The Waterfall – Enjoyable Southern Italian Classics, and Antipasti Semi-Buffet Lunch at Shangi-La Hotel
Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore has always been known for its buffet restaurant The Line, which just won The Best Restaurant in Singapore awarded by HungryGoWhere.
It is time for their latest revamped The Waterfall, or Waterfall Ristorante Italiano (previously known as Waterfall Café) to come into the limelight. (Reservation Online)
The re-naming of Waterfall Ristorante Italiano is in line with the appointment of Chef De Cuisine Chef Marco De Vincentis who specialises in Southern Italian cuisine.
Thus, you should expect a lively Mediterranean slant, more fresh seafood dishes and frequent use of fresh greens and tomatoes in the dishes.
The South of Italy is known for its wealth of tomatoes, thus tangy marinara sauce is commonplace. It did not come as a surprise to me that many of the pasta dishes ordered, had an orange-red hue.
Of all the dishes presented, the pasta items were also my personal favourite.
I have a friend who loves all things Italian, and I think she will fall in love with the Tagliolini Al Pesto Siciliano ($22) – long flat ribbon pasta with ricotta cheese, pine nut, basil and roasted almond.
The homemade pasta, produced in-house with “the Ferrari of fresh pasta machines”, had a soft chewy firmness, easy on the bite, and thin enough so that you do not feel it is too heavy on the palate.
The Paccheri All’astice ($32) fared as a very close second for me, tossed with an addictive blend of lobster sauce, cherry tomatoes, brandy, chilli, basil, parsley and extra-virgin olive oil. Tasting rich and bright on the undertones, so addictive that I swept the pan clean of its sauce, even though I was already quite full from the antipasti.
Talking about antipasti, I am so glad that the Vitello Tonnato ($25) is available at Waterfall, as I do not see it in other menus all the time.
This is known to be an exceedingly elegant cold dish of poached sliced veal, covered with a velvety creamy white sauce that is actually made… with anchovies and fresh tuna. Light yet flavourful.
We had two mains, and I thoroughly enjoyed the Porchetta Sarda ($35), roasted suckling pig roll (which didn’t taste too fatty or oily) served with rosemary potato and spring onion. The fact that it was a roll, and not a slab of meat, meant that the minced inside was contrastingly tender and moist.
Ah, why does this feel like Christmas all over again?
The other main we tried was the Sogliola Al Limone Amalfitano ($38), pan-fried sole from the Mediterranean sea with grilled seasonal vegetables.
As you could guessed from the words “al limone”, this fresh seafood dish would be for those who love a sweet-tangy and sharp-zesty sauce.
Other than the signature (and typical) Tiramisu ($15), I would highly recommend the Torta Caprese ($16), a flour and gluten free chocolate dessert, coming unexpectedly in a metre-long plate. Decadent and rich, satisfaction is guaranteed for chocolate desserts lovers.
Other than the a la carte menu, Waterfall’s Antipasti Semi-Buffet Lunch features a rotating menu of freshly baked bread, daily fish special, cold cuts, cheeses, salads, fresh seafood, live pasta and meat carving stations, pizza-station and gelato.
Italian Buffet Lunch featuring antipasti, pastas, Italian roasts and desserts:
$48++ (adult), $24++ (child)
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Level One, Garden Wing. 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm Lunch, 6pm – 10:30pm Dinner (Mon-Sun)
Reserve Online Now: http://goo.gl/qTPB4Q
* This entry is brought to you in partnership with Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore.