Dinner @ Al Forno

May 28, 2018 in Italian by thywhaleliciousfay

After our last enjoyable after-work Italian dinner, my team mates were open to having-a-proper-meal-before-adjourning-to-our-usual-haunt-for-drinks instead of our usual settling-for-finger-food-as-dinner-at-the-pub-we’re-drinking-at. Although it also took us a long while to arrange our next after-work dinner. Busy lah.

Constrained to the East, we decided on Al Forno. And reservation was made for 5 people for a Friday night via Chope.

And from the menu (pages 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8), my colleagues and I ordered:-

1) Bread platter, Complimentary (above)

2) Burrata affumicata con affettati, $24 (above) – Smoked burrata cheese served with cold cuts.

3) Parmigiana, $20 (above) – Homemade oven-baked slices of eggplant layered with mozzarella cheese, parmesan cheese and fresh basil in tomato sauce.

4) Risotto con speck, brie e birra alla spina, $27 (above) – Risotto with speck ham, brie cheese & beer with a dash of whipping cream.

5) Penne con polpette, $26 (above) – Homemade meatballs served with penne pasta in tomato sauce.

6) Linguine all’ aragosta, $36 (above) – Linguine pasta with Boston lobster, capers, black olives and a dash of chilli in cherry tomato sauce.

7) Pollo in padella, $29 (above) – Chicken breast simmered in white wine sauce served with mashed potato and asparagus.

8) Costolette d’agnello alla griglia, $36 (above) – Grilled rack of lamb served with mashed potato and mixed vegetables.

9) Pizza al forno, $27 (above) – Tomato sauce, mozzarella cheese, sausage, ricotta cheese and spinach.

Unfortunately, my colleagues and I weren’t too impressed with Al Forno. Food was good but there was no effort to jazz up the plating. Most came looking very plain. I mean… Yes, taste is what matters the most. But honestly, the landscape of dining has changed much with social media; Presentation is as important as taste.

My colleague’s chicken dish left a very deep (and bad) impression. With 2 pale slabs of chicken on a plate that’s kept ‘busy’ with gravy, it looked really non-appetizing. Definitely not something I am expecting from a long-established restaurant.

Will I recommend Al Forno? Well, since there’re a few Italian restaurants to choose from in the East, I say give Al Forno a miss.

400 East Coast Road, Le Peranakan Hotel, Singapore
6348 8781, Website
Overall: 7
Opening hours:-
Food/Beverage: 7
Mon – Sat : 12:00 – 14:00 (Lunch)
Ambience: 7
Sun : 12:00 – 15:00 (Lunch)
Value: 6
Mon – Fri : 18:30 – 22:00 (Dinner)
Service: 7
Sat – Sun : 17:30 – 22:00 (Dinner)