Beppe De Vito of Il Lido fame has snared what must be one of Singapore’s hottest addresses – the top two levels of the new National Gallery – for his latest venture, Aura restaurant and rooftop bar Sky Lounge. He’s made the most of the massive space, which offers something for everyone: weekend brunch, weekday lunches, casual afternoon tea, sunset drinks and elegant dining.
At Aura, you can select the $80 four-course set, or choose from the à la carte menu (pitched as Italian, but with strong French influences), with a drink from the 500-label wine list. Never mind if you don’t get past page one, there’s an eminently quaffable house pinot noir ($18 per glass) and a sangiovese ($14). Two sensational starters currently on the four-course set menu are foie gras with roast figs ($26) and sunchoke (that’s artichoke) soup with beetroot and hazelnuts ($20); they’re followed by tagliolini with scampi, Avruga caviar and a subtle but satisfying hint of chilli ($38).
Highly recommended from the ten main course choices are the generous serving of grilled sea bream with pomegranate and pistachio salsa ($32), and the rich beef sirloin tagliata with bone marrow salad ($45). Finish with golden hazelnuts set atop a hazelnut and white chocolate coulant. In short, unmissable views and dining.
Aura and Sky Lounge
1 St Andrews Road, #05-03 and #06-02, National Gallery