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7 Best New Restaurants in Singapore 2024: July Foodie News Flash

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Here are the best new restaurant and bar openings in Singapore in July 2024…

New restaurants are popping up all over town! Had your fill of kid-friendly cafes, Italian restaurants and dim sum? Then it’s time to explore some of the newest restaurants in Singapore with our guide. Sushisamba comes to Singapore with its high-energy samba dancers, sushi and ceviche; check out a new Italian restaurant Sospiri with stunning rooftop views, there’s a new spot offering Filipino comfort food, and more! Keep your finger on the pulse of the hottest best new restaurants in Singapore with this list!

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New Restaurants in Singapore: July 2024

1. Sushisamba

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Sushisamba is a hit in London, Las Vegas, New York and Dubai, and we now get our own Sushisamba in Singapore! Sushisamba is a fun combo of Japanese, Peruvian, and Brazilian-style cuisine with cocktails and music thrown in for good measure. Munch on Japanese tempura and sushi, Brazilian churrasco and moqueca and Peruvian ceviches. It’s all about high energy here (think Samba dancers and percussion musicians) as you watch the chefs in the open kitchen cook over the fiery robata grill, enjoy the beats and admire the 360-degree views of the cityscape.

Sushisamba, 168 Robinson Road, Level 52 Capital Tower, Singapore 068912

2. hayop

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hayop by The Moment Group launches in Singapore this July 2024. hayop is the fine casual offshoot of Manila’s favourite Manam. Aside from creating nostalgia for fellow Filipinos living abroad, hayop advocates for Filipino cuisine beyond its home country. If you’ve been hankering after Filipino comfort food look out for hayop’s reinvented dishes divided into bites, mains, vegetables, and rice – as well as desserts – all served as small plates and great for sharing.

hayop, 104 Amoy St., Singapore 069920

3. Sospiri

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Sospiri by ilLido Group and chef-restaurateur Beppe de Vito is a new Italian restaurant nestled on level 7 of the newly constructed IOI Central Boulevard Towers (so you can bet the views of Marina Bay Sands will be awesome). The emphasis here is on reimagined Southern Italian classics. A la carte dishes range from fresh pasta like the Spaghettoni alla Pescatora Senatore Cappelli Spaghetti with Seafood Casserole ($128) and Homemade Ox Tail Ravioli ($30) to mains of  Scaloppine al Marsala ($36) and Roasted Seabream with Cime di Rapa and Amalfi Lemon Sauce ($45). Head here for the weekday 3-course set lunch (from $38++ per person) or plump for weekend brunch ($58++ per person).

Sospiri, Level 7, IOI Central Boulevard Towers, 2 Central Boulevard, Singapore 018916

4. Kotuwa

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Fans of Kotuwa probably already know that their favourite Sri Lankan restaurant has moved to New Bahru. Kotuwa by Chef Rishi Naleendra, is always buzzing so book ahead. Tuck into Sri Lankan staples from hoppers (fermented rice batter pancakes with spongy centres and crispy edges) to roti, curries and of course house-made sambals. Don’t miss the Lamb shank braised in Sri Lankan red curry ($42), the Green mango cooked in turmeric and coconut ($18) and the Crab Curry (market price).

Kotuwa, 01-03 New Bahru, 46 Kim Yam Road, Singapore 239351

5. Locanda

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Locanda is a new casual concept by 1-Michelin-starred Buona Terra set to open on 26 July 2024 within the colourful heritage district of Little India. Locandas are traditionally welcoming Italian trattorias offering simple and hearty Italian classics. Just as its sister restaurant is well-known for its signature pasta creations, Locanda will focus on pasta crafted by Buona Terra’s Italian Resident Chef Denis Lucchi. Other dishes include bruschetta, a cold cuts selection with Gnocco Fritto, a Crudi selection, and Large Serving platters like Beef OP Ribs, Spaghetti ai Frutti di Mare, and more.

Locanda, 09 Rowell Road, Singapore, 208033

6. Wild Honey Bugis

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One of our fave places for brunch opens another outlet! Wild Honey is one of our go-to’s for global breakfast dishes and they’ve now opened a branch in Bugis. Wild Honey Bugis boasts dishes like lightly griddled lemon and berry sponge with homemade labneh, and smoked Texan brisket with corn and potato hash with house-baked jalapeno biscuit and roasted jalapeno cream cheese. The interiors are earthy with natural textures and pops of colour. High windows look out onto bustling Middle Road, great for people watching as you sip on your cappuccino.

Wild Honey Bugis, 200 Middle Rd, #01-00, Singapore 188980

7. Flutes

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Flutes might not be a new restaurant (it’s been on the scene for a good 20 years) but it has a new location at the historic Midtown House, the former Beach Road Police Station. Executive Chef Peter Rollinson is at the helm and blends contemporary European flavours with subtle Singaporean influences with a focus on ethically sourced ingredients. There is no a la carte here just multi -course set menus. The Degustation Dinner menu is $178++ per person so it’s a special occasion place but the food and service delivers.

Flutes, Guoco Midtown House, 120 Beach Road, #01-02, Singapore 189769

New Restaurants in Singapore: June 2024

Choon Hoy Parlor

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New restaurant Choon Hoy Parlor by Chef Dylan (of The Masses and Saveur) is a tribute to chef’s mother who inspired him with her resilience through life’s hardships. In the kitchen are two female chefs – Benji Chew and Renee Tang who cook up what they’re calling ‘Singapore Soul Food’ – a modern take on heirloom and heritage dishes including reimagined multi-cultural hawker dishes. The idea is to bridge generations, offering flavours that grandparents will recognise while making dishes interesting and fresh for the younger peeps. We love how central to Chef Dylan’s F&B concepts is affordability.

Read more: From Working in a Hawker Stall Aged 7 to Chef-Owner: Dad of 3 Dylan Ong

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The dishes you’ll enjoy most will probably depend on the nostalgia attached to each. Our favourites were the Signature Hainanese Kampong Chicken with Scallion and Ginger Sauce ($15.90 half/$28.90 whole) with Triple L rice (a fragrant lard-topped rice dish). Think juicy poached kampong free-range chicken drizzled with a plate-licking sauce of house-blended soy sauce, scallion and ginger. Don’t miss the 16 Hrs Bone-In Coffee Angus Short Rib ($69 – 700-800g) marinated with spicy Vietnamese flavours then grilled and coated with a coffee umami glaze. Other dishes include Teochew Pork Leg Trotter Jelly ($8.90); Chef Benji’s Our Rojak Our Own Way ($8.90) (an interesting dish with rojak ice cream) and Coin Prata with Masala Lamb. At Choon Hoy Parlor, diners can order a la carte, or opt for the communal menu (minimum 3 pax at $49.90 per person). Lunch sets are $18.90 and $24.90 per person.

Choon Hoy Parlor, 85 Beach Road, #01-02 Singapore 189694

Gu:um: Contemporary Korean grill

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Gu:um means “to grill” in Korean. This new restaurant focuses on grilling premium meats but it’s not your usual Korean barbecue joint. It’s the latest concept by chef Louis Han, of one-Michelin-starred Nae:um fame. Where Nae:um is more fine dining and hushed tones, Gu:um is vibey with tables close together and more of a bustling scene. Dishes are cooked over a modern charcoal grill in the kitchen (not at your table) – from fresh seafood ($56 for five red prawns), to the beautifully tender Tajima wagyu ribeye ($188 for 280g) and deliciously succulent Iberico pluma ($118 for 300g).

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Aside from the signature grilled dishes, a real highlight is the reinvented Korean street food – the yukhwae jeon ($32) fried potato pancake topped with hand-chopped beef tartare, the Cinderella Noodles (cold glass noodles in gochujang and sesame oil) and the unusual desserts are worth saving room for too.

Gu:um, 29 Keong Saik Rd., Singapore 089136

27 Mezze Bar and Grill

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27 Mezze Bar & Grill is a contemporary Turkish restaurant in Rob Quay. Sit al fresco and sip on wine as you choose from the compact menu of 27 dishes that highlight the rich culinary heritage of Turkey. Think mezze of Stuffed Vine Leaves, Fava and Hummus with pita, char-grilled BBQ dishes like Adana Kebap made of hand-chopped lamb ribs, Dana Saslik -24h marinated sirloin (this is a real highlight!) and Chicken Thigh served with chili and Lavas bread. There are many vegan, vegetarian and gluten-free options too. This spot is a far cry from the usual doner kebab restaurants so if you’re after a taste of Turkey pop in and use our discount of 20% discount off all food and drinks! Deets here.

27 Mezze Bar and Grill, 30 Robertson Quay #01-02A, Singapore 238251

Fortuna Singapore

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It seems we can’t get enough of Italian restaurants on our little red dot. Fortuna Singapore is a new Sicilian-Neapolitan restaurant, an Asian import of the Sydney establishment. Master pizzaiolo Giorgio Sorce, ranked #87 worldwide, is one of the owners so expect pizzas to be top-notch. Pizza dough is first fermented for 50 hours in-house. Aside from the usual Margherita (from $23) and Diavola (from $25) pizzas, look forward to their famous Double Fried & Baked Pizza (nope, don’t try Google the calories). The dough is first fried and then cooked in the oven for double the crunchy texture. Try the fried Truffle Anchovy pizza ($42) or the Gambero and Stracciata pizza ($38) topped with prawns, cheese, pesto, tomatoes, and cured egg yolk.

Fortuna Singapore, 7 Craig Road Singapore 089667

New Restaurants in Singapore: May 2024

 Supper: new restaurant, dinner-only 

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Dirty Supper is a fun new restaurant housed within the iconic Hua Bee Restaurant by night (by day, the 90-year-old noodle house takes over). If you’re after a restaurant with East London vibes (in the heat of summer) Dirty Supper is where it’s at. It’s a little grungy and edgy (read there’s atmosphere). Chef-Owner Peter Smit is passionate about grilling and whole-animal cooking and as such, expect dishes to sell out and the menu to change depending on the produce available for the day. Sit up close to the action at the counter if you can take the grill-heat and want to chat with the chef (there are only two seats here so it’s a coveted spot).

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Start with snacks like Smoked Mackerel ($18) with fried chicken skin terrine, Raw Prawn ($24) with black lime, pickled chili (and prawns farmed in Tanjong Pagar!), then move on to Aged Duck Breast with Beer Pickled Figs ($38) and BBQ Squid, Pork Fat Relish, Pickled Tomato ($36). Or opt for the “Dirty Feast” Menu ($88++) and let them feed you. Part of the Unlisted Collection, Dirty Supper is one to watch!

Dirty Supper, 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19, Singapore 162078

Nook: new restaurant with gallery vibes

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Nook is a new restaurant and bar that has just opened on Craig Road. Nook comprises multiple levels with a restaurant on the ground floor, cocktail bar upstairs and a member’s lounge on the top (with a virtual golf simulator and private bar). Nook restaurant is all industrial walls, gritty unfinished edges, a splash of modern art and low lighting. Chef-owner Koh Han Jie (who you may remember from Ce Soir) cooks up modern European cuisine with Asian accents. Tuck into starters of oysters with mignonette granita ($8/each) and heirloom tomatoes, crunchy puffed quinoa and creamy burrata ($24). Mains range from the Mikan Sea bream with Garlic Shoots and Smoked Beurre Blanc to Aqina organic half chicken ($42) which is aged for seven days and arrives juicy (claws still intact) best paired with Koshihikari rice ($18) the chef’s reinterpretation of chicken rice, topped with torched chicken cockscomb.

Nook, 11 Craig Rd, Singapore 089671

L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele: famous new pizzeria

L'antica Pizzeria Da Michele: famous new pizzeria in Singapore
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One of Naples’ oldest and most esteemed pizzerias, L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele comes to Singapore! Wait, isn’t that…Yes! It is. L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele is the restaurant from the Julia Roberts film Eat, Pray, Love. There are over 100 branches worldwide now but this is the first outpost in Southeast Asia. They specialise in handcrafted pizza a ruota di carro which translates to wagon wheel pizza – a unique, classic Neapolitan-style pizza characterised by its extra thin dough with a diameter larger than the plate beneath it. L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele’s Margherita ($28) is made with tomato sauce, Agerola Fior di Latte and pecorino Romano DOP. While pizzas are the star of the show here, there’s plenty more on the menu from pasta like Orecchiette alla Positanese, to baskets of seafood Fritto di Mare ($26).

L’antica Pizzeria Da Michele Singapore,  #01-08, Mercure ICON Singapore City Centre, 8 Club Street, Singapore

Bar Cicheti: revamped restaurant

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Bar Cicheti has had a makeover and is back to satisfy your wildest pasta dreams. The original design inspiration of 1960’s Venetian bacari is reimagined in decadent hues of burgundy, with vintage frames evoking a nostalgic charm. Chef-owner Lim Yew Aun and head chef Danny Ng have a new pasta-focused menu that really delivers on flavour. Nibble on Fried Sage ($12) as you sip on a Cacio e Pepe cocktail (or check out their impressive non-alcoholic pours). Don’t miss the Creamy Burratina with fermented cherries ($28), the frankly brilliant Black Squid Ink Spagettini with char-grilled rings of baby squid ($32) and of course the Tiramisu, light but heavenly.

Bar Cicheti, 10 Jiak Chuan Rd, Singapore 089264

Sushi Ryujiro Singapore: one Michelin-starred sushi

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The first and only outpost of one Michelin-starred sushi restaurant, Sushi Ryujiro from Tokyo opens in Singapore! The new restaurant under Les Amis Group is helmed by Singapore-based head chef Naruki Ikeda. There’s a 6-month waitlist for chef-owner Ryujiro Nakamura’s Sushi Ryujiro Tokyo so if you can nab a seat at Sushi Ryujiro Singapore you can expect many of the same dishes. It’s all about exceptional ingredients with seafood flown in five times a week from Japan such as tuna from Yamayuki, one of the top tuna dealers in Tokyo’s Toyosu market. Only set menus are available. Lunch is $188++ and $288++; dinner is $288++ and $388++. When Ryujiro Nakamura visits, four times a year (or more if he finds a local girlfriend Chef jokes), the Chef Visit Menu will be $488++.

Sushi Ryujiro Singapore, 1 Scotts Road, #01-19 Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208

Chef X: new restaurant project spotlights home cooks

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Chef X is a brand new initiative from Far East Organization. The new restaurant space at Clarke Quay Central seats just 24 and gives budding home-based chefs a platform to showcase their culinary talents in a fully equipped commercial F&B. Similar to their Baker X concept, each resident chef will helm the restaurant for four or eight weeks. It’s a great opportunity for those new to the industry to see if they have what it takes (so go easy on them diners!) and you may just stumble on a new fave cuisine. Kicking off the project is Royaleys Smoky Boat (26 April to 21 June 2024) offering banana leaf rice parcels topped with fish, prawns, soybean or chicken and accompanied by vegetable sides. Wanting Kimchi (1 July to 26 Augst 2024) will showcase her naturally fermented kimchi and banchan, followed by Popo’s Kitchen (5 September to 30 Oct 2024) with ‘grandma style’ Chinese dishes.

Chef X, 6 Eu Tong Sen St, Clarke Quay Central, #03-103/104 Singapore 059817 

Frankie & Fern’s: new rooftop cafe

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Frankie & Fern’s is a hidden rooftop cafe in Holland Village. If you haven’t spotted it and you live in the area, you’d be forgiven. It’s hidden on the fourth floor of Holland Village Shopping Centre. This light-filled cafe does brunch until 4pm offering up dishes like Frankie’s Breakfast ($26), of scrambled eggs, kale with feta, bacon and sausages; Fern’s Avocado Toast ($19) and the Roasted Short Rib Toast ($22) (go early for this as it often sells out by midday). If you’re here for dinner on Fridays through Sundays only, try the Grilled Tiger Prawns ($19) or Baby Squid with Aioli ($14), Butternut Pumpkin Rigatoni ($26) or if you’re feeling flush, the Short Ribs ($78).

Frankie & Fern’s, Holland Road Shopping Centre #04-03, 211 Holland Ave, #04-03, Singapore 278967

New Restaurants in Singapore: April 2024

Griglia Katong: new restaurant in the East

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Griglia Open Fire Italian Kitchen opens its second location, this time in the East. New restaurant Griglia Katong offers its signature charcoal-grilled Italian fare like the 30-day dry-aged Porterhouse “Fiorentina” and suckling pig porchetta cooked on the custom-made iron cast charcoal grill. The new menu is filled with offerings that celebrate Italy’s rich gastronomic heritage and great care has been taken to source much of the ingredients direct from Italy. Start with Heirloom Tomatoes Carpaccio, freshly sourced from Sicily then move on to the moreish Fusilli Monograno Felice with crab and Calabrian spice, ‘Nduja. Other highlights include the wonderful Whole Spanish Turbot best enjoyed with a side of Kale in white balsamico and Potato Purée with horseradish. We usually always save room for Tiramisu (and this spot’s hazelnut rendition is great) but you must try their dessert cocktail Sgroppino – lemon sorbet topped with Prosecco!

Griglia Katong, 139 East Coast Road, Sigapore, 428829

Shinrai: new Japanese restaurant

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Japanese omakase Chef Desmond Fong, whom you may know from Sushi Yujo, has opened a new restaurant that puts a modern twist on the sushi-izakaya experience. The decor is all sleek, modern furnishings with fun brightly coloured Japanese prints and neon signs. On the menu: aburi and charcoal-grilled specialities, sushi and mains from an affordable $6.80. The Japanese concept, omakase means ‘trust’ the Chef with the food choice. Expect lots of luxe ingredients thrown in – from foie gras sushi, to Wagyu Foie Gras Don, Truffle Chawanmushi with Truffle Caviar, and signature rolls like the SHINRAI Royal Maki.

Shinrai, 173 Telok Ayer St Singapore 068622

Kee’s: new restaurant by Chef Andrew Walsh

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Kee’s is a new restaurant by Culinary Director Michelin-starred Andrew Walsh and Executive Chef Iswardy Hamzah. We love that it really doesn’t feel like a hotel concept despite being the in-house restaurant of new heritage boutique hotel 21 Carpenter. The kitchen is on display at the back, while the moody-lit restaurant is cleverly designed (by award-winning architectural firm WOHA) to have different seating offerings from high tables to cosy booths and larger tables for corporate groups. The menu is a varied mix of modern European and Pan-Asian dishes. Highlights include the Tuna Tartare ($18) with Vietnamese coconut dressing and crunchy puffed quinoa, the stunning Beetroot Burrata ($20) and the Shrimp Cocktail ($18) served with prawn crackers. A standout is the Pepper Crusted Ribeye Steak ($40) the meat served medium rare is melt-in-your-mouth tender and perfectly complemented by the creamy peppercorn sauce. We’d happily have a girls’ dinner or date night here and we’ll certainly be back to check out the great value set lunch $36++/$40++ for 2 or 3 courses.

Kee’s, 21 Carpenter Street, Tel: (+65) 6373 6985 

Cote Korean Steakhouse

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Looking for a new date night spot? Put Cote Korean Steakhouse, the first international outpost of the first and only Korean steakhouse with a Michelin star on your list. Hailing from foodie mecca, New York, Cote elevates the traditional Korean barbeque experience with elements from classic American steakhouses. Expect premium cuts of USDA Prime beef, Australian Wagyu and Black Angus, as well as an extensive Japanese A5 Wagyu selection. Order your meat a la carte, or opt for the cheat sheet for the whole table with the Butcher’s Feast ($98++ per person) featuring four pre-selected beef cuts, alongside banchan and condiments. You’ll get your own personal server to cook your meats over the smokeless charcoal grills. Contrary to the usual casual Korean BBQ spots, Cote is all about classic luxury with moody vibes. The main dining room takes inspiration from the flagship in New York, with its dark green tones, marbled tables and plush booth seats. Don’t miss a pre-dinner cocktail at the jungle-themed Millim Bar at the entrance.

Cote Korean Steakhouse, COMO Orchard, 30 Bideford Rd, Level 3 COMO Orchard, Singapore 229922

Señor Taco Clarke Quay

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Salsa dancing, live music and a mean guac and chips. That’s what’s on offer at Señor Taco, which has set up shop again in Clarke Quay. There’s a resident Latin band nightly Tuesday to Sunday, dance lessons (just $15 per class) and a crazy good Ladies Night on Wednesdays (free freeflow on certain drinks!). Add in a daily happy hour from 5;30pm to 8:30pm (think 2 frozen margaritas for $18 – though if you like ’em strong we recommend hitting the Passionfruit Caiprinha at $21 instead) and you’ve got yourself a Mexican party! If you need to line your stomach, the Guacamole and Chips ($16) is bang on the money plus they have a selection of hearty Mexican dishes (look for their recommendations on the menu such as the Birria ($28) 48-hour slow-cooked lamb with Mexican chillies, crispy corn tortillas and mozzarella cheese or the Barbaca Tacos ($21) tender beef barbacoa with cheese in flour tortillas.

Señor Taco Clarke Quay Block 3C, #01-09A River Valley Road, Singapore

Little Island Brewing Co @ Gillman Barracks

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Little Island Brewing Co. a brewery known for its award-winning beers opens its first vintage vinyl bar at Gillman Barracks. Every Friday and Saturday, look forward to live band performances. They’re also making this a family-friendly spot with mini-Vespa scooter rides (ticketed; best for toddlers) along with an old-school simple playground outdoors, and for weekends only, a bouncy castle for little kids. If you love a bit of vinyl, don’t miss Waxy Wednesdays when old-school vinyls play retro music from the 70s and 80s from 7pm-10pm. Charcoal slow-fermented woodfired pizzas ($18-$28) are a hit, and there are very affordable dishes from Nasi Kerabu (weekends $8) to sharing bites of Chicken Wings ($10), Crispy Calamari ($15) and the highlight, Dukka Oven Roasted Cauliflower. The kids will definitely fight over the Sticky Date Pudding, just saying.

Little Island Brewing Co @ Gillman Barracks, 43 Malan Rd, Singapore 109443

13+ restaurants to open in New Bahru

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There’s a lot of excitement as we wait for the new lifestyle destination New Bahru on Kim Yam Road to open. The Lo & Behold Group has big plans for what’s set to be the hottest lifestyle enclave opening of the year when it’s ready in the second quarter of 2024. This destination spot will celebrate homegrown brands—from restaurants to retail, wellness, entertainment, education, arts, and culture to a serviced apartment concept. There are over 13 F&B spots opening at New Bahru including Middle Eastern Artichoke and Sri Lankan restaurant Kotuwa by award-winning chef Rishi Naleendra (both relocating here from their original locations); plus new outlets of The Coconut Club; cult burger restaurant One Fattened Calf; Mexican eatery Huevos; Prawn & Co, prawn noodle specialist; San Shu Gong, a Teochew private diner; and Átipico, a novel concept by Atipico’s Matteo Pertoldi.

location-icon-1024x1024-1-e1620963611654New Bahru, 46 Kim Yam Rd, New Bahru, Singapore 239351

New Restaurants in Singapore: March 2024

Air: hot new restaurant in Dempsey

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Air is one of the newest restaurants in Dempsey, and it’s a beaut! Air, short for Awareness, Impact and Responsibility, is a restaurant that also encompasses a cooking school, research space and garden farm. Established by celeb chefs Matthew Orlando and Will Goldfarb, and entrepreneur Ronald Akili (co-founder of Potato Head in Bali), Air has a mission: to inspire thought about food. However, what they won’t be doing is preaching the hows and whys to you (unless you ask, then they’ll happily fill you in!). To get to Air, you’ll walk along a long wooden walkway that curves up into Dempsey’s lush greenery, where their herb and fruit farm is being nurtured to feed the restaurant. Plans are afoot for fun happenings on the lawn, and there’s seating on the steps but most will gravitate to the cooler indoors.

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The menu is short and indeed thought-provoking. Only one meat (duck) and lots of fish and vegetable offerings. Start with Fermented Cassava Bread and Mushroom “XO” Butter ($16), then tuck into White Fish Ceviche with green mango, Kenari nut milk and emping crisps ($29). For mains, share Crispy Oyster Mushrooms with pickled chillies ($30) a moreish dish that almost mimics fried chicken. The star of the show is the Whole Coral Grouper ($46). It’s not a whole fish served as you’d imagine. Instead, the fish head is made into a smoked rillette and served with lavish crackers (made from pressure-cooked fish bones), while the filet is confited and topped with black garlic vinaigrette. For dessert, don’t miss The Whole Papaya ($18) – panna cotta with papaya jam and shaved papaya skin granite topped with dried papaya seeds — one of the most unique desserts we’ve ever tried!

Air, 25B Dempsey Road, Singapore, Tel: +(65) 8228-1528

Tamba: stylish new African restaurant and bar

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Tamba is the sister restaurant of the renowned Kafe Utu, the first African restaurant in Singapore. You’ll first see the red-earth-inspired exterior walls, and as you walk up the painstakingly decorated staircase (that is reminiscent of the mud architecture of Africa), you’ll emerge into a low-lit dining room with a cocktail bar that’s both glamorous and cosy. It feels like you’ve stepped into someone’s rather extravagant home with a dining area that can only seat around 20 guests. The drop-dead gorgeousness of the decor is what will stay with you. Tamba pays homage to owner Kurt’s late brother who was West African, and the restaurant’s decor is a warm celebration of African heritage and style. Don’t miss a peak in the washrooms to spy the lurking crocodile! The menu features homemade bread with Tapalapa, smoked bacon butter and ricotta goat cheese topped with smoked honey, Jollof Rice with Chicken and the highlight, a Prawn Pepper Soup, a Nigerian staple that’s got a real kick to it. Tamba also boasts a cocktail program composed of African spirits and led by GM Joma Rivera, previously from Kafe Utu and 28 Hong Kong Street.

Tamba, Reserve here, 101 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089964

New Restaurants in Singapore: February 2024

Torno Subito: new Italian at Como Dempsey

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Italian chef Massimo Bottura, of three-Michelin-starred Osteria Francescana fame, has put on a few pop-ups in Singapore over the years but his first restaurant here, Torno Subito, has now opened at Como Dempsey. This is the first outpost of the one-Michelin-starred Dubai flagship. Executive chef Alessio Pirozzi, from Abruzzo, Italy will be cooking hand-made pasta ($36 – $48), seafood and meat dishes, as well as wood-fired pizzas ($32 – $58) if you’re going a la carte, but there’s also a six-course set menu to explore.

Torno Subito, 26 Dempsey Rd, #01-02, Singapore 249686

Roia: new restaurant in Botanics

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Roia is the newest restaurant to open within the Singapore Botanic Gardens. Set within the E.J.H Corner House, Roia offers fine dining French cuisine with a focus on the flora found in the Botanic Gardens from where they source key herbs and flowers. Chef Priyam Chatterjee offers a six-course ($188 per person) and eight-course ($288 per person) menu. Roia is open for dinner from Wednesday to Sunday.

Roia, E.J.H Corner House, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569

Jiak Kim House: mod Asian new restaurant

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A new restaurant by The Brewerkz Group, Jiak Kim House is located in a 1920s conservation warehouse that formerly housed the iconic Zouk Singapore. Modern Asian cuisine is the name of the game here. Dishes include Tingkat of Memories ($36) featuring four snacks served in a traditional four-tier “tingkat”, Beef Tongue-to-Tail ($42), and Opeh Leaf Laksa Fettucine ($42), which comprises an assortment of fish, mussels, prawns, sambal and pasta hidden in an opeh leaf.

Jiak Kim House, 5 Jiak Kim Street, #01-16/17, Singapore 169426

New Restaurants in Singapore: January 2024

Hevel: new restaurant in Keong Saik

new restaurant singapore: Hevel on Keong Saik Rd
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Hevel (by the peeps behind another hit restaurant Marcy’s) is a new restaurant on Keong Saik Road. Helmed by ex-Mandala Club head chef, Stefan Liau, Hevel is all about contemporary European cuisine in a cosy den-like setting. It’s all maroon and cherry wood tones with a Motown playlist and atmospheric lighting. On the set menu ($138++) you can expect a trio of snacks, sharing starters, a main and dessert. The menu is set to change quarterly but you might be nibbling on a Chicken Liver Mousse on Parmigiana Crisp, Banana Cashew Cream on Pastry and Trout Tartar on Milk Toast to whet your appetite. Next up, a comforting bowl of Chawanmushi style custard with Mussels, then sharing starters of Mackerel with Passionfruit, Bread with Smoked Butter and morsels of Potato Hash with Uni and Pickled Leeks. For mains, a choice of Porcini-rubbed Pork Presa or Grilled Short Rib followed by a tummy-filling bowl of Barley and Confit Duck. A lovely vibe, great service and interesting food will ensure a return visit once the menu changes. There’s a fun cocktail or wine pairing option to try too.

Hevel 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109

Tribal: new modern Asian grill

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Tribal is a new modern Asian grill by homegrown F&B company Ebb & Flow (of restaurants Sommer and Willow). Located within Mondrian Singapore Duxton, Tribal spotlights wood-fired cooking and familiar Asian flavours. Start with scallops in homemade XO sauce ($35) or Yellowtail Sashimi ($26) tossed in a bright Sarawakian-inspired dressing of chilli, garlic and kaffir lime. Mains feature wood-fired grilled meats such as Santori Organic Kampung Chicken ($42) with an Asian twist from the Gai Yang barbeque glaze, and seafood of Kymer Amok Prawns ($38) or Octopus with sambal bajak and papaya salad ($55). We were most taken with the sides of Purple Sweetcorn ($12) and the clever Celeriac Mille-Feuille dusted with macadamia ($14) as well as signature sharing rice pots with a nasi ulam base of fluffy Thai Jasmine rice with fresh aromatic vegetables and herbs in three variants: wild mushroom, Wagyu and seafood.

Tribal, #01-07, 83 Neil Road, Singapore 089813

HighHouse: new restaurant-club

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HighHouse has taken over the defunct 1-Altitude and Stellar restaurant and bar space in the CBD. This new day-to-night nightlife and culinary destination spans Levels 61 and 62 of One Raffles Place. One of the draws of this spot has always been the unparalleled views of the Singapore skyline, and HighHouse adds to the mix good music, cocktails and food. Wedge yourself in one of the plush booths or take up a window seating for breathtaking views of the Padang or Marina Bay. The menu encompasses small and large sharing plates such as Seafood Kokoda Ceviche, Whole Spanish Dover Sole and Sakura Pork Belly in Massaman Curry served with Sticky Rice.

HighHouse, 1 Raffles Place, #62-01, Singapore 048616

Fireside: new restaurant at Quayside Isle

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New all-day bar-restaurant: Fireside Quayside Isle

Fireside is a new restaurant bar concept by Panamericana, located in Quayside Isle, Sentosa Cove. There’s an alfresco seating area streetside but you’re going to want to head upstairs to the main bar to sink into the plush seats overlooking the yachts or perch up at the glitzy cocktail bar that takes centre stage. The menu is designed with Small and Big plates so you can tuck into something hearty for lunch or dinner—think Beer Battered Snapper with Triple-Cooked Chips ($32), Whole Chicken ($52) or Australia Black Angus Ribeye, MBS 6+ 300g ($98) but we reckon this spot lends itself best to cocktails and bites. Whatever you do, don’t leave without trying the excellent Spice Spice Marg ($22) a heady cocktail of Codigo Blanco Tequila, Codigo Mezcal, Jalapeño and Cucumber juice, best washed down with the Sea Bream Crudo ($24) and Panamericana Sourdough ($8). If you’re in need of a private room know that they have an exclusive Tasting Room with a karaoke system and projector for those late-night lock-ins.

Fireside, 31 Ocean Way, #01-15 Quayside Isle, Singapore 098375

Chicco Pasta Bar: new Italian restaurant

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Chicco Pasta Bar is a buzzing new restaurant on Telok Ayer Street. It’s the new casual Italian spot by Australian-Italian Chef Drew Nocente of the upmarket restaurant Cenzo. At a weekday lunch this spot is crammed with hungry diners drawn by the affordable pricing and the lure of housemade pasta. Rigatoni with Guanciale, Egg & Pepper is just $18; Spaghetti with Clams and Pancetta is $18 while the priciest pasta on the menu is Mafaldine with Spanner Crab is $24 (and it’s well worth ordering!). As well as hearty plates of pasta there’s ‘Italian street food’ of Roasted Cauliflower with garlic chilli, Calamari Fritti and meatballs. At lunch there’s Housemade focaccia to mop up your pasta sauce, while at dinner Grill items are available from Australian Grass-fed Rib Eye to Lamb T-Bone. The Pistachio Tiramisu is worth saving room for.

Chicco Pasta Bar, 208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642. 

Liberty Singapore: new smokehouse restaurant

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Liberty Singapore is a new smokehouse restaurant in the CBD. This HK import blends Asian cuisine cooked with wood-fire techniques of a Texas-style barbecue. The menu has a fun East-meets-West vibe. Think Korean kalbi-marinated whole rib ($32/100g) smoked for 12 hours in cherry wood then slow-cooked and served with spring onion salad. Other dishes not to miss include the Short-Rib Dumplings ($22) in black vinegar and crispy chilli sauce, Prawn Tagliatelle ($32), the lighter Hamachi ($28) with mango Ponzu salsa, and the fun Corn-Rib ($16). This Whole Mexican white corn is fried, tossed in butter and curry spices — best eaten with your hands and dipped in the accompanying smoked hollandaise sauce.

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If you have a sprout hater, order the Korean-inspired Noccham sauce brussels sprouts ($12), and they’ll soon be converts. And leave room for dessert of Apple Pie ($14), served with a scoop of 5 Spice Smoked Ice-Cream and a drizzle of caramel. To celebrate the launch of new restaurant Liberty Singapore, every diner is entitled to a $20 return voucher with a minimum spend of $100. If you’re celebrating your birthday, get 50% off one main course with every $150 spent.

Liberty Singapore, #01-04, Tower 2, Marina Bay Financial Centre, 10 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018983

Kunthaville: New Sri Lankan Restaurant

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Singapore only has a handful of Sri Lankan restaurants, so we were excited to hear about the opening of Kunthaville. Housed in a century-old colonial-style conserved shophouse, Kunthaville offers Ceylonese fine dining. The owner, self-taught cook, Kuntha, has a family tea estate in Sri Lanka and has been selling Ceylon tea since 1867. The Sri Lankan fare here revolves around the Ancient belief of the six facets that balance life… sweetness, bitterness, astringent, spiciness, saltiness and sourness. Unlike many other Sri Lankan restaurants, some dishes are plated individually rather than sharing style. Starters range from spicy Beetroot Cutlets ($12) with mango avocado salad to Roasted Butternut Pumpkin soup with ginger and turmeric.

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A real highlight is the Gundappam ($14, pictured) made from fermented rice batter. These mini appams are spongier than the usual appams or hoppers making them fun to dip into the Coconut Chambal ($14). The main of Coconut Rice is accompanied by Dry Jack Fruit Curry, Green Beans, and a few different chambals ($28). At this point, you may or may not have noticed a lack of meaty dishes. We certainly didn’t miss it, as the flavours and textures are so interesting. Kunthaville is in fact largely vegan using coconut milk or chickpea milk instead of dairy, and there is no meat on the menu. The colonial-style setting is lovely, and we reckon this spot is worth checking out whether you have vegan friends to accommodate or just fancy some delicious Sri Lankan food in an upscale setting — there’s even a yoga room upstairs should you wish to have a wellness morning followed by lunch!

Kunthaville,  18 Veerasamy Rd, Level 1, Singapore 207326

Dew by Whitegrass

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Dew by Whitegrass, is the casual off-shoot of the MICHELIN-starred Whitegrass restaurant located next door within CHIJMES. It’s all about small plates of European fare with an Asian twist to complement the sake bar. Nibble on sashimi like Chef Smoked The Salmon and Hamachi On The Way ($22) and tuck into morsels of brioche topped with prosciutto and stracciatella cheese ($15). Other highlights include Hokkaido scallops with pickled tartar and lemon garlic soy sauce ($26) or for something heartier, the Yuzu Kosho Seaweed Pasta ($20). If you’re feeling flush, plump for one of the signature luxe items, the “R” IGA Ribeye, roasted IGA wagyu A4 rib eye with sauteed spinach and wasabi ($58). Swap your usual glass of vino for one of the curated selections of Sake labels, sourced directly from different prefectures in Japan.

Dew by Whitegrass, 30 Victoria St, #01-27A, Singapore 187996

Ginkyō by Kinki

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If you love Kinki Restaurant + Bar at Customs House, you’re going to want to know about Ginkyō [pronounced as ‘Geen-keo’] by the same group at the new mall One Holland Village. Ginkyō redefines the Japanese dining experience with dishes that are primarily Japanese but with a cosmopolitan twist. Highlights for us were all from the Raw kitchen — featuring seafood from Tokyo’s iconic Toyosu Market (Kinki fans never fear their signature Rock & Roll makis, which are on this menu too).

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Start with the cute bite-sized Ginkyō Crispies like the Uni, Caviar, Ikura ($22) on crispy rice with edible gold flakes, the filling Kimchi Onigiri Arancini ($14) made with breaded fried rice balls stuffed with gorgonzola and kimchi aioli, then definitely order the Swordfish Ceviche ($19) of beautifully cut fish, avocado and piquant salsa, served alongside crispy rice crackers. There are plenty of meaty options from Hamburg Wagyu to yakitori too, all best washed down with fun cocktails.

Ginkyō by Kinki, One Holland Village, 7 Holland Village Way, Singapore 275748

Fireplace by Bedrock: New Grill Restaurant

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Award-winning steakhouse Bedrock has a new open wood-fired grill concept, Fireplace by Bedrock within the new pet-friendly mall that everyone’s talking about, One Holland Village. The open kitchen takes centre stage, and as the concept is open fire cooking, there are lovely woody aromas as the meats are grilled. Highlights include the Dirty Duck ($48) sous vide Irish duck rubbed in aromatic spices and then grilled, and the 6 Hours Wood-Fired Crispy Pork Belly ($35 for 200g / $48 for 300g), sous vide overnight, then slow-cooked above the grill, so the meat is tender. There’s a wonderful smokiness, and the skin is super crispy.

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Come with a group and order the Wagyu Tomahawk Steak (market price) or the 8-hour Wood-fired Roasted Whole Lamb ($38 for 200g / $50 for 300g), and don’t miss the delicious starters from Blistered Padron Peppers to oven-baked Bone Marrow Toast ($28) on a house-made toasted brioche. We love that they have a proper Kid’s Menu (no nuggets here), featuring dishes like Boneless Chicken Thigh ($15) with baked potatoes.

Fireplace by Bedrock, #03-27/28, One Holland Village, 7 Holland Village Way, Singapore 275748

Jypsy: New Restaurant in the East

Jypsy: new restaurant in the East Coast

The second Jypsy outlet is set to open in January at the picturesque Parkland Green on the East Coast. This modern Japanese restaurant will also offer a brunch menu exclusively on weekends and public holidays from 8am – 4pm. Look out for dishes like Jypsy Big Breakfast ($29), the Smoked Salmon Egg Benedict ($26), the refreshing Green Tea Soba Salad ($19), the Wagyu Hamburger Steak Plate ($26), a hand-made Japanese-style beef patty and an array of Sando options. Jypsy Parkland Green will also introduce a special Kids Menu such as the Junior Plate ($15), featuring bolognese pasta and a side of crispy karaage bites, accompanied with an egg omelette and cucumber sushi roll. Jypsy Parkland Green opens on 3 January 2024.

Jypsy, Parkland Green, ​​920 ECP, Singapore 449875

MOXIE: Modern Mediterranean restaurant

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If you’re fans of the lush spot in Demspey, Siri House, get ready for a great new restaurant by the same team. MOXIE is a ‘Modern Mediterranean dining destination inspired by coastal culinary journeys’ in a bit of an odd spot — at the Medical Alumni Association Clubhouse just 5 minutes from Tiong Bahru. Once you’re inside though, the hanging rattan lampshades, the muted earthy tones, jute rugs and the light breezing in through wide windows framed by tropical plants, transports you to Bali (aided by a cocktail or two). Dive into sharing platters of dips and warm pitta, then move on to stunningly plated Grouper Crudo ($25) drizzled with Zhoug coulis, pickled Japanese cucumber and diced red radish.

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Little umami bombs like the Spanish salted cod Croquettes ($19) are just heavenly. For mains dig into Arugula Pesto Orecchiette cooked to perfection (al dente but not crunchy) flecked with crab, pine nuts and pesto. Each dish surpasses the next — particular mention goes to the Catch of the Day (200g- $39) in our case Golden Snapper with browned almond butter and crispy capers. Desserts are really something too — the Moxie Mille Feuille is not overly sweet, with whipped mascarpone sandwiched with berries in filo pastry and Kataifi (shredded pastry), and the ‘wow’ dish is the Choc Mousse with hazelnut ice cream and a berry compote. One to add to your list!

MOXIE, 2 College Rd, Level 1, Singapore 169850, 

Araya: South American Fine Dining Restaurant

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Araya is a new South American fine dining restaurant helmed by partners in the kitchen and life, Chef Francisco Araya and pastry Chef Fernanda Guerrero. Chilean-born Francisco Araya, who earned his stripes at legendary Spanish restaurants such as Mugaritz and elBulli, will offer a contemporary tasting menu ($298++) that celebrates South American flavours and ingredients such as corn to Andean potatoes, alongside proteins from Japan and around the world. Dishes will include traditional fish stew Brazilian moqueca and Hokkaido scallop ceviche marinated in shio koji giving and served with tiger’s milk sorbet.

Araya, Mondrian Singapore Duxton, 83 Neil Road. #01-08, Singapore

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The Curry Club Signature

The Curry Club Signature: New Indian Restaurant Bar
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If you’re looking for a new restaurant to impress, put The Curry Club Signature on your hit list. This swanky new restaurant bar on Mohamed Sultan Rd, run by a local Singaporean Indian family, reinterprets Indian flavours into modern contemporary small plates and sharing platters. It has a great back story — the owner Mr Raj, a former Singapore Airlines cabin crew member, started selling local street snack vadai at night markets after being retrenched to feed his family of six. Fast forward many years and his business grew to a mamak shop in 2006 and then a branch of different F&B. The Curry Club Signature is helmed by Chef Saumya Prakash, who has 17 years of culinary experience spanning India, Dubai and the Maldives. The menu is a reinterpretation of classics, repackaged in a fun way — Dosa Cone Triplets ($13) come as mini cones on a stand with fillings of podi masala and a trio of colourful gravies. Puri Bombs ($19) reimagine pani poori as little fried parcels encasing avocado relish topped with housemade pickled cucumber — a dainty, eye-catching dish that’s packed full of flavour! A standout is the Fire-Kissed Aubergine ($21), and don’t miss the FGRO Biryani ($37), a first-of-its-kind biryani experience featuring tender frog legs served with a side of refreshing beetroot raita and infused with apple wood smoke. It’s presented with dramatic effect in a closed dish that lets a puff of smoke out once served! We’ll definitely be back to try more dishes – and if the mocktails are anything to go by, the cocktails will be Chef’s kiss!

The Curry Club Signature, 11 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 239010

FURA: New Restaurant Cocktail Bar

FURA: New Restaurant Cocktail Bar

New restaurant bar FURA is all about enjoying food and drink in a sustainable and environmentally conscious way with many ingredients foraged locally or grown by hydroponic farmers in Singapore. It’s helmed by Christina Rasmussen, head forager at three-Michelin-starred Noma and Sasha Wijidessa, previously the head bartender at Operation Dagger before working in Copenhagen where the couple met. The space is intimate with the option to sit up at the counter where you can chat to Christina as she preps dishes. Go for a la carte or choose the six-course pairing menu at $145 which starts with a pretty dish called Weeds that features starfruit and foraged flowers and leaves. Next up, a delicate tart made with toasted kombu with a creaminess from blended lentils, topped with red radish — it’s a delight! Portions are small (in line with waste not want not) so after the bread and dip course you’ll be ready for the star of the show — a steaming bowl of oyster mushrooms with black garlic caviar. A la carte dishes include This Hotdog Doesn’t Need To Explain Itself ($15) where a slow-cooked carrot stands in for a hot dog, topped with mustard aioli and new pickle relish. Cocktails include the impressive Caviar Papi ($28) served with black garlic caviar and kombu ice cream or Beans, Beans, the Musical Fruit ($24) made with Soka, tonka bean, peas and peas vermouth as well as a house-made butter bean koji.

FURA, 2nd floor, 74A Amoy Street Singapore 069893

Burma Social: New Restaurant, Myanmar Cuisine

Burma Social: New Restaurant, Myanmar Cuisine
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It’s not often you come across a restaurant serving cuisine from Myanmar. New restaurant Burma Social promises traditional Burmese recipes elevated with modern infusions of its bordering Chinese, Thai, Indian, Bangladeshi and Laotian neighbours. On the menu, Burmese dishes such as starters of Lahpet ($18), a unique earthy and tangy salad prepared from freshly harvested tea leaves briefly steamed, then packed into bamboo vats and set in pits to ferment. Mains comprise the Mohinga, a rice noodle and fish soup, considered by many to be the national dish of Myanmar, and sides like Tohu Fritters, and Hnin Si’s Steam Puzon ($32) where you get slices of fish cakes wrapped with rice paper and housemade Chilli.

Burma Social, 34-36 Tras Street, Singapore 079026

Brasserie Astoria: New Brasserie by Björn Frantzén

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Swedish chef Björn Frantzén and the team who brought us three Michelin-star fine dining restaurant Zén, just opened a new restaurant, Brasserie Astoria. It’s billed as more of an accessible brasserie but this is one fancy-pants dining establishment set in the iconic Victoria Concert Hall with its tall ceilings, low lighting and massive original colonnades. It’s a fun place to dine – think flambé trolleys (order the Whiskey flambéed Beef and choose between Angus $68 or Wagyu $110 to experience this in all its theatrical glory) and tableside service (Caesar salad).

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The menu is Chef Frantzén’s unique spin on classic brasserie fare, executed by Singaporean Head Chef and Zén alum Emil Cecil Ess. Dishes include Moules à la crème ($42), Råraka, the Swedish answer to rösti (you’re given condiments to ensemble toppings yourself), Brown Butter Waffles made with parsnips and topped with Astoria Osciétra Caviar (30g/$130), and Toast Astoria $32 (defo order this!) – a nod to traditional Swedish Toast Skagen topped with dressed Baltic prawns and Norwegian king crab.

Brasserie Astoria 11 Empress Place 01-01, Singapore 179558

Noa Lounge: New Restaurant by Olivia Restaurant

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Step into new restaurant Noa Lounge and be transported to the Med with its warm colour palette of ochres, greens and golds and stunning decor imported from Spain. A magnificent 4.5-meter-tall bar takes centre stage, while an open kitchen fosters a sense of connectedness between the chefs and guests. Noa Lounge is set within the Mondrian Singapore Duxton Hotel, and is by the same team that brought us Olivia Restaurant just a few skips away. Helmed by award-winning Chef Alain Devahive (of Michelin-starred elBulli Restaurant, and Olivia Restaurant fame), Noa brings together mezze dishes from countries around the Mediterranean, drawing from Spain, Italy, France, Egypt, Lebanon, Turkey, and beyond.

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Start with Hummus ($16), an unusual take on this dip with its addition of fresh sardines; the Noa ‘Bomba’ Crispy Meatball with Harissa and Allioli ($16), and a personal fave, the Burnt Cauliflower Salad with Dates ($23), a beautifully smoky creamy well-balanced dish. Order the basket of wraps and bread to mop up the sauces. Mains include Charcoal Grilled Salmon with ‘Chraimeh’ Sauce ($37) and the Lamb Kofta with Fava Beans and Yoghurt ($35), although portions are on the small side so you’ll need to order a feast to share as they would do in the Med. With its combo of fab decor and fun vibes (a hidden DJ space awaits for ‘those‘ kinda nights) we reckon this is sure to be one of the hottest new restaurants in town!

Noa Lounge, 83 Neil Road 01 #01-02-03 Singapore 089813

Honbo: New Burger Joint in Singapore

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Honbo, a new hipster burger joint comes to Singapore. Honbo has six outlets in Hong Kong but this will be the first international outpost. The name of the game here is gourmet American-style smashed burgers. Beef patties are freshly ground daily using whole chuck and brisket from Double Gold Beef exclusively imported from the USA. The buns are house-made potato milk buns, also made fresh daily plus there’s fries ($7), sweet potato fries and buffalo wings. Choose a single patty burger (from $15), double patty or triple patty burger ($28) plus opt for double cheese, pickles, onion and house sauce.

Honbo, 30 Victoria Street, #01-09 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996

Restaurant Fiz: Tasting Menu Restaurant

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Restaurant Fiz opened its doors early June and offers a tasting menu ($288++ for 8 courses exclusive of supplement) of elevated contemporary Southeast Asian cuisine. It sets out to be purposefully vast drawing from Sarawak to Chiang Rai, Thailand. Chef-Owner Hafizzul Hashim spent two decades working across the world in many Michelin-starred restaurants and he brings all his passion here to spotlight regional dishes, forgotten indigenous ingredients and ancient ways of cooking. Restaurant Fiz will introduce menus every three to six months known as Episodes which will put a different region under the magnifying glass. Ep. 1 is and is an introduction to Chef Hafizzul’s background, encompassing his childhood and the food closest to him growing up in Lumut, Malaysia.

Restaurant Fiz, 21 Tanjong Pagar Rd, #01-01/02, Singapore 088444

Tajine: New Moroccan Restaurant in Singapore

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There’s a new Moroccan restaurant in town! Step into Tajine and you’ll be greeted by a palm tree, soft lighting, arabesque walls, and a playlist with North African beats to set the mood. It’s best to head to Tajine with a gang so you can order a bunch of sharing dishes and still have room for the tajines and pastillas (Moroccan savoury pastry pies). Start with the Mixed Platter (from $36) featuring three or six dishes – not the usual hummus and dips but interesting sides like cooked carrot salad with chermoula and preserved lemons, ar’a m’asla roasted butternut pumpkin puree and grilled eggplant. The house-made woodfired pita and batbout (mini breads) are a must-order. Larger sharing dishes include the Couscous Royal with lamb merguez, lamb chop, spring chicken, kefta, and chickpeas or order a tajine – there’s the Poulet Citron Tajine with organic free-range chicken or the Milk Fed Veal Shank Tajine with bone marrow, prunes, apricot and almonds. Don’t miss the fun signature Moroccan-inspired cocktails ($24 each) and if you can’t manage dessert make sure you end your meal with sweet Moroccan mint tea ($12).

Tajine, 18 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238967

Ume San 100: Secret New Ramen Restaurant & Izakaya

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There are some fun flashy Japanese vending machines on the second floor of the Fortune Centre. Push the secret door and you’ll find a new ramen restaurant and izakaya Ume San 100 hidden behind the door. This cosy little speakeasy-style izakaya boasts a bamboo bar counter and a menu that comprises the ‘largest selection of umeshu in Singapore’. You can try the umeshu in taster flights or in cocktails or poured over ice – we loved all three experiences. Foodwise expect tasty ramen – Angry Asari Soup Ramen ($16) with clams and our fave dish – the Signature Nagoya Dry Prawn Ramen ($20) with springy noodles in a spicy sauce with mince and prawns. There are other bar bites like Garlic Chicken Karaage ($16) and Umesan Nachi Pagoda ($20) – a fun tower of fried wonton-style crackers with a selection of four Chinmi (little delicacies of seafood) to scoop up. Impress your gang with this fun little hidden umeshu bar and ramen restaurant!

Ume San 100, 190 Middle Road, Fortune Centre, #02-07, Singapore 188979

Tinto: New Spanish Restaurant in Dempsey

Tinto: new Spanish restaurant in Dempsey
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Husband and wife chefs Daniel and Tamara Chávez (of CANCHITA Peruvian Cuisine) bring a new restaurant to Dempsey that you’ll need to book ahead for if you plan to visit! Tinto is their first Spanish restaurant as a couple and offers tapas, paellas, fideuàs and Spanish wines. It’s a lovely welcoming space (where Moonbow used to be) with indoor seating and a secret door at the back opening out onto a covered alfresco space that looks onto the green. Signature dishes include the Tinto Paellas and Tinto Fideuàs, in two sizes and seven variations that are brimming with more ingredients than the typical. The De Pulpo & Chorizo paella ($36/$68) consists of Bomba rice – the bottom crispy as it should be and topped with grilled octopus, sausage, chickpeas, and fava beans while the noodle paella Carabineros & Setas Fideuà ($32/$58), impresses with Red Carabinero Prawns over short thin pasta noodles and mushrooms. It’s the tapas that really stand out, however. Start with the refreshing chilled Gazpacho ($10) made with Heirloom cherry tomato and Japanese cucumbers, then share portions of the Gambas al Ajillo ($28) prawns cooked in roasted garlic oil with a moreish slick of smooth potato puree, the Pulpo a la Brasa ($28) is perfectly grilled Spanish octopus – tender with crispy edges – best enjoyed with a bottle of the delicious Adega Algueira Mencia 2019.

Tinto, Block 10 Dempsey Rd, #01-21, Singapore 247700, Tel: (+65) 9729 5002

COL: new restaurant East London vibes

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Keong Saik gets a new restaurant, COL. Helmed by Executive Chef Colin Buchan (previously Pollen and 1880) COL is all about buzzy East London vibes, simple white walls with photography, wooden furniture, vintage cutlery and stellar food! The starters are really stand out – try the Nduja arancini with smoky muhammara dip ($18), Kristal caviar and taramasalata on corn crisps ($52), Burrata with sweet Muscade Pumpkin ($28) and one of the best Beef Tartare I’ve ever had (no raw egg but instead cured egg yolk grated over a smoky chipotle beef with crunch from gherkins ($28). Mains include Iberico Pork Loin topped with a shaving of lardo ($48) and Aged Beef Burger ($27). Loosen your belts for dessert ($18) – here are only two. on the menu and both are delish – COLPOP, an icecream stick of raspberry rose coated with white cocoa and raspberry ripple, and a meringue-topped curd mascarpone tart dusted with kaffir lime. Pssst! Don’t miss the Spicy Margaritas!

COL, 1 Keong Saik Rd., #01-05 The Working Capitol Building, Singapore 089109 

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