There are more specialty restaurants establishing in Singapore. Burgers joints, modern Japanese izakaya, Louisiana style crabs and Korean fried chicken restaurants continue to enjoy their boom.
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore June 2015 – Burgers, Yakitori, Crabs and More Fried Chicken. (Cafes are in this list.)
99 Duxton Road Singapore 089543
Tel: +65 6221 5343
Opening Hours: 5pm – 2am (Tues-Fri), 5pm – 3am (Sat), Closed Sun
MEATLiquor known for their American style comfort food finally arrived from London. Singapore is the burger joint’s first international debut outpost.
The menu features their signature dishes such as The Dead Hippie ($22), Dirty Chicken Burger ($18), Fried Pickles ($9), Chili Cheese Fries ($18) and some local adaptations namely the Sambal Wings ($15) and Sambal Fries ($10). Hits and misses.
3 Punggol Point #02-05 The Punggol Settlement Singapore 828694
Tel: +65 63841132
Opening Hours: 5pm – 12am (Tues-Fri), 1:30pm – 12am (Sat), 12:30pm – 12am (Sun, PH), Closed Mon
The 2nd storey of Punggol Settlement is an enclave with loads of good food. Izakaya 95 is a hidden find, selling yakitori and Japanese food, with a to-live-for view, especially when you come during the evenings.
Other than the grilled items, I liked the Garlic Fried Rice ($6), a steal for its price.
Bar Bar Black Sheep
17D Lorong Liput Singapore 277731 (Holland Village MRT)
Tel: +65 6463 2161
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 11pm (Mon-Thurs); 12pm – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 12am (Fri), 12pm – 12am (Sat), 12pm – 11pm (Sun)
Bar Bar Black Sheep is already known to serve some of the most affordable fare, with a huge variety of food all under one roof. The Holland Village Bar Bar Black Sheep features both an alfresco and indoor air-conditioned dining area, with live acoustic band performing Tuesdays to Saturdays from 7:30pm.
While North Indian and Western food are also available, Japanese Izakaya style yakitori is this outlet’s focus. Prices are still pretty reasonable – $4.90 for skewers of two. Even the premium items such as Mentai Salmon, Mentai Scallop, Mentai Tiger Prawns, Grilled Unagi and Ishiyaki Ribeye Beef that cost $6.90-$7.90 for two pieces. Lunch set goes for $10 nett.
London Fat Duck
6 Scotts Road #B1-16/17 Scotts Square Singapore 228209 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6443 7866
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
This London Fat Duck brand may not have come originally from London, but has proven its worth. Its Signature Roast Duck ($48.80 for whole, $26 for half, $12.80 for regular) was easily the more impressive of the two – tender with bite, wonderfully marinated, flavourful every mouthful.
Also try its Black Pepper London Duck Bun ($4.80 for 3).
Three Litte Pigs
391 Orchard Road #B2-32 Takashimaya Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 68364988
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri-Sun)
Opened at the basement of Ngee Ann City, selling mainly pork. For a restaurant in Orchard Road, the price point is fairly reasonable. Appetisers range from $5.80 to $9.80, while mains are between $16.80 and $19.80.
Some pigs here had a worthy death, while some could have died in vain. Go for the Pork Chops ($16.80 – $19.80) .
Orchard Central #B1-02, 181 Orchard Road Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6444 4406
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm
Tonkin a Vietnamese Noodle Bar has opened at Orchard Central, with another two outlets at Tanjong Pagar 100AM and Clifford Centre.
Fairly predictable stuff. The Beef Combination Noodle Soup ($9.90) had rather light soup base, with consideration addition of fresh herbs and vegetables. Good for those who prefer broth that is not so heavy or robust.
Satay by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953 (A very long walk from Bayfront MRT)
Opening hours: 2pm – 10pm (Sun-Thurs), 2pm – 11pm (Fri, Sat, eve of PH, PH)
Wholly Crab has some star factor, opened by popular local actress Felicia Chin.The concept itself is a japalang mix of Louisiana seafood, Chinese style zhi char, local inspired sauces, with some Western-Japanese sides.
A ‘Love Bucket’ meant for 2-3 people is priced at $60, while a Wholly Bucket for 5-6 is at $123. For the smaller bucket, we had 1 crab, 8 prawns, 250 grams of mussels, 250 grams of clams, corn, potatoes, sausages and 1 side dish, such as Sweet potato Fries and Thai Mango Salad.
Choo Choo Chicken (Orchard Cineleisure)
Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road #03-06 Singapore 239695 (Somserset MRT)
Tel: +65 6299 0980
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm Daily
Choo Choo should be one of the best Korean Fried Chicken In Singapore. Fried chicken are served in flavours of Original, Soy, Spicy or Sweet, in the form of Whole Chicken ($29.90), Crispy Wings ($16/$29), or 8-Piece Wings ($16).
There are two new dishes at the Orchard Cineleisure branch – the Choo-Pa-Chi ($25) with chicken bites served on a plate with spring onions, poured over with a light sweet and sour sauce; and Rose Chicken ($30) which includes a rose cream sauce within a bread bowl. We say, stick to the fried chicken.
My Favourite Café
Bugis Cube, 470 North Bride Road #02-10 Singapore 18874 (Opposite Bugis MRT)
Other branch: Lucky Plaza, 304 Orchard Road #06-46/47 Singapore 238863 (Orchard Road MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Closed Sun)
Those who are in the know would be familiar with Lucky Plaza’s very popular My Favourite Café Yong Tau Foo stall, attracting long queues during lunch time.
The stall known for two signature items – the handmade meatballs and Korean mushrooms, has just opened at Bugis Cube. Its other standard items are the usual boring stuff, but the meatballs (if freshly deep fried) are quite the bomb.
Level 5, Orchard Gateway @ Emerald, Singapore 238851
Tel: ++65 62210004
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon-Sun)
Tburu is not exactly very new, but think it requires some publicity. The restaurant set at Level 5 of Orchard Gateway, has a view of Orchard Central opposite, with a sushi bar spanning 4 metres in an open concept. Scores for the ambience.
While food quality wise would require some fine-tuning, its $50 Omakase promo is too value-for-money to be missed.
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