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Photograph: Art
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Taking over the former digs of Aura Restaurant, Art by chef Beppe de Vito makes National Gallery Singapore its new home. The name is, after all, befitting of the space that houses the world's largest collection of Southeast Asian art. Expect equally thoughtful and intricately creations by the culinary maestro. Each meal begins with a parade of colourful snacks, painting the blank table canvas with splashes of colour in the form of baby radishes topped with bottarga, roasted chestnuts wrapped with 24-month aged prosciutto and pickled carrots.

Order à la carte, or opt for one of its reasonably priced tasting menus: three courses for $78, four for $108 and five for $138 – available during both lunch and dinner. Each dish is an ode to Italy, making use of unique produce that can only be found in de Vito's motherland. The delightful fatty tuna belly from Japan is served with Piemonte hazelnuts prepared three ways – roasted and crushed, creamed into a paste and used in the pesto, its richness complementing the unctuous fish.

Known for its superior quality, spaghetti ‘Monograno Felicetti’ is made with organic wheat from Puglia and pure water from the Dolomites. De Vito serves it with roasted scampi tail and a flavourful sauce made from the head of the scampi. Another star is the perfectly cooked Italian seabass with shatteringly crisp skin. It's drizzled with a tangy Colatura di Cetara sauce made from fermented anchovies fermented aged in small wood barrels as well as fresh apple juice for a touch of sweetness.

Save room for dessert because the Gianduja chocolate with hazelnut gelato will knock your socks off. Think of it as a hazelnut tiramisu with a hint of coffee encased in a thin tuille for texture. Art has never tasted this good.


Address: #05-03, National Gallery Singapore
1 St Andrew Rd
Opening hours: Mon-Sun noon-2pm, 6.30pm-10pm
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