Etto – dining by the hands in Handy Road

Etto

ETTO is a casual all-day dining restaurant offering a good range of Western bistro fare as well as a few local dishes. Located in The Luxe at Handy Road, next to The Cathay, ETTO is a nice under the radar spot in the busy Dhoby Ghuat area for lunch, dinner, after work drinks or brunch on weekends and holidays.

Etto

ETTO in Dhoby Ghuat

We had brunch a few years back at a bistro in The Luxe, which was then known as Blackbird Bistro & Bar (see our post here). Now the bistro is known as ETTO. There has been no substantial change in terms of the layout and interior decorations, except that the blackbird motifs are gone. There is still an al fresco dining space next to the distinctive giant hands sculptures. If you are arranging a meetup at ETTO in Dhoby Ghaut, it might be useful to just tell your companions to meet at the gaint hands in Handy Road (as not many will know where The Luxe is).

ETTO’s Menu

ETTO’s menu offers the usual bistro fare of salad, sandwiches, burgers, pastas and a few mains like miso salmon and ribeye steak. There are a few local dishes such as chicken curry and beef rendang. As is now the trend, healthy lunch bowls are available for lunch on weekdays. Below are photos of sections of the ETTO’s menu for lunch.

Etto Lunch Menu
Etto Lunch Menu
Etto Menu
Etto Menu

Lunch @ ETTO


We visited ETTO in Dhoby Ghaut on a weekday for lunch. The place was rather quiet, a nice change from our perspective, compared to the many eateries in the Dhoby Ghuat area which would be crowded and noisy during office lunch break.

We ordered the ETTO Signature Nasi Lemak ($14), ETTO Beef Burger ($18) and a Healthy Lunch Bowl ($16 with $2 for extra).

The ETTO Signature Nasi Lemak looked like it was designed for the cameras. The rice had a very striking shade of green which looked more like the result of food dye than the natural colouring from pandan laves. Colour aside, the coconut rice was fragrant and had the requisite lemak taste. The prawn paste fried chicken that came with the nasi lemak was not bad but was not quite like the har cheong kai we expected.

The Healthy Bowl allows you to pick 1 protein, 1 grain, 2 greens, a topping and a dressing. Our bowl comprised seared tuna, quinoa, mushroom and corn with avocado as an extra. It was not bad at all. We definitely liked it better than a bowl of raw-tasting salad and it made us feel healthier and more virtuous.

The ETTO beef burger was everything you would expect a good burger to be. The bread was soft and chewable and the house-made free range beef patty was thick, juicy and tasty. The cheese, pepper glaze and other ingredients all combined well to produce a delicious and enjoyable burger.

Convenient location away from the crowd

On the whole, we quite enjoyed our lunch by the giant hands in Handy Road. The service at ETTO was friendly and our glasses of water were topped up constantly. The food, aside from the slightly off-putting colour of the nasi lemak, was generally good. ETTO is in a convenient location and a place where you can get away from the maddening crowd in the busy Dhoby Ghaut area.

Ratings:
Food : 3
Service : 3
Value : 3
Atmosphere : 3
Overall Rating: 3 TOPs 3 Tops

Etto
6 Handy Road
01-01 The Luxe
Singapore 229234

Tel: +65 6337 3448

Chope Reservations

Opening Hours:
Tue-Wed: 11:30am-10:30pm
Thu: 11:30am-11:30pm
Fri: 11:30am-1am
Sat: 10am-11:30pm
Sun: 10am-9pm
Closed Monday

Nearby MRT Station: Dhoby Ghaut

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