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The Knolls

International
The Knolls serves Mediterranean cuisine.

Daily: 07:00 - 23:00

+65 65915046
$78 based on 14 submissions
Quiet (12 votes), View/Scenery (10 votes), Alfresco/Outdoor Dining (9 votes)
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The Capella at Sentosa has got to be one of the prettiest hotels in Singapore. I've previously had tea at The Knolls and even though the food wasn't fantastic, i truly enjoyed the view of the South China Sea as well as the luxurious air to the place. Thus, I was excited to hear about their special offer for May! British 2 Michelin Starred Celebrity Chef Tom Kerridge of The Hand & Flowers was invited to helm the Knolls' kitchen for 5 days, bringing to the table a modern spin on British pub food. The Hand and Flowers is the first pub to have been awarded 2 Michelin Stars! If you read on, you wouldn't even think that's pub food at all.

I managed to get ourselves a booking for lunch which is a 4 course meal (S$98++). A 5 Course dinner (S$178++ without wine) and a Sunday Champagne Brunch was also available.

S was smart enough to ask for a seat by the windows so that we can get a good view. Coincidentally, it was the same seats that Z and i took the last time! :)

The bread basket which our servers happily refilled. S requested to have more of the cheese filo pastry (i'm not sure what's the proper name for it) and they came back with an entire basket of it! I thought it's more like a biscuit due to the thickness of the base.

Our first dish- Moules Mariniere with Brown Bread. This is done in a soup style while traditionally it's just mussels cooked in white wine and parsley. As you can tell, all the shells has been removed (yay!) and that actually allows the white wine base to be fully soaked up by the fresh mussels. Diced carrots and turnips have been added to this dish and there is a tangy citrus taste which i can't figure out but it works perfectly with the sweetness of the seafood.

The Pan Seared Scallops, White Asparagus Foam and Bleak Roe with Spinach Puree was a delight as well. The scallop is actually sitting on a blended cod puree which gives the dish an additional grainy texture and slightly creamy taste. The taste is very light and subtle and you can see how the chef has brought out the individual flavors without using too much seasoning.

Onto the main course. Breast of Organic British Chicken, Pistachio Crumble, Lovage Poached Turnips, Soft Polenta and Truffle. The organic chicken was a delight, it's so tender and moist. I'm not a fan of the Pistachio Crumble though because the bread crumbs felt kinda stale and hard. The polenta mash was starchy and buttery and i love the strong truffle taste in it. There was also a citrus undertone which i thought was an interesting touch. The little black bits are black truffle shavings and they were oh so delightful of course. The sauce for the chicken is worth a mention here because i think Tom has splashed some Chinese wine in with the chicken stock (i see what you've done there Tom). ;)

The Mango Pavlova Ivoire Chantilly and Passion Fruit Coulis was not really my cup of tea. I don't quite fancy pavlova. Why would i want to eat beaten egg whites that are overly sweet? Anyhow, i thought this was quite the extremes because the pavlova could send one into a diabetic shock (i exaggerate) and the mango and passion fruit were quite acidic. Definitely my least fav dish.

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18 Mar 2013 • 4 reviews • 0 follower

Restaurant week March 2013

Had the restaurant week dinner on 18/03/13. Ambience wise was nothing to shout about having seated indoors. Lukewarm assorted breads were served together with its first of three course dinner, peach gazpacho. Cold and slightly sour soup which I thought could have prepared way advanced. The main dish was a slow cooked chicken breast with asparagus risotto. While the risotto was undercooked, the flavor was somehow detached. In my opinion, a simple dish that could be done much better by most restaurants. Last of the dish, mediocre and very common dessert, Raspberry Tart with Red Fruit Sorbet. Off the shelf raspberry sorbet , and you guessed it, fresh raspberry. The pastry was so hard that I gave up trying after one attempt in breaking it down. Service wise was good if only you want a very quiet dinner, as our water was only refilled once after several attempts in finding the staff. The bill? At $48++ plus $20++ (is it me or is it only this restaurant that charges more than the usual $35++ plus $20++ for restaurant week). Totally not worthy for 3 below average dishes. Now I can also understand why is it so empty. I had not wanted to go through the hassle of creating an account and just be only reading and finding good places to eat. But after tonight's encounter, I felt deeply that I have the responsibility to at least inform and let the rest of the hgw community know what to expect.
Salt Baked Fish and Sea Urchin Rice
20 Sep 2012 • 1911 reviews • 258 followers

Carles Tejedor Dinner Review

Michelin Starred and olive oil expert Carles Tejedor was in town recently and spent a weekend cooking at The Knolls. As I was in the area, I took the opportunity to try his olive oil inspired menu. I booked for a seat and was quite disappointed that they decided to seat me outside despite wanting to seat inside. Perhaps if I was a blond haired hotel customer I might have had a better chance. Was ready to walk away but decided to stay on as my family had already arrived.

Down to the food, the meal opened with the White Asparagus, Iberian Ham, and Caviar Olive Oil. Generally a light opener with a salty finish from the ham.

Next was a strong Salt Baked Fish and Sea Urchin Rice. The firmness of the fish was nice with a good crispy finish.

After the pre dessert lemon tea which apparently won a "best dessert award", the meal finished with the Chocolate Tejedor Collection Summer 2012 - consisting of chocolates of three kinds. Sounds serious but it was a rather light way of ending a generally balanced meal.

For a fine dining restaurant, service was rather slow. However, they made up for it with free churros to make up for it - at least there was some level of service recovery.

The restaurant also serves a variety of local food like char kway teow and chicken rice. Above average quality but be prepared to pay fine dining prices.

05 Jun 2012 • 242 reviews • 46 followers

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The Capella at Sentosa has got to be one of the prettiest hotels in Singapore. I've previously had tea at The Knolls and even though the food wasn't fantastic, i truly enjoyed the view of the South China Sea as well as the luxurious air to the place. Thus, I was excited to hear about their special offer for May! British 2 Michelin Starred Celebrity Chef Tom Kerridge of The Hand & Flowers was invited to helm the Knolls' kitchen for 5 days, bringing to the table a modern spin on British pub food. The Hand and Flowers is the first pub to have been awarded 2 Michelin Stars! If you read on, you wouldn't even think that's pub food at all.

I managed to get ourselves a booking for lunch which is a 4 course meal (S$98++). A 5 Course dinner (S$178++ without wine) and a Sunday Champagne Brunch was also available.

S was smart enough to ask for a seat by the windows so that we can get a good view. Coincidentally, it was the same seats that Z and i took the last time! :)

The bread basket which our servers happily refilled. S requested to have more of the cheese filo pastry (i'm not sure what's the proper name for it) and they came back with an entire basket of it! I thought it's more like a biscuit due to the thickness of the base.

Our first dish- Moules Mariniere with Brown Bread. This is done in a soup style while traditionally it's just mussels cooked in white wine and parsley. As you can tell, all the shells has been removed (yay!) and that actually allows the white wine base to be fully soaked up by the fresh mussels. Diced carrots and turnips have been added to this dish and there is a tangy citrus taste which i can't figure out but it works perfectly with the sweetness of the seafood.

The Pan Seared Scallops, White Asparagus Foam and Bleak Roe with Spinach Puree was a delight as well. The scallop is actually sitting on a blended cod puree which gives the dish an additional grainy texture and slightly creamy taste. The taste is very light and subtle and you can see how the chef has brought out the individual flavors without using too much seasoning.

Onto the main course. Breast of Organic British Chicken, Pistachio Crumble, Lovage Poached Turnips, Soft Polenta and Truffle. The organic chicken was a delight, it's so tender and moist. I'm not a fan of the Pistachio Crumble though because the bread crumbs felt kinda stale and hard. The polenta mash was starchy and buttery and i love the strong truffle taste in it. There was also a citrus undertone which i thought was an interesting touch. The little black bits are black truffle shavings and they were oh so delightful of course. The sauce for the chicken is worth a mention here because i think Tom has splashed some Chinese wine in with the chicken stock (i see what you've done there Tom). ;)

The Mango Pavlova Ivoire Chantilly and Passion Fruit Coulis was not really my cup of tea. I don't quite fancy pavlova. Why would i want to eat beaten egg whites that are overly sweet? Anyhow, i thought this was quite the extremes because the pavlova could send one into a diabetic shock (i exaggerate) and the mango and passion fruit were quite acidic. Definitely my least fav dish.

20 Feb 2012 • 242 reviews • 46 followers

Mediocre tea with a view

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Z and i headed to The Knolls at Capella for tea some time back (i didn't have bangs then). This is one great place to head to if one wishes that they are not in Singapore. I insisted on a pool view table and from there we could see the South China sea. The surroundings were luscious forests and I truly felt like i was on some secluded island for a glorious vacation under the sun.

The Knolls' afternoon tea menu comprises of 3 variants- Queens Tea, Japanese Tea and Peranakan Tea and is served daily from 3.30 - 5.30pm. Each set comes with a pot of tea of your choice and you can pick from an extensive selection by The Gryphon Tea Company. Each set costs about $38++. We didn't know that a set could serve 2 person and we each ordered a set! Imagine the horror when we were served our food (every item came in twos).

We went with the “Neo-Classic- The Modern Colonial,” and "Queens -The Rose Garden,” set (as shown in the pictures)

I hate to say this but the food was definitely a disappointment and fell short of our expectations. Pity pity. Again, i could make sandwiches better than these. The bread is nothing special- plain white (so Gardenia) and the brown bread tasted the same as the white bread but colored differently. For the price i'm paying, i'm certainly expecting artisan bread or at least something that's not off the shelf. Cucumber and lime based cream, egg mayo and smoked salmon are run of the mill flavors. Can tell that there's no thought put into this creation (if you can call that a creation).

The scones were slightly better than the sandwiches because they had good clotted cream and fresh jam to go along with them. I can never resist having clotted cream. Once again, i requested for some salted butter, which they failed to deliver, so i had to make my own (as usual). The Madeleine were so-so. I'm not a fan so i'm in no position to critique.

I kinda like the fruit tart because of the light and refreshing custard which wasn't too eggy. The tart is crisp enough and not overly buttery. It helps to clear the palate after all the heavy cream and carbs with the tangy berries. Next to it is what i would call a marmalade sponge cake which was pretty dense. Z likes me. As for me, i was too stuffed to even wanna finish them. I recall it's pretty sweet, a little too much for my liking.

The Queens set on the other hand was HORRIBLE, except for the tomato with feta/goat's cheese. Everything else was plain weird. The top tier is a lavender/rose/floral infused fried quail egg which was absolutely bland and tasteless. There wasn't even a sauce or dip to go with it. I thought it was some croquettes and i was sorely disappointed when i bit into it.

I have no idea what sorta sandwich that is but i remember it to be fairly sourish with cucumber and mayo (again). Cheap ingredients that didn't even taste good. Desserts were far too sweet again. Coconut mousse with mango and chocolate scones (which wasn't made from rich chocolate and i couldn't really taste any of the cocoa).

If only the food taste as good as they look and complement the view as well, we would surely be back. However, the Knolls has failed us in that department and i don't think i'll go to all that trouble just to get to Capella just for tea. For the view, i think i may head to the alfresco at Bob's Bar just a level above.

13 Oct 2011 • 153 reviews • 2 followers

it could be better

for pictures: http://hungryinsingapore.wordpress.com/2011/10/12/the-knolls-dinner/

The Knolls was my 3rd stop for Restaurant Week.

The Restaurant Week set menu cost $35.00++ for dinner. It comprises of 3 courses, all of which are fixed, so be sure you like everything on the menu before deciding to try The Knolls, for restaurant week.

Wine pairing was available at $15.00++ per glass. You could choose between Cloudy Bay Sauvignon Blanc and Pinot Noir.

 

The bread was served warm and there were 4 different variations, but sadly I think the magic ends there. Somehow none of the 4 types of bread/ biscuits tasted exceptional to me. Instead of the usual olive oil or butter, they provided a hummus dip for the bread.

 

Seafood Bouillabaisse

This soup was full of seafood, as the name suggests. The flavour of seafood was strong and it was similar to lobster bisque, just that the consistency was more to the watery side. Both my dining partner and I liked this.

 

Crispy Pork Belly

In terms of the meat this was one of the best pork bellies I’ve had. The meat was so soft the knife seemed redundant. The meat was as squishy soft as the layers of fats. It was very juicy and tender, and very flavourful. It didn’t have any sweaty pork smell at all. The usual chinese roast pork bellies I’ve had never had such soft meat before. The skin was crispy too, as the name suggested. However, as the layer of skin there was quite thick, while it was crackling crispy like a cracker, it was quite hard to bite through since it was thicker than the usual chinese sort.

While the carrot and the aparagus wrapped with bacon was nothing beyond decent, the roasted tomato exploded in my mouth with juicy goodness.

Overall, I feel that this dish is only suitable for those who love crispy pork belly. For the health conscious or lipid phobes, I will not recommend this at all.

 

Crema Catalana

This is similar to crème brûlée, just that sugar in crema catalana should be caramelized under an iron broiler, instead of using a flame. However, it tastes just like crème brûlée. To neutralise the sweetness of the cream and sugar, the berries were sour and the biscotti was nutty. This dessert is not as universally accepted as ice cream or chocolate, so I guess it takes a fan of crème brûlée to appreciate this.

Something more worth mentioning than the food was that the staff at The Knolls, or rather, the staff from Capella were very warm in their hospitality. The service was very good. Every staff we walked pass greeted us and offered help (like in finding directions). It was impeccable.

However, food wise, I don’t suppose this restaurant wow-ed me over. Perhaps I’ll return someday, to try out High Tea at The Knolls or some other restaurant in Capella.