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Restaurant review: Cicheti on Kandahar Street, Singapore

By: Beate Baldry

52 Kandahar Street
6292 5012

Small plates are all the rage at the moment – the tapas movement is going strong, but other countries are also making their mark with this concept. Cicheti (“chi-keh-tee”) is Italy’s answer. Traditionally, Venetian bacari (wine bars) serve up cicheti (bar snacks) alongside your drinks order.

Pomodori secchi: Semi-dried tomato and ricotta cheese bruschetta

Cicheti is set in a tiny blink-and-you’ll-miss-it spot in Kampong Glam. A huge two-ton oven shipped in from Italy blazes at the back (it zaps raw pizzas to wood-fired deliciousness in 90 seconds flat) and a few tables are squeezed into the front section. Having just opened when we visited, there was only a choice of house red or white ($12/ glass) or Peroni beer ($9) to accompany the cicheti, but now the lounge bar is open upstairs and the drinks menu has expanded.

Salted chocolate cake

It’s a perfect grazing spot – finger–licking-good prawns in a smoked garlicky butter ($11), semi-dried tomato and ricotta cheese bruschetta ($11) and beef meatballs in slow-cooked tomato sauce ($11) are just some of the small plates. Make more of a meal of it with the selection of pastas, meats and seafood or go for the highly recommended Napolitano pizzas ($17 to $19) like margherita di bufala ($19) – the dough chewy and thin, the sauce perfect and topped with soft bufala mozzarella. Leave room for the salted chocolate cake ($12.50) – that’s all we’ll say!

Must-try Dishes: Margherita di bufala pizza and salted chocolate cake