Forlino at One Fullerton


This is how you used to identify a food blogger; not so these days

I can’t remember who asked who out for lunch but there were a few emails flying around about vacation time and lunch. I think Le Figue was also thrown in the pot, but I thought their lunch menu, featuring all white meat like Cod and Veal paired with heavy sauces, unappealing.

So Forlino it was for lunch then.


Cold scallops with foam

I was waiting for my usually-very-punctual lunch companion to arrive as I leafed through Forlino’s menu. It had a few interesting items but being lunch, I didn’t feel like having a heavy meal. We, finally, opted to have the set lunch menu which was smartly designed to go easy on the pocket.

We were served their in-house Focaccia which didn’t impress with its cold lifelessness even when drowned in an equally tepid olive oil. Likewise, I was startled by the almost tasteless Aperitivo of Cod Mousse. I take these Aperitivo or Amuse Bouche seriously as they are the first impression and usually are a summary of the meal to come. This did not bode well for lunch.


Cold steak that was overcooked

The pan-seared Scallops arrived cold which made for difficult eating. Whatever sweetness the searing achieved was badly muted. Technically, it was perfectly seared with the inside slightly raw, indeed it would have tasted wonderful if not for the cold which just made it unpleasant.

I ordered the beef steak even though it was a heavy main because I saw that it had a Balsamic reduction as sauce and I wanted to see how it compares to my Balsamic Vinegar and Beef Jus reduction. It was a thin watery affair that did nothing for the beef which arrived overcooked and surprisingly, cold.


Cold Panna Cotta – at least they got this at the right temperature

Lunch at Forlino’s would have been a dismal affair if not for the fact that my lunch companion was bubbly and chatty. Service was a little choppy, alternating from very good to “lost at sea”.

For the location and price, I would have to say that the food was not good. While I do not expect the executive chef to be present during lunch service, I do expect, as would the busy executives around the area, a well-prepared lunch.

As there is a prevalence of Italian restaurants in Singapore, unless there’s a special event, I see no reason to return to Forlino.

Forlino is at One Fullerton #02-06, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213, Tel. 6877 6995


Cold Cod Fish Mousse – the amuse bouche that didn’t. Yes, yes, it’s called the Aperitivo



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Posted on 15th Feb 2010 in Food and Drink, Italian


There Are 8 Comments


yixiaooo commented on February 17, 2010 at 12:59 am

yeah forlino was such a snooze huh?


ivan commented on February 17, 2010 at 11:13 am

I wouldn’t call it a snooze. Food wasn’t that great but the conversation was scintillating. Remember it’s not about intellectual stimulation.


yixiaooo commented on February 17, 2010 at 12:59 pm



HGH commented on February 19, 2010 at 11:54 am

I can agree identify with the disappointment re. the food being not as good as expected. I wrote a long post on this some time back ( But to my surprise, Forlino does has its team of ardent supporters that gently admonished me offline.


ivan commented on February 24, 2010 at 11:41 pm

@HGH: I’ve read your post; it’s a little vague, (e.g. what does “it tasted average” mean?), so I’m not surprised people went after you for clarification.


HGH commented on February 25, 2010 at 11:08 am

Hmm ok. Need to brush up on vocab : )


ivan commented on March 10, 2010 at 6:39 pm

@HGH: I think your vocabulary is fine. | 2010 in review commented on February 1, 2011 at 12:38 am

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