10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore May 2015 – From This To That

10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore May 2015 – From This To That

The theme for this month is “From this to that”. New branches, overseas expansion, second outlets.

Other new openings in Singapore include Chinese tapas bar Sum Yi Tai (Boon Tat Street), health bistro Food With Benefits (Katong Shopping Centre), American food and brunch restaurant G House (Dempsey), Opus Bar & Grill (Hilton), GreenDot (Westgate) and Miam Miam (Tampines One). (Cafes are on a separate list: 10 New Cafes In Singapore May 2015)

Daniel’s Food Diary has visited the following 10 places, and tell you how it went. 10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore May 2015 – From This To That

Tarte by Cheryl Koh and Caveau Bar
1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre #01-12, Singapore 228208
Tel: +65 62353225
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm

From Les Amis to Tarte.

Caveau Bar went through a facelift, with a new takeaway tart outlet appearing next door. Les Amis’s very own Pastry Chef Cheryl Koh helms her own, selling just tarts and carolines for now. Tarts at Tarte are available in two seizes – 8cm ($8-$9) and 16cm ($30-$34). Limited quantity, baked fresh every day, quality ingredients, good stuff. We predict that this will be a hit with tai-tais and others.

Haha Thai
Ngee Ann City, #05-29 391 Orchard Road Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 62994401
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm Daily

From Lavender to Orchard.

Family-owned Thai restaurant (previously known as Hahaha Seafood Restaurant) moved from Foch Road to Ngee Ann City. We tried the Haha Bak Mee ($10.80), Beef Noodle Soup ($10.80), Phad Thai ($10.80), Haha Fried Rice ($11.80 which came in choice of 3 types of flavoured rice), Haha Otah ($8.80) and Boneless Chicken Wings ($12.80) – some hits, some misses. The Mango Sticky Rice with Ice Cream ($11.80) was a work of art, and mangoes fresh and sweet. Liked the ice cream, but rice could be stickier with a tinge of salt. (Read: Haha Thai Ngee Ann City)

International Plaza #01-19, 10 Anson Road Singapore 079903 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 62214656
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8:30pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Weekends & PH

From Raffles Place to Tanjong Pagar.

WHEAT, which was known as Wheat Baumkuchen, opened its 3rd branch at International Plaza. It has come a long way. The three most popular items were the Penguin ($7.80) – green soba with shredded chicken, eggs, salad, and sesame sauce, Salmon ($9.00) – grilled salmon with green soba, salad and yuzu sauce, and Bull Run ($8.00) – grilled teriyaki chicken, green soba and salad. Popular with CBD office ladies and executives.(Read:WHEAT International Plaza)

Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant
Capitol Piazza #02-27/28/29, 13 Stamford Road Singapore 178905 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 67021838
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm

From London to Singapore.

THAT Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant famous for their roast duck, with some reviews saying it is “the best roast duck in the world” has opened in Singapore – the 4th city after London, Shanghai and Bangkok. A Four Season Roasted Duck would cost a premium price of $68 for a whole ($36 for half and $22 for portion) in Singapore, hardly cheap at all. the Roast Duck did have a delectable sauce, seemingly a mixture of soy sauce, sweetener, herbs and spices. Some parts of the duck meat were tougher than expected, and there wasn’t a crisp golden outer skin as claimed to be. Underwhelming. (Read: Four Seasons Chinese Restaurant Capitol Piazza)

The Rösti Farm
Capitol Piazza 13 Stamford Road #02-31, Singapore 178905 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Soft launch phase)

From Once Upon A Rosti to Rosti Farm.

Anyone remembers Once Upon A Rösti? They are now The Rosti Farm where rosti takes centre-stage here, appearing in main courses such as 100% Angus Beef & Maple Bacon Bombs with Single Rosti ($18, with Double Rosti $3 extra), The Happy Weekender ($20) where you get German bratwurst infused with real beer, sautéed mushroom, grilled pineapple and an overeasy egg, Mermaid’s Seafood Platter ($16) and Sir All Day Breakfast ($14). Food tended to be on the salty side, and needed some refinements. (Read: The Rosti Farm Capitol Piazza)

Pho Tai
Capitol Piazza #B2-54, 13 Stamford Road Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 67021181
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm

From Paris to Singapore.

This family-owned Vietnamese restaurant had its origins from Paris. The Vietnam-born Chinese family moved to Paris during the 70s to find safety during times of war, and subsequently started Pho Tai in the city of romance. The signature items include Beef Steak Slices and Combination Pho ($9.90), Steamed Rice Pancake Rolls ‘Banh Cuon’ ($7.80), Fresh Spring Rolls ($4.80). Marinated Beef Vermicelli ‘Bo Bun’ ($12.80), Red beans with Coconut Milk ($6.00) and Banana and Coconut Milk ($4.30). While Pho Tai may not be as polished, we liked it homely style offerings and I can safely say, they offer one my favourite pho in Singapore. (Read: Pho Tai Capitol Piazza)

Good Chance Popiah
No. 1 Jalan Berseh #01-15 New World Centre Singapore 209037
Tel: +65 96229445
Opening Hours: 11.00am – 2:30pm, 6pm – 9.30pm

From Silat Ave to Jalan Besar.

DIY Hokkien Popiah shop Good Chance Popiah has opened another branch at New World Centre, replacing well, McDonalds. 3rd generation owner “Ah Boy” says it is a good chance (pun not intended) and opportunity for the restaurant to expand after being around for 30 years. Wrapping your own may be more expensive than your usual hawker stall prices outside – 4 rolls are at $16.80, while 6 rolls are at $22.80. Chinese sausage, prawns and crab meat at additional cost.

Noodle Café – Thai Boat Noodles
1 Rochor Canal #01-05 Sim Lim Square, Singapore 188504 (near taxi-stand)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm

From Golden Mile to Sim Lim.

After finding some popularity at Golden Mile, Noodle Café quickly opens another at Sim Lim. There were five steps on the menu to customise the boat noodles: choose the meat (beef, beef liver, beef ball, pork, pork liver, pork ball), size ($1.9 or $5), noodles (bee hoon, kway tiao, glass noodles, tung hoon, meekia), taste (dry, soup, clear or tom yum) and level of spiciness. The flavours were still one of the strongest, and possibly closest to those sold in the street-side stalls in Thailand. (Read: Noodle Café Sim Lim)

Ssiksin Chicken
Serangoon NEX #02-04 (Within Ministry of Food) Singapore 238858 (Serangoon MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)

From BBQ to Chicken.

The Korean Fried Chicken fever does not stop. Ssiksin Chicken opened by Daessiksin Korean BBQ offers Original Fried Chicken ($8 for 2 pieces, $15 for 4, $28 for 8), Seasoned Spicy Chicken ($9, $16, $30) and Soy Sauce Chicken ($9, $16, $30). One of the favourites was the Spicy Seasoned Chicken ($9 for 2, $16 for 4, $30 for 8) where the chicken was evenly coated with a sticky-salty-spicy sauce specially imported from Korea. Can you take the spiciness? (Read: Ssiksin Chicken NEX)

FIX Grill
31 Ah Hood Rd, HomeTeamNS-JOM Clubhouse, #01-07 Singapore 329979
Tel: +65 6397 5662
Opening hours: 11am-3pm, 5.30-10.30pm, last orders 30 min beforeclosing (Tues – Sun)
Closed Mon and last Tues of the month

From Café to Grill.

Next door to FIX Café is FIX Grill, supposedly a casual Mediterranean grill concept. Signatures are their skewers, ranging from Greek Beef Keftedes, Lamb Moussaka, Chicken Tsukune Yakitori and Homemade Prawn & Fish Cake. An assorted combination is $25. We liked the Slow-Roasted Half Chicken ($19) served with a porcini cream sauce. The restaurant feels it needs a strong identity and stronger specialities.

Other Related Entries
10 New Cafes In Singapore May 2015
10 New Cafes In Singapore April 2014W
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore April 2015
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore March 2015
20 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore – Feb 2015

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  1. Looks like a good selection, and I especially like the new Haha Thai and Pho Tai. I want to know though, why isn’t Turkish food popular in Singapore? No franchises or fast food chains of Turkish cuisine in SG yet – not even a Simit Sarayi!

    • True. Kebabs are very popular in many countries, especially in take-and-go wrap stalls. There is Ottoman Kebab & Grill at Bedok Mall. I quite like it.

  2. Will have to check them out!!

  3. tried the Four Seasons ‘famous’ Roast duck in London and its OVERRATED. Some of our local neighbourhood stalls can serve better duck.

  4. Vaguelyfeminist : May 14, 2015 at 7:59 pm

    “Office ladies and executives”…was this article written by someone living in the early 60s, when women were a nameless mass bringing coffee and typing memos? And of course, since you separated out the “ladies” in your statement, guess the only people applicable to the term “executives” applies to men.

    Thank you, this was a helpful and edifying statement. It is now clear whose role is what.

    • Dear Vaguelyfeminist, you don’t have to over-read into things. In Singapore, “Office ladies or OLS” is commonly used. My female colleagues don’t seem to mind that. Take it easy!

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