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.
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.
Anyone that has been to Melt Cafe (located inside the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore) knows that the Indian food there is amazing (even on a normal day!). So when I got news that Indian Specialty Chef Santosh Kumar is currently showcasing a wider variety of Indian cuisine at the Melt Cafe from 16 to 31 May 2016, you can imagine my excitement! While there isn't a wine-pairing dinner this year (unlike last year), you should still expect a feast to remember.
I've stayed at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore multiple times (always for leisure) and I have dined at the newly-refreshed Melt Cafe on several occasions but even then, I have not had the pleasure of checking out the afternoon tea selection at the Axis Bar and Lounge. In case you do not already know, the afternoon tea menu changes on a monthly basis and for the month of June 2016, diners will be able to indulge in a carefully-curated list of canapes that is anchored around the use of berries.
In case you do not already know, Chef Metin Isci from the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum (which overlooks Paradise Bay) is serving up authentic Turkish Delicacies at the newly-refreshed Melt Cafe at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore. What's more important to note however is that there is only less than a week left to savour the exquisite Turkish flavours at Melt Cafe since this is only running until 12 March 2016.
I have always been a huge fan of the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore (as well as the larger Mandarin Oriental brand). Having stayed in the Singapore, Taipei and Kuala Lumpur properties, Mandarin Oriental to me, is synonymous to some of the greatest luxuries and indulgences one can partake in. As such, when I was graciously extended an invitation to personally experience Chef's Table with Chef de Cuisine Omar Bernard at Dolce Vita, I was excited!
Guest Chef Metin Isci from Mandarin Oriental, Bodrum will be showcasing his culinary finesse at the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore's Melt Café from 3 to 12 March 2016. Originally a combination of flavours from Middle Eastern, Greek, and Balkan cultures, Turkish cuisine has evolved under the influence of the Seljuk and Ottoman cuisines over centuries. As such, every region in Turkey has a selection of different and unique creations varying from kebabs to soups and desserts, consisting of heavy use of vegetables, spices and meats.
Celebrate your love this year at the luxurious Mandarin Oriental, Singapore's Dolce Vita as you look out to the magnificent harbour view, one of the most beautiful swimming pools in Singapore while enjoying some of the best Italian cuisine.