Ristorante Bologne (closed)
Marina Mandarin Hotel
+65 6845 1111
As the name suggests, the dishes have their roots firmly in their Bologne origins. In a contemporary elegant setting, diners are treated to some truly authentic Italian home cooking.
For starters, the vegetable minestrone with fresh spinach and croutons ($13) is hearty, wholesome and full of natural flavours. As a cold entrée the buffalo mozzerella with sliced tomato, basil and first pressed organic extra virgin olive oil ($20) is very light and very fresh.
From the speciality menu, the homemade tagliatelle with traditional Bolognese meat and red wine sauce ($22) is delicious. The pasta is cooked to perfection and the sauce follows the traditional way of preparing Bolognese, without tomato sauce. Head chef Marengoni explains that, historically, tomato sauce was added to the dish for economic reasons.
A little richer but just as delicious is the homemade large flat pasta with bacon, cabbage and bronzi cheese ($23). The combination of flavours works very well together.
Italians are famed for their desserts and none more so than tiramisu ($14). This restaurant’s version is wonderful and is washed down superbly with a shot of espresso.