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In Good Taste: Catchfly, Botanico, and Oso Ristorante

It goes without saying that good food is aplenty in Singapore. Just look at the sheer amount of promising new restaurants setting up shop here, and the constant flow of existing eateries pushing out innovative new dishes to attract foodies on the lookout for something different. And we’re pretty sure this won’t be stopping anytime soon.

This week is no exception, with several restaurants shaking up their repertoires with brand new dishes. In this week’s In Good Taste, we stop by Oso Ristorante for squid ink prawn risotto, wolf down bone marrow at Catchfly, and tuck into beef tongue at Botanico.

Squid ink prawn risotto by Oso Ristorante

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Squid ink risotto with prawns is a failproof combination.

The dish: This carb-laden concoction features bouncy, succulent prawns set atop a bed of fluffy risotto, which is cooked in squid ink and sprinkled with marjoram. It’s a new addition to Oso Ristorante’s menu.

The place: Opened in 2004, Oso Ristorante specialises in traditional Italian cuisine incorporated with seasonal produce from Italy. The restaurant recently vacated its original Bukit Pasoh locale and is now housed at Oasia Hotel Downtown. Its new digs carry an industrial-chic vibe, with vintage furnishings and black and white artworks added for an eclectic look.

Price: S$28

Oso Ristorante, Level 27, Oasia Hotel Downtown, 100 Peck Seah St, Singapore 079333, +65 6327 8378/ +65 9827 1224


Roasted bone marrow by Catchfly

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Everything tastes better with bone marrow.

The dish: It’s definitely not the healthiest option around, but we can’t imagine saying no to this dish of roasted bone marrow topped with fried garlic and mushrooms. It comes served with basil pesto and toasted bread too. For maximum enjoyment, we suggest slathering layers of the marrow onto the crisp chunks of bread.

The place: Catchfly is a casual cocktail bar located within 12 Ann Siang. It recently launched a new menu of American-style dishes inflected with Asian flavours; with highlights such as shrimp po-boy baguette and buffalo chicken wings.

Price: S$23

Catchfly, 12 Ann Siang, Singapore 069692, +65 6222 7183


Beef tongue by Botanico

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Botanico’s beef tongue is a dish even the offal-averse might make an exception for.

The dish: If you’re not a fan of offal, beef tongue might sound slightly stomach-churning. But Botanico’s rendition of it actually looks rather tempting. The meat is brined, sous vide and then chilled, before cut into thin slices and topped with chipotle mayonnaise and pickled celeriac. Yellow mustard caviar is also sprinkled over it to add a dash of spice. This dish is part of Botanico’s refreshed dinner repertoire.

The place: Botanico is an idyllic, nature-inspired restaurant located at The Garage in the Singapore Botanic Gardens. It focuses on seasonal produce, and recently rolled out revamped menus for lunch and dinner.

Price: S$20

Botanico, The Garage, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488, +65 6264 7978


Sara Yap
Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)
Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.
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