There are many reasons to love Basilico, the Italian Restaurant at Regent Singapore. How many restaurants in Singapore can claim that they serve Italian cuisine buffet? And also with quality food and service. (Read 5 Best Hotel International Buffets In Singapore)
While some other buffet restaurants may be buzzling with energy and people, or adopt a classy approach to impress with champagne and seafood, Basilico Restaurant kind of combines the bests of both world. (Read: Summer Palace at Regent Singapore)
Its buffet selection may not be the hugest, and certainly not the kind where it is overwhelming with lobsters and prawns, but its dessert counter is one the best in Singapore. You may see many zooming right, straight to the cannoli, torta, caprese, crema bruciata, tartellette limone and six flavours of homemade gelato. Every piece (and scoop) delicate and notable.
The lunch buffet （$55++ weekday, $65++ Sat, $98++ Sun) offers a mix of Italian cuisine – to the likes of carpaccio, smoked salmon, smoked duck breast, beef medallion – pizzas, pasta, and a section with safe-predictable Asian delights, mainly to cater to the diverse customer range and hotel guests.
Basilico’s dinner ($88++, $118++ with 2 glass pairing) is presented semi-buffet style where you have a choice of a main course, with all-you-can-eat Italian antipasti and dessert. Price is on the high side though.
As I get older, I tend to skew to such buffets – because I can sit down proper and for long (don’t have to go back and forth the counter so often), eat less but worthy food beautifully plated prepared ala carte.
In addition, Basilico’s buffet reflects a “Savour the Seasons” menu that changes quarterly to reflect the time of the year, with procured produce brought across Italy.
For the mains, there were some exceptional dishes, an aromatic Risotto ai Porcini cooked in Gaia Barbaresco Wine Reduction, tenderly evenly grilled Agnello Sardo spring Lamb Chops appropriately paired with violet potato puree, and a skin crackling slow-roasted La Porchetta Suckling Pig.
The dish that wins it all of me was the La Sfera al Pistacchio, a sphere hand-painted ball, looking suspiciously like what you would hang on a Christmas tree. While it becomes a mess of green when you cut it open, my mind literally went ‘frozen’ when I took that first bite – creamy and sensational.
Basilico is the kind of buffet restaurant you would bring a dinner date, emphasizing on quality over quantity.
Level 2, The Regent Singapore, 1 Cuscaden Raod, Tel: +65 6725 3232
Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am (Mon – Sat); 7:00am – 10:30am (Sun)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat); 12 noon – 3pm (Sun)
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:00pm