In this month's edition of Hot New Tables: FOC Sentosa, Phat Cat Laundry, Upper Place, Red Tail Bar and more
The year might well be coming to a close, but there’s still lots to look out for in Singapore’s culinary scene! We’re talking pre-party bites, romantic rooftop dining experiences, healthy CBD lunches and more. Here’s our pick of the hottest new restaurant openings for November.
Need a lunch spot for a pow-wow with clients? Or maybe you’ve got a dinner date with a special someone in mind. Sit down to a spectacular view and exquisite Asian-inspired, modern European dishes at Upper Place on Wangz Hotel. Start off with small plates like theLobster kueh pie tee with tomato chipotles, coriander and mango espuma, before moving on to mains like the reconstructed laksa risotto. This exciting fusion dish showcases scallop, lobster and shrimp in a laksa-inspired risotto with coconut foam and sambal. But don’t neglect the sweet tooth in you; treat yourself to Upper Place’s carrot cake that distinguishes itself with cinnamon sorbet, carrot tuile and dried radish.
Upper Place, 231 Outram Road, Wangz Hotel, Singapore 169040. p. 6595 1388. Open 7am-9.30pm daily.
Red Tail Bar
Zouk Singapore’s all-new restaurant bar concept is set to liven up Clarke Quay’s already vibrant foodie scene. Red Tail aims to be “The Drama Before The Party” with its selection of modern Asian sharing plates that’ll fuel you up for a night of partying in Singapore’s favourite nightlife district. Here, you’ll get to tuck into Head Chef Chan Kar Meng’s Asian-inspired dishes like Scotch century egg, seabass nori taco and even a yun cheong (Chinese sausage) thin crust pizza. Of course, this being a wild Zouk venture and all, you can expect to quench your thirst with quirky cocktails inspired by nightlife regions across the globe.
Red Tail Bar, 3C River Valley Road, Singapore 179022. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-2am, Sun 6pm-12am.
Hot on the heels of the popular Ninja Bowl is sister outlet Ninja Cut on Seah Street. The menu features hearty, meaty lunch and brunch offerings like roast ribeye, crackling pork belly, fillet of cod, tuna and even a whole squid. Pick signature dishes like the Gimme Chimi Chicken ($14), Squid Fix ($18) or the What’s Your Beef? ($18). You’ll also If you’re a fan of the Ninja Bowl concept but prefer more meat-forward options with bold tastes, here’s your new CBD lunch spot!
Ninja Cut, 32 Seah Street, Singapore 188388. p. 6264 7727. Open weekdays 9.30am-7.30pm, weekends 9am-6pm.
Spice up your weekend, Spanish-style, with a trip to FOC’s brand new outlet at Sentosa. Some of us might already be savvy with its sister resto on Hong Kong Street, but this new seaside branch takes inspiration from Barcelona’s beach culture, and will feature a pool deck, beach bar, breezy alfresco lounge chairs and a resplendent view of the Dolphin Lagoon. Diners can expect chef Nandu Jubany’s novel dishes like chicken wing sandwiches, cod fish & spinach caldoso rice as well as sharing dishes like the Mediterranean Turbot.
FOC Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Singapore 098943. p. 6100 1102.
The Disgruntled Brasserie
Yet another sister outlet, this time to The Disgruntled Chef, the brand new Disgruntled Brasserie at The Club Hotel is set to tantalise with its French bistro offerings. Sample small plates like chicken & duck liver parfait and an Asian-inspired spicy prawn bisque, or indulge in large plates like the foie gras beef burger, roasted spring chicken, or the decadent, creamy lobster thermidor that certainly won’t make you disgruntled one bit.
The Disgruntled Brasserie, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708. p. 6808 2184. Open 7am-11pm daily.
Phat Cat Laundry
This new bar in the Keong Saik area packs quite a sense of humour – walls lined with laundry detergent boxes and kitschy propaganda posters as ornaments, cocktails inspired by cheesy Mando-pop songs, a philosophy that parodies the notoriety of American Chinese takeout (ick). But unlike its mediocre American counterparts, the food here actually sounds mighty tempting – Brontosaurus char siu beef rib, and mushroom and bone marrow fried rice, anyone? Or, if you’re just after a quick bite before pub hopping, fuel up with light bites like the ‘messy’ sweet potato fries.
Phat Cat Laundry, 4 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089261. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-late.