Where To Eat In Singapore This Week: 15 Stamford By Alvin Leung, Black Tap, Lino, La Scala Ristorante, Braci
It’s not hard to indulge this week, with a bevy of Italian restaurants serving scrumptious fare, other than hearty favourites of pasta and pizza. Continue the feasting until the weekend with filling brunches and take your pick between a healthy breakfast away from the maddening crowd or a filling one in the heart of the city.
1/5 15 Stamford by Alvin Leung
Instead of lazing around at home this weekend, make an exception for the newly-launched Fancy at 15 Sunday Brunch. Chef de cuisine Douglas Tay will make sure it’s worth your while, as he has prepared an expansive spread of succulent meats and seafood—cooked on the massive customised grill that anchors the gorgeous space—as well as appetisers, sides and desserts.
Always start with something light, like seafood at the cured fish section—home to ocean-fresh salmon gravlax studded with fried capers and showered with a zesty apple mustard dressing; yellowtail amberjack ceviche bathed in kaffir lime, scallion, chilli and coconut water. Or, you can always have your usual fill of freshly sliced Hamachi, tuna and salmon sashimi.
Don’t forget your proteins, though, which are the real stars of the meal. At the grill carvery, you’ll find wagyu beef cubes like oyster blade, hanger steak and tomahawk that are all grilled and carved to order. Elsewhere at the rotisserie spit are more options like suckling pig, spring chicken and lamb leg—best had with the sauces available, like red wine, Sarawak black pepper and Asian chimichurri.
2/5 Black Tap Singapore
The popular burger joint has turned one this month, and the culinary team is celebrating it with an exclusive creation—crab cake BLT, available only in September.
It’s a mouth-watering stack of crispy fried crab cake patty, made with sweet chunks of crab meat coated with breadcrumbs, applewood-smoked bacon, dressed in a citrusy lemon pepper aioli, and also sandwiched between two fluffy potato buns.
Black Tap Singapore | L1-80, Bay Level of The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (South Promenade), S(018956) | 6688 9957 | BlackTap@MarinaBaySands.com
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If you’re the type of gourmand who’ll travel for food, there’s a hidden spot at Binjai Park that has recently introduced a breakfast or brunch weekend menu, from 8.30am-4pm.
While it’s known for pizzas, the weekend offerings are a good mix of healthy and tasty dishes. If you prefer something light and zesty to wake you up in the morning on weekends, the papaya bowl is a good mix of açai-banana smoothie and chunks of mango, passionfruit, lime, pumpkin and sunflower seeds.
If you need carbs right away, the parma ham sandwich, made indulgent with mozzarella, tomatoes and pesto, and French toast, coated with egg and served warm with caramelised bananas and pecan nuts, are also sumptuous options.
Lino | 7 Binjai Park, Singapore 589821 | 6463 7800 | Book here
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4/5 La Scala Ristorante
Few things are more indulgent than Italian food, and lucky for us, we are never short of those in Singapore. The latest place to check out is at the Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, which serves a wide variety of delectable pastas and pizzas.
But first, start with the burratina and pomodorini—a light and appetising starter of burrata cheese decked with rocket salad, cherry tomatoes with basil—followed by the usual staples of traditional lasagna with classic beef ragout, and spaghetti costiera imbued with flavours of the sea and topped with prawns and grated mullet bottarga.
If this is your first time, the must-try pizza is the calabrese, a classic thin crust simply slathered with tomato sauce and decorated with mozzarella, pepperoni salami, roasted black olives and sun-dried tomatoes.
La Scala Ristorante | 01-86 Arcade @ The Capitol Kempinski, 13 Stamford Road, S(178905) | 6715 6877 | email@example.com
5/5 Book Ahead: Braci
Italy welcomes autumn in a few days. And while we’re too far away to witness the beauty it brings, we can taste it here thanks to chef-owner Beppe De Vito and head chef Mirko Febbrile’s five-course autumn degustation menu, which they’ll prepare only on September 26.
Naturally, they’ll work with the season’s best offerings to craft dishes like venison ravioli, a beautifully made pasta stuffed with iron-rich venison and earthy chestnut stuffing, and given a kick with fresh horseradish; Mieral pigeon smoked tableside for a smoky finish; and sole fish accentuated with yuzu and cucumber for a refreshing break from the richness of the autumn flavours. Wine pairings are available.
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