Sopra is the sole Sardinian restaurant in Singapore and this unique cuisine piqued my interests, coupled with some really pretty dining interiors. Located at the back of Pan Pacific Hotel Orchard, it’s actually nearer to Orchard Towers than the front lobby I would say! The bright cinematic sign glowed seductively along a quiet lane. Just a quick background, Sardinian cuisine originates from Sardinia, an island in the Mediterranean Sea and an autonomous region within Italy. Head Chef Simone Depalmas is a native Sardinian and together with him are award-winning chefs and even an in-house sommelier, doubled up as restaurant manager! An interesting team, don’t you think?
I was really in awe by the decor – a feast for my eyes! I loved the intricately-crafted ceiling tiles as well as the beautiful patterns on the floor. Plush leather seats lined the wall and on the opposite side were private booths that created an intimate dining option for patrons.
The jade green chairs had contrasted against the muted colours perfectly. How I wished my dining room was a miniature of this space!
Leather cover with gold, embossed logo. Sophistication.
Small-shaped Dumplings w Pork & A Rosemary Sauce ($26) – A signature dish at Sopra, I would highly recommend this to anyone who drops by a visit here. The pasta dumplings were rather chewy and springy and not dough-y at all, if you know what I mean. The pulled-pork was flavorsome, lending a nice play in texture, with more resistance. I personally felt that the taste of rosemary herb could be more distinct. This may be a change from our usual, classic pastas but definitely a pleasant impression it will leave.
Spaghetti w King Prawns in a Seafood Bisque Sauce ($26) – When the pasta dishes arrived, the first thought that crossed my mind was how minute the portions were. Thankfully, we were being greedy that night and had ordered 2 pastas and a pizza to share between us. After tasting both pastas, I really couldn’t decide which I liked more. This dish here had trapped all the seafood goodness within its gravy. When the menu said Seafood Bisque Sauce, they really meant it. There were even extra chunks of prawns thrown into the pasta, which explained the strong prawn flavours! You know, you really shouldn’t underestimate this dish just by the looks of it. My only qualm would be that the spaghetti was not homemade.
Bismark Pizza [Tomato Sauce, Mozzarella, Egg, Bacon, Chilli] ($19/individual portion) – I’m not fancying this pizza, largely because my egg was not runny (yes, the egg makes or breaks a dish for me). The crust was also too thick for my liking.
Blood Orange Sobert ($6) – I’m nitpicking here because I’ve tasted very good ones in Russia, but it really wasn’t as fragrant as I would like it to be. That said, Blood Orange Sobert is an uncommon flavour in Singapore and I’d be happy to head back should the craving arises!
Complimentary Baked Bread Dessert
The offerings at Sopra are rather unique, which is a nice change of scene from the traditional Italian cuisine. However, I would consider coming here for supper and drinks instead. Apart from the main dining area, the other half of the space is dedicated to a bar and an al-fresco sitting area with high stools! The vibe makes you want to let your hair down and enjoy the night away with drinks in hand, and the food portions are really, perfect for late-night eats.
Sopra Cucina & Bar
#01-02, Pan Pacific Orchard Hotel
10 Claymore Road
Tel: 6737 3253