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Aura

City Hall Italian $$$ +100
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About Aura

The Downtown Core of Singapore can be a glamorous place. The centre of the city is filled with flash restaurants and bars of all stripes – we think Aura might be right up there with the very best of them. They have an Italian restaurant and a bar upstairs, known as the Sky Lounge, that provides exemplary views over the Singapore skyline. Pay them a visit on St Andrews Road, close to City Hall, for an experience quite unlike any other – just make sure that you reserve ahead of time to avoid disappointment.

Opening Hours

  • Monday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Tuesday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Wednesday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Thursday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Friday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Saturday 09:30 - 01:00
  • Sunday 09:30 - 01:00
Aura, Saint Andrew's Road 1, 178957 Singapore

Further Information

Aura literally elevates Singapore’s restaurant landscape to new heights, occupying a massive 9000 square feet on the upper floors of the National Gallery along St Andrew’s Road, moments from City Hall station. Encompassing a 90-seater Italian restaurant and a huge rooftop Sky Lounge and bar, Aura represents a major achievement for the city’s high culinary culture. The restaurant offers a classically-structured Italian a la carte menu covering appetizers, artisanal pasta dishes, plus a three-course weekday set lunch, a four-course set dinner, and a weekend brunch menu paired with prosecco and Bellini cocktails.

As for the Sky Lounge, from here you can gaze out over the stunning skyline over Marina Bay while enjoying a free-flow salad bar buffet featuring a range of international cuisines, an a la carte weekend brunch menu with distinct Italian influences, or simply enjoy sundowner drinks and premium bar food from 5pm onwards. Book a table at Aura and make a move along to St Andrew’s Road, right by the Parliament of Singapore and the National Gallery of Singapore for an extra special experience.

CHEF'S CHOICE

545 Reviews

4.7 /6 Excellent 545 Reviews
Food: delicious
Waiting Time: short
Noise: average
Quality/Price: cheap
Atmosphere: entertaining
Service: friendly
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Marian S.
1 review so far 6
14.09.2017 09:54

Food quality was excellent and in good amounts! The atmosphere was nice and quite intimate. The service was very attentive. We had very good overall experience.

John V.
1 review so far 6
11.09.2017 11:48

great intimate restaurant. nice place to take a date. a bit on the pricey side, but well worth it. 2 floors, so be sure which floor you are making your reservation. 2nd floor has the better views, but reservation defaults to 1st floor.

Ken Hwee T.
11 reviews so far 6
10.09.2017 23:05

Very good service. Wait staff made special arrangements for my kids which went do very well. Food was v good generally.

soon yong k.
12 reviews so far 6
09.09.2017 11:18

Overall good service and the food recommended was excellent, the noise level is slight high.

Paul N.
1 review so far 5
19.01.2017 17:07

The ambient in Aura was great except that it was quite noisy coming from a table of maybe 12 pax chatting away loudly. Being said, everyone is out for a good time so it is somewhat acceptable. The appetisers are very tasteful and well presented. The Foie Gras with Caramelised Apple and Duck Jus are to die for! Grill Octopus with crispy egg and corn are well balanced too. Combination of lightly batter crispy egg with runny yolk with the grill octopus brings a different experience all together. Scallops Crudo with Truffle and Smoked Quail Eggs simply lovely. I am a big fan of truffle and the mixture of flavours were well constructed. Burrata Cheese with Cherry Tomatoes & Black Olives in my opinion was simple and present well. I love Burrata Cheese albeit it being a simple dish it is worth mentioning it here. There wasn't any extra virgin olive oil drizzled over it, so don't forget to request for it before indulging into it. I suppose it was done on purpose leaving the option to the customers to decide as some may not want it on their Burrata Cheese. This was my second time at Aura. I have ordered the same main course Grain-Fed Beef Sirloin Tagliata with Bone Marrow Salad in medium rare. My first experience with this dish was great. The beef was tender and just enough texture for you to enjoy the flavour as you chew into it without much effort. However, last night the beef seemed tougher and sinewy. I was having trouble trying to avoid the sinewy parts from getting stuck in between my teeth. Some effort was required to cut and chew the beef. I would say it wasn't as pleasant as my first experience. Probably it is just my unlucky day getting a piece of sinewy beef. The roasted bone marrow was roasted to perfection. As for the wine list, they do have a great selection but if you want a reasonably priced bottle of wine, it is not going to happen. It will set you back min $100 for a bottle for an average bottle of red. Their range of Chanti in my opinion were priced pretty steep. Overall it was pleasant and I would have given a 6 ratings if I had a better cut of beef.

QY Z.
3 reviews so far 6
24.07.2016 03:15

Enjoyable dining experience at Aura Restaurant. Booked thru Quandoo, Aura staff followed up with a call and on my request, emailed me the menu. Ordered wkend lunch set menu and another crab pasta for sharing between 2 pax. Staff was sharp to notice that the same crab pasta is offered as part of the appetizer with the same sauce and ingredients and instead of getting more of the same, staff suggested we switch to another pasta so we get to try a larger variety. Thankful for the advice. Food was overall delicious and quick to serve, satisfied palate for the day. Staff was engaging during service and obliging when we required help to take photos. Appreciate the attentiveness too, with water refilled frequently without prompts. A little surprised when tea was served for 2 pax and accompanied with generous portion of hazelnuts. Visited the museum after lunch and even came back for drinks in the evening, albeit at the skylounge rooftop bar with a great view. Keep it up Aura.

Francis C.
1 review so far 6
11.02.2017 20:50

It took me quite a while to locate the restaurant. But once I got there, the service of the staffs made me very at ease. No pressure at all. I am not very into the type of wine and the server bothered to bring me 3 types to try after understanding my requirements. The food was great. Presentation wise, they are not the most appealing based on my past experience. But the taste of the food is very appetising. The appetisers did actually increase my appetite for more! Taste of all the dishes we had are all not over-bearing which worked well for both me and my wife. The serving staffs continued to be attentive during the meal. Although this is supposed to be a fine dining place, but the staffs always make me feel at ease. After dinner, I was led to the Aura Sky Lounge by the hostess. Kudos to this place and I will definitely be back!

Joanna K.
2 reviews so far 5
07.05.2016 17:45

Had a wonderful time at the restaurant. Alvin attended to us and gave us a wonderful recommendation to share starters and 2 pastas (especially the uni pasta) for our group of 6 people. Each of us then chose our own main. Alvin bantered with us through the night and he made our night even more enjoyable. Food was fabulous and service was en pointe. I didn't give it 5 stars as the staff in the upstairs bar dampened our mood. The bar was empty when we arrived at 6pm. We sat down on a sofa with a wonderful view of the Padang. One of the staff finally attended to us after about 10 minutes of waiting and told us the table we were sitting at might be occupied and he would check. When I received a restaurant reservation reconfirmation call earlier in the day, I asked if I need to book a table at the bar, I was told it wasn't necessary and that I could just walk in. Despite being relatively empty, the drinks took another 10 minutes to arrive, with still no word if we could stay at our seats. Finally, when our drinks arrived and I asked if we could stay at the table, I was told that they had to make some re-arrangments, but we could stay. The attitude of the staff was rather off-putting and snotty. I would advise people to go to the bar next door if you want to have drinks before or after your dinner.

david h.
1 review so far 5
22.07.2016 10:10

Great bar, great restaurant great food. Our waiter was very well informed. 2 suggestions: Make it clear which dishes have peanuts in the preparation - our son is seriously peanut allergic and if he hadn't asked he would have been served a dish with a peanut presentation When I was called to confirm the reservation I was told 'no shorts, no flip flops. THe table next to ours had 2 guys in ...shorts and flip flops (und using their phones throughout the meal' - if you have a dress code please stick to it Apart from that it was great and we will be back - to be honest the standard of fine dining in Singapore is very very low so Aura is a welcome find

Stefano B.
1 review so far 6
15.05.2016 01:39

Fantastic experience at Aura. The service was impeccable and top notch, from one of the waiters who suggested a more intimate table, to the surprise anniversary cake, to one of the staff who took our luggage we had up to Aura lounge. The pasta mains were excellent, as was the green salad with apple and truffles. The octopus unfortunately was tasteless, even though the texture was just right.

Martin L.
1 review so far 6
24.11.2016 02:27

Service level; simply excellent. Food: excellent. The fact that you have dinner in "usual too cold aircon" (which normal for Singapore) but then afterwards go upstairs and have after dinner drinks outside with fantastic view, is amazing. Price level: semi expensive but extremely fair compared to overall experience! Finally, the relaxed and quiet surroundings during dinner are nice but still stylish and informal at the same time. Most semi / expensive restaurants in Singapore are not worth and second visit - Aura is. See you soon!

Kenneth W.
1 review so far 6
24.04.2016 18:33

Food was great, especially the Grilled Octopus we got as a starter. We also had the Parma Ham. This was nice too but felt the Octopus was better. Had a steak that was not on the main menu. Nicely done and rate it highly though have to say that it is not the best around. We were also recommended a sea urchin pasta which sounded interesting but decided to keep it for another time. Good selection of wines. For dessert, we had the Pannacotta and the Cheese Cake. Both were a nice, light way to end off the meal. Great ambience and atmosphere. Service staff are very friendly and they give excellent service. Special mention to Push - thank you for your recommendations. Would also recommend a visit to the Sky Lounge for drinks before dinner. Good panoramic view of the city from City Hall through Marina Bay to Raffles Place and overlooking the Padang. Go early for happy hour prices. Would definitely visit again.

Gaius L.
1 review so far 5
29.03.2017 04:21

We were seated for 2 along L5 Aura. Impressive interior and excellent ambience. Dim and good beats. Food was great, we had fusion smoked duck and pork chop which was fine. Service was great too, very prompt and polite. Some customers were a little loud at one side, we didn't get seats with any view to the city (I think only the L6 Sky Lounge has views, which our reservation didn't come with). I wished we had a table with a view to the outside city.. Disappointed but the coziness at L5 was nothing short of intimate.

Scarlet F.
1 review so far 6
08.08.2016 11:10

My Sister and I celebrated National Sister's Day at Aura. What a beautiful place. The staff especially the one who served us was very attentive and quickly took note when my sister asked if there was anything that was gluten free on the menu. The chef was amazing, he made gluten free bread and two different kinds of pasta for her. We especially enjoyed the crab pasta, it was delish! We will definitely come back again.

Claire Y.
13 reviews so far 5
04.09.2017 12:12

I was delighted that the team at Aura had taken my inputs while I made the booking via the apps. We were seated at the location of our choice. Our orders were Grilled Octopus & Foie Gras (nicely done to the chef & we loved it) for starters, 4 mains for dinner menu: Italian Seabass, Hokkaido Scallops, Sea Bream (love the light refreshing combo with Fennel and Orange) & Spring Lamp Chops (tasty). Desserts served were not as fantastic as the mains - we expected more for Tiramisu but so so...

Meng Hui L.
1 review so far 5
14.08.2016 02:10

Had a pleasant evening at Aura. Service was exceptional and the food was great as well, especially the desserts! Was celebrating my wife's birthday and they prepared a surprise cake for her. Lovely touch to mark a wonderful experience at Aura. Suggest to head up to the Sky Lounge to have a view of the Marina Bay too!

Eryn C.
2 reviews so far 5
03.04.2016 11:04

Aura was lovely! The food was great, brunch set was a real value for money. We also loved the aka carte octopus starter 😍. Our server Shafiq was also very helpful and friendly, helping us to change our order once we realized we had ordered a pasta that was already included in the brunch set. 😊 additionally, as we were celebrating a birthday they put a little happy birthday sign and candle on birthday boy's dessert! overall a great experience!

Stephen R.
1 review so far 3
09.05.2016 10:12

Hmm, it was Just really odd that a family would bring four toddlers to dinner at a place like Aura at 7pm on a Friday evening. They either miss-read the restaurant as Swenson's or it was an act of extraordinary self-entitlement and arrogance. We felt for the wait-staff who were clearly embarrassed and for the young couple on an early date who had to endure the shrieks and cries. We would love to know what on earth the toddlers found on the menu to satisfy them? Or perhaps they bought their own? The food was lovely though the beef carpaccio needed more seasoning for my taste. Sadly, we ate quickly and left for the lounge upstairs given the circus troupe and appreciated the attention of the front-of-house team to find us a table.

Ben R.
2 reviews so far 5
28.08.2017 14:12

We had a wonderful meal at Aura - one of the best I have had in Singapore for quite some time. The food and service were awesome. The only negative point (and why I didn't rate it 5 stars) was the prices of the wine - almost nothing on the wine list for under $200. That is considerably more expensive than other restaurants (including those with Michelin stars) and, I thought, unnecessary.

Benny G.
1 review so far 6
15.04.2016 01:12

This was me and my wife first time at Aura restaurant and I will say the service and the food was the best. Just a bit sad that the restaurant very noise but if you think on the brighter side which is good. Reason because it's full house. We'll sure visit this restaurant again for our next Anniversary again.