Friends typically ask me how many new restaurants open per month, since I typically have to comb the island for this monthly guide. My estimate can be 1-3 PER DAY. You literally get one new restaurant or cafe opening up in Singapore every single day.
Competition IS TOUGH. New concepts and brands excite me.
Even if it is a mass market brand, I will check its menu to see if they are re-inventing themselves, while still maintaining consistency in their signature favourites.
I am personally happy and proud to see home-grown brands get bigger – you will see a number listed here. Wok Master is one of them. Haven’t heard of them before? Time to give it a try.
10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore August 2016 (The cafe list is here: 10 New Cafes In Singapore August 2016)
Japan Food Town
435 Orchard Rd, #04-39/54 Wisma Atria Shopping Centre, Singapore 238877
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm Daily
Japanese food lovin’ Singaporeans will find more reasons to get really excited, especially with the launch of Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria Orchard.
This is a 20,075 square feet food hall on the 4th level of Isetan Singapore (next to Food Republic), which will offer authentic Japanese cuisine at affordable prices.
You can expect Dassai Bar (sake), Hokkaido Izakaya (Hokkaido produce), Inaniwa Yosuke (udon), Bonta Bonta (onigiri), Yomoda Soba (soba), Nabe Seizen (the original being a 2 Michelin stared Kaiseki restaurant), Sabar (mackerel), Osaka Kitchen (Teppanyaki), Sushi Takewaka, Machida Shoten (ramen), Temura Tsukiji Tenka (tempura and donburi), Yakiniku Heijyoen, Shabu Shabu Tajimaya, Rang Mang Shokudo (fried chicken), Anzu (farm to table concept). Japan Food Town Singapore (Wisma Atria)
City Square Mall #02-51, 180 Kitchener Road Singapore 208539
Tel: +65 6835 9096
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Opened by the team behind Coffee Hive Singapore, Wok Master serves up familiar local zhi char favourites, many presented in claypots.
The place to bring daddies and mummies, for affordable, actually delicious comfort fare.
There are favourites such as Salted Egg Pork Ribs, Boxing Chicken, Braised Superior Chicken, Sambal Kang Kong to more east-west dishes such as Baked Miso Cod Fish with Champagne.
Scotts Square B1 08-09 Scotts Road Singapore 228209 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6538 0083
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00am
With over 50 years of history and more than 500 restaurants across the United Kingdom, Europe, Hong Kong, India and the Middle East, this is PizzaExpress’s first foray to Singapore.
PizzaExpress specialises in handmade pizza, founded by Peter Boizot who opened its first restaurant in London’s Wardour Street after being inspired by a trip to Italy.
The recommended pizza is the Calabrese ($26), rectangular in shape, containing toppings of Calabria-style sausage, spicy Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, jalapeno peppers, roasted peppers and red chillis.
Two things I liked about this pizza, amongst others: That it is robustly spicy, and delightfully thin crusted. PizzaExpress (Scotts Road)
Paradise Teochew Restaurant
6 Scotts Road, #03-04/05/06/07, Scotts Square, Singapore 228209
Tel: +65 6538 0644
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm last order 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm last order 10pm (Mon to Fri), 10.30am – 3.30pm last order 3.00pm, 6pm – 10.30pm last order 10pm (Sat, Sun and PH)
Paradise Teochew Restaurant’s 2nd outlet (The first is at Amber Road.) The Executive Chef Cheng Fa Kwan is from Hong Kong, and has 34 years of culinary experience under his belt.
There is a good mix of both popular dim sum items such as Steamed Pork Dumpling “Siew Mai” ($5.80), Prawn Dumpling “Ha Kau” ($5.80), Pan-fried Radish Cake ($4.80) and Steamed Spare Ribs with Yam Strips ($5.80); and Teochew Dishes such as Teochew Style Steamed Pomfret, Sautéed Sliced Beef in Satay Sauce ($22.00) and dessert of Steamed Sweetened Yam, Sweet Potato and Gingko ($8.00).
Eat At 7, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-311 Suntec City Mall Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6333 4386
Opening hours : 11am – 10.30pm (Last Order 10pm)
Kohaku, the newest entrant at Eat at Seven Suntec City, I boldly predict, is likely to give Tendon Ginza Itsuki a run for its money.
The eatery specialises in Edomae Tendon, where bowls of Hokkaido rice piled with tempura drizzled in a specially made sauce are served. So, so good.
The options are straight forward – the signature Kohaku Tendon ($15), Vegetable Tendon ($14), Spicy Flavour ($15) and Vegetable Spicy Flavour ($14).
A set comes essentially with an additional bowl of udon, costs $4.50 more. Kohaku Tendon (Suntec City)
A Poké Theory
27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), 9am – 3m (Sat), Closed Sun
The Hawaiian styled staple consists of the freshest cut of the fish, topped with ingredients that bring out the best flavour. Think chirashi don in a healthier way.
Unlike Aloha Poké with both Signature and Customised Poké bowls, A Poké Theory’s is fully customised according to our preferences.
A regular bowl (100g) of tuna will cost $11.50 and salmon at $12.50, whereas a large bowl (150g) of tuna will cost $15 and salmon at $16.50. A Poke Theory (Boon Tat Street)
Soi Thai Kitchen
58 Serangoon Garden Way, Singapore 555954
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3:00pm, 6pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Probably one of the newest Thai restaurants in Singapore, in the foodie land of Serangoon Garden (opp Chomp Chomp).
Prices are pretty affordable here, plus no service charge or GST.
The rice and noodle dishes are mainly $6 or $10, so you can eat your fill of Pad Thai, Thai Style Vermicelli, Drunken Noodle, Olive Fried Rice and Thai Kway Tiao Soup.
Seafood dishes, vegetable, appetizers, salads, desserts also available, making Soi Thai suitable for the family to come.
Changi City Point #B1-12/13, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1 Singapore 486038 (Expo MRT)
Tel: +65 6636 1736
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Idaten is a NEW Udon restaurant where you can mix and match smooth udon, sides and tempura.
Customising your own udon bowl is fun, and I noted they have Original, Matcha and Japanese Pepper Togarashi flavoured Udon.
If you like the more ‘original’ taste, go for their specialty Kamatama Udon which comes with a half-boiled egg. Complete the Udon Meal with a choice of tempura for below $12.
My recommendation would be the Spicy Miso Pork Udon ($9.20) which has a kimchi soybean broth, and Seafood Udon ($10.80) generously added with tiger prawn, scallop, crabstick, and oyster mushroom.
Lian Peng Bak Kut Teh
Changi City Point #01-28, 5 Changi Business Park Central 1 Singapore 486038 (Expo MRT)
Tel: +65 6538 4366
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Lian Peng Bak Kut Teh serves up clear, peppery Teochew-style Bak Kut Teh, as well as other popular Teochew dishes and sides such as Braised Duck, Braised Pig Trotter, Hae Bee Hiam, Salted Vegetable, and Beancurd.
You would realise that several items taste like what is served in a Teochew restaurant. That is because Head Chef Tan boosts of more than three decades of culinary experience in Teochew cuisine.
Now you can enjoy 30% off the dinner set (good excuse to order more food!)
Other than the Bak Kut Teh and Braised Pig’s Trotter, my personal recommendation is the Hae Bee Hiam which should spice up your bowl of rice and dinner.
Tiong Bahru Plaza, 302 Tiong Bahru Rd, B1-111, Singapore 168732 (Tiong Bahru MRT)
Tel: +65 6702 4311
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Not a restaurant, but I thought it would be interesting for you to know. You may have heard of “Bai Wei Noodles” from Hong Kong, which literally means “hundred of tastes”, a concept where cold noodles are mixed with a myriad of chosen ingredients, shaken in a bag.
Singapore’s Doodles, opened at the basement of the revamped Tiong Bahru, seems to have taken a cue or two from it.
Choose from options of protein and vegetable to include in a packet of noodles, and shake! The most basic Herbivore packet of noodle with 2 veg is at $4, the On-Nom-Nomnivore with 2 veg and 2 protein is at $6. Doodles (Tiong Bahru Plaza)
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