Hotspot Review: Art Restaurant & Bar

Deborah Gillies experiences the art of fine Italian dining at newly relocated Art Restaurant & Bar.

Art Restaurant & Bar has relocated from a lower floor to take prime location on level six in the historic National Gallery, affording diners the opportunity to enjoy elegant Italian dining while soaking in one of the best views in Singapore.

The dining room décor is elegant and understated; white linens and professional, friendly service perfectly align with a fine dining experience. Italian Michelin starred chef-owner Beppe de Vito delivers a special evening of beautifully curated Italian gastronomy.

Degustation menus are available as a four or six course meal. We opted for four courses ($128) plus wine pairing ($70) and a ($40) beef supplement.

Our evening began with a glass of champagne on the balcony before settling on for an amusebouche, expertly explained by Chef Beppe, who came to talk us through the selectively sourced produce and artisanal technique.

Tuna Belly Carpaccio with Roya Oscietra Cavier

Our next course was a deliciously bright and vibrant Tuna Belly Carpaccio with Roya Oscietra Cavier and white peach, followed by the highly anticipated pasta course of Spaghetti “Monogramo Felicetti”, Scampi and Young Ginger, which did not disappoint. Next was the main course, the Kadoshima Beef, grilled Sucrine (baby gem lettuce) with Bagna Cauda (a classic Italian dish made from garlic and anchovy that have been processed in olive oil). We finished with a spectacular desert of Gianduja Chocolate, Hazelnut Gelato and Expresso Marsala.

Gianduja Chocolate, Hazelnut Gelato and Expresso Marsala

The wine pairing was excellent quality and value, beginning with champagne, followed by one white, two reds and a dessert wine. The pours were generous and we appreciated the expert selection to compliment the delicious Italian feast.

The stand-out dishes were the melt in your mouth delicious beef, served with the Bagna Cauda, which personified classic Italian ingredients and techniques (and well worth the $40 supplement) and the Gianduja Chocolate, one of the best desserts I have ever had.

Verdict: Aptly named, chef Beppe’s cooking style connects a profound passion for Italian cuisine and culture with art; the aesthetics are just as important as delivering an innovative menu with classical flavours. If you’re looking for stunning views and exquisite food, I would highly recommend visiting. Treat yourself to a taste of Italy without leaving the Little Red Dot!

Art Restaurant & Bar, 1, 06-02 St Andrew’s Rd, National Gallery, 178957