Publico at the new InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has opened, containing three concepts of Publico Deli, Publico Ristorante with an adjoining terrazza by the river, and Marcello – Singapore’s first Italian cocktail bar alongside a dessert bar.
A bold neon sign of “Publico Deli” hangs near the entrance; the interior with warm and welcoming vibes.
While it is said to emanate the vibrancy of an Italian trattoria, I thought there were elements of a modern American diner.
First impression was positive, that it would likely become a popular weekend brunch place, especially with the expat community in the vicinity.
This is one of those places that I would whatsapp handphone-taken photos to fellow foodie friends to ”Check this out!” (A second visit back is being planned.)
Publico Deli is helmed by Italian Executive Chef Marco Turrati, focusing on fresh Italian produce and friendly service.
In addition to an all-day breakfast menu, highlights include the Tostada Catalana – grated fresh tomato & cured Pata Negra on sourdough ($16); Avocado on Tuscan Toast ($15); Mediterranean Scramble – scrambled egg whites, Mediterranean-spiced youghurt marinated chicken breast ($19); Italian Meatballs Panini ($20) and a specialty PUBLICO Burger ($25).
A selection of fresh salads such as Burrata Salad ($19) and Paninis ($17 – $25) will also be available throughout the day.
I was recommended the Southern Fried Chicken & Waffles ($19). However, I wasn’t over the moon in the end.
The waffles tasted somewhat dry and hard without the expected fluffiness. While the chicken pieces were still juicy, they lacked the rustiness of “Southern Fried Chicken”.
With a neat piece of deep fried chicken chop on top of rectangular waffles, the dish looked and tasted almost too polished like hotel breakfast. (I know this is a hotel, hopefully you get what I mean.)
Had it 3 times. Somehow my friends always wanted to order it, and it is probably one of the weakest link.
The Publico Burger ($25) was probably the best thing we had. With a choice of toasted sesame or charcoal bun, the Australia wagyu burger patty was rather juicy and flavourful.
The chilli added on the bun added an unique aesthetical element.
The Quinoa Power Salad ($14) was a safe choice, coloured reddish-purple with addition of beetroot cream and pomegranate seeds.
The Dessert Café serves an array of attractive sweet treats such as the house special Tiramisu pots ($12), Profiteroles ($10), ‘Oreoginal Sin’ Oreo, Milkshakes and a variety of revolving Tortas and Crostatas.
Desserts can be paired with coffee roasted by Liberty Coffee. Not that I minded Liberty, but would have thought an Italian coffee brand would be a more coherent fit?
In terms of ambience, service and vibes, Publico Deli looks set to be the next IT brunch and dessert place. However, the food items are a couple of hit and misses.
1 Nanson Road Level 1 Singapore 238909
Opening Hours: 6:30am – 12:00am (Mon – Sun)
Marcello is open from 5pm – 12am (Sun – Wed) and from 5pm – 1am (Thur – Sat)
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