The NEW restaurants that opened in Singapore include 63Paragon (Orchard Pagaron), Steamroom with The Pillar and Stone (Orchard Central), Taki Kyoto Grill & Sake (Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria), Guenpin (Fugu restaurant at 32 Maxwell Road), The Palmary (Owen Road), Spark (Centro Bianco Building), Brine (North Bridge Road), SENS (Japanese Izakaya at Raffles Holland V), Bistro November (Keong Saik Road), O MammaMia (Pizza shop at Causeway Point), Flying Monkey (Bussorah Street), and Song Garden Chinese Restaurant (Mecure Singapore Middle Road).
SO MANY. I will try my best to visit all (but obviously I can’t, plus I am going on diet. LOL) so I may prioritize those with interesting menu or selling points.
Here are 10 NEW & Hot Restaurants Singapore May 2017:
ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-23, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)
Japanese Kappo Restaurant From Tsukiji Opens In Singapore At ION Orchard
Niku Kappo which originated from Tsukiji and offers Japanese Kappo cuisine has opened at B3 of ION Orchard (directly above Jasons, a floor above MUJI).
A Kappo restaurant is one where the chef will cook right in front of the guests, for an overall enriching ambience and experience.
At Niku Kappo, the focus is on the Niku, 肉, which is the selection of meat.
The food selection is different from other Japanese restaurants, and you get food items such as Meat Sushi, Meat Hot Pot (shaped like Mt Fuji), and an Iron Pot dish of Yaki Tetsu freshly prepared by the table side. Niku Kappo (ION Orchard)
Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant
181 Orchard Road #12-02 Orchard Central Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6634 2803
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm Daily
Sashimi, Ramen, Tempura All Under One Roof At Orchard Central
Calling a restaurant “Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant” after THE famous Tsukiji wholesale market at Tokyo can be an uncertain move. People would come expecting SOMETHING.
There are 6 different concepts under one roof, which includes: Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant for seasonal fresh fish and seafood; Takumen Ramen Galley offering 3 different types of ramen; Ebi Zo Ebi Tempura Restaurant; Ikezaki Japanese BBQ; Tori-Sho Chicken and Ueki Omakase Restaurant.
Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant is located on the rooftop garden of Orchard Central. Fantastic view by the way. Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant (Orchard Central)
55 Tras Street Singapore 078994 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 8748 4585
Opening Hours: 6:00pm – 12:00am (Mon -Thurs), 6:00pm – 1:00am (Fri – Sat) Last Order 11:00pm
Modern Yakitori Bar At Tras Street
I had a good laugh when I saw the kanji of “Birders”, which was 鳥人 (a word we use to scold in Mandarin).
Opened by actor Adam Chen, Birders is a modern style yakitori bar with curated sake imported directly from Japan.
The menu is conceptualized by Chef Makoto Deguchi, an alumni of the one Michelin starred Sola in Paris.
While traditional yakitori focuses on either shio or tare for seasoning the skewers, Chef Makoto prefers the use of different toppings for each cut of chicken meat such as including Negi puree and black sesame on chicken thigh skewer, or nori vegemite on a chicken breast stick.
South Beach Avenue #B1-22, 26 Beach Road Singapore 189768
Tel: +65 6581 0085
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm
Italian restaurant At South Beach Avenue
Lead by Italian Head Chef Andrea Tarini with a 3-Michelin-star background, the menu is crafted using the freshest ingredients flown in from Italy twice a week.
From San Marzano tomatoes, fresh burrata, San Daniele ham to mozzarella, the freshest ingredients are prepared right in front of our eyes in their open-concept kitchen.
For those thinking of recreating the memories at home, there is also a retail section within the restaurant with more than 70 varieties of artisanal cold cuts, cheeses, wines and condiments.
If you come in a pair or group, get the Zuppa di Pesce ($68 for two) – a tomato based seafood stew with generous serving of fresh red snapper, molluscs and shellfish which spells “umami-ness”.
85 Beach Road #01-02 Singapore 189694
Tel: +65 6266 0061
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 9:30pm (Mon, Tues, Fri), 12:00pm – 12:00am (Wed, Fri, Sat), 12:00pm – 9:00pm (Sun)
Serving “Happy Food” Mostly Below $20, Opened By Saveur’s Co-Founder
The Masses has the intention of serving quality-restaurant food at prices that won’t break the bank.
A glance at the menu would reveal that most of the starters and mains, are comfortable priced below $20. Hard to find this in most expensive city in the world.
They intend to serve “Happy Food”, and to provide fresh, seasonal produce, and allowing recipes to be simple yet dynamic.
The friendly service staff recommended the Chicken Collagen Veloute ($8.00), The Egg ($9.00), Aus Frementle Octopus Tentacle ($14.90), C&C Pasta ($12.90), Honey Garlic Miso Chicken Breast ($13.90), US Black Angus Striploin ($22.90) and 12 Hours Braised US Short Ribs ($18.00). The Masses (Beach Road)
Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, #B1-107 (East Wing), Singapore 038984
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
1st Korean Tteokbokki Buffet At Suntec City, Only $18.80
”Dookki”, which means ‘Two meals’ in Korean, originated from Korea in 2014, and has over 100 outlets worldwide.
Two meals literally means to start the first meal with a Korean hotpot style, and end off with kimchi fried rice.
It was a steal for the price tag of $18.80 for adults, and $10.80 for children (of height between 110 – 130cm) with its wide variety of Korean food offered.
You get 8 different kinds of tteokbokki (rice cakes) with varying shapes and texture such as Round, Flat, Slim, Square, Hollow, Special, Square Wheat, Potato Sujebi to meat and vegetables such as beansprout, cabbage, fish cake, cuttlefish ball, sausage, boiled egg and mussel for the hot pot. Dookki Singapore (Suntec City)
3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City West Wing, #02-314/315/316, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6467 7003
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 3:00pm Last Order at 2:30pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Penang Food Buffet From $24.90++
Penang Place which has moved to Suntec City is offering Penang food buffet from $24.90++ for Monday to Thursday lunches. Weekday (also Mon – Thurs) dinners are priced at $27.90++, while weekend lunches and dinners are priced at $30.90++.
If buffet is not your thing, the dishes are available as ala carte order as well.
What you can expect include some of their specialities of Penang Char Kway Teow, Penang Laksa, Hokkien Char, Lobak, Choon Piah, and Steamed Otak Otak.
Good to know that they cook their food without using lard, using substitutes such as chicken and yam.
However as the restaurant is new and occupies a large space, do be very patient with service (or lack of).
119 Owen Road Singapore 218924 (Farrer Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 3:00pm, 6:00pm – 10:00pm (Tues – Sun, Closed Mon
Affordable Peranakan Food With Full Sets From $10, At Owen Road
PeraMakan is a play of words “Peranakan” meaning “local-born” and “Makan”, a Malay word for “to eat”. Tingkat PeraMakan has just opened at 119 Owen Road, which is a more casual outlet compared to its main restaurant at Keppel Club.
I liked that there is a ‘no-frills’ menu which allows you to order sets for the individual. Therefore, you can have an entire rice meal with main, two side dishes, a drink and dessert for a price of $10 to $15.
There were choices of Ayam Kleo, Ayam Sio, Babi Pongtay, Nyonya Pork Ribs, Sambal Sotong, Sambal Ikan, Ikan Garam Assam and of course the quintessential Ayam Buak Keluak for the sets. Tingkat PeraMakan (Owen Road)
Katong Square, 88 East Coast Road #01-15/16, Singapore 423371
Tel: +65 6344 0025
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 12:00am Daily, Last Order Mains 10:00pm, Snacks 11:30pm
Seafood Galore In A European Country Side Setting At Katong Square
Stärker Bistro is an extension of Stärker Fresh Beer, offering German roasts and signatures, and is a space not quite any other in Singapore. It has officially opened at Katong Square.
The interior is designed to associate with its European roots, of provincial rustic décor with wooden tables, real stone walls, trees, hanging flowers over the balcony, and a wooden door in the middle.
Food wise, you can expect an extensive menu of German favourites such as Traditional Pork Knuckle marinated with a Stärker secret recipe for 24 hours, Roasted Pork Belly with sauerkraut and French mustard; Main Courses; Pastas such as King Prawn Pasta, Seafood Aglio Olio, Seafood Marinara, Vongole; Hand-crafted Pizzas, Appetizers of Fiery Wings; as well as sweet Desserts.
They have also launched a dedicated Seafood Menu, and you can look forward to the Seafood Platter ($56.80, serves 2-3 pax), Seafood Stew ($36.80) and Lobster Roll ($36.80). Stärker Bistro (Katong Square)
Song Kee Fishball Noodles
128 Tembeling Rd, Singapore 423638
Tel: +65 9336 2745
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 9.30pm (Mon-Sun)
Famous Fishball Noodles Shop Reopens At Joo Chiat. BEST Herh Keow
Song Kee Fishball Noodles, managed by 3 siblings, has relocated to 128 Tembeling Road, in Joo Chiat, right outside the main gate of Haig Girl’s School.
For first-timers, just follow the person in front of you in the queue. Head towards the back of the shop (in front of the kitchen) to make your order, payment, grab a table number, find a table, sit down and wait. I waited for one hour at the table before food came.
Fishball Noodles are available in Small ($4), Medium ($6) and Large ($8) where you get to choose from 6 different types of noodles: Mee Pok, Mee Kia, Yellow Noodles, Mee Tai Mak, Kuay Teow and Bee Hoon in either Dry or Soup version.
Opt for the Fishball Dumpling Soup if you crave for additional fishballs, HERH KEOW and tau pok are available at $6/$10. Song Kee (Tembeling Road)
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