Updated: Oct 5
Rosette Media Tasting Panel Rating : 9.3/10
LUCE ON THE PRODUCE, LUCE ON THE CRAFT, LUCE ON YOUR PLATE.
Traditional Italian cuisine meets purity and simplicity in an art form - where flavours, taste, structure and freshness juxtapose with seasonal produce, colour, warmth, familiarity and creativity. The culmination of many years of training are conveyed in a distinctive menu that is characteristic of modern innovation in Italian cuisine. Chef de Cuisine Davide Giacomelli’s training under the tutelage of multiple Michelin-starred chefs throughout his career pays homage to his initial love affair - the sight, scent and flavours of classic Italian cooking at his father’s restaurant in the quaint town of Sirmione, ‘the pearl’ of Lake Garda.
Davide has gained experience working at different restaurants, including Michelin starred restaurants Trattoria Vecchia Lugana, La Speranzina Restaurant & Relais and Villa Cortine Palace Hotel in Italy; he also worked in Monaco with one Michelin-starred restaurant Le Vistamar, located inside Hôtel Hermitage. Subsequently, he moved to Paris and worked with Le Diane, a one-Michelin starred restaurant, and also at Le Meurice Alain Ducasse, a three- Michelin-starred restaurant.
Chef Davide challenged me on my rating score when we visited him one quaint noon time, and the type of audit rating that I would bestow upon him, given my many years of hospitality, in fine cuisine with a multitude of food tastings, and opening boutique hotels all over Asia; I like this sort of confidence in a culinary chef, it shows that there is no limit, as that means he understands technique, delivery, cooking methods, temperature - key traits that govern a superior dish!
A-la Carte Menu
You can have the choice of a semi-buffet lunch that goes for $48++ per adult and $22++ per child or you can go straight to the a la carte menu, which was our natural choice. We were tempted by the Crudo di Capesante, which was delivered in a bed of carpaccio garnished with horseradish, celery and daikon on top of seasoned Hokkaido scallop, neatly and thinly sliced pieces; the sharing from Chef Davide, on this dish, make it more tasty, and super exquisite.
Next, we had another starter, the Polpo e Ceci, I get fascinated when I see the way octopus is cooked and presented in Spanish and Italian restaurants, so when this was brought to us - nicely done is classique Sicilian style, cooked and pan-roasted with chickpea puree (what a delightful mash) and fresh salad - it was crispy on the outside, almost burnt taste but not roasted black, yet tender on the bite, a testament to Chef Davide's expression and culinary expertise.
Following this, we ordered the Acquerello Lobster, which comprise a lovely round dish of Carnaroli rice that is cooked for hours to absorb the natural goodness of lobster stock from a Boston Lobster; honestly, the best risotto I have eaten in my many years of gourmet premium tasting and degustation!
Our Secondi, which is always my highlight in any Italian restaurant, was their Entrecote di Wagyu Australiano MB6-7 weighing 200g, packed with juicy split jus, and nicely pan-seared to medium rare, was a "Carrara" Wagyu beef entrecote that is cooked a la planca, with sufficient marbling, overspilling with that nice fatty ensemble tucked with a tender meat resonance. We had the choice of one or two contorni (side dishes), so we chose one which was termed Asparagi - aptly Asparagus prepared in two styles - the pairing was absolute with the marbling cut of the MB6 - Just Marvelous!
Following the starters, risotto and secondi, we didn't have any more space for the pastas, the pizzas and other super palatable dishes on the menu; we didn't even have space for dessert, so that means we have to come back again, which was the whole idea!
International Champagne Brunch Buffet
On every Sunday and first Saturday of each month between 12 to 3pm, LUCE presents an enticing relaunch of its popular Italian or Frnehc Champagne Brunch; an expanded selection of international flavours with highlights on Italian specialities. Diners can truly embark on a gastronomic journey that transcends borders, embracing flavours from various cuisines while savouring the beloved Italian dishes that have made the restaurant a culinary favourite.
Along with Live Music or DJ set with cool trendy vibe music, the Sunday brunch comes with an unlimited array of seafood, comprising of premium snow crab leg, freshly shucked oysters and mussels, Boston lobster and tiger prawns, a wide selection of tipples including Aperol Spritz, Prosecco, Champagne. In the Cheese room, there is a wide selection of Italian imported cheese and cold cuts, together with fresh honey and hand tossed Italian pinsas, and in the meat corner, there are meat carvings of roasted Angus beef striploin, roasted chestnuts, Orecchia di' Elefante Lombardy's signature veal chop, Italian beef stew, egg a L'Amatriciana. In the dessert selectione, there is the Luce-Misu, Nutella Bomboloni, chunchy choux pastries.
We were very pleased with the dynamic spread, with a huge diversity of Italian, International and some local delights like the Old Cucumber Pork Rib Soup, which was absolutely tasty, being a Cantonese (who drinks soup on a daily basis), and this to me actually went very well with the seafood on display, and meats that were in full abundance, the Italian spreads were so juicy and tasty, and truly reminiscent of an era gone by, traditionelle la formidable!
$168++ with free flow Bauget-Jouette Champagne, Aperol Spritz and selected cocktails and wines
$148++ with free flow Prosecco, Peroni Beer, and soft drinks
$108++ with free flow soft drinks, juices, coffee and tea
$38++ for children aged between 3 to 5 years old
$68++ for children aged between 6 to 11 years old
Chef Davide invites guests to experience an authentic Italian dining experience at the InterContinental® Singapore. either a la Carte or Champagne Brunch, go check it out! it's superb! Buon appetito!
LUCE by Davide Giacomelli
Located in: InterContinental Singapore 80 MIDDLE ROAD, SINGAPORE 188966
Hours A LA CARTE LUNCH Tuesday – Saturday 12:00pm to 2:30pm SEMI-BUFFET LUNCH Tuesday – Saturday 12:00pm to 2:30pm (Last order at 2:00pm) DINNER Tuesday – Sunday Bar operates from 5:30pm for pre-dinner drinks 6:00pm to 10:00pm (Last order at 9:30pm) INTERNATIONAL CHAMPAGNE BRUNCH BUFFET Every Sunday and first Saturday of each month 12:00pm to 3:00pm Advance reservations are recommended
Enquiries +65 6825 1061 firstname.lastname@example.org