LaBrezza, the Italian restaurant at St. Regis Singapore recently introduced a new menu to solidify their core offerings, with an overall theme that combines traditional culinary techniques alongside modern inspirations and seasonal ingredients flown in from Italy. I remember eating here for the first time some seven years ago, over New Year’s with family. The menu has of course, undergone a multitude of changes since then so I wanted to check out what they offered this time around.
We started off with Insalata di Mare ($29++), a classic dish meticulously presented in a linear form. The salad featured a spread of prawns, octopus, scallops, mussels, clams and calamari salad interspersed with zucchini, some baby carrots and asparagus tips. Finally, it was topped with lemon zest, capers and oregano salmoriglio – overall a light and refreshing start to the meal.
The Zuppa di Porcini e Pollo ($18++) was not the typical mushroom soup as I later discovered. As the Italian name suggests, It came with hearty chunks of chicken or pollo. But the most unexpected ingredient of all was perhaps the hazelnuts, both in powder form and in small chunks that added a bit of a nutty taste to the soup. I enjoyed the thick soup overall, while the nuts were a novel concept to me personally.
Next came the Ravioli del Plin ($24++). Last time, I had ravioli, it was at St. Regis Singapore’s Christmas dinner and I recall enjoying it thoroughly then. The stuffing was different this time, as the pasta was prepared as Agnolotti rather than Ravioli which essentially meant meat rather than cheese stuffings. That being said, I was quite fond of this dish – very homey and highly traditional – representative of the northern regions of Italy.
The Baccala in due Maniere ($36++) was perhaps the best dish of the night. Amazingly tender, the cod fish was prepared two ways – first oven-stewed with braised onions and milk reduction and second pan seared. The latter was particularly impressive, with the meat melting in my mouth with every bite. Like butter! I highly recommend this dish.
As someone who loves eating Wiener Schnitzel, the next dish immediately piqued my attention. Essentially, Costoletta di Vitello ($48++), the Italian version was quite similar to its Austrian counterpart except that the former’s slightly thicker. That being said, the meat inside was tender and was especially succulent with the lemon squeezed over it.
We ended the evening with Sicilian Cassata ($14++) which consisted of Ricotta Cheese and Candied Fruit Terrine with Pistacchio Gelato. While I found the terrine too rich for my taste, I adored the earthy homemade gelato.
Aside from the refreshed Italian specialties, LaBrezza also offers lunch specials starting from $43++ and Barbecue Nights from $88++. For something a bit more special, the Weekend Prosecco Brunch held on Saturdays and Sundays from $118++ comes with free flow Prosecco wine.
St. Regis Hotel
29 Tanglin Road
+65 6506 6884
I was invited for a tasting at LaBrezza. However all opinions are my own.
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