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.
Though the Chinese saying goes 福无双至, 祸不单行, I don’t totally subscribe to that belief. After all, good things do come in pairs occasionally and one classic example would be Forlino’s 1-for-1 DBS/POSB Promotion for their Gourmet($98++) and Degustation($148++) Set Menus.
Ever since Chef Osvaldo Forlino left Forlino last year, inevitably there has been some speculation about declining standards at Forlino. However, based on it’s recent list of dining awards, it seems that Forlino’s pace and contributions to the local dining scene hasn’t slowed down one bit.
For a fine dining restaurant, I found Forlino’s service to be less intrusive (and correspondingly less attentive) to the other fine dining restaurants I have been to recently, which suits me just fine since the ambience of such restaurants often tends to be too eerily silent and stifling. Just idly gazing at the Marina Bay skyline, Singapore Flyer and Singapore F1 Circuit, a 2.5 hour dinner whisked by unknowingly.
Amuse Bouche for today was the Beetroot Flan with some cheese I can’t recall. This eggy and slightly cheesy beetroot custard wasn’t something I particularly fancied.
The complimentary warm bread served here was slightly thicker and chewier than the norm, lightly glazed and salted. Not something to waste too much stomach space on with the impending feast.
For Starters, the Pan Seared Goose Liver with Amaretto and Pumpkin Cream. Amaretto is an Italian sweet Almond-flavoured Liqueur and is apparently able to bring out the flavour of the fatty Foie Gras but I wasn’t able to detect much of it over the pumpkin cream. The Foie Gras wasn’t very memorable but generally tasty nonetheless.
The Pasta Course comprised of the Homemade Spaghetti with Black Cod, Baby Artichokes and Mint. I’m wasn’t really accustomed to Mint based pastas but it grew on me as I was nearing the end of the dish. The homemade spaghetti was somewhat firmer that what I’m used to, whose texture resembled that of the Chinese Ee Mee(Ee Mian). I would have enjoyed it better if they could be a little bit more generous with the cod or maybe changed the cod to scallops instead.
Main was a choice of either Wagyu Beef Cheek Braised with Marsala Wine and Herb Mashed Potatoes or Halibut Fillet with Orange, Green Asparagus & Martini Vermouth Sauce. C and myself both opted for the Wagyu. Needless to say, the beef was really tender and marbled, with the mash velvety and flavourful. I did find the gravy slightly on the salty side though.
In my previous post on Raw Kitchen Bar, I mentioned that Chocolate Lava cakes are so common nowadays and it’s terribly difficult to pinpoint one that is really outstanding. Well, my prayers have been answered with Forlino’s reply of the Molten Lava Chocolate Cake with Banana Gelato and Rum Sauce. This was the best Chocolate Lava Cake I have ever eaten! What is so appealing is the nice contrast between the crisp outer layer and the moist molten inner one, unlike some lava cakes which are moist throughout. The consistency, richness, volume and denseness of the chocolate lava was perfect, and paired well with Banana Ice Cream and Crumble.
Petit Fours & Coffee to end off what I felt to be an awesome meal.
In case you are thinking of popping by, The DBS/POSB 1-for-1 Promo for Forlino’s Gourmet & Degustation Set Menus ends on 31 October 2010.
For the full review/pics, do visit http://yumyumformytumtum.wordpress.com/2010/09/18/forlino-posbdbs-1-for-1-gourmet-set-menu/
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.