The Place If I were to list one hotel for the most intimate staycation retreat, Capella Singapore is definitely top of my list. Located in Sentosa with at a strategic spot, the luxurious 6 star hotel boasts a good sea view and a swimming pool view so close to nature that you just want to dip in it at least once, at least for me. I conclude the best way to soak in all the resort atmosphere is to dine in the resident restaurant here at Capella Singapore, The Knolls. The Mediterranean restaurant overlooks the swimming pool and it was hard not to fall in love with this space the moment I stepped in.
The Food With a strong focus on Mediterranean cuisine, The Knolls has recently revamped parts of its menu to inject some Asian touches. We started with one of the signature dishes, the Octopus Ballotine ($27) with Orange Martini dressing. The fresh octopus and refreshing dressing took me by surprise as I found it very appetizing, coming from someone who is not a big fan of octopus.
New on the menu is the Open Ravioli ($23), an Asian inspired duck and foie gras served with its bouillon. This dish reminded me of Chinese wanton soup, but it was so easy on the palate that I silently wished that the serving was bigger. The tinge of foie gras was just right, such that it did not overpower the duck flavour.
On to mains, I really love the new Grilled Marinated Beef Short Ribs ($35) with Truffle mashed potatoes, mixed green salad and gherkins. The Australian beef was grilled to a succulent texture, but the other winning equation was the to-die-for Truffle mashed potatoes. The creaminess was just right, and I can see myself having it for a longer time if not for my diet plans.
The other new item we tried was the Pan Seared Seabass ($44) with Mediterranean seafood ragout, Orzo pasta, chipirones and aioli. Other than the fresh seabass, the noteworthy mention here is the Orzo pasta for me. The taste of the creamy Orzo pasta reminded me of risotto, except that the grains are larger, which was quite filling on its own as a side dish.
For lamb goers, the Crispy Lamb Rib Confit ($38) is worth trying even though it is not a new item. Served with Mini eggplant stuffed with cumin, rice and raisins.
Desserts wise, I was most impressed with the Profiteroles ($16), Choux pastry filled with vanilla ice cream accompanied by hot chocolate sauce. I like dark chocolate, so it was good that the chocolate sauce was rich instead of being overly sweet. The fluffy pastry texture was a real treat with the premium quality vanilla ice-cream.
Another new addition to the dessert menu is the locally inspired Pandan Coconut Creme Brulee ($16), made from Caramelized pandan flavoured custard cream. Overall, it was a nice balance of pandan and coconut flavours but the sweetness can definitely be toned down. There is no better way to end the meal with a wide selection of Gryphon Tea.
Rants Getting to The Knolls without a car can be quite inconvenient. That said, if the weather is ideal, it can be a nice walk into the hotel.
Will I Return Again? The food at The Knolls has been impressive, but I also place strong emphasis on the overall ambience of the restaurant, which can only be a merit to my overall experience. I will bring my date here the next round.
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Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island
Tel: +65 6591 5046
Monday to Sunday: 7am to 11pm