Catalunya @ The Fullerton Pavilion, Singapore (Food rating: 4/5)

Saturday, September 01, 2012

Situated at The Fullerton Pavilion floating atop the waters of Marina Barrage, a contemporary Spanish restaurant, Catalunya serves a menu that reflects the diversity of Spanish cuisine. The restaurant is helmed by an international team of award-winning culinary experts from the likes of elBulli, Santi and many more.

We made a lunch reservations at Catalunya on a Saturday as dinner reservations were always full. The beautiful lighting from the facades of Marina Bay Sands (MBS) and Singapore Flyers would be the most romantic dining place for first dates. During the day, the view overlooking MBS and the Marina Barrage was also captivating. Underneath the blue sky, there were sailing boats and deep blue waters, which created a breathtaking view to make a deep impression. As soon as we arrived, we were warmly greeted by their staff who led us to our table. The table was a U-shaped booth that gave us a great view of MBS and the privacy we needed. The servers were both considerate and polite - giving us privacy and yet attending to our needs. So, guests would not feel overwhelmed or awkward whilst dining.

We ordered three tapas, two mains and two desserts. For tapas, we ordered a Ham, Cheese and Truffle "Bikini" - a Ham, Cheese and Truffle sandwich, Asparagus with Poached Eggs, and Roasted Suckling Pig with Lemon Puree. For desserts, we ordered a Chocolate in Different Textures with Passion Fruit and "Torrija" with Milk Ice Cream - Fried milk bread with spices, served with smoked milk ice cream. For entrees, we had a Veal "Fricando" with wild mushrooms - Traditional Catalan veal stew and Lobster Rice - short-grained with lobster cooked in fish broth. We also had two side dishes - Wood roasted pineapple and Stewed Mushrooms, baby onions, and vegetables.

The tapas arrived first and we were already swooned over the delicious food. The entrees blew us away too. After the entrees, our anticipation grew. We were eager to know if the desserts were going to blow our minds away with their delicious creations. And it did.

The lunch at Cataluya really surprised us with their amazing mouthwatering dishes. Besides the delicious food, the ambience and service were also highly commended. It would be another dining place to bring your partner for an enjoyable and memorable meal.

Today's Special - Asparagus with Poached Egg Tapas was very good. The asparagus were perfectly cooked, retaining its crunchiness. The poached eggs were superbly cooked - soft in the middle, which was simply delicious. The poached eggs went very well with the asparagus - a great combination. (Food rating: 4/5)

Ham, Cheese and Truffle "Bikini" was heavenly. Like a bite-sized sandwich, the bread were very well toasted with generous servings of ham, cheese and truffle bits.  A savoury and flavoursome sandwiches that whetted our appetites. (Food rating: 4/5)

I was swooned over the Roasted Suckling Pig with Lemon Puree. The pork was tender and moist that it melted the minute I put into my mouth. The mild sourness of the lemon puree complemented the pork very well. It brought out the sweetness of the roasted pork. This tapas was very well suited for those who wanted to taste the dishes. The restaurant also served the "Traditional Suckling Pig 'Segovian Style'", which was the entire pig, was best for 2-3 persons. (Food rating: 4/5)

We were served with Mussels with Tomato Puree Tapas when the food was a little delayed.

Stewed Mushrooms, baby onions, and vegetables was delicious. The sauce was sweet and yet rich. My friend enjoyed the different mushrooms stewed for long hours immensely. (Food rating: 4/5)

The Lobster Rice served in short-grained rice with lobster cooked in fish broth. The risotto was firm to the bite and had a rich aroma. The lobster was freshly prepared and the crunchy meat was easily removed from the shell. (Food rating: 4/5)

 Veal "Fricando" with wild mushrooms, which was a Traditional Catalan veal stew, was absolutely superb. The veal was very tender that it melted in your mouth. The wild mushrooms were very fragrant. The entire dish was wholesome. (Food rating: 4/5)

"Torrija" with Milk Ice Cream was fried milk bread with spices, served with smoked milk ice cream. The milk bread was soft and moist that melted in your mouth with a slight sweet flavour. The smoked milk ice cream had a nice sweetness and smooth texture. It was a great dessert to enjoy after a scrumptious meal.

I could not imagine how the wooden roasted pineapple sprinkled with a dash of cinnamon powder could be so delicious. The cinnamon surprisingly brought out the sweetness from the pineapple that made it so appetising. (Food rating: 4/5)

Chocolate in Different Textures with Passion Fruit was gastronomic. The dessert was a blend of sourness and sweetness. The sourness from the passion fruit sorbet and the different textures of sweetened chocolates made the dessert fun and enjoyable.  (Food rating: 4/5)

 The Fullerton Pavilion


Address: The Fullerton Pavilion, 82 Collyer Quay Singapore 049327
Price: $$$$
Rating: 4/5
Stuffness Level (How full you are): 5/5

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