Mon - Fri: 11:30 - 14:00
Mon - Fri: 18:00 - 22:00
Sat: 18:00 - 22:00
Bringing the best of authentic Italian cuisine in a relaxed setting, OTTO Locanda opens its doors at the charming Maxwell Chambers, a refurbished conservation building steeped in heritage, with a pristine white neo-classical façade. OTTO Locanda is led by the partners behind OTTO Ristorante, who share a life-long passion for great Italian food. While OTTO Ristorante presents a more sophisticated dining style, OTTO Locanda offers a traditional Italian menu and casual trattoria style of dining that is close to the hearts of Italians. With its “no short cuts to good food” principle attached, OTTO Locanda brings to Singapore the best of authentic Italian fare while maintaining all the warmth and charm of the classic Italian trattoria. Culinary team: Culinary direction by Executive Chef Michele Pavanello
Full review at www.sgfoodonfoot.com
Located at the charming white building at Maxwell Chamber, Otto Locanda is the casual sibling of the fine dining Otto Ristorante just down the road at Red Dot Building. Otto Locanda exudes a rustic charm with a mix of copper surfaces and distressed wood, giving it a warm, cosy and homely charm of the classic Italian trattoria ambience. Helming Otto Locanda is Chef Marco Violana who worked at Four Sesaons London and Milan before coming to Singapore to work at Basilico and Ristorante PepeNero.
The Buffalo Milk Mozzarella Cheese with Marinated Datterini Cherry Tomatoes and Basil Dressing ($18) was a simple antipasti to kick start the night. The semi soft cheese with its high moisture and milky content paired with one of the sweetest tomatoes, Datterini Cherry Tomatoes was beautiful and tanalised the appetite.
Sitting on top of the smooth leek puree, the Roasted Octopus ($22) was beautifully cooked until very tender. Paired with crispy zucchini, potatoes and tomato, the dish was nicely executed and well balanced.
The Smoked Scamorza Cheese Fritters ($16) paired with the spicy tomato sauce was rather addictive.
The Sliced Chilled Roast Grain Fed Strip Loin ($22) was dressed in a netting of tuna sauce. The beef was tender and juicy with a nice lingering sweetness. Never thought that the combination of fish and beef can be so delish.
Mistaken as pork belly when it was served, the Baked layers of Eggplant Parmigiana Style with light tomato sauce and Mozzarella ($20) had everyone at the dining table raving about it. The medley of textures and flavours done like a lasagne had layers after layers of delightful enjoyment.
Of all the antipasti, the Gratin Black Mussels Mediterranean Style with Pureed Borlotti Beans and Ciabatta Bread Crouton ($20) was my least favourite. I felt that the natural flavour of the mussel was lost in the thick pureed borlotti and ciabatta bread crouton.
To allow us to sample them, Chef Marco did a trio for us. I could not decide which is my favourite. The thin crust pizzas were all very lovely.
The highlight for the dinner was surprisingly the Cauliflower Soup with luxurious chucks of prawn and lobster. Each spoonful of the cauliflower puree was bursting with robust flavours that was both comforting and hearty.
Chef Marco was telling us he loves Hainanese Chicken Rice and frequents Boon Tong Kee at river valley road. I was interested to taste his interpretation of the local delicacy, Aged Parmesan Cheese Risotto "Carnaroli"with White Chicken Ragout and Chili Dressing ($22). I don't think the flavour was anything near to it but it was a deliciously cooked risotto that I cleaned up to the last grain.
We ordered 4 pastas, 1 lasagna, and 1 caneloni. The pastas and caneloni are just average. The lasagna is good. Maybe that's why we hardly see people ordered pastas in other tables. The restaurant is full, so other food should be good. We tried Otto Ristorante before and found the food very good so we want to try this place as well.
It was a birthday dinner for my boyfriend, he is impressed with the quality of the food served. I was slightly disappointed that they did not reply my email regards to the birthday cake I wanted to pre-arrange for my boyfriend at first. BUT they did not ignore my mail, in fact the placed a candle on the dessert we order and the waiter sang my boyfriend a birthday song. We were impressed by the kind gesture. On the whole, food served were tAsty and flavorful especially the lamb shank- it's one of the must order if you are a fan of red meats. All foods comes with quality and looks totally appetizing.
Italian food is difficult for me to enjoy because I am most particular and fussy about it-- it is my favorite cuisine and have high expectations when someone calls themselves an "Italian restaurant". Very few Italian restaurants please me because I really dislike it when it is not done well and spoils the name of Italian cuisine. Otto Locanda was one of the few that was not only good, it was really great!
We started with the Frittelle alla Pugliese (Melted Smoked Scamorza Cheese Wrapped with Italian Roasted Ham
and Soft Fritters with Spicy Tomatoes Sauce) for $18. Excellently done, really enjoyed it.
We also had the Gnocchi di Patate e Zucca (Pumpkin and Potatoes Gnocchi with Pan-Roasted Scallops and Crispy Bacon Bits) for $28. Best gnocchi I've ever had although the portion was smaller than I would have liked but it tasted fabulous.
Then we had the Astice alla Griglia (Grilled Boston Lobster with Mix “Pinzimonio” Vegetables and Fresh Seasonal Fruits), I thought $35 was pretty good value for money. I enjoyed the pairing of the lobster with fruits, however, this dish was only average for me in terms of taste.
We finished it off with a limoncello creme brûlée with chocolate drops. It was very delicious as well.
All in all, the food was of very high standards and quality, totally worth it.
Service was good and everyone was polite and pleasant. I personally would have preferred a friendlier experience as opposed to a professionally pleasant experience. But it wasn't bad, just different. Everyone was very helpful and had a smile on their faces.
Ambience was ok. Many people mentioned that this is their more casual arm whilst Otto Ristorante is their fine dining arm. Maybe because of that I had anticipated a more relaxed and homely experience, but it was actually still quite "proper" for me. Nothing bad about the place, but I would have appreciated a more homely experience.
Although the best for me remains that little restaurant called Bruno's in Positano, Italy, this may be my favorite Italian restaurant in Singapore so far!