20 Cross Street, #01-19 China Square Central
This noisy bacaro (Venetian-style bar) is the latest addition to the cluster of restaurants around China Square Central and has already made its mark as a fun and vibrant eatery. The spacious interior has an urban wine-cellar vibe, hosting a restaurant on one side and a well-stocked long bar on the other. You also have the option to dine alfresco, looking onto the surrounding shophouses. On Friday and Saturday nights the music is cranked up, perfect for after-work drinks or a night out with friends.
&Sons offers a range of delicious, Italian-inspired small-plate dishes called cicchetti, Italy’s answer to tapas – ideal for grazing while enjoying a glass of wine and a good chat. It has a great selection of Italian wines, all served by the glass at reasonable prices ranging from $7 to $15, and some fantastic cocktails. Don’t miss the Bellini.
This was our first cicchetti experience and the staff were extremely helpful in recommending dishes. The black pork capocollo ($9), home-cured salami, and Wagyu beef carpaccio & raspadura ($18) were melt-in-the-mouth, while the heavier radicchio and truffle cheese crostone ($12) also got our vote. The perfect complement to these meaty dishes was the burrata, asparagus cream and hazelnuts ($15): creamy and sweet mozzarella on asparagus cream and peppery rucola, and topped with crunchy hazelnuts
If there’s room for dessert, the mini babá limoncello ($9) made for a refreshing finale. For a sweeter tooth, the raspberry zabaione ($12) is a custardy delight.
Delicious food and sleek interior aside, what sets &Sons apart is the attentive, knowledgeable and genuinely friendly attitude of the staff. Definitely worth a visit, particularly with a group.
Must-try Dish: Radicchio and truffle cheese crostone; raspberry zabaione