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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. This month, look forward to Mod-Korean fare at Kimme, the long-awaited re-opening of Majestic Restaurant, Blue Label Pizza by Luke’s, Tablescape, Caffe Fernet (opening soon), new French wine bar Ma Cuisine, and Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke.
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Chef Sun Kim of one-Michelin-starred Meta has opened a more casual Korean-inspired, modern European restaurant, Kimme, offering dishes a la carte (while Meta only offers set menus). Dishes like the Irish oyster with lemon ginger and trout roe ($5/piece), and Taco with lamb, mushroom, mint yoghurt and kimchi ($13) showcase the mix of modern European and Korean. A stand-out dish is the King prawn with XO sauce, Jerusalem artichoke and mussel ($30). First of all, that XO sauce is plate licking stuff but paired with the Jerusalem artichoke, black squid ink for depth and sweet prawn it’s a powerhouse of flavours, an umami-sweet-salty combo that is worth returning for.
Kimme, 47 Amoy Street, Singapore 069873, Tel: (+65) 6514 1588, kimmerestaurant.com
Tablescape is located in Park Hotel but manages to not feel too “hotel-y” with its elegant interiors and pops of pastel pink soft furnishings. Really it’s all about the bread here. It comes on its own dedicated trolley — half a dozen types from olive to sourdough to a squid ink brioche, served alongside homemade butter. The bread is freeflow and a definite highlight; makes us wonder what delights the hotel breakfasts have in store! The rest of the dishes are executed well, ranging from Salmon Gravlax ($16) with cream cheese ice cream to Prosciutto wrapped Monkfish and Maine Lobster on Risotto in Armagnac Lobster Bisque ($38), and a Smoked Braised Black Angus Short Rib ($30) braised with red wine, carrots, celery, and onions for 8 hours in the oven.
Desserts ($12) are another win. Again, they have their own trolley; think Spicy Mango ice cream-mousse cake, Raspberry Lychee with Almond Cake, Camembert Cheesecake and an endless variety of chocolates. Come hungry.
Tablescape, Level 3, Grand Park City Hall, 10 Coleman Street Singapore 179809, Tel: (+65) 6432 5618, www.parkhotelgroup.com
Majestic Restaurant was a favourite for many when it was at New Majestic Hotel on Bukit Pasoh Road. After the hotel closed last year, there was a long pause while we waited for Restaurant Majestic to resurface. Good news: Chef-owner Yong Bing Ngen is back, this time in swish new digs with floor-to-ceiling glass windows in the CBD.
Majestic Restaurant offers Cantonese cooking and the menu showcases a mix of old signatures and new dishes, too, like Pan-Fried Carrot Cake With Pork Sausage In XO Chilli Sauce ($15), Claypot Hor-Fun With Fresh Prawns In Egg Gravy ($24), while new dishes include Roasted Ireland Silver Duck in Peking Style served with handmade rose pancakes, scallion and cucumber and the unusual dim sum of Chee Cheong Fun made with organic brown rice and served with Hakka-styled lei cha (thunder tea) sauce!
Majestic Restaurant , 5 Straits View, Marina One The Heart 04-01, Singapore 018935; +65-6250 1988; www.restaurantmajestic.com
The Jigger & Pony Group are opening a new all-day restaurant-bar, Caffe Fernet, overlooking Marina Bay. It’s the Group’s sixth and latest addition. The 130-seater is located along the panoramic waterfront of the Customs House and we can imagine the views will be stunning. The menu is set to feature Italian fare from the food through to the cocktails — Spritzers and Negronis here we come! Opens early March.
Caffe Fernet, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay #01-05, 049323 Singapore, www.caffefernet.sg
Ramen King Chef Keisuke Takeda comes to Holland Village! Chef Keisuke Takeda’s newest ramen restaurant, Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke, has found a home above Thai restaurant Thai Express along Lorong Mambong. The original ramen restaurant is in Ginza (as the name suggests), and serves two types of Ramen with either light or thick soup made from 100% duck broth, topped with slices of roasted duck. The Ginza store offers other duck dishes such as Tsuke Soba (dipping noodles), and Kamoju (rice topped with slices of duck). The Singapore branch will offer the same slurp-worthy duck ramen dishes using the famed hybrid Irish duck. Opens 3 March.
Ma Cuisine was established in 1996 in Beaune, Burgundy and has now come to Singapore thanks to co-owners Anthony Charmetant and executive chef Mathieu Escoffier (of Joël Robuchon, Restaurant Daniel, and Alain Ducasse). Ma Cuisine is a wine bar first and foremost with over 600 wines (starting at $65), though there is a concise food menu of uncomplicated French classics, too. Look out for acclaimed bottles such as Meursaults Les Luchets Domaine Guy Roulot 2012 ($380), and the incredibly rare Bordeaux vintage Sauternes 1958 Château d’Yquem ($1,522), as well as classics from Italy, Spain, the USA, Germany, Australia and New Zealand.
Ma Cuisine, 38 Craig Road, Singapore 089676, Tel: (+65) 6224 1838, www.macuisinesg.com
Blue Label Pizza in Ann Siang is now open. It’s brought to us by the same great folks of Angeleno and Luke’s. So alongside their authentic wood-fired pizzas, you can order the oysters that Luke’s is famous for, as well as other dishes like a great choice of salads, fries and wings (their Spinach Artichoke Dip is a hit with Americans in the know). Pizzas stray away from the boring usuals with combinations like Umami bomb ($29) of meaty shiitake mushrooms, spinach, lemon, anchovy and goats cheese with a cornmeal crust and for meaty-lovers, The Travis Supreme ($31) of ground chuck, special sauce and cheddar-bacon melt with a sesame crust. There’s even a “guest Pizza”, currently by Andrew Walsh of Cure (one of our fave restaurants in town). This pizza rocks patatas bravas, padrón peppers, and jamón ibérico. There will be 70s and 80s rock music playing in the background – if you are hot for it you can link to their playlist through their website!
Blue Label Pizza, 28 Ann Siang Road, #B1-01, Singapore 069708,
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