il Cielo

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Savour authentic Italian cuisine such as our home-made Burrata cheese and pastas prepared with the finest natural and organic produce. Guests will be able to enjoy scenic views of the city skyline.

581 Orchard Road
Level 24 Hilton Singapore
Singapore 238883

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12:00pm - 10:30pm

07:00pm - 10:30pm

07:00pm - 10:30pm

12:00pm - 10:30pm

12:00pm - 10:30pm

12:00pm - 10:30pm

12:00pm - 10:30pm

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Had the staycation deal here and the food was extremely enjoyable. I’m not one to do course meals due to the expectations of the small food portions, but I was pleasantly full at the end of the meal.

Had the amuse bouche and a starter platter of assorted items. It was followed by this tasty buttered lettuce salad topped with chicken soup, making the entire thing taste so delicious. It was followed by a lobster and truffle pasta, which was so savoury and was easily one of the best pastas I have had. Mains were slightly underwhelming, with roast duck and foie gras as one choice, and roasted squid as the other. Dessert was a whole plate of yogurt made desserts, which wasn’t exactly my favourite but still enjoyable.

Chef’s signature homemade spaghetti, Hokkaido sea urchin, Sardinia Bottarga, Yuzu | $48

This fell incredibly short of expectations. The homemade pasta was reminiscent of Chinese egg noodles and the sauce was forgettable.

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Hokkaido Uni with handmade spaghetti. This dish was sublime. The creamy sweetness of the Uni went deliciously well with the spaghetti which had a nice bite and was cooked just right.

Amazing Italian food with a Japanese twist. This was Japanese squid with Japanese egg, squidink grissini and ikura. The squid was wrapped around the egg yolk, such that upon cutting the squid the egg yolk flowed out beautifully. The crunchy grissini complemented the smooth squid in terms of texture. The ikura gave the dish salty bursts of flavor. A dish to remember.

- Bruschetta al Pomodoro e Burrata: Really pretty dish looking like spring landed on a plate! Tomato sorbet made the flavours & textures interesting
- Cappellini Burro e Timo: The seafood flavour of the lobster was really strong in the sauce, giving it the extra seafood kick.
- Miyazaki Wagyu A4: Host’s recommendation of this dish is perfect! Would have this again on next visit. The meat was so tender and flavourful!
- Tramonto: We called this clouds on a plate because the gelato and yogurt looked like patches of clouds on the plate with pretty blue swirls
- La sfera: Don’t forget to mix in the lemon sorbet hiding in the middle of the ball!

Also had small bites with compliments from Chef Sasa. Super cute - like a garden on the table, and each had very interesting taste. Felt really fun deciphering the ingredients.

Restaurant was recently renovated to be brighter and more open concept. Get a seat nearer to the pool to enjoy the sky view, or a table inside for a more lounge vibe.

24 floors is enough to make you forget you are in Singapore’a premium shopping district. That’s what I realised when I visited “il Cielo” (it means “the sky” in Italian) last week. This peaceful al fresco restaurant is hidden away on the rooftop of the Hilton Hotel and is a perfect spot for a date night or when you just want to have a quiet dinner with a friend. The recently renovated space which includes a private dining room, is situated right next to the pool that, thanks to clever lighting, is transformed into a glowing purplish-blue body of water that resembles installation art more than it does a recreational facility.
The kitchen is led by Japanese Chef de Cuisine Yohhei Sasaki who was born and raised in Tokyo. What differentiates him is his unique position of having made Italy his home for many years due to him working at a few Two and Three MICHELIN Starred restaurants over there (fun fact: he speaks Italian better than he does English). Little wonder he holiday-ed in Tuscany last year, and subsequently returned inspired to create special “Desgustazione Menus” (Tasting Menus) priced at $138++ per pax. However, partaking in his food is not limited to those because you can also choose from an a la carte menu or a Seasonal one (4 / 5 / 7-course: $138 / $158 / $188++).
When we dined there last week, the aim was to try a wider variety so we each got a different Tasting Menu to share. There’s one that uses Italian ingredients while the other focuses on ingredients from Japan. Here are my favourites from both menus:

1. Small bites: I adored the Bocconcini cheese with Parma ham and tomato puff, as well as the macaron with homemade foie gras terrine and 12 years balsamic vinegar.

2. Insalata alla Cacciatore: Constructed around a heart of a marinated butter lettuce are European organic chicken mousse, chicken jus sauce, dehydrated tomato powder, olive powder and mushroom mayo. This warm salad is the kind of creation that makes you stop and stare after your first bite because its deliciousness exceeds expectations.

3. Capellini Burro e Timo: Cooked in a rich buttery sauce with huge chunks of fresh lobster and finished with shaved truffle, it is an immensely enjoyable pasta. The fine al dente strands are made in classical Italian fashion on the premises.

4. Spaghetti ai Ricci di Mare: Another astounding pasta but done Japanese style. For this, Chef Sasaki uses a Ramen-making machine to produce the eggless strands (it seems this technique accentuates the semolina element). Served warm with Hokkaido uni, bottarga and yuzu, it has a lighter taste profile than the Capellini but is extremely satisfying in its own way.

5. Costina di Manzo “Miyazaki Wagyu A4”: One of the choices for the meat course in the Tasting Menu using Japanese ingredients, this boasts a piece of beautifully caramelised short rib that yields easily to a fork as it has been braised for 36 hours. The richness is cleverly combated by sautéed saffron risotto, lemon gel and an Italian parsley sauce.

6. La Sfera: A signature of Chef Sasaki, this dessert from the Japanese Tasting Menu is a refreshing Yuzu Sphere magically filled with ricotta cheese espuma, lemon sorbet and acacia honey gel. Tap firmly to break it and make sure to scoop a bit of everything for the ideal experience.

As you can tell from the above, both Tasting Menus include some really strong courses. I would say though that the pastas are the most outstanding of them, and are must-tries. Good thing is they are available a la carte as well.

I recommend doing the wine pairing (total cost of that with the Tasting Menu is $188++), or at least, having a glass with your food because “il Cielo” stocks some very lovely Italian Wines. Thanks to restaurant manager Sarah, I had the pleasure of sipping on a superb Chianti Riserva 2013.