New eats: Luxe Singapore, Bottura and MACA

The great thing about living in one of the food capitals of the world is that there’s always something new opening up here in Singapore. This month we’ve got Australian-Asian fusion, authentic Italian and a fresh new concept in the city.

Grilled octopus at Luxe Singapore

Feeling adventurous? Try the grilled octopus at newly opened Luxe Singapore.

The dish: What do you get when you introduce an Asian chef to contemporary Australian fare? A traditional dish with an Asian twist — perfectly grilled octopus in a housemade “XO” sauce. The dish plays around with the texture and flavour of the octopus and, in an unconventional Asian pairing, the tanginess and savouriness of XO sauce. Other highlighted dishes from Luxe Singapore include the wild weed pie and handmade pork and fennel sausage roll in roasted tomato sauce.

Where: Originally hailing from Sydney, Australia, Luxe Singapore is the brand’s first ever venture into foreign waters. The restaurant dishes up contemporary Australian fare with a nod to head chef Chui Lee Luk’s Asian roots. The menu pays particular attention to tropical ingredients and produce from around the region. Located with many other dining gems along Keong Saik Road, the elegant space is decorated simply with brass accents, adding character to the Nordic wooden furniture and flooring.

Price: $21++

Luxe Singapore, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109

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Egg and squid ink Tagliolini with shrimp and zucchini at Bottura

The dishes at Bottura are almost too pretty to eat, like the egg and squid ink tagliolini with shrimp and zucchini.

The dish: A myriad of colours on one plate, the egg and squid ink tagliolini with shrimp and zucchini is a house specialty, and for good reason: put a heathy serving of juicy shrimp, fresh zucchini and two pastas together, and you’ve got a beautiful marriage of Italian flavours. With the combination of the right ingredients, the homemade dish is pure hearty goodness. Other highlights include the cold cuts platter and meatballs with tomato and peas.

Where: Bottura is the newest Italian joint to open in Suntec City Mall but offers so much more than just your average mall restaurant. With a traditional approach to their food that has been in the family for over five generations, the family hailing from Bologna, has decided to expand its authentic Italian offerings to Singapore. The cool thing about the restaurant is that specially imported items like pastas, grocery products and exclusive wines are up for sale at the store for the budding home-chef in all of us — so you can bring a taste of Italy home with you after your meal.

Price: $16++

Bottura, Suntec City Mall North Wing, #02-472/3/4, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983, +65 6238 7527, www.bottura.sg

Prawn and tomato Ceviche at MACA

The prawn and tomato ceviche at MACA is both aesthetically pleasing and tantalisingly tasty.

The dish: The Head Chef of MACA, Rishi Naleendra has cleverly expanded on the flavours of the tomatoes and prawns in this dish to create a near-perfect balance that challenges the palate like experimental cuisine, yet hits the spot like comfort food. Only the highest quality of ingredients is used and prepared for hours on end, and the result is an intense dish with many layers of flavour.

Where: MACA restaurant serves modern cuisine that is focused on fresh produce in a contemporary setting. Tucked away in the lush greenery of the old Tanglin Post near Orchard Road, the restaurant is the perfect spot to be just a little bit away from the city. With soft lights and a concrete, bricks and marble-themed interior featuring an open kitchen, the spotlight in MACA is on its seasonal menu and the ethos of honest dining. The drinks menu is also impressive, from a large variety ranging from classic blends, customised cocktails and even premium Japanese beer.

Price: $18++

MACA, 56 Tanglin Road #B1 – 01, Tanglin Post Office Singapore 247964, +65 6463 8080, www.macarestaurant.com