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Barpazza (Capital Square)
For reliable East-West fusion bites
A cosy eatery serving Italian cuisine with Southeast Asian flavours, Barpazza’s forte seems to lie in their culturally-stretched pizza selection of 16 pizzas. The smoked salmon gourmet pizza ($27) is a must-try, made with tomato sauce, mascarpone cheese and smoked salmon drizzled with olive oil. Fancy something that leans more to the Asian flavours? There’s the rendang chicken pizza ($25.90) – curry rendang sauce, mozzarella cheese, red onions and chicken on a crisp 12-inch thin crust dough.
Book a table here | Address: 25 Church Street, Capital Square 3, #01-02 | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-11pm; Sat 5.30-10.30pm
Cuisine Master Hot Pot
For a high-end hot pot experience
Book a table here to experience a gourmet hot pot meal with, depending on where you're seated, a view of the Marina Bay Sands skyline. If you are not sure of what to pick off its extensive a la carte menu, we recommend the restaurant’s abalone banquet set ($118 per person). This gives you a series of servings to dip into two divided soup bases in one pot – chicken soup that has been slow-cooked for ten hours, and a mushroom soup prepared from five kinds of imported exotic mushrooms. Start with tuna sashimi, and move onto the scallop with grouper combination, kangaroo meat or tender ribeye beef. An added plus? You won't even have to cook your meal yourself (there will be a server helping you).
Book a table here | Address: 68 Boat Quay | Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 6pm-11pm; Sat 6-11pm
For true-blue Italian favourites
Located at the newly revived Boat Quay, this Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN) certified pizza restaurant is a gem – from the classy white-washed décor to the delicious wood-fired pizzas and myriad of mains. We recommend the panna e proscuitto cotto pizza (a combination of cream sauce, mozzarella ham, parmesan and basil, $22). If you’d prefer to have something heavier and with bite, the cotoletta alla Milanese (breaded veal rack served with rocket salad, $58) will do equally fine.
Book a table here| Address: 78 Boat Quay | Opening hours: Mon-Fri noon-3pm; Mon-Sat 6-10.30pm
For a masterclass in fine dining
This establishment is situated within the confines of the ritzy Fullerton Hotel, and offers a popular five-course dinner signature degustation menu ($138 per person). Reserve a table now and get to enjoy dishes such as the branzino (whole roasted seabass with fresh herbs and Sicilian lemons), the lo sfrizzo – beans and legumes minestrone soup, as well as the sweet half Maine lobster topped with roasted peppers and a basil salad to kick-start your gastro journey.
Book a table here | Address: 1 Fullerton Square, Fullerton Hotel #08-00 | Opening hours: Daily noon-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm
For exquisite Cantonese creations
Perched on the 33rd floor of the OCBC Centre, Peach Garden is synonymous with well-crafted dim sum and trademark Cantonese offerings. The go-to place for many business lunches and meals. A popular order is the deep-fried stuffed succulent scallop with creamy salted egg yolk ($48). You can opt for the a la carte buffet dinner ($30.80++ to $35.80++ per person), where you can savour the likes of chilled drunken chicken, deep fried prawns with wasabi salad cream, and barbecued char siew.
Book a table here | Address: 65 Chulia Street, OCBC Centre, #33-01 | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm