Some one told me there are fewer NEW F&B openings in Singapore. I do not think there are very much less. There should be at least 30 the last month, which works out to be at least one per day.

My observation is, new restaurants and cafes in Singapore are less visible, have possibly cut back on their marketing dollars, and there are more repeated concepts.

Case in point, Poké Bowl shops. 5 new ones last month, few know the difference other than locations.

Some big names below have opened new outlets. Unlike the previous branches where they were introduced with HUGE media fanfare, some are waiting, some are holding back. Pros and cons.

Here are 12 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore March 2017 (If there is a blue link behind the summary, click on it for a more detailed writeup.)

For March’s Cafes Entry > 10 New Cafes In Singapore March 2017

Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill
Clarke Quay 01-18-B, 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Tel: +65 9834 9935
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 12:00am Daily

Peranakan Restaurant With Juicy Satay At Clarke Quay
After Violet Oon Restaurant Singapore at Bukit Timah, and National Kitchen by Violet Oon at National Gallery, Violet and her children Su-lyn and Yiming seemed to have put their experience and expertise well together, with this newest outlet appearing more polished in terms of décor and selection.

Satay options include Chicken ($14), Pork done Hainan style ($16), Angus Beef ($18), Prawn ($20), and Tripe ($15).

The grilled Angus Beef Satay is a must-order, surprisingly juicy and deliciously marinated in spices. Have a bite without additional sauce first, and savour that sweet spiced outer layer with smokiness. Violet Oon Satay Bar & Grill (Clarke Quay)

Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei
72 Peck Seah Street Singapore 079329 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)

Chef Keisuke Takeda of Ramen Keisuke fame will be launching his 12th dining concept. No, it is not ramen, but a hamburg eatery called Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei.

Japanese hamburger steaks take centrestage at this new restaurant.

Look forward to juicy beef patties sizzling on a hotplate, accompanied by sauces, eggs done just the way you like them, and a salad bar brimming with over 20 items.

Do not miss the special prime beef hamburg. When cut open, there will be a mix of 3 cheese oozed out. Should be an instagram video hit.

204 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068640 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6220 0723
Opening Hours: 11am – 12am (Mon – Fri), 5pm – 12am (Sat), Last orders 11:30pm, Closed Sun

Actor Shane Pow And Sin Lee Foods Open Rice Bowl & Yakitori Restaurant
MediaCorp actor Shane Pow has taken a plunge to set up Mojo at 204 Telok Ayer Street (short walk from Amoy Food Centre) which serves protein bowls and juices by day; yakitori, tapas and cocktails by night.

The Protein Bowls ($14, or $15 for Beef Protein Bowls) are catered to the CBD workers around the Tanjong Pagar area.

Mojo attempts to differentiate from its nearby competitors by providing quality food, reasonably substantial portions at affordable prices. Each protein bowl contains a protein, carb base, topping, sauce and three choices of vegetables. Mojo (Telok Ayer St)

Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry
Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-16, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

1st Hokkaido White Curry Japanese Restaurant In Singapore
The main difference between the usual Japanese curry, and white curry is that the latter is made using fresh Hokkaido milk without tumeric, the spice that contributes to the yellow colour.

Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry is the latest addition to the stretch of Japanese restaurants along the Nihon Food Street at Millenia Walk.

It is a 30-seater eatey, offering only 3 set meals on their menu at the moment.

The food items include Ebi (Prawn) Fry White Curry Set ($16.80), Japanese Style Hamburg White Curry Set ($15.80) and Chicken Katsu White Curry Set ($15.80). Thought that the base could have been smoother and more flavourful though. Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry (Millenia Walk)

Poke Doke
9 Raffles Boulevard #01-95, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Tel: +65 9181 9140
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm Daily

Spicy And Wasabi Poké Bowls In Singapore
Hopping on the Poké Bowl wave, Poké Doke (pronounced as Po-kay Do-kay) which opened at Millenia Walk aims to serve fresh quality fish, seasoned with authentic flavors from the shores of Hawaii.

The standard range includes Poke Doke Signature ($14), Power Food Tuna Bowl ($14) and Umi Japanese Bowl ($15.50), or DIY your bowl.

There is also a vegetarian dressing option made for their Vegetarian Shitake Tofu Bowl ($12.50). Poke Doke (Millenia Walk)

74 Amoy Street, Singapore 069893 (10 mins walk from Tanjong Pagar and Telok Ayer MRT stations)
Tel: +65 62219928
Opening Hours: 11.30 am – 2.30pm, 5.30 pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Korean Layered Seafood Tower With Army Stew Steamboat
Another Korean “9 Layer Seafood Tower” restaurant opens in Singapore, this time at 74 Amoy Street.
K-Tower, not to be confused with Captain K Seafood Tower at Prinsep Street, is based on a similar layered seafood concept.

A 9-Tier Seafood Tower with lobster, crab, oyster, fish, prawn, scallop, sea cucumber, shellfish and soup base at $298

What is special about K-Tower is that there is quite a wide range of soup bases such as seafood soup (complimentary), kimchi soup (additional $10), army stew (additional $10) and ginseng soup (additional $20). K-Tower (Amoy Street)

25 Degrees
Hotel G, 200 Middle Road Singapore 188980
Tel: +65 6809 7990
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon – Thurs), 11am – 1am (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun

Funky Burgers From Los Angeles Arrive In Singapore
25 Degrees Burgers and Liquor Bar which originated from Los Angeles, has arrived in Singapore, situated at an interesting “arts district” location of Hotel G at Middle Road.

25 Degrees is so named after the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done hamburger.

Burgers ($14 each) are simply labelled as Number One, Number Two, Number Three, Number Four, and Veggie Burger.

One to Three contain beef patties with different fillings, Four is a burger of seared Yellowfin Tuna with lettuce, crispy fried onions and spicy aioli. 25 Degrees Burger (Middle Road)

Kajiken 油そば専門店 歌志軒 – Novena
10 Sinaran Drive #02-03 Square Two Singapore 307506 (Novena MRT)
Tel: +65 6904 4714
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm Daily

Dry Japanese Ramen At Novena Square 2
Kajiken at Orchid Hotel is the first shop dedicated to selling just Mazesoba in Singapore, and has opened its 2nd outlet at Novena Square 2.

Mazesoba can be explained as dry Japanese ramen (or Japanese gan mian), in which “maze” means “to mix”, and “soba” means “noodles”.

Its signature dish is Mazesoba Nagoya Style ($12.80), in which dry ramen noodles is mixed with spicy minced pork, soft boiled egg, seafood and chopped vegetables. Kajiken (Square 2)

Mrs Pho House
221 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218459
Tel: +65 9173 1083
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 10.30pm (Wed – Fri), 12:00pm – 10.30pm (Sat & Sun), Close Mon & Tue

Popular Pho Shop Opens Restaurant Serving Authentic Vietnamese Cuisine
Fans of Vietnamese food would be thrilled to hear about the opening of Mrs Pho House along Rangoon Road, and you can look forward to dishes like Claypot La La and Gong Gong. Not just PHO.

They wanted to provide a comfortable dining environment which serves up various casual home-cook Vietnamese dishes.

Additions include ‘House’ Crab ($32), Saigon Chili Prawns ($12.90), Long live ‘Gong-Gong’ ($10.90) and Love You Long Time ‘Lala’ ($10.90).

For the not-so-adventurous, rest assured you are also able to satisfy your craving over a bowl of hearty Sliced Beef Pho ($8.90) or Beef Combo Pho ($9.90). Mr Pho House (Rangoon Road)

Sushiro Takumi
301 Upper Thomson Road, #01-113F Thomson Plaza, Singapore 574408 (Near Marymount MRT) Opening Hours: 11:45am – 2:15pm, 5:45pm – 9:15pm (Tue – Sun)>

Affordable Chirashi Don Shop At Thomson Plaza Opens Gyudon Concept
Sushiro has just expanded to Thomson Plaza #01-22/30, next to the main entrance and atrium. In place of the previous store space of #01-113F is another concept, Takumi by Sushiro which is more focused on Gyuniku Donburi.

The menu at Takumi is also streamlined and straightforward, with a meatier-take of beef and chicken rice bowls.

If you prefer curry, Takumi also serve Chicken Katsu Curry ($12) and Gyuniku Curry ($14) rice bowls. Both come with the option of udon as well.

Compared to the usual donburis which are typically drier, their version was more soupy.

The bowl was also overloaded with onions and rice, and I wished that they mixed in more beef instead. Takumi by Sushiro (Thomson Plaza)

Japanese Soba Noodles Tsuta – Tai Seng
18 Tai Seng Street #01-01 Singapore 539775
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm, Last Order 8:30pm

Michelin Ramen At Tai Seng, Offering Exclusive Miso Soba
Tsuta has its 2nd outlet in Singapore, and its choice of location is quite unexpected, at Tai Seng.

Two basic noodle choices are available – the Shoyu Soba ($15.00) and Miso Soba ($16.00), inclusive of GST with no additional service charge. Top ups of Ajitama egg and char siu are available.

The Miso is exclusive to this outlet. Between the two, I still preferred the noodle texture of the Shoyu bowl. Tsuta Ramen (Tai Seng)

Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle – Tai Seng
18 Tai Seng Street #01-02 Singapore 539775
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm

Michelin HK Noodles, NEW Outlet At Tai Seng
“The cheapest Michelin meal in the world” Liao Fan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle has gone on to open its 2nd restaurant.

Prices still remain very affordable, with most items $5.00 and below, making it a suitable place for the family for a casual meal out.

The signature Soya Sauce Chicken Rice is priced at $3.80. Other offerings include Soya Sauce Chicken Noodle ($4.50), Soya Sauce Chicken Hor Fun ($4.50), Roasted Pork Rice ($4.50), Char Siew Rice ($4.00) and Pork Ribs Rice ($4.00). Hawker Chan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle (Tai Seng)

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* Daniel’s Food Diary paid for food reviewed unless otherwise stated.


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