A new dining restaurant located at the Garden Wing of Shangri-La Hotel, Waterfall Cafe offers healthy yet creative delicacies that are inspired by Mediterranean flavours. Seasonability is part of their cuisine and thus, the menu might change from time to time. Most of their products are imported from sustainable, organic sources and close attention is paid to the execution of their dishes such that the distinct traits of the various ingredients are significantly brought out to the patrons of Waterfall Cafe. An extensive variety of wine is also offered to those who need a sip (or two) to fully enjoy their relaxing session at the restaurant.
Waterfall Cafe has an utterly mesmerising ambience with its seemingly colonial furnishings. The quiet interiors exudes a chic vibe, and as coupled by the cosy furniture set up within the restaurant, one can’t help but feel at home. A spacious dining area that can accomodate one and all, the restaurant surely scores on the ambience it provides for the patrons. Other than the salad bar at the front, the show kitchen that one encounters following his or her entrance into the restaurant, might possible cause one’s stomach to grumble after all.
A private guest room is also available for booking at Waterfall Cafe. With an open show kitchen situated at the other corner, the private space seems to simulate a homely dining area meant for large family dinners. The shelves and the matching furniture; the shades of woody brown in essence, enhances the cosiness of the entire setting.
Joselito Jamon, Garlic and Tomato, Toasted Poilane Bread ($30.00)
Done in a slightly more complex way than what that is normally found in restaurants, the Poilane Bread was rubbed with garlic and tomato before it was toasted and I must admit that the end- result was extremely delectable with its seemingly crystalised texture. It was brilliantly accompanied by the thinly shredded Joselito Jamon, which tasted a notch better than the usual Parman Ham. The salty notes from the meat came across very fragrantly and the match, I must say again, was really pleasurable.
Watermelon, Tomatoes, Mint, Arugula, Olives, Red Onion ($16.00)
Keeping the natural taste of the ingredients as the sole highlight of the appetizer, I was thrilled by the sweet juiciness of the watermelon cubes and the sliced tomatoes. A tongue- zingingly refreshing salad that I could not get enough of, the delightful combination was gently lifted by the addition of the red onion.
Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio, Wasabi Mayonnaise and Trout Roe ($16.00)
Pleasing on both the eye and the palate, the dish boasted a richly savoury profile that gave much pleasure. The salty accents of the pairing of the Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio and Trout Roe was well accompanied by the refreshing Wasabi Mayonnaise drizzled all over the plate.
Chilled Carrot and Orange Soup, Baby Carrot Confit with Fresh Mango ($10.00)
In contrary to the usual standards of hot soup, I decided to try something different and I was glad that I did so. The velvety soup was not too rich nor was it too light, it conveyed the perfect balance and had captured all the flavours of the varying constituents. Quite a memorable number for me and this is definitely a must- try for the especially diet- conscious eaters out there.
The Socca, Spicy Tomato Coulis, Roasted Vegetables, Fresh Herb Salad and Pesto ($21.00)
A hearty assembly of a chickpea pancake topped with many other layers of vegetables that included roasted Zucchini and Eggplant, this had surprised me with its elegant mix of crunchy, crisp, creamy, sweet and salty that was deliciously gratifying. Although considered as a salad, this was rather filling and not only did it conquer the stomachs, but it conquered the hearts as well. The Socca, Spicy Tomato Coulis, Roasted Vegetables, Fresh Herb Salad and Pesto was one of my favourite dishes for the night.
Pappardelle with Porcini Mushrooms, Parma Ham and Parmesan Foam ($28.00)
Another one of the most unforgettable dishes served to us, the Pappardelle with Porcini Mushrooms, Parma Ham and Parmesan Foam was lip- smackingly delicious. Cooked till the perfect degree of al- dente, the pasta dish was made with care and with good ingredients, elevated by the inclusion of well- cooked Porcini Mushrooms and Parma Ham. The incorporation of the Parmesan Foam added a layer of creamy goodness that was critical to the perfect execution of the dish. Yet another number that one should not miss out should one pay a visit to Shangri-La’s Waterfall Cafe.
Pan Roasted John Dory, Colourful Cauliflower, Green Apple and Pearl Onion ($32.00)
An artful creation that drew my attention from the other plates when it was served on to the table, the key ingredients were surrounded by little mounds of green dots that had certainly enhanced the visual appearance of the dish. Taste- wise, when had all together, there was enough acidity from the other ingredients to cut through the richness of the fish.
Iberico Pork Chop, Sauteed Corn with Carrots, Zucchini and Caramelised Pineapple ($38.00)
As imported from Spain, chewing on the Iberico Pork chop released meaty juices that delivered robust flavours of quality meat with a punch. Appropriately large and succulent, this was my preferred choice over the three we had. It would have been almost perfect if the culinary team was more generous with the Carrots and Caramelised Pineapple bits though.
Atlantic Cod on Barley Risotto, Pequillo Peppers, Vadouvan Emulsion ($38.00)
It was an interesting choice to deploy the use of Barley instead of rice grains, into the familiar Risotto dish that many of us would often encounter. The pairing between the Atlantic Cod and the Barley Risotto provided for a substantial dish, though the sauce base was a little too distinct in taste. I did find it to be a little heavy after a few more mouthfuls but then again, that is probably because I was already considerably full from the earlier dishes that I had savoured in.
Warm Flourless Valrhona Chocolate Cake, Berry Compote and Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream ($14.00)
Chocolate and vanilla transcends culture and the pairing was not only dependably good, it was utterly scrumptious. Served wonderfully warm, the Chocolate Cake fared very well in the textural department but had a gratifying bitter edge to it. When had together with the Bourbon Vanilla Ice Cream, the perfect match brought about a burst of rich flavour on the tastebuds.
Almond Cake, Confit Fresh Cherries and Pistachio Ice Cream ($11.00)
Another nice and simple way to end the meal with dessert, the Almond Cake had a very slight crisp to it that I had rather enjoyed. The slice was decadently light but when had together with both the Confit Fresh Cherries and Pistachio Ice Cream, the combination was clearly more exciting. Nonetheless, I felt that it was still satisfying to have the Almond Cake on its own.
I do agree that the appetisers and sharing plates did fare (just slightly) better than the main dishes during our visit but in overall, every dish was pretty remarkable in its own ways. Kudos to the culinary team for the fulfilling dining experience and thumbs up to the ambience of the restaurant and service as provided by the waiters and waitresses. Waterfall Cafe is definitely an ideal venue to consider for romantic dates, chill- out sessions, large family or friends gatherings or even business dinners, though one might possibly be distracted by the food served on to the table at times, if that is even a dissatisfactory issue to consider!
Many thanks to Ms Yap and Ms Felicia from Shangri- La Hotel for hosting the food- tasting session!
Garden Wing, Level One
Orange Grove Road
Contact Number: 6213 4138
Mondays to Saturdays, 12.00pm till 3.00pm and 6.00pm till 10.30pm
Sundays, 12.00pm till 3.00pm