Amarone is a stronghold in Singapore for the twin pillars of fine Italian food and fine Italian wine. There is, indeed, a pillar of wine holding up the ceiling of Amarone’s Tanjong Pagar restaurant, from which you may very carefully select a bottle. No, it’s probably best to ask the professional staff lest you threaten the structural integrity of what has become a landmark in the city’s dining scene. Even better would be to learn all about what you’re drinking alongside your meal – Amarone has played host to some of the world’s best sommeliers at their wine appreciation dinners. More than simply a restaurant, Amarone’s Robinson Road premises represent a gourmand’s paradise – there’s a whole lot more than fine dining to indulge in here.
Amarone takes its name from the rich and dry Italian red wine made from the partly-dried Corvina, Rondinella and Molinara varietals. It’s a perfect title for a restaurant that offers a truly full-bodied, total gourmet experience, whether or not you’re sitting down to a meal here at one of Singapore’s best Italian restaurants. From its in-house deli, where you can purchase artisanal Italian produce to take home, Amarone’s simplest offering is a selection of gourmet sandwiches. Build your own, choosing from dressings like Amarone’s signature mayo, mustard, balsamic cream, paprika and lemon, then selecting a filling (Crudo, Coppa, Mortadella, Caprese and more) and an authentic Italian cheese (Taleggio, Parmesan, Provolone, Fontina…). Another delightfully simple way to enjoy Amarone is to head over at the working week’s end for its Aperitivo Fridays, with Italian beer, spritzers, wines, and prosecco alongside unlimited canapes. It’s micro-events like these that have made Amarone a destination among Tanjong Pagar locals.
The real Amarone magic happens when diners order from the restaurant’s classically-structured a la carte menu. Antipasti, salads, soups, pasta and risotto, main courses and desserts cover many bases when it comes to regional Italian cuisine. Highlights include the vongole, steamed clams in a white wine sauce, and the butcher’s plate of cold cuts, just for starters. You can scale up a classic burrata Pugliese salad (burrata cheese, Parma ham, melon and mixed salad) depending on your appetite or the size of your party, while the simple and delicious risotto allo scoglio will have Singapore’s seafood fans drooling. Mains include the Sicilian sea bass, Milanese-style pork chops, and the juniper-infused lamb T-bone steak. Yet another way to get acquainted with this popular spot down Tanjong Pagar’s Robinson Road is the gourmet set lunch menu, regularly changed, that offers diners an affordable way to journey through Amarone’s distinctive Italian dishes.
good service, the staff knows to recommend. Got a good gappa collection.
always a joy to dine here. great staff and food
exclusive experience with great food and service! will come back
Always my go to restaurant when I m in Singapore! Primarily because of the accessibility and good quality. Will def be back in no time.
Had dinner here with my family to celebrate my daughter's graduation on Sunday - I think we found a gem of a restaurant - tucked in a corner at Capital Tower! We had the Calamari and Burrata as starters - both very good recommendations of the staff there! Really liked the way they were prepared - the Calamari was coated with a special batter that had milk in it and fried till crispy and fluffy. The Burrata was done in a special way with the celery pumped with gas to give it body! These were followed by 2 Beef Cheeks, 1 Roast Lamb, 1 Sea Bass and 1 Lobster Pasta (you may refer to their website to see the menu for the full names) as mains. Our votes would go to the Beef Cheek (which have been braised for 36 hours until they are super tender and then doused with a special wine sauce), and the Roast Lamb - which was done just right and also very tender. Desserts included Tiramisu (how not to order this in an Italian restaurant?) and their 'deconstructed' Lemon Meringue Tart (it's a bit hard to describe - so you have to go try to understand). No regrets! Really good quality stuff here! All in all, we had a very enjoyable evening with excellent food, and excellent staff - special mention here for Shawn - who was always attentive and gave very good recommendations, plus some side entertainment with his humour :) Thanks Shawn! You brought our dining experience one notch up! Will certainly recommend this restaurant for a memorable celebration!
I'm very impressed with the service, particularly that of Ms Vera, one of the service staff. She called me on the day of my dinner to confirm the reservation and asked whether there was any special occasion. I informed her that it was my boyfriend's birthday and she said there would be a complimentary slice of cake, e.g. chocolate cake or cheesecake. We're kinda watching our diet at the moment, so I asked if there was anything on the "healthier" side. She suggested fruits, which I was agreeable to, but thought it would probably be served as a fruit platter, like what most other restaurants do, or if they didn't have other options, they might still serve us a slice of cake. When it finally came at the end of the dinner, I was really surprised to see a very nicely designed fruit structure design, which really looked pretty. Really appreciate the effort that Vera and the chef put in to make the presentation of the fruits so beautiful! Also, it was a very nice touch to place a birthday card at our table before we arrived. And not just a birthday card, there was a personally handwritten birthday message inside! Two thumbs (and eight fingers) up for their excellent service!
Good food with cosy ambience. Ordered the fried calamari and prawns for starters, and the seafood risotto and beef cheeks for the mains. The food arrived shortly after ordering. The calamari and prawns were succulent, with a tasty arrabiata dip that was not overpowering. The risotto was done just right, with the right amount of bite, and a generous serving of seafood. The beef cheeks were the best; simply melts in the mouth. The dessert of the day was passion fruit sorbet on a bed of whipped cream, crushed meringues and sliced almonds. The medley of flavours from the dessert ingredients blended nicely together to end the meal on a satisfying note. The service staff were attentive and made diners feel at home. Will definitely return to eat at Amarone.
Classy ambiance with super high ceilings; appropriate for a romantic dinner or corporate lunch. We tried the duck ragu tagliatelle and beef cheeks. I liked that the handmade tagliatelle was al dente and of great texture, but wished there was abit more sauce to accompany the pasta as it felt a tad dry towards the end. The beef cheeks were quite nice; the smaller pieces were more tender and thoroughly braised, while the bigger piece was leaning towards the dry side. Service was pleasant overall, my only little gripe was that the service staff should have asked if we were done before clearing our plates. That said, the burrata and calamari looked good and we would try those if we visit again.
Nice cosy restaurant a great celling. We were in a group of 6. Inform the service staff that we wish to try more dishes in smaller portions. We had fried calamari & seafood prawns, Risotto, Soup, Burrata Pugliese salad & dessert was good.. For main we had seafood & 2kg Tomahawk Steak with a bottle of Red wine. I have tried Tomahawk from Bedrock & Bistecca Tuscan which were supposed to be the best. But i must say the Tomahawk at Amorane was great as well. Service staff was attentive and welcoming. We would have preferred a different table as seated just in front of the wine cabinet which was a little distracting. If not for an European customer making a fuss on services for whatever reason, it would have been a great night. Left a small tip. Am thinking of booking a table for 6 pax again on 14/12/15.
We went there for my birthday and they had a birthday card on the table. Very nice gesture with a personalised message. At the end of the meal, we also received a free dessert which tasted very nice. They have some good Italian wines by the glass, we tasted several and the prosecco is pretty good as well. We ordered different antipasti to share to start with and all of them were good. Our main courses were also good with both of us going for a good pasta dish. Really good. Dessert was excellent as well with an above average tiramisu. All in all a very nice dining experience and the staff is very very friendly and helpful, something which seems harder and harder to find in busy Singapore.