Style and shopping enclave Ferguson Lane has long been home to some great shopping opportunities like boutique florist Rosa Gallica
, shoe designer extraordinaire Mary Ching and bakery cafe Le Petit Franck but until now it lacked a bona fide dining destination of its own.
Step forward Taiwanese owner Bonnie Chen, chef Jose de Castro and consultant sommelier Jean-Marc Nolant, and the result is one very smart new all-day Italian diner that looks set to attract a whole new audience. Key to its success has been the appointment of wine importer Nolant whose interest in organic and biodynamic wines sees an eclectic Italian and Southern French 120-strong list with prices starting from RMB400.
With its own cheese and meats curing room, and home-infused limoncello slated for launch soon, the seasonally-accented menu is at its best with simple unaffected dishes like sirloin tagliata with capers and rocket, Atlantic black cod alla provenzale, and classic, rich beef Rossini with foie gras and truffled red wine reduction.
The lofty space with its large warehouse-chic windows, and metro white tiles is as perfect a perch at lunch as it is for afternoon coffee or dinner, but do save space for its excellent cheese selection, amongst which you’ll find delights like semi-hard, Italian cow's milk Toma, and traditional ‘drunken cheese’ Ubriaco from Veneto. Buon appetito!