Japanese-Italian restaurant NUVO has just launched at Marina Square.

The eatery doesn’t offer traditional yoshoku (Japanese-Western food) but more contemporary cuisine, blending ingredients from both Japanese and Italian cultures in innovative ways.   

Dine on creative hybrid fare such as kabocha soup with onsen egg and crispy parma ham ($15) and slow cooked salmon in shitake broth ($25), as well as purely Italian classics like tripe Florentine-style (from $15). There are also drink-friendly snacks including homemade pork sausages ($15) and prawn tartare ($9).   

Drinkwise, throw back an affordable range of regional Italian wines (from $29) such as Nina Zinfandel Blush from Puglia, plus a selection of cocktails—by Ethan Leslie Leong of Maison Ikkoku—incorporating Asian ingredients like matcha powder.

The decor of the place features dramatic arches and slate-colored furnishings. There are also plenty of long tables for communal gatherings, while cool graphic murals by local artists keep things interesting.