The row of serene colonial buildings along Scotts Road that play host to restaurants and other lifestyle concepts like Song of India and SK-II Boutique Spa is now home to two new fine-dining concepts that have taken over the space previously occupied by antique shop SkyBaba Creations. Beyond the beautiful lush sanctuary that the address affords, Buona Terra and Ki-sho also promise premium dining experiences with the best of what Italy and Japan have to offer, respectively.
Modern Italian cuisine and vintage Italian labels form the gastronomic highlights at Buona Terra.
What's the buzz: With just space for 24 diners (six of whom can be seated in a private dining room complete with Victorian arm chairs and aristocratic tableware), Buona Terra is a stylish promise of intimate dining featuring the modernistic Italian cuisine executive chef Denis Lucchi and heightened by wine sommelier Gabriele's keen understanding of food and wine pairings.
Food and drinks: In addition to the a la carte menu, diners have the options of a Seasonal set (S$98 per person, price subject to ingredients featured) and Degustation set (S$138 per person) menu, both of which feature an array of premium wines for the pairing, and chef's re-interpretation of classic Italian dishes. Menu highlights include Fagottino di Asparagi e Robiola 3 Latti (Crispy Asparagus Dumpling with Robiola 3 Milk Cheese), handmade Tagliolini al Granchio e Caviale (Tagliolini Pasta with Crab Meat, Lemon and Italian Oscietra Caviar), as well as Agnello e Carciofi (Lamb Loin draped in Pistachio Crust with Artichoke and Potato Pave). A vintage Italian selection of more than 150 labels of wine will provide the perfect accompaniment to the food.
Price point: From S$14 onwards for appetizers, S$28 onwards for pastas, S$38 onwards for mains, S$12 onwards for desserts
Buona Terra, 29A Scotts Road, Singapore 228224, +65 6733 0209, firstname.lastname@example.org
Ki-sho Fine Dining Japanese
Ki-sho promises to transport diners back to the Meiji era, during which Japan was at the peak of its renaissance, with its traditional Kyoto cuisine.
What's the buzz: The two-storey Ki-sho is a study in Japanese fine-dining experience, showcasing a selection of the best Kyoto cuisine in three seasonal omakase set menus within its intricately-furnished interiors of bespoke furniture and hand-laid wooden flooring. A 10-seater sushi bar counter is where all the action happens, but a 8-seater and 12-seater private dining rooms upstairs offer more intimate spaces for formal entertainment.
Food and drinks: Chef Hamamoto, previously from Kyoto's top culinary restaurants, sources his ingredients directly from Japan, which are then air-flown twice weekly to ensure freshness. At the sushi bar, he works his magic in the three omakase menus, giving his own interpretation to traditional Kyoto cuisine and signature dishes that feature premium ingredients like Aori Ika and Hida Wagyu. Round off your meal with over 50 labels of traditional and seasonal sake, also specially flown in from Japan.
Price point: Three seasonal omakase menus are priced at Futaba Aoi: S$230 per person; Tachi Aoi: S$280 per person; Ki-sho: S$330 per person
Ki-sho Japanese Fine Dining, 29 Scotts Road, +65 6733 5251, email@example.com