In retrospect, it seems that I’ve been making annual pilgrimages to The Waterfall ever since 2012! This year is more special as The Waterfall is no more – or rather, renamed and rebranded as Waterfall Ristorante Italiano, an Italian restaurant helmed by Chef de Cuisine Marco De Vincentis. Expect authentic and unique Southern Italian cuisine that combines fresh seafood, handmade pastas and heirloom recipes!
Parmigiana Di Melanzane ($20++)
eggplants, parmigiano, tomatoes
Let’s talk wine first before food. While the wine collection is extensive, I’d say just go for the smooth and easy-to-drink Nero d’Avola, Waterfall’s house wine made from the most important red wine grape in Sicily and served in a unique cup known as boccalino.
Tagliolini Al Pesto Siciliano ($22++)
homemade pasta, tomato, ricotta cheese, pine nut, basil, roasted almond
Pair Nero d’Avola with some antipasti such as the popular seafood salad (I found it average though) and parmigiana, an aubergine bake. The latter uses carefully-sourced eggplants layered with generous lashings of tomato sauce and melted parmesan and mozzarella cheese. A must try!
Paccheri All’astice ($32++)
homemade pasta, lobster sauce, tomatoes, brandy, chilli, basil, parsley, evoo
Pasta dishes feature prominently on the menu, all painstakingly homemade. There’s linguine (with plenty of seafood), tagliolini (amazing nutty pesto!), lasagne (a crispy version, if you can imagine it) and my pick out of the lot – paccheri tossed and evenly coated with a rich lobster sauce.
Stufato Di Pesce ($68++, min 2 pax)
seafood stew, tomatoes, garlic, garden herbs
Don’t leave without trying the tomato-based signature seafood stew! Sun-ripped tomatoes flavoured with garlic form the base for all the seafood you can think of – from lobsters, prawns and snapper to scallops, mussels and clams! So hearty and satisfying.
Tagliata Di Manzo Rucola E Grana ($38-56++)
premium beef, capsicum, rocket leaves, parmesan cheese
Fans of beef will not want to miss the grilled beef marinated with extra virgin olive oil and capsicum. Choose either striploin black angus 120 days grain fed, tenderloin hunter valley grain fed or wagyu rib eye 5+. Me, I’ll stick to the pan-fried sole, perfumed with parsley, lemon juice and that all-important ingredient – butter, of course!
Sogliola al Limone ($38++)
sole, butter, asparagus
I’ve always enjoyed Waterfall’s take on the classic tiramisu and it didn’t disappoint. Another traditional dessert is the torta caprese, a safe but decadent chocolate cake named for and originating from the beautiful island of Capri.
coffee infused sponge, mascarpone cream
If I can only have one dessert (worst nightmare ever!), it will be the freshly made zabaione – light whipped custard primarily made with egg yolks, sugar, and interestingly spiked with sweet moscato and intense espresso!
Zabaione All’Espresso ($14++)
zabaione, moscato, espresso
My thanks to Cheryl, Joleena and Josephine for hosting dinner!
Waterfall Ristorante Italiano
Garden Wing, Level One, Shangri-La Hotel
22 Orange Grove Road