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Italiano Paradiso Buffet @ Marriott Cafe, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel

Located within the majestic premises of Marriot Tang Plaza, lies an international buffet restaurant by the name of Marriot Café. Prior to its renovation years ago, the restaurant now features matt-finish wooden dining tables, sleek pendant lightings and soft carpeted flooring that sums up the whole contemporary design concept. For families or couples that prefer a slightly more laid-back, cozy environment, do opt for the sofa seating which is cleverly hidden behind the salad bar for a more intimate atmosphere.

Apart from the stylish décor, the restaurant also boasts of its open kitchen concept where chefs would cook and serve you piping hot food on the spot at their respective cooking stations. If you are equally as lazy as me, feel free to indulge in their signature dishes, such as the crispy roast pork, braised beef cheek and assorted cold cuts, before heading back to the live cooking stations.

On top of all that, the restaurant has also got your seafood cravings covered with a cold seafood station featuring the freshest and finest seafood from across the world! Not to be missed are the extra plump and juicy oysters that coat your palate with a burst of oceanic sweetness, and the prized Boston lobster with a seductive row of creamy, orange roe lining the tender meat.

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Sashimi lovers can rejoice as they pile their plates up with a seemingly endless flow of tuna and salmon sashimi that gets replenished prior to running out. If you are the kind that requires the extra bit of rice for a more substantial, full-bodied feeling, I would gladly assure you that the colourful California rolls, traditional maki rolls and assorted gunkan maki would have you spoilt for choice!

From 3 March to 30 April 2016, Marriott Café will be having an Italian-themed buffet that features an odyssey of Italian delicacies flawlessly crafted by Italian maestros Chefs Christian Frigo and Daniele Trivero. Get your fork and knife ready and be prepared to be blown away by bold, authentic Italian flavours that the duo has to offer!

The Waterfall @ Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore

Located at the newly renovated Garden Wing of Shangri-La Hotel is The Waterfall- a dining concept which focuses on Southern Italian fare. Helmed by Sicilian native, Chef de Cuisine Marco De Vincentis, The Waterfall introduces diners to this bountiful region through hearty creations that feature the freshest of seafood produce, handmade pastas and rich flavourful tomato sauces.

The menu at The Waterfall was recently given an overhaul and along with it came 26 new à la carte dishes, accompanied by a variety of gloriously sharp artisanal cheese options at the display counter and cured meats from the charcuterie specialty show kitchen. Guests who opt for the Antipasti Semi-Lunch buffet to compliment their entrée can enjoy unlimited servings of the cheeses and cold cuts.

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We started with the Insalata di Granchio Arance e Finocchi $22, a tropical fruity salad with a cheery attitude. Made luxurious with chunks of real sweet delicate crab meat and delightful with a burst of citrus from the orange fruit segments, this was a lovely refreshing light preview to our heavier and more indulgent main courses.

Alkaff Mansion Ristorante Introduces New Italian Menu

An iconic and historical building in Singapore- Alkaff Mansion has stood the test of time since it was first built back in 1918. Initially owned by a Yemen family of spice traders, Alkaff Mansion played host to many opulent and high society parties back in the day when it was a weekend retreat bungalow spanning an area of 780 square metres. It comes as no surprise that almost a century later, Alkaff Mansion remains a popular choice of location to hold events, weddings and even fashion shows with its exquisite architecture and sprawling grounds that are complimented by a panoramic view of Telok Blangah Hill.

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Recently, Alkaff Mansion Ristorante welcomed a new chef- a native from Sardinia, Italy with 20 years of culinary experience to spruce up its menu with hearty Italian fare made from produce imported all the way from Sardinia. Talk about recreating an authentic Italian dining experience without actually having to get on a plane.

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From the list of Antipasti’s, we tried two specialties- the Fresh Octopus Carpaccio $24 and Seafood Platter $68. The former which featured lightly steamed silvers of octopus won my vote with its delicate nature and subtle sweetness, brought even more to life with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Conversely, the platter of five different types of seafood- tiger prawns, tuna tartare, sea bass carpaccio, octopus salad and lobster chunks had me quite split in my decision. But either way $68 for such a huge platter of seafood is a pretty sweet deal in itself.

&SONS | Italian Bacaro Fare by Beppe DeVito

Joining the row of restaurants along Nankin Street of China Square Central is a ‘bacaro’ or wine bar that is inspired by the historical taverns of Venice. Sporting a dual personality of a cafeteria in the day and a bar serving cocktails at night, &SONS is all about affordable prices, comforting and hearty Italian classics, and a stellar dining experience.

I first encountered the food from &SONS at SAVOUR 2014 where they made their debut having just opened 3 months before. Their generous portions certainly stood out among the rest during the gourmet food festival but most memorable of all had to be their Linguine, Crab & Nduja, which blew me away with its wicked combination of perfectly al dente pasta and chunks of crab meat. They serve it with Tagliolini now at &SONS and it is still every bit as good as I remember it to be.

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As mentioned earlier, &SONS prides itself as a cafeteria during lunch time by offering a menu of 16 large Italian plates priced between $8-$12. Portions are definitely hearty and the variety is adequate with choices ranging from Grilled Red Snapper, Baked Chicken Cacciatore, Grilled Beef Sirloin Steak and Linguine with Seafood Marinara.

Jamie’s Italian Singapore Launches New Menu

Jamie’s Italian presents a fresh seasonal revision to their menu a mere 4 months since their official opening back in July this year. While the crowd favorites have remained, 15 new dishes have been added to the brood to entice and excite diners to return for a visit. Jamie’s Italian is also happy to share that they have since opened up more seats for reservations via their online portal so that customers need not wait in line too long to get a taste of Asia’s first branch.

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Crispy Tomato & Mozzarella Arancini $10.90

Golden crisp little balls of breaded breadcrumbs filled with a concoction of rice, mozzarella cheese, eggs and chopped basil sitting on a gravy bed of arrabbiata sauce. The result is a hot popping melting goodness with every bite. Toppings of pickled red chillies and crispy fried garlic slices add a little jazz to the mix as well with a burst of flavor and color.

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Smashed Pea & Broad Bean Bruschetta $12.50

A pyramid of raw sliced yellow courgettes and asparagus, mint tips & pea tendrils stacked delicately atop each other with a grilled garlic- rubbed sourdough at the base, tied harmoniously together with some lemon zest and olive oil. If healthy food had a look, this probably would be it. Refreshing and surprisingly satisfying, we think this will be a favorite with the weight-conscious ladies.

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Mortadella & Ricotta Panzerotti $16/$24.50

If you are up for something different than the usual pastas, then this grilled chicken thigh- filled pockets of pastas in half moon shape might be a delightful change for you. While the colors in this one are not exactly vibrant, we assure you that the textures and flavors are far from dull. With up to four types of cheeses used in the pasta and sauce, each mouthful is guaranteed to be a creamy and rich one, but assuredly none too overwhelming. A nice Autumn finish of crinkle cut apple, walnuts, pistachios and crispy Italian sausage sealed the deal for us.