group that has visited Kilo at Kallang, they also find the food was subpar. Not sure whether it is due to the change of chef but I hope they can pull up their socks and reach the same standard and quality they are known to be.

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Kilo Kitchen
97 Duxton Road
Singapore 089541
Tel: +65 64673987
Nearest MRT: Tanjong Pagar (EW Line)

Opening Hours:
Tue-Fri: 530pm - 12midnight
Sat: 6pm - 12midnight
(Closed on Sun-Mon)

1) Alight at Tanjong Pagar MRT station. Take Exit A. Walk to Orchid Hotel. At Orchid Hotel turn right onto Tanjong Pagar Road. Cross the road to the opposite side of Tanjong Pagar Road. Walk along Tanjong Pagar Road to Duxton Hill. Turn left onto Duxton Hill and then turn right on Duxton Road. Journey time about 15 mins. [Map]

Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Zafferano @ Ocean Financial Centre - Is Bringing Back Monthly Champagne Brunch, "The Italian Table"


It is great to know Zafferano at Ocean Financial Centre is bringing back their monthly Champagne Brunch, "The Italian Table" which will take place on every last Saturday of the month. Diners will get to enjoy an array of enticing appetisers, selection of pasta and risotto, mains and dessert, accompanied by unlimited flow of champagne and spumante.

Live Seasonal Oyster 4.5/5

We started with some Live Seasonal Oyster which is creamy and juicy. Do note that the oysters are not free flow and they are only 2 for each pax.

Italian Burrata and Tomatoes 4.2/5

The soft and creamy Burrata is imported from from Italy, serves together with sweet Italian tomatoes, drizzled with fragrant olive oil.

Marinated Salmon, Avruga Caviar 4.2/5

Selection of Cold Cuts 4.5/5

For those that love sashimi, you will be delighted with the marinated Salmon with avruga caviar that is fresh and thickly sliced. Not to forget the selection of Cold Cuts that is perfect to go with a few glasses of champagne.

Tomato and Bread Tuscan Thick Soup, Parmesan Crumble 4/5

The Tomato and Bread Tuscan Thick Soup has a texture like a mash, elevated with the topping of parmesan crumble.

Gratinated Hokkaido Scallop 4.2/5, Polenta Maize Flour Cake and Cream Codfish 4.2/5

For some delectable bite size appetisers, there are the Gratinated Hokkaido Scallop and Polenta Maize Flour Cake with Cream Codfish. I prefer the plump scallop covered with layers of texture from the bread, parsley, pine nuts and raisin toppings.

Stewed Mussels in Pepper Broth with Rosemary Croutons 4.2/5

Great for soaking the bread with the delicious broth is the Stewed Mussels in Pepper Broth with Rosemary Croutons. Thought the mussel is smaller in size but they are really sweet.

Superfine Risotto Acquerello 4.2/5

Moving to the pasta and risotto, we had risotto, gnocchi and agnolotti. First is the Superfine 'Risotto Acquerello' that has been cooked to an enjoyable al dente bite. Four different cheeses are added, coating the rice grains, giving it the depth and robustness. Shaved summer truffle is added, lifting and rounding the whole enjoyment.

Baked potato Gnocchi Sorrentina Style 4.5/5

Having been to Zafferano, I know how good is their gnocchi. The Baked Potato Gnochhi Sorrentina Style did not disappoint with its soft and pillow texture. Gnocchi itself is bland but this is so tasty with the tomato sauce and mozzarella cheese.

House-made Veal Agnolotti 4.2/5

Looks like golden ingots are the House-made Veal Agnolotti with spinach and hazelnuts. The little parcels are stuffed with flavoursome veal stuffing with the hazelnuts giving them a nutty finishing.

Duck Breast with Onion Compote 3/5

Seabass Mediterranean Style 4.5/5

For the mains, there are the Duck Breast with Onion Compote and Seabass Mediterranean Style. I find the duck breast a bit tough and I have a hard time slicing it up. For the seabass, it is cooked in a delicious sauce mixture of olives, tomato, fresh thyme rosemary potatoes and sauteed vegetables. The fish is also moist and tender.

Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Cone 4.2/5

Don't forget to save some space for the dessert bar. If you have a sweet tooth, you will be in for a sweet selection of desserts such as Chocolate Mousse with Vanilla Cone, Meringue with Ricotta Cream and Mixed Berries, Chocolate Brownies with Pistachio Mousse, Minty Lemon Tart and Almond Cake Mascarpone Cream.

Meringue with Ricotta Cream and Mixed Berries 4/5

Chocolate Brownies with Pistachio Mousse 4/5

Minty Lemon Tart 4.2/5

Almond Cake Mascarpone Cream 4.2/5

- $98++ with free flow of spumante and soft drinks
- $128++ with free flow of Champagne, spumante and soft drinks

Note: This is an invited tasting.

Ocean Financial Centre
Level 43
10 Collyer Quay
Singapore 049315
Tel: +65 65091488
Nearest MRT: Raffles Place (EW Line, NS Line)

Opening Hours:
Mon-Fri: 1130am - 3pm
Sat: 12pm - 3pm (last Sat of the month)
Mon-Fri: 530pm till late
Sat: 630pm till late
(Closed on Sun)

1) Alight at Raffles Place. Take Exit C. Walk to Ocean Financial Centre which is on the left. Journey time about 3 minutes. [Map]