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“Maybe for Pizza, but not much else”

Gattopardo Ristorante Di Mare
Ranked #133 of 11,073 Restaurants in Singapore
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $30 - $100
Cuisines: Italian, Seafood
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Restaurant details
Good for: Special occasions
Dining options: Late Night, Breakfast, Outdoor Seating, Reservations
Neighborhood: Chinatown
Description: Chef Lino Sauro's contemporary Italian and Mediterranean cuisine Gattopardo Ristorante di Mare, is located at the heart of Tanjong Pagar with its historic charm and atmosphere. Seafood has always been the soul and life of South Italy. It is in our hands to preserve this way of life by using only sustainable seafood at Gattopardo. At the end of the day even the smallest things we do make a big difference.
Reviewed April 19, 2012

Went as a group of 3 to celebrate a friend's birthday. We thought that as the restaurant of a boutique hotel we might find a quiet 'gem' of a place. Unfortunately not. Where to begn?

- food was ordinary, bland. Dishes that looked good in writing had an uncanny knack of turning up as a very plain version of what you weren't imagining. Blood orange salad was actually a fennel salad with a few segments of Mandarin (seriously) hidden beneath. Scampi pasta had the worlds smallest Scampi. Cassatta was really a form of chocolate mouse
- service was shocking - we consistently waited 15 mins after each course for the plates to be removed (the supposed blood orange salad stayed with us on the table the whole night - yikes!).
- as a birthday dinner we had organized a cake. To the restaurant's credit they rang to ask the name of the birthday guest the afternoon of our reservation - obviously so they could pipe the birthday boy's name on the cake. At the restaurant we reminded them about the cake towards the end of main course. They said 'we won't forget'. A desert course, desert wine and coffee later, still no cake. By this time we'd had enough of prodding and prompting the staff on their job and just wanted to get out of there. So dissapointed.
- wine is over-priced. Yes it is expensive to buy wine in Singapore (definitely tax takes a big chunk from your wallet), but the margins added on top of this are definitely 'not cool' at this place.
- atmosphere? All I kept thinking was "this place has no soul".... No typically Italian casual charm and friendliness. Lacks the emotion that even the big hotel restaurants can muster.
- attention to the guest - zero. We spent 780 sgd in the place and there wasn't much concern - there seemed to be constantly 4-5 waiters near us doing something else or conferring with each other on something else.

So, take your money elsewhere. Vote with your feet and tell the Singaporean restaurant community that you will not pay for this kind of blandness.

Maybe for Pizza? Possibly our biggest mistake tonight - maybe as a friendly Pizza place it has a role? We didn't order Pizza so can't say.

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Reviewed March 27, 2012

We visited Gattopardo during Restaurant Week in March 2012. We had a very good menu consisting of a seafood carpaccio, a pasta dish, a meat dish and a desert. The menu was good value for money at SGD 55++ and our best overall dining experience during this year’s Restaurant Week.

On the downside, there could be a few more wines at more affordable prices and the dining hall could do with some improved sound proofing. We would also have preferred a slightly dimmer atmosphere, perhaps with candles on the tables.

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Reviewed March 21, 2012

I enjoyed a good pizza here and a perfect (and huge) tiramisu... give it a go!

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Reviewed March 18, 2012

Dinner with a group of friends. Twelve of us. Excited, we were.

Ordered a variety of food. Polipo in Padella con Salsa di Mandorle, Carpaccio di Manzo, Crudo Di Ricciola e Ricci di Mare, Bucatini con le Sarde, Tonnarelli Al Granchio, Zuppa di Pesce "Gattopardo", Porchetta Cotta al Forno a Legna, Ravioloni di Gambero Rosso e Tartufo Nero, Pizza Etna, and a few other dishes and wine.

All the dishes served were ordinary. In fact the Squid Ink Spaghetti was hard! It was nowhere near any ordinary restaurant you would dine in Italy. The pizza crust was thick, with the crust simply overpowering the taste of the topping.

A friend, unfamiliar with Italian food, decided to play safe, and asked if the chef can prepare a simple Aglio Olio. They could. But it truly tasted horrible. After giving feedback to the server, the dish was returned, and another plate of Aglio Olio was served. There was no difference. There was no taste, except spiciness! We gave up. Returned the dish to the server, and told him that, it was not nice, and we didnt want it anymore.

The manager came, and reprimanded us! He stated that, we could not say that the dish is not nice, we could not say that the Aglio Olio does not taste like Aglio Olio! We asked if he had tasted that plate of Aglio Olio. He told us that, he had been eating Italian food for 40years. He eats in the restaurant everyday. He is an Italian. When asked again, if he tasted that plate of Aglio Olio. He finally said, because my friend had already tried it, he would not taste it.

Perhaps Mr. Manager realized that he had antagonized the patrons. He came back with a miserable sorbet for my friend who ate barely anything that night. We told him that we did not want it, and please remove it. He told a few of us straight in the face, it is for THE LADY. We were a group of 12 ladies.

Frankly, the above was not even close to a fine dining experience in an good Italian restaurant, which claims to serve Italian food as good as what you would get in Italy. Service of the manager was simply arrogant, and horrendous.

If you really want to dine there, do not order anything outside the menu. Do not expect too much from the food. Say only good things to the manager and team. It should be fine then.

And so, we left, disappointed.

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Reviewed February 26, 2012

The menu is interesting, not your run of the mill italian restaurant in Singapore. Food came served in innovative ways had the Mozzarella di Bufala e Cuore di Bue
appetizer which had good flavour and was a generous portion. The Tonnarelli Al Granchio pasta which is crab and squid ink pasta. The squid ink is infused into the pasta so no worries about having a black mouth, lips and tongue. The cognac did provide a wonderful aroma in the mouth as an aftertaste but it's just a hint so savour and experience. And the Arrotolata pizza which was most interesting. It had suckling pig and porcini mushrooms. Although the sucking pig was not crackling but more juicy, the combination was great for me. And it came cut up into pieces on a wooden board, an interesting visual experience but also help in ensuring each bite had a good chunk of everything. Wine pairings available here for desserts. And they have an extensive wine menu. It was full on a saturday night. You might think so what it's a weekend, but this place is situated in a bit of a odd place, fort canning (in a boutique hotel) and isn't the kind of place that experiences any by the way foot traffic.

Ambience wise, it's an interesting old place and historic. But once they started getting full, it was difficult to talk as the noise in the restaurant just makes it unpleasant. But if you have a bigger group, they have a couple of dining rooms for private parties so to speak it seems. They also have bar counter seating so that's good if you are dining alone too.

Parking is limited so be aware particularly if they have a wedding on, you might find it hard to park in the hotel but there's a car park outside that's for public parking you just have to walk up the hill a bit. It's a hike from the MRT station be warned.

Bottom line - will go again!

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Thank D C
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