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OTTO Ristorante

OTTO Ristorante occupies a cosy spot at the Red Dot Traffic Building, and is not to be confused with Oso Ristorante at Bukit Pasoh. OTTO Ristorante is helmed by Italian chef Michele Pavanello, and he has countless accolades under his belt. After one visit there with Ter, to celebrate the light at the end of the tunnel of a tough week, we can see why they have garnered rave reviews. OTTO apparently represents the number ‘8’ in Italian, and it’s a lucky number in many cultures, especially in the Asian culture. I am not sure how the name of the restaurant came about (not really one of those google-able names), but I can definitely see or rather, taste how they have infused Italian cuisine with a dash of Asian flavour to stoke our taste buds. So lucky or not, they definitely did a good job with weaving in local flavour to their dishes to reach out to a wide clientele base.

OTTO Ristorante

Baked herbs salmon. This was the amuse bouche that was served, and with its slightly tangy tomato sauce, it certainly served its purpose of whetting our appetite.

OTTO Ristorante

Carpaccio di manzo Giapponese con Instalatina di Funghi e Parmigiano (Wagyu beef carpaccio with mushroom and parmesan cheese salad). Looks very red and raw but it was yummy! There is nothing to not like when you have parmesan cheese and thinly sliced wagyu beef together.

OTTO Ristorante

Tagliata di Merluzzo Atlantico in Crosta di Olive Taggiasche e Salsa all’Aglio dolce (Atlantic cod “Tagliata” with “Taggia” black olive crust served with sweet garlic sauce). The cod was fresh and I really enjoyed this dish. Something about the crusty exterior, and smooth cod slices beneath that melt in your mouth.

OTTO Ristorante

Maialino da Latte Croccante Laccanto al Miele d’Acacia e Balsamico Stravecchino (Crispy “suckling pig” lacquered with acacia honey and balsamic vinegar). This is one of their signature dishes, and I would recommend this for those who love sio ba (roasted pork). Same kind of sinful feeling eating it, but the crisp-to-perfection skin and succulent pork makes for a worthy indulgence really.

Did I mention they serve quite a wide variety of bread, which comes warm  and nice as well? I am a sucker for bread (it’s weird, I know), and I was very happy to have bread to fill hungry me up while waiting for the dishes to be served. Service there was also impressive; everyone was affable and attentive. I heard they’ve got awesome lunch sets as well, but I don’t work in the CBD area, so would be hard pressed to swing by for lunch, unless I am on leave. Would love to give it a try though, heh. After the long hard week that I had at work, the dinner at OTTO was like a silver lining to the cloud for me. Made me feel so.. lucky? 🙂

OTTO Ristorante
28 Maxwell Road
#01-02 Red Dot Traffic Building
Tel: +65 6227 6819
Opening hours
Mon–Fri 12pm – 2.30pm
Mon–Sat 6.30pm – 10.30pm
(Closed on Sun)

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  1. October 25, 2011 at 1:26 am

    I wouldn’t dare to eat the wagyu carpaccio. Scary!

    • October 25, 2011 at 7:45 am

      Heh, you must try it.. it’s not as bad as you imagine!

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