Given the constant buzz and loyal patrons flocking to Buona Terra, it came as a surprise to me that this Michelin-starred establishment has been around since 2012. Eight years seems like an eternity in Singapore’s fine-dining scene and throughout that period of time, it has been the same chef – Denis Lucchi – helming the restaurant.
Buona Terra literally means “good earth” in Italian and the diversity of the ingredients featured in the cuisine reflects not just the delights of the land but also the treasures of the sea. Seasonality plays a big part in the menu, with dishes in their set menu changing from time to time. I visited to try Buona Terra’s autumn menu which meant plenty of white truffles. I dropped by for lunch where the restaurant has set menus ranging from 3-courses (S$88), 4-courses (S$108) to 5-courses (S$128). Wine pairing options are also available and start from S$58.
The restaurant is situated in Scotts Road, in one of the black-and-white bungalows previously used by the British military during the colonial era. Buona Terra shares the same bungalow as the Japanese restaurant, Ki-sho, where the latter takes up the front while Buona Terra occupies a room at the side of the house.
The cuisine at Buona Terra is reflective of Chef Denis Lucchi’s origins in Breschia where he spent his younger years near the famed Lake Garda. The sensibilities of Northern Italy are reflected in the dishes – relatively light and exquisitely prepared.