10 NEW Restaurants Singapore December 2017 – OMU, FISK, Merci Marcel And SBCD Korean Tofu House.

Monkey Warung
Capitol Piazza #01-84, 13 Stamford Road Singapore 178905
Opening Hours: 11:45am – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:45pm – 11:00pm (Fri – Sat)

Balinese Ribs and Indonesian Style Dishes
NEW-to-market Monkey Warung serves up inexpensive Pork Ribs and modern Indonesian style dishes with recipes from Bali.

The dishes here are created using a traditional charcoal grill which delivers a selection of grilled seafood and meat.

Indonesian delicacies you can expect include Cumi Bakar Jimbaran (grilled squid), Pepes Cumi (Chilli Squid), Satay Lilit Bali (pork satay), and dishes of Sop Buntut (oxtail soup), Ayam Penyet Rice, Nasi Goreng Seafood wigh Egg, Crispy Pork Belly.

Their fork-tender signature ribs are quite affordably priced, with a sizable half-rack portion at $20. If you come in a bigger group, then get the full rack at $36.

The ribs were marinated with a special recipe and spices, glazed with sweet sauce then grilled over charcoal flames. Suitable for communal dining with friends and family as portions can be huge. Capitol Piazza Food Guide

OMU Singapore
3 Temasek Boulevard #01-301A/301B West Wing, Suntec City Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 98340079
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm

Lava Omurice With Creamy Centre Comes To Singapore
OMU which specialises in Japanese Omurice has opened at the West Wing of Suntec City.

Each Omurice comes with with tomato fried rice with sautéed chicken and mushroom or butter fried rice (depending on what sauce you order) wrapped within.

There are 5 different sauces to choose from – Tomato, Demiglace, Curry, Cream or Japanese, with choice of accompanying ingredients such as chicken cutlet, cream croquette, sausages and seafood.

The egg part was like what I imagined – creamy, almost scrambled like, runny and fluffy.

However, the other parts were more lacklustre. The pork cutlet pieces were dry and tough, and the rice wasn’t exactly hot or fragrant considered it was tomato fried. Omu (Suntec City)

FiSK Seafoodbar & Market
30 Stevens Road #01-01 Singapore 257840
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 7.30pm (Mon), 11:30am – 4:30pm, 6pm – 10pm (Tues – Sat), 11:30am – 7pm (Sun)

Norwegian Market and Seafood Bar
Snorre Food, arespected Norwegian seafood distributors in Singapore and Asia, has opened FiSK (Norwegian for Fish) in Singapore at Stevens Road.

Expect ‘live’, chilled and frozen seafood, as well house-smoked fresh salmon – a first in Singapore, and a large selection of Nordic products, from dairy (brown cheese, milk and butter), and ready-to-eat items like sashimi platters.

Rustic creations during include open-face “Smørrebrød” sandwiches; Creamed Fish and Shellfish Soup; and Baccalao using Norwegian dry-salted cod.

In the evening for dinners, there are bar bites of Fried Herring and Salmon Tartar; Raw Hand-Dived
Scallop ceviche; Seared Langoustine Tail with smoked bone marrow, confit of swede and crispy kale; Hot Smoked Greenland Halibut with pearl cous cous, roe and horseradish sauce for sharing; and a very interesting Uni Ice Cream with oat crackers, hawthorn berries and nori.

Merci Marcel
56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-68 Singapore 160056 (Tiong Bahru MRT)
Tel: +65 6224 0113
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 11.30pm (Tues – Fri), 8:00am – 11:30pm (Sat), 8:00am – 10:00pm (Sun)

French Café-Restaurant With Bohemian Chic In The Heart Of Tiong Bahru
Tiong Bahru continues to evolve with the addition of Merci Marcel, a French café-restaurant located right beside Tiong Bahru Bakery.

There are different faces to it – a French breakfast and brunch café spot in the day, chic restaurant and wine bar at night.

During the evening, Merci Marcel introduces a French social dining concept with a dinner ‘tapas’ menu, created for sharing in good company.

Some of its starters included Cheese Croquette ($14), Chickpea Crème ($10), Duck Rillettes ($18), Good Cheese Tartar ($12), and aged cured 18th Bayonne Ham ($16).

For something more filling, the mains offered were Tarte Flambee ($24), Grilled Chicken with crispy Bayonne Ham ($22), Australian Angus Beef 400g ($39), Black Pepper Tuna ($25), and Ceviche of Red Snapper ($22). Merci Marcel (Tiong Bahru)

NUDE Grill
5 Straits View #01-22, Marina One, S018935. (Marina Bay and Downtown MRT Stations)
Tel: +65 6581 9306
Opening Hours: Lunch 11:30am – 2:00pm Last Order, Dinner 6:30pm-9:00pm Last Order (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH

Contemporary Grill Restaurant At Marina One
Nude Grill specialises in contemporary grill, while Nude Chill is all about drinks, finger food, and burgers (which are coming soon).

Food is said to be “Western-trained but unmistakably Asian”, cooked with “binchotan, hardwoods and the hearts”.

For lunch, expect the menu to lean towards one-dish meals, such as Japanese A4 Wagyu Don ($38, limited portions) and Chicken & Truffle ($25), perfect for a single serving.

As for dinner, my recommendation would be the Cuttlefish Risotto ($18), which paired up black barley risotto together with cuttlefish and ikura. NUDE Grill (Marina One)

SBCD Korean Tofu House 북창동 순두부
Millenia Walk 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-114, Singapore 039586
Tel: +65 6873 6441
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:00pm

Soontofu Specialty Restaurant Opens At Millenia Walk
Similar to the first outlet at Tanjong Pagar Centre, the menu of SBCD Korean Tofu House is divided into Combo Meal, Soontofu, Mains, Appetizer, Rice, and Beverages.

Every Soontofu dish consisted of hand-made tofu made fresh daily, with 4 different levels of spiciness. The recommended Soontofu include Original with beef or pork ($18.90), Assorted ($19.80), Abalone ($29.90). SBCD Tofu House (Millenia Walk)

FOMO Singapore
38 Sultan Gate #01-01, Singapore 198486 (Bugis and Nicoll Highway Station)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm Mon – Sun (For Food), Drinks till 12mn Daily

Hipster Food Court In The Heart Of Kampong Glam
FOMO is a hip food court situated in the heart of Kampong Glam area at Sultan Gate.

There are a collective of 7 food stalls and 1 drink stall. They are Chops! Grill and Sides (Western grill), The Don Pasta and Pizza (Pasta and Pizza), Kakak Kentang (Potato ball), Kanemochi (Mochi and Ice-cream, desserts), Zamza (Ramen and Donburi), Poke Doke (Poke bowls and healthy food), Mr Wholly (Nasi Lemak, Laksa, Seafood in a Bucket), and Brew Counter. FOMO Singapore (Sultan Gate)

Original Orchard Emerald Beef Noodles
2 Tai Thong Crescent #01-05 The Venue Residences and Shoppes, Singapore 347836
Tel: +65 6384 9149
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

LEGIT Hainanese Beef Noodles Back With A Shop
The beef noodles stall was founded in 1997 by Mr George Cheok, located in the basement food court of Orchard Emerald Building.

The stall has moved to many places, from Margaret Drive Food Centre, then Holland Village, and now a full-fledged eatery at The Venue Residences and Shoppes at Tai Thong (near MacPherson).

Sometimes called the “Uncle George’s Beef Noodles”, the humble eatery sells up Beef Noodles in Dry or Soup versions ($7.00), Mixed Beef Dry/ Soup ($8.00), Beef Brisket Hor Fun ($8.50), and Oxtail with Rice or Garlic Bread ($12.50).

The dark brown gravy of the Beef Noodles Dry ($8.00) was thick and flavourful and didn’t dilute easily. The beef cooked just right in texture – tender and soft. Original Orchard Emerald Beef Noodles (Tai Thong Crescent)

The BetterShip
The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, #01-03, Singapore 229233
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon-Sun)

Sashimi Don In A Wooden Ship Bowl
3 main categories are available on the menu, namely Sashimi ($8 – $21), Sashimi Don (top up $3.90 for the Sashimi to get a Basic Don/ $5.90 for a Premium Don) or Special Don ($17.90 – $40).
I ordered the Bara Chirashi Don ($15.90), exclusive to the Executive Set Lunch.

The bowl came with diced Salmon, Yellowfin Tuna, Swordfish, Yellowtail, Tamago, Nori (seaweed) on top of Akita Japanese rice.

Not too shabby or tasted too fishy, it could do with a lighter marination to bring out the natural freshness of the sashimi.

Time For Thai
15 Cheong Chin Nam Road Singapore 599739 (Beauty World MRT, Downtown Line)
Tel: +65 6909 3903
Opening Hours: 10am – 3am (Sun – Thurs), 10am – 4am (Fri – Sat)

Inexpensive Halal-Certified Thai Eatery At Bukit Timah
If you are looking for Thai food supper, Time For Thai is opened till wee hours of the night – 4am on Fridays and Saturdays, 3am on the other days.

Their signature items include Glass Noodle Claypot with Crab ($59.90), Steamed Sea Bass with Spicy Lemon Sauce ($24.90), Beef Noodles Soup ($9.90), Tom Yum Goong with Coconut Milk ($7.90), Crab Cakes ($13.90), Mango Salad ($5.90), and Pineapple Fried Rice ($5.90).

There are some interesting dishes such as the Dough Fritters with Sangkaya, and Pumpkin with Sangkaya Custard which are popular street foods in Thailand but seldom seen in Singapore. Time For Thai (Cheong Chin Nam Road)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary. Follow @DanielFoodDiary on Facebook, Instagram and Youtube for more food news, food videos and travel highlights.


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