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.
Food sounds delicious?
Get a table before they're gone
Great lunch plates available for under $15, would revisit another time
Great place for a dinner date, but we were seated outside the restaurant and the waitress shut the glass sliding door, so we couldn't hear the live band after that.
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.