You might not expect to find one of Singapore’s latest gastronomic hotspots amongst the touristy strip of Boat Quay, but find the understated door along the river and you’ll be surprised at what you find. Located on the fifth floor of this newly-restored heritage shop house is the divine, cosy kitchen and rooftop bar of Braci – the latest modern Italian venture of renowned restaurateur Beppe De Vito and the Il Lido group.
Start with drinks up on the rooftop bar, a small intimate space overlooking the river and towards Marina Bay Sands. The view is truly gorgeous and the setting so peaceful as you look out over the rooftops feeling like you’re in your own little world. They have a great cocktail list – try the G+Tea (a take on the classic with Marconi, Bombay and Monkey 47 gins blended with a ginger tea), the Sbagliatissimo (their Italian take on the Negroni) or if you’re a fan of le dolce vita you’ll love the Tiramasu, featuring vanilla infused vodka, Frangelico and a blend of homemade coffee and chocolate liqueurs.
Move down to their intimate dining space which features a fully open kitchen and seating for just 16 pax. The wait staff are highly knowledgeable and we enjoyed their explanations of all the dishes – starting with the traditional Puglian bread and accompanying olive oil, flown in from Italy, embody the true home-cooking Braci vibe.
This small space is perfect for a romantic night out, an intimate dinner with friends, or a great place to book out the whole venue with the restaurant offering just 16 seats, and the rooftop bar for 30 guests. Their degustation menus start at S$200/pp with a la carte also available. You can also bring your own vino, with Braci offering a 1-1 waiver on corkage for every bottle bought from the restaurant.