10 NEW & Hot Restaurants Singapore April 2017 – Piggy Dim Sum, Prawn Ramen, And Truffle Pizzas
Singaporeans’ love for dim sum and ramen do no stop, fueling the opening of Canton Paradise at Marina Bay Sands, and a late-night The Dim Sum Place at North Bridge Road (pending Halal certification) which should give Swee Choon a run of its money.
Also read: 10 NEW Cafes In Singapore April 2017
Canton Paradise Marina Bay Sands
2 Bayfront Avenue #01-02 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands Singapore 018972
Tel: +65 6688 7052
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm, Last Order 10:00pm (Mon – Thu)
10:30am – 11:00pm, Last Order 10:30pm (Fri – Sun, Eve of PH, PH)
Cantonese Cuisine and Dim Sum At Marina Bay Sands
Canton Paradise has opened a new outlet at Marina Bay Sands, complete with a swanky interior, lots of natural light (when you dine during the day-time), and lively atmosphere.
Now you know where to go when you are looking for ALL-DAY dim sum, roast specialties, Hong Kong style congee and noodles, and Cantonese wok-fried dishes at MBS. I reckon that many are still unaware of this new branch.
Go for the Handmade Meatball Congee ($9.80). The consistency of this Cantonese style congee should stand out. As I scooped up a spoonful, I could tell by appearance that it had a velvety smooth and silky texture.
The Steamed Molten Salted Egg Yolk Custard Piggy Bun ($6.80/3 pieces) are also tasty, instagrammable pieces of cute dim sum. Canton Paradise (Marina Bay Sands)
The Dim Sum Place
791 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198281
Tel: +65 6655 8787
Opening Hours: 11am – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm Daily
Late Night Dim Sum at North Bridge Road With Extensive Menu
The team from halal certified The Ramen Stall at North Bridge Road has started out a new abode (literally opposite their current), serving up their rendition of Cantonese style cuisine with a localized twist to suit the wider community in Singapore.
The Dim Sum Place, has also plans to be halal-certified and is the midst of application.
For Dim Sum offerings, one can find the usual “yum cha” staples with a twist of ingredients used. Think Chicken Siew Mai ($3.90), Duck “Chee Cheong Fan” ($6.90) and Beef Congee ($8.90). The Dim Sum Place (North Bridge Road)
[email protected], 313 Orchard Road, #03-41, Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun, PH),
11:30am – 10:30pm (Eve of PH, Fri, Sat)
Signature Kaisendon, KaisenSalad And Curry Rice Shop Opens At [email protected]
Kaisen Tei 海鮮亭 by Ministry Of Food (MOF) has opened at Level 3 of [email protected] serving Kaisendon and Curry Rice bowls.
Over at Kaisen Tei, you can choose from the signature donburi options, or DIY for a personalized bowl.
I went straight for the Signature Kaisendon ($16), considered value-for-its-money with 3 types of fishes – salmon, maguro (tuna), mekajiki (swordfish), mini hotate (scallop), and ikura (salmon roe) in a single bowl.
A KaisenSalad ($16) option is also available. Kaisen Tei ([email protected])
Jimoto Ya 海老麺総本家 地元家
3 Pickering Street, Nanking Row, 01-44/01-45 (opp Hong Lim Complex) Singapore 048660
Tel: +65 6223 3397
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Ebi Ramen By Michelin Starred Chef From Mieda Arrives To Singapore
Another ramen shop with a Michelin-star relation opens in Singapore. Jimoto Ya’s signature ramen is created by Chef Nobumasa Mieda of Michelin-Starred Kaiseki Restaurant MIEDA from Sapporo Hokkaido.
What makes their ramen different from the others is, the broth is made from a special blend of amaebi (sweet shrimp) and tonkotsu.
This explains the distinctive aroma reminiscent of hae mee (prawn noodle soup) upon walking into the eatery.
There are 5 basic types of ramen currently available – Ebi Shio ($16.50), Ebi Miso ($16.50), Ebi Shoyu ($16.50), Ebi Curry ($16.50) and a cold Hiyashi Cyuka ($18.50). Get the Ebi Shoyu ($16.50). Jimoto Ya (Pickering Street)
69 Boat Quay, Singapore 049857
Tel: +65 9469 3366
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm, Last Orders 10:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun, PH
Rich Nagoya Style Ramen And Tsukemen At Boat Quay
Menya Sakura at 64 Boat Quay is the group’s first outlet in Singapore, and it specialises in Nagoya-style ramen. You can find a few branches over at Indonesia such as at the Lotte Shopping Avenue.
The Singapore shop is helmed by Chef Sho Naganuma, ex-Executive Chef of Hide Yamamoto at MBS.
The recommendation ramen at Menya Sakura include Chuka Soba ($10.90) – noodles in a broth of clear chicken soup and fish dashi, Tonkotsu Tsukemen ($14.90) – Sakura’s original thick noodles served with an intense dipping soup, a blend of rich pork bone stock and seafood broth, and Tonkotsu Ramen ($10.90) featuring pork bone soup simmered for 12 hours. Menya Sakura (Boat Quay)
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
Block 17D Dempsey Road Singapore 249676
Tel: 1800 304 5588
Opening Hours: Lunch (available from end March) 12.00pm – 2.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Dinner 6.00pm – 9.30pm (Sun – Thurs), 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH, PH)
Bar 5.00pm – 12.00am (Mon – Sun)
Chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten Opens Restaurant In Singapore, With Signature Egg Caviar And Truffle Pizza
One of New York’s most celebrated chefs, Jean-Georges Vongerichten has opened The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar at COMO Dempsey.
The Egg Caviar ($38) was a tiny delicacy – does size equate price or value, I leave it to you to decide. It came with the top of the egg shell removed, piped in with whipped cream with hints of vodka and lemon juice, topped with a teaspoon of (osetra?) caviar.
My favourite dish of the dinner was the Black Truffle and Fontina Pizza ($26), perhaps also because this was different from the usual fine-dining dishes of small portions and occasionally unsatisfying taste. The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar (Dempsey)
Firebake – Woodfired Bakehouse & Restaurant
237 East Coast Road, Level 1 Singapore 428930
Tel: +65 9784 2950
+65 6440 1228
Opening hours: 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Woodfired Bakehouse & Restaurant With Traditional Breads And European Classics
Firebake means serious business. At this restaurant along East Coast Road (quite near 328 Katong Laksa and Chin Mee Chin), there lies a full-scale woodfire bread oven, hand-built from 37 tonnes of 5000 bricks.
Bread is baked using traditional European methods, incorporating all-natural ingredients, flour milled onsite, filtered Nordaq fresh water.
For the mains, selected dishes are slow-cooked, and recommended dishes include Norwegian blue mussel, larger, chorizo ($25), Cured Norwegian salmon, bread crust, dill, leek, pickled onion ($25), 4-Spice chicken liver pate ($12), and Heirloom tomato, pickled cucumber, feta, oregano ($17). Firebake (East Coast Road)
1 Keong Saik Road, The Working Capitol Building #01-05 Singapore 089109
Opening Hours: 6pm – 12mn (Tue-Fri), 9am – 4pm, 6pm – 12mn (Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Social Kitchen & Bar Serves Mod Australian Small Plates At Keong Saik
Serving modern Australia in small sharing plates, the menu is divided into “Land” for meats, “Earth” for vegetables and “Sea” for the seafood. Signature dishes include Roasted Iberico Pork Jowl ($16), Crispy Eggplant ($10), Wood Roasted Pumpkin & Sweet Potato ($12), Red Snapper ($18) and Baklava ($10).
Bigger sharing plates are available for big group gatherings such as 600g Oven Grilled Lobster ($68), 2.7kg Beef Short Ribs ($190) and 4kg Crispy Whole Suckling Pig ($280), which is probably sufficient to feed an entire small village. Don Ho (Keong Siak)
Garang Grill by New Ubin Seafood
15 Swan Lake Avenue, Singapore 455711
Tel: +65 9245 0184
Opening Hours: Lunch 11.30am – 3.00pm, Last Order2.30pm
Dinner 6.30pm – 10.30pm, Last Order 10:00pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Bold Charcoal Flavours, Tasty Meats And Garang ‘Heart Attack’ Rice
Garang Grill is New Ubin Seafood’s dream of a good neighbourhood grill, done in collaboration with Slake and its chef Jeremy Cheok. Though technically, Jeremy is considered part of the New Ubin Team now.
The word “Garang” can mean “fierce” or “powerful”. As its name suggests, Garang Grill offers fierce, bold charcoal flavours that is truly Singaporean, made possible by the acquisition of a traditional Spanish Mibrasa charcoal oven.
The recommended items include Chilli Crab Rillet with deep fried mini mantou ($14), Oyster-Uni-Ikura with ponzu dressing ($58 per half dozen), Garang Chilli Wings ($12 for 6 pieces), Crispy Pork Jowl ($12, appetiser 125gms) and USDA Beef – Prime Rib / Short Ribs ($18/100gms and $12/100gms respectively). Garang Grill by New Ubin Seafood
The Hangout Hotel, 10A Upper Wilkie Road, Singapore 228119
Tel: +65 6339 9448
Opening Hours: Lunch 12.00pm – 3.00pm Last Seating 2:00pm (Tues – Sat)
Dinner 6.30pm – 10.30pm Last Seating 9:30pm (Mon – Sat, Closed Sun)
Reserve Online Now – Wild Rocket
(Re-Opening) Mod-Sin Restaurant Offers Pasta Dishes, From Laksa Ravioli To Thai Curry Fettuccine
After a short break, Wild Rocket by Chef Willin Low has returned, offering freshly-made pasta dishes.
You can experience the pasta from the ala carte menu ($29 – $30++), as part of the dinner four-course meal ($73++), or the Omakase meal ($128 for nine-course).
The 3 new signatures include Spanner Crab Ravioli & Daun Kesom Ravioli In Laksa Broth ($30), Thai Red Curry Duck Confit Fettuccine ($29), and Har Ji Spaghetti with Bottarga (cured fish roe), Prawns and Kaffir ($30). There would be some occasional specials, so you may like to check with the staff.
My favourite was the Thai Red Curry Duck Confit Fettuccine ($29). The dish managed to marry the richness, intensity and spiciness of this Thai dish well into the pasta, still full of flavours but not overly fiery. Wild Rocket (Mt Emily)
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