If you are constantly looking for foodie recommendations, the search stops here with all the hottest new restaurant openings in town
We bring you all the latest in new restaurants and bars in Singapore, condensed and served up in tasty bite-sized pieces just for you. The glitzy Panamericana grill swings its doors open in Sentosa and is one of our fave openings of the month! Red Sparrow gives Dempsey a flavour of Vietnamese, and SMPRKT with its super brunch and all-day dining menu opens in Cluny Court. There’s a complete French cuisine invasion with the likes of ATOUT in Dempsey, casual bistro Summer Hill in Sunset Way, and So France, Le Bistro-Epicerie in the CBD, and much more!
Panamericana – Bar and Grill
Panamericana is a super swish restaurant/bar with lovely views at Sentosa Golf Club (taking over from Il Lido). The “farm-to-fire” cuisine draws inspiration from “flavours along the Pan-American Highway”. What that translates to on the menu is delicious asado grilled whole meats like a whole lamb cooked on the open charcoal fire (which you can see from the dining room), and lots of fresh vegetable dishes and salads, like the British Columbia of fennel, apple, beetroot, dates, red cabbage and birdseed mix ($14) jazzed up with South American style sauces like chimichurri, kale salsa, tomatillo salsa and hot sauces. Executive Chef Mathew Woon sharpened his knives at Mexican hot spot Lucha Loco. Look out for the Cuban-style corn ($12) with shaved manchego, the Snapper Ceviche ($16) with spicy coconut milk and paw paw, Argentinian Lamb ($45), Rib Eye ($42) with mustard seed caviar and charred spring onions, and the delicate salt baked trout with tomatillo verde ($40). The vibes here are spot on: chill South American beats on the sound system, a striking black and white decor embellished with a jade green cocktail bar, and sweeping views of the Sentosa Golf Club and sea. For families with kids: a kids menu and a lawn at the front to run riot (out of earshot) while mama has a highly recommended and dangerously drinkable Panamericana Sangria ($18) with White Sangria, Pisco, Sauvignon Blanc and macerated fruit.
Panamericana, Sentosa Golf Club 27 Bukit Manis Road, 099892 Singapore, Tel:(+65) 62538182, www.facebook.com/panamericanasg
Red Sparrow – New Vietnamese in Dempsey
Red Sparrow in Dempsey is decorated with brightly coloured lanterns, a trishaw in the corner of the restaurant and a mural of Vietnamese city street life on the back wall. The menu shows off a range of Vietnamese dishes from the staples of fresh rice paper rolls with prawns ($12), to green papaya salad with grilled tiger prawns ($16) and a variety of Banh Xeo dishes ($14-16) — the traditional rice flour crepe with various fillings all crackly edged and begging to be dipped into the accompanying chilli dressing. A section of the menu is dedicated to BBQ dishes from Marinated Berkshire Pork Shoulder ($23), to Salt Pepper Beef Rib ($25) served with homemade sauces, pickles and lettuce to wrap. We will have to go back to try out the Che Chuoi ($11) — homemade Vietnamese coffee doughnuts with coffee glaze ($12) to go with our hot of Vietnamese drip coffee.
Red Sparrow, 11 Dempsey Road #01-18, Singapore, 249673, Tel: (+65) 6776 6118, www.facebook.com/sgredsparrow
SPMRKT – Neighbourhood Cluny Court Dining
SPMRKT has moved to Bukit Timah, Cluny Court (from McCallum Street at Telok Ayer), and offers all-day dining with Southeast Asian accents influenced by Chef’s Indonesian heritage. They are staying true to their multi-concept approach with art and retail on sale and cooking classes conducted by Chef-Owner Joseph Yeo (starting in June). For brunch: Smoked Salmon and Spinach Egg White Omelette ($16) and Avocado On Toast ($13), or the healthy SPRGRN Bowls ($15) with acai, pili nuts, chia, bananas, yoghurt and overnight oats. If you are here for lunch or dinner do not miss the Spicy Prawn Linguine ($25) – a deep tomato sauce hijacked with homemade belachan topped with sweet grilled tiger prawns or there is Slow Roasted Kecap Manis Chicken Thigh with mashed potatoes ($26) and sides of the usual truffle fries or the bombastic, die-die must try Brussels sprouts ($15), which are crispy and come doused in sriracha mayo and flecked with pomegranate and corn. For dessert, new dishes to the menu include the Warm Brownie & Salted Caramel Ice Cream ($16) with kacang puteh and Caramelised Banana & Gula Melaka Soufflé ($18). If you are here with the little ones they do a cute kids’ meal ($15.80) with a fresh juice, a choice of three mains like Fish and Chips or Chicken Carbonara Spaghetti and a dessert.
SPMRKT, Cluny Court, 501 Bukit Timah Road, #02-13, Singapore 259760 www.sprmrkt.com.sg
River Wok – S.E Asian Menu
River Wok opened its doors late last year, enticing people from Robertson Quay to munch on their S.E Asian fare with river views on one side and a pretty backdrop of tropical ginger flower wallpaper on the other. The menu doesn’t specialise in one area – instead, Executive Chef Kantha Chookiat has designed a menu with dishes from Laos, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia all within one meal. Dishes range from Thai Wing Bean salad ($16), with prawns and shredded chicken in a coconutty-belacan style sauce ($22), to the recommended Vietnamese hand rolled fresh rice paper rolls ($14) with minced chicken and roasted rice crumbles. Mains include the Roasted Duck Thai Red Curry ($22), Indonesian Beef Rendang and the Laotian Pa Heung Jeow Mak Len ($38) — a whole steamed seabass, with a deliciously deep flavoured Laotian tomato dip served with a side of steamed vegetables – probably one of our favourite dishes from the menu.
River Wok, 80 Mohamed Sultan Road, #01-12 The Pier, Singapore 239013, +65 67321126, www.facebook.com/RiverWok
ATOUT – Charcuterie and Classic Casual French
ATOUT has taken over the space at Au Petit Salut Dempsey, serving casual rustic French dishes. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Patrick Heuberger, formerly from Les Bistrot du Sommelier, who makes nitrate-free charcuterie, signature house-made Pâté en Croûte, “Jambonneaux” or Pork Knuckle in Jelly, and the unusual Cod Liver Pâté. For the mains, French classics like Duck Confit and Stewed Rabbit alongside “Pepper Steak” Black Angus Beef Ribeye in Brandy sauce and the Char-Grilled Toulouse Pork Sausage (which is also house-made).
ATOUT, 40C Harding Rd, Singapore 249548, Tel: (+65) 6679 1800, www.atout.sg
Summer Hill – French neighbourhood bistro
Former head chef Anthony Yeoh of defunct French restaurant Cocotte has opened Summer Hill -a largely alfresco resto-cafe beneath the HDB block at Sunset Way – with Christopher Soh. The menu is very short with a French-style roast chicken (hormone and antibiotic-free) with gravy and sides ($23/45 for half/whole chicken) available daily, and changing dishes like Oven Roasted Red Snapper ($48, serves 2), roasted pork collar ($25) and ham and cheese toasted sandwiches ($17.50), quiches and baked goodies.
Summer Hill, Block 106 Clementi Street 12, #01-62, Singapore 120106, Sunset Way, Tel:(+65) 62515337, www.summerhill.sg
So France – French bistro-deli
So France, Le Bistro-Epicerie is a multi-hyphenate space comprising a bistro, wine bar, gourmet store and event space for wine tastings and masterclasses. French comfort food is on the menu cooked by Head Chef Frédéric Coiffé, who hails from the south-west of France. On the menu: traditional French dishes like parmentier de canard, escargots en persillade, sharing platters of cold cuts and cheeses flown in from different regions of France and Bordeaux-style rib-eye steak with fries. The wine bar has over 100 bottles on offer and glasses that start at just $8.
So France, Le Bistro-Epicerie, 7 Fraser Street #01-51 to 56 Duo Galleria Singapore 189356, Tel: (+65) 6828 1538, www.so-france.sg
Picotin Express East Coast – Family-friendly Bistro and Pizza
Picotin Express who you may know from their family-fave Fairways spot Picotin has opened a second outlet in the East (in the former black and white premises of Hogs Breath Bar and Restaurant). On the menu, the same handmade pizzas that the Fairways outlet offers including the Pinto Pizza and other dishes like Whole Roasted Spring Chicken and the Pico Burger. Breakfast dishes will be offered from June onwards.
Picotin Express, 382 Joo Chiat Road, Tel: (+65) 9125 2994, www.picotin.com.sg
OPORTO – Aussie – Portuguese Chicken Chain
OPORTO – Australia’s flame-grilled Portuguese chicken chain, has just opened its first-ever outlet in Singapore. With over 150 stores in Australia, Oporto brings its famed flame-grilled chicken (from $6.90/quarter to $21.90 for a whole), burgers (from $4.90), wraps (from $7.90) and sides to Holland Village. The chicken is marinated then basted with the Portuguese spicy sauce before being grilled. They do large family boxes and kids meals, too (think chicken and cheeseburger, regular chips and a drink for $5.90).
OPORTO, No. 3 Lorong Liput, #01-01 Holland Piazza, 277739 Singapore, www.oporto.sg
Lead image River Wok