There’s nothing like an Italian festive menu which comes alongside an excellent truffle harvest this year. Not just a bumper crop this year, Alba white truffles are priced at one of its highest due to the distinct quality this season.
Chef De Cuisine, Carlo Marengoni’s Christmas menu is one that’s decadently laced with premium ingredients such as lobster, porcini and the prized truffles, both white and black. At only S$158++ per person, it’s a festive celebration that’s worth the value not just from the high quality of produce, but topnotch culinary skills.
The lobster (a generous portion for a starter) and asparagus casserole was delightfully encased in a buttery, puff pastry. Unsurprisingly, the myriad of textures coupled with the sweetness of the fresh lobster, made a bright teaser to the rest of the meal.
Like most Italian fare with first and second platters, be prepared for a feast that will definitely satiate you for the evening. The homemade taglierin is dipped into a parmigiana fondue, and topped with fragrant slices of white truffles. You would think the umami from the cheese, coupled with the truffle might be too much, but I thought it was done perfectly with the pasta just nicely coated, and slipping off as you slurp it down, and the white truffle hitting you more as a scent, than as an intense flavour.
For the main act, choose from either the sea bream or the U.S. rib-eye – a tough choice for the discerning. We were lucky to try both and my personal favourite was the rib-eye being quite the red meat lover myself. The sea bream was definitely tasty, sitting on a bed of asparagus puree. Well-seasoned and cooked to bite, the sea bream was scrumptious.
Not captured within this frame were the buttons of fresh porcini mushrooms that were probably soaked in its juices for some time before sautéing with the rest of the condiments. The Barolo (touted as one of the best Italian wines) reduction was intense and flavourful, with a pairing that accentuates the tender, juicy, and well-marbled rib-eye. A crowd-pleaser for sure, because I was grinning from cheek to cheek myself as I savoured each piece, slowly…
The panettone was a fantastic close to the meal. Reeling from the rich and hearty flavours of the preceding courses, the dessert was an amazing hazelnut gelato (think fresh Nutella ice cream) served with a dark chocolate sauce and tart raspberry drippings. Everything just went perfectly together (and into my mouth).
The view at twilight was enthralling, with the full picturesque Marina Promenade in all its glory. And deeper into the night, watch the lights illuminate the waters, forming the backdrop of a great Christmas night out.
The 4-course dinner is priced at S$158++ and is available from now till 30 December 2015. Make your reservations early as seats are limited at the cosy restaurant. And try to score the window seats – it will be a night to remember.
Many thanks to Fullerton Hotel for the generosity.
Lighthouse at Fullerton Hotel
Level 8, 1 Fullerton Square
Tel: +65 6877 8140
Hours: Daily from 12.00nn to 2.30 pm | 6.30 to 10.30pm
Nearest station: Raffles Place MRT (About 5 min walk)