Always on the lookout for the best restaurants in Singapore? Us too! We are always on the hunt for a new café or restaurant to check out – here are some of the best most recent restaurant openings from 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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Kotuwa: Sri Lankan cuisine by Chef Rishi
Fans of Chef Rishi Naleendra of Cheek Bistro and Cloudstreet can look forward to visiting his latest restaurant, which celebrates Sri Lankan cuisine with influences from South India, Malaysia, Indonesia and beyond. Kotuwa at Wanderlust Hotel serves all the Sri Lankan staples from Hoppers, crispy-edged bowl-shaped pancakes made from fermented rice flour and coconut milk, served plain ($4++) or with egg ($6++) to Kottu Roti, crisp and airy godhamba roti that is chopped and served with a choice of chicken ($22++) or baby jackfruit ($18++). Look out for black pork curry, Chicken Kottu ($22), and the Sri Lankan Crab Curry (market price) made with Sri Lankan mud crab cooked with cumin, fenugreek, coriander, cinnamon using a unique recipe passed down from Chef Rishi’s mother. The cocktail programme is super fun too and showcases creative concoctions that take inspiration from Sri Lanka’s famous railway trains.
Kotuwa, Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494, www.kotuwa.com.sg
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, www.facebook.com/miznonsg
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, www.catfish.sg
Raw Kitchen Bar: Alfresco casual restaurant
New restaurant Raw Kitchen Bar opens where Camp Kilo Charcoal Club used to be. Managed by the same team as Camp Kilo, this restaurant is an ode to the original Raw Kitchen Bar which opened its doors by Bukit Timah fire station back in 2008. Anyone remember that great spot? Now 12 years on, the Raw Kitchen Bar is back and offers some great eats in this alfresco casual space. We popped in recently and dined on the Black Mamba ($25) of prawns in black squid ink rice with kick-ass fermented chilli sambal, spicy raw Salmon Laab ($14), and bomb Brussel Sprouts with tamarind dressing and chilli (thankfully similar enough to our fave dish from Camp Kilo days). There’s lots of veggies and a few vegan items on the menu (hello Vegan Potstickers $12 and Cauliflower Tacos $16) but for the meat inclined try the Balsamic Duck Leg, or the Wagyu Flatiron. Raw Kitchen Bar is open from Thursday to Sunday.
Raw Kitchen Bar, 66 Kampong Bugis, Ground Floor Patio, Singapore 338987, Whats’App: (+65) 98363234, www.rawkitchenbar.com
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, www.instagram.com/hathaway_sg
You may know the Canopy brand from their Canopy Bishan Park outlet. This time they are bringing their all-day dining to one of our fave green parks Hort Park. Canopy Hort Park is a beaut (just check out our lead image) with wicker chairs and lots of green hanging plants in their alfresco space (which makes it great for furkids too). They are open from 8am so pop in for that coffee when you are taking the kids to explore the playgrounds or Nature Play Garden. They also do brunch, pastas, burgers, pizzas, and other mains.
Canopy HortPark, #01-01, 33 Hyderabad Road HortPark, Singapore 119578, Tel: (+65) 6556 1533, www.canopygardendining.com
Gemma Steakhouse: Steak with views
Gemma by Beppe De Vito is a new Italian steakhouse on top of the National Gallery reopening on 23 December. Wow guests with large-format bistecca Fiorentina to prime meats sourced from around the world. There’s Te Mana Lamb Rack ($78) and A5 Miyazaki Wagyu Beef Sirloin ($118) from Japan all exclusively sourced and dry-aged for Gemma Steakhouse. The view from this rooftop restaurant features sweeping panoramas of Singapore’s stunning skyline from the flyer across to MBS and the financial centre with the lush green carpet of the Padang at your feet.
Gemma Steakhouse, 1 St Andrew’s Road, #05-03, National Gallery, Singapore 178957, (+65) 87870977, www.gemmasteakhouse.sg
1-ATICO: Rooftop dining
1-ATICO is the newest rooftop bar and restaurant to open in Singapore! This spot (by the 1-GROUP peeps) is right up there 56 storeys above ION Orchard with unrivalled views across the city. There are three concepts under one roof at 1-Atico (Spanish for “Penthouse”): FIRE, FLNT and 1-Atico Ultra-Lounge (opening in 2021). FIRE is where you’ll find authentic Argentinian wood-fired Asado dining, while at FLNT, look forward to a Japanese-Peruvian sumiyaki bar experience.
1-ATICO, 2 Orchard Turn, Level 56, Singapore 238801 [email protected], www.1-atico.sg
Masaaki: New Omakase Concept
Masaaki Sakashita, previously of Ishi and Hashida Sushi, is at the helm of new omakase sushi restaurant Masaaki. Chef-owner Masaaki Sakashita infuses traditional cooking techniques with a creative flair for his omakase menus. There’s an open kitchen to watch chef fire up live crabs over the charcoal hearth or sit at the counter to get front row seats on the action. Omakase menus use premium Japanese ingredients – lunch ranges from $120++ for seven courses to $250++ for a nine-course omakase and sushi meal. Dinner menus range from $280++ to $380++.
Masaaki, B1-17, South Beach, 26 Beach Road, Singapore 189768, www.sushimasaaki.com
The Whole Kitchen Café: Gluten-free café
The two Aussie mums behind gluten-free wholefood brand The Whole Kitchen have just launched their first bricks and mortar café! The Whole Kitchen Café is a very small humble tucked off East Coast Rd with minimal seating indoors and a few tables alfresco. This is one’s on this list because there aren’t many cafes catering to gluten-free, dairy-free needs. There’s something for everyone here – keto, dairy-free, vegan or low-carb plus it’s halal-certified!. Think gluten-free sandwiches and cakes, fresh smoothies and oat milk lattes made with coffee beans from Allpressespresso. Signature dishes include the delicious housemade Peanut Butter, Cacao spread and Banana Toastie served with berries and the Mumbai sandwich made with gluten-free bread, cucumber, tomato, chaat masala and onions and served with a side of salad and a delicious tomato chutney.
The Whole Kitchen Café, 1 Ean Kiam Place entrance off 11 East Coast Rd, #01-16, Singapore 428722, www.thewholekitchen.com.sg
Menbaka Fire Ramen from Kyoto
The famed Menbaka Fire Ramen from Kyoto has opened up shop at Cathay Cineleisure. Get your cameras ready for one IG-worthy theatricially made dish! Forget wok-hei these guys (a father and son duo) literally set your ramen bowl on fire when the chef ignites the negi oil and pours it over the broth. The Shoyu Fire Ramen ($17.90), uses the same shoyu as the one in Kyoto, imported from a 220-year-old shoyu factory from Hyogo prefecture. Or go for the healthy Vegetarian Fire Ramen or deep flavoured Tonkotsu Fire Ramen. Just watch your eye brows…
Menbaka Fire Ramen, #05-03, Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695, www.facebook.com/menbakasg
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, www.8ash.sg
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, www.mercimarcelgroup.com/fold/telok-ayer-singapore
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, www.tenya.com.sg
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, www.facebook.com/ginzashintosg
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, www.facebook.com/MenyaKanae
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