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.
- 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 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.
Awesome experience for my girlfriend's birthday dinner. Staff was attentive and food was flavourful, albeit slightly oily. Carpaccio was brilliant. Only slight disappointment was the warm sirloin which felt like it had been ready 20mins before it was served. That aside, the surprise at the end with a complimentary birthday cake was marvellous!
Great service. Very attentive waitstaff. The restaurant was able to customize and recommend dishes based on the diners' needs. Excellent view at the sky bar.
It was really noisy and I could hardly hear my Friend . Food quality was not as good as before . May not want to go back again .
Great service and ambience. Portions for the appetisers were good. Ordered a pasta and main course. Pasta was great; main course was all right in comparison to the pasta. 10/10 would visit again.
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.
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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.
Ordered Scallops Crudo (didn't realised that Crudo meant raw) as appetiser, sea bass and cod as main and also had the Baileys & Hazelnut Feuillantine. Loved the fishes as it was properly done and fresh and the dessert helped to round up the meal. The only complain the lady had was that the scallop was raw but that was our fault for not finding out what Crudo meant. Service was good and the captain was gregarious and humorous. The place was packed even on a Monday evening, so it's probably not a place you want to go if you want a quiet evening with your partner. Nonetheless, we still had a great time there and do walk up to the 6th level to take in the city view.
Very good service, we were ushered to our table quickly and efficiently, given the menu and order for 2 set lunches taken promptly by smiling and gracious staff. Restaurant has a lovely decor though acoustics weren't the best, very noisy as sounds were echoed. Food though reasonably priced was ordinary, a tad heavy and creamy as both the artichoke cream soup and prawn pasta were heavy on the cream. Dessert of chocolate cake slices with nuts and berries was well-presented but some of the nuts didn't taste that fresh. Coffee too thick for our taste but the slices of toast that came before the soup were crunchy and delicious. Perhaps the ala carte selections were better, but I believe the set lunch usually is a good indicator of general food quality. As a frequent traveller to Italy, perhaps spoilt by the exacting standards there but all the hype led us to expect more.
A very cosy restaurant to dine in and the foods are nice. Set in a sophisticated and posh combination of polished brass and bronze, this 90-seater restaurant namedAura is illuminated by dim lights to create an intimate ambience. Pretty, flowery cushions give a vivacious touch to the quiet elegance of the restaurant, and service crew is personable as well as knowledgeable.
Brownie points for Aura's location in the gallery and amazing view of MBS in the distance. If you want to impress your tourist guests, this is a great choice. Food and service were overall good - standout dishes for our table included the serving of complimentary bread (cliche, yes, but we enjoyed the fluffy texture), wagyu carpaccio and my pasta with foie gras and truffle (this was recommended, not featured on menu).
Sorry for late review. My second visit to Aura. Overall experience was not as good as the first. Put it down to an inexperienced server, who forgot to serve bread until asked; did not replenish drinks until asked; did not inform us of wait-time for our choice of dessert etc. My steak, for which I paid a supplement, was not done correctly. Whole meal was very drawn out as a result. Otherwise, there were some good dishes and the senior staff made an effort to overcome obvious oversight of our server.
Our trip to Aura was fantastic. From the service (attentiveness, engagement, follow-through) to the variety on the menu, to the quality of the food, everything was fit for the occasion. Not to mention the view. Everyone should have at least a one-time experience at AURA.
Lack of service excellence takes away from the stellar food, but still giving Aura a 5 and will recommend to others. I had the cod; my husband, the sirloin. Presentation, flavours, and portions highly satisfying. Tiramisu a bit heavy for me. Head to Smoke and Mirrors for a pre or post dinner drink.
Overall experience was good. Food was excellent. Just a few things to mention, the restaurant was not full house but the waitress forgot to serve us bread. The bread was delicious though. We have to asked for it multiple times. The way the waitress changed our cutlery was very rush and has a lot of room for improvement. Lastly, they missed the 20% discounts that I was entitled in my bill. We felt that the waiter and waitress were not giving equal attention to all guests. As there was a big group yesterday and we observed that they had got more attention than us. Imagine what would happen if the restaurant is full house. In summary, overall was still good. Good food, good view, good ambiance. Just need to improve the service.
When I booked online and requested a window seat, I had no expectation, but, upon arrival we were shown to a lovely window seat, left alone to chat and view the menus. We ordered and the entrees arrived perfectly, followed by mains, the dining never felt rushed or too slow. Service was of a high standard. Meals were all served together and included the side dishes. The view is amazing and the staff were very attentive. Highly recommended for small or large groups, local or visiting guests.
We have been to Aura a number of times and have always had a great meal. The service staff are efficient, very friendly and knowledgeable. The only criticism I have with the restaurant is that it is very noisy - not the sort of place to go for a quiet intimate dinner.
Food: The food here is really tasty, we were satisfied with all our choices of appetizers, pasta and mains. Drinks: They have an extensive wine list but some bottles are upwards of $1,000. They seem to try a little too hard pushing the wine. Ambience: The restaurant was really busy, it was surprisingly loud inside which unfortunately chipped away at the elegance of the place. Not as 'fine dining' as you'd expect, but it's a chic place. Price: For the price, the portions are reasonable, food is really tasty so you do get what you pay for. Overall: Nice experience, worth a try, I'd go back for the food at a less busy time! Tip: Get a drink at the sky lounge before starting your meal at the restaurant.
My girlfriend and I celebrated our anniversary at Aura on a Saturday evening. The ambience was excellent. We had the set dinner with a bottle of Prosecco. After the dinner, we went upstairs to the Sky lounge. The night view was excellent. We both enjoyed the experience very much.
Enjoyed my experience at Aura with my family. The ambience is lovely, the food is great, but the service could be better. (Sufficient attention was given to proper decorum but the servers' attitudes and brisk manner of chucking menus at our tables without a word repeatedly were slightly off-putting.)
The ambience is very classy. Most of the lunch crowd seem to be executives who are working around the area. We decided to go for the set lunch as it was very good value. I have to say that we were not disappointed. The portions were good and the presentation was what you would expect in a place like this. Service was acceptable, neither bad nor outstanding. The chef actually came and said hi to the diners which I thought was very nice.I would recommend this place to those who want a business lunch or even among friends.
Lunch set is a terrific value for money meal with 4 courses. The succulent scallop starter was fresh and tasty with salmon roe and urchin sauce . Followed by pasta called trofie in delicious truffle porcini sauce. Choice of black cod or sirloin for main course . The grilled beef was tender and juicy. Finished with refreshing dessert of mango sorbet , chocolate millefeuille with raspberry . Beautifully presented and service staff was very attentive and prompt with each course .
Aura has an excellent ambience. The interior design is elegant especially the marble divider between seats. Service is good. Unfortunately, my duck confit came without the crispy skin and the accompanied wine pear was hard. Other than that, it is a nice place for business lunch and friends gathering especially at this grand refreshed old parliment house of Singapore.
My guests have a great time at Aura. Food and service were good. They shared that they will return with their family. Only small thing is they have forgotten it was my friend's Bdae hence no surprise candle on the desert. This is my return trip !
Was really pleased with the service and how the waiter was really proactive. The food was excellent; the papardelle with oxtail and mushroom is a m a z i n g (must try). Price of the food was also really affordable for the quality. Overall was very satisfied, however it was pretty noisy when I was there due to a function/dinner event; so if you're hoping for a really quiet/romantic setting, pray that you did not make reservations when there are any other large groups of people having their dinner there too!
The food overall was good. The lamb chops were fantastic. Even the wine that the waiter recommended was indeed good. My only gripe was that I had requested for a nice spot as I was celebrating my wedding anniversary. Ended up we were sat in the middle of the room. Not at a table with a nice view or even a cosy corner. I am not one to expect freebies but I thought the least they could have done was wish us Happy Anniversary. The fact that I had mentioned what the celebration was made it disappointing that they chose to ignore it completely. Previous restaurants I had celebrated in would greet us and wish us and to me, that was enough to make the evening better. I rate a restaurant based on the overall experience. The food definitely saved it, but service wise, there is definitely room for improvement.
Carefully thought out menu with just enough options. Pasta amazing. Great ambience. Extensive Italian wine list. We did have a problem when we were brought the incorrect year for the Italian red wine that we ordered. Perhaps they thought we wouldn't notice but my brother is a bit of an Italian wine buff and picked it up immediately. They actually didn't have the year that we had ordered at all so not sure why they didn't just tell us that. Overall a good experience but watch the wine availability.
Well, with all the good ratings and popular demand, we were expecting better service and food quality, but were honestly disappointed. 1st service staffs were slow, we had to ask a few times for attention and for our orders. We were seated at the sky lounge which is ok cause it's nice but I was not asked to taste the bottle of wine which I ordered and my glass was left empty for a while. Honestly for a lounge, this is unacceptable. Worst of all, when we ordered the beef, the service staff did not even ask doneness of the beef. 😞 Best part, when 2 of 3 of the beefs were served, they were over done from what we wanted and we had no choice but to return as they were really too tough. So we were really disappointed though the ambience was nice. What a waste...
We had an enjoyable birthday lunch over at Aura. Attentive staff noticed me giving my lunch partner her birthday present, he presented our dessert with a candle to celebrate. We like our crabmeat salad and Beef Sirloin. Overall great ambience, great food, good price.
Located at National Gallery, I believe every visitors would have high expectations and so were we. Booked the table 1 month in advanced and we did we have one of the best booth table in the restaurant but the table design so terribly which the waiter could not reach further in for dish delivery or water re-filling. Secondly, the food was quite salty that we need to send one of the mains back for different dish; another pork dish was even cold in the middle was also sent back. It would be a lovely place for date night with not as high expectations but personally i will not visit again
My friends and I were first time to Aura. We were there for a gathering. The ambience and food was great. The service was so-so; may be it was a Friday evening and the restaurant was fully occupied. I would come again. Thumb up！
We didn't end up eating at the restaurant. We saw the lounge and fell in love with the view and ambience so we grabbed the bar food there. The pulled pork was tender and flavourful, but we didnt really enjoy the calamari - it was kind of tasteless and limp, not crispy, and just tasted of fried batter. The truffle burger sliders were nice but found the bread a bit dense and hard.
Went for the Sunday Brunch menu. Service was good, servers were attentive and infomative. Food was tasty and portions for the starters were generous. Tried all the mains as we went as a group of 5. The smoked duck main came with a well sized foie gras making it really value for money. Was rather disappointed with the beef main. With a top up of $22, I was only served 3 silvers of meat. That said, the dish was well prepared and the beef had good marbling.
Not entirely satisfied. I have had both lunch and dinner at Aura. However the set lunch menu is much better than the set dinner. The evening decorum is very informal, patrons were even coming in shorts. Food had long waiting( builds appetite and you can talk more). Unfortunately won't go there for the dinner.
Overall experience at the restaurant is okay. The 5 of us enjoyed our time at Auro, the waiter is humorous and friendly and knowlegeable about their menu and wine list. He chilled our champagne and helped reserved a table at the Sky Lounge for dessert and drink after dinner. There were a few setbacks that could be improved. 1. The waiters/waitresses all appear very busy rushing around and it is hard to catch their attention. 2. The tiny little saucer containing few drops of balsamic vinegar and olive oil is real pathetic and call for replenishment was not met, perhaps forgotten. They have good bread though.
Appetisers: the scallop crudo was nothing spectacular, needed more acid to mask the raw taste. The truffle salad was surprisingly good though, with an aromatic and strong truffle taste . The caviar and crayfish pasta, as well as the oxtail pasta dishes were good. The chestnut panna cotta with Mandarin coulis was a nice way to finish off the meal with something light, especially after the heavy pasta. Service was attentive and prompt. The restaurant was rather noisy and packed at lunch time though.
Food was amazing... We loved the truffles. Wine selection is excellent. We went by the glass and it was great too. Had a drink at the roof bar afterward. All in all a great date night. Aura is now in our rotation.
We were there to celebrate a friend's birthday and a delicious tiramisu (on the house) topped with a candle was presented as a surprise to the birthday girl. We were served by Suraj, who was incredibly attentive packed with wit and humor. Of course the food never fails to disappoint. Nicely portioned with balanced flavours, which brought out the freshness of the ingredients. Overall it was a pleasing experience.
It's been a while since I had pasta this good. The Artisanal ones were packed quite a flavour without being overwhelming, while the Traditional ones felt very rustic and what my friend said "brought him back to his trip to Italy". Ambience was overall lovely, and the host/waiters were al very helpful in explaining some of the more unknown Italian cuisine jargons. Would love to go back soon.