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Level33 at Marina Bay Financial Centre

Everyone’s been raving about Marina Bay Sands and the views from there. Ok I was one of them too and took numerous photos of both Shenton Way as well as the MBS buildings. But did you know, that one really great vantage point to enjoy the splendour of the Marina Bay Sands towers as well as the Singapore city skyline is actually at the new Marina Bay Financial Centre (MBFC)?

I was there with 3 other of my colleagues just the day before at Level33 restaurant and the views were breath-taking! And if was not enough, we got a real treat when fireworks started erupting in the night sky, thanks to the National Day Parade rehearsals! Great stuff for my colleague as it was her birthday.

 

Marina Bay Sands Night Time view from Level33

I really do think that Singapore looks so mesmerising at night. I think it would be so romantic to sit in the al-fresco area, gazing into your partner’s eyes while having this as a backdrop…

NDP 26 June 2011 Fireworks (5)

Lucky us got to watch the fireworks from a vantage point!

Level33 touts itself as the World’s Highest Urban Craft-brewery. There are several huge as copper brew house kettles positioned right at the front of the restaurant, so that you know for sure that they mean business. I tried the 33.1 Blond Lager, and it was quite good! Food-wise, I thought it was overpriced but I guess it’s inevitable to have to pay a premium if you want the views. To fully enjoy the views, you must sit outside as the indoor area’s views are blocked by numerous pillars. Another way to enjoy the views without breaking the bank is to just have a drink there instead of having a full scale dinner.

Level33 - 33.1 Blond Lager

33.1 Blond Lager $9.33… Someone’s eyeing MY beer.

Level33 - Bread LoavesLevel33 - Pepper, curry salt and salt

The orangy spice thing is curry salt! Be sure you don’t take a whole heap of it!

Level33 - Prawn Bisque  with Soba

(Gambas) Prawn bisque with soba noodles $39 – 2 really humongous and succulent prawns. Tasted very good and I liked the rich gravy. The amount of soba is enough to make you wonder if it is there as a garnish. If you are a big eater, you may need to order some side dishes as well.

Level33 - Striploin

(Sizzler Beef) Striploin on sizzling hot plate $16 – This was pretty good, but not spectacular

Level33 - Meatballs

Meatballs $9 – First time I’m seeing “dry” meatballs. They were so so.

Level33 - Gnocchi

Gnocchi $26 – An acquired taste for my colleagues I think, but I personally like gnocchi normally. This one was a tad oily.

Level33 - Chicken Breast

Chicken Breast $29 – I don’t know what’s with chicken breast in Singapore. They are so tough! I would never order chicken breast out of my own accord, but since we were sharing all the dishes, I didn’t object. This dish here didn’t change my mind but my colleagues thought it was fine. I did like the ravioli at the bottom though, as well as the asparagus.

Level33 - Molten Chocolate Cake

(Cacao Fondant) Molten Chocolate Cake $16 – Tasted very nice, especially with 4 people sharing this tiny piece of cake. A lot of molten chocolate lava oozed out as we sliced the cake, which is exactly how I like it. The non sweet tooth amongst us liked it although I definitely wouldn’t complain if it were just a little bit sweeter. The white piece of thing at the bottom right was a piece of frozen marscapone, which I felt tasted disgusting in this state and form.

Level33 - Date Pudding

Sticky Date pudding $14 – Also very nice, and not overly sweet either. I’m usually quite fearful of ordering date puddings or sticky toffee puddings because I feel they are just way too heavy and sweet, but this one was just right, and for some reason, had a hint of banana as well.

 

*Click here for more pictures and reviews of Marina Bay Sands and the Singapore City Skyline

 

LeVeL33

8 Marina Boulevard #33-01 • Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 1 • Singapore 018981

12pm – 12am Daily • 12pm – 2am on Friday, Saturday and Eve of Public Holiday

Tel: +65 6834 3133 • Fax: +65 6834 3073

 

http://www.level33.com.sg/

Capella

If there’s one thing any food blogger shouldn’t do, it’s to blog about food before breakfast, lunch or dinner! Lunch is not going to arrive until 45 minutes later and blogging about food is not helping! I was going to do a quick cook up of some sardines in olive oil and chilli, to go with lots of steamed rice. But can you believe that we’ve run out of rice, just at this crucial moment?

Anyway, the in thing for me right now is Italian Restaurants. Been wanting to revisit some of my favourite Italian Restaurants such as Garibaldi’s and OSO Ristorante, and will do so hopefully in the next 1 month. The other day, just before the Partner flew off to NZ, we dined at Capella at Chijmes. Cappella seats 110 diners, of which only 45 are indoors. It was only half full on a Thursday evening when we got there, but more diners arrived later. If you ask for the table nearest to the kitchen, you can even watch the chefs at work in the stainless steel kitchen thanks to the glass partition.

Between the 2 of us, we ordered an Caprese Salad, Mushroom Gnocchi and Cod Fish Tagliatelle.

Capella - Caprese

Insalata Caprese $23 – Tower of Italian buffalo mozzarella and tomato. Served with
masculine salad.

Masculine salad eh, I suppose they meant “mesclun”? Anyway, I just love this dish. The tomatoes were refreshingly cold and firm, and paired nicely with the buffalo mozzarella. I just love buffalo mozzarella. If I could I would order this appetiser every time, but I can’t because as you can see, the quantity is substantial and just this alone already fills me up half way.

Capella - Porcini Gnocchi

Gnocchi con Crema di Porcini $26- Italian potato dumpling in porcini cream sauce
and baby spinach

I know this looks like something the cat let loose. That’s the downside to ordering Gnocchi, it just doesn’t look that appetising. But if you go beyond its looks, it’s actually very good! I love Gnocchi, and Gnocchi on its own is quite bland, so it needs a good sauce for the dish to perform. Capella did well in this area because the mushroom sauce was indeed flavourful and so rich.

Of all the Gnocchi dishes I’ve had, Capella has the best. The sauce was great, the Gnocchi was firm to the bite and bouncy, if I may call it that.

Capella Cod fish Tagliatelle

Tagliatelle Merluzzo e Pomodorini $28 – Thin egg pasta tossed with cod fish, garlic, chilly, olive and white wine In cherry tomato sauce

Lately I seem to be seeing a cod fish resurgence, with cod fish appearing on the menus of many restaurants. Cod fish with tomato pasta is a rare treat and a really wonderful combination. But this dish would delight vegetarians more than cod fish lovers as there was very little cod fish in it.

 

Capella
30 Victoria Street, #01-29A, CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Tel: 6334 9928  Fax: 6334 9927
Email:
capella@starworth.com.sg

Monday to Friday:
Lunch 11.30am to 2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Saturday
Closed for Lunch
Dinner 6.30pm to 10.30pm

Closed on Sundays

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Sapore Italiano

They say that when it comes to food in Singapore, the choices are unlimited. This is technically true if you consider every single establishment in Singapore. However, when you want something quick, fast and within like walking distance from the office, the choices are whittled down. And when it comes to places that you have never tried before, you’re pretty much lost for ideas, especially after a long and hard day’s work.

Yesterday, we finally decided to try Sapore Italiano. This Italian restaurant has probably been around for about a year but we just never had the urge to try it out. In fact, I had mistakenly read the name to be Sapporo Italiano when the place first opened. As a result, I was under the impression that it was a kind of fusion Japanese Italian restaurant. Or perhaps an Italian restaurant serving lots of beer? That’s about the only thing I know about Sapporo!.

Anyway, we finally decided to give it a try. The menu looked really promising. There were lots of pasta dishes and pizza dishes. I was particularly pleased to note that they had a number of gnocchi dishes and ravioli dishes on offer too. You seldom see gnocchi around, but I suppose I am comparing them to non-Italian restaurants that happen to serve a lot of pasta.

As you can see from the pictures below, I couldn’t stop myself from ordering the Spinach and Ricotta Ravioli, and the Partner ordered the sliced beef salad. Unfortunately, Sapore Italiano didn’t have the exact dish that I wanted, which was meat ravioli in cream sauce. They had a meat ravioli in tomato sauce and they had vegetarian ravioli in cream sauce, but just no meat ravioli in cream sauce!

The ravioli I ordered turned out to have a very interesting taste, which I think many Singaporeans may not like. Firstly, the ravioli was mostly Ricotta, so if you hate Ricotta, don’t ever take a bite of it. You might think the spinach taste would cover the cheese taste, but the filling is mostly cheese rather than spinach. The Partner tried a ravioli and had some trouble swallowing it. Luckily for me, I have no problem with Ricotta so I quite enjoyed the ravioli. The walnut sauce was very interesting to me. There was no hiding the nutty taste of the walnut. It was very distinct, in addition to the crushed bits of fine walnut mixed into the sauce.

As for the Partner’s beef salad dish, he found the beef tasty but a little too salty.

I think pizza lovers would like Sapore Italiano. Most other diners had ordered pizzas. The ones here are the thin crust type, and they look really humongous and cheesy. I’ll get a pizza the next time I dine here, or I’ll get the Partner to get the pizza while I get the gnocchi.

Finally, a comment on the decor. I didn’t like the decor very much. I happened to be facing 3 very large portraits of what I thought were rather ugly women trying to look sexy. The chairs were also not very comfortable given that they were oddly shaped. I am extremely particular about chairs because of my back problems. Lastly, I thought the lighting was a little too dim for the type of restaurant that Sapore Italiano is. Sapore Italiano looks like a place where groups of friends can hang out, and is certainly not a place for a romantic candlelit dinner. Click here for Sapore Italiano website.

Spinach and Ricotta cheese ravioli in creamy walnut sauce

Sliced beef on rocket salad bed

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