Thursday, June 14, 2012

Forlino: Italian standard in Singapore?

Forlino is a rather well established Italian restaurant at the Fullerton Hotel. Tucked into one corner of the bay-side building right on top of the car parks, the restaurant commands an excellent view of the bay area. Recently, Omega hosted a Press Launch to showcase their BaselWorld2012 novelties. I attended the event, which I cover some of the watches, and here is the report on the food.

We started with Angus Beef Tenderloin carpaccio with truffle infused honey

Doesn't look like the description? Looks more like a pastry with some shaved truffles. Ah, but the pastry sits on top of the beef carpaccio. Interesting nonetheless. The ingredients were not overpowing in any way...a polite dish, shall we say?

Next the Garganelli with Forest Mushrooms and crunchy pancetta

Garganelli is a kind of pasta made flat, and rolled on a stick (like chopstick) to make a tubular structure capable of holding sauce. A bit like penne, but the penne is made as an extrusion in a tubular form...like a straw, and cut to length. The pasta was el dente, nicely done. The light egg flavour was mildly fragrant and melded well with the flavours of the forest mushrooms which were decidedly more robust.

For mains, a choice of halibut or striploin...I had both...as my neighbour had to leave early before her main course for a meeting.

My originally intended main was the angus striploin in rosemary sauce. The beef was done superbly...pink throughout with a touch of rare in the core, and nicely browned on the outside. Very nice steak.

The fish was even better!

Crisp skin...perfectly cooked meat. Fresh produce. Excellent plus plus.

And for dessserts, a dark chocolate and ameretti pudding...

How can you go wrong with chocholate and ameretti pudding? Impossible! The pastry chef did well with this. Not only was it beautiful to look at, including the host's logo on board...it tasted heavenly.

Forlino certainly showed why it has been at the forefront of Italian cusine in Singapore for a long time. Good ingredients, great cooking, and a beautiful restaurant coupled with attentive service.

Forlino Italian Restaurant
#02-06 One Fullerton
One Fullerton Road
6877 6995.

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