Historic colonial venue in Telok Blangah re-opens as Italian
First published on . Updated on 14 Jan 2013.
The 1920s mansion of Yemeni spice traders has been re-fashioned, at an estimated cost of $5 million, into an Italian fine-dining outdoor café and bar. Past the fountain court and the café’s wrought-iron garden-party furniture are two storeys of restored interiors – the original floor tiles remain, as do the wooden rafters and timber staircases. The new cold-cuts room in the middle of the dining hall holds legs of Parma ham and cheese, among others. Chef and partner Gabriele Piegaia (previously of Senso Ristorante & Bar and Palio) is the Tuscan responsible for bringing dishes like pappardelle with a wild-boar ragout, marinated for seven days ($26); and veal ravioli with porcini mushrooms in a white-truffle cream sauce.