In this month's edition of Hot New Tables: Braci, VLV Restaurant, PYXIEMOSS and Saigon Alley
We hope you’re as hungry (and adventurous) as ever you ardent foodies, ’cos it’s that time of the month again! From back-to-basics French fare and rustic Italian, to ‘chi chi’ Cantonese cuisine and quirky modern European cuisine – here’s your guide to October’s hot new tables!
Clarke Quay is more than just an enclave of party destinations; it’s a haven for food too! Joining the already vibrant dining scene is VLV Restaurant – this classy, modern establishment boasts over 60 Chinese delicacies with a focus on modern Cantonese flavours. With its kitchen helmed by Executive Chef Martin Foo, this Chinese restaurant is perfect for both large families and romantic dates. The restaurant’s signature dishes include live seafood, as well as poached abalone with homemade tofu. And as a bonus, once you’ve sorted dinner out, slip on your dancing shoes and head to the VLV club lounge and party the night away.
VLV Restaurant, 3A Merchant’s Court, River Valley Road, #01-02, Singapore 179020. p. 6661 0197. Open daily 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm.
Now here’s a brand new Italian resto and rooftop bar under the ilLido Group – the gourmands responsible for Aura and Osteria Art, just to name a few. The “casual-luxe” 16-seater restaurant features an open kitchen and serves up progressive Italian nosh like pork cheek with candied celeriac and blueberry sauce, and seabass with eggplant parmigiana and saffron sauce. After dinner, retire to the rooftop bar and take in the cool breeze with cocktails like the Tiramisu – a velvety smooth orange-and-vanilla-infused-vodka with coffee, chocolate and hazelnut bitters. Sounds like fuel for the long night ahead!
Braci, 52 Boat Quay, #05-01/#06-01, Singapore 049841. p. 6866 1933. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-12am. Closed on Sun.
Watch out folks: there’s a new contender in the Vietnamese scene! Saigon Alley joins the ranks of other Viet restos with its introduction by the Hidden Door Concepts, the brains behind restaurants such as Angie’s Oyster Bar and Sears Steakhouse. Dine at this cosy joint as they serve up authentic fare of banh mi, pho, and Vietnamese spring rolls, as well as a number of Viet-inspired cocktails that will transport you back to the streets of Ho Chi Minh. Check out our full review.
Saigon Alley, 273 Thomson Rd, #01-06 Novena Gardens, Singapore 307644, p. 6256 0261.
Tsuta Ramen Singapore
All the Michelin hype has died down, you say? Not just yet. Just like how the Michelin Guide made history in Singapore with the reveal of the world’s first Michelin-starred hawker stalls, it also awarded the chef-coveted accolade to Tsuta in Tokyo – the first Japanese ramen eatery to join the ranks among the best restaurants in the world. So why does any of this matter? Because come October, this ramen champion (one of their recipes includes black truffle sauce!) will be setting up shop in Singapore, proof that the ramen craze here is far from a fluke. Here’s what you can expect from Tsuta Ramen Singapore.
Tsuta Ramen Singapore, #01-01/02/03 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, Singapore 228210.
Are you a courageous foodie with a taste for the cutting-edge? Leave your preconceptions at the door and step into this industrial-chic restaurant bar to sample Chef Tim Ross-Watson’s unconventional creations like the Mother’s Lamb – an Indian-inspired dish of lamb hearts and neck baked in a tandoor oven. Also on the menu are lighter cold starters like the Coffee Lox, that showcases Norwegian salmon cured using ground coffee and paired with cucumber and chervil.
PYXIEMOSS, 43 North Canal Road, Singapore 059299. p. 6532 2171. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-12am. Closed on Sun.
Bavarian food is a little hard to come by in Singapore, but the opening of Brez’n will make your pretzel and pork knuckle cravings a little easier to fix. Not to mention, this restaurant recently made the news by being the first in Singapore to specialise in meaty pretzel sandwiches. Of course, you’ll find other Bavarian staples like pork knuckles and sausages – just in time for Oktoberfest this month! And if these pretzels are makin’ you thirsty, you’ll also have seven beers on tap to choose from including the legendary Fürstenberg – first brewed all the way back in 1283!
Brez’n, 491 River Valley Road, Valley Point, #01-21/22/23, Singapore 248371. p. 6235 1613.
Ô Boeuf à 6 Pattes
French for six-legged cow, Ô Boeuf à 6 Pattes takes French cuisine back to basics and puts a focus on six beef dishes – including steak, tartare and burgers. While dishes like braised beef cheek and cote de boeuf are undoubtedly the stars, you’ll also get to pick from mains like duck leg confit and roast chicken. The bistro, helmed by Francois Mermilliod of Bar-A-Thym on Gemmill Lane, is bound to be a hit with West-siders looking for a cosy dining experience.
Ô Boeuf à 6 Pattes, The Club House Block 8 Jalan Lempeng #02-02, Park West Clementi, Singapore 128796. Open Wed-Fri 12pm-2.30pm 6pm-9.30pm, Sat-Sun 9.30am-9.30pm.
SPRMRKT Kitchen + Bar
The original SPRMRKT at McCallum Street brought together food, retail, and art together under one concept, and building on that is its latest venture: SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar. This new concept offers a more all-rounded dining experience that showcases drool-worthy menu offerings like Spanish octopus and a miso haddock risotto.
SPRMRKT Kitchen + Bar, 41 Robertson Quay, #02-01, Singapore 238236. Open weekdays 11.30am-3pm 6pm-10pm, Sat 9am-4pm 6pm-10pm. Closed on Sun.