XSeated along the row of shop houses at Tras Street is Tokyo-Italian restaurant Terra Seita headed by Chef-owner Seita Nakahara, previously of Enoteca L’Operetta. The Tokyo-Italian cuisine, a first in Singapore, stems from Chef Seita’s culinary adventures in kitchens throughout Italy and Tokyo. It is a cuisine that is grounded in Italian cooking techniques and enhanced with Japan’s unique ingredients. Having said that, what we find most intriguing is his close relation with his suppliers from all over the world – farmers and fishermen –who give him access to the fantastic produce that so often takes centre stage on his menu.
We began our meal with signature scampi, seared for just 30 seconds and served with extra virgin oil and caviar. With light hints of saltiness, sweetness, and earthy grassy notes, this dish had the perfect balance of fresh and flavour. And this attention to detail, a celebrated trait of the Japanese, does not end there. The scallop from Saifufu (S$20), is served in a mini French oven on a bed of bell pepper purée, accompanied with asparagus and 5 different mushrooms, buried under a crusty gratin, and drizzled with an herb butter sauce. It may seem like a mouthful but every element contributes to the dish and it’s no surprise that this is a favourite amongst diners. Also notable is the sea urchin from Hokkaido (S$38) – a uni pasta dish with homemade bottarga of Japanese mullet and a dash of yuzu zest. Using traditional Italian methods, pasta is freshly made every afternoon at Terra Seita. The spaghetti is slightly thicker with a springy firmness, and adds texture to the creamy briny mix of uni and bottarga. Other standout dishes from the menu include the Tajima Wagyu (S$52), and Mr Yoshika’s Pork (S$38). The former is a beautiful medium rare pink slab of wagyu, served with a wine reduction sauce, roasted vegetables, potato gurtin with four different cheeses, and truffle shavings.
Dining at Terra Seita should be an experience left to Chef Seita. His Omakase set, available at S$128, S$168, and S$208 per person, features seasonal flavours and Chef Seita’s creative culinary flair with unique ingredients. There’s even an option of winding down with a wine pairing tailored by Terra’s Sommelier Sho (S$88) – fitting for a cosy evening with friends. 54 Tras Street. Tel: 65/6221-5159 www.terraseita.com