Dinner @ Basilico, The Regent Singapore
The waitress attending to us explained that we could opt for the antipasti buffet, choose a main course from the a la carte menu and end the meal with the dessert buffet. The antipasti buffet is priced at S$28+++ and the dessert buffet is priced at S$20+++. If you're not into buffets, no worries, they have a good selection on the a la carte menu.
Antipasti Buffet @ S$28+++
I was sorely disappointed. The risotto was bland and was dotted with diced, tasteless seafood bits. It was akin to eating airline food and you know how food tastes like paper when you're in the air. Besides, why would any fine restaurant dice seafood for a dish like seafood risotto, which are typically served with beautiful chunks (if not whole pieces) of fresh prawns or lobster? My theory is that this would only happen when the ingredients are not fresh or flavoursome enough to stand on its own as a firm chunk. Plus, it is likely that this dish was made from odds and ends of prawns, scallops and lobsters that were used to make other dishes. Eating this dish reminded me of bland starchy diced seafood soups that we sometimes get at Chinese set dinners. Granted that for S$31, one cannot expect a whole lobster but a chunk or two would be nice, or simply omit it altogether and give us chunks of prawns. This was definitely a deal breaker for me and I resolved never to have any seafood dishes here, if I ever return.
1 Cuscaden Road,
Level 2, The Regent Singapore,
Tel: +65 6725-3232
Daily: Noon - 2.30pm & 6.30pm - 10.00pm
Sunday Brunch: Noon - 3.00pm