For homely Italian creations
This restaurant serves fine Italian cuisine by Milanese-born chef-owner Diego Chiarini. The menus – whether a la carte or set – are well crafted and authentic. For the former, we recommend the capelli d’angelo (angel hair pasta) topped with lemon garlic and crab meat ($29) from the menu’s fresh pasta section. As for the latter, the four-course dinner set menu ($78++ per person) is worth a shout-out, with the likes of deboned goose leg confit for mains and homemade cured beef bresaola (air-dried and salted) for starters.
Book a table here | Address: 46 Bukit Pasoh Road | Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-2.30pm, Sat 6pm-midnight
For a taste of traditional Italian produce
An establishment supported by sturdy brick walls and neatly arranged lacquered furniture, Capricci already has the ambience tick box checked. Food-wise, the five dishes from the menu's mains section stand out, besides the top class ingredients that are sourced from Italy by chef Diego Martinelli. If you prefer something hearty to dig into, the pistachio-crusted lamb ($42) is a sound choice. If not, opt for the tuna steak ($34) or grouper al cartoccio (baked as a parcel wrapped with waxed paper, $32).
Book a table here | Address: 27 Tanjong Pagar Road | Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm
Platitos Bar and Restaurant
For edgy Spanish bites
Platitos doesn’t occupy a huge space but what it does have in abundance, is the creative energy that resonates from the bar counter and kitchen. The menu is concise, but reminds guests of its Spanish roots, namely small-plate dishes such as meatballs (hand-rolled pork and beef balls, $5.90) and smoked salmon slices served on a bed of dill mayo dressing ($7.90). If you’re stopping by for a drink, a glass of margarita ($9) or class Sangria ($9 per glass, $32 per jug) might be worth considering.
Book a table here | Address: 1 Tras Link, #01-08 | Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11am-11pm; Fri 11am-1am; Sat 4pm-1am
For choice affordable lunch sets
Housed within Orchard Hotel, Sushi Kou has done its menu no harm with a string of delightful lunch sets that will appeal to the bustling noon crowd. We recommend the special kaisen don set ($26), a vibrant combination of sushi rice that is topped with a variety of sashimi – salmon, tuna, scallop and ikura among others – along with sides of chawanmushi and miso soup. If you’re running out of time, perhaps the eight-piece sushi set (with the likes of ikura, tuna and salmon, $18) will come in handy.
Book a table here | Address: 1 Tras Link, #01-16Orchard Hotel | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-3pm, 6-10.30pm
Fleur de Sel Le
For exquisite French cooking
A classy and unpretentious restaurant, Fleur de Sel Le charms with an affordable menu and its location within a Tras Street shophouse. Book a table here and you’ll get to kick-start your meal with the Boston lobster bisque soup ($25), before tucking into a finely prepared dish of le canard (slow-cooked seared duck breast, $39). If you want to opt for seafood, the la lotte (braised monkfish topped with fennel and croutons, $38) is a fine choice as well.
Book a table here | Address: 64 Tras Street | Opening hours: Mon-Sat noon-2pm, 6.30-10pm