Last week, I wrote about the rare opportunity to savour the creations of two Michelin-star Chef Anthony Genovese at Dolce Vita (located within the Mandarin Oriental, Singapore) from 29 September 2015 to 03 October 2015 (yes, just FIVE days!).
No experience is complete at Dolce Vita without a basket of their fresh breads and that amazing basil butter (I'd gladly pay to buy this!). Break into the crispy bread roll and hear that satisfying crack as you dip them into a variety of dips.
We started the 4-course lunch with an Amuse Bouche of Smoked Amberjack Roulade, Burrata Emulsion and Citrus. The burrata emulsion is ingenious - traditionally, burrata is made from mozzarella and cream but this emulsion is extremely light and therefore goes perfectly well with the Amberjack Roulade which is crispy on the outside while bursting with flavours inside. I really enjoyed the contrast of textures and flavours in this dish.
The first course was the Squid, Rabbit and Eggplant (with a much fancier name in Italian, of course). While I am not an eggplant fan generally, i finished the entire dish as I really enjoyed the balance of flavours. It is probably best to start with the eggplant (being the lightest flavour) and move on to the squid and rabbit.
For the second course, we were served with Green Tortelli, Anchovy Butter and Squilla Mantis (in place of Scampi). The anchovy butter was delicious and I was tempted to break another bread roll to soak up all the goodness. The Squilla Mantis was used in place of Scampi (which was on the original menu) as they wanted the use the freshest ingredients. I really enjoy the langoustine-like texture of the mantis as well as the natural sweetness of this prized ingredient.
Nothing excites diner more than freshly sliced truffle right in front of you. The third course was the Pork, Corn Espuma and Summer Truffle. That pork was seasoned perfectly and it had the right doneness and acidity from the sauce. The bits of freshly sliced truffle added more body to the dish and more importantly, that corn espuma (which contains bits of popcorn) was ingenious!
Finally, dessert was a Sweet Milk, Robiola Cheese and Pear and quite simply the perfect dish to wrap the whole lunch up.
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.
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok ranks amongst some of the best luxury hotels in the world. Within the City of Angels, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok (also known as La Grande Dame) is often referred to as the most luxurious hotel in the city and it's not difficult to see why. Celebrating her 140th birthday this year, the property is located along the famous Chao Phraya River and it is only a short boat ride from the majestic Grand Palace.
The Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok is arguably the most luxurious hotel in the City of Angels. Celebrating her 140th birthday this year, the Mandarin Oriental, Bangkok (sometimes known as La Grande Dame) is also home to nine outstanding dining venues - each with its own unique charm. During my stay at this amazing property, I have also had the opportunity to try out the famous Afternoon Tea at one of Bangkok's most photographed location, the Author's Lounge.
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.
Enjoy a luxurious escape into the Mandarin Oriental, Hong Kong with the all new Suite Escape Package. Your taste of luxury starts right from the moment the plane touches down at the airport. Instead of having to wait in line, you will be whisked away to enjoy a Fast Track arrival service because you are that important! The Suite Escape Package will also come with private car transfers, a 24-hour check-in and check-out service as well as accommodation in any one of the hotel's six signature suites where guests can enjoy breakfast in bed, a fully-stocked (and complimentary) minibar and internet access.
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.
I stayed in a Club Deluxe City View room at the Mandarin Oriental, Kuala Lumpur.when I visited in September 2015 and since I arrived pretty late (approximately 9PM), my room was already turned down for the night. The first thing you would probably notice about the room is that the decor is slightly dated but fret not because the hotel is actually going through a refurbishment process so the rooms are going to be spanking new in no time. With that being said, the quality of product is still not being compromised.