Not many Singapore restaurants offer a coastal view, but Skyloft does. Divided into a candle-lit alfresco area and a classy, white, indoor lounge with a full bar, the rooftop restaurant, which opens at 4pm, comes to life in the evening with live performances and firework shows.
We kicked things off with their signature iPlatter ($38) of foie gras terrine on toast, Parma ham salad, honey chicken wings and more. All was devoured within minutes. The saffron cod ($36) was done to perfection – light and flaky, and not too filling. It was a close battle between the mixed seafood pot ($26) and spicy mussels ($22) but the latter won overall approval for its mildly spicy herb and garlic sauce. The vanilla and lemongrass panna cotta ($12) ended things on a sweet note.
As it’s facing the South China Sea, you literally feel the breeze in your hair at Skyloft – in my books, that makes it the perfect chill-out place.
You’ll love it if: You’re into a great view, lively atmosphere and delicious bites.
You’ll hate it if: You’re afraid of heights.
Must-try dishes: Saffron cod; a pot of spicy mussels to share.
Forest serves contemporary Chinese cuisine with Thai and Japanese influences. Hmm. Chef Sam says that a tasting menu is like a symphony, and my verdict is that his eight-course meal ($188) sang in perfect harmony.
The tuna tartar served in a sesame cone – sweet, spicy and savoury – was a great start, although I’d prefer it without the cone. Another highlight was the steamed chawanmushi with foie gras , the foie gras crispy on the outside and bursting with flavours. We thought the intensely flavoured sauce lifted the slightly bland chawanmushi. Courses of Wagyu beef, foie gras and sea urchin went down well, but for me, the highlight was the charcoal-grilled sea bass.
Don’t panic when you see tea and ice cream in the same sentence: the flavour of tea in the chocolate banana ganache with Thai-teh ice cream was distinctive but subtle. The ganache was good, too. Dishes on the à la carte menu start from $15.
You’ll love it if: You like to take your time over a multi-course meal.
You’ll hate it if: You’re in a rush.
Must-try dish: Charcoal grilled honey seabass with sautéed eggplant.
The menu is divided into two sections: surf and turf, with starters, pastas and mains listed below each. We could have happily chosen every single dish on the menu, so in the interest of research, we asked Chef Osvaldo to give us a taste of several dishes including some of the chef’s specials that change weekly depending on what fresh ingredients have just arrived from Italy.
A fantastic amuse bouche of spicy Italian sausage pâté on fresh, tasty bread whet our appetite. The burrata cheese with Sicilian tomatoes and Parma ham ($25) was divine. Tender fresh fried calamari ($22) with tartare sauce was next, followed by white asparagus with poached egg and black truffle ($40). We then tried linguine with prawns ($25) and a flavoursome porcini mushroom tortelloni in butter and sage ($26). The yellowtail with marinated tomatoes and lentils ($32) was amazingly fresh, and no wonder because the restaurant has a twice-weekly delivery of fresh wild fish from New Zealand.
The desserts are more French than Italian, because the pastry chef hails from France, and all of them were delicious: apricot tart ($14), pear cake ($14), profiteroles ($14) filled with crème pâtissière and topped with real chocolate sauce, and a sensational, tangy lemon tart ($14).
We also tried a selection of white wines from Chef Osvaldo’s native Piedmont: Timorasso Derthona 2009 ($75), Gavi Valditerra 2010 ($65) and Sauvignon Blanc Andrea Mutti 2010 ($70).
This restaurant is likely to become one of our new favourites, especially as hubby works nearby.
You’ll love it if: You adore Italian food made with really fresh ingredients.
You’ll hate it if: You’re a fast-food junkie.
Must-try dishes: Burrata cheese with Sicilian tomatoes and Parma ham; lemon tart.