Serving my National Service liability in the Air Force earned me my callsign “Mambo” due to my crazy facination and addiction to Wednesday Mambo Nites at Zouk. But before you go about stereotyping me as just another booze-bingeing clubbing animal, I would like to reiterate the fact that I look upon Phuture in disdain and do NOT consider Mambo Jambo as clubbing, (much to the disagreement of almost everyone else I know).
It was by this reason(being a Wednesday) that I found myself(intentionally) at Grand Copthorne’s Pontini for dinner.
A spacious dining area and dimmed lightings(which resulted in not so great pictures…fyi I increased the lightings in the pics for easier viewing) allows for undisturbed private conversations. Note to self: Great place for potential dinner dates.
Pontini is also equipped with a pretty awesome wine cellar to get your date drunk with a wide choice of poison. Who knows? You might just get lucky. Sadly for me, I support the Don’t Drink too much and Drive campaign.
A not so memorable complementary Bread Basket was served at room temperature. For starters, E had the Minestrone Soup($15++) which was good(for a bowl of vegetable soup) but overpriced(with emphasis on it being a bowl of vegetable soup).
The Prosciutto di Parma($22++) was terrible. The Parma Ham was sliced too thickly and the excess of salt probably resulted in a fair bit of tongue cells shrivelling up and dying on losing their osmotic pressure. And in case you are wondering, yes this was after eating the ham together with the melons(which provided little relief).
Next up was the Tre Porcellini($22++), Pizza topped with ham, bacon, mushrooms, mozzarella, tomato and spicy minced pork. I’m not sure if this was intentional but the thin crust of the pizza was soft rather than crispy and the taste reminded me of the frozen ones I get from the supermarket. The only upside was that it was huge! The 2 of us barely managed to eat half and decided to doggy bag the rest.
Stricken by the unimpressive Starters and Pizza, I was all ready to throw in the towel and call it a day but fortunately we didn’t as the Mains were a different story altogether. Filetto di Manzo($38++) aka Beef Tenderloin, Foie Gras with Grilled Vegetables was awesome. I’m not sure if it was a lapse in service that they didn’t ask me regarding the doneness of the Tenderloin but when it arrived, it was all good! Juicy and tender, all I can ever ask for in a Steak. Moreover for this price, I would never have expected a Foie Gras of such generous portion. Though it wasn’t the best I have had but seriously how bad can a Pan-fried Foie Gras be?
The Capellini ai Gamberoni($25++) aka Angel Hair Pasta with King Prawns, Fresh Tomatoes and White Wine was truly marvelous. This has definitely set the benchmark for all angel hair pastas I will be eating in future.
Being an Italian restaurant, my default dessert order was the Tiramisu($16++). Served in what seemed to be a cappuccino cup, I don’t see how anyone can polish it off without sharing. It was quite good actually though I would have preferred a larger Marcapone layer.
Warm Chocolate Cake with Vanilla Ice Cream($16++), a crowd favourite in any restaurant. I was slightly disappointed when no chocolate lava flowed out after “spooning” the cake but it was good nonetheless. Anyway, why are the portion sizes so erratic here? This Choc Cake was terribly petite!
After the lackluster starters, the meal went uphill from there. I wouldn’t go as far as to say that the meal was epic but it was indeed satisfying. We chalked a bill of a whooping $200 approximately for 2 pax but lucky for me, I came prepared with an Ala-Carte Card from Copthorne Group of Hotels so 50% off yippie! Now that I think of it, that makes my Tenderloin with Foie Gras cost only $20! What up!!!
Rawr! The staff didn’t remind us about our doggy bagged pizza! I had to drive home hungry at 4am after Mambo with no supper!
On a side note, WineBar(outside Zouk) now offers Pontini’s Pizzas from $26++, as well as other bar food which includes Fish & Chips and Ribs(wtf?!) to accompany the booze.
392 HAVELOCK ROAD, LEVEL 2 GRAND COPTHORNE WATERFRONT HOTEL
TEL: +65 6233 1133