For Australian outback fare and craft beers
This eatery and bar promises an experience that is “outback-meets-chic”, and they do deliver. Their Archipelago craft beers pair well with the country steak sandwich (char-grilled steak and caramelised onion marmalade on toasted ciabatta, $26) and the pot of mussels (with a choice of garlic white wine or tomato sauce, $20). The vibe here is laid back, and great for a post-work drink and dine.
Book a table here | Address: 22 Lorong Mambong | Opening hours: Daily noon-3pm, 6pm-1am
For a cosy Italian experience
Amici promises food that is authentically Italian, and it is the go-to place for a comforting plate of pasta in restaurant-packed Holland Village. Their dinner sets are great value for money with three courses at $35. Start with bruschetta or soup and choose from mains like agli olio e peperoncino(spaghetti tossed in garlic, olive oil and chilli) or tagliatelle Firenze (sliced beef cooked olive oil and balsamic and topped with parmesan and arugula, Florence-style). End with a cup of specially brewed coffee or tea.
Book a table here | Address: 275 Holland Avenue| Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-3pm, 6-11pm; Sun 11.30am-11pm
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For gourmet desserts and wine pairings
Celebrated local chef Janice Wong’s restaurant-slash-bar and desserts cafe is minimalist in decor; she lets the desserts do the talking. Expect artworks: the dishes look like paintings, with tastes and textures that will definitely surprise. You likely wouldn’t guess from the looks and taste that the presented dish might be deconstructed cheesecake of smoked tofu and milk sauce ($15), nor would you nail down the popcorn parfait ($18) which is sweet and savoury with a touch of yuzu. The menu also recommends wines by the glass to pair with your sweet treats.
Book a table here | Address: 21A Lorong Liput | Opening hours:Mon-Sat 6pm-2am
For fine Indian dining
The decor is opulent. Kinara makes for a great date night venue with its muted lighting and silent service. What you really arrive for, though, is the fiery curry: the butter chicken ($17) is sinful with the right blend of spices in a tomato-cream gravy, and the dal Kinara ($12) is a tempered mix of five kinds of dal to create their unique house blend. Go the whole hog and pair these with as many buttered naans you can stomach ($3 each).
Book a table here | Address: 24 Lorong Mambong | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6-11pm
Da Paolo Ristorante
For Italian fare for the whole family
If you live in the Holland Village area, you’re probably familiar with Da Paolo. This Italian is a very popular neighbourhood dine; kids love the deep fried calamari with tartare sauce ($22) and grown-ups’ favourites are the veal ravioli ($29) and roasted lamb rack with bell peppers ($49). No one leaves without trying their decadent desserts, like the great tiramisu ($13). Clearly, reservations are a must.
Book a table here | Address: 44 Jalan Merah Saga #01-56 | Opening hours: Daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30-10.30pm