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392 Havelock Road, Grand Copthorne Hotel.
Telephone: (65) 6233-1133
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    2. The Hungry Bunny
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       06 Aug 2010 at 12:45 pm

      Read the full review at http://thehungrybunnie.blogspot.com/2010/07/pontini.html

      Pontini's one of those candlelit, private, grand piano musically accompanied restaurants that's perfect for romance but bad for food photography.

      We like it here. The ambience is quiet and peaceful so you can be assured there's no loud boisterous idiot yakking away. Service is warm and friendly (seriously, everyone from the pianist to the cooks at the oven greets you with a big big smile) but still discreet and unintrusive.

      We ordered:

      1) Pan-Fried Barramundi in Onion Broth ($32), a fairly large chunk of firm, white-fleshed fish balanced on a few king oyster mushrooms in a pool of rich onion broth. I liked how the earthy mushrooms cut through the sweetness of the onions.

      2) Saltimbocca alla Romana ($38) of veal with parma ham atop a bed of prosecco risotto. The rolls of parma ham wrapped veal was very full-bodied and meaty. I would have liked the risotto to be cooked for a little longer, the grains weren't cooked through and soft enough

      3) Grand Copthorne Pizza ($25), with arugula and parma ham. I loved the biscuit-thin crust of the pizza that had a smoky hint of the wood-fired oven, the piquant tomato base, the bitter greens and the rich saltiness of the parma ham. Easily the best dish of the dinner

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      1. feizhu
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         14 Jan 2008 at 12:08 am
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        Idyllic brunches are what I often look forward to and they can essentially dictate the pace of the day's subsequent activities. On this beautiful Saturday morning, my gf and I set out to conquer the Italian buffet brunch at Pontini. I have never tried Italian buffets and it got me thinking as to how badly the quality of food would be compromised in the face of mass reproduction. We reached there slightly before 12pm and were told it was fully booked. Thank god we had made reservations(The buffet hadn't started so I did manage to take some decent interior shots without much people).

        A short walk through the passageway with water trickling down both sides of the walls will see you at a cellar which also doubles up as a private function room. Walk on and you will notice that the interior is simple yet elegant, with wood as the main element. Homely and comfortable are words I would use to associate with such surroundings.

        The buffet variety wasn't extensive. I estimated it to be about 30 odd, probably 40 inclusive of desserts. There was everything from Parma Ham with Rock Melon to Cus Cus to Pizzas and Pasta which were cooked on the spot for you, Cheeses, Roasted Lamb, Oysters etc. Drinks like Champagne, Red and White Wine and Fruit Juices were also free flow. I tried almost everything on offer except for a few of the Cheeses.

        I personally liked the pizzas and the pasta. Wafer thin and crispy crusts led the way for the Pizzas and it really was a pleasure eating them. Subtle flavouring, the freshest ingredients and excellent culinary skill resulted in an absolutely tantalising pasta creation. I attribute the excellent culinary skills to Pontini's Executive Chef, Laurent Perez, who whipped up pasta after pasta for me. And so, let me just cut the review short because there are just too many things to write about. Almost everything was good or at least above average, with the exception of a couple, like the mushroom soup, which I found a tad too bitter and some of the cheeses which reeked strongly of gee. Oh and yes, I did like some of the desserts as well, namely the Hazelnut Pannacotta and the shot of Tiramisu, which had a potent coffee taste.

        It cost us $116.55/- for 2 pax ($66.55 after $50 discount)which I find to be pretty worth it even without the discount because champagne and wines can already cover quite a huge part of your bill. Service is great and everyone's friendly. Plates are cleared and drinks are refilled promptly. There's even a 3 piece ensemble going to each individual table to belt out songs or individual requests. Food wise, I wouldn't go as far as to rate it Excellent, but most of it are a Good. With such good food, good atmosphere and a individual band to boot, whats not to like? I'm recommending this as a must try.

        See all my pictures here.

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        1. Bobo
          Bobo said:
          ... Hmm free flow champagne and wine.. I guess the price is justified then.
          14 Jan 2008 at 6:46 am
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