2016 is both a challenging year and exciting for new restaurants.
Other than external economic factors, the same issues of rental, labour, increasing cost will not diminish but in fact compound.
However, this is also the year when we will see many global brands setting up outlets here, the Michelin stars being awarded for the first time in Singapore, and local F&B businesses diversifying. Consumers, will continue to be spoilt for choices.
12 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore January 2016
The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore Level 3, 7 Raffles Avenue Singapore 039799
Tel: +65 6434 5286
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2:30pm (last order 2:15pm) Daily
Dinner 6:30pm – 10:30pm (last order 10:15pm) Daily
The experience of dining at the new Summer Pavilion is akin to “dining in a garden”. Executive Chinese Chef Cheung Siu Kong helms the kitchen and aims to excite palates with a repertoire of exquisite, contemporary Cantonese cuisine.
New highlights on the menu include the Double-Boiled Sea Whelk Soup with Fish Maw and Chicken served in a Whole Coconut ($48 per person); Braised Four-Head South African Abalone ($65 per person); Poached Rice with Lobster ($20 per person); and Braised Estuary Grouper with Dried Beancurd Skin (market price).
New Rasa Singapura
56 Tanglin Road #B1-02 Tanglin Post Office Singapore 247964
Tel: +65 98188102
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon), 12pm – 10pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
A restaurant bar newly set up at Tanglin Post Office calls itself “New Rasa Singapura”, offers favourite local dishes, and even have their website domain as hawker.com.sg. The one thing to note is New Rasa Singapura is a social enterprise. It provides training and employment opportunities to the underprivileged, including people with certain impairment, recovering from medical condition, as well as the vulnerable elderly.
Suntec City, 3 Temasek Blvd, #01-455 to 461 North Wing, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10.00am to 10.00pm (Mon – Sun)
The new PasarBella space at Suntec seems to take inspiration from the Lower East Side of New York City, with colourful graffiti-walls and furniture. Food-wise, there are 14 gourmet concept stalls spanning across 7,000 square-feet. There are Wolf Burgers, Mad Dog Grills (meats), Pimp My Salad, Pita & Olives, Porsena Deli (sandwiches), Cajun on Wheels (seafood), Grillo (skewers), Rollie Ollie (sushi rolls), An-An (Vietnamese pho), Sarnies (coffee), Squeezed (juices), and drink sticks called DRINKS!
Plaza Singapura #02-21, 68 Orchard Road Singapore 238839
Tel: +65 6238 8429
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Another Korean BBQ restaurant opens in Singapore. Seorae’s signature is Korean galmaegisal, which is also known as pork skirt meat. The BBQ uses a special ‘circle grilling’ technique, accompanied with silky egg and fragrant garlic that can be cooked around the grill. You can also top-up with melted cheese for their creaminess over the grilled meats. (Additional note: As the restaurant is in its opening days, patience may be required.)
Vatos Urban Tacos
South Beach Quarter, 36 Beach Road Singapore 189767
Tel: +65 63856010
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs), 11:30am – 12am (Fri – Sat)
VATOS serves up Korean-Mexican (Ko-Mex) style of cuisine, started by three Korean-Americans. CNN reviewed Vatos Urban Tacos as “the hottest new restaurant in Seoul” when it first opened. Time will tell if the fate will be similar for Singapore’s first outlet at South Beach Quarter. This is also the first VATOS outside of Korea. Expect food to be in the likes of their signature Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($16); Galbi Short Rib Tacos ($12 for 2 tacos, $17 for 3), Kimchi Pork ($18), and Mango Prawn Quesadillas ($22).
Imakatsu Boat Quay
52 Boat Quay #01-01 Singapore 049841
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 12am (Mon – Fri), 5:30pm – 12am (Sat), 11:30am – 3:30pm, 5pm – 10pm (Sun), Last orders 3pm and 11pm
Tonkatsu specialty Japanese restaurant Imakatsu opens another at Boat Quay featuring a heightened experience with a view of the Singapore River. Specialty items include Premium Pork Loin Cutlet ($23.80), Jumbo Pork Loin Cutlet ($34.80), Chicken Fillet Cutlet ($14.80) and Pork Cutlet Curry. The revamped menu also introduces an Udon component, with basic dishes of Onsen Egg Cold or Hot Udon ($12.80), Mentaiko Cold or Hot Udon ($13.80), and Curry Udon ($14.80).
Kanshoku Ramen Bar
Orchard Central, 277 Orchard Road #01-06, Singapore 238858
Tel: +65 6384 4770
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 11pm (Fri, Sat, PH)
Kanshoku means ‘to finish eating every last bit of your food’ in Japanese. This is their 2nd outlet, the 1st at Metropolis. Their Hakata style thin straight noodles are made fresh daily. Broth is boiled with filtered water over 7 hours with no added MSG, preservatives or flavour enhancers. Something that may appeal to you is the Truffle Ramen ($16.90). The ramen is a dry version, somewhat reminding us of angel hair pasta with truffle. Kanshoku wasn’t stingy with the truffle oil and black truffle bits.
Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar
9 Raffles Boulevard #02-06, Millenia Walk Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 12am (Mon – Sat), 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10pm (Sun)
This Uma Uma Restaurant & Bar at Millenia Walk feature several concepts – Hakata-styled Ramen from Uma Uma Ramen, bincho-grilled Yakitori and Kushikatsu (deep-fried breaded skewers) prepared by Head Chef Shota Kaneko, with cocktails and drinks by Horse’s Mouth. Ramen wise, the ‘old favourites’ are the Bushi Tonkotsu ($16) and Mazesoba ($14) – a dry style ramen topped with onsen egg.
Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup 团缘肉骨茶
Block 127 Kim Tian Road #01-01 S(160127), Singapore 160127
Tel: +65 6684 0123
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun)
Set up by the children of the founders of Outram Park Ya Hua Rou Gu Cha, this new Bak Kut Teh shop at Tiong Bahru Kim Tian Road is called “Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup 团缘肉骨茶”. It symbolizes reunion and togetherness. Menu includes the Tuan Yuan Pork Ribs Soup ($8), Spare Rib Soup ($10), Premium Spare Rib Soup ($20), Sliced Tenderloin Soup ($8), Pork Ball Soup ($8), and Fresh Sliced Garoupa Fish Soup ($12). Even though Tuan Yuan is related to Ya Hua, there were differences in presentation, offerings and even the soup base.
Big Lazy Chop
1A Short Street #01-04 Singapore 188210 (Off Selegie, Opposite Rochor Beancurd)
Tel: +65 6238 8443
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5:30pm – 10:30pm (Tues – Sun)
The eatery with a catching name of Big Lazy Chop 大懶排 is located at the ground floor of the Centurion Student Living Student Hostel (diagonally opposite Rochor Beancurd), making it a ‘cafeteria’ of sorts if the youths want a Chinese-style meal. Zhi-char fare in a more modern setting, emphasizing on their concoction of varied in-house sauces.
The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay Singapore 238252
Opening Hours: 6 – 11pm (Tues – Sat)
This is a collaboration between owner Elliot Decker of the popular Smokehouse BBQ at Bali, and Singapore’s Club Street Social. The concept and menu are hugely similar to Smokehouse’s, focusing on Texan style smoked barbecued meats in a casual setting. The meats are priced by weight per 100 gram: Spare Ribs ($19), Brisket ($16), Pulled Pork ($10), Turkey ($10), Chopped Beef ($15), and Chicken ($8).
Wildfire Burgers 313@Somerset
313@Somerset #01-28, 313 Orchard Road, Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6509 4408
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Sun – Tues), 12pm – 1am (Wed – Sat)
Wildfire Burgers opens a 2nd, more conveniently located branch at 313@Somerset. Range of burgers include the new Truffled Mushroom ($23) and Black Ebi ($19) as well as mainstays like the Classic 001 ($16), Triple Bacon ($19), French Onion ($18), Umami ($18), Chili Con Carne ($21), Sriracha Chicken ($16), Portobello & Friends ($16) and The Works ($23).
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*Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiay. He visited and dined at every restaurant featured in this guide.