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PepeNero, offers a dining experience that excites the senses: an elegant and vibrant atmosphere, gracious service and delectable menu in the business district of Singapore. The chef combines authentic italian cooking with a contemporary take and is inspired by the rhythm of the seasons.

Mon - Sat: 12:00 - 14:30

Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 23:00

Closed: Sun

$71 based on 48 submissions
Dinner (14 votes), Quiet (14 votes), Lunch (13 votes)
mediumrareandothers

Good in what they do!

For more reviews and photos, click here! (http://mediumrareandothers.blogspot.com/2014/10/pepenero-chinatown-telok-ayer.html)

The Telok Ayer area on a weekday could get really quiet, and Stanley Street is one of it. This quaint place with Italian decor is equally quiet as well. When we entered the restaurant, there was only one table of two. As we ate, there were only 3 tables who came in. The servers knew their stuff and were quite prompt, a few times asking if my bread basket is to be re-filled, which was quite uncommon. The bread is generous, and came with bruschetta-kind of olives dipping, which I loved it, departing from the usual butter.   Burrata con crudo di Parma ($29), which is Burrata cheese (the white blob in the photo) and salty, thinly-sliced Parma ham, both of them make quite a great pair, but only with an extra dash of olive oil on the Burrata cheese, in my opinion, Else, it could get a bit too bland if eaten alone.   Tagliata di Manzo con Patate e Funghi ($45)Angus Beef Tagliata with roasted potatoes and wild mushrooms (250 grams), had a close to perfect doneness. The fats melt in the mouth, and the meat red where it should be. Although, it is under seasoned, and probably could do with a bit of olive oil and sea salt, the chef's technicalities shine in this dish. The wild mushrooms and roasted potatoes went well with the meat, providing an extra crunch to the meat.   The Tagliata's limelight could be easily stolen by the Astice alla Sarda ($45)Boston Lobster in Sardinian Style with Lemon sauce, cherry tomatoes, onion and fresh fruit (600 grams). It is one of the sweetest lobsters we have ever tried... ... Click here to read the entire review, complete with photos! (http://mediumrareandothers.blogspot.com/2014/10/pepenero-chinatown-telok-ayer.html)

The HGW community like this place for...

  • Authentic Spaghetti Carbonara6 votes
  • Eggplant Parmigiana (Eggplant cake)5 votes
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Burrata con crudo di Parma ($29)
05 Nov 2014 • 29 reviews • 0 follower

Good in what they do!

For more reviews and photos, click here! (http://mediumrareandothers.blogspot.com/2014/10/pepenero-chinatown-telok-ayer.html)

The Telok Ayer area on a weekday could get really quiet, and Stanley Street is one of it. This quaint place with Italian decor is equally quiet as well. When we entered the restaurant, there was only one table of two. As we ate, there were only 3 tables who came in. The servers knew their stuff and were quite prompt, a few times asking if my bread basket is to be re-filled, which was quite uncommon. The bread is generous, and came with bruschetta-kind of olives dipping, which I loved it, departing from the usual butter.   Burrata con crudo di Parma ($29), which is Burrata cheese (the white blob in the photo) and salty, thinly-sliced Parma ham, both of them make quite a great pair, but only with an extra dash of olive oil on the Burrata cheese, in my opinion, Else, it could get a bit too bland if eaten alone.   Tagliata di Manzo con Patate e Funghi ($45)Angus Beef Tagliata with roasted potatoes and wild mushrooms (250 grams), had a close to perfect doneness. The fats melt in the mouth, and the meat red where it should be. Although, it is under seasoned, and probably could do with a bit of olive oil and sea salt, the chef's technicalities shine in this dish. The wild mushrooms and roasted potatoes went well with the meat, providing an extra crunch to the meat.   The Tagliata's limelight could be easily stolen by the Astice alla Sarda ($45)Boston Lobster in Sardinian Style with Lemon sauce, cherry tomatoes, onion and fresh fruit (600 grams). It is one of the sweetest lobsters we have ever tried... ... Click here to read the entire review, complete with photos! (http://mediumrareandothers.blogspot.com/2014/10/pepenero-chinatown-telok-ayer.html)
18 Oct 2014 • 1 review • 0 follower

Overpriced food that is not good

I visited PepeNero for dinner with my wife and tried the duck with orange sauce appetiser, saffron risoto with foie gras, boston lobster linguine and tiramisu cake.

Duck appetiser was so-so with only 6 slices of duck for almost $30 which is definitely not worth the money. There are better duck available at a fraction of this price.

Lobster linguine was slightly undercooked and the lobster was not fresh. Foie gras risoto was average and too cheezy for our liking. Tiramisu was average.

All in all, it was an expensive meal ($120) hardly worth the money

28 Sep 2014 • 148 reviews • 6 followers

Good execution but popular dishes run out

See the full review with pictures here: http://pickledpeas.wordpress.com/2014/09/12/dinner-at-pepenero-2/   So the original chef at Pepenero (Renato), of the lobster linguine with san marzano tomato sauce fame actually went back to Italy, and a new chef took over here. Which also means a menu revamp :( I really liked the previous menu! They had the best prosciutto wrapped scamorza and porcini I have ever had. The new offerings are not bad either, but the day we went they were out of their signature linguine all’astice and also the squid ink ravioli. Poor marks for that! Apparently there was a big lunch crowd that all ordered the seafood pastas. I really just came back here for that linguine :(   So I wound up having the pappardelle with deer meat, which truth be told, wasn’t all that bad, but it is no lobster linguine, as you know. The manager told us that the lobster sauce for their new lobster linguine is the chef’s secret recipe, and he adds bits of the tomalley to the sauce which boosts its flavour. The deer meat itself is tender and goes well with the parmesan and the relatively light sauce. Worth a try! The noodles are also very good.   LZ had the baked cod with tomato crust and potato spumante – a huge chunk of cod baked in a tomato crust. It was moist and exceedingly tender. I was surprised how well it went together! I guess having a crust around the filet packs the moisture and rendered fats in. The grilled vegetables were a perfect accompaniment.   For dessert we had the panna cotta infused with mint – they were out of the tiramisu. Hrm. The mint taste was really subtle (LZ said it made it taste like soy) but the panna cotta was pretty good.   Now the service needs to be worked on. They have a menu in Italian but none of the service staff speak it or know the Italian names of the various items on the menu. I ordered the linguine all’astice and had to repeat myself several times. I asked what the sauce of the the deer meat pappardelle was like (in English) and the staff just repeated blankly after me “what it’s like?” – I think she doesn’t even speak English. While I sympathize with the current manpower situation – it’s hard to find permanent waitstaff – you should at least hire someone who speaks English! When I finally got somebody who spoke English I asked if the deer meat sauce was like a bolognese and he said it was less wet than a bolognese, which is tomato based. This guy has clearly never even been to Italy. Oh well. I think it’s kind of pricey for the quality, although of course their ingredients are well-sourced. The restaurant interior is kind of nice to sit and lounge around in though, they play some kind of new age-y music which is great for long dinner chats.
Angus beef tiagliata
03 Aug 2014 • 5 reviews • 0 follower

Very cozy and fantastic food

The location is in a quiet street near Cecil street and it could be why many people are not aware of this quaint place. It was surprisingly quite busy when we were there on Saturday with only 2 free tables available and we sat outdoors which is great as it doesn't feels like we are in CBD.

The service was friendly and jovial by the Indian manager. Chef also drop by our table for quick hello. Food was just amazing. We had the Angus beef tiagliata ( grilled slices beef) , pappardelle ( like Kway teow) with lamb ragu and gnocchi with cheese .What we like is they don't serve just the regular pasta like linguine and spaghetti but a wide range of home made pasta which are familiar to italians and foodies but not us.

The lava cake is also different because they don't make with flour but just purr chocolate . Heavenly for choc lovers. Overall a good choice to splurge for real italloan food. We felt we learnt a lot about food that night :)
We were told they change the menu every 3 seasonal.months so your favourite dish might take a while before it is back. Guess this could be our regular restaurant as it will aways surprise our palate.
I love this place as it is like a little enclave with good food and away from the crowd .
Al fresco eating is the best here 

salmon sauce pasta
06 Jul 2014 • 100 reviews • 8 followers

2nd time there

My sister requested us to go there for her birthday yesterday, and so we were there again after a month. Hmmm...it was still a very quiet restrauant with just 2 tables of guests, which i still wonder why... Anyway, we went ahead and order some of the items wr had last time and added some new ones. overall the food quality is still good, but the quantity shrinks. no sure id there is a difference between weekdays and weekend or it wad a way to increase price. So from that point, we were kinda disappointed. especially when we ordered the clam pasta, from the last scene of overflowing quantity of clam became half of the amount yesterday. We also noticed the menu online is different from the one at the restaurant. Hence we thought we could gobthere for a different meni, bit i ended up it's the same items. Special mention to the seabass big flat pasta. It has the taste of sea water on the flat pasta which was quite impressive - the pasta was marinated/treated before cooking. nice!
The management of PepeNero responded to this review:
27 Aug 2014
Dear Guest,
We thank you for dining at Pepenero and appreciate your feedback. In our restaurant, our chef changes the menu every 3 months, following the fresh ingredients of the season and it could be that duing your 2nd visit, we were undergoing the menu transition. Please accept our apologies regarding the out-dated menu as our website was hacked and we had trouble logging in to change the details. We look forward to serving you again with our new menu which will be around till October. Regards, Management of Pepenero