It’s a little astonishing to realise that tiny Buko Nero still has such a long reservation list. But then, the biggest draw has always been husband-and-wife team Oscar and Tracy Pasinato, who run the tiny dining room like a trattoria: the Asian-inflected Italian menu changes regularly. Recent favourites included a ragù of pork sausages, an exquisitely buttery squid-ink risotto and the cloud of coconut foam over a pannacotta streaked with gula melaka. Our only gripe is the poor ventilation from the open kitchen.
Our friends are regulars of the place, and now we know why. After 7 shared appetizers (there were just too many to pass up on), we finally came to the mains. oh my cod.. Exquisite and absolutely worth the wait.
Less than average meal, I could have done a better job myself! Wouldn't recommend given +$240 price tag for two!
Posted on Sat 11 Dec 2010 00:08:43
Trudie said: “Brilliant”
We have eaten at Buko Nero over 20 times in our 6 years in Singapore. We even stop once a year on our way back to Sydney where we now live. Oscars food is better than most top restaurants here. We have always had great service and amazing food. Those of you complaining must have nothing better to do as it really is faultless.
Posted on Fri 12 Mar 2010 11:22:51
Luke said: “not genuine”
i was there recently. just to get a reservation is a drama. a lady answered and was quite rude.they seemed that i was doing a favour to them just to eat there. i was told it was good so i decided to give it a try. the service was really poor. food not hot. at least what me and my wife had experienced. a bad dining experience from d beginning to end. far from being one of the best in singapore. definitely not genuine Italian food. chef oskar should dine at the new lighthouse for inspiration ..
Posted on Thu 17 Sep 2009 21:38:58
gilbert cheah said: “One of the best restaurants in Singapore ”
Exceptional food in every way - ingredients, preparation, recipe, presentation. I lived in NYC for 7 years and Buko Nero would stand out even in that city of fine restaurants.
Posted on Wed 04 Mar 2009 00:36:28
YL said: “Exquisite”
Just went to BN last night for my hubby's bdea treat. We both agreed the beef steak was the best we ever had so far - juicy and nicely cooked without being overdone. And we both love the complimentary appetisers served in cocktail glasses as well as the simple yet addictive desserts! Will definitely recommend this place to friends for a special night out.
Posted on Thu 05 Feb 2009 10:18:24
JP said: “Buko Nero”
Giovanni - where else do you eat in Singapore if all of those places are better than this one? Or do you really work in another Italian restaurant? Buko Nero's service is second to none and the 5 course set menu at $48 very good value. Food was delicious, although very rich so you cant eat there all the time - which is unlikely as you wouldnt be able to book it. Lovely.
Posted on Fri 25 Jul 2008 10:58:42
Sally said: “great”
I'm surprised Giovanni said it was terrible - i went for the second time a few weeks ago and again thought it was brilliant. There is amazing service because there are so few tables, the food is delicious and the prices are very reasonable.
Posted on Thu 10 Jul 2008 14:52:39
Giovanni said: “What a terrible place”
I went to BN last week and I have to admit that it was the worse meal I have had for a long time. Terrible, terrible terrible.
Posted on Mon 07 Apr 2008 19:14:37
Someone said: “Delicious”
Went to BN last week and it's well worth booking up in advance. Very sweet and unpretentious restaurant with amazing food and service. Definitely recommend it.