In this month's edition of Hot New Tables: Le Binchotan, Baba Chew’s Bar & Eatery, Maziga, and more
It’s that time of the month when we get you hungry (don’t we always?) by shining the spotlight on some new restaurants in Singapore! Looking to loosen your tie and let your hair down with a big messy plate of BBQ back ribs or a massive, meaty sarnie? Or maybe you’re after something a little more adventurous like izakaya-style dining with a French twist, or perhaps even modern Indian street food? You’ll find all that and more in this month’s edition of Hot New Tables! We hope you’re starving.
Being part-Peranakan, our Editor was naturally chuffed to hear about this Hot New Table that opened in the foodie-friendly ’hood of Katong. Housed within the former Joo Chiat Police Station, the neighbourhood 90-seater retains much of its colonial charm of the ’20s; white walls brighten up the cosy establishment, and homely, colourful motif-scattered tiles are contrasted against metal mesh sliding panels that are more contemporary than stifling. Stand-out dishes include the ayam buah keluak burger, beef short rib rendang (pictured above), barramundi goreng chilli, chilli crab cake, and kueh durian. Check out his full review of Baba Chews.
Janice Wong Singapore
Janice Wong, the pastry maestro behind Holland Village’s 2am:dessertbar, has just opened her new flagship restaurant in the National Museum of Singapore. In addition to her repertoire of delightful desserts, her Janice Wong Singapore Restaurant will be serving dim sum and noodle dishes based on her cookbook – Dim Sum: A Flour-Forward Approach To Traditional Favourites And Contemporary Creations. Needless to say, we’re excited to try her new savoury creations like corn noodles with sous vide chicken and peanut broth, and truffle cheese chicken.
Janice Wong Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, #01-06, Singapore 178897. p. 9712 5338. Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1am, Sun 11am-6pm.
Want izakaya-style dining with a little French flair? This very narrow izakaya serves as a playground for Chef Jeremmy Chiam, who blends Japanese ingredients and French culinary styles to create unique izakaya dishes that are perfect for post-work bites. And particularly, the establishment prides itself on smoked meats and seafood, done traditionally over a binchō-tan (white charcoal) grill. Expect unconventional twists on classic dishes like foie gras, as well a bar bites like tripe with champignon mushrooms. Check out our full review here.
Le Binchotan, 115 Amoy Street #01-04 (Entrance via Gemmill Lane), Singapore 069935. p. 6221 6065.
There’s a brand new Indian restaurant in town, and this one is particularly passionate about Indian street food. Maziga, situated in the heart of Clarke Quay, is perfect for party-goers who want to fuel up with light bites, and perhaps a drink or two. Executive Chef, Javed Ahmed, has put together a stunning menu with highlights like crispy soft shell crab with tandoor smoked apple salad, a crispy masala pasta, and even oddities like the Punjab-inspired naan pizza and Amritsar fish & chips.
Maziga, 3C River Valley Road, The Cannery @ Clarke Quay #01-10 and #02-03, Singapore 179022. p. 6253 7307.
This humble sandwich joint serves more than just cold cuts and cheese on bread. Hungry Bazterdz takes its sandwich wizardry to new levels, at its first outlet smack in the middle of the CBD. Take a cheat day, skip the salad, and instead, chow down on hearty lunch offerings like the gravy drenched Grand Poobah or the Mighty Cheese Steak sandwich. And take cue from its crude moniker; you’re more than welcome to get down and dirty with your hands.
Hungry Bazterdz, 11 Collyer Quay, #01-06 The Arcade, Singapore 049317. p. 6816 3213. Open weekdays 7am-5.30pm, Sat 9am-3pm. Closed on Sun.
Fancy something a little lighter for lunch? Pop by this brand new poke joint (yes, another one!) in town to get fixed up with unique poke bowls with an Asian twist. Fancy your chicken rice? Try the chicken rice chilli salmon bowl or savour Thai spices in the tangy Thai tuna bowl. Not a big eater? Opt for the mini size instead of the full size ($12.90) that goes for a pocket-friendly $7.90.
Katto, 1 Fusionopolis Place, #01-21 Galaxis Building, Singapore 138522. Open weekdays 11am-8pm, Sat 11am-2pm. Closed on Sun.
Angels N’ Cowboys
If it’s a slab of saucy barbecued ribs you’re after, make this your destination. Also newly opened along Sunset Lane, this temple of Americana offers favourites such as baby-back ribs, ribeye steaks and, for the spice fiends, buffalo wings (with three levels of spiciness).
Angels N’ Cowboys, Block 106 Sunset Way, Clementi Street 12, #01-50, Singapore 120106. p. 6252 6588.
The Catch Seafood Restaurant & Bar
Sate those seafood cravings with a trip down to The Catch, which has relocated from its old abode at Changi to the Western district of Sunset Lane. You’ll get to tuck into Chinese-style seafood dishes like the lala clams boiled with Chinese wine, mud crabs fried with black pepper sauce, braised noodle with seafood in XO sauce, and pan-fried Boston lobster. Want something a little out of the ordinary? Order the signature pig stomach soup, which involves sewing a black chicken within a pig’s stomach, much like a turducken. Vegetarians, be warned.
The Catch Seafood Restaurant & Bar, Block 106, Clementi Street 12, #01-54/56, Singapore 120106. p. 6546 2155. Open daily 12pm-2.30pm, 5pm-11pm.