We’ve got the lowdown on all the hot new restaurants in Singapore this month, mama!
Hey, mama! Need a quick shot of inspiration for a night out on the town (no kids, that is)? Here’s our pick of Singapore’s latest restaurants and newest bars, condensed and served up in tasty bite-size pieces just for you.
Timbre+ – Food trucks + Live Music + Hawker
Timbre+ (by Timbre Group) has been making waves with its launch of a hip hawker-style foodie destination which promises live music (Wednesday to Saturday) alongside your tapas, sous vide squid, confit duck and Little Creatures ale. It’s unlike anything you’ve seen before in Singapore – and oozes coolness (despite the lack of aircon). Multiple graffitied food trucks are set around a music stage together with a bottle shop offering international beer and cider ($10-$16). What’s not to like? There are a total of 35 different food offerings from 21 hawker stalls (open from 6am till late afternoon) to 14 restaurant derivatives from Portico Plates (paella and tapas) to Teppei (yakitori and chirashi don bowls) to Garcons (casual French). Our picks of the lot include: Dusk by Slake serving up amazingly good value tasting platters ($25 for delicious roast beef, marinated pork collar, poached chicken with Vietnamese pesto), North Indian Chit Chaat Chai (try their chaats from 3pm with a cold cider), and the Beef Rendang with Japanese rice, sambal kang Kong and an onsen egg from Kush food truck. Go now. Dress cool (it’s hot in there!).
Timbre+, 73A Ayer Rajah Crescent #01-32, JTC LaunchPad @ one-north, Singapore 139957, www.facebook.com/timbreplus
Mo’Mor Izakaya – Tanglin Euro-Japanese Izakaya
The spot beside Tanglin Post Office has experienced a lot of revolving doors. Gone is Maca. Enter Mo’Mor Izakaya, a modern Japanese izakaya with European flourishes. The indoor minimalist dining space is small but the alfresco bar seats diners too (albeit right beside the main road). Lunch is a complete steal at $15 for 2 courses (main and tapas/dessert), or $18 for 3 courses. The lunch sets change weekly but you might go for a ‘tapas’ of Plum Tomato Ceviche ($12) of red plum tomatoes mixed with yellow cherry tomatoes with tasty nori vinaigrette, a main of Free Range Miso Ginger Chicken with pumpkin puree followed by dessert of Yuzu Sabayon. Bargain! Just bag yourself one of those coveted air-con seats and sit back smugly. For dinner, tapas is divided into seafood, meat and raw/cured. Share dishes of a flavour packed fermented chilli bean Charcoal Grilled Whole Japanese Squid ($19), Roasted Whole Eel ($22), and thickly sliced Smoked Hamachi Sashimi ($18). Mains, which are heavy on the meat, slide into the European camp, likr Half a Lamb Rack ($38) and a big flavoured Australian Grassfed Ribeye 250 grams ($29), which arrives sliced and perfectly cooked.
Mo’Mor Izakaya, 56 Tanglin Road, #B1-01, Tanglin Post Office, #B1-01 Singapore 247964, Tel: (+65) 6463 8080, www.momor.com.sg
Brera Bakery – Fermented Sourdough Bakery
Behind Empress Market sits a new tiny bakery wedged into an unassuming HDB block. The ovens are on full tilt, and the bakers are working hard kneading, shaping loaves, pulling out deliciously crackly crusty bread and flaky pastries. Their baguettes ($2.80) are the real deal – no preservatives and sweeteners – instead they ferment their dough for 16 hours to bring out the true flavours of the imported flour. The result is a lovely crust and a good crumb. Their pain au chocolate ($3.30) fly off the shelves so come early if you’re hankering after something for breakfast. Croissants ($2.80) have been pitted against the likes of Tiong Bahru Bakery and many prefer these (they are less doughy, more flaky). They also do sourdough pizzas (12pm-6pm) but you’ll need to order an hour in advance and they aren’t doing dinner timings yet (unless we can all persuade them?), from Buffalo Mozzarella Margherita ($16) to their Gourmet Special ($22) of mozzarella, homemade tomato sauce, Gorgonzola, Parma ham, figs and walnuts. You can also pick up some deli items from chorizo to cheese. A proper neighbourhood gourmet bakery-deli – just what every HDB needs!
Brera Bakery, #01-05 Empress Mall, 8 Empress Road, Singapore 260008, Tel: (+65) 6492 5428, www.facebook.com/bakerybrera
The Coffee Academics – Coffee Aficionados
On the second level of smart Scotts Square sits The Coffee Academics. This Hong Kong import oozes coffee expertise – there’s an Espresso Bar, a Hand Brew Bar with Japanese style low seating to watch the hand brew baristas at work, and the main dining area already full of ladies that lunch – the good word has gotten round fast! Their specialty, if you haven’t guessed it yet, is coffee – everything from cold brews to Manuka Honey flat whites. Make like someone in the know and sip on your chilled ice brew of rare Kenyan caracoli coee beans (less than 5% of total production) in a wine glass ($14), or for something to kick you into upright, their interesting Pepper Agave Latte ($7.50). TCA offer coffee barista workshops, too – check their Facebook page if you are a keen coffee bean. For food there is quite a range, from salads (of which the Kale and Quinoa Waldorf $20 is a big hit), to Fish Tacos ($23) of battered golden snapper, sweet mango and chipotle mayo in crispy tacos, Pizzas to Mac & Cheese. For something sweet opt for their instagram-worthy Pancake Tower ($19) served with berry ice cream or for the purists, the TCA blend Espresso Vanilla Affogato ($10).
The Coffee Academics, Level 2, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, Singapore 228209, Tel: (+65) 65381940, www.the-coffeeacademics.com
Senmi Sushi – Mighty California-Style Maki
Senmi Sushi, which opened late last year, is just one of eight Japanese restaurants at the Emporium Shokuhin at Marina Square – a whole wing of the mall dedicated to all things Japanese foodie (from a Japanese grocer complete with live seafood – go check out the Alaskan King Crabs) – plus a gyoza and ramen noodle spot, fine dining restaurant and more.) Senmi Sushi is a casual spot with booth seats or counter dining. Fresh fish and seafood comes in from Japan three times a week for their sashimi and sushi menu. Order from the handy iPads – we recommended tucking straight into their California-Style Maki. The Dynamite Maki ($16.80) comprises rolled sushi with avocado, mayo, crab and cucumber inside Torched A5 Miyazaki beef while the Uni, Hamachi & Ebi Fry Bob ($22) is a delicious party of uni, yellowtail and prawn scattered with pearls of juicy ebiko, and crunchy furikake! There’s also giant chirashi dons to share (choose your own selection of seafood) alongside the usual assortment of sushi and sashimi like Chutoro Sashimi ($26 for 3 thick slices), or for something unusual try the Ama-ebi Foie Gras Nigiri ($4.80/ea) – a rich pairing of foie gras and sweet shrimp.
Senmi Sushi @ EMPORIUM SHOKUHIN, 6 Raffles Boulevard, #01-18 Marina Square, Singapore 039594, Tel: (+65) 6224 3433, www.facebook.com/EmporiumShokuhin
Bistro French Quays – French Waterfront Dining
Bistro French Quays (by the same peeps behind Bar Bar Black Sheep) have swapped Quayside Fish Bar & Bistro for Bistro French Quays at the same location. As per the name, this restaurant serves up French fare in a casual, bistro-style space with live music, red-checkered tablecloths and a lovely view overlooking the yachts docked at Quayside Isle in Sentosa Cove. Expect French staples like Pork Terrine ($15) and exceedingly good home made Duck Rillete ($11) served with crusty bread and gherkins. Executive Chef Chamara Fonseka has worked at Au Petit Salut, Table at 7, and Les Bistrot du Sommelier so it seems he has fine-tuned his French cuisine skills. For mains there’s Duck Confit ($36), premium Angus Beef (from $44) with truffle fries, Seafood Cassoulet ($49), Moules Mariniere ($29) and specials like tender succulent Beef Cheek with Mashed Potatoes and Mushrooms. They serve up weekend brunch from 11am – tuck into sharing platters of charcuterie (from $66) for a smorgasbord of grilled rib eye, lamb chop, duck rillettes, pork terrine, vine ripened tomatoes, toast, sunny side up eggs and braised white beans. Mains fared better than desserts so don’t hold back on the terrines.
Bistro French Quays, #01-11 31 Ocean Way (Sentosa Cove), Singapore, 098375, Tel: (+65) 6268 8633, www.bistrofrenchquays.com.sg