Pontini's one of those candlelit, private, grand piano musically accompanied restaurants that's perfect for romance but bad for food photography.
We like it here. The ambience is quiet and peaceful so you can be assured there's no loud boisterous idiot yakking away. Service is warm and friendly (seriously, everyone from the pianist to the cooks at the oven greets you with a big big smile) but still discreet and unintrusive.
The BF wanted something light and healthy so we ordered the Pan-Fried Barramundi in Onion Broth ($32), a fairly large chunk of firm, white-fleshed fish balanced on a few king oyster mushrooms in a pool of rich onion broth. I liked how the earthy mushrooms cut through the sweetness of the onions.
I got the Saltimbocca alla Romana ($38) of veal with parma ham atop a bed of prosecco risotto. The rolls of parma ham wrapped veal was very full-bodied and meaty, something The Professor would like. I would have liked the risotto to be cooked for a little longer, the grains weren't cooked through and soft enough.
Obviously those 2 dishes weren't going to be enough for us. So we got the Grand Copthorne Pizza ($25), with arugula and parma ham. I loved the biscuit-thin crust of the pizza that had a smoky hint of the wood-fired oven, the piquant tomato base, the bitter greens and the rich saltiness of the parma ham. Easily the best dish of the dinner.
The Bread Basket was pretty good. The bread featured were very crusty, but with a soft centre. The BF particularly liked the nutty walnut bread.
Grand Copthorne Waterfront Hotel
392 Havelock Road
Tel: 6233 1133
Lunch 12:00pm - 2:30pm (Mon-Fri)
Dinner 06:30pm - 10:30pm (Mon-Sat)
Closed for lunch on Saturday and the whole of Sunday
Please note that there's a dress code