Terra has been open for more than a year, but I managed to dine there only last month .
It certainly deserves the Michelin star it received last year. Chef Seita Nakahara cooks Italian dishes using a number of Japanese ingredients, which is why he describes his restaurant as Tokyo-Italian.
There are three omakase menus for dinner, priced at $128, $168 and $208. They all comprise five courses each, says the server, with the more expensive menus having pricier ingredients. I pick the $168 menu and find the excellent cooking worth paying for. I get six, not five courses, but I'm not complaining.
From the first course of a lightly cooked, sweet langoustine from Japan, the meal is a hit. Most are seafood dishes, including a broth with fish, mussels, clams and a plump scallop (above), as well as the restaurant's signature sea urchin pasta with yuzu, sprinkled with grey mullet roe. The meat dish is a lightly grilled wagyu that is tender and delicious.
WHERE: Terra, 54 Tras Street
MRT: Tanjong Pagar
OPEN: Noon to 3pm (Mondays to Fridays), 6.30 to 11pm (Mondays to Saturdays), closed on Sundays
This article was first published on Feb 10 , 2017. Get a copy of The Straits Times or go to straitstimes.com for more stories.