[dropcap size=small]T[/dropcap]his stalwart at The Fullerton Hotel Singapore zeroes in on what it does best: classic Italian dishes whipped up by chef Carlo Marengoni.
The Lighthouse Restaurant & Rooftop Bar is dominated by a white palette – which makes its panoramic views of the Marina Bay promenade, seen through the sprawling floor-to-ceiling windows, stand out against the restaurant’s clean-cut interiors. Besides the view, the superbly value-for-money lunch set is a good reason to make return trips here. Diners can choose two or three dishes from a list of appetisers, entrees, mains and desserts. During our lunchtime visit, business lunches seem to be taking place at all its 13 tables.
If the appetisers and entrees on the set menu do not tickle your fancy, then the Antipasti Seafood Trio on the a la carte menu is where you will find a good dose of creativity showcased. We are impressed by the citrus-kissed red prawns, which sit on an oyster leaf that imparts some brininess as well as a mineral flavour. But it is the addictively moreish deep-fried scallop with a popcorn-like crust of battered bacon bits that works up the appetite. Rounding off the dish is a lightly seasoned tuna tartare crowned with a refreshing blood orange sorbet.
Our main, a pistachio-crusted red snapper, is perfectly cooked to yield springy meat beneath a golden crust of nut-studded skin. Balancing the crunch are sides of romanesco and creamy cauliflower puree. Carnivores should go for one of the restaurant’s signature dishes, the hunky slab of beef tenderloin grilled to juicy medium-rare perfection and served with onions, diced zucchini and velvety mashed potatoes. A standout for us is the accompanying rich Barbaresco reduction sauce that gives the meat a sweet caramelised note.
What elevates the lunch experience are the impeccably intuitive service staff who are well-versed in all the offerings on the menu, and who engage in friendly chatter with us without being intrusive. Not only do they refill the arugula-scented bread rolls and our glasses of water without any prompting, they also get extra points for conscientiously checking in to ensure that we are able to complete our workday lunch on time, within two hours.