The Bottura Italian restaurant is one of quite a few new food outlets that have recently opened in the revamped Suntec City mall. We must say that the recent renovations have made the mall a brighter and more attractive place. Only the carpark remains dark and dreary, in addition to being hard to navigate. We snap a picture to record the parking lot location, otherwise finding the car becomes an adventure. There are also a few more new restaurants undergoing fitting out, so it looks like there will be many more dining options at Suntec City in the near future.
Bottura restaurant is located on the second level at the atrium between Suntec Towers 1 and 2. For those of us whose last visit to Suntec was when Carrefour was still there, this is the atrium where the large Courts store was previously located. It occupies a big space and those seated along the perimeter can enjoy the vista across the vast atrium.
The Bottura restaurant at Suntec has a modern contemporary decor. It serves the usual Italian dishes at what seemed like rather reasonable prices. Here are some pages from their menu. The first picture is the pizza page.
The Al parma pizza ($18) was a very thin crust pizza with cheese and parma ham. The pizza with mozzarella and tomato base was well made and crispy but the parma ham was quite average. We would have liked stronger, more complex-tasting parma ham, but it was nonetheless a nice and straightforward pizza.
Having just had some very good meatballs recently at the Bodacious cafe, we ordered the Polpette di Carne ($14), hoping to re-live the experience. However the meatballs here were rubbery and quite unremarkable.
The Ravioli Panna Funghi ($14) was the best dish of the day. It was a dish served in a small portion, but had the best taste. The mushrooms and the cream sauce combined well to create a smooth, earthy taste with the ravioli.
The tagliatelle with amatriciana sauce ($12) was a simply hearty dish. As with some good pasta dishes, you don’t need expensive ingredients to create a satisfying meal. This was such a dish. The only thing that failed here was our photography skills – the out of focus shot is unforgiveable.
There was an enticing display of desserts at Bottura. We tried the dessert tasting platter ($14) which had tasting portions of panna cotta, creme brulee and two other items which names we can’t remember. They look like cream puffs. This was an interesting dessert and each component tasted good, especially the creme brulee.
We also tried the delicate looking tiramisu ($8). Quite pricey for such a small morsel, but the taste was good.
The Bottura restaurant is not a place to go for gourmet Italian food, but is still a pleasant modern Italian restaurant that serves decent Italian staples at reasonable prices. The staff at this new restaurant were also pleasant and helpful. In other words, a place we would certainly return to Eat and Drink. On weekdays, there is also a $14.50 set lunch available which looks interesting (see menu above).
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs
#02-472 Suntec City
3 Temasek Boulevard
Tel: 6238 7527
Nearby Stations: Esplanade, City Hall, Promenade,