Housed in an extension of a charming black-and-white colonial bungalow along Scotts Road, Buona Terra offers an elegant and quiet space, ideal for business lunches or dinner celebrations.
While perusing the menu, we hope to see newer creations, as some of the dishes have been around for some time. We however don’t fault the kitchen team in producing dishes with finesse and consistency. Chef Denis Lucchi, who hails from Northern Italy, combines classic techniques with modern plating and luxe ingredients.
The lunch and dinner menus include the “create your own menu” options (from three to five courses) and degustation menus (five for lunch and six for dinner).
Our dishes are injected with fine ingredients, many from Japan, starting from the amuse bouche of cured ocean trout sharpened with some feta and salmon roe, to the starter of smooth cauliflower panna cotta crowned with sweet slivers of Hokkaido sea urchin and Italian caviar. The chef’s superb version of carbonara pasta is loaded with richly-flavoured cured Japanese organic egg and chunks of fragrant bacon. The al dente pasta is further heightened with shavings of Perigord truffle. Equally satisfying is the supple, slurp-worthy squid ink tonnarelli brimming with Alaskan king crab.
The main course of Iberico pork is beautifully plated with a solo scallop and partnered with dollops of pumpkin puree and apple. Though the meat can be juicier, the sprinkling of pork crumble and accompanying rich port wine sauce elevates the dish. Our herb-crusted lamb loin fares better in its succulence; the meat is served with jerusalem artichoke, and artichoke chips and puree.
Finally, desserts come in the form of classic homemade tiramisu or the more inventive Sigaro Esotico – the cigar-shaped cocoa wafer is filled with white chocolate passion fruit mousse and mango sauce, and rested on a scattering of coconut “ash”.
To complete your meal, request for the experienced waitstaff to recommend a bottle from the Italian-centric wine list, which comprises excellent Super Tuscans and Barolos.
29 Scotts Road, S(228224)