B1-42-44, Galleria Level,
The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue
Open for dinner daily: 5pm to 11pm. (Lunch will start on Feb 11)
YOU know how some women – after a breakup or period of pre-wedding beautification – like to get a transformative haircut? Or someone in a witness protection programme who gets plastic surgery and a brand new identity but (in some movies) is forced to turn from meek store owner into original butt-kicking, gun-toting badass to save his family and community? Fine, that’s not really relevant here but the whole change of identity, fresh outlook and (it being Chinese New Year) tossing out bad karma totally applies to the former Osteria-Mozza-turned-Nostra-Cucina-turned-180-degrees-into-Mott32.
And what a change it is. You can’t tell that a pizza or Mario Batali once crossed the floor of what is now the lavish Singapore outpost of the Hong Kong-based, mod-Chinese dining hotspot that serves dim sum with a large side of designer savoir faire.
You feel like it should be louder, bigger or blingier like some of MBS’s Las Vegas-esque collaborations with the Tao Group tend to be. It’s extravagant but it’s controlled opulence with quality finishings, rich leather, muted lighting and a private club ambience. In tribute to Singapore, Mott 32 identifies as garden-specific, with greenery sprouting everywhere – not real but very authentic-looking preserved leaves.