October 2015 looks like a popular month for more new restaurant openings, with the number easily hitting over 30 – that averages out to be one a day.
Some of the prominent places to look out for include the new National Gallery Singapore which will house Aura Restaurant and Sky Lounge by ilLido Group, National Kitchen by Violet Oon, Odette by The Lo & Behold Group, SAHA and The Altimate by The Padang FNB, and Yàn and Smoke & Mirrors by Park Hotel Group.
The revamp of Marina Square will include more F&B choices, and we have seen Japanese concepts Emporium Shokuhin and Tenkaichi setting foot there.
So. Many. Food. Choices.
20 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore October 2015
Level 3, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore
7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799
Tel: +65 6434 5288
Colony at The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore where Greenhouse was, has opened with gorgeous British-colonial setting, eight different conservatory kitchens incorporating live cooking, offering Singapore heritage cuisine and more. If you are a fan of those ‘live cooking stations’ where food is prepared on the spot and diners can customise according to what they like, this is FOR YOU.
Lunch 12pm – 2:30pm Mon-Sat, $58 per adult, $29 per child
Dinner 6.30pm – 10.30pm Daily, $78 per adult, $39 per child (Sun-Thurs), $88 per adult, $44 per child (Fri-Sat)
(Read: Colony Ritz-Carlton, Millenia)
6 Raffles Boulevard #01-18 Marina Square, Singapore 039594 (City Hall, Esplanade and Promenade MRT)
Live Seafood Market 8:30am – 9pm, Gourmet Grocer 11:30am – 9pm
Emporium Shokuhin located within the new wing of Marina Square has got many Singaporeans quite excited because this concept is first of its kind over here. The Japanese-based food space includes a live seafood market, a Japanese Gourmet Grocer, a beef dry-aging facility, and 8 new-to-market Japanese dining concepts such as Senmi Sushi Bar and Burosu Honten ramen shop. Exciting (Read: Emporium Shokuhin Marina Square)
Marina Square #03-129
6 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039594
BBQ Buffet Timings: 11.30am – 2.30pm, 6.00pm – 10.00pm (last order 2pm and 9.30pm)
Also at Marina Square, Tenkaichi specialises in Japanese Wagyu Beef Yakiniku. Known for Wagyu BBQ Buffet, their buffet includes wagyu cuts, sashimi, seafood and other Japanese delicacies. Prices for Premium Wagyu BBQ Buffet are at $69.80 (Mon-Fri) and $74.80 (Sat, Sun, eve of PH, PH).
Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant 柳
Capitol Piazza #01-87, 15 Stamford Road Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 9087
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am
Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant is rather off-the-radar, located at the corner unit of Capitol Piazza. It has a small but strong team, led by Head Chef Yasuo Niizuma, and ‘Kantsukeshi’ (sake master) Hiroyasu Sakurma. The tempura chef used to work at Tokyo’s famed Edo style tempura restaurant Tempura Yamanoue Roppongi, whose culinary skill is shown in a deceptively simple but tasty bowl of Tendon ($25). Look out for Ryu’s Bara Chirashi Sushi Set ($45) is served in a traditional 3-drawer wooden ‘Okamochi’ box, which is hardly seen around here. (Read: Ryu’s Japanese Restaurant Capitol Piazza)
Wagokoro Hide Yamamoto
The Quayside #01-04, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238252
Tel: +65 6733 6315
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 2pm, 6 – 11pm (Mon – Sat). Last order for dinner 10.30pm. Closed Sun
Chef Hide Yamamoto opens his second Japanese restaurant in Singapore at The Quayside Robertson Quay, specialising in traditional Kappo cuisine. ‘Kappo’ would mean an intimate over-the-counter experience, where the chef would prepare dishes in front of the customers, served directly across the counter to the diner. The menu at Wagokoro is served in 8- or 9-course sets. Omakase lunch is at $80++, while Dinner is priced at $158++ and $238++. (Read: Wagokoro Hide Yamamoto Robertson Quay)
Fu Lin Bar
127 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068596 (Tanjong Pagar, Telok Ayer MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am to 3pm (Mon – Sat), Tapas Bar Opens After 3pm
Fu Lin Yong Tofu gets a revamp and goes ‘hipster’, selling Asian Fusion Tapas after 3pm along with house wines, sake and beer. Located at Telok Ayer Street near Amoy Food Centre, Fu Lin appears like any other generic bar with an industrial concrete look matched with high tables and seats. Their Yong Tau Foo style is a class of their own – a dry version where the items are covered in gooey brown minced chicken gravy made from a secret recipe. The ‘signature noodles’ turned out to be thick bee hoon in a starchy sauce similar to beef noodles. (Read: Fu Lin Bar Telok Ayer)
Putien Ion Orchard
2 Orchard Turn, #04-12, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6509 4296
Mon – Fri Lunch: 11:30am – 3pm (Last Order: 2:30pm), Dinner: 5:30pm – 10pm (Last Order: 9:30pm)
Sat, Sun & PH Lunch: 11:30am – 4:30pm (Last Order: 4pm), Dinner: 5:30pm – 10pm (Last Order: 9:30pm)
The Putien Group has opened this swanking modern Chinese restaurant located at Level 4 of Ion Orchard. Other than the usual Heng Hwa favourites, look out for the dish unique to Ion’s Putien – Fried Heng Hwa Bee Hoon with Soy Milk 豆浆米粉, where the sun-dried beehoon is simmered together with eggs and fresh grinded soy milk.
What you get is a wetter-than-usual style, the taste of the soy milk being very subtle and lingering towards the end of every bite. (Read: Putien Ion Orchard)
45 Sam Leong Road Singapore 207935 (near Kitchener Road, 5-10 min walk from Farrer Park MRT, City Square Mall, Mustafa Centre)
Tel +65 6291 3001
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm Daily
Loylum which means “”floating”, hails from Thailand itself and is founded since 1952. Small and standard sized bowls are available, priced at $2 and $5. There are four different soup bases of beef, chicken pork and vegetarian mushroom, matched with your choice of bee hoon, egg noodle, thick or thin kway teow. I liked the pork soup base, follow by the beef best. Both were robust, packed with flavours, oily (yes) with a trace of herbal nuance. (Read: Loylum Sam Leong Road)
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
Oppa Chicken Singapore
274 South Bridge Road (5 min walk from Chinatown MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Another Korean fried chicken shop. The chicken comes in 3 sizing portions: Small (3 pieces, $12,90), Medium (5 pieces, $20.90), Large (9 pieces, $36.90). Cost reflects the original chicken flavour, and flavoured ones are $1-$2 more. Our favourite was the Honey Garlic Flavoured Chicken with finely chopped garlic drizzled with honey sauce over the fried chicken. Sweet, intense, flavourful and not over garlicky. (Read: Oppa Chicken South Bridge Road)
117 East Coast Road (across from I12 Katong). Singapore 428805
Tel: +65 6247 7360
Opening Hours: 5pm – 11pm
Alt. which has a branch at Suntec City, has opened its second at East Coast. This is a contemporary pizza bar with fun signature pizza flavours and Design-It-Yourself option. Try the ‘Hangover’ ($17), made with organic tomato sauce, mozzarella, pepperoni, fennel sausage, roasted onions and parmesan, or Truffle Shuffle ($17), topped with white sauce, parmesan, mozzarella, white truffle oil, roasted mushrooms and onions.
The Butchers Club Burger
3A River Valley Road, #01-01B Clarke Quay, Singapore 179020
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Sun – Tues), 12pm – 2am (Wed – Thurs), 12pm – 4am (Fri – Sat)
The Butchers Club Burger, considered as one of the best burger joints in Hong Kong, has opened its first in Singapore at Clarke Quay.
Their signature bacon cheeseburgers are made using these Black Angus dry-aged beef – minced fresh-to-order, passed to the kitchen, where the patties will be grilled to a medium.
The basic Burger ($20) I had was an unassuming-good one. Under its pillow-soft buns lie a juicy 160-gram dry-aged Black Angus grain-fed beef patty cooked in a suitably-pinkish perfect medium. Prices are generally steeper than Hong Kong’s though. (Read: The Butchers Club Burger Clarke Quay)
iFly Singapore, 43, Sentosa Siloso Beach Walk 01-03, Singapore 099010
We hear of Singaporeans going up north for a taste of Marrybrown. Well, that popular Halal fastfood chain that originated from Malaysia is here in Singapore, way south at Sentosa’s iFly.
The menu features a variety of treats including Crispy Chicken, Burgers, Nasi Marrybrown, Mi Kari, Fish N Chips, and Chicken Porridge. We can recommend the Chick-A-Licious ($7.50, $9.90 for set with drink) contained 2 pieces of original recipe chicken, drenched in black pepper sauce which might set some tongues on fire. Skip the cold burger. (Read: Marrybrown Sentosa iFly)
1A Short Street, #01-03, Singapore 188210
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Sixty6 is an under-the-radar Thai restaurant at Selegie, offering dishes such Thai Fish Cakes ($10 for 5 pieces), Som Tam ($8), Yam Woon Sen ($10), Tom Yam Seafood Soup ($15), Green Curry ($14), Panang Curry ($14), Tom Yam Fried Rice ($6), Green Curry Fried Rice ($6), Pad Krapow Special ($16) and Tom Yam Noodle Soup ($6).
Prices are friendly, portions are good, and taste not too bad. No GST and service charge. (Read: Sixty6 Short Street)
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #08-13 Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6238 6872
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5:30pm to 10pm (Mon-Thurs), 11:30am to 10pm (Fri-Sun)
The team from Gin Khao at East Coast Parkway set up a Thai modern fusion restaurant at Level 8 of Orchard Central.
A quick flip of its menu would reveal varied offering, some seemed catering to a younger customer base – Deep Fried Wings with Tom Yum Seasoning ($9.80), Not So Complicated Noodles ($9.80, said to be a less messy version of the popular Bangkok dish), Salmon Tataki ($11.80), Tiger Tear Salad ($10.80, ribeye in green and hot sauce), Tom Yum Koong Burger ($13.80), and Som Tam Style Carbonara Pasta ($13.80). Some hits and misses. (Read: Som Tam Orchard)
Mak’s Noodle Westgate
3 Gateway Drive #02-06 Westgate Shopping Mall, Singapore 608532 (Jurong East MRT)
Compared to the original branch at Centrepoint, Westgate’s branch has a larger seating capacity and expanded menu.
Some additions include Congee ($3.50-$12), Tossed Noodle with Prawns and Dried Shrimp Roe ($16.20), Boiled Pork Liver ($14.70) and Boiled Beef Slices ($14.70). We liked the congee which had the right consistency – silky, smooth, thick and creamy. Plus it was matched with an agreeable flavour, neither too plain nor salty. (Read: Mak’s Noodle Westgate)
2 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199314 (Between Bugis and Lavender MRT stations)
Tel: +65 62914842
Opening Hours: 11:#0am – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 11pm (Sat – Sun)
“KINS is a place for Everyone.” Set up by 3 brothers Desmond, Louis and Leslie, the restaurant represents ‘kinship’ and is catered towards family get-togethers, and is kids-friendly.
Located at Jalan Klapa (North Bridge Road), some of their house-specialities include KINS Soy Glazed Salmon – pan fried salmon with roasted potato wedges, stir fried Chinese cabbage and special soya glazed, Tataki Tuna and Beef Carpaccio, and Apple Tortilla Tower.
110 Amoy Street #01-01, Singapore 069930 (entrance from Gemmil Lane)
Tel: +65 62215564
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 6pm – 11pm (Mon-Fri), 6pm – 11pm (Sat)
We thought we should let you know how to find this place first. It is located in the alleyways behind Amoy Street, but enter from Gemmill Lane (Club Street Social, walk to the end). Entrance is via an iron door cut into a whitewashed wall of an old shophouse space. All is blank except for a 2-D cutout spelling “Maggie Joan’s’. Don’t get lost.
When you enter, you will be wowed by the industrial chic décor like an underground bunker. Go for its Mediterranean fare such as Grilled Iberico Pork Jowl, prunes and cauliflower ($34).
Merdandy Bar & Cafe
67 Chulia Street Singapore 049515 (next to OCBC Centre)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sat)
We did worry about the opening of Merdandy Café & Bar, because it is an alfresco-concept #Haze CBD workers who walk to OCBC Centre should know what it is.
If you need lunch, a set lunch comprising of a soup, main and drink is priced at $14.90. The mains include their signature Rendang Chicken, Crabmeat Pasta, Fish and Chips, Pork Chop, Mix Sausages or Garden Salad.
39 Syed Alwi Road Singapore 207630
Tel: +65 6291 1936
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm Lunch, 6.30pm – 10.30pm (Last Order at 10pm), Closed Mon & PH
5th Quarter is a contemporary grill with a strong focus on meat curing, housed within the Vagabond Salon of the newly launched Hôtel Vagabond. For first time diners, the recommended dish is the Chef Selection of 5 Types of Charcuterie (S$18).
For mid-day diners, try the lunch menu which is a showcase of bi-weekly specials as well as highlights from the full menu, with the selection switching up every two weeks. The standard sharing dishes goes for S$10 per plate with a recommended six plates to share between two.
A-One Bak Kut Teh
The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green #01-46, Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT)
Tel: +65 6734 6567
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:30am (last order)
Famous for their dried scallop porridge, the local restaurant chain A-One has further diversified into Bak Kut Teh business, offering Singapore’s 1st Claypot Bak Kut Teh Porridge.
Unfortunately, the Bak Kut Teh ($10.90) was overwhelming by pepper, and it is a pity diners cannot really savour the natural goodness from the pork bones. We hear that their other dishes such as the Ampang Yong Tau Foo is much better.
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