Average: 3 (1 vote)

Under the guidance of northern Italian chef Luca Becalli, the swish and swank Basilico offers both a warm and inviting atmosphere, as well as delicious food options that are both upscale and comforting. The buffet options feature a dazzling display of antipasti, live stations, as well as wonderful desserts, and their wine and cheese nights are legendary. On the a la carte front, familiar Italian formats are executed with interesting and seasonal combos, as in the Hokkaido scallop with eggplant puree and anchovy sauce, and the cod fish fillet with onion puree, polenta and baby beetroots.

The décor at Basilico was swish, swank and stylish, so we hoped their food would be equally stunning, but alas, it wasn’t.

We headed down to The Regent's Italian restaurant for lunch and found the place abuzz with a good mix of patrons. The buffet option was available, but there wasn’t that much to choose from, so we went for the a la carte menu instead.

For starters, we chose the tavolo antipasti, a delightful mix of melon, shrimp, Italian ham and cherry tomatoes. The minestrone soup was fresh, and the veggies crunchy.

Our mains however, were inconsistent—the pollo cacciatore (spit-roasted chicken with spuds) was extremely salty and too chewy, but the agnello scottadito (lamb with polenta, herbs, sundried tomatoes was simply divine—flavorfully medium rare and generously portioned.

Dessert was yet another hit-and-miss affair: The tiramisu was barely average, while the coppa di bosco (hazelnut gelato with strawberry and lemon sorbet) was terrifically refreshing.

From the extensive wine list, we tried the felsina chianti, which was decent.

While our dining experience at Basilico was just average, the atmosphere was nice and inviting, so we might just come back to try more.

Venue Details
Address: Basilico, 2/F 1 Cuscaden Rd., Singapore, 249715 Singapore
Phone: 6725-3232
Area: Tanglin
Cuisine: Buffet, Italian
Price Range: $$
Open since: July, 2008
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 6:30am-10pm, noon-2:30pm; Sun 7am-10pm, noon-3pm; daily 6:30-10pm
Alfresco, Reservation recommended, Parking available: at The Regent Singapore, Dress requirements: Smart Casual
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