For a restaurant that’s housed in Capella Singapore, one of Sentosa’s finest beachside resorts, Fiamma is not at all what it seems. A chef with a a few Michelin-starred cafe (Mirazur, France) less than his belt helms this new Italian kitchen but Chef Mauro Colagreco does not appear to be to be having it all much too critically. In a excellent way, that is – they’ve bid a parting ciao to starched white tablecloths and official cutlery lineup.
Stepping into this newly opened cafe is meant to remind us of home. Not rather the quintessential household in Singapore, but an Italian farmhouse that is been taken up a notch with wood-fired ovens and cosy seating nooks. It’s a home, but still a single undeniably for the bourgeoisie, with each individual dining location having its possess title: you can opt for to casually lounge by the “Den” or get front row galley seats at the “Kitchen Chamber”.
It’s considerably like how the menu is influenced by Chef Colagreco’s grandparents. Rustic flavours pay back homage to his grandma’s cooking and he’s also adamant on working with refreshing make, many thanks to the fond childhood memories spent foraging at his granddad’s vegetable patch. As he poetically muses, 1 of his earliest reminiscences is of “a juicy sunkissed tomato, plucked straight from the vine in the vegetable garden”. Fiamma also translates to “flame”, so you can count on lots of wood-fireplace cooking and grilling in excess of open up flames.
Regardless of what the influences are, we’re liking it – our meal began on an great notice with an antipasti range of carpaccio and crudo. We didn’t be expecting a vegetable-centered carpaccio to be one particular of the more memorable dishes, but kudos to the Carpaccio di Pomodoro e Pesca ($26): finely sliced tomato and peach slivers paired with pistachio bits and chives. Other people, just after fresh seafood, could prefer the Mediterranean crimson prawn crudo ($48) with included citrusy notes of kumquat, or the sea bream carpaccio ($34) with mint oil and orange sauce.
Fiamma follows the regular Italian route with an unsurprising lineup of pasta and pizza. The pizza (from $24) is artfully kneaded making use of a handmade dough in advance of coming to an airy but fulfilling crisp in the wooden-fireplace oven. The Tartufo ($36) is one of the more pleasing choices, with a smoked Scamorza product cheese, Tuscan salami, and fresh black truffle shavings. As for the pasta, it is none other than a blue lobster tagliatelle ($56) tossed with tarragon and confit tomatoes, that normally takes an quick centre phase.
In genuine Italian spirit, Fiamma is equally attentive with the proteins. It’s the Bistecca alla Fiorentina ($160) that will have your desk oohing and ahhing, a dry-aged beef chop weighing in at a significant 1kg that comes with a aspect of balsamic-glazed grilled eggplant. If eating with a more substantial team, purchase a Pescato del Giorno ($68) to share. As a contemporary fish of the working day, the precise fish and cut varies, but you can be expecting grilled fish that is been organized employing classic Ligurian techniques – that is, with contemporary vegetables and a lemon-infused butter sauce.
Desserts do not disappoint either, ranging from the all-time favorite tiramisu ($20) to the Meringa Cotta ($16), a gradual-baked meringue with vanilla product and a drizzle of berry sauce. Safe to say: our palates were being more than pleased by the close of this communal-type Italian feast. Even the service is seamless but affable, and not at all strait-laced like what you may possibly be expecting from a cafe at Capella Singapore.
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