The past weekend saw us stuffing ourselves silly with rice dumplings ahead of the Dragon Boat Festival. The influx of carbs might have already added a few inches to our waistlines, but we really couldn’t resist tucking into those savoury packages of sticky glutinous rice embedded with tasty ingredients such as pork belly, salted egg yolk and sea whelk. Since tomorrow marks the actual occasion, our excuse is that we’re feeling extra festive.
For those who aren’t that keen on rice dumplings — or are resolutely soldiering on with your no-carbs diet plans — there’s still plenty to treat yourself to this week. Two Italian establishments, Dolce Vita and Braci, have added scrumptious new offerings such as buffalo mozzarella and caviar pasta to their respective menus. Then there’s the newly launched Coriander Leaf Grill, which offers pan-Asian dishes such as burrata with lentils. Read on to find out more.
Treccia Campana di Bufala by Dolce Vita
The dish: Imported from Naples, Italy, this buffalo mozzarella cheese is created through a process of spinning, cutting and twisting the mild curd, so as to achieve a delicately sweet taste and silky smooth texture. It is prepared table-side and served with condiments such as tomatoes and salty anchovies.
The place: This poolside restaurant at Mandarin Oriental Singapore specialises in traditional Italian food. It recently underwent a makeover and is now decked out in a chic palette of browns and neutral hues, with black and white tile showpieces decorating its main dining space. Even its bar has been jazzed up with a stone finish backdrop and black granite countertop.
Dolce Vita, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Level 5, 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797, +65 6885 3500
Tagliolini by Braci
The dish: This new addition to Braci’s menu features tagliolini pasta topped with oscietra caviar, and tossed with colatura (a fish sauce derived from anchovies). Almond milk is poured over it as a finishing touch, and the pasta is garnished with gold leaf for an extra dash of luxury.
The place: With a name that translates to “embers” in Italian, it’s no surprise that Braci focuses on classic Italian fare prepared using a Josper oven and shichirin grill. The restaurant is a cosy space decked out in wood and colourful pendant lamps, and also boasts a rooftop bar with sweeping views of the CBD. It recently rolled out a four-course lunch set available from Tuesdays to Fridays.
Braci, 52 Boat Quay, Level 5/6, Singapore 048941, +65 6866 1933
Burrata by Coriander Leaf Grill
The dish: If you still can’t get enough of cheese, try this unconventional East meets West appetiser, which pairs fluffy mounds of Italian-style burrata with cherry tomatoes, and spiced lentils — an ingredient typically used in Indian cuisine.
The place: This newly opened restaurant at 12 Ann Siang serves up charcoal-grilled cuisine inflected with Asian flavours. Many of its condiments, relishes and sauces are made in-house; these include mustard sauce produced from India-imported mustard seeds, and a sweet-sour tomato chutney created from scratch. The place is run by the same folks behind Coriander Leaf at Chijmes.
Coriander Leaf Grill, 12 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069692