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A few Hong Kong bloggers whom we met recently at the inaugural OpenRice Bloggers Luncheon introduced us to Capital Cafe (華星冰室) in Wan Chai (灣仔) when we asked for recommendations for brunch on our last day in the city. ‘Better scrambled eggs and much better service’ were their exact words as they tried to dissuade us from going to the highly raved Australian Dairy Company (one of the legendary Hong Kong Cha Chaan Tengs (茶餐廳) famous for their eggs and toast, ham and macaroni, steamed milk puddings and the usual suspects) and convince us to try Capital Cafe instead. ‘Trust us. It’s really good!‘ they said. And so we did.
Taking the MTR to Wan Chai and exiting at A4, our map and instincts brought us for a ten minute walk down Hennessy Rd before we turned into a little lane (Heard St) and found this Hong Kong diner. The place was not empty but neither was it insanely crowded and we were quickly ushered to a table without much of a waiting time. With walls decked with multiple signatures and posters of Cantopop singers (word has it that one of the owners was the former manager of Capital Records- thus explaining where the name of the cafe was derived from) and a floor made up of black and white tiles, the retro setting made it hard to not feel nostalgic.
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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.
Japanese fine dining takes on a whole new meaning at Hinoki Japanese Dining- a neat little restaurant tucked away discreetly in a conservation pre-war shop house along Nankin Row in China Square. Serving up ‘Kappo Ryori’, a style of Omakase that is lifted to the highest degree, this creative aspect of Japanese cuisine can only be conquered by experts and masters- who in this case, is Chef Santaro Li, the culinary maestro who has been honing his skills for the past 40 years.
Here at Hinoki, freshness of produce, showmanship and presentation are all key elements that Li-san take very seriously and you can expect a gastronomical experience when your meal is left in the creative hands of Li-san’s exquisite and refined palate. With the best seasonal ingredients air-flown directly from Tokyo’s renowned Tsukiji Market twice a week, premium and quality are only what you get with each course.
Every experience of ‘Kappo Ryori’ seeks to be different as it is an extremely fluid and customizable process, subject to your taste preferences together with Li-san’s inspirations and intuition.
We started with a trio of Zensai $15 and Li-san will advice you to start from the right to the left- where the light sweetness of the Shiraou (silver fish sashimi) bathed in Shoyu sauce delights and refreshes your palate with the first bite. Move on next to the Oyster with Mentaiko rustically presented in its shell and marvel when you taste the richness of the torched roe. I especially enjoyed this because I did not taste the oyster at all! And finally, the Century Egg Tofu with Tobiko brings an exciting end to the first course with the creamy pitan sauce beautifully balanced by the simply chilled tofu.
Indulge in the Mixed Sashimi Platter $55 which featured an immaculate selection of the finest cuts of Hamachi, Salmon, Toro Belly and Botan Ebi. Alternatively, go the other extreme with the Zakana Foie Gras $25- possibly my favorite and most heart-clogging that evening which seems almost impossible in Japanese cuisine.
Essentially a roll of grilled Hamachi cheek sandwiching a generous slab of pan-fried fatty goose liver and all wrapped snugly by an overlaying piece of seaweed sitting on a Sakura leaf and topped with truffle (refer to first photo), the plating of the Zakana Foie Gras impressed with its attention to detail especially with that carved lemon in the shape of a heart on the side. But the taste was truly the highlight and a harmonious melody of richness which enthralled.
Homegrown fresh concept bakery café- iBake by Prima is a full-service destination bakery which is the first of its kind to offer artisanal bread made from customized Prima flour- a blend of Japanese and European flours. The produce of this unique blend is a bread of hearty crust with a light and airy textured middle.
With a fine selection of breads, pastries, pot pies and specially designed sandwiches all made on site, Singapore’s first upscale gourmet bakery is set to start a trend.
Located at level 2 of The Star Vista, the open concept alfresco setting charms with its modern design and attention to detail. From the packaging to the cutlery, iBake distinguishes itself from other bakeries, appealing to both family and friends keen to stop by for a meal or just to do a takeaway.
For those who wish to dine-in, there are many Gourmet Value Set Meals available from $14.90 onwards. These set meals feature a mix and match of iBake Signature creations from Starters to Main Courses and Desserts.
We started with a Seafood Chowder Pot Pie $6.80 (ala-carte)- a rustic and brimming concoction of chunky clams, prawns, mussels, potatoes, carrots and dried scallops in a base of creamy soup, served in a bread bowl. For something meaty, the Chicken Pot Pie $6.80 is equally rich and filled with succulent pieces of chicken instead.
Bread connoisseurs will appreciate the Petite Bread Basket or Petite Pastry Basket $8.00/basket (6 pieces) which consist of an assortment of specialties such as the French Stick with Milk Cream, Gruyere Cheese, Anchovy Croissant, Pain Au Chocolat Croissant and French Croissant- all in bite-sized portions for sampling before you decide which one rocks your boat best. Our recommendation is to try it all because the most tasty and memorable ones are usually those you least expect.
MUST TRY the Anchovy Croissant!