Italian hotelier/restaurateur Federico Asaro earned a discerning following in Kuala Lumpur, the Malaysian capital, for his Thai-influenced aesthetic and updated Siamese cuisine. Now he’s taking on Singapore with a new restaurant (a boutique hotel will follow). A sweeping stone staircase winds up to the 100-year-old colonial villa set in a forested nature reserve perched above the southern coast. The menu includes steamed red snapper in a wild ginger sauce and sour orange curry of white cod and root vegetables.
30 Labrador Villa Road Labrador Nature Reserve 65-6278-6364
Pictured: Tamarind Hill – Courtesy of Tamarind Hill