Are you excited to dine out at restaurants again? Here are some of the new restaurant openings in Singapore that we can’t wait to check out…
With Phase 2 announced we bet you can’t wait to book your fave restaurants and discover what new F&B openings await. Here are some of the newest restaurant openings to keep an eye on, mamas. Do make sure you make a booking or at least call ahead to ensure the restaurant of your choice has space given new safe distancing measures!
Miss Vanda: Casual Dining with Gourmet Ingredients at Esplanade
Miss Vanda is the latest venture by Michelin-Starred Labyrinth’s chef-owner LG Han. Miss Vanda, named for Singapore’s national flower, is more of a casual dining offering serving up pretty upmarket renditions of street food dishes. It’s all in the gourmet ingredients here –wagyu, truffle and lobster elevate favourite classic dishes to something new and exciting. Try the Laksa with Premium Seafood ($28), Wagyu Beef Rendang with Buah Keluak ($28), and Hainanese sweet-and-sour Sakura pork tomahawk ($28), while fried rice goes upmarket with truffled beef fat ($48).
Miss Vanda, Esplanade Mall #02-23, 8 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039802, Tel: (+65) 6223 4098, www.missvanda.sg
Lucali BYGB (opening soon for dine-in): Award-winning New York Pizza
Pizza lovers have probably heard of the famous Lucali in Brooklyn; get excited because Lucali’s Chef-owner Mark Iacono is teaming up with Singapore restaurateur Gibran Baydoun to bring pizza pies to the little red dot. Lucali BYGB will be a hot spot for pizzas and calzones (currently not yet available until they open for dine-in). You can get a taste of their other dishes via take-away with hearty pastas like Norma’s Rigatoni with eggplant, pepper and pecorino ($26), along with salads and their much-talked-about Meatloaf – aka the Single Mother Special ($30) – which we imagine would pair well with their Very Dirty Martini.
Lucali BYGB, 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M Singapore 338987, Tel: (+65) 8284 1325, www.lucalibygb.com
Kotuwa: Sri Lankan Staples from a Michelin Chef
Fans of Chef Rishi Naleendra of Cheek Bistro and Cloudstreet can look forward to visiting his latest restaurant, which is an ode to his Sri Lankan homeland with influences from South India, Malaysia, Indonesia and beyond. Kotuwa at Wanderlust Hotel serves all the Sri Lankan staples from hoppers to roti, to curries. Look out for black pork curry ($22), Chicken Kottu ($20), crab cutlets and mutton rolls, and a whole section of the menu dedicated to house-made sambals, achcharu and preserves.
Kotuwa, Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494, Tel: (+65) 8921 238, www.kotuwa.com.sg
LUX: Scandinavian Cuisine from the NOX team
New restaurant LUX (not to be confused with the erstwhile Luxe) opens from the team behind dine-in-the-dark restaurant NOX. NOX’s founder is Swedish so expect authentic Scandinavian cuisine encompassing flavours from Denmark, Sweden, Norway, Finland and Iceland. Dishes include Pickled Herring Platters ($21), Norwegian hand peeled shrimp on toast ($20), and juicy gourmet Swedish Meatballs ($29) plus Rhubarb pie for dessert.
LUX, 271 Beach Road, Singapore 199547, Tel: (+65) 6298 0708, www.lux-singapore.com
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Grammi: Italian Comfort Food Meals & Groceries to Order Online
Grammi, is a brand new digital dining platform by Michelin Chef Beppe De Vito. Grammi offers affordable Italian-Mediterranean comfort food. Think ready-to-eat, grocery and drinks staples for everyday occasions. How does a lunch of Citrus Cured Salmon ($16.80) and Burrata ($18) with pumpkin, truffle pesto and hazelnuts sounds? There are sandwiches like Wagyu Sliders ($18 for 4 pcs) or the famed Porchetta ($16.90) with apple and smoked cheese. Pasta like Strozzapreti with crab ($23.50) or Linguine with Tiger prawns ($20.20), or mains of Beef Cheek and Lamb Shank. Grammi is ready for islandwide delivery/pick-up of à la carte dishes, bento sets and grocery items every day from 11:30am to 8pm. Plus grab yourself a 20% discount for the whole of June 2020 with the promo code GRAMMI20.
Gully: Global takeaway bites at Dempsey from the Blu Kouzina team
Gully is a Dempsey newcomer that’s a collab with the Greek kitchen Blu Kouzina, offering international cuisine takeaway. You’ll find everything from Beijing Pot Stickers ($7.50) and Nepalese Momo Dumplings ($7.50), to German meat platters (pictured) and Greek treats like Gyro and Saganaki ($18.90). There’s also healthy Indonesian tempeh salads, and the moreish Pav bhaji, an Indian sandwich of tomatoes, crispy shallots, homemade mint yogurt dressing served with a side of home-baked potato chips.
Gully, 10 Dempsey Road, #01-21, Singapore 247700, Order via Deliveroo or Whatsapp +65 8485-0820, www.facebook.com/gully.sg
The Pantry: Kid-friendly eats with a huge playground at Dempsey
Part of the Kids21 family and the COMO Dempsey lifestyle enclave, The Pantry is the newest family-friendly restaurant in Dempsey. There is a huge playground that used to be Maggie & Rose next to Kids21 that’s free to use for diners however as per the government’s guidelines, it’s currently closed until further notice. Smaller kids and toddlers may find the treehouse-style playground too difficult to access so there’s also some play equipment right next to the alfresco seating (also closed during Phase 2). Foodwise, look out for casual dishes like Cottage Pie, salads and woodfired pizzas. They also do takeaway sets of mains, sides and desserts for the fam.
The Pantry, Block 16A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677, Tel: (+65) 8121 5763, www.kids21club.com/thepantry
Greenwood Fish Market Japanese & Asian Cuisine: Sentosa sake bar included!
Greenwood Fish Market has opened its first Japanese & Asian restaurant, on Sentosa at Quayside Isle, right next to Greenwood Fish Market. It also comprises a Gin & Sake bar looking out to stunning marina views. Both restaurants are helmed by Alan Lee, half of the father-son duo who manages the restaurant’s operations. On the menu: Russian King Crab Legs steamed in Egg Whites, Boston Lobster Chee Cheong and Crispy Blue Swimmer Crab Fried Rice. For sushi lovers, Japanese-trained sushi chefs serve up Omakase sashimi, sushi and makis.
Japanese & Asian Cuisine , Tel: (+65) 6977 9577, 31 Ocean Way #01-02/03, Singapore 098375, www.greenwoodfishmarket.com/asian-cuisine
Order Take-Away through Oddle Eats
F&B e-commerce platform Oddle has launched Oddle Eats, a new personalised food directory featuring over 500 of Oddle’s restaurant partners. Through Oddle Eats you’ll be directed to the restaurant’s own website to complete the order, bringing the best food in Singapore to you, without middlemen or hidden costs.
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Other Recently Opened New Restaurants in Singapore:
- Brown Butter Cafe at Forum: Brown Butter is a newly opened café at Forum Mall. The sister café to Benjamin Browns, Brown Butter offers ‘gram-friendly healthier dishes featuring Avocado heavily.
- Korio Doughnuts: Korio is the doughnut shop everyone is talking about. It’s the place you’ll find wonderfully fluffy rich doughnuts handmade in small batches. You can smell them as you walk down the alleys of Far East Square.
- The Blue Ginger at Great World: Fans of Peranakan cuisine will be stoked to know that legendary Peranakan restaurant The Blue Ginger expands from its original Tanjong Pagar location to open a second outlet at Great World..
- Little Farms Café: The café at Little Farms in River Valley has been revamped and is now open with beautiful new interiors and new dishes on the menu. Parents, gym bunnies and general early risers, you’ll be glad to know that they still open at 7:30am for that caffeine fix plus brekkie items and more.
- VATOS Cantina Holland Village KoMex: VATOS Cantina Holland Village brings margaritas, cocktails, and beers on tap to go with their tacos, Kimchi fries, and burritos at their new location in Holland Village!
- Ka-Soh Cantonese Fish Soup: Family-owned Ka-Soh, home of the Cantonese style fish soup, has opened in Greenwood Avenue, Bukit Timah.
- The Nomads: The Nomads features influences from countries along the Silk Road, including three different tasting menus ranging from 11 to 22 courses. Signatures include the Caviar & Kaya, a Nonya-style pie tee shell of poached succulent Argentinean prawns and house-made kaya topped with Kristal caviar, and Beshbarmak, the modern version of Kazakhstan’s national dish.
- Burn: If you loved the sourdough and wood-fired dishes at Sideways and The Hangar you’ll love this edgy spot on Club Street. Expect sandwiches made with artisanal slow ferment wood-fired bread from sourdough and more.
- Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner: Now available at Funan and Raffles City, this new menu of dine-in meals makes this spot a great a contender for lunch or dinner. The sourdough waffles are a must-try.
- CouCou: The team here previously led the defunct Senso Ristorante & Bar are now cooking up Swiss classics at Coucou in Duxton.
- Burger Frites: New East Coast joint Burger Frites blends the American classic with French attention to detail using the best U.S. Angus beef (from Huber’s), alongside fries made by hand (cut in-house and double fried).
- Zorba, The Greek Taverna: Those culinary peeps at 1-Group, who brought us 1-Altitude and Una, have now launched a Greek restaurant at Clarke Quay that’s great for groups or date night.
- Gather: The latest concept by the PUNCH (and defunct RONIN), Gather is a brightly lit minimalist creperie in Raffles Hotel arcade.
- 1-V:U: New Sentosa day club 1-V:U is the place to head for daytime-poolside-rooftop drinks to the beat of international and local DJs. It takes up the entire rooftop of The Outpost Hotel and features a pool overlooking Palawan Beach.
Lead image: Grammi