Where to Eat in Singapore This Week: Neon Pigeon, Cassia, Dolce Vita, Lino, Zafferano
You can never go wrong with Italian food, especially when you want to eat well. With plenty of reputable Italian restaurants around the island, it's easy to satisfy our cravings for pizzas, pastas and desserts at these spots on our list this week.
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1/5 Neon Pigeon
It’s been five years since this restaurant first made waves in the dining scene for its delectable modern Japanese fare. In the lead up to its anniversary party on March 14, the culinary team has brought back its “greatest hits” with the Anniversary Flock Feeder Menu, available from March 9 to 14.
If you’re a longtime fan, you might remember classics like the chicken liver mousse, noted for its cereal crust and yuzu koshho marmalade, as well as the grilled duck breast with katsu curry pumpkin puree, and the housemade smoked bacon rice topped with crispy pork skin. These will be served alongside the restaurant’s signature dishes and cocktails.
Summer has arrived at chef Lee Hiu Ngai’s kitchen. From March 1 to August 31, he’ll highlight the season’s bounty in the Signature Set summer menu and in the unique dim sum offering.
Opt for the set menu to enjoy highlights such as the nourishing double-boiled rich chicken broth with fish maw, dried scallop and flower mushroom; and the flavour-packed wok-fried Australian Wagyu beef with black pepper sauce.
As for the dim sum offering, served daily from 12pm to 2pm, the repertoire includes innovative creations including the steamed prawn dumpling with asparagus, and the steamed charcoal barbecued pork buns with black truffle.
3/5 Dolce Vita
We might not be able to visit Italy anytime soon, but at least we can still enjoy their delicious offerings here with chef de cuisine Giorgio Maggioni’s 15 new dishes that reinvent Italian classics.
Most notable is the Anatra all’Apicio, which is a nod to the first-century Roman epicure, Marcus Gavius Apicius. Maggioni does this by following his style of cooking the protein—first by chilling it for five to seven days to enhance the flavours, then glazing it with a concoction of honey and orange before roasting.
Other highlights include Rombo, a clay-crusted baked turbot fillet and millefoglie di bollito, a savoury tart of braised meat and anchovy-flavoured bagna cauda sauce.
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If you don’t mind travelling all the way to Binjai Park, you’ll be rewarded with the culinary team’s new contemporary Italian dishes. It would be a crime not to order the pasta dishes, so save your calories for the spinach ricotta ravioli and the seafood spaghettini.
Don’t forget about the pizzas, too, as novel creations include the BBQ chicken, loaded with sautéed onions, toasted sesame and BBQ sauce, and the seafood pizza, topped with fresh tiger prawns, scallops, clams and garlic. End with a local-inspired coconut crème brulee or a classic bread and butter pudding with a scoop of vanilla ice cream.
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Save March 13 for something special, namely a wine pairing dinner that will take you from north to south Italy through comfort dishes found within this area. After some canapes and a glass of Prosecco, the journey begins in Tuscany with the braised wild boar ravioli decorated with fresh fava beans and intense chamomile and pepper jus.
Continue the voyage with the next dish, this time in Piedmont where the speciality is the charcoal-grilled Piedmontese beef striploin tagliata that’s extra indulgent with hazelnut, blue foot mushrooms and black truffle jus. Each course is paired with handpicked Italian wines.
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