The crown jewel of the new InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, Publico Ristorante is drop-dead gorgeous. Granite floors are laid in bold geometric patterns that call to mind Italy’s many piazzas, dramatic green walls double up as vertical gardens, furniture set in neutral hues channel breezy coastal vibes, and floor-to-ceiling windows open out to the riverside terrace. The swankiness might also lead to scepticism but fortunately, Publico delivers. The complimentary bread basket is a good indication. Instead of the usual bread rolls, you’re served narrow triangles of pizza bianca adorned with no more than some herbs and sea salt, as if to boldly proclaim the powers of the pizza station. The menu is devoted to Italy’s greatest hits, with the likes of calamari and cauliflower fritti, arancini, Fiorentina-style T-bone, and truffled risotto. And since brunch is practically de rigeur in the Robertson Quay precinct, Publico spins an Italian twist around brunch staples with choices such as avocado toast with burrata and chilli bruschetta and scrambled eggs and black truffle shavings on sourdough.
TRY Pizza tartufata ($24). Truffle lovers, this one’s right up your alley with mozzarella, porcini mushroom, smoked scamorza cheese and truffle shavings.