Food Review: Sol & Luna At CapitaSpring Tower | Latin-European Bistro Restaurant By 1-Group
The Place As one of the newest additions to the CBD, CapitaSpring tower is home to the newly opened Sol & Luna, one of five concepts at 1-Arden, the latest dining concept from 1-Group. Sol & Luna, meaning ‘Sun and Moon’ in Latin, is a Latin-European bistro nestled in the Green Oasis, at a height of 100 metres in the CapitaSpring tower. The most captivating part of the restaurant’s space for me is the high ceiling, and the full floor to ceiling glass panes which allow ample natural lighting in the day. In terms of the seating, choose from indoor dining or the alfresco terrace area.
The Food As a Latin-European bistro, the menu at Sol & Luna brings together dishes from the Latin-European region – Italy, France, Portugal and Spain. It is an all-day dining concept – Breakfast, brunch, high tea, tapas, lunch, dinner, and the drinks menu spot the likes of their signature cocktails and mocktails.
My meal started with the Fried Soft-Shell Prawn (S$16), a crispy Mediterranean snack from coastal Portugal. The small soft-shell prawns are deep-fried till golden brown and seasoned with Maldon sea salt and Italian parsley. Served with Japanese mayonnaise sauce, this starter is ideal to go with some drinks.
For something more refreshing and lighter, go for the White Gazpacho (S$19), a Spanish cold soup prepared from a blend of white grapes and Marcona almonds. There is an interesting pairing here with a halved avocado that has been grilled over lava stone, white grape segments, mixed seeds, as well as a drizzle of house-made basil and almond oil.
One of the dishes which cannot go very wrong is the Truffle Risotto (S$25) which uses high quality Acquerello rice. The texture is quite al dente and you get a strong flavour profile from the truffle and mushroom paste, white truffle oil, and shavings of fresh truffle when in season.
For mains, the Wood-Fired Sardine Stuffed With Mussel, Herbs, Pine Nuts and Wrapped with Parma Ham (S$19) is inspired by a herb-crumbed anchovy dish from the sea-side region of Liguria, Italy. The wood-fired Japanese sardine here is stuffed with New Zealand mussels, toasted pine nuts, raisins, and roasted panko breadcrumbs, before the stuffed sardine is wrapped in Parma ham then roasted. My first time having stuffed sardine this way, and while I am not a big sardine lover, this dish is not fishy at all and I appreciate the stuffed ingredients more than the sardine itself.
The other mains I had was the Grilled Australian Shark Bay Tiger Prawns with White Corn & Tomato Salsa (S$25) where the tiger prawns are grilled over lava stone and accompanied by a zesty salsa of chopped Roma tomatoes, raw white corn, lime juice, chopped dill and basil.
The Baked Veal Shank Pie (S$28) is an interesting option, and probably my favourite mains here, where beneath that golden crispy puff pastry lies stuffed ingredients like carrot, onion, potato and veal jus.
There are also various side dishes options to go along with the mains like the Wood-Roasted Cauliflower Steak (S$10) with Parmesan Gratin and the ‘Escalivada’ 14 Ragout Of Eggplant with Capsicum, Pearl Onions, Spanish Anchovies (S$14) drizzled with Hazelnut Oil.
For desserts, the Tarte Tatin with Crème Anglaise Sauce (S$13) is quite buttery, which I like. The crispy puff pastry is piped with almond cream, and atop are sticky, baked caramelised green apples spiced with cinnamon powder and a little black pepper. Best enjoyed with a pouring of crème anglaise served on the side.
Rants The round tables which can accommodate four diners can be quite squeezy and is probably more suited for three diners.
Will I Return Again? Great addition to the CBD where I can imagine lunch hours will be quite packed at Sol & Luna with the office crowd. The space is lovely and there is a wide variety of dishes on the menu for everyone if you are undecided what European cuisine to have.
This was an invited tasting, though all opinions expressed are our own.
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Taste bud: 3.5/5
Hole in the pocket: 4/5
Overall Experience: 3.5/5
Sol & Luna
88 Market Street
Monday to Sunday: 7am to 10.45am
Saturday & Sunday: 10am to 2.30pm
Monday to Sunday: 2.30pm to 5pm
Monday to Friday: 11am to 2.30pm
Monday to Sunday: 6pm to 10.30pm
Ranted by The Ranter