Daily: 07:00 - 23:00
Enjoy a refreshing Mediterranean dining experience at The Knolls. Choose from an authentic Mediterranean lunch and dinner menus or have a leisurely afternoon tea on the terrace overlooking the reflecting pools and the South China Sea.
I love Capella . A haven so nearby and yet away from everything. U literally feel like u are not in Singapore! Best enjoyed with a loved one....
By the pool area in Capella sits The Knolls. Having Sunday brunch is a rather decadent experience here. And let me tell u all about it….
Where does one begin with the food selection...
I went for a combination of French and Canadian oysters to get the palate going! Both were delectably fresh. Once those plates were polished off, we went for the the boiled live prawns and whole lobsters. The lobsters were fresh and good but the prawns came in tops. They were one of the freshest prawns I have tasted in a while. Simple and yet satisfying.
Moving on from the cold seafood, we went and had a selection of cold cuts! The beetroot salmon gravalax deserves a special mention. The beautiful red hue and earthiness from the beetroot added a new dimension into the salmon which was not too salty. Perfection! The freshly sliced Parma ham is a must try too.
The hot food selection was however, a slight let down. The lamb chops were over done, the beef Wellington a little bland. However the grilled Tumeric Giant Prawns hit the right spot and so did the roast beef.
The dessert selection is extensive and delicate. We had macaroons (there were just ok), chocolate based creations of all sorts, fresh berries with custard, etc. What stood out was their mini cranberry scones with clotted cream! Devine! I had 5!!
Instead of the usual free flow serving of champagne, they opt to be different by serving a quality French Rose. The Rose I must say pairs very well with most food and a more than decent quaff on its own. (They serve white/red wine and a large selection of beer too if one prefer).
By the time u are half drunk and too full to walk, the staff will escort u to Bob's Bar above for a complimentary cocktail to end ur day. The Martinis were strong and good. But it was the view that took our breath away. Over looking trees, greens, pool, the sea, enjoying the breeze outdoors and lovely sunset ended the entire affair in a more than perfect note for us.
Happy Anniversary my dear!
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The Knolls at Capella has a Sunday brunch buffet (from $128++), with options for alcohol such as champagne, beer and cocktails, but we’re not drinkers (unless you count copious amounts of bubble tea). We opted for the non-alcohol option, which comes with a free flow of mocktails, soft drinks and fresh juices.
The restaurant is brightly lit with full-glass windows, and cozy, with a partition ever few tables. It’s more long than wide. The selection, while not large, is high-quality. There are cooking stations at the entrance, with dishes such as grilled meats, beef, fish, super-delicious vegetables, and an ice cream station.
Step in and you’ll see an almost-empty seafood bar offering a variety of freshly shucked oysters and cold prawns. Almost empty, as they shuck it on the spot. The oysters are large, juicy and so fresh that there’s none of that icky taste you get at most restaurants. I’m not a fan of oysters in Singapore as it’s hard to find good ones here, but these were excellent and I had four.
There is also sushi, sashimi, little bites including foie gras, caviar and smoked salmon, and a selection of cured meats and salads.
After that it’s dessert galore. The desserts on offer are on a par with the savoury dishes. There are many beautiful cakes and pastries set around a central table, cookies on another table, yet another laden with fruit, and another with a tower of macarons and more desserts.
One bad thing, though, is that the desserts are full-sized, which means it’s impossible to try all of them unless you go with a large group of dessert lovers. We were unable to finish the few that we took and it would be perfect if they came as petit fours or slightly smaller.
There is a cheese trolley which is rolled around the restaurant only near the end of the buffet, so if you leave early you may miss it. If by then you are too full to have the whole range, you could still choose to have only either the hard or soft cheeses, which the server would proceed to cut small slices of, along with crackers, dried fruit and nuts. Unfortunately, I was unable to try the ice cream, being stuffed to the gills.
For refreshments we both went for coconut juice, which came in the form of the fruit, cut open, instead of bottled. It was a nice surprise.
The most special part of the experience though, is a live band that goes from table to table serenading guests. They accept song requests too. As the restaurant is so small, the wonderful music envelops you and is the perfect way to round off the meal.
We had dinner at The Knolls before and it was such an excellent dining experience. We decided to try their Sunday brunch and to our disappointment, it didnt measure up at all. The selection of food was limited and wasn't worth for a brunch (each $150 nett w/o alcohol beverages). I believe it is only value for those who enjoy the wine or champange brunch.
The live band was wonderful and the service staff was polite; that's was the only saving grace for us. We wont be going back for brunch.