[dropcap size=small]L[/dropcap]ocated on the fifth level of a Boat Quay heritage shophouse, away from the hustle and bustle of the ground level, the 20-seater Braci (meaning embers in Italian) is perfect for an intimate dinner.

Renowned restaurateur Beppe De Vito heads the open kitchen here. In his culinary playground, modern Italian fare with a taste of Puglia (where De Vito hails from) is the order of day.

Beautifully presented foie gras semifreddo with kumquat and fig vincotto.

On most nights, you will find him either in the dining room, personally explaining the intricacies of his menu, or working the charcoal-burning Josper oven and Japanese shichirin grill behind the sleek grey marble kitchen island. De Vito’s often quirky combination of ingredients works well, such as the abalone and sweet corn with smoked egg, or the pork cheek with blueberry sauce and sweet borettane onions. His dishes have a certain charm without being overly dramatic.

Braci is an intimate Italian restaurant located in a shophouse space at Boat Quay.

Traditional Puglian bread that’s air-flown from Italy is warmed over the grill till lightly charred and served with olive oil from De Vito’s family olive grove in Puglia. The starter of light and creamy foie gras semifreddo with kumquats and fig vincotto is delicious. Pasta dishes are a must-try: the fettucine with slivers of smoked razor clams in a Vermouth sauce is a hot favourite. But De Vito may surprise you with something special (it was a delectable uni and oscietra caviar pasta during our visit), if you are having his omakase-styled degustation menus. Service is warm and attentive without being intrusive. Wines are mainly Italian, with a selection of organic and biodynamic wines (think: exquisite reds from Tenuta Di Valgiano) and wine pairings can easily be arranged.

You may also like to have pre- or post-dinner drinks at the 30-seater rooftop bar, and admire the stunning view of the CBD and Marina Bay with a well-crafted cocktail in hand.

Level 5 and 6, 52 Boat Quay, S(048941)
T 6866 -1933

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All tastings conducted incognito with esteemed members of G’s Food Panel.