New restaurants and new cafe openings in Singapore. In this month’s Foodie News Flash: intel on where to eat in Singapore (or order a takeaway from).
- Greenwood gets a Chinese zi char spot showcasing healthy fish soup
- One of Singapore’s most Insta-worthy cafés opens!
- A new doughnut shop everyone’s talking about.
- Check out an homecoming Italian supper club
- Little Farm’s café opens with a brand-new look and new dishes
- Peranakan food fans rejoice! The Blue Ginger opens at Great World
…and more new restaurants!
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 recipe is a closely guarded secret by the husband and wife team, after many late nights of doughnut-making. They settled on an 18-hour brioche dough and the results are phenomenal. The simple Plain Glazed doughnut ($3.80) gets our vote but there’s also Peanut Butter & Jelly ($4.20), Caramelised Biscuit ($4.20) and many more besides. Korio also does sandwiches on sourdough bread and coffee. For a little foodporn try the Grilled Cheese with caramelised onions ($8) made with cheddar and American cheese squares for the cheese melt shot, or there’s the Breakfast Sammy with spam ($9), the Grilled Halloumi ($13), and other daily specials. Those doughnuts though….
Korio, 135 Amoy street, Far East Square #01-03, Singapore 049964, Tel: (+65) 9771 6491, www.instagram.com/koriosg
Brown Butter is a newly opened café at Forum Mall. The sister café to Benjamin Browns, Brown Butter offers healthier dishes all made for the ‘gram. Avocado features heavily; think OTT Avocado Milkshake ($10.90) topped with an avocado filled with ice cream, or Avocado Cheesecake ($8.90) in the cutest cheese slice servings. Baked Avocado Fries ($12.90) and Avocado burgers are on offer, too. For the Avo burger, instead of a bread bun you’ve got two avocado halves sandwiching a small 100gram beef patty with a slice of tomato, onion and cheese – it’s pretty delicious and much more nutrient-dense and plant-focused compared to a regular burger. The café has hugely photographic décor and a flower wall as a photogenic backdrop so gather you’re trigger-happy friends and take some snaps for Instagram.
Brown Butter, 583 Orchard Road, #01-18/19 Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, www.facebook.com/brownbutter.1819
The Blue Ginger at Great World: EDITOR’S PICK!
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. Second-generation owner Teo Shi Kai has kept classic dishes that are so loved but also added lots of exciting new dishes. Look out for delicious salads like the kerabu kacang botol ($11.50) of crunchy green sliced wing beans tossed with dried shrimps and toasted coconut shreds. Beef Rendang ($20) uses stewed beef shin so there’s plenty of texture from meat and cartilage. Also try the Pork Ribs Assam ($20) and the delicately prepared Terong Chilli Goreng ($13), of deep-fried eggplant in a homemade chilli paste.
The Blue Ginger, #01-106, Great World, 1 Kim Seng Promenade Singapore 237994, www.theblueginger.com
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. There’s counter ordering with lots of ready-to-eat treats like sandwiches, wraps, pastries and salads to choose from, or order from the à la carte menu; Gluten-Free Crumpets (we tried the egg-free ones and highly recommend them!), Buttermilk Pancakes, Veggie Brekkie Panini and many more highlight the breakfast offerings. After your meal, you can grab your groceries in the Little Farms grocers and butchers – why not pick up some of their famous avocados for breakfast at home? Look out for their in-house bakery opening soon, too, plus more Little Farms Café openings on the horizon!
Little Farms, 491 River Valley Road, #01-20, Singapore 248371, www.littlefarms.com
Family-owned Ka-Soh, home of the Cantonese style fish soup, has opened in Greenwood Avenue, Bukit Timah. Ka-Soh is known for its cloudy fish soup achieved without adding milk but instead boiling a blend of fish bones for hours. The menu at Greenwood boasts new items created by third-generation owner, Cedric Tang. Head over to this zi char spot for stir-fried dishes with plenty of “wok hei”. Dishes include prawn paste chicken, black bean sauce spare ribs, sweet and sour pork, as well as good ole noodles like seafood hor fun and fried rice dishes. While their healthy fish soup is on every table, if you are a fan of hot and sour soup, try this dish here too.
Ka-Soh, 22 Greenwood Avenue, Singapore 289218, www.ka-soh.com.sg
Looking for a private dinner cooked by a chef? Mia Tavola offers homestyle Italian cooking for small groups at a location that changes for every event. Brooklyn native Nick Pelliccione, who has 16 years experience in New York restaurants, is at the helm, serving Italian family style suppers. There’s also the option to hire Mia Tavola for cooking classes at home or catering services. Menus are priced according to what you want to eat, number of courses, and how many in your group, and there’s BYOB with no corkage. Upcoming dinners ($95pp for up to 30 pax) are on April 4th (fully booked), April 11th and April 18th. Buon appetito!
KoMex fans (lovers of the unique Korean-Mexican tacos and flavours) you’ll probably be familiar with Vatos Urban Tacos at South Beach. These guys are bringing margaritas, cocktails, and beers on tap to go with their tacos, Kimchi fries, and burritos at their new location in Holland Village! Vatos Cantina (open from 5pm on weekdays and from 11am weekends), is all about good music, happy hours and taco time.
VATOS Cantina Holland Village, 281 Holland Ave, #01-01, 278996 Singapore, Tel: (+65) 8784 1365, www.facebook.com/vatossg
Other Recently Opened New Restaurants in Singapore:
- The Nomads: The Nomads features influences from countries along the Silk Road, including à la carte and three different tasting menus (reservation only), ranging from 11 to 22 courses. Signature dishes 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 traditionally eaten with your hands.
- 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.
- Ryan’s Kitchen: Ryan’s Grocery, offering gourmet, organic, gluten-, allergen- and preservative-free specialty foods has opened its second and flagship outlet at the newly revamped Great World alongside the new Ryan’s Kitchen, its first café in Singapore with Australian-style cuisine.
- 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.
Read more: Singapore rooftop restaurants with a view
In other Foodie News:
- Isetan’s popular Japan Food Town at Wisma Atria consisting of 16 affordable Japanese restaurants has sadly closed down. Head over to PARCO over at 100am if you are looking for a variety of Japanese cuisine all in one place (plus there’s loads of kid’s deals on now).
- Sushiro has just opened its very first outlet in the North in Causeway Point! Sushiro is Japan’s largest kaiten (conveyor-belt) sushi chain with a fab IT system that removes untaken sushi which has traveled 350m along the lane for quality control. Look out for value-for-money sushi and other dishes like Crab Roe Dry Ramen and Zhar Jiang Mien.
- Merci Marcel Tiong Bahru has a new dinner menu focusing on traditional cuisine of South and Southwest France. Look out for Provencal-style flaky pizza pissaladière, seared foie gras on gingerbread, and of course the classics everyone loves remain – hello Ravioles de Royans (French dumplings with Tete de Moine cheese).
Lead image: Brown Butter