Here are some of the hottest new restaurants and recently opened cafés in Singapore in 2021…
New cafés and restaurants are popping up all over town! Had your fill of lo hei or steamboat, and romantic dinners, and looking to dine somewhere new? Keep your finger on the pulse of the latest restaurant openings so you can book that girls’ dinner or a night out with your plus one with our list of the hottest new cafés and recent restaurant openings in Singapore.
11 New Restaurants & Cafés to check out…
1. The Dempsey Project – New café spicing up Dempsey
Taking over from Jones the Grocer in Dempsey is The Dempsey Project. The owners are the same but there’s a new Culinary Director – the charming Gayatri Singh who has spiced the menu up (quite literally). We bet this spot is going to be your new favourite place for weekend brunch or a weekday dinner (NB last orders at 8:30pm in the week and 9pm Friday/Saturday although they are open till 10:30pm). There’s an interesting mix of trending dishes (lots of gluten-free, vegan or dairy-free options too), café staples and then spice-infused dishes that take things up a notch! For brunch have Sweet Potato toast with smashed avocado, feta, poached eggs, lime and chilli ($24) or Gluten-free banana pancakes ($22) topped with berries, bananas, maple syrup and your choice of Greek or coconut yoghurt. Excitingly different dishes include the incredibly moreish Spicy Miso Beans on sourdough toast ($21) or how about vegan Streetstyle Dahi Papdi Chaat to nibble on alongside a sharing platter of Mediterranean Mezze ($26). Feeling healthy? Tuck into the Ayurvedic Khichdi Wellness Bowl or a cauliflower steak with spiced coconut sauce, quinoa and turmeric oil ($28), probably the best version of this dish we have tried to date! There are plenty of meaty options to satisfy too (BBQ pork ribs, Chicken Schnitzel and Lamb Galouti Kebabs that take 2 days to make). It’s the little details we love here, from Cata coffee to sourdough from Woodlands Bakery, freshly made teas with lemongrass and ginger and the spattering of spices used throughout to add a bit of something extra to each dish. You’ll be savouring your bites trying to guess the spice! Even the desserts are peppered with extra flavour – don’t miss the saffron and cardamom laced Mascarpone Mousse ($16). We spied some great deals on bubbly for weekend brunch from $12 a glass too. Let’s just say, we will be back!
The Dempsey Project, 9 Dempsey Road, Singapore (247697), Tel: (+65) 6475 2005
2. Set of Six – Glam new bar
Set of Six is a new bar in Duxton inspired by Joseph Conrad’s novel. We are a little head over heels for the décor (pictured in our lead image) – pink feather lamps, turquoise velvet loungers, and lots of gold. Cocktails hover around the $25 mark. The menu features proper posh nosh rather than bar snacks – the chips are triple cooked and served with mushroom ketchup, there’s Sea-bass Ceviche ($28) pimped with popcorn, and Lobster and Fennel Ravioli ($29) with the option of adding truffle shavings on for an extra $15.
Set of Six, #01-01, 20 Craig Road, Singapore 089692
3. Nixta – Hottest new Mexican restaurant in town!
Nixta is the latest concept from the Travis Masiero Restaurant Group (the same people behind Blue Label Pizza and Luke’s Oyster Bar). This new Mexican restaurant is one hot ticket (we couldn’t get a booking at a respectable hour until March!). We hear great things about salsas made by hand in volcanic stone molcajetes – they even grind fresh masa for their signature corn tortillas. Chow down on tostadas made with tuna ($10) or sweet potato ($8), then plump for sharing platters of woodfired meats like slow roasted duck in aromatic hoja santa leaves ($48) or the Nixta Signature Spit & Herb-Roasted Chicken ($65). Do. Not. Miss. Churros ($16) – they look just spectacular!
Nixta Mexican Grill & Bar – 116 Amoy Street, Singapore 069936
Read more: Best New Restaurants of 2020
4. Moonbow – New restaurant in Dempsey
Moonbow is a new restaurant in Dempsey (in the old Blu Kouzina digs). This newcomer boasts stunning interiors of pink pastels and champagne hues with gold touches plus a gorgeous alfresco seating area (pictured in our lead image) overlooking the sports fields. Moonbow offers modern European cuisine with Asian accents cooked up by co-owner Chef Heman (also known as Iron Man Chef for the triathlons he competes in). Dishes include Moonbow Oysters ($10++ each), interestingly served with oyster leaves, yuzu gel, cucumber pearls, and yuzu granita; Barramundi with Fermented Red Yeast Wine ($38++), a traditional Asian dish reinvented; Black Silkie Poulet ($38++) with chargrilled black chicken, bearnaise sauce, and black garlic purée; and a personal favourite, Jerusalem Artichoke soup ($25++) served with a 64 °C sous vide egg, caviar, and sunchoke chips. This new restaurant is just gorgeous and it’ll probably make a good spot to bring parents to with its mix of Asian and European dishes.
Moonbow, Block 10 Dempsey Road, #01-21, Singapore 247700, Tel: (65) 9010 2717
5. Prairie by Craftsmen – New Cafe in Cluny Court
Prairie by Craftsmen is a new cafe and alfresco restaurant at Cluny Court near Botanic Gardens. You would probably miss this new cafe if you didn’t know where to look. Opened by Craftsmen Specialty Coffee, Prairie by Craftsmen is located where Bar Bar Black Sheep at Cluny Court used to be (behind Fishwives). This new cafe makes a lovely spot to enjoy breakfast before or after a walk in the Botanics nearby. Munch on Eggs & Bacon Croissants, Smashed Avo Toast, and other breakfast pastries. The lunch and dinner menu spans salads, and heartier mains like Duck Confit, Fish and Chips, Steak Sandwiches, pasta and burgers.
Prairie by Craftsmen, 501 Bukit Timah Rd, Cluny Court #01-05C, Singapore 259760
Read more: Best New Restaurants of 2020
6. Persea – Low carb restaurant
Want to eat out to your heart’s content but trying to ‘be good’? Persea (pronounced per-say-ah), is a new restaurant in Ann Siang that focuses on low-carb meals. Think Cauli-hummus ($10), Bone Marrow ($24), Calamari with Chorizo ($24) and free range chicken with garlic yogurt and cauliflower tabouleh ($24). You won’t miss out on desserts either with their Rosemary Basque Cheesecake ($16) featuring cream cheese, camembert, and blue cheese. And because cocktails are usually full of empty calories, they even do sugar-free cocktails. Persea is currently only open for dinner (except Mondays) and weekend brunch.
Persea, 23 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069703
7. The RITUAL – New mindfulness cafe on Bukit Timah
The RITUAL (by the same co-founder Cassandra Riene Tan of BOTANY) is a new cafe on Bukit Timah Rd with a call out to those looking for mindfulness, self-love and mental wellness through healthy living. The menu encompasses plant-based and gluten-free options plus more standard dishes like the Ritual Big Breakfast ($25) with sourdough or croissant with eggs, and sausage, the Signature Avo Toast ($18), and Ritual Protein Bowl ($25). Mental wellness advocates and coaches will be leading wellness programmes that include Ayurveda, herbal remedies, TCM and Reiki.
The RITUAL, 383 Bukit Timah Rd, #01-09B, Singapore 259727
8. Green Common – Plant-based new café in VivoCity
Look out for new plant-based café Green Common launched by Green Monday, creators of OmniFoods. Green Common has nine locations in Hong Kong as well as one in Shanghai and this first venture in Singapore sees a huge one-stop café and grocery concept store in VivoCity. Their aim is to give us plant-forward options, including a selection of Asian-inspired cafe dishes made with zero meat but instead OmniMeat, Beyond Meat, Just Egg and Chick’n Nuggets. On the menu – Meat Lovers Pizza ($19++), topped with Moving Mountains and Beyond Meat Sausage with melted Daiya cheese; Meatless Meatballs ($10++) using OmniMeat and Beyond Meat Meatballs stewed in a rich marinara sauce; and the Beyond Black Burger ($15++). There are lots of Asian dishes from Korean to hawker staples adapted to have zero meat too – Hainanese Trick’en Rice ($16++), with Heura ‘chicken’ or Rendang Chicken Roti ($13++) – with Heura ‘chicken’ and potato chunks served with freshly made roti prata.
Green Common, VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-169/170, Singapore 098585
9. Yum Sing! – New Restaurant in Clarke Quay
Yum Sing! is one of the newest restaurants to hit Clarke Quay, brought to us by the peeps behind Putien. Yum Sing! is an ode to Singapore with local faves from bak kut teh, ($10) to char kway teow ($10), chilli crab ($78) and Hainanese chicken rice ($10) – all offered in a modern setting with graffiti art on the walls and repurposed advertisement boards on the ceilings. Yum Sing! is where you can chow down on lo hei this Chinese New Year and all year round so it’s going to be fun place to bring out of town guests to (once everyone can freely travel). Look out for Singaporean cocktails to go with your meal like the Yum Sling ($18), their rendition of a Singapore Sling.
Yum Sing, #01-06/07, 3B River Valley Road, Clarke Quay, Singapore 17902
Read more: Family Guide to Clarke Quay
10. The Brewing Ground – New Café in Joo Chiat
The Brewing Ground has set up a little “glasshouse” café filled with hanging plants, in the compound of The Yards, a space focused on arts, dance and drama. This casual café welcomes kids and pets (thanks to its alfresco area) and is open daily from 8.30am to 5pm (dinner will be launching soon). The Brewing Ground offers a European-inspired menu, featuring Homemade Granola ($12++), Avocado & Ricotta Tartine ($17++), Burrata & Tomatoes Tartine ($18++) as well as brunch from 11am – think Breakfast Burgers ($19++), and Not an Eggs Benedict ($21++).
The Brewing Ground, 406 Joo Chiat Place, The Yards, #01-24, Singapore 428084
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11. Little Farms Bistro Joo Chiat – New Café in East opening soon
Little Farms’ newest and largest outlet is opening on Joo Chiat Road soon! This will be their fifth outlet spanning 6,000 square feet and features a bistro, supermarket, butcher counter and bar. Head over to Little Farms Bistro for their famous Smashed Avocado on Toast, Buttermilk Pancakes, Tempeh Tofu Salad and Vegetarian Lasagne, as well as freshly made juices, signature smoothies and Allpress coffee. Plus there will be a new dinner menu featuring Little Farms ingredients to go with artisanal wine and classic craft cocktails.
Little Farms Bistro, 451 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427664
Lead image: Set of Six