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An iconic and historical building in Singapore- Alkaff Mansion has stood the test of time since it was first built back in 1918. Initially owned by a Yemen family of spice traders, Alkaff Mansion played host to many opulent and high society parties back in the day when it was a weekend retreat bungalow spanning an area of 780 square metres. It comes as no surprise that almost a century later, Alkaff Mansion remains a popular choice of location to hold events, weddings and even fashion shows with its exquisite architecture and sprawling grounds that are complimented by a panoramic view of Telok Blangah Hill.
Recently, Alkaff Mansion Ristorante welcomed a new chef- a native from Sardinia, Italy with 20 years of culinary experience to spruce up its menu with hearty Italian fare made from produce imported all the way from Sardinia. Talk about recreating an authentic Italian dining experience without actually having to get on a plane.
From the list of Antipasti’s, we tried two specialties- the Fresh Octopus Carpaccio $24 and Seafood Platter $68. The former which featured lightly steamed silvers of octopus won my vote with its delicate nature and subtle sweetness, brought even more to life with a drizzle of balsamic reduction. Conversely, the platter of five different types of seafood- tiger prawns, tuna tartare, sea bass carpaccio, octopus salad and lobster chunks had me quite split in my decision. But either way $68 for such a huge platter of seafood is a pretty sweet deal in itself.
Joining the row of restaurants along Nankin Street of China Square Central is a ‘bacaro’ or wine bar that is inspired by the historical taverns of Venice. Sporting a dual personality of a cafeteria in the day and a bar serving cocktails at night, &SONS is all about affordable prices, comforting and hearty Italian classics, and a stellar dining experience.
I first encountered the food from &SONS at SAVOUR 2014 where they made their debut having just opened 3 months before. Their generous portions certainly stood out among the rest during the gourmet food festival but most memorable of all had to be their Linguine, Crab & Nduja, which blew me away with its wicked combination of perfectly al dente pasta and chunks of crab meat. They serve it with Tagliolini now at &SONS and it is still every bit as good as I remember it to be.
As mentioned earlier, &SONS prides itself as a cafeteria during lunch time by offering a menu of 16 large Italian plates priced between $8-$12. Portions are definitely hearty and the variety is adequate with choices ranging from Grilled Red Snapper, Baked Chicken Cacciatore, Grilled Beef Sirloin Steak and Linguine with Seafood Marinara.
Jamie’s Italian presents a fresh seasonal revision to their menu a mere 4 months since their official opening back in July this year. While the crowd favorites have remained, 15 new dishes have been added to the brood to entice and excite diners to return for a visit. Jamie’s Italian is also happy to share that they have since opened up more seats for reservations via their online portal so that customers need not wait in line too long to get a taste of Asia’s first branch.
Crispy Tomato & Mozzarella Arancini $10.90
Golden crisp little balls of breaded breadcrumbs filled with a concoction of rice, mozzarella cheese, eggs and chopped basil sitting on a gravy bed of arrabbiata sauce. The result is a hot popping melting goodness with every bite. Toppings of pickled red chillies and crispy fried garlic slices add a little jazz to the mix as well with a burst of flavor and color.
Smashed Pea & Broad Bean Bruschetta $12.50
A pyramid of raw sliced yellow courgettes and asparagus, mint tips & pea tendrils stacked delicately atop each other with a grilled garlic- rubbed sourdough at the base, tied harmoniously together with some lemon zest and olive oil. If healthy food had a look, this probably would be it. Refreshing and surprisingly satisfying, we think this will be a favorite with the weight-conscious ladies.
Mortadella & Ricotta Panzerotti $16/$24.50
If you are up for something different than the usual pastas, then this grilled chicken thigh- filled pockets of pastas in half moon shape might be a delightful change for you. While the colors in this one are not exactly vibrant, we assure you that the textures and flavors are far from dull. With up to four types of cheeses used in the pasta and sauce, each mouthful is guaranteed to be a creamy and rich one, but assuredly none too overwhelming. A nice Autumn finish of crinkle cut apple, walnuts, pistachios and crispy Italian sausage sealed the deal for us.
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.
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.