Singapore is prone to this kind of thing, things like situating an upbeat, modern Italian trattoria-style bar and restaurant in a venerable part of Chinatown and having it succeed beyond all expectation. Singapore is a food and drink-oriented island, and SONS is a product of this foodie environment. Made a reality by the same people that brought you Osteria Art, a downtown venue that oozes old world charm, SONS is a project that doesn’t dispense entirely with an atmosphere of sophistication even as it cranks the tempo up a notch. Expect SONS China Square Central premises, best accessed from Cross Street, to be buzzing until late at night.
China Square Central is one of Singapore’s premier retail destinations. The old Chinatown shophouses have been refurbished and in some cases repurposed, modern glass-and-steel manifestations of traditional Chinese architecture have sprung up, and now the area embraces the globalism that is at the very heart of The Little Red Dot. Therefore it should be no surprise that you can find a trendy, contemporary interpretation of the traditional Italian trattoria – a casual bar and bistro-style restaurant – housed within. SONS is an exciting place to experience Italian hospitality and gastronomy, and for lovers of convenient good times it’s open until 1am during the week and 2am on Saturdays.
SONS food menu is a delight, concise and pointing straight as an arrow at the heart of authentic Italian cuisine from cosy quarters in Singapore’s China Square Central. Appetisers and main courses are sorted according to terrestrial provenance – harvests (vegetarian dishes like smoked caciocavallo with honey and walnuts), from the sea (grilled whole Italian seabass with rucola for two), from the land (Italian cheese platters, Wagyu beef carpaccio or grilled grass-fed beef sirloin tagliata), plus house-made artisanal pasta, dolci (unmissable gelato and tiramisu) and breads with EVO and balsamic. There are special deals scattered through the week and discounts for larger bookings that are guaranteed to maintain a steady flow of foodies to SONS Cross Street, Chinatown location – needless to say, bookings are strongly advised.
We ordered the uni carbonara and tagliatelle duck ragù & foie gras. Needless to say it was a satisfying meal. I thought the interiors of the bar could be more brightly lit (diners were perpetually shrouded in the near-dark) and the coffee-making must improve. Otherwise, it was an enjoyable experience!
The food was great, the service staff was very friendly and attentive. Made us feel very comfortable. A great place to eat, drink and catch-up with friends! Try it!
Service is good, food is great and drinks are at good value. Always a good time here
Food was good. Staff service attentive, accommodating and friendly. Food recommendations by waitress was excellent, especially the starters. Environment was cozy. I will visit again
The food was good, but not great. The 1 for 1 taco deal was great. The appetizers were interesting and tasted slightly above average. I really enjoyed the roasted squash with rocket leaves however, the pasta was a bit of a downer. It had a nice taste to it because I really enjoy the truffle taste but it was just that. I like the simplicity but wished that there was a bit more sauce because it tasted a bit dry. The music was a little bit too loud but had a good choice of songs. Overall, an average dining experience which could be better. I may come back but with so many other interesting and better restaurants, I rather take my money elsewhere. I came because it had an interesting menu. Didn't quite deliver. Although the waitress who served my table was great, I forget her name though. Another thing, for some reason, it was really hard to find it. They should make a sign that says &SONS in front.
I had the Grilled Beef Steak today, and overall it was good - the steak I ordered was medium-rare and the potatoes were perfectly soft yet crunchy. However, just a note that the steak was not consistently medium-rare throughout; at one end it was almost rare. Also it would have been good to have more potatoes as compared to the salad they gave on the side; the salad was quite tough to manage as it was a lot and quite long (the ends stuck out as I tried to eat them). Otherwise, friendly and efficient staff, prompt receipt of food and water was given without needing to ask. Very good value for money.
Went with a friend on Friday night and it was pleasantly uncrowded. The decor of the place is great, service was also very good. We had a bottle of wine recommended by the waitress - the Nero Di Troia Puglia. Pretty good wine but on the sweet side. I had the wagyu beef ravioli, my friend had the duck confit and we shared the chocolate lava cake after. The ravioli was nicely done but would've liked a more meaty/beefy flavour. The duck confit was good but nothing spectacular. The chocolate lava cake was delicious! Overall a very good dining experience, would go back a 2nd time.
The place is actually not too bad, the food's relatively good & the drinks are quite value for money. The only downside is that I should have sat outside so that I can still have a proper conversation with my friends whilst the live band is playing (because I sat just beside the live band). The band is good but over all it was a good first visit and will be back (especially to try out the set lunches!).
After reading the reviews, I was excited to try this eatery, and booked two days before arriving, (on a Monday night). When we arrived there was one other table seated, and we were provided the guests of the night seating, at the entrance to the bar service hatch and under a noisy aircon (why book I ask myself). The menu was fairly interesting, but I would rate the food as marginally above average Italian as interpreted by non Italians. It was quiet and no vibe. I’d have no reason to go back, although my meal was exactly as ordered.
Went to &SONS for lunch on a weekday. The lunch sets are pretty affordably priced and portions are very generous. They had quite a few options for both pasta and meats. Good food, fast service at a decent price