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Three to try: Sluviche, Cherry Garden, Osteria Mozza

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Three to try: Sluviche, Cherry Garden, Osteria Mozza
Our shortlist of top eats and treats in town

Osteria Mozza

Celebrity association aside (Mario Batali and MasterChef's Joe Bastianich are co-founders), Osteria Mozza keeps diners coming back for its non-pretentious, fuss-free, and traditional recipes. You'd be forgiven into thinking that an adorable nonna has been slaving her knuckles away in the kitchen, making farfalle by hand. Dressed in a light yet creamy butter sauce, the pasta does justice to wild mushrooms. But what Osteria Mozza's really pushing this time round are their large plates, which Aussie executive chef Peter Birks has introduced. If your crew only has space for one, let it be the bone marrow and beef cheek pie. Tear into the baked crumbly short crust pastry and scoop up hearty servings of beef cheeks, which have been stewed with caramelised cipollini onions that melt in your mouth. Surrounding that is a veal bone, its buttery marrow innocently guilt-tripping you into submission. If you have room for dessert, their pear sorbet and olive oil gelato is a zesty and savoury finish. — AI

Three to try Osteria Mozza

#B1-42 to 46, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands. Tel: 6688 8522
Opening hours: 5pm - 11pm (Daily), 12pm - 2.30pm (Weekend lunch)

Cherry Garden

Cherry Garden at Mandarin Oriental has a brand-new look — and it isn't just in its wood-stained palette and natural light streaming through its windows. This calming restaurant's private dining room now showcases opulent chandeliers and embroidered floor-to-ceiling silk wallpaper screens with motifs of birds and cherry blossoms. In keeping up with a refined epicurean journey, Chef Cheng Hon Chau has also added several new dishes to his menu. Mostly conventional favourites with a twist, the dim sum trio featuring a prawn dumpling with black garlic, crystal dumpling with fresh mushrooms and black truffle, and a pork xiao long bao is a good place to start. The steamed red garoupa is lifted beautifully with the addition of zesty picked chillies, while the pan-fried A4 Miyazaki Wagyu beef sirloin in barbecue sauce is mouth-wateringly tender and packed with flavour. Our dish of the day? The five grain fried rice with Cantonese pork sausage and vegetables, topped with crispy black bamboo for a delightful crunch. — AC

Three to try Cherry Garden

5 Raffles Aveunue, Level 5, Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Tel: 6885 3500
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm

Sluviche

It's not often that you find a place on our shores that serves up ceviches as a frontrunner, but in the case of Sluviche, Peruvian ceviches marinated raw seafood alongside spiked slushies are the bread and butter of this cosy establishment. The menu here is simple and succinct — take your pick from their fresh produce of seafood ranging from scallops, tuna, yellowtail, which are all scoured and imported from Japan weekly. Every plate here is ingeniously dressed with a myriad of refreshing and zingy flavours, and accompanied with chewy sourdough slices. Our ultimate favourite? The Fiji — featuring swordfish, tossed with a piquant concoction of leek and coconut milk. Last but not least, don't think about leaving without treating yourself to a refreshing citrus slushie, spiked with a generous amount of Pisco. Thirsting an extra kick? We say add a shot to make it meaner. — JS

Three to try Sluviche

17A Keong Saik Road, Tel: 6224 0212
Opening hours: 12pm-2.30pm, 6-10.30pm

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