Dolce Vita

Rating

Date of reviewOct 19, 2016
Cuisine Italian
LocationCity Hall / Bras Basah

5 Raffles Avenue Mandarin Oriental Singapore 039797, City Hall / Bras Basah, Singapore

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Overview

Lunch hours

Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm-3pm

Dinner hours

Mon-Fri 6.30pm-10.30pm

Dress Code

Smart Casual

Corkage

$50-$75/Bottle

Reservation

Yes

Buffet

No

Private Room

N/A

Accept Credit Card

Yes

Smoking Area

Yes

Review

Setting

The decor is minimalist and elegant with comfortable wooden chairs and tables dressed in crisp white linens. ‎Both indoor and outdoor seating are quiet and ‎conducive for conversations. ‎It also gives a nice poolside view of the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore skyline and The Singapore Flyer.

Food

The restaurant has an extensive menu—you can choose from the a la carte, monthly specials, lunch and tasting sets. The man behind these offerings is Italian chef Marco Mannochio, who cooks from the heart and only uses the best seasonal produce. 

The lobster tartare comes well dressed in zesty sherry vinegar to perk up the palate. Another feast for the eyes and tastebuds, the light and tasty starter sets the tone for the rest of the meal. 

Chef Marco’s foie gras is delicious too, with its unctuous richness balanced perfectly by the apricot compote and the earthy pistachio topping. The red prawn spaghetti, which is made in-house and topped with bottarga and fava beans, packs a flavourful punch. 

The variety of vegetables accompanying the lamb are cooked perfectly‎ and lent gravitas to the dish. The earl grey chocolate mousse works well with its distinct tea flavour complementing the smooth and rich chocolate mousse. 

Wine

The housepours, with over  20 types of champagnes and wines by the glass, are geographically well-represented.  There is always a feature wine every month, such as the Adriano Sauvigno Blanc 2014 from the Langhe family vineyard.

Service

The service is commendable, the staff are obviously well-trained and act like a well-oiled machine even on busy nights.

Price   $$$$$

Reasonably priced $65 (three-course lunch), $128 (five-course tasting )

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