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Restaurant Review: Zambuca Italian Restaurant at The Pan Pacific in Singapore


Zambuca Italian Restaurant
The Pan Pacific
+65 6337 8086

I usually like to see an Italian chef at the helm of an Italian restaurant, but executive chef Dennis Sim has done an excellent job spearheading the cuisine at Zambuca despite his Singaporean nationality.

It’s not what I would call traditional fare; Sim’s take on Italian food is more modern with a distinctly French influence. But it is definitely delicious and reasonably priced considering the chic fine-dining atmosphere, service and presentation. Main dishes range from $25 to $40 and there is a four-course set menu for dinner at $80 per person.

From his newly revamped menu, we enjoyed Caprese ($14) and Caeser ($16) salads, both bursting with freshness and exactly the right size. For the main course, we tried a few signature dishes recommended by the chef himself: a hearty portion of porcini risotto ($30) and Australian barramundi with asparagus purée ($36). While the fish was healthy and satisfying, I couldn’t help but wish I had been the one to order risotto.
The flavour and consistency was perfect – robust but not too heavy.

Zambuca, part of the Michelangelo’s group, which also owns Michelangelo’s and Sistina in Holland Village, has been a popular Italian restaurant in Singapore, especially with business diners, and its new menu is a good excuse to go back. The moderately priced wine list, which includes over 3,000 labels, is another good reason.