Osteria Mozza, Singapore

Osteria Mozza, Singapore was ranked #35 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurant 2013. I didn’t specially visit the restaurant cos of their ranking, but just happened to be in Marina Bay Sands for the musical – Notre Dame de Paris. In fact we had intended to dine at other restaurant but found that there was a long queue so we ended up in Osteria Mozza which was just right opposite the entrance to the Grand Theatre.

Despite not making any reservations, we were lucky enough to get seats at the restaurant that seemed pretty packed already. We entered that place at around 6.30pm and the service staff there were very well-trained, the first question they asked was “Are you attending the show at 8pm?“. The staff assured us that there would be sufficient time to finish our meal (provided we go for simple course dinner of course). The attentiveness and promptness of their food service was really commendable.

So we started our meal with a Farfala vodka, strawberry, tarragon, cocchi americano, lemon cocktail followed by 2 starters and 1 main. We had Grilled Octopus with potatoes, celery & lemon, Steamed Mussels with tomato, chilies & herbs and a Bucatini all’Amatriciana which comes in large portion for sharing.

Osteria Mozza

The grilled octopus was nicely done, the flesh was firm and chewy. Mussels were fresh but just slightly too small.

The pasta was a classic, I absolutely enjoyed the Bucatini which was perfect – I liked its texture. Though I can’t be sure but the pasta felt like it was handmade cos of the unique texture. The Amatriciana sauce was rich and robust in flavour cos of the use of cured pork. The dish was further sprinkled with generous portion of freshly grated cheese after it was served at our table.

I would want to enjoy a dessert if I had slightly more time. We completed our dinner by 7.45pm and was just in time to stroll comfortably to the theatre.

Osteria Mozza’s food quality certainly met my expectations of them. However something that surprised me was its ambience. The ambience is more American and not so formal compared to other Italian fine dining restaurants. Its a relatively moderately priced place that serves quality food compared to the other big shots (think CUT, Guy Savoy, Waku Ghin etc) in MBS.

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