Daily: 12:00 - 14:30
Daily: 18:30 - 23:00
Helmed by the passionate and meticulous Japanese Chef Yohhei Sasaki, which is classically trained in the art of Italian cuisine, Forlino serving up contemporary Italian cuisine perfected by his own unique Japanese flair.
It was here where I planned a birthday dinner for my boyfriend. I wanted it to be more than ordinary hence I thought of Forlino for its fine, posh ambience in significant view of the Singapore flyer and city.
The restaurant staffs are prompt and cheerful who greet you by the bar counter upon arrival. The memory of Forlino that calls out to me was how the restaurant had a plan to use an artificial cake dummy as the complementary 'birthday cake'. The dummy was of the same size as the refrigerated round cakes on display at Swissbake outlets. It prolly was meant to be a 'black forest cake' but I've to stress how real the strawberries on top looked.
We had the Gourmet menu with 4 courses, but Forlino gave a complimentary Appetizer so should I say Five-course dinner, with a bottle of white Moscato wine we ordered. However due to word limit, I wouldn't be writing on all.
Warm Homemade Foccacia served with Raw Tuna Slices and Cauliflower Mousse -It was like oven-baked Italian pizza bread, flavored with herbs. A rather large serving for an appetizer, it was cut into 4 quarter pieces. The raw tuna slices were somewhat similar to sashimi but less salty, however the one that stood up among this dish was the uniqueness of the cauliflower mousse. Before this I had never tried cauliflower mousse, it was actually like thickened soup puree. Soft, fluffy and light with vegetable richness.
Pan Seared Goose Liver with Amaretto and Pumpkin Cream -Almost any fine dining comes with foie gras. Forlino's one laid in a small pool of pumpkin cream instead of just olive oil. I really love pumpkin as it is vitamin-packed and tasty sweet. The sweet almond-flavored liqueur added to the extra sweetness.
Homemade Spaghetti with Black Cod, Baby Artichokes and Mint -I'm upset to say both my boyfriend and I couldn't finish this course as we really wanted to save room for the mains and desserts. It was special though as it was basically like mint based pasta. The black cod were in nibbles but generous and went well with the spaghetti, I've to add, somehow it did taste a little to reference of Chinese-style noodles. Say, ee mee.
Molten Lava Chocolate Cake with Banana Gelato and Rum Sauce -This was where the complimentary cake fitted in, served with the dessert course. The molten lava chocolate cake was lovely, soft and warm chocolate batter with a stream of lava chocolate oozing out as soon as it was halved. Good but I have to confess I have also tasted similar ones elsewhere. The banana gelato ice-cream was a good combination as we all know banana and chocolate go very well together. The birthday cake was a little square piece, which turned out to be alright, it was milk chocolate but we were too full by then to finish the entire piece.
Forlino is one ideal place to plan a dinner for events or functions, a place where you can be assured things wouldn't go wrong as from my experience, the staffs proved to be of reliable service. Highly recommended.
Shame that this once-great restaurant doesn't live up to expectations.
Sure the view is incredible but you could get one just as beautiful from any of the other restaurants down on the water front.
Forlino came onto the scene with a big bang and I'm disappointed to report that the new team at the helm falls short of the old standards set by Chef Caramella (now at In Italy at Craig Road).
Disappointing sea urchin pasta - it had been talked up so much but once it was served, I couldn't finish my portion.
Scallops were meh, our entrees were meh, we skipped dessert.
Best part - we thought we were coming here for a fine dining experience - the table next to ours, full of noisy expats, came dressed in shorts and slippers. Surely you must be joking...
Spotty service, snotty server who didn't come around much, mediocre overpriced food - Definitely not coming back for a second round.
Went for the HSBC 1-for-1 offer for the chef's 7-course classic menu which includes bread and cheese, pan fried foie gras, spaghetti, main of either short rib or cod fish, white chocolate mousse and coffee/tea.
Except for the coffee which is not bad, the rest are quite disappointing. The foie gras did not create the satisfaction that I always had with any pan fried foie gras. The spaghetti had a very slight fishy taste, enough to make me dislike this dish, and the cod fish was too 'dry', i.e. no trace of the cod fat/oil that will melt in the mouth. This is very different from most of the positive reviews I had read online about this restaurant.
The ambience and view of the restaurant was very good though. Look out of the glass windows and you will see the beautiful night view at Marina Bay.
The set menu costs $108 per pax before tax, and before the one-for-one. Overall, the food was ok, and I would say it is value for money if I pay around $60 for a 7-course meal. I will definitely not pay for it if there were no offer. $108++ will not be worthwhile to spend on such quality. I paid $254.23 for 4 people.