Last year, we had to cancel our reservation at Restaurant Week due to work commitments. For those who don’t know, Restaurant Week is organised by online dining guide DiningCity, and as it’s name suggests, it’s a week allocated for foodies to savour the best dishes from around Singapore, and restaurants will dish out their special menus at special prices for that week.
This year, we reserved a place at The Knolls @ Capella Singapore to try out their Restaurant Week menu. It was not our first time to Capella, but our first dining there, and I must say I love the tranquility and peacefulness of the hotel. Nestled within the greens of Sentosa Island, Capella overlooks the South China Sea and is isolated from all the buzz and hype of even USS, not to mention mainland Singapore. It is, however, damn freaking expensive to stay at hahaha.
I particularly liked the way the restaurant was organised. The long walkway in creates a different vibe compared to other restaurants where you walk in and see tables and chairs scattered all over the place (even some fine-dining places are like that now). For The Knolls, the tables are isolated to the sides of the walkway, for maximum privacy.
Can I also add that the staff there had excellent attitudes and service? Within a minute of settling down, they came over with bread and asked on what drinks we wanted. The inquisitive me decided to go with sparkling water for both of us, and boy, I really don’t understand why people like sparkling water. It’s just water mixed with loads of carbon dioxide, and it really tastes weird. I’d go with a glass of ice-tea any time.
So our soup came. This was indeed a dish that I must say it’s an acquired taste. Because we did not try gazpacho before, we didn’t know it was chilled. Plus, you’d expect soups to come standard (aka minestrone, mushroom…etc), but no, this was peach :O
The first few mouthfuls were ok for me, but the taste got more and more overwhelming as I went along, so much so that I gave up after a while. I later googled “gazpacho” and found out that it was actually a vegetable-based chilled soup, and is a famous Spanish cuisine!
Fortunately, our main was more “normal”. Apart from the risotto which I really cannot take the smell and creamy taste, the chicken was fantastic! The menu writes “chicken breast”, but we both thought it was so tender they might have mistook a piece of thigh for breast and cooked it instead!
Dessert was just of mediocre standard – the biscuit tart that accompanied the raspberries were so hard everytime someone tried to break it with a spoon, the “CLANG” sound would resonate throughout the entire restaurant -.- Sorbet was so-so only, not the best I’ve had though.
There was also a bar within the restaurant for wine-pairing or selection of mixers if you wish, but we gave that a miss as I was driving that night. Come to think of it, I might have had a glass if the main was steak.
All in all, I must say it was quite a satisfying dinner, and the attention of the waiters was commendable. Pricing was reasonable, we paid close to $150 for a 3-course dinner for 2 pax. Food was rather good (except for the risotto -.-), service excellent, and the experience unforgettable.
Do head down and visit them if you are looking for a tranquil and peaceful dining venue!
1, The Knolls
Telephone (Reservations): 6591 5000