The main buzz on new openings in Singapore fell on Gordon Ramsay’s Bread Street Kitchen. Reviews have not be most favourable, but people will still pack the place. I say we don’t really care about reviews, do we? (Oh, the irony.)
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore July 2015
Bread Street Kitchen
Marina Bay Sands Bay Level L1-81, 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes, Singapore S018972
Tel: +65 6688 5665
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 5:30pm (Lunch), 5:30pm – 10pm (Sun-Wed), 5:30pm – 12am (Dinner),
11:30am – 1am (Sun), 11:30am – 2am (Fri-Sat)
Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay has arrived at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, amidst much anticipation.The Singapore BSK is helmed by Executive Chef Sabrina Stillhart, who previously worked with him at London’s BSK and the one Michelin starred Savoy Grill. Reviews have been mixed, with Straits Times’ Wong Ah Yoke giving a “pedestrian” 2.5 star rating. Ouch! (Read: Bread Street Kitchen)
Twins Korean Restaurant
7 Craig Road Singapore 089667
Tel: +65 6221 5205
Opening Hours: 11am – 3:00pm, 5:00pm – 12am (Mon-Sat), 5pm – 12am (Sun)
Twins Korean Restaurant opened by a good-looking pair of Korean twin chefs looks set to fill some bellies and melt some hearts. I liked the Soy and Garlic Chicken Wings ($15 for 10 pieces) best. Small-bite sized wings which were juicy and well-marinated on the inside, slightly crispy, enveloped with an addictive sweetish honey sauce. Daebak!
The Sushi Bar Ngee Ann City
391 Orchard Road #05-34/35 Ngee Ann City Singapore 238873 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm
Popular Japanese outlet The Sushi Bar from Far East Plaza opens a fuller-fledged restaurant at Ngee Ann City. The Far East Plaza units had a no-frills ‘indie’ appeal, while this Sushi Bar is likely to have a big group (5-8 pax), after-work gathering and family dinner draw. There are some new dishes, the recommended ones being Aburi Kaisen Chirashi Don ($26.90), Waygu Don ($34.90), Tempura Moriwase ($24.90) and Dragon Roll ($25.90)
The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-05, Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT)
Tel: +65 63165710
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sat), 11:30am – 10pm
Rollie Olie at The Star Vista sells more than 10 different types of rolls, including 9 signature rolls, ‘sushirritos’ and skinny rolls which are rice-less and rolled in soy paper.The signature rolls had international flavours incorporated such as K Kop ($12.95) filled with spicy crab meat and kimchi, Bollywood ($14.95) with curry prawn and avocado. A set meal which comes with 4 pieces (cannot choose from all though), soup and salad is at $12.95. Promising sushi rolls, but rather off the radar.
7A North Canal Road, Singapore 048820 (Raffles Place MRT)
Opening Hours: 7pm – 11pm (Mon – Sat)
The upper level of Ramen Matsuri at Boat Quay contains the little-known Gyoza Bar, reminding us that some of the best foods in Japan are found at obscure spots. The menu was simple – Assortment of Appetizers ($8), Gyoza ($8-$12), Entrees of Porcini Mushrooms Dumplings ($10), Fried Chicken ($12), Tamago Kake Gohan ($12), and Ramen ($12 for half, $18 for full bowl). All could be paired with sparkling wine by the glass or wine by the bottle.
Takeda Shouten Sake Bar
Orchid Hotel #01-08, 1 Tras Link Singapore 078867
Tel: +65 6444 0880
Opening Hours: 1pm – 12am
Another Japanese restaurant by ‘Ramen King’ Chef Keisuke Takeda at Orchid Hotel. Takeda Shouten serves an assortment of bar bites, oden, cold dishes, sashimi, gyoza (from few doors away), grilled dishes, and small rice dishes.
Xin Hao Ramen
470 North Bridge Road #03-19 Bugis Cube, Singapore 188735 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Xin Hao at Bugis Cube sells the atypical ramen – no chashu, no bamboo shoots, not the usual kind of noodles. Xin Hao’s Miso Ramen ($11.00) is accompanied with grilled meat, hanjuku egg, deep fried enoki mushroom and bonito flakes. The grilled meat is the best part, tender with marinate that reminds me of a Chinese-style pork chop.
Alibabar Dining Café Bar
Alexandra Central Mall, #01-15, 321 Alexandra Road Singapore 159971
Alibabar opens at Alexandra Central Mall. This name is a familiar one for the East Coast and Katong residents, the corner ‘hawker-bar’ coffeeshop which has been attracting many diners for its range of drinks, affordable bites and chill-out atmosphere. Its menu contains a higher percentage of Western grubs such as Burgers ($12.70 – $15.90), Bratwurst ($12.20), Roasted Pork Knuckle ($16.80 for half, $29.80 for whole), Duck Confit ($16.40) to some familiar hawker fare such as Chicken Curry ($9.90 for lunch), and Satay Delight ($9 for 10 sticks).
13 Stamford Road Capitol Piazza NEUE #B1-20/27 Singapore 178905 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 3359
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm Daily
Another food court concept by the BreadTalk Group. You would like to think of this as Food Republic 2.0. Some of the stalls there include Ah Koong Restaurant, 28-year-old noodle joint from Johor Bahru famous for its handmade fishballs, Hok Kee, Balestier Bak Kut Teh, Ah Yat Seafood Restaurant, Yong Xin Fried Hokkien Prawn Noodles, IndoChili and 90 Gastro Bar. Prices are not cheap though.
Equilibrium Modern Italian Bacaro & Ristorante
01-86 Galleria, Capitol Piazza 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906
Set up by the team behind Supply & Demand, there is a certain standard especially in terms of aesthetics and plating. Their dessert menu is fairly interesting, and be expected to try out some novel items such as a Panna Cotta Nascosto ($14) – homemade almond milk panna cotta with blood orange granite.
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