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Basilico’s 2018 Basilissimo Dinner Menu @ Regent Singapore

Regent Singapore’s signature Italian restaurant is back with another year-long culinary series around Italy with their 2018 Basilissimo Dinner Menu. From now till 1 Apr 18, take a trip through the 36th to 40th parallels of the globe with Executive Chef Angelo Ciccone as he curates a special menu featuring the freshest that the regions of Sicily, Sardinia and Calabria have to offer! The Basilissimo dinner includes the antipasti and dessert buffet, along with an à la carte main course selection for $92++. Throw in a touch of fancy by pairing your main courses with a sommelier-curated list of wines for $127++ (2 glasses of wine) or $147++ (3 glasses of wine).

The main course selection includes this Fregola Sarda con Bottarga which was essentially a seafood party of scallops, tiger prawns, mussels and red mullet roe atop a bed of fregola (a type of pasta that originated from Sardinia) which was both nutty and chewy. Cooked and simmered in a flavourful seafood stock to draw out all that crustacean essence, the fregola was a delightful compliment to the fresh and sweet shellfish.

Another main course that is offered is the Tonno alla Siciliana, a pan-seared lemon-crusted tuna loin dressed with a fennel and orange salad, and finished with a tangy Salmoriglio sauce made up of lemon juice, oregano and olive oil! The fillet was nicely seared with a crust on the outside with the interior meat still pink and tender. A great alternative for the ladies who want a “lighter” main but do not want to compromise on flavour.

Osteria Mozza by Mario Batali @ Marina Bay Sands

Osteria Mozza offers diners an assortment of dishes inspired by their chefs’ adventures across the globe. For this month of March, the restaurant has taken the unconventional route of returning back to its roots, and showcasing a menu unique to Emilia-Romagna, the northeast region of Italy. This Emilia Romagna Regional Menu costs $128++ per person and $216++ with wine pairing.

The amuse-bouche of Ricotta Cheese with Olive Tapenade was the first to reach our table. This appetizer was indeed a treat for the eyes with the delicate placement of each component done with much finesse. We certainly enjoyed how the puréed olives (tapenade) complemented the homemade ricotta clouds perfectly.

Diners can choose either the Minestrone alla Emilia Romagna or Affettati Misti.

The Minestrone alla Emilia Romagna is essentially a bowl of minestrone soup made with seasonal vegetables. Although the variations of this classic soup are endless, the restaurant’s rendition boasts of clean, beautiful flavours as the Parmigiano broth lends an earthy finish to the vivid greens.

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.