Bruno’s Bistrot, Telok Kurau

The lovely neighbourhood Italian place Bruno's Bistrot
Bruno’s Bistrot, a small cosy restaurant in the Joo Chiat area

This place is perfect for people who like hearty, delicious food served in an unpretentious way.

Our recent visit for dinner was a really enjoyable experience for Z. For me, as long as it tastes good I’m mostly happy – and boy, did the food at Bruno’s impress and satisfy.

Parma ham and melon were meant to be together
Parma ham and melon (S$22) were meant to be together

I had been to Bruno’s first branch, Bruno’s Pizzeria & Grill some years back and the scallop pasta left me with beautiful memories. The restaurant had ever since been at the back of my mind whenever I have a craving for Italian.

And so one day, we decided to visit this new branch that Bruno’s recently opened at Telok Kurau. It’s essentially a neighbourhood Italian place – small, cosy and without any of the stuck up airs of a fine dining room establishment. I’m glad they kept the attentive service part (and threw in friendly), though the staff seemed slightly stretched.

A beautifully laid out plate a good meal makes
A beautifully laid out plate a good meal makes

We started with the Burratina (S$22.50), a classic soft melty cheese served with savoury Parma ham, rocket salad and tomato crostinis/bruschetta of sorts.

All the flavours went together very nicely, as was expected of such ingredients. I really liked the way they did the rocket salad though, with a light savoury sauce, sun-dried tomatoes and refreshing radish.

Bruno's juicy crabmeat linguine
Bruno’s juicy crabmeat linguine

And then the nice hot pasta arrived and we instantly devoted our full attention to it.

Done beautifully al dente and immersed in a thick and creamy tomato base sauce, the ‘Al Granchio’ (believe it was S$23.50) was a delight with chunky crabmeat in nearly every bite.

The lovely miso cod with lemon sauce mmm
The lovely miso cod with lemon sauce mmm

And oh my goodness, the Black Miso Cod (think it was S$38) was also really delicious! The presentation was admittedly a bit haphazard, with everything just piled on the plate – but actually, we couldn’t care less as it tasted so good.

The cod was plump and juicy and was complemented really well with the rich buttery lemon sauce. Very enjoyable!

The leaning tower of Bruno's Profiterole
The leaning tower of Bruno’s Profiterole (S$12)

We were really full after enjoying all these dishes, but decided to go for dessert anyway, to close off the meal.

I would have preferred the profiterole to be a bit more crisp on the outside, but it was good anyway and ended our dinner on a pleasant note. I mean, who doesn’t like pastry and ice cream topped with lots of chocolate sauce and almonds! Hehe.

A lovely neighbourhood Italian place
What a lovely little neighbourhood Italian place

Bruno’s is a lovely place for a casual yet delicious ‘fine dining in a neighbourhood’ dinner and I would most certainly want to go back there again to eat!


Bruno’s Bistrot
#01-06, 201 Telok Kurau Road

Tel: +65 6346 3970

Open daily except Tuesdays from 12.00pm to 2.30pm for lunch and 6.00pm to 10.30pm for dinner. Closed on Tuesdays.


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