The trend of new openings in February – street food, desserts, and modern bistros. Soft serves, froyo, Korean bingsu and fried chicken will continue to stay for a while, while modern salad bars will get more fanciful.

What may excite you: Red velvet yogurt, Thai microphone, Taiwanese shaved ice dessert, and two restaurants – one in violet, the other black & white.

These are some of the new restaurants, bars and kiosks. There are too many cafes, so they belong to this different list.
20 New Cafes In Singapore Feb 2015
20 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore – January 2015

Nookie Yogurt
POMO, 1 Selegie Road #01-04, Singapore 188306

The yogurt with style and attitude wants to give Llao Llao a run for its money. Nookie would be a combination of the familiar frozen yogurt with deconstructed desserts. Apple crumble, red velvet parfait, chocolate banana and churros in a dessert? Yes, yes.

In the works… a DFD Daniel’s Food Diary Nookie Yogurt. Still planning, still tasting. My requirements: it MUST be delicious AND photogenic.

YiLi PaoPao Ice 以利泡泡冰新加坡站
#B2-05, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)

YiLi PaoPao Ice 以利泡泡冰 from the popular Taiwan Shilin market has arrived in Singapore at Orchard Central. The PaoPao Specials included Boba Milk & Egg, Peanut & Oreos and Red Bean & Milk (each $5.60). If not, you can customise our own by mixing any 2 flavours ($4.95) such as Strawberry, Pineapple, Mango, Valentine’s Fruit, Peanut, Taro, Milk & Egg to Wumei. (Read: YiLi PaoPao Ice 以利泡泡冰 Orchard Central)

Milk Cow
The Cathay, 2 Handy Road #01-03 Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.50pm (Sun – Thu), 11.30am – 10.50pm (Fri, Sat, and eve of PH)

Milkcow’s signature soft serve is made with 100% organic milk sourced from Italian dairy farms, topped with ingredients such as organic honeycomb, nuts, Oreo crumbles, snow drop cotton candy with jelly beans, and Affogato. (Read: Milk Cow The Cathay)

3151 Commonwealth Avenue West #01-13, City Vibe, Singapore 129581 (5 min walk from Clementi MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)

Frozen specializes in Korean ice desserts such as Korean Bingsu and pastries. The menu selection was also named after the characters in the movie, Olaf Melon Bingsu ($12.90 – $15.90) was named after Olaf the Snowman and Elsa Snow Flakes ($13.90 – $17.90) after the Princess of Arendelle. (Read: Frozen Clementi)

Mak Mak Thai Street Food
200 Victoria Street, #B1-K04, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm

Aroy mak mak? Finally a Thai street food kiosk around selling skewers of grilled chicken, crispy fried garlic pork in nam jin sauce, grilled squid in spicy green seafood sauce, Thai fishcake, sweet potato balls, the microphone (check that out) and mango sticky rice.

Mushi Mushi
10 Anson Road, International Plaza, #01-09, Singapore 079903 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 91172787
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 7:30pm (Mon-Fri), 8am – 2pm (Sat)

Mushi Mushi at International Plaza offers a range of Chawanmushi served contemporary style, made with freshly brewed stock from kombu and bonito flakes. The varieties of chawanmushi available included Ranpaku Mushi – Pure Egg White Chawanmushi ($3.50), Kinoko Mushi – 4 different types of mushrooms ($3.50), Kani Mushi – Real Crabmeat immersed in Mushi House Blend Sauce ($4.50), and Ikura Mushi – Classic Mushi with salmon roe topping ($4.90). (Read: Mushi Mushi Tanjong Pagar)

Green Rabbit Crepe & Salad Gastrobar
181 Orchard Road (Orchard Central) B2-06, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)

One must not be misled by the word ‘gastrobar’ though, as the 8-seater shop is more a casual quick-serve fuss-free eatery. Found at the base of their menu was an intriguing Mono Laksa ($9.90), cheesy name, but the dressing of Creamy Laksa. Also available are French style pancake wrapped around sweet or savory fillings such as Banana Chocolate, Strawberry Shortcake and Cheesy Mushroom. (Read: Green Rabbit Crepe & Salad Gastrobar Orchard Central)

The Rabbit Hole
1 Raffles Place, #04-30, Shopping Podium, Singapore 048616
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Mon-Sun)

So many rabbits! Another one? This salad bar is cafe-themed so as to move away from the usual salad shop outlook. Dressings are all made freshly from scratch in-house, and ingredients would feature a stronger list of deli products such as premium Striploin and Sous-Vide chicken.

Kinsa Sushi
4 Hillview Rise HillV2 #02-02 Singapore 667979
Tel: +65 67107278
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, 5:30pm -10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11:30am – 10pm (Fri-Sun, PH)
Reserve Online Now (Kinsa Sushi HillV2)

HillV2 branch’s take was to offer quality Japanese cuisine (with some dishes usually found at higher end restaurants) at affordable price-points. Its wide offerings – appetizers (Wagyu Tataki, Tamago Yaki), Sashimi, Sushi, Grilled Items, Hotplates, Deep Fried Items (Tempura, Karaage), Soups, Dons, Noodles (Udon, Soda), Bento Sets and Desserts. Try the Wagyu Don ($24.80) which contained pan fried wagyu beef on rice. (Read: Kinsa Sushi HillV2)

Joo Bar
5, Tan Quee Lan Street, Singapore 188094
Tel: +65 8138 1628
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 12am Daily

Korean bar at Bugis with fusion dishes. Key highlights were its house brew makgeolli and quality Korean fare by Head Chef Kim Chang Heon with delights such as Slow Roasted Mangalitsa Belly ($32), Joo Bossam ($28), Kimchi Chicken Potpie ($12) and Seafood Gochujang Risotto ($24). (Read: Joo Bar Tan Quee Lan St)

The Refinery
115 King George’s Ave, Singapore 208561
Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am (Tue-Thurs, Sun), 6pm – 1am (Fri-Sat)

Located in the up-and-coming Jalan Besar district, The Refinery is a 3 storey multi disciplinary concept housed within an old industrial building. Part casual dining restaurant , part mixology bar and part designer workspace. Popular dishes include “Shiok Bak” and Skirt Steak on sticks, “Mee Pok” dry ramen with signature onsen egg, salted egg onion rings and poutine in a bag.

Chir Chir 치르치르
313@somerset #B3-04/05/06, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun), 11am – 11pm (Fri-Sat)

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory is a popular Korean restaurant chain specialising in deep fried Korean style chicken and other freshly cooked chicken dishes such as Spicy BBQ Roasted Chicken, Garlic Roasted Chicken and Crispy Fried Tenders. (Read: Chir Chir 313 @ Somerset)

Saigon Baguette
Central, Clarke Quay, 6 Eu Tong Sen Road #01-58/59, Singapore 059817
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm

Saigon Baguette serves up authentic cuisine from Pho, crispy sping rolls to baguettes. Try their Mix Baguette ($7.50) with pork belly, viet ham, pork floss and liver paste. Yums. They have branches at Marina Square, OneKM and Suntec City.

Day & Night
56 Eng Hoon Street #01-46 Singapore 160056 (15 min from Tiong Bahru MRT)
Tel:+65 6536 0024
Hours: 5.30-11pm (Tue-Thu), 5.30pm-12am (Fri-Sat), 10am-10pm (Sun)

They were once known as Two Face Pizza & Taproom, which closed suddenly last December. A similar concept has reopened at the same spot selling similar items. When asked, they said “We have gourmet burgers now.” Same same, but different.

Monochrome Fusion Bistro
291 South Bridge Road Singapore 058836 (near Maxwell Market)
Tel: +65 62211798
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues-Thurs), 11am – 12am (Fri-Sun), Closed Mon

Monochromic themed Monochrome Fusion Bistro has found its way near Chinatown, in minimalist design, decorated in black and white. Signature items: Monochrome Signature Meatballs ($16) – handcrafted meatballs coated with black and white sesame, Monochrome Squid Ink Risotto ($24) – squid ink risotto with pan-seared scallops and parmesan cheese, and Snapper Loin Cha Soba ($24) – soba, teppanyaki snapper, served with miso broth. (Read: Monochrome Fusion Bistro South Bridge Road)

Violet Herbs
81 Tras Street Singapore 079020 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm Lunch last order 2:30pm, 6pm – 10pm Dinner (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Tel: +65 6221 3988

Violet Herbs at Tras Street is positioned as a new age semi-formal fine dining restaurant, though I would rather call it a beautiful Modern European restaurant with touches of Asian flavours. The interior where its walls and furniture in shades of pinkish violet would be a pretty draw, giving the restaurant somewhat girly and elegant vibes. A 3 course set lunch was at $29.50+ per person (with items such as Sous Vide 48 Hours Wagyu Beef Cheek, or Norwegian Salmon & Yellow Miso), a 4 course set dinner at $42+ (mains included Roasted Duck Confit, Marinated Red Miso Cod, Char Grilled Tenderloin, Slow Roasted Kagoshima Kurobuta Pork Loin). (Read: Violet Herbs Tras Street)

6 Bukit Pasoh Singapore 089820
Tel: +65 62210132
Opening Hours: 6pm – 12am (Closed Sun)
Reserve Online Now

Don’t bat your eyelid. Yes, an authentic Portuguese cuisine restaurant. Love the diversity of Singapore’s culinary scene. Signatures inclue bacalhau (cod), chouriço em chamas (chorizo flamed grilled in brandy), and carne de porco ao Alentejo (pork with clams).

21 Boon Tat Street #01-00 Singapore 069620 (Tanjong Pagar)
Opening Hours: 12-2pm Mon-Fri, 7-10pm Mon-Sat

High end gastronomy meets casual bistro. Perhaps Singapore’s hottest new restaurant this month, brought to you by Unlisted Collection’s Loh Lik Peng (Restaurant Ember, Jing, Majestic Restaurant, Cocotte, who gave this opportunity to the young and talented team helmed by Chef Johnston Teo. Straits Time’s Wong Ah Yoke didn’t think much of it though. Ouch!

Wildfire Kitchen + Bar
26 Evans Road Singapore 259367
Opening Hours: 11am – 10:30pm

Wildfire occupies the premises of previous tenant Hatched at Evans House, serving gourmet burgers, all day breakfast and char grilled steak.

Xin Yue Modern Chinese Restaurant
UE Square, 207 River Valley Road #01-51/54 (River Wing) Singapore 238275 (Mohammed Sultan)
Tel: +65 6235 8854
Opening Hours: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm-10:30pm (Mon – Fri); 11.30am – 3.30pm, 6pm-10:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH)

The chef helming the kitchen of Xin Yue at UE Square River Valley Road is award winning Chef Fung Chi Keung, former Group Executive Chef for Paradise Group The Chinese restaurant was so named because ‘Xin’ and ‘Yue’ meant ‘new’ and Cantonese’ respectively, an indication of a menu feauring modern interpretations of familiar Cantonese recipes. Expect dimsum (during lunch), exquisite dishes, and some items which may remind you of Taste Paradise. (Read: Xin Yue Modern Chinese Restaurant River Valley)

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