09 Sep Amarone Ristorante Review
It was my fiance’s birthday and I wanted to take him to a nice fine dining place. I looked up online and found people raving about this Italian gem in the city called Amarone Ristorante. Its ranked 10th best out of 8,222 restaurants in Singapore on Tripadvisor. I was convinced. I call the restaurant and make a reservation.
First, the ambience – since it’s situated in the heart Tanjong Pagar, on the first floor of Capital Tower, it attracts a significant business crowd, not so romantic.
Second, the service – Five stars to that. They knew it was my fiance’s birthday so they arranged a cute center piece and a handwritten happy birthday card for him. At the end of our meal they also brought complimentary dark chocolate cake with a candle and even sang for him! It was very sweetly organized. I must thank the staff there for the homely celebration.
Now the Food – Unfortunately Average.
We ordered two main courses from their menu. I ordered the Pan Roasted Salmon in fish cream with fennel puree, squid ink polenta and flowering cabbage $40. The crispy skinned salmon was well cooked and portioned. The only thing missing – salt! Neither the salmon nor the sauces were properly seasoned. The fennel puree too lacked the strong fennel flavor. The rest of the dish was ok but difficult to appreciate when the key ingredient is missing! The presentation wasn’t appealing either. There was too much going on in terms of color. The beautiful crispy salmon skin was brutally destroyed by the moist vegetables on top.
My fiancé ordered their 36-hour braised beef cheek in red wine sauce $40. Again, the dish was very average. The beef was not top grade and it had gone surprisingly dry instead of being tender and succulent. The red wine sauce tasted more bitter than flavorful. Overall quite disappointing at $40. The presentation too, was over the top just like the salmon with too much going on.
Finally the wine – Extensive collection! Their wine menu is quite good and wide ranging. We got a bottle of their Barbera which was affordably priced at $80 a bottle. Medium bodied and mildly acidic, it went well with the beef.
The breads were freshly baked and warm too, although charged at $0.50 per plate.
Thanks to their amazing service the evening overall went well. We even got to speak to the Italian chef and understand why his seasoning wasn’t up to the mark. Just 6 months old in Singapore he’s trying to adjust to the Asian taste buds. But he was open to the feedback and shared a great deal about his culinary experience around the world. All in all, a good experience but not worth being labeled 10th best in Singapore!
Food – 3*
Service – 5*
Ambience – 3*
Pricing – 2*
Wine – 4*
Would we visit again? – No.