Chef Sebastian Ng, formerly of Restaurant Ember, makes a strong statement with Venue by Sebastian by showing that fine food need not be a stuffy affair.

Situated in the new Downtown Gallery where the old DBS Building used to be, this 80-seater casual communal dining restaurant serves modern European dishes with an Asian touch.

Painted in stark whites and blues, the venue felt a little cold and clinical at first, but hearty plates of food streaming in from the open-concept kitchen soon warmed things up.

Venue by Sebastian interior

Interior, Venue By Sebtastian

The daily changing menu of sharing plates here are organised along eight categories such as ‘fritti and greens’, ‘pasta’ and ‘cured & smoked’. Find Ng’s signature dishes from his Ember days, like Chilean seabass with mushroom and bacon ragout ($36), angel hair pasta paired with sakura ebi and dollops of umami ($24), and cold pasta with konbu and truffle oil ($22).

Newly-opened casual restaurant Venue by Sebastian serves up beautifully plated dishes in the tradition of fine dining

Chilled romanesco, lemon vinaigrette and almonds with silvers of Parmigiano Reggiano cheese

We love the latter two, both of which feature firm yet delicate handmade pasta. New dishes worth a try include the juicy, succulent, smoky dish of wood-grilled chicken ($15) marinated with housemade chermoula ($15), and skewers of lamb riblets with piquant chimichurri rojo ($5 each).

New restaurant Venue by Sebastian's angel hair pasta dishes are a standout

Angel hair pasta with shaved bottarga, mentaiko, sorrel and pesto

The lunch menu is a more concise version of the dinner menu, while a happy hour menu, termed ‘Bodega Hour menu’  will be in place soon, offering bar snacks, beer and wine.

#01-02 Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way. Tel: 6904 9688

Cover: Entranceway, Venue by Sebastian
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s June 2017 issue, ‘Restaurants’.

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