The Place Located right beside the swimming pool at The Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Dolce Vita is the hotel’s Italian dining concept which had a massive revamp few months ago. The new look of the Italian restaurant is casual chic, with nice natural lighting in the day, wooden chairs decked in turquoise blue hues and a splendid view of the pool and Singapore’s skyline. It is my first time to Dolce Vita, even though I have checked out Melt Cafe (read our full review here) several times, the hotel’s all-day dining restaurant with one of the best Indian buffet spread in Singapore.
The Food We tried some of the signatures of Chef Marco Manocchio, starting with the Vitello Tonnato (S$32), veal loin with tonnata sauce and pickled vegetable. This dish is very popular in Northern Italy (think Milan and northwards) as well as parts of Germany. The veal meat is typically sliced very thinly, topped with a creamy layer of tuna.
Next up was a pasta dish we had, the homemade Tortelli (S$36) with seared langoustine caciucco, burrata flakes and marjoram. The al dente Tortelli was amazing. I really enjoyed the perfect texture immensely. Drizzled with lobster bisque sauce and burrata beneath, you will get a mix of hot and cold elements in this dish, the cold portion being the green marjoram.
For mains, we had the Merluzzo (S$48), which is essentially steamed Cod Fish. I enjoyed the mix of ingredients at play here – almond milk and nuts are drizzled over the cod fish, which added such a delightful touch to the dish. In addition, the orange hue present on the dish is sea urchin sauce, further elevating the overall flavour of the cod fish, which was fresh and delicious even on its own.
I am not a big fan of Tiramisu, hence my nonchalance when I saw this dessert on the menu. I am glad I gave it a try. Firstly, the presentation of the Tiramisu (S$16) here is nothing like the typical jar or presentation. There are bits of suspicious looking gold flakes on the Mascarpone mousse, while beneath the soft layer of white mousse lies the delectable and rich espresso ice cream. This is by far one of the best Tiramisu I have had for a long time.
Rants The restaurant feels like a casual dining space, especially with its location right beside the pool. We spotted diners in sandals and shorts in the restaurant, though the fine dining service standards and price point suggest anything but casual dining. In this sense, it is quite difficult to pinpoint the positioning of the restaurant.
Will I Return Again? I was impressed with the food after my meal at Dolce Vita, given my usual scepticism with restaurants in hotels. You get the Italian authenticity and good quality of the ingredients,
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This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
Taste bud: 4/5
Hole in the pocket: 4.5/5
Overall Experience: 4/5
Monday to Friday: 12 to 2.30pm; 6.30 to 10.30pm
Saturday to Sunday: 12 to 3pm; 6.30 to 10.30pm
Ranted by The Ranter