Buko Nero 30/04/2010 European, Fusion, Italian, Tanjong Pagar, Western Lazy Foodies have been on hiatus long time. Forgive our laziness, but we’re back! Just as I thought I was going to revive this space with a good set of pictures taken, my hopes got dashed when I learnt about the ‘no photography’ policy in Buko Nero. But we ain’t going to give up on our chance for Buko Nero. After all, people have to make reservations months before in order to get a table, and they are infamous like that. Call ourselves lucky, we got our slot within a week’s time, but it was a late dinner at 9.15pm. We arrived at Buko Nero early, at 9pm. Ten minutes later, we raised our hands wanting to clarify something in the menu, but we got told off, “We only have one chef and you came early. He is still cooking for other tables so wait for your turn.” This was the first time I got such a hostile response from a restaurant. I was taken aback, but I also figured out that this was also their so-called Unique Selling Point: exclusivity. The cosy restaurant only holds up to about 20 pax in total, and each dish is single-handedly prepared by one chef. You feel like you’ve returned home. Anyhow, despite the policy, we decided to sneak a few photos discreetly though I know it isn’t very upright to do so. Pardon our mobile phone camera image quality. Besides their regular menu, they have some special items which probably change on a daily or weekly basis. This was their special salad but I couldn’t remember the description ’cause the server spoke like a train. All I caught was “shaved tuna” and “tomatoes”. Lionel couldn’t decide between the ‘Risotto’ and ‘Beef Tenderloin’ for his main course, so we took the ‘Risotto’ as another starter for sharing, and the steak as main course. However, the fish smell in the risotto and salad was a little strong for me. Steak was good, but not the best we had. Their cod dish is a hot favourite and I can’t agree more. I love how the crispy anchovies crust complements the soft snowy cod meat. Our entire course was served over one and a half hours in an orderly fashion with minute details taken care of (like complimentary plum sherbets to clear our palate). However when the bill arrived, it hit us with an unexpected S$132. This was by far our most expensive meal but yet not the best. Fantastic as the food was, it didn’t really leave a deep impression in me. We did not regret giving Buko Nero a shot, but a shot is a shot. I doubt we will be returning to this place anymore. Food: ★ ★ ★ ★ Ambience: ★ ★ ★ ★ Value: ★ Service: ★ ★ ★ ★ Buko Nero126 Tanjong Pagar Road, S(088534)(+65) 6324 6225Tue – Thur: 6.30pm – 9.30pm Fri – Sat: 12pm – 9.30pm Leave a Reply Cancel Reply Your email address will not be published. Name* Email* Website Comment Notify me of follow-up comments by email. Notify me of new posts by email.