5 Reasons to Visit Caffe Cicheti
The Cicheti Group has expanded its empire with a new Italian concept. With chef co-owner taking Lim Yew Aun taking the lead, the focus is on homely comfort dishes on the shores of Italy—served at their uncomplicated best.
“With Caffe Cicheti, we’ve taken the goodwill we’ve built with the first Cicheti, together with everything we’ve learned from the success of Bar Cicheti, and imbued it into an existing product that further solidifies what we wish to achieve as a group moving forward,” shares restaurateur Liling Ong.
Here's why you should check out Caffe Cicheti.
1/5 Dynamic Duo
The latest concept under The Cicheti Group, which includes classic trattoria Cicheti and contemporary pasta place Bar Cicheti, modern‑day osteria Caffe Cicheti takes over the space previously occupied by the group’s Aussie joint Fynn’s at South Beach Tower. Restaurateur Liling Ong explains that the decision was “not to take away what Fynn’s had built but to continue building its legacy”.
2/5 Coastal Cooking
Lim pays homage to the flavours and aromas of the Italian coast with an extensive menu of traditional Mediterranean favourites. Start with the panzanella, a classic Tuscan bread and tomato salad, before digging into pasta dishes such as vongole. The Venetian dish, loaded with plump Hobinosugai clams from Japan, features al dente spaghetti coated in a piquant garlic sauce, offset with a squeeze of burnt lemon and a hint of spice.
3/5 Weekend Feast
Some of Fynn’s all-time favourites, such as ricotta hotcakes, feature on Caffe Cicheti’s weekend brunch menu. The fluffy pancakes are topped with fresh berries and drizzled with maple syrup, and also come with a scoop of whipped mascarpone for extra indulgence. The brunch menu also features reinvented comfort dishes such the all‑American grilled cheese. The chef has given the dish an Italian makeover using a combination of melted provolone, parmigiana, fior di latte and cheddar.
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4/5 Unique wine list
Like its sister establishments, Caffe Cicheti’s wine list is curated by sommelier-partner Ronald Kamiyama. Start with the organic sauvignon blanc from Folium Vineyard in Marlborough, New Zealand. The wine’s clean flavours, with just enough salinity, pair well with the fresh salads. For red meats, Kamiyama recommends the 2014 Fragments Tempranillo from Castell d’Age, which holds its own when paired with bold dishes.
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5/5 Caribbean Feels
Fynn’s well-loved foliage-inspired concept, dreamed up by Ong and Amsterdam-based interior designer Simone Königshausen, also remains. But the intimate space has been updated with a fresh coat of dark emerald paint, jazzed up by tropical prints for a Bohemian chic vibe. There’s even a charming bistro-style patio where you can park yourself on a lazy afternoon while savouring brunch classics.
Caffe Cicheti | 26 Beach Road, B1-21 South Beach Tower, S(189768) | 6384 1878 | firstname.lastname@example.org