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Singapore’s Best New Restaurants and Cafés in 2020

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Always on the lookout for the best new restaurants in Singapore? Us too! We are always on the hunt for somewhere new to eat – here are some of the recent restaurant openings in 2020.

What a year 2020 has been! We couldn’t go out for ages during Circuit Breaker (so we baked a lot of bread) and cooked at home and got food deliveries. But when we could go out, we went to town on all the new restaurants and cafes that opened! Here are some notable new restaurant openings to add to your list…

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Miznon: Israeli restaurant by MasterChef Israel Judge

Fans of Israeli cuisine get excited because Miznon, a highly-acclaimed contemporary casual eatery from Tel Aviv, Israel has just arrived in Singapore! Renowned Israeli Chef Eyal Shani (judge on MasterChef Israel ) is behind Miznon, best known for its inventive take on Israeli street food. Pitas are the star of the show – flown in from Israel these fluffy chewy pitas are unlike anything you’ve ever had before and will soak up all the tahini sauce wonderfully. There are various stuffings from Ratatouille with hardboiled egg and veggies ($17) to Minute Steak pita ($19) as well as the famous Baby Cauliflower Flower ($16), Batata which is a sweet potato served with a dip and Runover Potato ($11). There’s loud tunes and a fun buzzy atmosphere. You’ll need a reservation.
Miznon, 01-01, 6 Stanley Street, Singapore,

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Catfish: Upmarket Seafood by Chef Andrew Walsh

Catfish is the latest restaurant by Chef Andrew Walsh (the Irish chef behind Cure and Butcher’s Boy). Contemporary Fish Grill & Raw Bar, Catfish serves Asian fusion dishes from hearty Fish & Chips with Barramundi and Jalapeno Tartar Sauce ($32), to sophisticated snacks of CATFISH Mini Cone Selections ($28) a trio of crispy wanton skin cones filled with smoked salmon, scallop sashimi, and beef tartare. Other seafood themed posh nosh includes Sesame Prawn Toasts with Uni and Caviar ($58) and mains of Whole Sichuan BBQ Fish with Laksa (S$42). If you are there for lunch opt for the Lunch Set Menu ($45 for two courses, $55 for three courses).
Catfish, 5 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069261, +65 9069 9207,

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8ASH: Multi-concept diner

8ASH is a multi-concept diner in a newly renovated shophouse on Ann Siang Hill where Hoshi Hill, Mirai Burgers and famed vegan concept Love Handle Burgers all cosy up next to each other. Mirai Burgers is the American-Japanese burger concept with classic Japanese flavours and cooking techniques seen in burger creations like the Unagi Wagyu Burger ($15) or the Yuzu Karaage Burger ($14) of fried chicken in yuzu kyosho batter, American slaw and mature cheddar. Vegans can tuck into Love Handle Burgers made with Impossible meats like the vegan “Ramli” ($15) or the very impressive vegan fish burger using Quorn (you won’t tell the difference!). Not into burgers? Order Japanese from Hoshi Hill such as their Hokkaido scallop chilled somen ($25) with scallops, shio kombu dressing and ikura, deliciously tender Hoshi Wagyu Steak ($18) or the Salmon poke ($16.80).
8ASH, 8 Ann Siang Hill Singapore 069788,

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French Fold: Galettes and crepes

French Fold occupies a fresh, modern space on Telok Ayer (think the gorgeous vibes of Merci Marcel by the same group). Their galettes (savoury French gluten-free buckwheat pancakes) are on point. We loved their galette No.6 – warm goat cheese, tomato chutney, basil, and roasted bell pepper served warm. The other more traditional galette, their No.4  is a quintessential galette served with a chiffonade of ham, organic egg sunny side up, sautéed mushrooms, and Comté cheese. Both were very good, especially paired with a lovely organic dry cider which according to Brittany tradition is served in a ceramic bowl. For dessert try the crepes with melted Valrhona chocolate (70%) served with poached pear and homemade whipped cream.
French Fold, 204 Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068640, Tel : (+65) 6970 7626,

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Tempura Tendon Tenya: Affordable tendon

Tenya Japan’s No. 1 tendon chain has opened at Orchard Central (which by the way just might be the new Japan Town with all its affordable Japanese cafés). There are seven different tendons, the most affordable being Tenya’s signature Tenya Tendon at $8.50 which includes tempura prawn, red fish, squid, pumpkin and French beans on top of Aomori rice. On the other end of the (modest) scale is the Seafood Tendon ($12.90) of tempura prawn, anago, scallop, red fish, pumpkin and French beans. Upgrade your set to include hot or cold soba or udon noodles. Prices are kept affordable thanks to Tenya’s patented Automatic Fryer that can fry up to 1,000 pieces of tempura at a single time. It takes just two minutes to fry up the tempura with technology to automatically remove any excess crumbs to minimise oil oxidation. Kiddos will love the Miffy tableware, the sensor-navigated robot waiter called Peanut, the Stokke highchairs and Hokkaido Soft Serve at only $2 nett!
Tenya, 181 Orchard Road, #B1-01 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896, Tel: (+65) 6509 6838,

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Ginza Shinto: Sushi & Omakase at Robertson Quay

Ginza Shinto, a contemporary Japanese sushi and omakase joint opens in Robertson Quay. Expect upmarket sushi and omakase offerings at the hands of Chef Ron Newton Leo who has over 30 years of experience in fine Japanese cuisine. On the menu, nigiri, sashimi, and cooked food dishes with produce imported directly from Japan. Pictured is the stunning Negitoro Ikura Uni Don ($55) with the salmon roe topped with creamy uni atop fluffy Japanese short grain rice – one of seven Donburi bowls available amongst other dishes.
Ginza Shinto, 5 Mohamed Sultan #01-01 Singapore 239014, Tel: (+65) 8938 8355,

Menya Kanae: Ramen by day, Izakaya by night

Menya Kanae offers Hokkaido-style ramen by day like the Tokusei Sapporo Ebi Tonkotsu Ramen ($19.80), but come nightfall it transitions to an Izakaya with bar snacks like gyoza and Japanese sandwiches like the Signature Homemade Ebi Tartar Sandou with Black Tiger Prawn patty and crisp Sakura Ebi Kakiage to soak up the boozy tipples.
Menya Kanae, 275 Thomson Rd, Novena Regency #01-08, Singapore 307645, Tel: (+65) 6261 6205,

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Flipper’s Japanese Souffle Pancakes

Flipper’s, the original ‘Kiseki’ (which means ‘miracle’) pancake cult chain from Japan has arrived at Takashimaya Shopping Centre. On the menu, miraculously fluffy, pillow-soft artisanal soufflé pancakes both sweet and savoury like the Edd Benedict souffle pancake and Fresh Fruit Kiseki Pancake served with a dollop of fresh cream.
Flipper’s, 391A Orchard Rd, Singapore 238873,

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Hathaway Restaurant: New in Dempsey

Dempsey welcomes a new all-day café and restaurant Hathaway Restaurant. We have a little style crush on the warm woods and nude palette of this cute café furnished with beautiful Second Charm pieces. The brunch items stand out. Pengat Pisang French Toast topped with caramelised bananas stewed in coconut milk, with fresh berries and a fight-for-the-last-spoonful of Apom Berkuah ice cream. The Mezze Platter is an Indian take on bread and dips with sourdough naan, Baigan Bharta eggplant dip, a Tofu Makhani and Coconut Chutney. In the kitchen is Head Chef Tom (formerly of SKIRT W hotel) and his menu spans Peranakan signatures like Ah Nya’s Fish Curry, an ode to Ivan the founder’s grandmother, to more Western slanted dishes. We hear they had Pamelia Chia (author of Wet Market to Table) help plan the menu to use interesting Asian ingredients. This spot is worth checking out for your next brunch. They have high chairs for babies but no kids menu (as yet). Prices are still being confirmed – check back soon!
Hathaway Restaurant, 13 Dempsey Road #01-07 Singapore 249674,

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