Il Cielo is located on the 24th floor of Hilton Singapore, right beside the pool. Upon arriving at the restaurant, I was pleasantly surprised to see that it is very small, cosy and intimate. I also like the fact that the Italian restaurant is very focused. They only have a few dishes under each category of the menu – because they pride themselves on the quality and standard of every item.
We started our meal with a fantastic Homemade Buffalo Milk Burrata ($38) with heirloom tomatoes and Pan Seared Foie Gras ($32). If you are a fan of this dish, you must order it at Il Cielo. The foie gras, served with white polenta and vin santo reduction, also got a thumbs up from us.
For main courses, we had the Homemade Carbonara Tagliatelle ($48) with fresh shaved truffle – a special dish on the white Alba truffle seasonal menu – and a Porcini and Blueberry Risotto ($28).
The pasta while good, was unremarkable. But what made it special, was the use of freshly shaved white Alba truffle which gave it flavour and depth.
The Risotto Porcini and Blueberry Risotto was very good. Every bite was better than the previous one, and before we knew it, we had pretty much scraped the plate clean.
Before having the second main course, we were served a Raspberry Sorbet – with a drop of vodka and ginger – as a palate cleanser. After which, we proceeded with the main courses: a beautiful Oven-baked Whole Seabass ($75) and Grilled Veal Chop ($55). I am usually a meat person, but the Seabass won me over completely. It was so good that I did not pay much attention to the veal chop. We could not get over how fresh and sweet the fish was.
To end the meal, we had Tiramisu ($18) and Dark Chocolate Souffle ($18) served with spicy vanilla ice cream.
We were there a few months ago, so they might have changed some of the items on the menu. A meal at Il Cielo is without a doubt, expensive. It is not a place where everyone can come on a regular basis. But it is worth splurging for a special occasion because you will be satisfied with the exceptional food and service.
581 Orchard Road
Level 24 Hilton Hotel Singapore
Tel: +65 6730 3395
Mon to Fri: 12pm – 10.30pm
Sat & Sun: 7pm – 10.30pm
Note: This was an invited media tasting
For more recommendations, read my list of best Italian restaurants in Singapore