Matt Whittingh •
27 Apr 2015 • 41 reviews • 8 followers
This new-ish (open about a year at the time of writing) restaurant is discreetly positioned at the end of Duxton Hill. It occupies a very tasteful, modernised Shophouse, which manages to retain the character of the original building while providing a contemporary dining environment .
One of the things we particularly enjoyed about the space is the spaciousness of the main dining room – it’s not a large room by any means, but each table has been given generous around space around it, which greatly adds to the dining experience. There is also an attractive looking private dining room, which would make a fine space for a special occasion.
Perusing the wine menu reveals a good selection of wine from around Italy. There is also the option of sampling from a variety of wine before committing to a full bottle. Perhaps a little predictably, we chose a bottle of Gavi, which was excellent, and not extortionate for Singapore dining (still $120 – I speak in relative terms)
At this point I should add that the service is excellent, with a knowledgeable and attentive staff. Special mention to the Sommelier / Maitre’ d (I wish I’d caught his name) who was particularly attentive, providing a potted history of the provenance of the restaurant name, and later giving us a complimentary desert when we could not decide between sharing one of the many temptations on offer
Thankfully the food is up to the task of competing with the excellence of the location and service. We started with the Pecorino Cheese with Chestnut Honey & Fresh Figs, and the Octopus salad with fennel leaves, celery and Taggiasche olives. A delight to have figs outside of Europe (do they grow in Asia) and the sweetness of the fruit a delightful counter point to the Pecorina. The Octopus salad was one of the best I’ve had in Singapore, no doubt down to the freshness and quality of the ingredients, as much as the preparation.
As for the mains, I had sampled the delight of the Oven roasted crispy suckling pig served with a millefeuille of potato and goat's cheese, broad beans frittata and suckling pig jus, while my dining companion had the Roasted lamb loin in a Sardinian Pecorino cheese crust, served with stewed artichokes "Cacciatora" style, with shallots and lamb sauce. Of these two, we preferred the Lamb, although both dishes were excellent. My one dissenting note would be that the potato layers in the ‘millefeuille’ were a little under done to my taste.
We finished up with a desert of Tiramasu and Cannoli stuffed with ricotta cheese and candied orange.
So all in all, a great place to dine, and for the quality of the food, service and ambience, not at all badly priced. Heartily recommended.