Driving over to Sentosa is really not tedious. From Shenton Way, it’s easily 10 minutes; from East Coast, 20 minutes max. And heading there for a meal at Fratelli Trattoria and Pizzeria, located in Hotel Michael, is definitely worth a ride.
Fratelli’s new menu features exciting, contemporary Italian cuisine well rooted in traditional fundamentals. Backing Fratelli are Enrico and Roberto Cerea, second-generation chef-owners of three-Michelin-starred Da Vittorio in Lombardy. Like most celebrity restaurants here, these luminaries develop the recipes and menu, and lend their personal brand; but it is chef de cuisine Davide Bizzari who helms the kitchen here. And together they do a very good job. There are two dishes at Fratelli that one absolutely must have. The massive 1kg bone-in Milanese veal rack ($148, weekend dinner only), served with crushed potato wedges, roasted tomatoes and lemon, will make a grown man weep. Coated in breadcrumbs and crushed grissini breadsticks, it is then sinfully deep-fried in clarified butter rendering it highly aromatic. From the Fassone cattle, native to Piedmont, the meat is lean yet juicily tender and tasty, while the breaded coating is surprisingly light and delightfully crisp. It is a huge portion, enough to feed six.
Possibly the most glamorous looking pizza ever, the Pizza Oro Nero ($32) sports a squid ink sauce topped with mussels, salted cod fish, clams, baby squid, plump orbs of trout roe, tomatoes and sprinkled generously with gold dust. It tastes as good as it looks.
Other good dishes include the chitarra spaghetti ($34), a firm, tight handmade pasta with a squareish cross section, cooked with meltingly tender beef ribs ragout and shards of truffles, and a most elegant, intensely flavoured steamed Boston lobster with avacado wasabi cream and red capsicum mousse ($48).
For a closer look, check out our video below:
#02-144 & 145 Hotel Michael, 26 Sentosa Gateway. Tel: 6577 6688
Cover: Fratelli’s Boston lobster with avocado wasabi cream and red capsicum mousse
This was first published in Wine & Dine’s August 2017 issue – Love Singapore, ‘Restaurants’