So, it's good news to me that Pontini Italian Restaurant well known for it's Italian fine dining has launched their Italian buffet lunch (on Saturdays and Public Holidays only). I was invited to taste the Pontini lunch buffet recently and I am very pleased with the experience.
Now, we can eat to our heart's content on fine Italian cuisine at one price (SGD48++ adult, SGD24++ child).
Pontini Head Chef, Daniele Sarno is from Florence, Italy. During his 15 years of culinary experience, Daniele had worked in leading Michelin starred restaurants in Italy and the UK. Daniele's secret to good Italian cuisine is simplicity, fresh ingredients and passion in cooking. I've seen this approach worked from street food stalls to fine dining restaurants, and saw it worked here too in Pontini.
Pontini's lunch buffet consists of antipasti, home made Italian breads, soup, main courses, pastas, pizzas, desserts and beverages.
The antipasti, breads, cheese, soup, cakes and desserts were spread on buffet islands and were self service.
The salads and appetizer buffet serves a free flow antipasti, bread, and cheese spread.
Lots of choices for starters but as usual at buffets, I just settled for one or two dishes that caught my fancy most.
Today, it was these meaty, gummy, cubed Scottish smoked salmon :D
The mains, pastas and pizzas were served a la carte buffet style. Our orders were prepared in the kitchen a la minute and served at our table. (My preferred style of buffet :-D )
Each person was allowed one main course, so we shared our orders :D
Roasted Barramundi fish (Sea Bass) fillet and snow peas on pumpkin and sage mash, garnished with grain mustard sauce.
Oven-baked Norwegian salmon mignon topped with crushed pistachio crust.
Piedmont style braised beef brisket resting on a soft potato fondant and dressed with herb gravy.
Tender, juicy, rich, beefy, savoury-sweet balanced with potato sweetness, tangy tomato and clean tasting crunchy zucchini.
Juicy Chicken Thigh “Diavola” topped with spicy capsicum and tangy tomato sauce with dried oregano.
Personally, I am here for the pastas and my stomach space was the only limit (as there was no limit to servings of pastas and pizzas).
There were three choices of house made pastas, namely Tagliolini, Penne and Tagliatelle.
The pastas were offered in 5 different styles, namely:
- Aglio olio with sweet chili
- Fresh tomato fondue with basil
- Roman style carbonara
- Wild mushroom, pancetta, pine nuts and parmesan cheese
- Genovese style basil pesto sauce.
Eggy al dente house made Tagliolini in Genovese style basil pesto sauce.
Tagliolini or ang moh mee kia, this time in fresh tomato fondue with basil.
Tagliolini in wild mushroom, pancetta, pine nuts and parmesan cheese.
Tagliatelle or ang moh mee pok ... just as heart warming in Roman style carbonara.
I love the house made pastas here at Pontini, a lot, a lot.
Pontini's pizzas are house made from scratch with imported Italian flour and water (yes, Pontini uses Italian water because tap water here just won't do for authenticity of flavour and texture.) In true Italian style, Pontini's pizzas were served on crispy thin crust with tomato and mozzarella bases and 2 toppings. (Choice of toppings number over 20; I can't remember exactly.)
Nice premium ingredients on a good crispy crust freshly baked in a wood fired oven.
Smoked salmon pizza.
There was a range of cakes and sweet desserts but again I just zeroed in on the one thing that caught my attention.
The freshly made crepe at the live station.
Chef Ameerah was making crepes for us at the live station.
I went for this clean tasting freshly made crepe with fruits and chocolate sauce, twice :-D
Pontini serves a range of interesting mocktails. I ordered this cucumber and raspberry after seeing the ladies went ga ga over it.
I was very pleased with Pontini's lunch buffet and gladly recommend it.
Personally, for the quality of what we are getting, Pontini's Italian Lunch Buffet at $48++ for adult and $24++ for child, I feel is value for money.
I can eat very good pasta to my heart's content.
Pontini is located at level two, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel.
Thank you Jennifer for your hospitality.
Restaurant name: Pontini Italian Restaurant, Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
Address: 392 Havelock Rd, Singapore
Hours: 12:00 noon to 3:00pm (lunch buffet on Sat and Public Holidays only)
Tel: (+65) 6233 1100
No pork, no lard, no Halal cert
Date visited: 18 Oct 2014
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