Basilico – Culinary Drama

With so much going on in my children’s working lives, it is hard to have lunch together as a family. I was secretly hoping to entice them for a Sunday brunch since forever and finally we did have one just this past Sunday. My post on Dolcetto by Basilico and subsequent take-aways of their desserts managed to make my children considered hard but at the very mention of a live foie gras station and they threw in the towel to have lunch with me.

Basilico Restaurant - an oasis of calm, which offers supreme comfort and anticipatory service.

Basilico Italian Restaurant – an oasis of calm, which offers supreme comfort and anticipatory service.

It was to be brunch at noon but since Sam was on the night shift, the reservation was made for 12.30pm. We were given terrace seats overlooking the pool during our phone booking but we managed to dazzle the Italian manager with our smiles and made way into the main dining hall when we arrived at Basilico. Yay!

The first thing you see upon entering the restaurant is this wide array of seafood spread on the island.

The first thing you see upon entering the restaurant is this wide array of seafood spread on the island.

Seafood Station (click on pictures for larger view)

I have been having lots of crabs lately (approximately 4 times this week alone). Simply boiled and chilled. Wonderful sea salty flavours coming through. A hard squeeze of lemon to cut the excess saline taste.

I have been having lots of crabs lately (approximately 4 times this week alone).
Simply boiled and chilled. Wonderful sea salty flavours coming through.
A hard squeeze of lemon to cut the excess saline taste.

Since we were on the subject of salt, let’s see the flavoured sea salt offered.

Rotiserrie station.

Rotiserrie station.

Rotisserie corner serving all roasts and foie gras. (Click on pics for commentary and larger view)

Since the “carrot” was foie gras, we went in search for the goose and found out it was the same station where the roasts were. We place our orders and adjourned to the cheese room where truffle risotto would be cooked there. I know it’s sinful but truffle risotto and foie gras was simply too good not to indulge in. While waiting for the risotto to be cooked, let’s take a look at the cheeses and perhaps a bite of the pane offered? Cheese Room – Breads, Cheeses, Honey, Risotto live station (Click on pics for commentary)

Honeycomb dripping fresh honey to go with the cheeses.

Honeycomb dripping fresh honey to go with the cheeses.
Do you think it’s a meter or longer?

Pane Station

Imported Olive Oils from Italy. Take your pick. My theme today is Truffle!

Imported Olive Oils from Italy. Take your pick. My theme today is Truffle!

Squid Ink, Onion Bread with Truffle Olio and Grana Padano -  delicious and fragrant combination!

Squid Ink, Onion Bread with Truffle Olio and Grana Padano – delicious and fragrant combination!

The pizza was not burnt but the charred look was because the dough was Squid Ink (famous here) with Smoked Salmon and Caviar. Such ostentatious fast food!

The pizza was not burnt but the charred look was because the dough was Squid Ink (famous here) with Smoked Salmon and Caviar. Such ostentatious fast food!

Mascarpone Focaccia. Italian bakers and cheesemakers are the best!

Mascarpone Focaccia. Italian bakers and cheesemakers are the best!

Foie Gras with Balsamic Reduction and Apple Sauce.

Foie Gras with Balsamic Reduction and Apple Sauce.

We had this dish several times and each time the chef tried to plate them differently for the pleasure of our eyes.

We had this dish several times and each time the chef plated them differently for the pleasure of our eyes.

Time to check on our Truffle Risotto.

Time to check on our Truffle Risotto.

Truffle Risotto came plain but we'd top it with Foie Gras.

Truffle Risotto came plain but we’d top it with Foie Gras.

Too much rich food. Perhaps a Dry Martini could help?

Too much rich food. Perhaps a Dry Martini could help?

Suddenly a whiff of caffeine made my head turned. Espresso Bar - that's where my coffee would be served.

Suddenly a whiff of caffeine made my head turned.
Espresso Bar – that’s where my coffee would be served.

Time to scout around for something else. What over there?

Time to scout around for something else. What over there?

That was the Italian corner. Pasta time!

That was the Italian corner. Pasta time!

Pasta Fiesta

Ryan came after his gym workout and was enjoying his meal.

Ryan came after his gym workout and was enjoying his meal.

Sam was scalded at work (right wrist and arm) - Ouch! But he's having a good time being served now. He's very happy with the food and service.

Sam was scalded at work (right wrist and arm) – Ouch!
But he’s having a good time being served now. He’s very happy with the food and service especially impressed with the effort taken by the chef who plated the foie gras differently each time we went for it.

Sam's plate.

Sam’s plate.

2 types of Fish, Chicken Stew, Baby Octopus and Lamb with Mint.

2 types of Fish, Chicken Stew, Baby Octopus and Lamb with Mint.

Couldn't help it so just eat it.

Couldn’t help it so just eat it.

I love freshly shaven Parma with Cantaloupe. Do you?

I love freshly shaven Parma with Cantaloupe. Do you?

Hot and Cold sections

Dessert corner. There's pastries served in cabinets and even Italian gelato booth on the other side!

Dessert corner. There’s pastries served in cabinets and even Italian gelato booth on the other side!

My foodie poster boy, lol...

My foodie poster boy, lol…

Nameless desserts because I did not note them.

We requested for tiny scoops of every flavour and the server obliged. He actually went to get a baby scoop for us, talk about fine service!

We requested for tiny scoops of every flavour and the server obliged. He actually went to get a baby scoop for us, talk about fine service!

Cleaning had started when we were having coffee. It's time to leave.

Cleaning had started when we were having coffee. It’s time to leave.

Just as we were making for the lift, I looked down and saw more food particularly the desserts at Tea Lounge located on the lobby floor.

Just as we were making for the lift, I looked down and saw more food particularly the desserts at Tea Lounge located on the lobby floor.

Turning to the right, we headed for Dolcetto by Basilico. Didn't we had brunch there?

Turning to the right, we headed for Dolcetto by Basilico. Didn’t we had brunch there?

Guess they didn't served Macarons or did they and we'd missed it? Oh well, like Valerie said... There's always room for more dessert! Lavendar and Pistachio.

Guess they didn’t served Macarons or did they and we’d missed it?
Oh well, like Valerie said… There’s always room for more dessert! Lavendar and Pistachio.

My boys and girls having brunch with me. We had a great 2½ hours of bonding time :D

My boys and girls having brunch with me.
We had a great 2½ hours of bonding time 😀
Vanessa exclaimed, “Oh my gosh! It’s been a long time since we all had brunch together.”
We used to do that weekly when the girls were younger. I think we should start it again.

The Italian buffet brunch at Basilico Restaurant at The Regent Singapore serves one of the best buffets in Singapore.

The Italian buffet brunch at Basilico Restaurant at The Regent Singapore serves one of the best buffets in Singapore.

With an emphasis on fresh, seasonal and authentic Italian cuisine and offering both a la carte and buffet options, the award-winning Basilico Restaurant combines culinary drama with exquisite design. Highlights include a rotisserie, espresso bar, walk-in wine cellar and with alfresco style-dining available at the terrace overlooking the pool on offer for 33 guests, the informality of Italian culture is captured to perfection. Basilico seats 202 guests in the main indoor dining area.

Basilico
Address: 1 Cuscaden Road.
Regent Singapore.
Singapore 249715.
Opening Hours:
Breakfast: 6:30am – 10:30am (Mon – Sat); 7:00am – 10:30am (Sun)
Lunch: 12 noon – 2:30pm (Mon – Sat); 12 noon – 3pm (Sun)
Dinner: 6:30pm – 10:00pm
Reservations
Instant Online Reservation click here.
Tel:. +65 6725 3232 Email: basilicogrm.rsn@fourseasons.com

Happy bonding 🙂

Advertisements
Comments
19 Responses to “Basilico – Culinary Drama”
  1. Lignum Draco says:

    WOW!!!! The food looks wonderfully delicious. Superb food photography yet again.

    • Sam Han says:

      Thank you very much, Draco! There’s so much food that I’d missed but it was a very good spread. The attentive service is also commendable. You HAVE to go there if you here 😀

      • Lignum Draco says:

        You’ll have to convince the family to go back to try the other food, and more foie gras of course. 🙂

        Basilico is now a definite must try!

  2. Spectacular post.the food the surrounding , the fine display of the delicious food outstanding.Have a great time.Thank You Sam for stopping by.Jalal

  3. LFFL says:

    Great pictures. Looks like fun.

  4. audreyyoung7 says:

    Man, this place looks AMAZING! Next time I go back to Singapore, I’ll have to go there!

  5. I have to visit this place one of these days. I know my daughter would love it.

    • Sam Han says:

      If you love food, you will love Singapore. We are really quite fat in restaurants, lol… All sorts of cuisine available here. The high number of expatriates (almost 50% foreigners? not verified) brought the demand of cosmopolitan food scene. 😀

  6. Melisa R says:

    All of that cheese! Those macaroons! I would have done the same with the gelato or ice cream?. You can’t just try one!

  7. Janet Rörschåch says:

    You know, Sam, your posts are not coming up on my reader. I feel like I’ve seen the photos but not the post. Hmmmm. WordPress?

    • Sam Han says:

      Could be. I am having trouble uploading photos (and liking/commenting on other bloggers’ posts) and that’s why my posts are lesser. You’d probably seen the photos on my facebook 😀

  8. Iris says:

    Wow. You look like a big sister to your children. Can hardly believe your children are so big.

  9. Laura Lynn says:

    You have the most beautiful smile! Plus I LOVE the photos!!

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s