Head off to Alba 1836 for some Italian fine dining. Alessandro Frau, Chef Owner of Acqua (Phuket) and winner of Thailand’s Iron Chef, who designed the menu and fired up the kitchens, has now left things in the safe Sardinian hands of Chef Luca Piras. Chef Frau however will still be jetting back and forth from his spot in Phuket to keep an eye on things and keep the menu fresh. To start, there is a plethora of fresh ingredient-led dishes starring Burrata cheese, raw Sicilian prawns, and various carpaccios (a good sign of ingredient respect) or you can try the slow cooked Octopus Salad With Fennel Leaves, Celery and Taggiasche Olives ($28). Keep an eye out for the first courses: the comforting moreish Saffron Risotto with Stracchino Cheese, Sea Urchin and Caviar ($40) and the Home Made Ravioli Agnolotti Stuffed with Burrata and Black Truffle with Ossobuco Ragout ($35) were scrape-the-plate winners. It’s striking how interesting and varied the menu is, and the mains keep up the surprises with dishes like Roasted Lamb Loin in a Sardinian Pecorino Cheese Crust, Stewed Artichokes “Cacciatora” Style ($42) and Oven Roasted Suckling Pig with a Millefeuille of Potato and Goat’s Cheese, Broad Beans Frittata and Suckling Pig Jus ($50). Leave room for the gelati for dessert – it’s pretty special stuff. Ladies who lunch best look here too – the set lunch is fantastic value at $35 for three courses (doubly so given the range of menu choices). Midweek ‘meetings’ will never be the same again – especially once you clock their wine machines offering 40 (that’s no typo!) choices of wine by the glass!
Alba 1836, 28 Duxton Hill #01-01, Singapore 089610. Tel: (+65) 6222 2048.