My wife and I went there after a film at SAM. My wife is African American, I am Anglo-Chinese. We ordered a pizza, two desserts and a drink, but when I tried to order plain tap water, the waitress insisted i order sparking imported water. I referred to the fact that everyone else in the restaurant was drinking regular Singapore tap water. After some back and forth I said if I can't have water with my pizza I would have to leave. She asked the chef who told us to get out and made an aggressive gesture of dismissal. I don't fully understand Italian hand gestures, but there is no doubt it was highly disrespectful.
What makes me think this was motivated by racism was the fact that everyone else in the restaurant (all white or Asian) had water, much of which was tap water.
When my wife confronted Chef Cataldo, he couldn't make eye contact with her and blurted out something about how he couldn't afford to wash water glasses. He complained that this was because the Singapore government (MOM) had refused to let him hire foreign dishwashers. However, I think the disrespectful way he treated us is likely due to his racism.
I haven't commented on the food or value since we never got to eat our meal.
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