10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore August 2015
The number of new restaurants in Singapore has reached quite astonishing numbers, that it won’t be exaggerating to say there are opening every single day on average. (Read: 10 New Cafes In Singapore Aug 2015)
Japanese, Mod-Sin, Noodle Houses and Thai restaurants take centrestage this month, as more openings are happening at Singapore’s Central Business District, Suntec City and town area. Saturated, or room for more?
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore August 2015
80 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 048466 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily, Last Order 9:30pm.
Express Takeaway Lane Opens 8am – 6pm
While this is a new-to-market restaurant, the Cha Thai team has already established a name with Loaves Me at SMU, being one of the first cafes in Singapore to offer Shibuya brick toast. Prices are higher than the usual casual Thai restaurants, but the quality is there.
Try the Tiger Prawn Panang Curry ($28). The gravy is luscious thick with coconut cream, only mildly spicy, and you would find an interesting addition – lychees. The Panang Curry generally has a sweet side to balance the spiciness. Chef uses lychees instead of just sugar for its natural sweetness and touch of juiciness. (Read: Cha Thai Telok Ayer)
Open Farm Community
130E Minden Road Singapore 248819
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 10pm (Sat-Sun), Last orders 30 min before closing
Tel: +65 6471 0306
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The Open Farm Community, who looks set to be one of the defining new openings in Singapore this year, is a collaboration between the Spa Esprit Group, Chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club and urban food garden specialists Edible Gardens.
This concept at Dempsey Hill, sprawling over 35,000 square feet of an urban farmland and 60-seater restaurant space is a bold, is a refreshing move in land-scarce Singapore. A restaurant in the middle is surrounded by a beautiful architectural garden, where children can explore the fruit orchards, while busy executives can also do takeaways at a café at the front. Don’t be surprised if some of the ingredients in your food is just plucked from the garden. (Read: Open Farm Community Minden Road)
120 Desker Road Singapore 209639
Tel: +65 6291 6996
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 10:30am – 11:30pm (Fri), 9:30am – 11:30pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Tues
CreatureS has an extensive menu which blends Western culinary dishes with Asian and local flavours. Plus it is set at the used-to-be-more-dodgy Desker Road which gives it a dash of hipness and mystery.
Some of its offerings: Zhu Burger ($22), Chap Chye Fusilli ($18), Prawn and Pork Buah Keluak On Prata ($15), 5-Spice Pork and Rice Broth ($23), Italian Yong Tau Fu ($10) and Orh Nee Cake ($9), this is one menu that will make jaded customers sit up and take notice. Many dishes are tilted towards home-style cooking, therefore could come across as ‘healthy’ or ‘could be more flavourful’ – depending on how you see it. (Read: CreatureS Desker Road)
Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Rd #03-10 s238873 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6235 3785
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2pm, 6pm – 10pm
With a combination of fresh seafood, classy ambience, personable professional service and a comfortable price point, Ginza Kuroson is one of my favourite Japanese restaurant openings this year. I hope it stays this way.
Ginza Kuroson at Ngee Ann City boosts of a long sushi bar and robatayaki counter, display of fresh fish and seafood, an element black and red themed décor, with Japanese chefs skilling working their crafts behind the counter. For lunch, Donburi sets are available, at a more affordable pricing than dinner. (Read: Ginza Kuroson Ngee Ann City)
Capitol Piazza, 11 Stamford Road #01-84 Singapore 178884 (City Hall MR)
Opening Hours: 11am – 1am (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 2am (Fri-Sat), 11am – 1am (Sun)
ZAKU is helmed by American Chef Dan Segall who has an impressive resume – Zuma in Hog Kong, M1NT in Shanghai, and the former KU DE TA at MBS. The Japanese restaurant with a European touch offers skewers, salads, mains, vegetables, and hotpot rice, along with a number of premium and exclusive sake labels. (Read: ZAKU Capitol Piazza)
Tendon Ginza Itsuki
101 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088522 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 6678
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm
The tempura donburi shop opened by the Keisuke Ramen team. Two types of Japanese Tendon are available– Special Tendon (Tempura Rice Bowl, $13.90) and Vegetable Tendon (Vegetable Tempura Rice Bowl, $12.90), which is considered value-for-money for the type of ingredients used. 2 tempura prawns resting on top of a mixture of deep fried vegetables of melon and lady’s finger, slices of chicken breast meat and tempura egg over a bed of rice, covered in light soy dressing, all in an elegant Arita porcelain bowl. (Read: Takeda Shouten Tanjong Pagar)
Liang Court #02-32/33 177 River Valley Road Singapore 179030
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6pm – 10pm (2:15, 9:15pm last orders) Daily
Located on the 2nd level, Butahage has a simple menu, offering the standard Butadon ($13.80), ‘Premier’ Butdadon Set ($22.80) and sets of Hokkaido Crab Cream Croquette($6.50) and Imomochi Cheese ($6.50).
The Butadon was a bowl of deliciousness – 850℃ grilled USDA pork, Yumepirica ‘beautiful dream’ rice which is slightly more sweet and sticky than the typical Japanese rice, and a secret recipe Tare sauce imported from Hokkaido. (Read: Butahage Liang Court)
Alexandra Central Mall, Park Hotel Alexandra #01-16, 323 Alexandra Road s159972 (Queenstown)
Tel: +65 6250 2889
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Small 20-seater ramen shop newly opened at Park Hotel Alexandra. Three types of ramen soup bases are available – Shoyu ($12.90), Miso ($12.90), and the spicy Karamiso ($13.90). For additional toppings of pork belly, you can order the Chashu Ramen ($16.90/$17.90).
Otoko Ramen’s shoyu plus tonkotsu soup base with toppings of cabbage reminds me of JIRO Ramen in Japan. May not appeal to all, but should reach out to a specific group of diners. (Read: Otoko Ramen Alexandra Central Mall)
No. 176 Orchard Road #01-63/64 The Centrepoint Singapore 238843
Tel: +65 6235 5778
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
The famous Hong Kong Mak’s Noodle has opened in Singapore at Centrepoint. The menu is clearly divided into sections – tossed noodle, soup dishes, side dishes and beverages. Prices are slightly higher than Hong Kong’s, but this is inevitable.
A Wonton Noodle Soup is priced $6.90 here, while in Hong Kong a bowl would be about HK$36 (SGD$6.30). Some say not as good as Hong Kong’s, while there are others think that beats a plane-ride over. (Read: Mak’s Noodle Centrepoint)
Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar
52 Amoy Street Singapore 069878
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 1am (Fri) Lunch Hours from 11am – 3pm (or till sold out); 5pm – 1am (Sat), Closed Sun
A hip noodle bar hailing from Seng’s Wanton Mee of Dunman Food Centre. Options available include Wanton Noodle with Char Siew ($5.50/$6.50), Wanton Noodles with Roasted Pork Belly ($6/$7), and Power Wanton Noodles ($9/$10). Noodles and chilli sauce were memorable, while there were divided views on the overall taste. Long queues during peak hours. (Read: Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar Amoy Street)
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