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Aura

City Hall Italian $$$$ +100
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About Aura

The Downtown Core of Singapore can be a glamorous place. The centre of the city is filled with flash restaurants and bars of all stripes – we think Aura might be right up there with the very best of them. They have an Italian restaurant and a bar upstairs, known as the Sky Lounge, that provides exemplary views over the Singapore skyline. Pay them a visit on St Andrews Road, close to City Hall, for an experience quite unlike any other – just make sure that you reserve ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Thursday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Friday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Saturday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Sunday 09:30 - 01:00
Aura, Saint Andrew's Road 1, 178957 Singapore

Further Information

Aura literally elevates Singapore’s restaurant landscape to new heights, occupying a massive 9000 square feet on the upper floors of the National Gallery along St Andrew’s Road, moments from City Hall station. Encompassing a 90-seater Italian restaurant and a huge rooftop Sky Lounge and bar, Aura represents a major achievement for the city’s high culinary culture. The restaurant offers a classically-structured Italian a la carte menu covering appetizers, artisanal pasta dishes, plus a three-course weekday set lunch, a four-course set dinner, and a weekend brunch menu paired with prosecco and Bellini cocktails.

As for the Sky Lounge, from here you can gaze out over the stunning skyline over Marina Bay while enjoying a free-flow salad bar buffet featuring a range of international cuisines, an a la carte weekend brunch menu with distinct Italian influences, or simply enjoy sundowner drinks and premium bar food from 5pm onwards. Book a table at Aura and make a move along to St Andrew’s Road, right by the Parliament of Singapore and the National Gallery of Singapore for an extra special experience.

CHEF'S CHOICE

406 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 406 Reviews
Food: delicious
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
Waiting Time: short
Noise: average
Quality/Price: cheap
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1 review so far 6
04.03.2017 17:49

Nice ambience, quality of food was good. Set menu has a number of starters which are fresh and tasty with good value for money. Staff was very friendly.

1 review so far 6
03.03.2017 08:33

Great experience . Amazing views. The bar has great cocktails and the service is impeccable. Good food n wine collection. Definitely worth a repeat visit.

1 review so far 6
02.03.2017 15:34

Beautiful food and beautiful restaurant. Lovely service and lovely quiet interior. We had the set lunch which was also very good value, three courses with coffee.

3 reviews so far 6
28.02.2017 17:27

Exquisite dining experience at this restaurant. 4-course dinner set was good and moscato was smooth to the throat. Great recommendation from the staff. Highly recommended venue for special occasion.

1 review so far 5
19.01.2017 14:07

The ambient in Aura was great except that it was quite noisy coming from a table of maybe 12 pax chatting away loudly. Being said, everyone is out for a good time so it is somewhat acceptable. The appetisers are very tasteful and well presented. The Foie Gras with Caramelised Apple and Duck Jus are to die for! Grill Octopus with crispy egg and corn are well balanced too. Combination of lightly batter crispy egg with runny yolk with the grill octopus brings a different experience all together. Scallops Crudo with Truffle and Smoked Quail Eggs simply lovely. I am a big fan of truffle and the mixture of flavours were well constructed. Burrata Cheese with Cherry Tomatoes & Black Olives in my opinion was simple and present well. I love Burrata Cheese albeit it being a simple dish it is worth mentioning it here. There wasn't any extra virgin olive oil drizzled over it, so don't forget to request for it before indulging into it. I suppose it was done on purpose leaving the option to the customers to decide as some may not want it on their Burrata Cheese. This was my second time at Aura. I have ordered the same main course Grain-Fed Beef Sirloin Tagliata with Bone Marrow Salad in medium rare. My first experience with this dish was great. The beef was tender and just enough texture for you to enjoy the flavour as you chew into it without much effort. However, last night the beef seemed tougher and sinewy. I was having trouble trying to avoid the sinewy parts from getting stuck in between my teeth. Some effort was required to cut and chew the beef. I would say it wasn't as pleasant as my first experience. Probably it is just my unlucky day getting a piece of sinewy beef. The roasted bone marrow was roasted to perfection. As for the wine list, they do have a great selection but if you want a reasonably priced bottle of wine, it is not going to happen. It will set you back min $100 for a bottle for an average bottle of red. Their range of Chanti in my opinion were priced pretty steep. Overall it was pleasant and I would have given a 6 ratings if I had a better cut of beef.

2 reviews so far 6
24.07.2016 01:15

Enjoyable dining experience at Aura Restaurant. Booked thru Quandoo, Aura staff followed up with a call and on my request, emailed me the menu. Ordered wkend lunch set menu and another crab pasta for sharing between 2 pax. Staff was sharp to notice that the same crab pasta is offered as part of the appetizer with the same sauce and ingredients and instead of getting more of the same, staff suggested we switch to another pasta so we get to try a larger variety. Thankful for the advice. Food was overall delicious and quick to serve, satisfied palate for the day. Staff was engaging during service and obliging when we required help to take photos. Appreciate the attentiveness too, with water refilled frequently without prompts. A little surprised when tea was served for 2 pax and accompanied with generous portion of hazelnuts. Visited the museum after lunch and even came back for drinks in the evening, albeit at the skylounge rooftop bar with a great view. Keep it up Aura.

1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 17:50

It took me quite a while to locate the restaurant. But once I got there, the service of the staffs made me very at ease. No pressure at all. I am not very into the type of wine and the server bothered to bring me 3 types to try after understanding my requirements. The food was great. Presentation wise, they are not the most appealing based on my past experience. But the taste of the food is very appetising. The appetisers did actually increase my appetite for more! Taste of all the dishes we had are all not over-bearing which worked well for both me and my wife. The serving staffs continued to be attentive during the meal. Although this is supposed to be a fine dining place, but the staffs always make me feel at ease. After dinner, I was led to the Aura Sky Lounge by the hostess. Kudos to this place and I will definitely be back!

2 reviews so far 5
07.05.2016 15:45

Had a wonderful time at the restaurant. Alvin attended to us and gave us a wonderful recommendation to share starters and 2 pastas (especially the uni pasta) for our group of 6 people. Each of us then chose our own main. Alvin bantered with us through the night and he made our night even more enjoyable. Food was fabulous and service was en pointe. I didn't give it 5 stars as the staff in the upstairs bar dampened our mood. The bar was empty when we arrived at 6pm. We sat down on a sofa with a wonderful view of the Padang. One of the staff finally attended to us after about 10 minutes of waiting and told us the table we were sitting at might be occupied and he would check. When I received a restaurant reservation reconfirmation call earlier in the day, I asked if I need to book a table at the bar, I was told it wasn't necessary and that I could just walk in. Despite being relatively empty, the drinks took another 10 minutes to arrive, with still no word if we could stay at our seats. Finally, when our drinks arrived and I asked if we could stay at the table, I was told that they had to make some re-arrangments, but we could stay. The attitude of the staff was rather off-putting and snotty. I would advise people to go to the bar next door if you want to have drinks before or after your dinner.

1 review so far 5
22.07.2016 08:10

Great bar, great restaurant great food. Our waiter was very well informed. 2 suggestions: Make it clear which dishes have peanuts in the preparation - our son is seriously peanut allergic and if he hadn't asked he would have been served a dish with a peanut presentation When I was called to confirm the reservation I was told 'no shorts, no flip flops. THe table next to ours had 2 guys in ...shorts and flip flops (und using their phones throughout the meal' - if you have a dress code please stick to it Apart from that it was great and we will be back - to be honest the standard of fine dining in Singapore is very very low so Aura is a welcome find

1 review so far 6
14.05.2016 23:39

Fantastic experience at Aura. The service was impeccable and top notch, from one of the waiters who suggested a more intimate table, to the surprise anniversary cake, to one of the staff who took our luggage we had up to Aura lounge. The pasta mains were excellent, as was the green salad with apple and truffles. The octopus unfortunately was tasteless, even though the texture was just right.

1 review so far 6
23.11.2016 23:27

Service level; simply excellent. Food: excellent. The fact that you have dinner in "usual too cold aircon" (which normal for Singapore) but then afterwards go upstairs and have after dinner drinks outside with fantastic view, is amazing. Price level: semi expensive but extremely fair compared to overall experience! Finally, the relaxed and quiet surroundings during dinner are nice but still stylish and informal at the same time. Most semi / expensive restaurants in Singapore are not worth and second visit - Aura is. See you soon!

1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 16:33

Food was great, especially the Grilled Octopus we got as a starter. We also had the Parma Ham. This was nice too but felt the Octopus was better. Had a steak that was not on the main menu. Nicely done and rate it highly though have to say that it is not the best around. We were also recommended a sea urchin pasta which sounded interesting but decided to keep it for another time. Good selection of wines. For dessert, we had the Pannacotta and the Cheese Cake. Both were a nice, light way to end off the meal. Great ambience and atmosphere. Service staff are very friendly and they give excellent service. Special mention to Push - thank you for your recommendations. Would also recommend a visit to the Sky Lounge for drinks before dinner. Good panoramic view of the city from City Hall through Marina Bay to Raffles Place and overlooking the Padang. Go early for happy hour prices. Would definitely visit again.

1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 09:10

My Sister and I celebrated National Sister's Day at Aura. What a beautiful place. The staff especially the one who served us was very attentive and quickly took note when my sister asked if there was anything that was gluten free on the menu. The chef was amazing, he made gluten free bread and two different kinds of pasta for her. We especially enjoyed the crab pasta, it was delish! We will definitely come back again.

1 review so far 5
14.08.2016 00:10

Had a pleasant evening at Aura. Service was exceptional and the food was great as well, especially the desserts! Was celebrating my wife's birthday and they prepared a surprise cake for her. Lovely touch to mark a wonderful experience at Aura. Suggest to head up to the Sky Lounge to have a view of the Marina Bay too!

2 reviews so far 5
03.04.2016 09:04

Aura was lovely! The food was great, brunch set was a real value for money. We also loved the aka carte octopus starter 😍. Our server Shafiq was also very helpful and friendly, helping us to change our order once we realized we had ordered a pasta that was already included in the brunch set. 😊 additionally, as we were celebrating a birthday they put a little happy birthday sign and candle on birthday boy's dessert! overall a great experience!

1 review so far 3
09.05.2016 08:12

Hmm, it was Just really odd that a family would bring four toddlers to dinner at a place like Aura at 7pm on a Friday evening. They either miss-read the restaurant as Swenson's or it was an act of extraordinary self-entitlement and arrogance. We felt for the wait-staff who were clearly embarrassed and for the young couple on an early date who had to endure the shrieks and cries. We would love to know what on earth the toddlers found on the menu to satisfy them? Or perhaps they bought their own? The food was lovely though the beef carpaccio needed more seasoning for my taste. Sadly, we ate quickly and left for the lounge upstairs given the circus troupe and appreciated the attention of the front-of-house team to find us a table.

1 review so far 6
14.04.2016 23:12

This was me and my wife first time at Aura restaurant and I will say the service and the food was the best. Just a bit sad that the restaurant very noise but if you think on the brighter side which is good. Reason because it's full house. We'll sure visit this restaurant again for our next Anniversary again.

1 review so far 5
12.07.2016 09:59

Ordered Scallops Crudo (didn't realised that Crudo meant raw) as appetiser, sea bass and cod as main and also had the Baileys & Hazelnut Feuillantine. Loved the fishes as it was properly done and fresh and the dessert helped to round up the meal. The only complain the lady had was that the scallop was raw but that was our fault for not finding out what Crudo meant. Service was good and the captain was gregarious and humorous. The place was packed even on a Monday evening, so it's probably not a place you want to go if you want a quiet evening with your partner. Nonetheless, we still had a great time there and do walk up to the 6th level to take in the city view.

1 review so far 4
31.03.2016 19:15

Very good service, we were ushered to our table quickly and efficiently, given the menu and order for 2 set lunches taken promptly by smiling and gracious staff. Restaurant has a lovely decor though acoustics weren't the best, very noisy as sounds were echoed. Food though reasonably priced was ordinary, a tad heavy and creamy as both the artichoke cream soup and prawn pasta were heavy on the cream. Dessert of chocolate cake slices with nuts and berries was well-presented but some of the nuts didn't taste that fresh. Coffee too thick for our taste but the slices of toast that came before the soup were crunchy and delicious. Perhaps the ala carte selections were better, but I believe the set lunch usually is a good indicator of general food quality. As a frequent traveller to Italy, perhaps spoilt by the exacting standards there but all the hype led us to expect more.

1 review so far 5
12.08.2016 11:14

A very cosy restaurant to dine in and the foods are nice. Set in a sophisticated and posh combination of polished brass and bronze, this 90-seater restaurant namedAura is illuminated by dim lights to create an intimate ambience. Pretty, flowery cushions give a vivacious touch to the quiet elegance of the restaurant, and service crew is personable as well as knowledgeable.

1 review so far 4
14.08.2016 11:07

Brownie points for Aura's location in the gallery and amazing view of MBS in the distance. If you want to impress your tourist guests, this is a great choice. Food and service were overall good - standout dishes for our table included the serving of complimentary bread (cliche, yes, but we enjoyed the fluffy texture), wagyu carpaccio and my pasta with foie gras and truffle (this was recommended, not featured on menu).

4 reviews so far 3
13.06.2016 08:34

Sorry for late review. My second visit to Aura. Overall experience was not as good as the first. Put it down to an inexperienced server, who forgot to serve bread until asked; did not replenish drinks until asked; did not inform us of wait-time for our choice of dessert etc. My steak, for which I paid a supplement, was not done correctly. Whole meal was very drawn out as a result. Otherwise, there were some good dishes and the senior staff made an effort to overcome obvious oversight of our server.

2 reviews so far 6
26.07.2016 16:20

Our trip to Aura was fantastic. From the service (attentiveness, engagement, follow-through) to the variety on the menu, to the quality of the food, everything was fit for the occasion. Not to mention the view. Everyone should have at least a one-time experience at AURA.

1 review so far 5
13.06.2016 08:57

Lack of service excellence takes away from the stellar food, but still giving Aura a 5 and will recommend to others. I had the cod; my husband, the sirloin. Presentation, flavours, and portions highly satisfying. Tiramisu a bit heavy for me. Head to Smoke and Mirrors for a pre or post dinner drink.

1 review so far 6
13.10.2016 09:32

When I booked online and requested a window seat, I had no expectation, but, upon arrival we were shown to a lovely window seat, left alone to chat and view the menus. We ordered and the entrees arrived perfectly, followed by mains, the dining never felt rushed or too slow. Service was of a high standard. Meals were all served together and included the side dishes. The view is amazing and the staff were very attentive. Highly recommended for small or large groups, local or visiting guests.

4 reviews so far 4
24.10.2016 17:49

Food: The food here is really tasty, we were satisfied with all our choices of appetizers, pasta and mains. Drinks: They have an extensive wine list but some bottles are upwards of $1,000. They seem to try a little too hard pushing the wine. Ambience: The restaurant was really busy, it was surprisingly loud inside which unfortunately chipped away at the elegance of the place. Not as 'fine dining' as you'd expect, but it's a chic place. Price: For the price, the portions are reasonable, food is really tasty so you do get what you pay for. Overall: Nice experience, worth a try, I'd go back for the food at a less busy time! Tip: Get a drink at the sky lounge before starting your meal at the restaurant.

5 reviews so far 5
28.08.2016 11:18

My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Aura on a Saturday evening. The ambience was excellent. We had the set dinner with a bottle of Prosecco. After the dinner, we went upstairs to the Sky lounge. The night view was excellent. We both enjoyed the experience very much.

1 review so far 5
27.07.2016 23:14

Enjoyed my experience at Aura with my family. The ambience is lovely, the food is great, but the service could be better. (Sufficient attention was given to proper decorum but the servers' attitudes and brisk manner of chucking menus at our tables without a word repeatedly were slightly off-putting.)

1 review so far 5
15.10.2016 10:15

The ambience is very classy. Most of the lunch crowd seem to be executives who are working around the area. We decided to go for the set lunch as it was very good value. I have to say that we were not disappointed. The portions were good and the presentation was what you would expect in a place like this. Service was acceptable, neither bad nor outstanding. The chef actually came and said hi to the diners which I thought was very nice.I would recommend this place to those who want a business lunch or even among friends.

3 reviews so far 6
25.04.2016 15:31

Lunch set is a terrific value for money meal with 4 courses. The succulent scallop starter was fresh and tasty with salmon roe and urchin sauce . Followed by pasta called trofie in delicious truffle porcini sauce. Choice of black cod or sirloin for main course . The grilled beef was tender and juicy. Finished with refreshing dessert of mango sorbet , chocolate millefeuille with raspberry . Beautifully presented and service staff was very attentive and prompt with each course .

1 review so far 4
19.04.2016 15:16

Aura has an excellent ambience. The interior design is elegant especially the marble divider between seats. Service is good. Unfortunately, my duck confit came without the crispy skin and the accompanied wine pear was hard. Other than that, it is a nice place for business lunch and friends gathering especially at this grand refreshed old parliment house of Singapore.

4 reviews so far 5
09.04.2016 17:54

My guests have a great time at Aura. Food and service were good. They shared that they will return with their family. Only small thing is they have forgotten it was my friend's Bdae hence no surprise candle on the desert. This is my return trip !

1 review so far 5
26.03.2016 09:04

Carefully thought out menu with just enough options. Pasta amazing. Great ambience. Extensive Italian wine list. We did have a problem when we were brought the incorrect year for the Italian red wine that we ordered. Perhaps they thought we wouldn't notice but my brother is a bit of an Italian wine buff and picked it up immediately. They actually didn't have the year that we had ordered at all so not sure why they didn't just tell us that. Overall a good experience but watch the wine availability.

13 reviews so far 3
29.09.2016 00:51

Well, with all the good ratings and popular demand, we were expecting better service and food quality, but were honestly disappointed. 1st service staffs were slow, we had to ask a few times for attention and for our orders. We were seated at the sky lounge which is ok cause it's nice but I was not asked to taste the bottle of wine which I ordered and my glass was left empty for a while. Honestly for a lounge, this is unacceptable. Worst of all, when we ordered the beef, the service staff did not even ask doneness of the beef. 😞 Best part, when 2 of 3 of the beefs were served, they were over done from what we wanted and we had no choice but to return as they were really too tough. So we were really disappointed though the ambience was nice. What a waste...

7 reviews so far 4
20.05.2016 10:49

Located at National Gallery, I believe every visitors would have high expectations and so were we. Booked the table 1 month in advanced and we did we have one of the best booth table in the restaurant but the table design so terribly which the waiter could not reach further in for dish delivery or water re-filling. Secondly, the food was quite salty that we need to send one of the mains back for different dish; another pork dish was even cold in the middle was also sent back. It would be a lovely place for date night with not as high expectations but personally i will not visit again

1 review so far 5
26.07.2016 12:44

My friends and I were first time to Aura. We were there for a gathering. The ambience and food was great. The service was so-so; may be it was a Friday evening and the restaurant was fully occupied. I would come again. Thumb up!

1 review so far 5
31.03.2016 14:07

We had an enjoyable birthday lunch over at Aura. Attentive staff noticed me giving my lunch partner her birthday present, he presented our dessert with a candle to celebrate. We like our crabmeat salad and Beef Sirloin. Overall great ambience, great food, good price.

2 reviews so far 6
24.10.2016 11:32

We didn't end up eating at the restaurant. We saw the lounge and fell in love with the view and ambience so we grabbed the bar food there. The pulled pork was tender and flavourful, but we didnt really enjoy the calamari - it was kind of tasteless and limp, not crispy, and just tasted of fried batter. The truffle burger sliders were nice but found the bread a bit dense and hard.

1 review so far 5
29.05.2016 22:32

Went for the Sunday Brunch menu. Service was good, servers were attentive and infomative. Food was tasty and portions for the starters were generous. Tried all the mains as we went as a group of 5. The smoked duck main came with a well sized foie gras making it really value for money. Was rather disappointed with the beef main. With a top up of $22, I was only served 3 silvers of meat. That said, the dish was well prepared and the beef had good marbling.

1 review so far 4
07.04.2016 11:54

Overall experience at the restaurant is okay. The 5 of us enjoyed our time at Auro, the waiter is humorous and friendly and knowlegeable about their menu and wine list. He chilled our champagne and helped reserved a table at the Sky Lounge for dessert and drink after dinner. There were a few setbacks that could be improved. 1. The waiters/waitresses all appear very busy rushing around and it is hard to catch their attention. 2. The tiny little saucer containing few drops of balsamic vinegar and olive oil is real pathetic and call for replenishment was not met, perhaps forgotten. They have good bread though.

5 reviews so far 5
30.07.2016 20:11

Food was amazing... We loved the truffles. Wine selection is excellent. We went by the glass and it was great too. Had a drink at the roof bar afterward. All in all a great date night. Aura is now in our rotation.

3 reviews so far 5
04.04.2016 00:06

Appetisers: the scallop crudo was nothing spectacular, needed more acid to mask the raw taste. The truffle salad was surprisingly good though, with an aromatic and strong truffle taste . The caviar and crayfish pasta, as well as the oxtail pasta dishes were good. The chestnut panna cotta with Mandarin coulis was a nice way to finish off the meal with something light, especially after the heavy pasta. Service was attentive and prompt. The restaurant was rather noisy and packed at lunch time though.

1 review so far 6
06.04.2016 23:49

We were there to celebrate a friend's birthday and a delicious tiramisu (on the house) topped with a candle was presented as a surprise to the birthday girl. We were served by Suraj, who was incredibly attentive packed with wit and humor. Of course the food never fails to disappoint. Nicely portioned with balanced flavours, which brought out the freshness of the ingredients. Overall it was a pleasing experience.

3 reviews so far 6
02.06.2016 14:34

It's been a while since I had pasta this good. The Artisanal ones were packed quite a flavour without being overwhelming, while the Traditional ones felt very rustic and what my friend said "brought him back to his trip to Italy". Ambience was overall lovely, and the host/waiters were al very helpful in explaining some of the more unknown Italian cuisine jargons. Would love to go back soon.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2016 10:05

Excellent service. Good quality of tasty food and satisfying meal for a family dinner of 4. Had an enjoyable night dining at Aura. After dinner can have a walk at the national gallery.

1 review so far 6
06.08.2016 21:45

Great service! Thanks for the birthday cake. It means a lot for the customer! Im glad and proud that I choose Aura as the restaurant for birthday celebration. Authentic food with good portion.

1 review so far 6
19.07.2016 11:03

The food and service were very good. Waiters were attentive and prompt. Food portions were quite generous and the tastes were rich and met our expectations. While it was slightly noisy, we weren't too bothered by it as the atmosphere was relaxing. Everyone was there for good conversations and good food. For two of us, we shared the tuna tartare, sea urchin pasta and beef sirloin.

1 review so far 5
29.06.2016 15:36

Great food, good service. Only advice is don't confuse Aura restaurant with Aura lounge as the restaurant does not share the same view over the padang.

1 review so far 6
25.01.2017 10:50

Amazing place to spend time with family or friends. Food is awesome and service is great. Paolo made sure, we have a great evening. Thank you Aura and thank you Paolo.

1 review so far 6
14.10.2016 16:28

We had an enjoyable evening at Aura with excellent service, sumptuous food and beautiful ambiance. I am glad to have chosen this restaurant to host our business partner from Indonesia.