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Three to try: il Cielo, Summerlong, Beach Road Kitchen

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Three to try: il Cielo, Summerlong, Beach Road Kitchen
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il Cielo

Dining at il Cielo doesn't just offer a gorgeous skyline of Singapore and its glistening pool, but with the appointment of Chef Yohhei Sasaki, the Italian restaurant now delivers a newfangled dining experience. While the old menu focused solely on traditional Italian dishes, Chef Sasaki's creative concoctions include a distinctive Japanese flair. Each dish is handcrafted with years of refined techniques, partnered with locally sourced natural ingredients, as well as seasonal Italian and Japanese gourmet produce. Call for the artfully-plated Kinmedai carpaccio, served with seaweed tuile, Madeira wine dressing, and pink grapefruit snow. We also savoured the Hokkaido sea urchin spaghetti, tossed in Sardinia bottarga and yuzu juice, and the tenderly caramelised Toriyama Wagyu A4 short ribs. Chef Sasaki amps up the flavour by sitting the slabs of meat atop a sautéed saffron risotto, lemon gel, and Italian parsley sauce. If you're looking for a quiet, romantic meal accompanied by a textural play on food, this is it. — AC

il cielo, pasta, Hilton

Level 24, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road. Tel: 6730 3395

Summerlong

While no-reservations and shoebox-sized restaurants appeal to intimate natures, there's nothing like a big, airy, and buzzing eatery for a night out with friends. Ideal for large groups, Summerlong's appeal is in its layout as much as its food. While its location at Robertson Quay doesn't quite boast the Mediterranean blues, there's the relaxed charm of the Singapore river that permeates through the restaurant's beach-inspired get-up. Summerlong stays loyal to its Mediterranean ingredients and plays them up to fit the worldly, modern palate. Anecdotes to the summer paradise include the harissa, dukkah and mint sauce that come along with the crisp Persian fried chicken, which is a change from the K-pop-induced chicken craze. The sides are great for grazers: Fava bean is mushed into a puree that's spruced up with mint and smoked ham, the broccoli is spiced and textured with tahini, hazelnuts and seeds while the eggplant is charred to perfection and accompanied with a melt-in-your-mouth garlic confit. Yogurt, a staple in the locale's cuisine, is a sweet and creamy end to the meal in a soft-serve version. — AI

persian fried chicken, summerlong

#01-04, 60 Robertson Quay. Tel: 6235 1225

Beach Road Kitchen

Like most Singaporeans, we love buffets, especially those with scrumptious seafood spreads — this particular one by JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is definitely something you don't want to miss out on. But make no mistake, Beach Road Kitchen is anything but a rowdy buffet restaurant filled with screaming kids. This 247-seater restaurant has a delightful chilled room filled with an array of seafood antipasti, from sashimi to lobsters to snow crabs. Be sure to try the oysters too, cracked fresh and absolutely worth lining up for. Most impressive dish of the evening? The sambal grilled fish, accompanied by juicy tiger prawns. Pile it on, alongside their handsome cuts of Australian beef, Korean short ribs, and a signature truffle pizza that's topped with a generous amount of stracchino cheese, mushrooms and truffle oil. Finally, if you're looking to really wind down, top up $38++ to enjoy free flow wine for the night. — CT

jw Marriott, Beach Road kitchen, food

Level 1, JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Road. Tel: 6818 1913

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