It’s only the 2nd month of the year, and we are seeing some luxurious style dining restaurants opening up in Singapore. Whitegrass helmed by Chef Sam Aisbett previously from Tetsuya’s and Quay, Angeleno by Chef David Almany, and Empress launched by the Privé Group.
Some restaurants are also diversifying by opening up sisters concept: Sushi Jin with JINzakaya, zhi char eatery Keng Eng Kee with KEK at Pandan Gardens, and Montana Singapore with burger concept South Bronx.
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore Feb 2016 – The Empress Truly Loves Some Whitegrass
CHIJMES 30 Victoria Street #01-26/27 Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 6837 0402
Opening Hours: 6pm – 9:30pm last order (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
Chef Sam Aisbett from Whitegrass has spent years working under the well-respected Chef Tetsuya Wakuda at Tetsuya’s and Peter Gilmore at Quay.
Two options are available: 5 courses at $170++, or 8 courses at $265++.
The recommended dish was the full blood Wagyu from Australia’s limestone coast, master stock braised beef tendon and tongue, toasted organic wheat, shitake, pickled Chinese artichoke, burnt celeriac.
The standout dish for me is the Slow-cooked Mangalica Pork, which incorporates some elements of Japanese with a dashi stock cooked with pork and seaweed poured from a teapot, and usage of spongy hasu-imo—the inner stalks of the Japanese lotus yam. Whitegrass (CHIJMES)
20 Gemmil Lane Singapore 069256
Tel: +65 6221 6986
Opening Hours: 12pm – 2:30pm, 5pm – 11pm (Mon – Wed), 12pm – 11pm (Thurs – Sat), Closed Sun
Chef David Almany from Osteria Mozza and Pastry Chef Ariana Flores who are both from Los Angeles, decided to name the restaurant “Angeleno” because this is what people from LA are called. Italian-American cooking is mainly derived from Neapolitan, and thus you would find a heavier use of tomato sauce in their cuisine.
Angeleno has several signatures and specialties. Among which includes handmade mozzarella with squash blossoms and tomato focaccia. The kitchen literally makes the mozzarella cheese after diners order it, finishing it with sea salt and fresh olive oil from Tuscany. Angeleno (Gemmil Lane)
#01-08/10 Owen Link, 1 Farrer Park Station Road.
Tel: +65 6443 1173
Opening Hours: 12pm-3pm last order 2pm (Mon – Sat), 7pm – 11pm last order 10pm (Mon – Sun)
JINzakaya located at Owen Link is sister restaurant to Sushi Jin, with a more colourful look, decorated like a refurnished old Tokyo train station tavern.
Lunch sets are attractively priced – $12.80 per set with a hojicha drink. For the main item, you can choose between Donburi (rice), Ramen and Soba, Sando (sandwiches) and Sarada (salads).
The two main recommended noodles are Kimchi Ramen ($12.80) and Jin Tori Ramen ($12.80). Had the former, which contained chargrilled chicken thigh with onsen egg in a white chicken soup base spiced with kimchi paste.
The meat skewers starts from $2.50 from the basic. For a treat and less conventional choices, there are Kaki fresh oyster wrapped with bacon ($5.50), MB4 Wagyu Kushi ($9) and Foie Gras ($9.50) available. JINzakaya (Owen Link)
Truly Test Kitchen
Jun Jie Industrial Building, 153 Kampong Ampat #07-05 Singapore 368326 (Tai Seng MRT, 10 – 15 min walk)
Opening Hours: 7am – 2pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
(Breakfast at 7am, Curry rice and noodles at 9am, Western at 11am)
Truly Test Kitchen set up by the team behind Truly Curry (they closed all their stalls) is a sprawling 3000 square feet canteen / coffeeshop situated on LEVEL 7 of a Jun Jie Industrial Building, housing a total of 5 food stalls which include Truly Curry Rice, Miàn, Handmade Meatball Porridge, Truly Western and drinks.
Prices are kept consistently low, with most items averaging $3.50. Homemade-Traditional Yam Cake? $2.00. Pork Ball Porridge $3. Chicken Chop Hong Kong Mee, Curry Chicken Pasta, Meatball Marinara Pasta all at $3.50. Western food such as Pork Chop Baked Rice and Chicken Waffles at $4.50! Truly Test Kitchen (Kampong Ampat)
2 Emerald Hill Road Singapore 229287 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 5pm – 2am (Sun – Thurs), 5pm – 3am (Fri – Sat)
“Black Nut” is the name of a “raunchy, rojak” gastropub at Emerald Hill. The name comes from buah keulak, a common ingredient of Peranakan cuisine, possibly to pay tribute to the roots of its location.
Location of Black Nut is opposite Somerset MRT, at the “heritage party stretch”. Food offering include Asian inspired bar bites in the likes of Asian Fried Chicken Wings, Balukoo Wanton, Burgers, Pizzas and sides such as Satay and Spam Fries. Black Nut (Emerald Road)
KEK Keng Eng Kee Seafood Pandan Gardens
200 Pandan Garden #01-12 Singapore 609336
Tel: +65 6694 3044
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 2:30pm, 5pm – 10pm Daily
Chef Wayne of Keng Eng Kee is giving it a modern touch with its new outlet at Pandan Gardens (ulu for many, I know). A shortened snappy name using the acronym of KEK, progressive Zi Char fare, of familiar local favourites given a twist.
KEK calls it Mod ‘C’, which represents Modern Cze Char, and you get fares such as Chilli Soft Shell Crab Spaghetti ($15), Prawn Paste Chicken Spaghetti ($10), Lala Spaghetti ($10), Mango Prawn Fritters ($4 per piece) and Prawn Toasts ($8/$16). KEK Keng Eng Kee (Pandan Gardens)
10 Sinaran Drive #01-07 to 12 Singapore 307506 (Novena MRT)
Changi City Point #01-37/38, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1, Singapore 486038
Philippines’s favourite fried chicken shop Jollibee has opened at Novena Square 2 and Changi City Point.
This American-style fast food chain is known to serve some of the best fried chicken around, and also specialises in burgers, spaghetti, and rice meal. Jollibee (Novena Square 2)
SUFOOD Wheelock Place
501 Orchard Road #B2-01 Singapore 238880 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 9am – 11am (Breakfast), 11am – 9:30pm (Lunch and dinner)
The opening of SUFOOD at Wheelock Place will provide vegetarians with another option at down town Orchard. Having met some popularity at its first Singapore outlet at Raffles City, this meat-free concept from Taiwan has launched its second at the basement of Wheelock next to Nam Nam (easily accessible from Ion Orchard as well).
SUFOOD’s menu is inspired by Italian cuisine, uses basic cooking techniques, and relies on using fresh ingredients. Items in vegan or lacto-ovo style are also available.
For groups, I would suggest having the 8-course set at $29.80++ per person, which include an appetizer, Rosemary Breadstick, Cider, Salad, Soup, Main, Desserts and Drink, considered relatively value-for-money. Sufood (Wheelock Place)
1 Empress Place, Asian Civilisations Museum #01-03 Singapore 179555
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3pm, last order 2:30pm, 6pm – 11pm, last order 10:45pm Daily
Empress by the Privé Group has several ticks on the boxes – location in the iconic Asian Civilisations Museum by the Singapore River, with both indoor and alfresco dining options by the waterfront, offering Chinese cuisine with Western-style service.
Some of the signature items include the Triple Roast Platter ($28, $42, $56), Seared Angus Beef Tenderloin Cubes ($32), King Prawn Dumpling In Supreme Broth ($14 per person) and Cempedak Crème Brûlée ($13 per person).
1 Selegie Road #01-02 PoMo, Singapore 188306
Tel: +65 9833 1790
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 12am (Fri – Sat)
With a colourful graffiti wall in the interior and trendy hip-hop music, the concept is by-and-large influenced by the hip burger joints in the Big Apple.
The home-grown South Bronx is also proud to feature burgers that are Asian-style, such as the best-selling Bangkok influenced Thai-Tanium ($14) and Korean G-Dragon burger ($14.00).
(Oh no. The team was experimenting with Ice Cream Burgers, and I thought the Red Velvet Burger would be a hot-seller. Unfortunately, South Bronx temporary taken it off the menu due to labour shortage. We hope you bring it back, okay?)
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