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AUTHENTIC PERUVIAN CEVICHERIA IN BUGIS
Authentic Peruvian cevicheria in Bugis.
Ceviche started out as a “hangover” meal; its main ingredients – seafood, citrus, chillies, and onions – coalesce into a pick-me-up marinade that’s great for mornings after a long night out. But thanks to Peruvian cuisine ambassador Gaston Acurio Jaramillo, it has since been elevated into a national heritage dish of Peru – there’s bound to be a cevicheria (seafood restaurant) on every beach!
Tono Cevicheria is Singapore’s first Peruvian restaurant, and it’s bringing the authentic coastal experience to a cosy 1,050sqf space in Duo Galleria. Designed by Social F+ B, Tono boasts vibrant hues of blue and green. Its concrete floors are splattered with water-motif stencils and its seats are upholstered in patterned fabric imported from Peru. These give customers a glimpse of the wind, water, sand and trees that are as part of the ceviche experience as savouring the tangy dish itself.
Tono is Spanish slang for “party”, and the restaurant’s logo – a chilli-eating, maracas-shaking fish with hearts for scales – clues you in on what to expect. The Lima-trained staff are a cheerful bunch, and the upbeat salsa music that plays in the eatery add to the free-spirited vibe of the place.
Tono is helmed by chef Daniel Chavez – co-owner and chef of the successful Ola Cocina del Mar – and executive chef Mario Malvaez. Together, they serve up five variations of ceviches (some are even Chinese- and Japanese-influenced, due to immigrants who came in the 19th century), the whipped potato-like causa, and traditional Peruvian dishes such as lomo saltado. Then, end your meal with a fine list of cocktails and wines!
HAVE A TASTE OF PERU AT TONO CEVICHERIA, # 01- 49/ 50 DUO GALLERIA, 7 FRASER STREET, WWW. TONO. COM. SG.
FAR LEFT, TOP The restaurant’s signature dish, the Tono ceviche ($28), comprises four basic ceviche ingredients and is topped with crispy baby calamari and lettuce.
FAR LEFT, BOTTOM With both indoor and outdoor seating, Tono can accommodate up to 65 guests.
ABOVE The concrete screed walls and mirrors on the ceiling mimic the weathered look of cevicherias in Peru, where hole-ridden roofs give diners a peek at the starry night sky.
The bar is clad in terrazzo that’s made from crushed seashells, laser cut in fish-scale patterns. LEFT