We’ve got the lowdown on all the hot 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-size pieces just for you. Look forward to nutritious dishes with a sea view to a new Catalan restaurant, two new Japanese skewer spots, Mexican fare in the East and more.
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Greater Lot has taken the hot seat over from Kith Cafe at Quayside Isle on Sentosa. This enviable spot overlooks the yachts and there is scoot space for kids (or pop along to the pirate ship playground nearby). Now on to the food: we were impressed with the wholesome menu of Greater Lot, which is under the umbrella of Cedele. Instead of being bread-based, there is a good variety of salads, vegetables, and protein-based dishes – some only available come the weekend. Breakfasts include Super Green Omelette ($17) with spinach, zucchini, avocado and feta; there’s Buckwheat Pancakes ($15); and even the Instagram darling the Papaya Boat ($10) (half a papaya filled with a medley of fruit, yoghurt, chia and raw honey). There are plenty of gluten-free options including Grilled Pumpkin & Broccoli Salad with quinoa, or the Nasi Ulam ($20/38), an addictive traditional Malaysian herb rice salad using brown rice mixed with shredded herbs of lemongrass, kaffir lime leaf, laksa leaf, curry leaf, toasted coconut and turmeric oil, served with grilled sea bass and tempeh chunks.
Greater Lot, 31 Ocean Way, Unit #01-08 Sentosa Cove, Quayside Isle, Tel: (+65) 6262 1512, www.greaterlot.com
Comida Mexicana (Spanish for ‘Mexican food’) is the casual sister restaurant to Mexican restaurant Margarita’s. While Mexican favourites can be found at this East Coast restaurant, there are also off-menu creations by Vivian Wee, Director of Margarita’s since 1996. These include the Mexican Yucatan Chicken ($28): five chicken skewers in an achiote, garlic and orange glaze served in a fried tortilla bowl, as well as Crab & Avocado Quesadillas ($28) and Braised US Beef Shortribs in Chile Ancho and Coffee ($49 for two pieces). Signature sharing dishes include chips and Green Tomatillo Salsa ($7) made with imported tomatillos as well as the Carnitas ($32), a shredded US pork collar dish with tortilla, salsa rojas, salsa verde, and guacamole.
Comida Mexicana, 404 East Coast Road, Singapore 428998, Tel: (+65) 6440 8030, www.comidamexsg.com.sg
COMO Cuisine joins in on the Dempsey action residing within the same compound of Dover Street Market and The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar. COMO Cuisine offers the refined contemporary healthy food that the Como Resort & Hotel Group is known for. One of our fave chefs, Executive Chef Timothy de Souza, is at the helm with dishes like Shrimp Ceviche and COMO’s ‘Big Raw Salad’. Portions are modest so there’s always room for dessert. We love the fact that instead of a kids’ menu they are into developing kids’ palates so small foodies get to choose any dish in a smaller portion.
COMO Cuisine, Block 18A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677. Tel: (+65) 1800 394 6688, www.comodempsey.sg/restaurant/como-cuisine
Restaurant Gaig by Carles Gaig (who previously consulted on La Ventana at Dempsey) is an offshoot of the Michelin-starred Restaurant Gaig in Barcelona. Restaurant Gaig is a bright, family-owned and managed restaurant on Stanley Street. The Catalan cuisine focuses on tapas, paellas, and hearty Catalan stews. Gaig’s Traditional Cannelloni ($15.50 per piece) is a comforting dish of roasted meat wrapped in cannelloni sheets and in a cream sauce flecked with truffles. Try the Squid Ink Seafood Fideuà ($29.50) made with paella with short vermicelli noodles (very bee-hoon esque) in lieu of rice, and flavoured with squid ink or the hearty main of gelatinous pig’s trotter with turnip ($19.20), or there’s Shrimp ‘all-i-pebre’ ($22.30) of prawns in a nut, garlic and paprika reduction. For dessert: a refreshing Orange Ice Cream Souffle ($10.20) or whipped Catalan Crème Brûlée ($10.20).
Restaurant Gaig, 16 Stanley Street, Singapore 068735, Tel: (+65) 6221 2134, www.restaurantgaig.com
Italian celebrity Chef Davide Oldani first brought us fine dining Italian restaurant FOO’D and now is back with DRINK!, both at the historic site of Victoria Theatre & Concert Hall. DRINK! cocktail bar stars award-winning bartender Mike Cheong, who shakes up some mean cocktails like his Give Me My Alimony ($18) of Cachaça 51, lime, vanilla, muddled cherries and grapes. Happy Hour for drinks is from 4 pm to 8 pm (1-for-1 selected cocktails, wines, spirits and beer), while from 6 pm to 8 pm there are free-flow complimentary canapés: Duck Mousse Gelatin, Vol-au-Vents stuffed with Taleggio cheese and blueberry sauce, as well as a classic Italian desserts like Mini Zuccotto.
DRINK Cocktail Bar, #01-01, 11 Empress Pl, Victoria Theatre and Concert Hall, Singapore 179558, Tel; (+65) 6385 3424, www.foodbydo.com
Rokukakutei’s flagship outlet in Osaka Japan has just been awarded one Michelin star. What’s the fuss about? No need to hop skip to Japan to find out, they’ve just opened their first overseas branch here in Singapore. Helmed by Chef Hideyuki Tanaka, Rokukakutei offers kushikatsu — Japanese deep-fried skewers of meat, seafood and vegetables served with a multitude of dipping sauces. Rokukakutei unusually offers freshly baked bread and wines to go along with their skewers.
Rokukakutei, 331 North Bridge Road #01-04, Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720, www.facebook.com/GinzaRokukakuteiSingapore
Taking over the space occupied by defunct Longplay is Panko, a new Kushikatsu bar concept under the Unlisted Collection (which also gave us Bincho at Hua Bee, Michelin-starred Cheek By Jowl and Audace). The menu is largely Japanese-style skewers of meat and vegetables from simple vegetables to elaborate meaty concoctions like pork collar with Japanese mustard ($3), Wagyu beef with ponzu ($6) and foie gras with miso blueberry ($8). Skewers are dipped in batter and then fine panko (breadcrumbs) and deep fried. Grab an affordable lunch set: different Donburi plus a side of Soup, Pickles, Kushikatsu skewers and Dessert ($16 – $20).
Panko, 4 Haji Lane Singapore 189197, Tel: (+65) 6291 3323, www.panko.com.sg
Amamoto Café is a take-away counter (not technically a dine-in café) that reinvents the 1500-year-old Japanese culture of drinking the Amazake, or ‘sweet wine’. This healthy number is an alcohol-free drink made from fermented rice, using special koji mould which results in a glass brimming with enzymes, essential amino-acids, oligosaccharides, vitamins and minerals. Purists can stick with the Original Amazake ($4.80) but the kiosk spikes everything with Amazake from Cold-Pressed Fruit Drinks (like Blueberry, Orange or Mango – all $5.80) to Cold-Pressed Vegetable Drinks like Kiwi & Mustard Spinach ($6.80) to food: Mango Amamoto Chia Seed Parfait ($5.80) and Salads dressed with Yuzu or Sesame Amazake (from $9.80) topped with meat also marinated in Amazake.
Amamoto Café, 1 Raffles Place, B1-39, Singapore 048616, www.amamoto-sg.com
Lead image courtesy of COMO Cuisine