Since opening its doors in 2014, Italian-Japanese establishment Ristorante Takada has been quietly accumulating fans, who flock to this cosy outfit at Alexis Apartments along Alexandra Road, for the exciting Italian and Japanese fusion masterpieces created by chef-owner Masahiro Takada. With several decades of experience working in both Japan and Italy including Michelin-starred restaurants, Chef Takada marries both cuisines in novel and exciting ways as seen in his creations.
Offering two degustation menus priced at S$88 and S$128 respectively, as well as an omakase menu (S$250), all three options feature an array of unique Italian-Japanese fusion dishes created with fresh, seasonal produce, sourced from specific regions in Japan and Europe.
Meticulously designed and outfitted to resemble a bespoke Italian suit, this classy, unpretentious establishment is a great place for corporates to have business lunches, and for families to bond with their loved ones over a good meal.
Service is great, with waiters and the restaurant manager regularly checking in with diners on their experience. The waitstaff are also very informed about the menu, the ingredients used in the dishes as well as the cooking methods used for each dish.
Food and Drink
A fabulous introduction to Italian-Japanese fusion fare is the Smoked Ayu served with Cucumber Gazpacho. The gazpacho was smooth and fragrant, and was offset beautifully by the smoked ayu’s salty tang.
Our second appetiser, the White Asparagus with Lobster Warm Salad was a clear winner – the lobster was delightfully tender and succulent, and paired perfectly with the white asparagus.
Moving on to the mains, the Tagliolini Hokkaido Sea Urchin with Squid Ink sauce is a popular choice, and its easy to see why – featuring perfectly al dente tagliolini crowned with fresh uni, and served with ikura and squid ink sauce on the side, this dish is both decadent and delicious.
Even in meat-centric dishes, Chef Takada’s deft touch comes through – the Roasted French Pigeon is tender and juicy, paired with a deep, robust sauce that he creates using red wine and soy sauce.
Desserts are another highpoint here. We had the “Water Ball in Lotus Leaf”, featuring a scoop of lemon sorbet served with mango soup and almond crumble.
A tipple or two from the list of mostly Italian wines and Japanese sake is sure to complete any meal here.
#01-07 Alexis Condominium, 356 Alexandra Road