We’ve got the lowdown on all the hottest new restaurants in Singapore this month, mama!
Need a quick shot of inspiration for a night out on the town (no kids, that is)? Here’s our pick of the hottest new restaurants and bars in Singapore, condensed and served up in tasty bite-sized pieces just for you. Look forward to three new spots on Keong Saik Rd (for burgers, cocktails and sloppy Iberico toasties), a secret supper club of modern MiddleEastern, progressive exciting Asian fare, Japanese Jingisukan and a Peranakan cocktail bar and more.
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Ards is a progressive Asian fine dining restaurant in Duxton by young and dynamic chef-owners Ace Tan and David Lee. Ards is an acronym for “Asia, Roots, Distinct, Singular”, where the cuisine showcases a distinctly new way of cooking Asian favourites. The cuisine has a modern upscale spin on familiar ingredients and dishes, all beautifully presented. Lunches range from three to five-course sets ($48-68) while dinner menus range from $88 to $188 for the 15-course tasting menu (with an option to do paired alcohol tastings with prosecco, umeshu, wine and sake). Dishes range from Ear of the Sea with slow-braised abalone served with homemade noodles, yuzu and mushroom granola to Mum’s Chicken Soup with braised fish maw, theatrically presented, to a pretty dish of Fish on Fish consisting of grouper and sweet clams. This spot is one to watch.
Ards, 76 Duxton Road, Singapore 089535, Tel: (+65) 8280 2801, www.facebook.com/Restaurantards
Ottomani the restaurant by the Dandy Partnership (who also have Neon Pigeon, Summerlong), which is secretly hidden behind Fat Prince on Peck Seah, has a new Head Chef Nic Philip. We loved it before when we wrote about it here, we love it still. Such great atmosphere of low lit oil lamps slung from the ceiling giving only a flicker of candle light, lounge chairs and a mix of great tunes. The food shows hints of ‘modern’ Middle Eastern, with produce cooked on a custom designed wood-fired earth pit. Head Chef Nic Philip who hails from Australia, whips up dishes from ‘Mum’s Spinach & Cheese Triangles ($16) to delicious Hokkaido Scallops with sea urchin ($24/each) and the sharing platters of Pork with Turkish coffee, palm sugar, and Szechuan pepper ($21/100g). There’s no bar so drinks come to you on a cocktail trolley with showmanship flair – try the Smokey Old Fashioned adorned by a crispy sliver of banana.
Ottomani, 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317, Tel: (+65) 9231 9316, www.theottomani.com
1KS (named from the initials of the venues’ address) is the second cafe by the same folks behind Park Bench Deli. It replaces the now-defunct The Daily Roundup at co-working space, The Working Capitol.
On the menu: the sandwiches that Park Bench Deli first made an impression with like their Short Rib “Swiss” ($20), of braised short rib, bacon, melted cheddar and mustard aioli in a soft white roll. However it’s the lighter dishes that shine. Toasts of different toppings, from Avocado and egg ($11) to Salmon Lox ($14) or Buffalo mozzarella ($14), drizzled in balsamic and peppered with tomatoes. There’s one lonely salad, luckily it’s a winner: Chinese Chicken salad with mixed cabbage, radish, carrots, almonds, crispy wanton skin, and peanut ginger dressing ($14). Frittatas ($4), Acai bowls ($10), cold press juices and smoothies complete the healthy menu. Definitely try the Alfie Solomons – a creamy smoothie of espresso, vanilla, banana, cocoa nibs, and almond milk ($9). For something with even more of a caffeine kick, one of their quality roasts by Gentlemen’s Coffee Company and Papa Palheta.
1KS, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109, Tel: (+65) 6221 1792, www.1kscafe.com
.elia has joined the trendy Keong Saik hood and they bring with them, top notch comfort food with their bistro by day and restaurant by night. Chef Seoh makes his own white sourdough for like the Pulled Pork Sandwich ($17.50) or the Jamon Iberico Grilled Cheese ($16.50) a much-recommended dish of thick slabs of toast encompassing grilled cheese, tomato relish and jamon iberico, topped with a fried egg. Pasta is freshly made as well like the Meatballs ($17.50) with pappardelle. Meanwhile, dinner goes all sophisticated with Seabass en papillote ($28) and Five Spiced Duck ($30).
Brunch on Fridays, Saturdays and public hols, beckons with Pancakes ($15), Avo Toast ($12.50) and the most glorious thick milkshakes we have had in a while – Espresso or Nut-ing Fancy (both $12.50) of hazelnut pistachio and ice-cream – so good they double up as desserts.
.elia, 10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264, www.facebook.com/eliasingapore
Butcher Boy is a contemporary style Asian Grill brought to you by the team at Cure located along the same stretch on Keong Saik Road. Helmed by chef-owner Andrew Walsh, the restaurant is named after Chef’s favourite novel and movie, The Butcher Boy (1997).
Diners can look forward to hearty dishes like their Butcher Boy Bacon & Cheese Burger with Fries ($28), Crispy Pork Belly, Japanese Tender Valley Rib Eye, and Duck Banh Mi with Liver Pate and Sriracha ($18). Drinks-wise, head bartender Knut Randhem brings Asian-inspired cocktails like Butcher Boy Negroni (barrel-aged rum, white whisky and plum grenadine), and the Smoking Carriage Cocktail ($22) of Dictator 20 rum, salted caramel syrup, bitters and orange). Butcher Boy opens for lunch on Fridays and Saturdays while Sundays see a roast menu heavy on the meat.
Butcher Boy – by Cure, 31 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089138, Tel: (+65) 6221 6833, www.butcherboy.com.sg
PS. Cafe at One Fullerton is the largest PS Café outlet to open (while their newest branch PS.Cafe Raffles City is set to open soon too). PS. Cafe One Fullerton is along the bay at One Fullerton upstairs from Over Easy and next door to Forlino. There are views of Marina Bay from the open-air terrace and indoor dining room which is decked out in signature black and white décor that PS Café is known for. New additions include a selection of potent Fullerton Sour cocktails like the Doctor’s Orders ($21) which packs a bold medicinal punch and starters of skewers grilled on the charcoal grill exclusive to this outlet. Single serve sticks include a falafel style Pumpkin and Chickpea skewer ($6) with labneh, and a tender beef skewer ($7) with tamarind chilli. A new dish of Red Pesto Rigatoni ($25) spiked with nuts, house-made labneh and brocollini gets a big thumbs up while most of the rest of the menu retains the standard PS Café signature dishes from the PS Café burger to Lamb Chops and the obligatory truffle fries. For dessert, skip the slabs of cake and try instead the Salted Profiteroles with Coffee Ice-cream or the new Trifle Bomb.
PS. Cafe at One Fullerton, 1 Fullerton Road, #02-03B/04 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213, www.pscafe.com/pscafe-one-fullerton
Peranakan-inspired cocktails are the name of the game here at Bee Bee’s (by the same peeps behind Five Ten restaurant) along Boat Quay. Respite, ($15) which comes in a cute fist-pump mug made of chocolate bitters, bourbon, crème de cassis and rosso or there’s the tropical Sorry Not Sorry ($15), of cachaça, red dragonfruit and soursop, lime, lemongrass, ginger, galangal, and kaffir lime leaf.
Bar bites are pretty select – just three items at the moment: Babi Braised ($8) topped with achar and an egg, and two types of bruschetta – Tuna Tartare Bruschetta ($7) spiced up with ginger flower and Auntie Mary’s Bruschetta ($6) topped with tomatoes and burrata.
Bee Bee’s, 55A Boat Quay, 049844 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 9172 6729, www.facebook.com/beebees.sg
The Hitsuji Club is one of the only places in Singapore to specialise in Jingisukan – a Japanese Grilled Lamb dish prepared on a convex metal skillet particularly popular on the northern island of Hokkaido. Options include lamb fillet, lamb chop, lamb loin plus a choice of other meats like pork and chicken and vegetables.
The Hitsuji Club, 65 Circular Road, Singapore 049419, Tel: (+65) 6221 3789, www.the-hitsuji-club.com
Yatagarasu Yakitori is a yakitori restaurant that specialises in 15 types of pork belly wraps with a variety of ingredients, such as shiso leaf, asparagus, cheese to more unusual fillings of curry rice (S$6) and fried noodles ($6). Barbecued skewers are also on the menu – a range of chicken (from thigh, to tail, soft bone, liver, heart and gizzard) and vegetables ($2.50 each) alongside sides of Japanese omelet and marinated mackerel.
Yatagarasu Yakitori, 72 Circular Road #01-01 Singapore 049426, www.facebook.com/yatagarasu72
Lead image Ards Restaurant