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Dolce Vita

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Address: 5F, Mandarin Oriental, 5 Raffles Avenue, 039797

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Dolce Vita is a restaurant serving Italian cuisine located in Mandarin Oriental.

Daily: 12:00 - 14:30

Daily: 06:30 - 22:30

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Fine Italian Food in a Casual Setting

Dolce Vita, or the good life, is what the restaurant provides in serving you quality Italian food without the "foo fa" to go with it.

At a recent visit, I decided to go with their four course tasting set ($138), which mind you, despite having the word "tasting" in it, is rather filling. The good thing about this menu is that one can pick the items that one really want to try.

The meal starter with an amuse bouche of green pea puree,  with the first course being the veal cutlet. Light done medium it was a tasty way to start the meal.

For my pasta I had the duck ragout fusilli which while just a starter portion was rather filling.

Better though was the mushroom risotto that came with black truffles and very tender large pieces of quail. Rich in flavour indeed.

For my main course I selected the Tuscan Seafood Soup which had cod, prawn, lobster, Alaskan King Crab leg and a large Hokkaido scallop cooked in a rich shellfish broth. Served with some crispy bread, could be a meal in itself.

Finally for dessert I had the Tiramisu, strong coffee powder in thick mascarpone cheese with sponge cake soaked in liquour.

A lighter option would be to go for the orange sorbet after that heavy meal.

Overall, expect good hearty cooking with friendly family like service to go along with that. To top it off, there is also a 15% off for American Express cardholders.

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• 28 Apr 2015 • 2049 reviews • 262 followers

Fine Italian Food in a Casual Setting

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Dolce Vita, or the good life, is what the restaurant provides in serving you quality Italian food without the "foo fa" to go with it.

At a recent visit, I decided to go with their four course tasting set ($138), which mind you, despite having the word "tasting" in it, is rather filling. The good thing about this menu is that one can pick the items that one really want to try.

The meal starter with an amuse bouche of green pea puree,  with the first course being the veal cutlet. Light done medium it was a tasty way to start the meal.

For my pasta I had the duck ragout fusilli which while just a starter portion was rather filling.

Better though was the mushroom risotto that came with black truffles and very tender large pieces of quail. Rich in flavour indeed.

For my main course I selected the Tuscan Seafood Soup which had cod, prawn, lobster, Alaskan King Crab leg and a large Hokkaido scallop cooked in a rich shellfish broth. Served with some crispy bread, could be a meal in itself.

Finally for dessert I had the Tiramisu, strong coffee powder in thick mascarpone cheese with sponge cake soaked in liquour.

A lighter option would be to go for the orange sorbet after that heavy meal.

Overall, expect good hearty cooking with friendly family like service to go along with that. To top it off, there is also a 15% off for American Express cardholders.
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• 31 Oct 2014 • 230 reviews • 4 followers

Austrian-influenced Italian fare that wows

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Only here till 2 Nov, the Obauer Brothers from Austria (celebrated chefs of a 2 Michelin star restaurant and hotel in Werfen, Austria) are serving up set menus of their Alpine-influenced traditional-meets-modern cuisine at Dolce Vita. We sampled a 5-course lunch set and our top picks were the elegant lasagne of Arctic char between sheets of pasta, topped with basil leaves and Rosemary and dressed with a sauce flavored with Grüner Veltliner wine. The very simple celery, saffron soup is creamy, yet light and hiding within is a sliced of steamed pike fish. Each dish on the menu even has a sprinkling of Alpine spices, sauces or wine which the chefs have brought with them to Singapore. Try these for yourself, lunch sets at $88-$128 per person and dinner is $128-$188.
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  • Lake char lasagna and saffron pike soup
• 09 Sep 2014 • 66 reviews • 2 followers

Glorious array of pure Italian dishes

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It is not easy to find restaurants offering brunches with pure spread of authentic European dishes. I can only name a few like Basilico, Osia, Garbiardi and you guess it, Dolce Vita!

All dishes are served to the table instead of the "pick all you want" style, all of them are free flow but there are so many dishes that I only have the stomach for one round for all. I absolutely love the appetizers here, from crab timbale, burrata mozzarella cheese stuffed in cherry tomato, port wine marinated foie gras terrine (the trio of appetizers in my photo) are refreshing, simulating and multi-dimensional in taste.  The piping hot soups of mushroom, and those of cauliflower served in shot glasses respectively are sublime, being overflowing with flavours and having the right consistency (creamy but not overly so).  The ham and oysters are good also, though I prefer Osia's condiments for the oysters.

The mains are not really my type since I find that the core of the pasta to be uncooked (but take note that this style of cooking pasta is actually the preferred type for Europeans, considered as perfect in texture).  The fishes are good and fresh though not as great in taste as the appetizers. The star of the mains is the risotto with black truffle which is a aromatic comfort food. My main problem is that the main courses are free flow also, which proves to be too much for a small eater like me. Another thing: after eating the salad loaded with lots of seafood, which is great actually until they served the pasta tossed with exactly the same type of seafood, causing me to feel great dilemma. It was a waste not to finish up such a dish filled to brim with the treasures of the sea, but faced with a similar dish where my full stomach was stretched beyond threshold, it was impossible to take more than three bites off it. It will be better if there is an option to choose one main course only at a lower price for the brunch.

The desserts are extremely sinful; silky smooth in texture and rich in taste, high points for them.  I love the gold flakes on the tiramisu and chocolate, adding the luxurious touch to the already decadent treats.  The panna cotta is unbelievably good with its custard being the smoothest and most refreshing one I ever had. Ricotta Cheese berries tart is very light, yet creamy at the same time, an absolute must try.

The ambience is very modern with a bit of the resort feel due to its location besides the swimming pool surrounded by lots of flora.  The view outside of the restaurant is breath taking, where one can see MBS and the flyer.  The service is very attentive, professional and friendly, absolutely faultless.

Will like to go back again to try the set meals or if there is an option not to go for free flow of main courses or for special occasions.

This review (with pictures) can be found on my blog: http://morsels-of-delice.blogspot.sg/2014/09/dolce-vita-glorious-array-of-pure.html
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