November will be a bumper month of new restaurant and cafe openings. We think the number will be no less than 30, as it is ‘traditionally’ so for F&B businesses to open before the year end to catch the festive crowd.
Competition is indeed stiff in Singapore. May the odds be ever in their favor, and flavours.
10 (+1) New & Hot Restaurants Singapore November 2015
1 St. Andrew’s Road #01-04 National Gallery Museum Singapore, Singapore 178957
Tel: +65 6385 0498
Reservation Hours: 12pm – 1:45pm Lunch, 6pm – 9:45pm Dinner
Probably the month’s most anticipated restaurant opening for many food enthusiasts and critics. Chef Julien Royer is no stranger to the culinary scene, having brought JAAN to greater heights, most recently ranked Number 11 in Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015.
He has moved on for this collaboration with the Lo & Behold Group.
Housed in the new National Gallery Singapore, Odette is a fine dining restaurant inspired by Chef Royer’s grandmother Odette. Using classic French techniques, Chef will expand on his produce-driven cuisine to showcase the best seasonal ingredients from around the world in their purest form and flavour. (Read: Odette National Gallery Singapore)
#05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Tel: +65 6384 5585
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm (Mon – Sun), 2:30pm – 5pm (Sat – Sun), 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
YAN is located on the 5th floor of the iconic National Gallery Singapore, serving authentic Cantonese cuisine in a modern Chinese setting.
The à la carte menu features hearty double boiled soups, live seafood, Cantonese roasts and dim sum, amongst others. Three well-crafted set menus are also available to help with decision making.
Signature creations include the Crispy Roast Suckling Pig served in 3 ways, Bi Feng Tang Crab deep fried with Fragrant Garlic, Black Beans and Chilli, Fried Live Prawn with Crispy Noodle Ball and more.
Smoke & Mirrors
National Gallery Singapore #06-01,, 1 St. Andrew’s Road Singapore 178957
Tel: +65 63845595
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 12.30am (Sun – Thurs), 11.30am – 1am (Fri – Sat)
Cocktail Smoke & Mirrors offers 15 Signature cocktails based on 3 different themes – Provenance (cocktails that draws upon flavours, customs, drinking traditions and cultures of Singapore and Southeast Asia), Collections (where cocktails are inspired from 5 art pieces exhibited at National Gallery) and Classics (traditional cocktails with our own interpretations).
For food, look out for Signature Chicken Wings ($14) and Crab Claws with Homemade Chili Dip ($18).
Spago By Wolfgang Puck
Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57 (Access from Hotel Lobby Tower 2)
Tel: +65 6688 9955
Opening Hours: 6pm – 10pm (until 11pm on Weekends)
5pm – 12am (cocktails and small plates at Terrace)
Frequent diners at Marina Bay Sands should be familiar with celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck, whose steakhouse CUT enjoyed much positive reviews.
Spago, opened on Level 57 of MBS SkyPark featuring two concepts – a fine dining restaurant on one side; and a terrace lounge with al fresco bar. Its menu in Singapore is said to be “imaginative”, offering seasonal dishes of “Californian cuisine with global accents, in a sophisticated and inviting atmosphere”.
There appears to be strong Asian influences in the creation, such as Pan Seared Alaskan Halibut Laksa ($42), “Kaya Toast” with seared foie gras, pandan-coconut jam, slowed cooked egg yolk on toasted brioche ($33), Hokkaido Scallop Sashimi ($34), and Honey Miso Broiled Japanese Black Cod ($49). (Read: Spago by Wolfgang Puck Marina Bay Sands)
313 Somerset #B3-02 (next to Chir Chir) 313 Orchard Rd Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6509 5808
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (last order 9:30pm), 11am – 11pm (last order 10:30pm)
Masizzim (pronounced ma-see-zim) is the combination of two Korean words – ‘masi’ which is short for ‘delicious’ and ‘jjim’ for stew. The hip casual restaurant is right next to popular Korean fried chicken shop Chir Chir, serving modern dishes at quite affordable rates friendly to the pocket.
The Korean stews are the highlights and can be customised with different meats, base and toppings. Of the three types of meat, we liked the pork best as the Australian mixed pork ribs were marinated overnight, slow-cooked in Masizzim’s secret sauce for at least six-hours, then served hot in cast-iron pots with flames, staying hot throughout the meal. (Masizzim Somerset 313)
Raffles City Shopping Centre B1-44F, 252 North Bridge Road Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6533 3951
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 10 pm Daily
The Korean fever in Singapore continues to heat up with the very first Andong Jjimdak restaurant at Raffles City. We may have seen this dish in Korean family restaurants locally, but this is probably the first eatery dedicated to this dish here.
Spicy in taste, huge in portion, and great for sharing, Andong Jjimdak is a seasoned and simmered chicken dish that originated in Gyeongsangbukdo, Andong. The menu is basic, with 4 varieties of Andong Jjimdak – The original ($40.90 for 2-3 pax, $50.90 for 3-4 pax), Boneless Jjimdak ($45.90, $55.90), Seafood Jjimdak ($48.90, $60.90), and Mayak Jjimdak ($42.90 and $52.90). (Read: Andong Zzimdak Raffles City)
Oven & Fried Chicken Bukit Timah
16 Chun Tin Road Singapore 599603 (opposite Beauty World)
Tel: +65 6463 3505
Opening Hours: Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 12:00am (Mon-Fri), 5:30pm – 1:00am (Sat-Sun)
The Korean chicken bistro is made up of two separate brands: Okkudak and Ssal Dak.
Okkudak serves roasted chicken ($17 for half, $32 for half) which is first marinated then oven baked to retain its natural flavours; and sauced versions where the chicken is further stir-fried with spicy or Jambalaya sauces.
On the Ssal Dak side (which items we are more familiar with), the chicken is fried with 100% rice flour instead of wheat for a crispier texture. Thus, you will see ‘Fried Rice Chicken’ ($18 for half, $33 for whole) on the menu.
With rice flour used to coat the chicken before frying, there seems to be a thicker and dry-crispy outer layer. (Read: Oven & Fried Chicken Bt Timah)
(Photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
The Chicken King
Blk 190, Toa Payoh Central #01-530, Singapore 310190 (Toa Payoh MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon-Sun)
Opened by the folks behind Orchid Live Seafood Restaurant, The Chicken King is a local Western food concept shop alongside a row of eateries at Toa Payoh Hub (at the back row).
Dishes recommended to us include the Steven Chicken (4 pcs for $5/ 6 pcs for $7.50), Steven Popcorn Chicken ($5) and Buttermilk Chicken Waffle ($12). Each set of a main with side comes with a free drink of your choice. Salted Egg or Orh Nee (yam) sauce were available at an additional $2 for the Shoe String Fries ($3). (Read: The Chicken King Toa Payoh)
Opening Hours: 5 Stadium Walk #02-42, Leisure Park Kallang, Singapore 397693 (Stadium MRT)
Tel: +65 6446 8488
Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri); 10:30am – 3:00pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Ah, the taste of homely zi char style heritage dishes. Joyden Treasures at Leisure Park Kallang is the third eatery by Joyden Concept, featuring old school heritage dishes, and a few of the owners’ very own recipes.
Some of the recommended include Traditional Salt Baked Crab (Am so eyeing this), Crispy Fragrant Duck with Petite Lotus-Shaped Buns ($58), Jumbo Prawns in Traditional Dark Sauce ($25, $36, $52), Homemade Seafood Beancurd Rolls ($20, $26, $36), Double Boiled Seafood Soup in Whole Old Cucumber ($14), and Phoenix Beancurd Skin Prawn Roll ($16, $22, $30). (Read: Joyden Treasures Kallang)
Chinatown Point B1-33, 133 New Bridge Road Singapore 059413 (Chinatown MRT)
Tel: +65 9838 2851
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 8pm
Victor’s Kitchen who claims that they serve the “Best Custard Buns in Singapore” has opened its 2nd branch at Chinatown Point glory.
Other than the Liu Sha Bao, the Victor’s King Prawn Dumplings ($5.20) were some of the more decent items we tried – succulent prawns, though the har gao skin could be thinner and more translucent. (Read: Victor’s Kitchen Chinatown Point)
Ramen & Tonkatsu Ma Maison
13 Stamford Road #B2-51 Capitol Piazza Singapore 178905 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 6211
This is Ma Maison’s first official foray to ramen in Singapore. The signature is the Ma Maison Original Creamy Cheese Ramen, where the handmade cheese is imported from a farm at Tokachi Hokkaido.
In its bowl of Shio, Shoyu or Miso Ramen ($16.80), a scoopful of cheese almost looking like grated parmesan was incorporated on the top of the soup base.
This added that twang of salty-gouda cheese, providing the broth a subtle but more-layered taste. If you are wondering, the original soup base is not exceedingly rich or thick in the first place, thus still manageable in terms of heaviness. (Read: Ramen & Tonkatsu Ma Maison Capitol Piazza)
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