I previously wrote about the chance to experience the best of Villa d'Este (in terms of cuisine) at the Dolce Vita in Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. I was lucky enough to head down to Dolce Vita for lunch last week and had the rare opportunity to sample this amazing culinary experience by Guest Chef Michele Zambanini.
The first dish I sampled was the Salt Cod Cream, Blue Lobster and Rosemary Chips. Firstly, it's beautiful in presentation and the rosemary chip is an interesting one for me. The cod cream had texture without being overly smooth. The overall saltiness of this dish was balanced with the natural sweetness of the blue lobster claw.
The second dish, the Beetroot Risotto with Raw Scallops and Pistachios was an interesting one (and perhaps intimidating to some).Firstly, the beautiful shade of pink and red of the risotto is from the beetroot. Not only is the dish strikingly attractive in terms of looks, it also tastes amazing. While Chef Michele Zambanini usually uses shaved porcini mushrooms for the dish, he was substituted it with fresh raw scallops instead at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore.
The third course of the culinary experience is the Beef Fillet, Apple Compote and Duck Liver Stuffed Ravioli. The beef fillet has to be one of the best tasting meats I have ever had. The presentation is beautiful as usual and the duck liver stuffed ravioli has a creamy texture - what you would expect from a well cooked foie.
The final course of this four-course lunch is a selection of desserts from Villa d'Este. My personal favourite is the chocolate in puff pastry. My recent stay in Mandarin Oriental, Singapore's Club Harbour room has also been excellent - check out my stay here!
This was an invited media-tasting session.
The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore officially unveiled the refreshed poolside Italian restaurant, Dolce Vita about a month ago and while I have been to the restaurant on multiple occasions, I have not dined there since the refresh. I was recently invited down to the restaurant to check out the modern new interiors and also to enjoy a carefully-prepared meal by one of the chefs to celebrate this joyous occasion.
The Mandarin Oriental, Singapore is one of the first few luxury hotels that I have first experienced in Singapore - the hotel is one of the best properties in Singapore and it has one of the best swimming pools and club lounges in the Lion City. While I have previously stayed in a Club Marina Bay Room back in 2015, I was interested to check it out once again since The Oriental Club has been recently refurbished. Check out my latest review of the Club Marina Bay Room here at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Singapore with an impressive view!
A brand new look for Dolce Vita has just been officially unveiled by the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. Using a mixed palette of browns and neutral tones, the newly-refreshed Italian restaurant exudes sophistication and a chic vibe. Its subtle grey floor is given a dose of edginess with two stunning black and white tile showpieces that adorn the spacious main dining area.
Melt Café at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore will be bringing a mouth-watering buffet of authentic Thai cuisine from 06 March 2017 to 19 March 2017. Savour classic dishes like the Thai glass noodle salad with shrimp and lime chilli dressing (yum woon sen) or try the green papaya salad served with crushed peanuts, dried shrimps, long beans, tomatoes, chilli padi and nam pla (som tam) over at the live station.
The brand new Movie Moments room package at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Singapore guarantees a great escape from the hectic city life with a breakfast-inclusive room package that delivers entertainment through a movie (or more!) of your choice. Available from now until 31 March 2017, the Movie Moments room package is perfect for individuals (especially locals!) who are interested in staying in the room.
Celebrate Christmas in style with a range of luxurious festive goodies from the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore! If you prefer to indulge in your festivities away from home, there are a number of buffets and feasts that you can choose from but more importantly, if you are looking for an experience to remember, nothing beats a wellness experience at The Spa at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore!
Indulge in a selection of classic cocktail infusions at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore's BAY@5 and the Axis Bar and Lounge between now and 31 December 2016. Select from the Mandarin Negroni with citrus notes to the refreshing Ginger Snap at S$26++ each.
Indulge in a lavish spread of traditional Bavarian cuisine, German beers and good cheer in celebration of Oktoberfest (2016) at Melt Cafe (Mandarin Oriental, Singapore) between 22 September 2016 and 02 October 2016. Held since 1810, Oktoberfest is the largest and most celebrated beer festival which plays an important part of Bavarian culture - it features a wide array of savoury and rich traditional home-style cuisine paired with authentic German beers and vibrant music. Guests will also be able to look forward to the Bavarian Butcher’s selection of the finest German sausages, such as Bratwurst, Nürnberger Rostbratwurst, Frankfurter Bockwurst, Bauernwurst, Weisswurst, served with a delectable side of sauerkraut, horseradish and sweet mustard.
In conjunction with the annual Gusto Italiano, Guest Chef Emanuele Mazzella (who holds a number of Michelin-stars) will be showcasing a spectacular menu of the finest cuisine at Dolce Vita at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore from 12 to 15 October 2016. Born in Ischia on the Amalfi coast, Chef Mazzella’s culinary passion started when he was a child as he became fascinated by the scents from his father’s vegetable garden, then falling in love with his mother’s cooking in the kitchen. With his firm belief of incorporating local seasonal ingredients, Chef Mazzella features outstanding dishes with natural flavours.
Located within the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Singapore, the award-winning Cantonese restaurant, Cherry Garden has recently took home the award of Best Business Lunch (Non-Western) category at the G Restaurant Awards 2016. In celebration with this amazing achievement, Executive Chinese Chef Cheng Hon Chau will be showcasing his specialties in new lunch menus from July to September 2016.