When summer descends on Italy, the outdoors burst with activity and the word on everyone’s lips is “grigliata”.
Grigliata is the outdoor grill cook-out dreamed of in foodie heaven. A larder of the season’s finest produce sizzling on a bed of burning charcoal. The company of family and friends. Luscious wine and overwhelming hospitality.
The Italians have honed this summer ritual to perfection, and adored and honoured it like religion for generations. Now imagine sitting down to this cornucopia of flavour and life ... and you are at Griglia Open Fire Italian Kitchen.
Griglia is a brand-new contemporary Italian grill restaurant nestled on the ground floor of a conservation shophouse in charming Craig Road. As its name promises, diners at Griglia will be treated to the tastes, sensations and emotions of the grigliata in a casual setting-- and fall in love with the magic of the Common Flame.
Typically, guests bring along their favourite dishes to a grigliata. Multiple courses are enjoyed over a long afternoon, leisurely savouring appetisers and side dishes while sipping tasty wines, before embarking on the main course; meanwhile the charcoal fire perpetually glows in one of the oldest cooking styles known to man.
The grigliata celebrates fresh seasonal produce, cooking it over hot coals and open flame to accentuate the natural inherent flavours. Grigliata dishes are less intense and more Mediterranean in flavour, consisting of meats, seafood, fish and seasonal vegetables and fruits seasoned with herbs, salt and pepper, lavished with olive oil marinades and judicious squeezes of lemon.
Griglia prepares these same recipes using traditional as well as modern methods, making them even lighter and more refreshing. The menu conceptualised by Andrea De Paola, Chef Partner of Griglia & Group Executive Chef of Food Concepts Group, is based on classic grigliata dishes from different regions of Italy with additional recipes from his family and friends. By offering a wide selection of food, and serving it smaller sharing portions, diners are encouraged to order and taste many dishes in the style of the ‘bring-your-own’ grigliata.
At Griglia almost all the ingredients, and not just meat, fish and seafood, are cooked with the cast iron charcoal grill. This stunning equipment, made-to- measure for the open kitchen, brings out the intrinsic flavours of the fresh seasonal produce. Meanwhile the warm and cosy restaurant is constructed and clad in the raw materials of the grigliata – wood, bricks and metal.
Food and aesthetics work together to honour the element at the crux of the grigliata and the restaurant -- the Common Flame that draws people together in the embrace of Italian hospitality; fostering human bonds over food and fire, and creating moments that beget enduring memories.
The menu is conceptualised by Chef Andrea De Paola, and executed by Head Chef Federico Schiraldi. To showcase the culinary essence of the grigliata, the dishes are based on its classic recipes, with flavours made lighter and more refreshing and presented in a refined contemporary style using handcrafted Mediterranean-style tableware.
Griglia serves antipasti, artisanal salumi, main courses, sides, cheeses and desserts, and carries an extensive range of more than 100 wines from different regions, with up to 85% from Italy. Cocktails focus on different flavours of Negroni, Spritz and Gin & Tonic. Traditional Italian digestives, such as limoncello, amaro and grappa are also served.
Firangi Superstar is an exuberant, soulful, whimsical love letter to India, written with the curiosity of a sojourner,the adulation of a rock fan, the enthusiasm of one seeing the world, not for the first time, but with new eyes. It isthe coming together of conversations, encounters, and memories tied to this vibrant, magical land...
India is warm, affectionate and sometimes outrageous, but absolutely unforgettable; and this venue lives with the same verve. At once eccentric and mischievous with a touch of flamboyance, the entire affair creates something truly special: a dining experience like no other.
Now, let us take you on a cinematic journey, at once serious and whimsical. In this venue of outrageous peculiarity, an imagined perspective of India appears with a hint of vintage quirk. Taking cues from real life,from Bombay to Rajasthan, from Chennai to Kashmir, the venue pieces together textures, materials, décor,and furnishings to create experiences with the feeling of a film set. Here, every guest is a character, free to pen their own stories, either rightly serious or with a fair share of quirky comedy.
Start in the first of four rooms: the Officer’s Club in all its proper pish and posh leads to the Old Railway Room, where countless tales are waiting to be told. The pearlescent opulence of the Elephant Palace awaitsbut oh! turn around and find wilderness, tamed and mounted, in the Jungle Lodge. This visual joie-de-vivre is matched with touches, scents, and an eclectic mix of tunes, from the psychedelic rock of The Beatles to Indian Classics in the breath-taking vocals of Nicki Wells, all of which are curated to immerse and surprise.
The food here is not Indian as you know it, but Indian through another lens. Classics take on unexpected forms in the hands of Head Chef Thiru Gunasakaran, as they are reworked with a unique eye and modern approach.
Fuelled by the memory and influences of the food that he is most familiar with — what he ate at home and growing up; and shaped by his Western culinary background, Chef Thiru’s creations are authentically inauthentic. That is, rooted in history and tradition, but executed in a refreshing and playful way. What arrives on the plate gives rise to expectations that are immediately belied by the first mouthful – things are not what they seem but still, flavours are familiar and beckoning. To accompany these moments is a selection of explorative concoctions of Indian flavours and international spirits.
The menu at Firangi Superstar takes a modern approach to classic flavours, designed to take guests on a journey through India, seen through an imagined kaleidoscopic fantasy lens. Menu sections consist of Chutneys and Raitas, Small and Large plates, Sides, Rice & Bread, and Desserts. Just over half the menu is vegetarian.
Firangi Superstar presents a cocktail selection of soul-stealing brio. The restaurant’s cocktail menu strips it down, presenting an Indian take on classic cocktails – folks will soon find a favourite (or five). Start with what one can expect with flavours common in Indian cuisine, then combine the familiar with the unexpected. Pick your poison, and let the adventure begin.
Discover the best flavours of Swiss cuisine in the bustling neighbourhood of Duxton. Bringing you an unique gastronomical experience, Coucou on Craig Road offers fine foods and drinks through traditional recipes brought from the kitchens and producers of Switzerland.
Every dish by Coucou is carefully created for your optimum Swiss experience. Indulge in some authentic Rosti – perfect with Sour Cream and toasty Cheese Raclette – and have your feast paired with some of their exceptional Swiss wine picks for optimum gratification. View their full menu or book a table with them here.
Trattoria Pizzeria Logic, a well-established authentic Italian restaurant chain from Japan opens their first Singapore restaurant on Craig Road.
Trattoria Pizza Logic is best-known for their naples style cuisine that uses fresh ingredients, such as flour imported from Caputo in Naples.
Pizzaiolo Junichi Shoji, who is the winner of the prestigious Napoli Pizza World Championship 2012, an annual global contest to determine the world’s best pizza makers, is responsible for designing the pizza recipes. This makes Trattoria Pizza Logic the only restaurant in Singapore to have a World Championship Winning Pizzaiolo supervising its kitchen.
Co-helming the kitchen is Grand Chef Atsushi Terashima, who acts as the creative force behind the restaurant’s menu. Chef Atsushi Terashima was trained in Tuscany before he cooked in various restaurants across Italy. This experience has allowed him to pick up authentic Italian cooking techniques and create new dishes to add to Trattoria Pizza Logic’s mouth-watering menu.
With more than 8 years under its belt, Barracuda Restaurant has now opened its doors in Singapore where Chef Ferdinand is sure to impress and please diners with his incredible menu, dedication to using quality ingredients and an ambiance that feels both exclusive and inclusive.
From the restaurant’s humble beginnings of its first opening in 2010 in Maenam Beach of Koh Samui, Barracuda has progressively gained its solid reputation as being one of the best restaurants on the island.
Chef Ferdinand’s love for fine cuisine and enthusiasm in bringing forth true flavors with the use of top quality fresh ingredients set him apart from any restaurant on the island. Barracuda’s first shop only opened for dinner service to a small number of 18 patrons per evening. Dining at the restaurant required formal reservations beforehand and guests were served dishes from a more varied selection of menu items. Still, Barracuda held true to its name for serving its guests tastefully and artfully prepared plates at affordable prices and its presence soon came to be appreciated by food lovers near and far.
Chef Ferdinand’s innovative approach to food and dedication to his restaurant honed him awards from Thailand Tatler’s magazine voting Barracuda as “Best Restaurant” for three consecutive years from 2013-2015. Travelers and frequent diners also delighted in their experiences at Barracuda thus contributing to the restaurant’s winnings of many “Certificate of Excellence” awards on Tripadvisor.
With Barracuda’s highly favorable reviews in sight, a larger space for Chef Ferdinand’s culinary hotspot was conceptualized. The restaurant would then relocate to the area of Bophut Beach, Koh Samui, Thailand and undergo a construction of newly designed interiors to accommodate seating for 48-50 people and new ‘waiting area’ where guests to sip on trendy cocktails and aperitifs before being seated for meals.
Despite the restaurant’s external makeover, Chef Ferdinand’s primary focus remained on producing food with a modern twist of Mediterranean and Asian influences with the best ingredients as a key part to his daily work ethics and menu creations.
He now takes all of these knowledges, experiences and incredible cuisine to the tables of Singapore.
Niku Kin is a modern Japanese restaurant that specializes in yakiniku and wagyu bowl dishes, which use 100% Hokkaido Wagyu.
The newest addition to the Craig Road neighbourhood, the restaurant blends the freshest and highest quality food and drinks with top level service in a fun and casual environment.
The menu, which changes daily, is created by Chef Tsubo from Hokkaido and focuses on all 32 parts of a Hokkaido bred Wagyu Cow, from rib to rump. Enjoy the marbled meat, cooked on traditional charcoal grills.
Niku Kin is also proud to be a farm-to-table restaurant. You can shop for their wagyu cuts via their online store and enjoy the quality meat in your own home.
Ma Cuisine is a new gastro wine bar with an offering of over 600 labels, paired with a concise selection of classic French fare. With one of the most extensive wine list in Singapore, the wine bar seeks to transport guests to diverse terroirs of wine-producing regions in France and beyond, in a not intimidating, engaging and unpretentious manner.
Ma Cuisine Singapore is a brand new chapter distinct from its Beaune counterpart, delivering a less traditional drinking experience catering to a new generation of wine drinkers. The kitchen presents a simple and uncomplicated menu to match. From after-work drinks and light nibbles, to a nightcap with cheese.
In a raw, industrial space imbued with vintage French style and contemporary sensibilities, co-owners Anthony Charmetant and Mathieu Escoffier will guide your wine journey, and curate an engaging drinking experience tailored just for you.
Bearded Bella is a small Melbourne-inspired neighbourhood eatery on Craig Road with a love for good coffee and food. Their tastes might be a bit quirky, but they hope you'll go join them.
They're all about enjoying the good life. To them, that's by spending time with the people we like, sharing good food, drink, and some excellent conversation. Whether you're after a cuppa coffee, or some food after work, their kitchen is open all day (and so is their bar).
p/s: one of the owners at Bearded Bella is a Singapore National Barista Championship winner in 2016.
Pastaria Abate is all about fresh, homemade pasta and appreciation for the casual dining in accord to the Abate family traditions. In their kitchen, they turn their finest flour from Italy into different types of pasta, all with their own shape, origin, and style of preparation to be paired with your choice of homemade sauces.
Staying true to traditions, Pastaria Abate offers classic, hearty sauces such as Bolognese and Carbonara as well as zesty and lighter dishes, like Prawn and Saffron and Squid with Butter and Italian Wild Rockets.