Went for Restaurant Week set lunch at Forlino's on Monday - so excited to try the food because, as you know, Forlino's is one of the premier restaurants dishing up Italian food in Singapore. So a few uni friends and I trooped down to Forlino's to try the food there.
We were ushered into a labyrinth of sorts - as I was climbing up the stairs, I remarked that this place really looks like China Black. Because okay there are stairs, and because it's black, but really because China Black was one of those places where you'd need to climb a nice flight of stairs, in the dark, around and around. Okay this is really out of point but never mind - really loved the walls, they were like in a pale shade of blue with lovely gold platings. We were led into a board room which was pretty nice, with black walls and gold plated ornaments adoring those walls. Floor-to-ceiling windows gave us a fantastic view of Marina Bay and the soon-to-be-finished Integrated Resort.
First course was the amuse bouche: salmon with some leaves. alright, nothing spectacular. i have had better amuse bouches from my friend's kitchen. (colin's).
Next up was the wonderful wonderful freshly baked foccacia with sea-salt. Baked with lots of olive oil, it was extremely fragrant and tasty, and a sprinkling of sea salt melded wonderfully with the freshness of the bread. (8/10)
Appetizer was crab meat with some melon puree; this was a bit like eating, pardon me, chinese fruit salad. okay not that bad. but the crabmeat could have been more flavourful. It was a bit...subtle. (6.5/10)
The main course was Spaghetti with Black Cod, prawns; the spaghetti was wonderfully al dente, and there was just enough sauce to render everything very tasty and savoury. Nice subtle crustacean flavours. Not particularly stunning (maybe I was still sick that day) but still good. (7.5/10)
Dessert blew me away. Warm chocolate fondant with banana gelato, this was amazing. The fondant was extremely rich and satisfying, with a wonderful balance of sweetness and bitterness. The banana gelato went perfectly with it (think Chocolate Banana but much better) - Excellent. (8.5/10)
We finished with coffee and petit fours, and I ordered some more bread just for the sake of it. And the great news was, it was only S$25++ per head. Great stuff.