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Forlino @ One Fullerton

forlino

I finally paid a visit to Forlino after so long - especially when the chance came for brunch with a view. These days, ambience seems to be an attraction as well in considering dining places. Housed on the second floor of One Fullerton, accessing it is no brainer but the maze to the place is quite something. Cross the bridge, enter a winding path into the entrance of Forlino, up the stairs and into yet another maze of robin blue walls with such intricate designs - it felt like a French Rabbit Hole.

interior

Cushy.

view

Lovely seats with a pretty and unobstructive view of Esplanade and the Floating Platform - this place must be packed during National Day Rehearsals! Ambience was good, music was just right for a leisurely brunch but the service was already contrived from the start - could be the particular waitress but she was attending to us most of the time!

brunch

The rest of the like-minded.

bread

Panfried foccacia bread was served up smelling most heavenly but looked and tasted oily. A great pity that it smelt better than it tasted - in fact, tasteless most oddly.

butter and balsamic

Their choice of butter was cream-based and reminded me of cheese. No refills offered either.

appetizer platter
Selection of appetizers that are compulsory without choices. At first glance, the appetizer platter was drab-looking.

foie gras
Pan Roasted Goose Liver with Lambrusco Wine Sauce

Nowhere near the velvety-melt-in-your-mouth texture, this was a tad overcooked. There were meat balls mashed with chestnuts that came with it as well, just alright.

melon and parma
3 Years Old Finest Parma Ham with Cantaloupe Melon

Betraying its dull exterior to reveal a sweet melon with mildly salty ham, thought this was most outstanding.

crabmeat
Blue Crab Tomato Salad with Champagne Vinegar

Champagne vinegar made this a tad too sour. Croutons were overfried too.

calamari
Crispy Fried Prawns and Calamari

Overly marinated prawns made this too salty.

pasta
Tagliolini with Cod and Spicy Broccoli

tagliolini

Appetizer saver came in the form of tagliolini that tasted much like yee-mien. This orange-hued dish could easily pass off as carrot pasta - well flavoured and appetizing.

crispy duck full

Crisp Duck Leg with Caramelized Shallots and Marsala Wine Sauce

crispy duck
I mistook this for duck confit, pretty good portions of this. If only taste measured up as well. Marsala wine sauce had a sweet aftertaste to it, so did the caramlized shallots and aromatic banana-flavoured cherries which honestly did more sweet than salty justice to this.

mmmeaty

Duck Leg was meaty and crisp at the right places but lacking hugely in taste. A great pity though, a dash of salt could have saved it.

wagyu

Wagyu Beef Cheek with 100% Chocolate and Red Wine Sauce

In comparison, wagyu beef cheek was alot more palatable.

beef cheek

What I did not fancy too much was - too tender. The companion however liked it - only braised beef lovers need order.

choc cake
Molten Lava Chocolate Cake with Mascarpone Icecream and Persimmon Coulis

The chocolate cake looked under the weather missing out on the rich dark chocolate exterior that comes with most molten lava cakes.

molten

A slight prod unleashes a molten center, slightly undercooked inside but the chocoaddict polished it off nonetheless.

mascarpone icecream
The kitchen kindly replaced my dessert with a marginally larger scoop of mascarpone icecream - not too bad!

coffee

tea
Coffee and Tea

Coffee was over boiled, tea was o-k-a-y- with Lipton.

The supposed Chiacchiere (icing powder dusted fried dough) that came with the set did not arrive and we did not bother to ask either. Every table had it and only we missed out - whatever!

Based on brunch, Forlino fulfills the ambience and view requirement but quality of food...not entirely high up on the agenda.

$58++

Forlino
One Fullerton

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