Gucci Osteria da Massimo Bottura in Singapore: A five-week pop-up in May at The Arts House
From Florence to Singapore
Last year, Gucci's curveball for its fashion legacy turned out to be Massimo Bottura (chef-owner of world no.1 restaurant Osteria Francescana)'s green-walled brainchild, Gucci Osteria — a 50-seater restaurant in Florence. It intrigued every style cognoscenti, critical gourmand, and obviously, follower of Bottura's convoluted mastery. We could very easily fall into the last category, since our last encounter with the chef himself when he was in town.
This year, the eccentric restaurant is heading our way (thanks to SAVOUR), for a five-week pop-up from 1 May to 2 June at The Arts House. The historical location was chosen to parallel the Palazzo della Mercanzia in Florence, where the Gucci Garden is located. Common thread: Both buildings own a strong tie with the arts and culture.
Singapore's edition of the grandious restaurant will be set in a time of Renaissance, replete with the signature red Gucci Herbarium motif wallpaper. Expect delectable Italian signatures served on sophisticated Gucci Herbarium crockery, from the Gucci Décor collection no less.
The menu will be conceptualised by Bottura himself, as well as head chef of Gucci Osteria, Karime Lopez. Main highlights include Bottura's signatures like The Crunchy Part of the Lasagne, which is inspired by his childhood memories of his favorite top layer of the dish. A little Asian influence can be also be savoured here, with Lopez's creation of sweet-sour pork belly bun, named Taka Bun. For dessert? Charley Marley was created as a tribute to Bottura's second-born son, Charlie who's a big of chocolate. Think a decadent treat plied with kaya cream and dark chocolate ganache within a sandwich.
"We are excited to be able to bring Gucci Osteria to Singapore — a city with a vibrant culinary landscape," says chef Karime Lopez. "At our first international edition, we want to showcase the best of global cuisine, as a country's cuisine is no longer confined to its birthplace — it can always be reinterpreted and refined. The cuisine we are presenting is not just traditional Italian, but rather a cultural expression that resonates with the global diner of today."
While our humble city might not be able to replicate the lime green lair nor the weather in Florence, we're pretty sure this Gucci Osteria experience will be an epic one for the books — and definitely the 'Gram.
General ticketing sales open on 20 April 2019, 12pm — here. The restaurant will open for lunch and dinner on select days from 1 May 2019 to 26 May 2019. Diners can choose a specially curated four-course lunch ($128++), a seven-course lunch ($228++) or seven-course dinner ($278++) tasting menus that showcase a selection of dishes inspired by Bottura's travels.