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Monday, November 5, 2012

Bite-Size Review: Dinner at Waterfall Cafe (Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore)

So I'd written about my breakfast experience at the new-ish Waterfall Café here, and by the look of the page views and links from Google searches to my post (yay for their awe-inspiring analytics), the restaurant is seeing quite a lot of activity in the online realm.  And that popularity is mirrored in real-life too, as I personally found out when I went back for more nosh in late August, only this time it was in the evening. 
The fantastic and exceedingly refreshing watermelon and tomato salad
Now as much as I loved the breakfast here, the dinner did not disappoint either.  I was with a couple of old friends, and between us, we'd ordered a good cross section of the menu.  The café was relatively full that evening which created an unfortunate backlog in the kitchen.  That caused a severe finger-tapping lull in the service whereupon there was a 45-minute wait between the time they cleared away our appetizers and when our mains finally made an appearance.  Luckily, as I'd mentioned, we were with extremely good pals so the convos kept us in relatively good spirits....but still.......45 minutes.......that's a primetime Presidential debate right there.  The upside was that the mains, when they finally came, were excellent and so were the "surprise" desserts that were the compliments of an extremely apologetic and soothing restaurant manager. 

Here are some of the recommended highlights of what we had:
Chilled gazpacho with basil and mozzarella
Iberico pork chop with sautéed corn, carrots, zucchini and caramelized pineapple

Slow baked veal cheek with sage, capers, eggplant, tomato and celery

My personal favourite: Oven-baked lamb leg with thyme,
roasted spicy potatoes and vegetable fricassee
Coconut cream panna cotta with strawberry confit

Lychee soup with summer fruits, exotic fruit cube and orange sherbet
View from our dining table of the outdoor terrace and swimming pool beyond.
Waterfall Café at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore - 22 Orange Grove Road, Singapore 258350.
Telephone:  +65 6213 4138

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