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City Hall / Bras Basah, Singapore
The decor is minimalist and elegant with comfortable wooden chairs and tables dressed in crisp white linens. Both indoor and outdoor seating are quiet and conducive for conversations. It also gives a nice poolside view of the Marina Bay Sands, Singapore skyline and The Singapore Flyer.
The restaurant has an extensive menu—you can choose from the a la carte, monthly specials, lunch and tasting sets. The man behind these offerings is Italian chef Marco Mannochio, who cooks from the heart and only uses the best seasonal produce.
The lobster tartare comes well dressed in zesty sherry vinegar to perk up the palate. Another feast for the eyes and tastebuds, the light and tasty starter sets the tone for the rest of the meal.
Chef Marco’s foie gras is delicious too, with its unctuous richness balanced perfectly by the apricot compote and the earthy pistachio topping. The red prawn spaghetti, which is made in-house and topped with bottarga and fava beans, packs a flavourful punch.
The variety of vegetables accompanying the lamb are cooked perfectly and lent gravitas to the dish. The earl grey chocolate mousse works well with its distinct tea flavour complementing the smooth and rich chocolate mousse.
The housepours, with over 20 types of champagnes and wines by the glass, are geographically well-represented. There is always a feature wine every month, such as the Adriano Sauvigno Blanc 2014 from the Langhe family vineyard.
The service is commendable, the staff are obviously well-trained and act like a well-oiled machine even on busy nights.
Reasonably priced $65 (three-course lunch), $128 (five-course tasting )