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Buko Nero

126 Tanjong Pagar Road
Singapore 088534
Tel: 65 6324 6225's insider take:

Buko Nero can be roughly translated as "hole in the wall" in Italian. And though it does only have 20 seats, the monthlong wait to get a table clearly places this Tanjong Pagar restaurant far out of the realm of your common dive. This is a foodie haven that mixes Italian and Asian flavors in dishes like minestrone soup with silken tofu and minced beef ravioli made with truffle oil and wonton skins. Venetian chef Oscar Pasinato does not tread lightly on spice in dishes like pumpkin and crab soup and pan-fried bean curd topped with a cornucopia of snow peas, carrot slivers, sprouts, and spinach leaves.

Open Tuesdays through Thursdays 6:30 to 9:30 pm, Fridays and Saturdays noon to 2 pm and 6:30 to 9:30 pm.

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