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The flagship outlet of District 10 Bar & Restaurant at UE Square has recently unveiled a new gastrobar dining concept which incorporates both gourmet and casual under one roof. Boasting of two separate menus that reflect the decor of the two spaces, the Al Fresco menu- matching its chilled ambiance is all about bar bites and cocktails while the Dining Room menu- similar to its sleek finishing comprises of more elegant options, Italian-inspired cuisine and an extensive list of boutique wine labels.
We dropped by on a weekday evening and got a sample of The Dining Room menu. While options are not exactly extensive, the prices are affordable, with Starters starting from $13++, Mains from $24++ and a Black Angus Ribeye for $28++. Old Bonta fans will find a few signature offerings familiar while others like me who had never dined at Bonta before it closed a few months back, will be in for a satisfying gourmet experience.
Green Asparagus, Fried Egg Sunny Side Up, Sage Butter $18++
I tend to associate anything with eggs (especially those with an oozy yolk) with brunch. This starter was no different. And while its presentation may appear simple, the textures of crunchy and creamy were intriguing. Granted that the sage butter probably cancels out any negative caloric benefits contributed by the asparagus, the mild flavor of the spiced butter lends a subtle and crisp finish to the palate. This might just be my new favorite brunch option.
Burratina Cheese with Peas, Sun-Dried Tomato Puree and Extra Virgin Olive Oil $18++
An old Bonta favorite, it was not hard to see why. The Mozzarella pouch with its delicate milky-mousse filling was delightfully creamy and spilled out effortlessly when the skin of the pouch was broken. Not usually a fan of sun-dried tomatos either but somehow the combination worked- with the salty and sour notes complimenting each other and tied together with a drizzle of olive oil- extra virgin and full bodied no less.
Made famous by their monthly Bacchanalia Brunch Series which took Singapore by storm in 2012, Bacchanalia Singapore has since found a permanent home in the main hall of the historical Masonic Club on Coleman Street. The space which holds up to 150 pax is decidedly intimate with dark wood paneling, a mix of plush burgundy-red lounge chairs and long communal turquoise leatherette couches, heavy drapes and ambient lighting, while a canopy of 400 handmade illuminated glass ‘bubbles’ that hang overhead takes center stage.
The bar, headed by an in-house mixologist and a team of bartenders, serves up an extensive list of new age champagne cocktails combined with a few classic numbers presented with a twist. The drinks here are a concoction of sophistication and creativity, assuring the discerning tippler that he will not leave disappointed.
Neatly divided into four sections- Vegetable, Seafood, Meat and Dessert, the menu here at Bacchanalia is fluid and dynamic, as reflected by the effervescent natures of the young team that heads the kitchen. The trio- all previously trained at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck represent what the food here at Bacchanalia really is- innovative, creative and refreshing.
From the Vegetable section of the menu, we tried the Amaretti Di Saronno $19, a classic Italian Butternut Squash and Amaretti pairing usually found as a ravioli filling. Visually arresting, the dish was a delightful mishmash of sweet and savory notes with an added acidic dimension from the drizzle of balsamic vinegar and pumpkin oil. And while it may appear dry, the sauce for the dish is actually deceptively encased in sumac powder- a beautiful yolk cooked precisely at 63 degrees.
Still from the same section, the French Onion Soup $20 (serves 2), takes an unusual turn from the regular look with the thick layer of melted gruyère on top. Instead, crispy cheddar nuggets, bite-sized homemade rye bread, ricotta cheese and of course caramelized white onions fill the bowl.
The broth is served in a small teapot, allowing diners to have a more interactive experience with their food. And keeping to Executive Chef Ivan’s detail to precision, the onions used in the stock of the broth is first caramelized at exactly 80 degrees for 3 whole days. The result is a tingling sweetness and depth of flavor with every sip.
Italian cuisine has always been a hit with Singaporeans. Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Cheese and Tiramisu. You name it, we love it. Comforting, creamy and pairing off beautifully with a glass of wine, Italian food is hard to resist for both the young and old. But with so many Italian restaurants popping up everyday, where do you know where to go and what to eat there?
In this round up, we share where are some of the best places to enjoy what the different regions of Italy have to offer, here on our little island. Read on for our 5 Best Italian restaurants in Singapore.
32 Maxwell Road #01-03 Tel: 6224 0978
Opening hrs: Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 2pm, Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 10pm
Lunch is not served on weekends. Restaurant is closed on Sundays
Situated barely a stone throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, casual trattoria-style Italian restaurant- OTTO Locanda fronts the white and regal statuesque building, Maxwell Chambers. Opened by the same people behind fine-dining sister branch- OTTO Ristorante one block down the road, the former instead offers homely Italian fare with the introduction of regional speciality dishes from the different regions of Italy every month in a charmingly rustic space which is both comforting and relaxing.
Recommended for: Those who work in CBD. OTTO Locanda also offers 3 course set lunches for $32.
Must tries: Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Pappardelle all’ Anatra and Astice alla Griglia
Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43 10 Collyer Quay Tel: 6509 1488
Opening hrs: Monday to Friday 11.30am – 3pm, Monday to Saturday 5.30pm – 11.45pm
Restaurant is closed on Sundays
At 240 metres above ground, perched at the top floor of the Ocean Financial Centre in Collyer Quay, contemporary Italian restaurant- Zafferano (Italian for Saffron) joins the likes of KU DÉ TA and Jaan with its gorgeous bird’s eye view of our beautiful city skyline that is absolutely captivating in the night. With nature as its asset and a glowing circular bar lit by a thousand saffron tendrils which takes centre stage in the lounge, Zafferano is primed with great potential. With new Executive Chef Fabio Cucchelli in tow, who brings with him more than two decades of culinary experience across Europe, along with a spanking new menu of traditional Italian signatures, Zafferano is set to impress with its emphasis on natural flavours as it pays tribute to the authentic origins of produce from both North and South Italy.
At 240 metres above ground, perched at the top floor of the Ocean Financial Centre in Collyer Quay, contemporary Italian restaurant- Zafferano (Italian for Saffron) joins the likes of KU DÉ TA and Jaan with its gorgeous bird’s eye view of our beautiful city skyline that is absolutely captivating in the night. With nature as its asset and a glowing circular bar lit by a thousand saffron tendrils which takes centre stage in the lounge, Zafferano is primed with great potential.
With new Executive Chef Fabio Cucchelli in tow, who brings with him more than two decades of culinary experience across Europe, along with a spanking new menu of traditional Italian signatures, Zafferano is set to impress with its emphasis on natural flavours as it pays tribute to the authentic origins of produce from both North and South Italy.
The first Insalata Zafferano $18 was a colorful affair brimming with nutritional and vitamin-rich fresh produce. Tossing up romaine hearts, Roma tomatoes, brioche croutons and finished with squirts of shallot cheese dressing, this was a charming piece of artwork which whetted our appetites effortlessly.
Our Insalata di salmone scozzese $26 featured thinly cut herb cured salmon with crisp salad with baby spinach and served with honey mustard dressing. Loved how generous the portion of smoked salmon was and how the sweet tangyness of the dressing cut through the saltiness so smoothly. This one is great for sharing.
Dubbed the best Spanish restaurant in Singapore at the moment, Catalunya Singapore has been a strong force to be reckoned with in our fine-dining scene since the day it opened a year ago. Helmed by a stellar crew with both head chef Alain Devahive Tolosa and restaurant manager Pol Perelló having affiliations with elBulli and the restaurant itself run by the KU DÉ TA Group, it comes as no surprise that this contemporary restaurant has been the talk of the town and a media darling.
Encased in a glass dome floating on the waters of the Marina Bay, the intimate 120 seater charms with a stunning view of the Marina Bay, CBD area and all its glory which can be enjoyed from any seat in the restaurant because of its unique architecture. Both day and night brings an entirely different multi-sensory experience that is best paired with the gastronomical delights that Catalunya has to offer.
The menu here is predominantly classic Spanish and Tapas- centric, though the larger plates of Traditional Suckling Pig Segovian Style, Roasted Veal Shank and Paella are made for sharing. Do note that the latter is only available for weekend lunch.
The Bikini $20
Appearing seemingly ordinary, this ham and cheese sandwich was anything but and the first bite will explain why. The grainy mash of cured Iberico ham and melted cheese with a hint of truffle complimented by the coarse texture of the toasted bread teased the taste buds. And just like its name suggests, this sandwich offered the right balance of slinky and sophistication.