The Italian food scene in Singapore gets more exciting with The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar unveiling a new concept rooted in “Cucina Costiera” or authentic Southern Italian cuisine with specialties and quality produce from gastronomy rich regions like Campania, Sardinia and Sicily.
I was invited to have a taste of their new menu a few weeks ago. Before dinner begins, we went up to the Rooftop bar to enjoy some cocktails and tapas while soaking in the panoramic views of the Singapore skyline.
Here’s our plate of Squid, prawns and whitebait smoked pepper sauce ($18).
Squid ink rice with shrimps and peas in saffron aioli ($18)
Bruschetta topped with caponata and stracciatella ($18)
Unblocked view of Singapore Flyer and Marina Bay Sands from the bar. The Lighthouse Rooftop Bar’s atmospheric setting makes it perfect for special occasions with nightly views of the Marina Bay Light Show as well as the city’s spectacular fireworks display on National Day and New Year’s Eve.
Back to the restaurant for dinner, it is furbished in refreshing hues of vibrant orange and earthy tones with aspecially-designed range of mirror panelling emphasizes the unrivalled views of the Marina Bay waterfront from all angles of the restaurant.
Drawing inspiration from Italy’s Amalfi Coast, The Lighthouse is befitting of its location at the mouth of the Singapore River. Its new cuisine style reflects the rich fishing history of Southern Italy and its abundance of renowned gourmet products including buffalo mozzarella, burrata, sheep ricotta, marinated olives, sun dried tomatoes, lemons as well as aromatic wild herbs like rosemary and oregano. My dinner started with Sweet Half Maine Lobster Dressed in his Coral with Roasted Peppers and Basil Salad ($36).
Overall, the menu has some good classic dishes and my favourite for the night is Sea Rock Style Risotto ($33) With Langoustine, Crab, Mussels, Clams, Tomato And Parsley. It is rich and intensely full-flavoured, a dish cooked the traditional way with carnaroli rice and fully evocative of the culinary pleasures of Italy.
The Homemade Tagliolini ($28) was another memorable dish, both for the taste and presentation. I am not a fan of creamy pasta to begin with but Amalfi’s Lemon Sauce made it more acceptable for me. The pasta is al dente with just the right degree of firmness; it offers a slight resistance to the bite without being hard. And the lightly spiced prawns are cooked in a classic style.
And if you’re ever looking for a dish that’ll be a visual showstopper, this is it — Roasted Whole Seabass ($48) from the area of Orbetello. Chef said they used to serve this fish during the roman empire. The fish firms up and turns to a beautiful bronze on a cedar wood plank. The cedar wraps the fish in a sweet smokiness without overwhelming the gentle flavor of the sea bass.
The fish is more salty but retains moisture when grilled. Chef has a firm control of flavours as he knows just how much punch to add to a mild tasting piece of seabass – in this case, with fresh aromatic herbs and emulsion of Sicilian lemons. The subtle herbs and cedar-wood plank give the fish a flavorful finish. But if you think that the smokiness is overpowering, you can dip it with the lemon emulsion. It is a sauce made with pure old lemon, which gives a sour and slight bitter finishing.
I have no quarrel with their Grilled Texan Rib-Eye ($88) either, for the meat is meltingly succulent. It was the perfect doneness for this cut. And the flavoured mushrooms And truffle mustard sauce truly complements and enhances it.
Desserts, complemented with Italian wines and cheeses, will complete the dining experience at The Lighthouse. The selection include classic Italian favourites like Zibibbo Sabayon with Marinated Strawberry and Traditional Baba ($22), and Sicilian Cannoli and Ice Cream with Chocolate Chips, Ricotta Cheese and Candied Fruits ($24).
A destination establishment that offers a multi-layered experience with an intimate-sized dining room and an adjoining rooftop bar, The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar occupies the exact location where a beacon used to guide the world’s mariners to the safety of the Singapore port in the eighteenth century. Today, it commands one of the most mesmerizing views of the Singapore skyline and Marina Bay waterfront from atop The Fullerton Hotel.
A 3-course set lunch at The Lighthouse Restaurant is available at $48 per person and a 5-course degustation dinner is available at $138 per person.
Address: Level 8 of The Fullerton Hotel
For reservations, please call The Lighthouse at 6877 8933 or email theli[email protected]
Opening hours: Mondays to Fridays from 12pm to 2.30pm (Lunch) and 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Dinner) and on Saturdays, Sundays and Public Holidays from 6.30pm to 10.30pm (Dinner)