Ristorante Da Valentino

ristorante-da-valentinoIf you are seriously looking for an Italian restaurant with great service in Singapore, Ristorante Da Valentino stood out to be probably the top on the list. It was started by Chef Valentino and his family in July 2005 with humble roots in a shop house along Rifle Range road. Subsequently it was moved to the Grandstand in Turf City. The toughest part about Valentino is that it is always fully booked and you have to book at least two weeks in advance. I have been to Valentino twice: the first time with my wife (when she was still my fiancee) for our first anniversary of the proposal date in the Rifle Range and the second time three years later with her again two days before Valentine’s Day. In both occasions, the restaurant did not disappoint but impress me with both food and service quality in the highest degree. Continue reading Ristorante Da Valentino

Alkaff Mansion Ristorante

Alkaff Mansion holds a special place in my heart even for the fine dining experience. Located on Telok Blangah Hill next to Mount Faber in Singapore, the mansion has been an icon to those who lived nearby. For me, my home was next to Telok Blangah Hill and I have seen the mansion in its current form since the age of seven. When I was a child, it was the only mansion on the hill along with a Chinese temple nearby. Subsequently, the Singapore government turned the hilltop to a recreation park, by removing the temple and kept Alkaff Mansion in tact. During my college and university days, I usually jogged around the hill and was often fascinated by the infrastructure of the mansion. The location has gone through two incarnations as restaurants, and in her second incarnation today, it has taken the form of an Italian restaurant. Hence for me, reviewing this restaurant takes on a different perspective from the fine dining restaurants located in the city.
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Iggy’s @ Hilton Singapore

iggys_sg_bl1Currently ranked 4th in Miele Guide Restaurants in Asia 2013 (but was ranked 1st for two years in a row since 2011), it is the perfect treat for me to wine and dine in Iggy’s restaurant for my 39th birthday. My wife made the choice given the reputation of the restaurant for my birthday celebration as well as to support my fine dining endeavours. My overall first experience in Iggy’s Singapore was not just good but great even with early glitches in first impression. What made the experience interesting is that both my wife and I are given the experience to look at the kitchen and also speak to one of the chefs in the restaurant. Continue reading Iggy’s @ Hilton Singapore

Catalunya Singapore

Bringing_my_wife_to_the_Catalunya_Restaurant_at_the_Fullerton_Pavilion_for_her_birthday._at_The_Fullerton_PavilionMy first review began with figuring out where to take my wife for her birthday dinner. For the past two years, I have taken her to fine dining locations which require me to book at least two weeks in advance: the famous Ristorante de Valentino (moved from Rifle Range road to Turf City in Bukit Timah) and Pollen in Gardens by the Bay. Both restaurants have provided a great fine dining experience to me. As ambience is an important criteria to my choice, I selected Catalunya Singapore, a Spanish fine dining restaurant located at the Fullerton Pavilion, which boast a beautiful paranomic view of Marina Bay: the floating stadium, Marina Bay Sands casino and convention centre with the ArtScience Museum and new Marina Bay Financial Centre. Till date, I have not experienced good Spanish tapas in Singapore and it will be interesting to explore Catalunya. Continue reading Catalunya Singapore

Fine Dining

Fine-Dining @ Pollen, Gardens by the Bay.
Fine-Dining @ Pollen, Gardens by the Bay.
As an epicurean, one of my pleasures is in the realm of fine dining. What you do not know, is that I often take my time to enjoy a fine dining meal. For years, I have contemplated on starting a fine dining blog but never found the strength to do so, given the busy life I have. As I have started to collect the memories of my fine experiences, my interest to ignite this interest to writing about it has returned. Hence I am going to start really small, and dedicate part of my time here to write about my journey in fine-dining. Here is a summary of how I am going to approach this as a fine-dining critic. Continue reading Fine Dining