At Regent Singapore’s Basilico, head chef Luca Beccalli leads diners on a gastronomical journey through Italy. All through 2016, he introduces a quartet of geographical-themed dinner menus from the Italian Republic’s mountainous regions to the sea. Named the Mari e Monti Basilissimo Dinner, the three-course meal features an à la carte main course menu and, of course, the restaurant’s famed appetiser and dessert buffet spread (S$88; S$128 with two glasses of wine; and S$138 for free-flow red and white wines till 8.30pm).
From July to end year, the Mari e Monti dinner dives towards the Mediterranean Sea (July to September) and hikes up to the Alps (October to December). Mediterraneo mains are discernably lighter on the palate as one would expect from food in coastal towns; the cuisine highlights fresh seafood and light sauces such as evidenced in the Palermo-style Swordfish stuffed with vegetable flavoured in olive oil, pepper and salt. The Cavatielli Pasta is served with small curled strips of cuttlefish and lentils, giving it an almost addictive combination of textures. The Alpsinspired mains, on the other hand, seem like polar opposites. The Braised Braised Beef Cheeks Cannelloni is a luscious pairing of the natural fattiness of the cheeks with creamy parmesan velouté, tribute to Alpine cuisine’s staple of cheeses and cured meats. ◆ 1 Cuscaden Road. Tel: 65/6732-8838 www.fourseasons.com