Food Picks: Buona Terra, Bytes Station, Gary’s

The quiet Rochester area is coming back to life, and the three-month-old Italian-Japanese restaurant Gary’s is one of the early birds in the cluster.

It is the first restaurant by Taiwan-born Singaporean chef Gary Wu, a Shatec graduate with 28 years of experience in the industry. He was previously a senior sous chef at Italian restaurant Buona Terra and was also based in Brunei as a private chef.

Although the white table cloth setting sets fine-dining expectations, the prices are, thankfully, not too astronomical. Prices start at a friendly $38 for a three-course set lunch.

Appetisers include Hokkaido scallop crudo ($20) with red radish, ginger ponzu dressing; and the prettily plated Gary’s garden salad ($20), which comes with mashed potatoes, asparagus, baby corn, carrots and tomatoes.

I enjoy the grilled Iberico pork jowl ($38) with five-spiced carrot puree and pickled ginger, grilled Spanish octopus leg ($38), as well as the bamboo clam with squid ink pasta ($28) with a garlicky sauce – something different from the usual vongole pasta.

Complete a romantic date night with tiramisu ($14) or Gary’s chocolate cake ($14), flambeed with Grand Marnier.

Where: Gary’s, 41 Rochester Drive

MRT: Buona Vista

Open: 11am to 2.30pm, 6.30 to 10.30pm daily

Tel: 8920-0200

Info: garys.sg

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