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New Eats, Familiar Faces For August 2020

This August, get ready to be lulled into a food coma with these new fine dining revamps

Even as social distancing restrictions are still in place, relish in the following new additions curated by these fine dining restaurants and be pleasantly surprised at their revamped menu options.

1. La Scala Ristorante

Tagliolini Burro Tartufo Nero e Parmigiano (Image courtesy of La Scala Ristorante)

Taking its name from the La Scala Opera House in Milan, La Scala Ristorante brings you all the stars of its revamped menu curated by chef de cuisine, Diego Forte. Inspired by Sengagalia, where he grew up, his new offerings pay homage to the classics.

New on the menu:

Truffle season is upon us. Try the Tagliolini Burro Tartufo Nero e Parmigiano, tagliolini done al dente then tossed with a generous amount of black truffle shavings and parmesan cheese. For a more filling alternative, opt for their Pizza ‘La Scala’ al Tartufo Nero, which is topped with black truffles sourced from the forests and hills of Umbria, Italy.

La Scala Ristorante is located on 13 Stamford Road, 01-86 Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, Singapore 178904. Tel: +65 6715 6877. For more information, visit kempinski.com/en/singapore/the-capitol-singapore/dining/arcade-at-the-capitol-kempinski/la-scala-ristorante.

2. Cicheti

Zuppa di Cozze e N’duja (Image courtesy of Cicheti)

The firstborn of The Cicheti Group, the restaurant still draws a crowd of regulars to its two-storey shophouse situated along Kandahar Street. Helmed by chef and co-owner Lim Yew Aun and restaurateur Liling Ong, the name of this rustic trattoria draws inspiration from classic Venetian traditions that form the foundation on which Cicheti showcases the diversity of Italian cuisine.

New on the menu:

Hit the spot with a bowl of Zuppa di Cozze e N’duja, a Sicilian sauté of fresh Australian mussels in a spicy tomato and white wine sauce with spicy sausage or a plate of Melanzane, baked eggplant that is updated with a new coat lightly charred with bagna càuda.
Cicheti is located on 52 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198901. Tel: +65 6292 5012. For more information, visit cicheti.com.

3. Buona Terra

Aged Wagyu with Fresh Porcini and Ovuli Mushrooms topped with Manjimup truffle shavings (Image courtesy from Buona Terra)

Celebrate the exuberant flavours of summer with a new seasonal menu of contemporary Italian indulgences at Buona Terra (meaning “good earth” in Italian). Expect nothing less but the freshest ingredients from this one Michelin-starred fine-dining Italian establishment helmed by chef Denis Lucchi.

New on the menu:

The summer season brings with it produce the likes of Manjimup truffles, Ovuli mushrooms and stone fruits but it’s the tomato that deserves special mention. Lucchi‘s Tomato Terzetto presents tomatos in three ways: as a salad of seven tomato varieties with burrata and sourdough steeped in tomato juice, a majoram parmesan tart with eggplant purée and tomato jam, and a tomato consommé. There’s also the a carpaccio-styled Aged Wagyu with grilled porcini, slices of Ovuli mushrooms that is also topped off with a generous amount of Manjimup truffle shavings.

Buona Terra is located at 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224. Tel: +65 6733 0209. Read our digital editor’s review of the menu in our Sept/Oct 2020 “Tea” issue. For more information, visit buonaterra.com.sg.

4. Braci

Miyazaki Wagyu (Image courtesy of Bracci)

Maintaining one Michelin star for three consecutive years, Braci redefines Italian cuisine with its modern twists on traditional recipes. Running with the ebb and flow of seasons, chef de cuisine Mirko Febbrile whips up a new omakase summer menu.

New on the menu:

Making its debut in the restaurant’s summer menu is the Miyazaki Wagyu. Sink your teeth into a cut of highest-grade Miyazaki Wagyu beef, deliciously marbled and carefully seared to medium rare with a charred exterior. It comes with pan-fried friggitelli peppers then drizzled with sesame and black mirin.

Braci is located at 52 Boat Quay, 05-01 / 06-01, Singapore 049841. Tel: +65 6866 1933. For more information, visit braci.sg.

5. Anti:dote

Kirk’s Fish and Chips (Image courtesy of Anti:dote)

Anti:dote presents “A: Casual British: Summer” by Kirk Westaway, a reinvention of classic British favourites in a seasonal pop-up for two months, starting from 13 July 2020. The restaurant’s new menu is a celebration of heritage and culinary innovation that draws inspiration from chef Kirk Westaway’s childhood memories in Devon, England.

New on the menu:

Treat yourself to Kirk’s Fish and Chips, the chef’s take on the quintessential British favourite. Think prime cod fillet enveloped in a London Pride Ale batter, served with chips made from Maris Piper potatoes, which are blanched in brine and dried for 10 hours before being deep-fried to a perfect golden-brown.

Anti:dote is located on 80 Bras Basah Road, Fairmont Singapore Level 1, Singapore 189560. Tel: +65 6431 5315. For more information, visit fairmont.com/singapore/dining/antidote.

6. Cheek Bistro

Not Hot Chicken (Image courtesy of Cheek Bistro)

Cheek Bistro is the cheekier younger sibling of the modern Australian restaurant, Cheek by Jowl, helmed by husband-and-wife team, Rishi Naleendra and Manuela Toniolo. They’re debuting the restaurant’s first ever weekend brunch menu comprising an eclectic menu of small and large sharing plates with bold flavour combinations. This will not be the brunch you’re used to seeing.

New on the menu:

Crispy on the outside and soft within, Cheek Bistro serves up their signature waffles in two ways. The Not Hot Chicken pairs the signature waffles with fried buttermilk quail, smoked maple, pickled mustard and dill pickles while the Chocolate Waffles are adorned with chocolate ice cream, salted caramel and honeycomb crumble.

Cheek Bistro is located on 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. Tel: +65 6221 1911. For more information, visit cheekbistro.com.

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