The Place Located in Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel Singapore as part of its new Integrated Dining Concept this year, Grissini is a brand new Italian restaurant at the lobby level which replaces the previous Pontini restaurant in the hotel, helmed by Italian Executive Chef Antonio Cocozza. I was impressed with the contemporary and edgy interior of Grissini, which spots private dining rooms and an outdoor Josper Grill station.
The Food A quick glance at the menu shows how extensive the offerings are at Grissini. I was most excited about trying the dishes from the Josper Grill but there are other well-executed dishes we had at the start of our meal.
The Green Pea (S$14) soup served with crispy pancetta, fresh basil and Sicilian extra virgin olive oil is a good alternative to the usual wild mushroom soup. If you fancy something heavier, go for the Butternut Pumpkin (S$14) soup, a homemade rendition served with Marjoram herb, cream and basil oil.
From the pasta & risotto section, my favourite is the Tortelli Veal Cheek (S$24), also one of Chef’s signature here. The texture of the tortelli was just right, making it easy to chew and I could appreciate the veal cheek flavour better. The Alba white truffle oil drizzled over the pasta further enhanced its aroma.
If you fancy something creamy, order the Mushroom Risotto (S$24), which uses premium Acquerello Carnaroli Rice cooked in Porcini Mushroom Broth.
For a tomato base pasta, the Tagliatelle Bolognese (S$24) served with braised minced beef was an al dente rendition of this classic Italian dish.
Alternatively, the Boston Lobster Linguine (S$36) will be a good recommendation if you feel like trying something light in flavour.
For pizza, the most interesting option to me was the White (S$20 for Small / S$24 for Medium) pizza, which is basically a combination of black truffle paste, Mozzarella, aged bacon, cream and fresh basil. The truffle flavour was on point, though I found the dough slightly too tough. The flavours were quite heavy, hence I will recommend having this to share amongst 2 to 3 people.
From the Josper Grill, the must try item for me is the Wagyu Ribeye (S$78), which uses Australian wagyu beef. It was amazing how tender and succulent the flavour of the beef was, even without any sauce. I do have to rant that the price is on the high side, which makes it less value for money as compared to the pasta or pizza.
The other dish I enjoyed from the Josper Grill was the Octopus (S$36) served with roasted Ratte potatoes, Taggiasca olives, and baby rocket salad. I am less of a grilled octopus fan usually, but somehow the Josper grill worked like magic and brought out the best flavour of the octopus.
Comparatively, the Swordfish (S$38) served with rocket salad and baby capsicum paled in comparison to the ribeye beef and octopus. The fish was fresh, but overall taste was on the bland side as opposed to the earlier dishes.
For desserts, I enjoyed the Chocolate Tart (S$14), warm Hazelnut chocolate tart served with Pistachio ice cream. The chocolate had an intense and rich taste, while the Pistachio ice cream was oh-so-good. It reminded me of the version from Creamier, though the texture was more smooth instead of the nutty texture.
For the good old Italian choices, I will say go for the Limoncello Tiramisu (S$14) over the Classic Tiramisu (S$14). The latter contains Amalfi Coast’s Lemon liqueur, which added that bit of refreshing note.
If you are only craving for Gelato (S$8 per scoop), there are rather exotic flavours here which made me raise my eyebrows. Parmesan, Black Truffle Oil & Olives, Balsamic Vinegar, Basil and Cherry Tomato are clearly for the adventurous. I would rather stick to my Chocolate, Pistachio or Vanilla anytime.
Rants Probably the team has not settled in well yet, service from the team here was not top notch – not helped by the less than friendly restaurant manager. Also, the pricing was slightly high for a casual dining restaurant they seek to be.
Will I Return Again? For the food, a definite yes. Grand Copthorne Waterfront’s recent revamp of the hotel has found itself a winner in Grissini.
Make your reservation instantly at Grissini here.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm
Dinner: 6.30pm to 11pm
Sunday Brunch: 12.30pm to 3.30pm
Ranted by The Ranter