10 NEW & Hot Restaurants Singapore June 2017 – Robatayaki, Army Stew, And Poolside Brunch
Shokutsu Ten Japanese Food Street, #B1-03/04, Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Singapore 237994
Tel: +65 6835 9071
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3:00pm, Last Rrder 2.30pm (Mon – Sun)
5.30pm – 10:00pm, Last Order 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Tempura and Robatayaki Restaurant At Great World City
Ami Ami which means ‘net’ in Japanese, is a Tempura, Robatayaki and Seafood-focused restaurant.
It is helmed by award-winning Master Chef Naoki Tsuzuki with over two decades of culinary experience.
What immediately appealed to me were the counter seats, where you can watch the tempura masters fry the hot tempura behind, then presented to you on your plate.
The signature Ami Ami Tempura Set ($45.80++) is value-for-money, as it includes prawn, chicken, fish, vegetable tempura deep fried ala-minute, along with Sashimi of the day, Charcoal-grilled live scallop, Egg tempura & vegetable kakiage tempura rice bowl, Miso soup and Pickles. Ami Ami (Great World City)
Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones (SRPS)
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #03-08, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Dine, Paint And Shop At This Lifestyle Space At Orchard Central
The space houses a kaffatea room (Steamroom), restaurant (The Pillar), retail and art lab (Stones).
“Steamroom” represents the process of kaffatea brewing; food is the key “Pillar” that brings people together; and “Stones” as a medium for the earliest form of art, reflects SRPS’ creative initiatives.
Selection includes Hamachi Ceviche ($14), Angus Beef Tartare ($16), Spanner Crab Salad ($15), The Norwegian Flatbread ($18), Braised Beef Cheeks ($32), Lobster Fregola Sarda Pasta ($28), Coal Smoked Red Snapper ($28) and Salmon Ochazuke ($24).
It is a beautiful space, but I wasn’t completely sure if the concept would sit well with the typical customers at Orchard Central. Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones (Orchard Central)
Sama Curry & Café
OUE Downtown 2 Gallery, 6 Shenton Way #03-26 Singapore 068809
Tel: +65 6224 0590
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm
Popular Hokkaido Soup Curry Shop Arrives In Singapore, 30 Levels Of Spiciness
The popular Sama Curry & Café hailing from Hokkaido Japan, has opened its first Singapore store at OUE Downtown 2 Gallery Level 2.
Sama soup curry uses a different recipe, with ramen style broth as its base, then mixes tomato, coconut or shrimp to turn it into a full bodied soup before adding curry spices.
I had a Cheesy Bear ($16.90), Level 7, Coconut base.
It turned out to be a pleasant meal, with the curry base flavourful and with depth. In fact, I wished I had ordered something spicier so that it would have more kick. Sama Curry & Café (Downtown Gallery)
Chen’s Mapo Tofu
6A Shenton Way #02-29, Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068809
Tel: +65 6221 3206
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily
Szechuan Food By Michelin Starred Chef From Shisen Hanten
This Chen’s Mapo Tofu at Downtown Gallery Shenton Way offers a range of Szechuan classics, such as the signature Mapo Tofu (麻婆豆腐), Dong Po Rou (东坡肉) and Dan Dan Mien (担担面) in a fuss-free environment, at casual-dining prices.
The surname Chen is in fact referring to Chef Chen Kentaro, 3rd Generation owner of Shisen Hanten (四川饭店) which originated and boasted 14 outlets across Japan. His restaurant at Mandarin Orchard was also awarded 2 Michelin stars in the Singapore Michelin Guide 2016.
The star dish of the place definitely goes to Mapo Don ($8.80). While Szechuan classics usually come smack at your face with bold and strong flavors, Chen’s Mapo Tofu was somewhat mellower and subdued, perhaps to cater to the local CBD crowd. Chen’s Mapo Tofu (Downtown Gallery)
Express by Chatterbox
Downtown Gallery #01-04, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815
Tel: +65 6220 0758
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 10:00 pm, Last order 9:15 pm Daily
Mandarin’s Famous Chicken Rice Goes Casual And Affordable At $8
Chatterbox has started an “Express by Chatterbox” concept at Downtown Gallery Shenton Way, serving this classic Singapore dish and other local favourites at mostly $10 or below.
Accordingly, the method of preparation and the source of ingredients for Signature Chicken Rice and Signature Laksa Noodle with Prawn are the same as how they are served at Mandarin Orchard Singapore Chatterbox Café.
Expectedly, the presentation came a lot sadder looking (the very orangey lighting didn’t help), but give and take.
Well, I must say I still liked the chicken pieces, and had that gloss of oil wrapping around the slippery meat. I also wished the portion was bigger.
Donjjang Korean Restaurant
33 Mohamed Sultan Rd #01-05, Singapore 238977
Korean Barbecue With Dramatic BIG Fire, Go For The Army Stew
Donjjang at 33 Mohamed Sultan Road is one of those Korean restaurants that completely goes under the radar – no Facebook page, no Instagram, not even a Google search entry.
Taking over Midnight House Korean Charcoal BBQ, Donjjang specialises in Korean BBQ and family style dishes.
Price is a little on the high side though. A basic barbecue beef set is priced at $200, while the pork set goes for $150.
I found that Donjjang managed to do their Army Stew aka Budae Jjigae ($45) well, making this one of my favourite Budae Jjigae in Singapore. Though I could imagine some may wish that it can be spicier or more kimchi-tangy. Donjjang (Mohamed Sultan Road
2 Tan Quee Lan Street, #01-03, Singapore 188091 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 8444 2722
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), 6:00pm – 10:30pm (Sun)
Orgasmic, Balsamic And Devil’s Crab. Add A Special Hokkien Mee
Another crab restaurant has opened in Singapore, but Holycrab at Tan Quee Lan Street comes with some ‘hipster’ element and quirkiness.
Helmed by the straight-talking Chef Elton Seah, he used to operate Holycrab as a private dinning concept for 7 years, but decided to collaborate with the owners of Joo Bar to set this up.
Some of the recommendations include Holy Crab with thick vermicelli in rich crab broth; Succumb Crabs cooked with fine vermicelli; Devil’s Crab in butter sauce Balsamic Crabs; Singapore Chilli Crabs; and Orgasmic Crabs which are essentially salted egg yolk ones.
775 North Bridge Road (Hotel Clover), Singapore 198473
Tel: +65 8748 0788
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 10.30am (Breakfast Daily), 12noon – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Lunch & Dinner Daily except Mon)
Laneway Market Café Opens Restaurant At North Bridge Road, 4 Course Meal At $25.0+
Located on the ground level of Hotel Clover at 775 North Bridge Road (somewhat near Bugis), Brine aims to bring casual fine dining (I know this is an oxymoron) at affordable pricing to the masses.
Apart from a-la-carte items, they also offer set course meals ranging from $25 – $45 (with snacks and amuse bouche), and menu is subject to change.
The Japanese-inspired Furikake Scrambled Eggs ($14) topped with ebiko provided an additional popping texture to the comfort egg dish. Brine (North Bridge Road)
16 Bussorah Street Singapore 199437 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 62915373
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 10:00pm, Last Order 9pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun)
12:00pm – 2:30pm, 5:00pm – 11:00pm, Last Order 10:00pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH)
1st Muslim Owned Izakaya in Singapore
Haráru Izakaya has indicated that it is the 1st Muslim Owned Izakaya in Singapore, boosting of a modern ‘bar’ with tatami dining experience.
No alcohol, only mocktails, flavoured sodas, dealcoholized wines, fruit juices and Japanese style milkshakes.
During lunch time, you get four donburi sets in the likes of Salmon Teriyaki Don, Unagi Don, Gyuniku Don and Tori Karaage Don, priced at $12 or $13.
The dinner ala-carte menu has a wider variety, serving a spread of starters such as Deep Fried Chicken Skin, Gyoza, Fresh Octopus marinated with wasabi sauce, Salads, Charcoal Grill items, Kushiyaki, Deep Fried Food, Donburi, Noodles and Desserts. Haráru Izakaya (Bussorah Street)
Hai Di Lao Hot Pot (opening soon)
Bedok Mall, 311 New Upper Changi Rd, Singapore 467360
The Chinese hotpot restaurant in known for its peppery mala soup base, 4 soups-in-one pot, late night operating hours, and super good service.
As a customer-oriented company, the Chinese spicy soup chain offers complimentary snacks and drinks, and manicures to awaiting customers. Hai Di Lao 海底捞 (Bedok Mall)
And one more…
Flip Flop Restaurant
1 Farrer Park Station Road, One Farrer Hotel & Spa, Singapore 217562 (Farrer Park station)
Tel: +65 6705 7663
Email (Reservations): [email protected]
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 4:00pm Every Sun
One Farrer Hotel & Spa has launched a Sunday Pop Up Brunch from June 4th 2017, held at the poolside Flip Flop Restaurant on at Level 6, Lifestyle Podium.
The brunch will be on-going every Sunday from 1130am to 4pm.
What you can look forward to include Warm Alaska King Crab Salad on Charcoal Waffles ($26), Jamon & Trio Baked Egg Hash ($12), Wild Mushroom & Scrambled Egg with Truffle on Toast ($12). Baked Granola Tart with Low Fat Yoghurt & Mixed Berries ($8).
Reservations recommended. [Enjoy 20% OFF when you dine at Flip Flop Poolside Sunday Brunch at One Farrer Hotel & Spa in the month of June and July. Promo Code: DFD20] Flip Flop Poolside Sunday Brunch (One Farrer Hotel & Spa)
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