Solo Ristorante offers authentic Italian cuisine and must be counted among the best Italian restaurants in Singapore. DOMVS by Gabriel Fratini @ Sheraton was renowned for exceptional creative dishes inspired by traditional Italian kitchens. Chef Gabriel Fratini has brought his creative culinary skills and warm hospitality to his new intimate Italian restaurant in Amoy Street.
Located in an Amoy Street shophouse, Solo Ristorante is a small intimate restaurant. The front of the restaurant is dominated by the open kitchen. Counter seats allow diners to view the chefs view the chefs practising their craft. The main dining area is at the back. One section with wooden dining tables can be closed off by a sliding door to create a private dining room.
Lunch at Solo Ristorante is an Italian omakase affair. You can choose a 3-course lunch ($38) or a 4-course lunch ($58). You tell the chef if you have any allergy and any particular food you absolutely will not eat, and then you leave it to Chef Fratini and his team to decide what to cook for you. In the evening, diners can indulge in a 4-course degustation menu for $98. There is an a la carte menu but the items are described as Chef’s Appetizers, Chef’s Pasta, Daily Catch, Butcher’s Cut and similar generic terms – which means that the chef will serve what he can create with the supplies he has on the day.
We visited Solo Ristorante for lunch and was there early. The very congenial Chef Gabriel Fratini personally showed us to the table and suggested his 3-course lunch – explaining that it would comprise 3 types of appetizers, a pasta and 2 types of dessert.
Bread and water were served. The rustic bread had a nice crisp crust and was delicious. It left us waiting with eager anticipation for the appetizers being prepared for us.
The trio of appetizers – comprised prawn with citrus sauce, chicken with Italian pearl pasta and snapper – did not disappoint. Each of the items offered a different texture and combination of flavours but all were delightful.
As good as the appetizers were, the pasta dish was the main event. The Pasta with Pork Ragu was simple but the taste was stellar. The pasta had the perfect texture and the delicate sauce had a sweet to salty to tart balance. It was an excellent pasta dish.
Desserts consisted of tiramisu and apple tart. The tiramisu was good but the apple tart seemed fairly unremarkable after the delights delivered by the earlier dishes. Coffee came as part of the 3-course set and was served with the desserts.
We thought Chef Gabriel Fratini’s creations were delicious and enjoyable. The prices are reasonable and good value for money. Solo Ristorante is a perfect place to go to if you are looking for a good quality Italian meal in a cosy intimate restaurant. It is one of the best Italian restaurants in Singapore that we have tried.
Overall Rating: 4 TOPs
45 Amoy Street
Tel: +65 9610-1861
Mon – Fri: 11.4 5am to 2 pm ; 6 PM to 9.30 pm
Sat: 6 to 9.30 pm
Closed on Sundays
Nearby MRT Stations: Tanjong Pagar, Telok Ayer
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