I don’t know about you, but I can’t help but to feel all zen and relaxed already.
The Waterfall, a Mediterranean restaurant, is Shangri-La’s 1-year old addition to its F&B line. It is a viable dining alternative if buffet at the renowned The Line isn’t your cup of tea. I would, however, like to look at this more of a restaurant, what with its posh and cozy interior. The shades of brown and beige create a warm, ‘lived in’ feeling; they also evoke a neutral and simple touch to your dining experience, not making the space feeling cluttered. Take a look, and you’ll agree with me that it’s perfect for a sizzling hot date.
Save for the Private Dining Area where you need to have a minimum spending of $750 and $950 (before taxes) for lunch and dinner respectively, you are free to choose your desired dining area. I personally love the cushioned, intimate lamp-over-the-head seat.
What comes next after being seated and served with ice / warm water is a waitperson appearing beside you, spoiling you with 4 choices of artisan bread – Squid Ink & Chili Bread, Pesto Bread Roll, French Baguette and Organic Whole Wheat Bread, accompanied with dips of butter, spicy tomato sauce and baba ghanoush (made of eggplant mashed and mixed with olive oil and seasonings). Though it’d only be served to you at the start of your meal, I’m sure with a smiley face and polite request, they would accede to your request of second round.
Phoenix Organic Sparkling Apple Juice :: I’m glad Shangri-La holds Phoenix’s sparkling juices. Not only are they organic, they are refreshing and cooling, most apt for a meal by the pool. If you are a wine fanatic, you are in the right place, as they serve wine from across the Mediterranean from the South of Spain to the coast of Lebanon. You can also expect coffee from Illy.
Watermelon & Tomato Salad (with prawns) ($24++) :: A successful continuity on the theme of a ‘revitalizing’ meal. Call me a ‘sua-gu‘, but I’ve actually never had a watermelon salad. It’s such a brilliant combination of items here – juicy, thirst-quenching and sweet, ultimate in whetting your appetite. Additions of red onion spices things up as well, both literally and figuratively. It costs $16++ without prawns.
Fettuccine Pasta ($28++) :: This pasta, surrounded by parmesan cheese foam, hits all the right spot for me. Its pasta was near al-dente enough for me. I’ve never tasted one that is consistently al-dente. I had this because I’m a huge fan of parma ham and mushroom. The former was thinly sliced but bearing a big surface area, thus still retaining its usual chewiness and bite. The saltiness complemented the pasta real well.
Pan-seared Tuna ($35++) :: I am going to be honest here; I’ve never had better Pan-seared Tuna. I had a bad experience at another establishment, where its tuna was tougher than any other meat, and flavorless. I was relieved to experience the exact opposite here. Coated with peppercorn and coriander (don’t worry, it doesn’t have that acrid taste and smell) and drizzled with black garlic jus, the seafood is further made more flavorful than usual. There is also the honey glazed eggplant, which I had over the steamed baby bok choy, not a veggie fan here.
Fresh Strawberry Consommé ($12++) :: Being relatively sweet and slightly tangy, this liquid dessert wasn’t much to my liking. I don’t know, there isn’t anything wrong with it, but more of a misfit of preference. If you want a cold, light, and sweet liquid end to your meal, this would be appropriate. It’s infused with ginger and verbena, and served with green tea cookies too. It’d be better if it is made more gingery. I love ginger.
Warm Dark Chocolate Cake ($14++) :: When it comes to desserts, I’m a safe-eater. It’s more often than not, something chocolatey. And it’s no exception this time round. No it’s not a Molten Lava Cake, it’s merely a warm, gluten-free chocolate cake. I always believe that these desserts being dark is a smart thing to do, as the darkness and bitterness of it would act as an equipoise to the (sometimes overly) sweetness. Served with butterscotch ice cream. A must-order to end the meal.
Though the prices can be a little steep (mains of about at least $30 – $40 after taxes), I thought it is arguably reasonable, seeing that it’s nestled in a lucrative 5-star hotel in Singapore. It is also all made okay with its exclusivity and well-furnished interior. Further, it’s just on the outskirts of Orchard Road. I think it’s one of the best spots for a semi-formal, semi-casual date.
Special gratitude to Josephine and the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore team for the hospitality and hosting the invited tasting session.
Address: 22 Orange Grove Road, Garden Wing, Level 1
Telephone: 6213 4138
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 10.30pm (Daily); 12pm – 3pm (Lunch); 6pm – 10.30pm (Dinner)