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Forlino

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Dine in style with an unrivalled view of the bay and beyond while enjoying Italian Fine Dining cuisine, complete with utmost attention to every detail in your meal.

Daily: 12:00 - 14:30

Daily: 18:30 - 22:30

$109 based on 127 submissions
Dinner (60 votes), View/Scenery (52 votes), Fine Dining (50 votes)
ArcticStar

Magnificent views - good food

A classy Italian restaurant with everything to offer from panoramic views of the gorgeous Marina Bay area, excellent service and awesome food, hence for me it was a revisit. A table was reserved for us, by the ceiling-to-floor windows as promised, so that we could watch teh night slowly falling into beautiful forms.

Our shared appetizer of Fegato Grasso (SGD$36.00) was served next - a dish consisting of hot and cold foie gras interestingly paired with pear compote, sambuca raisin, balsamic cream and homemade pannetone.

The cold foie gras was rich in a buttery manner, and the flavor of game / innard was very strong when prepared this way, it resembled pate to say the least, with a rather distrinctive "raw" overture to it. I had to pair it with the crispy little pastry beneath it, alongside the tiny fruits used as decor, in order to mask the strong odor. Maybe we were just not used to it.

Both of us agreed that the hot foie gras was a lot better - tender, even in its slightly jellyish state, and tasty with smokey hints that complemented the natural flavor of this dish.

For the mains, the SIL took, at my recommendation, the Tortellini ai Cinque Formaggi (SGD$36.00) - 5 cheese tortellini with saffron cream sauce, kurobuta pork cheek, beetroot ouree and summer truffle. As usual, this sandy-textured pasta never failed to disappoint - smooth and rich in flavor. The pieces of tender black pork cheek enhanced the saltish flavor of the tiny little dumpling-shaped tortellini.

I had the Merluzzo (SGD$42.00) - pan fried fillet of cod fish wrapped in parma proscuitto, baby cuttlefish in black ink, white polenta and zucchini flower. The cod was cod and springy in its juiciness; I thought the fine layer of prosciutto around it was rather interesting pairing with its texture and flavors play. The baby squids were a surprise - chewy but soft, and resplendent of the smoky black ink's taste.

For full review and more photographs, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/11/dinner-at-forlinos-italian-restaurant.html

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Beef Cheek8 votes
  • Raspadüra cheese3 votes
  • homemade spaghetti with lobster3 votes
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14 Nov 2014 • 340 reviews • 3 followers

Magnificent views - good food

A classy Italian restaurant with everything to offer from panoramic views of the gorgeous Marina Bay area, excellent service and awesome food, hence for me it was a revisit. A table was reserved for us, by the ceiling-to-floor windows as promised, so that we could watch teh night slowly falling into beautiful forms.

Our shared appetizer of Fegato Grasso (SGD$36.00) was served next - a dish consisting of hot and cold foie gras interestingly paired with pear compote, sambuca raisin, balsamic cream and homemade pannetone.

The cold foie gras was rich in a buttery manner, and the flavor of game / innard was very strong when prepared this way, it resembled pate to say the least, with a rather distrinctive "raw" overture to it. I had to pair it with the crispy little pastry beneath it, alongside the tiny fruits used as decor, in order to mask the strong odor. Maybe we were just not used to it.

Both of us agreed that the hot foie gras was a lot better - tender, even in its slightly jellyish state, and tasty with smokey hints that complemented the natural flavor of this dish.

For the mains, the SIL took, at my recommendation, the Tortellini ai Cinque Formaggi (SGD$36.00) - 5 cheese tortellini with saffron cream sauce, kurobuta pork cheek, beetroot ouree and summer truffle. As usual, this sandy-textured pasta never failed to disappoint - smooth and rich in flavor. The pieces of tender black pork cheek enhanced the saltish flavor of the tiny little dumpling-shaped tortellini.

I had the Merluzzo (SGD$42.00) - pan fried fillet of cod fish wrapped in parma proscuitto, baby cuttlefish in black ink, white polenta and zucchini flower. The cod was cod and springy in its juiciness; I thought the fine layer of prosciutto around it was rather interesting pairing with its texture and flavors play. The baby squids were a surprise - chewy but soft, and resplendent of the smoky black ink's taste.

For full review and more photographs, please feel free to visit:
http://thearcticstar.blogspot.sg/2014/11/dinner-at-forlinos-italian-restaurant.html
19 Oct 2014 • 14 reviews • 0 follower

Only the starters and the wine were great

The starters were tasty, well served. From the salad to the Mozzarella and the raw trout. Delicious. Same for the red wine by the glass from Sicilia. However the second plate, ravioli pasta, was cold, obviously it was cooked too early and not even put in the microwave before serving. The following dish, cod in Parma ham, was over cooked. Last but not least, junior waitress, not trained at all, who was obviously learning on the job without coaching and training. Unacceptable service for this type of restaurant. Will I go back: definitely not!
19 Oct 2014 • 3 reviews • 0 follower

Absolutely Disappointing

We had friends in town last week. So we booked Forlino, thinking that we will have a great Italian dinner. We ordered their signature Chef's set menu including Wagyu Beef etc and we await w lots of anticipation for an Italian-Japanese fusion dinner. Suffice to say that after spending close to $1000 for 4 of us, we left with great disappointment. Chef was not even there to cook on a Saturday night!! The excuse from service staff was - lunch traffic is slow on a Saturday!! Even for dinner, the restaurant was barely half filled. Food was bland and boring. The extra truffle shavings that we ordered and topped our food with - was the only saving grace to add a little more flavour to our food. Corkage is at S$80 per bottle. At the rate that this restaurant is going with such inconsistent food quality and exorbitant charges for corkage etc, it will be interesting to watch how much longer it will last. The diners in Singapaore are a most discerning lot and choices are aplenty. We will definitely not waste our Saturday night here again. 
18 Oct 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Worst Experience in a long time

Singapore has a number of excellent restaurants offering Italian food. This one was a huge disappointment. The truffle served - highlight menu item - was either spoilt or of a lower quality. It lacked the hallmarks of high-quality truffle in smell or appearance. The pasta (tortellini, spaghetti) was anything from uncooked, al dente, to overcooked. One fish dish (cod) was served cold, it probably was waiting to be served for a long time. There was a staff shortage, so the waitresses had to be called to serve the wine.  The manager whom we wanted to share our impressions with was not in so we spoke to the supervisor. She was incapable to understand our concerns, her reply was that we were the first to find something faulty in the 3 years she was working there and that all other tables were happy. That was the outrageous. We were not asked if we wanted coffee or a digestivo when we declined dessert - a basic standard in any Italian eatery.
If you bring your own cake they charge $55, the corkage is $80 by the way.
We will never return to this restaurant.
22 Aug 2014 • 89 reviews • 0 follower

Fine Dining restaurant with great view

For full review & photos, please visit:
http://summerlovestoeat.blogspot.sg/2013/10/restaurant-week-dinner-at-forlino-1.html

Forlino is an Italian fine dining restaurant with a spectacular view overlooking Marina Bay Sands and is definitely a very romantic place for couples. But the ambience was so dimly lit after 8pm that it made us felt so sleepy. I still prefer their daytime ambience which looks bright and fresh. Service was good, water was refilled regularly. 
Food was generally between average to slightly above average quality!