Welcome to Da Bao Diaries, a column dedicated to what Time Out Singapore's editors are eating and drinking while Singapore's 'circuit breaker' measures are in place till May 4. Da bao is a Singaporean colloquialism derived from Mandarin that refers to having a meal to go instead of dining in at an establishment.
If you've been a long-time reader of Time Out Singapore, you might recall that our office was once located along the bustling HongKong Street. On days when the team didn't have time to step out of the office, we would order a pizza or two from Amò, sharing it for lunch while rushing to complete the print magazine before the final deadline. It was a bright spark during an otherwise stressful period.
These days, I find myself needing more and more bright sparks. And thankfully, Amò delivers. Plus it sweetens the deal even further, offering a 25 percent discount on delivery with the code "DELIVER25" and 30 percent off pick-ups with the code "PICKUP30". Just note that this only applies to à la carte orders and not the pizza and wine bundles that are already sold at a discounted rate.
You'll want to order à la carte anyway because you should not miss the butter roasted spring chicken ($37.45), an unexpected find drizzled in rosemary jus and served with Roman potatoes and baby spinach. The succulent meat stood up well to the reheating process, its flavourful skin getting just slightly crisp in the oven.
But of course, the real stars are the pizzas. I reunite with my favourite stracciatella and prosciutto pizza ($34.25), drizzled with a sweet and tart fig vincotto – it is every bit as good as having the pie fresh from the oven at the restaurant. I also try the broccolini and pancetta pizza ($29.95) covered in a pumpkin base instead of the usual canned tomatoes. It's breadier than the former, allowing the dough to shine in between saltier bites of pancetta and smoked mozzarella.
There are nine types of pizza to choose from, as well as plenty of other side dishes like the popular crispy calamari ($22.50), linguine with tiger prawns and chili ($29.95) and if you really feel like splashing out, a 700g dry-aged Angus prime rib with hand-cut fries, cherry tomatoes and sweet corn. You can browse the full menu here – try not to drool.
How to order Once you've figured out what you want, place an order on Oddle and choose between pick-up or delivery. There's a minimum spend of $40 for delivery but if you order more than $100 of food, delivery is complimentary. Don't forget to key in the discount codes before you check out.