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Saturday, May 2, 2009
#02-06, One Fullerton
Lunch was at this restaurant which has an excellent view of the waterfront area. All of us had the set lunch ($38++) which consisted of an amuse bouche, starter, main course and petite fours with coffee/tea.
The foccacia bread was nothing to shout about; I've definitely had better ones elsewhere. It was quite bland and lacked the fragrance of olive oil.
The amuse bouche of smoked salmon was beautifully plated.
The smoked salmon was great! Not too salty and went well with the small bed of salad it was sitting on.
I also enjoyed the starter of pumpkin soup. It had the right consistency and not watery at all. Now, this is not the ultra smooth type that some people may prefer. Instead, there was very minute chunks of pumpkin which suited me just fine since I prefer contrasting texture.
Another choice of starter was the cold tuna salad. This has to be my favourite dish of the day. The tuna slices were seared perfectly and not tough at all. Portion was also generous for a starter. My only grouse was that it was a little under seasoned. Otherwise, this was close to perfect.
I chose the squid ink pasta as my main course. This was quite a disappointment as the pasta lacked the intense flavour of squid ink which I was looking for. The scallops and mussels were alright, nothing fantastic.
The other choice of main course was the roasted beef with baby potatoes and spinach. It looked good though I only tried the potatoes and spinach. Again, nothing extraordinary.
We ended the meal with a cup of coffee and petite fours. The latter consisted of small, dainty butter cookies, baked meringues and chocolate truffles. I liked the meringues and truffles! They were melt-in-the-mouth good!
Service was hands down top-notch. Perhaps I was lucky, since apparently other reviewers had much to say about the bad service. One incident that impressed me most was that the waiter serendipitously slipped a spoon onto the table for dad as I transferred some of my unfinished pasta onto his plate. That's how attentive and non-intrusive the service was. However, the food didn't impress as much as the ambience, view and service since there were hits and misses. A pity, really, since Forlino may very well have a winning formula if the food is as great as its other plus points.
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