Looking for new food, pop-up menu items in restaurants, or cheap discounts in Singapore? We roll out the news fresh from the kitchen, week after week
Granted, there’s tonnes to eat here in Singapore despite being an itsy bitsy dot on the map. We’re sure you can relate to the conundrum that plagues you every time you think about what you’re gonna eat today, so we started this new weekly round-up. From new dining promotions to cheap food deals, and revamped menus to the buzz on new restaurants, this is what’s cooking in Singapore this week.
Authentic Italian pizza from… Spain?
We’ve had New York-style pizza from the Philippines, so why not authentic Italian by way of Spain? O Mamma Mia Sapore Italiano has just opened its first store outside of Spain at Causeway point, and the pizzeria cuts no corners. Expect premium ingredients sourced directly from Italy like Boletus mushrooms, cheeses and Italian tomatoes. Even the pizza dough is hand-made in Italy before being shipped over!
O Mamma Mia, 1 Woodlands Square, #01-K04 Causeway Point, Singapore 738099. Open 10.30am-10.30am daily. p. 6706 2017.
Enjoy a hearty Easter Sunday feast at Plate
It’s that time of year again! Grab the family and sit down to a sumptuous Easter Sunday buffet at Carlton City Hotel’s Plate. This special buffet spread will kick off with fresh seafood on ice like half-shell scallops, snow crabs, and tiger prawns. Of course, you can expect traditional Easter Sunday fare like honey-glazed gammon ham, herb-crusted lamb leg and a hearty beef cheek red wine stew. And we know keeping the kids occupied can sometimes be a challenge, so fret not – there’ll be a host of kid-friendly activities like Easter egg painting and bunny ear handicrafts. Phew!
Plate, Carlton City Hotel, 1 Gopeng Street, Singapore 078862. p. 6632 8888. 16 March, 12pm-2.30pm. $35++ per adult. Children between seven and twelve dine at 50% off. Children six years and below dine for free.
There’s a new all-day menu at Park Bench Deli
Park Bench Deli is always a prime pick when we’re after a hearty, hangover-slaying lunch, and now we’ve got even more sarnies to choose from! The new menu, releasing 29 March, will see the addition of the Mortadella Hero ($16), the Meatballs ($17), and the vegetarian Falafel ($16). Don’t worry about your old favourites though – expect reinvented crowd-pleasers like the Cubano ($16) with a new house-made aji verde sauce, and chilli cheese taters that’ll be a hit with fans of the pork fries ($14).
Freehouse turns one and debuts a new menu
Give in to beer pressure and spend the first day of April celebrating Feehouse’s first birthday. The craft beer bar (a personal favourite of mine) will be ringing in their second year with a live DJ slinging hip-hop beats, and lots of crafty brews on tap as well. What we’re most excited for, however, is their new menu that’ll be revealed soon.
Freehouse, 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620. Open Mon-Thu & Sat 5pm-12am, Fri 3pm-12am. Closed on Sun.
Try Japanese white curry rice at Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry
Japanese white curry? Now that’s not something you see every day here. Newly opened on the Nihon Food Street of Millenia Walk, Tengawa Hokkaido White Curry is the first and only restaurant that whips up this unconventional variation in Singapore. Prepared with Hokkaido milk, the white curry here is creamier and richer than other brown sauce-based counterparts, and is still served with rice alongside other top-notch ingredients. For prices that won’t bust the bank, sets are available serving Iberico pork belly ($15.80), chicken katsu ($15.80), and ebi fry ($16.80).
Tengawa Hokkiao White Curry, #02-16 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596, p. 6265 1314. Open daily 11.30am-10pm.
Sit down to Southern-style weekday lunch sets at Bird Bird
Dude-Sin pioneer Bjorn Shen has swapped out Bird Bird’s Thai fried chicken concept in favour of Southern style fried chicken and waffles. Pop by Bird Bird’s new digs on Frankel Avenue (casual attire welcome of course), and tuck into Bird Bird’s signature buttermilk fried chicken & cornbread waffles. In the mood for a cheat lunch? Drop in on weekdays from 11.30am to 2.30pm and sit down to its fried chicken lunch set ($19++) inclusive of a quarter buttermilk fried chicken (original or spicy), choice of two sides, a scoop of ice cream and a choice of drink.
Bird Bird, 97 Frankel Avenue, Singapore 458222. p. 6694 8270. Open Wed-Sun 11.30am-3.30pm 6pm-10pm. Closed Mon-Tue.
25 Degrees Burgers & Liquor Bar Makes Singapore Debut
Know the precise temperature difference between a raw and well-done burger patty? The answer is in the name of this new Los Angeles import that promises authentic American-style burgers done just right. Pop by for their weekday lunch deal (11am-3pm) and enjoy your choice of signature burgers along with fries and a half pint of beer or soft drink. Psst, we hear these guys are a hit with Hollywood A-listers!
25 Degrees Burgers and Liquor Bar, 200 Middle Road, Singapore 188980. p. 6809 7990. Open Mon-Thu 11am-11pm, Fri-Sat 11am-1am. Closed on Sun.
There’s now a secret bar at Full of Luck Club
Nothing brings out the hipster in us like sussing out new hidden away bars. The newest of which, Lucky Bar, has just opened on the rooftop of Full of Luck Club. Like the main restaurant, the bar will serve authentic Cantonese cuisine along with cocktails that blend Eastern and Western flavours. The bar is only accessible from a secluded alleyway behind Full of Luck Club. Oh, and we just love it’s whole Wong Kar Wai-esque feel.
Lucky Bar, 243 Holland Avenue (Entrance behind Full of Luck Club via the back alley), Singapore 278977. p. 6208 6845. Open Fri-Sat 6pm-1am. Closed on Mon.
Grab a healthy, hearty lunch at Crackerjack
Want a healthy lunch bite that’s a little more exciting than a salad? Enter Crackerjack – this new concept aims to be your ‘third place’ away from home and work. In addition to serving up cocktails at irresponsible hours, Crackerjack offers hearty lunch options that won’t leave you feeling guilty. Some of our favourite ‘lunch plates’ (a balanced meal that comes served with a fresh baked cookie) include the chermoula chicken with Moroccan millet “couscous” and the vegetarian lentil mushroom scotch egg.
Crackerjack, 43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464.
Try an ondeh ondeh latte at Mellower Coffee
By now, you’ve probably had multiple renditions of ondeh ondeh (a kind of Malay kueh), including cakes, waffles and ice cream. But ondeh ondeh latte? Now that’s something we haven’t tried. Shanghai-based Mellower Coffee is the purveyor of this newfangled cuppa, which combines the sweetness of coconut and gula melaka (palm sugar) with the punchy, bitter taste of espresso. Also on the menu is an Instagrammer’s dream: Sweet Little Rain, a cotton candy cloud suspended above a steaming cup of Americano. As it melts, little sugar droplets fall into the coffee, lightly sweetening your drink (and probably your day too).
Mellower Coffee, #01-01 The Prospex, 108 Middle Road, Singapore 188967.
Lime launches Tiers of Joy afternoon tea menu
Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering revamps its afternoon tea buffet with a brand new menu showcasing local flavours and sweet delicacies. Available from 3pm to 6pm daily, guests can enjoy Lime’s new menu items like the snow crab and green apple open-faced sandwich and ayam percik shepherd’s pie, as well as sweet treats like the chocolate pudding with guanaja chantilly.
Lime, PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering St, Singapore 058289. p. 6809 8899.
Nosh on authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak at River Valley Road
While we do love the luxury of an impeccably presented fine dining experience, there are times when we just want to tuck into a messy plate of buffalo wings. Enter Philly Shack – an American-style fast food joint that promises authentic American diner classics and comfort food. The signature dish is the authentic Philadelphia cheesesteak, made with strips of ribeye, grilled onions and melted cheese in a pillowy bread roll. If you’d rather, tuck into a messy plate of fiery buffalo wings with house-made habanero sauce or the hearty Philly Shack Burger.
Philly Shack, 3A River Valley Road, Singapore 179020.
Chef Keisuke Takeda opens 15th restaurant at Tanjong Pagar
Chef Keisuke Takeda is set to delight Japanese food fans yet again with his 15th new concept, Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei in the hip ‘hood of Tanjong Pagar. With plans to open March 2017, this restaurant will mainly focus on Japanese-style hamburger steaks that are served sizzling up a storm on a hotplate. The best part? You can pair the steak with eggs (sunny side up? poached? You can choose how you want them done) and a sprawling salad bar with more than 20 items.
Teppanyaki Hamburg Nihonbashi Keisuke Bettei, 72 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079329.
Singapore’s first ever Weekend Jazz Brunch is here
Care for a scrumptious brunch with a side of smooth jazz music? Montreux Jazz Café have recently introduced an all-new Weekend Jazz Brunch menu which means cool cats can now enjoy live jazz performances from some of the best in Singapore while they kick back with free-flow champers and tuck into a hearty brunch spread. Diners can also expect a sprawling menu which consists of brunch staples like eggs benedict and the BB King Cheeseburger.
Montreux Jazz Café, #01-02, 10 Claymore Road, Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore 229540.
A Meat Smith pop-up is happening at Cocotte
The carnivorous folks from Meat Smith are bringing their BBQ expertise to what was the quaint French restaurant Cocotte at Wanderlust Hotel to a smokin’ new pop-up. As a way to embrace their (temporary) Little India home, the pop-up boasts a menu with distinct Indian and Southern American influences, featuring all-new items for breakfast, ala-carte and drinks. Some standouts from the menu include Indian Nachos that swap tortilla chips for papadums and the unorthodox but brilliant Biryani old-fashioned cocktail.
Meat Smith @ Cocotte, 2 Dickson Road, Wanderlust Hotel, Singapore 209494.
Maggie Joan’s kitchen is having a Turkish takeover
For their 2017 edition of Kitchen Takeover, Maggie Joan’s is embracing traditional Turkish cuisine by welcoming chef-owner of the renowned Neolokal restaurant, Maksut Aşkar. He will be bringing a modern spin on Neolokal classics and incorporating under-utilised ingredients to his dishes like slow-cooked Üveyik – an ancient Turkish wheat that’s been cooked with leeks and onions.
Maggie Joan’s Dining & Bar, #01-01, 110 Amoy Street, Singapore 068579. p. 6221 5564. The Kitchen Takeover will be held from 24 – 25 February for dinner only at $95 per person.
Singapore’s ‘Gotham City’ building will welcome a new bar
With a facade that won’t feel misplaced in a city like Gotham, Park View Square adds a much-needed dose of Art Deco chutzpah amidst gleaming skyscrapers. And next month, it’ll be home to a ritzy, new all-day drinking and dining concept, ATLAS. With its lush, glamorous design and an ultra-exclusive and lust-worthy gin and Champagne collection, this waterhole looks to be our new boozy escape from the city.
ATLAS, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road. Open Mon – Thurs, 8am-1am, Fri 8am-2am, Sat 12pm-2am.
Potato Head Folk’s Three Buns adds rice bowls to its menu
For folks who love rice with everything, here’s a new reason (or three) to hit up Three Buns at Potato Head Folk. From 21 February, the laid-back burger joint will be serving hearty rice bowls topped with miso-glazed pork belly, aged UK beef patty or fried buttermilk chicken. The best part? These bowls are available for delivery from 11am to midnight daily – just the thing for those late night munchies.
Seafood Towers are now a thing on Amoy Street
Bringing Korea’s latest food trend to Singapore is K-Tower, a place that lets you get your seafood fix in the CBD without breaking the bank. The restaurant, helmed by Chef Sky, will offer three-, five-, seven-, and nine-tier seafood towers utilising seafood fresh from the tank. Diners can expect a bountiful selection of fresh seafood like Boston lobster, Sri Lankan crabs, Australian abalone, white clams, black mussels, prawns, Canadian oysters, and more. A three-tiered seafood tower, which serves two to three diners, goes for the pocket-friendly price of $58.
K Tower, 74 Amoy Street, Singapore 069893. p. 6221 9928. Open daily 11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm.
Don Meijin unveils spicy chilli crab tendon
If you can’t turn down a good tempura dish, then keep your peepers peeled for a shiny new donburi concept at ultimate ramen hub, Ramen Champion. One standout dish on the menu is the spicy chilli crab tendon – irresistable, battered pieces of seafood, vegetables and meats are topped with a homemade spicy chilli crab sauce! Other than the tendon offerings, Don Meijin also offers several donburi options such as mille feuille katsu-don, soft shell crab don and unagi katsu-don.
Ramen Champion, #04-10 Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street, Singapore 188067.
Morsels opens its doors at Dempsey Hill
Morsels’ chef-owner and fusion maestro, Petrina Loh, has opened up an all-new residence atop foodie haven, Dempsey Hill. Now in its fifth year running, Morsels has made a huge splash with its boundary-defying dishes. But at its roomier Dempsey digs, Morsels seats 40 diners and rolls out exciting new dishes like kasu-cured hiramasa kingfish ($22) with rhubarb aioli, pickled grapes, pistachio praline and ikura; and grilled white Sri Lankan tiger prawns ($24).
Iggy’s welcomes new Head Chef Aitor Orive
With the baton passed on to acclaimed Head Chef Aitor Orive, Hilton Hotel’s Iggy’s – one of the most prolific restaurants in Singapore – has proven yet again to be a restaurant to watch. Utilising the freshest and most seasonal Japanese ingredients coupled with signature bold European flavours, Chef Aitor is shaking up the menu with offerings like Ebi Two Ways, Vegetable Garden and his specialty, the Bomba Mellow Rice.
Iggy’s, Level 3 Hilton, 581 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238883.
Bingsu fans have a new reason to flock to Plaza Singapura
Bingsu fans, listen up. Patbingsoo has just opened its doors at Plaza Singapura, but spoiler alert: bingsoo isn’t the only scrumptious Korean import on menu. If you’re in the mood for something savoury instead, this laid-back resto also serves sinful Korean street food like rolling cheese pork ribs that will get your taste buds tingling. But be sure to look out for their pièce de résistance, the Sinsa Patbingsoo – vanilla ice cream and nata de coco encased within an expertly carved rock melon.
Patbingsoo Korean Dining House, #B2-47, 68 Orchard Road, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839.
The folks behind 28 Hong Kong Street open Crackerjack
It’s no surprise that the foodie-friendly Tanjong Pagar area has welcomed yet a new exciting restaurant to join its ranks, and it’s by the same peeps behind the ultra-discreet 28 Hong Kong Street! Offering breakfast, lunch and dinner, this bar-restaurant will be serving quality tipples, and has even enlisted a local coffee roaster for a unique blend that will knock your socks off. Key dishes include Bourbon-style Mash-Bill Grits, lentil mushroom Scotch egg, and three cheese barley risotto.
Crackerjack, 43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464. p. +65 8121 1462.
Creamier teams up with a mod-Sin mastermind
Our minds just can’t wrap itself around this mish-mash of flavours in the fifth (and last) instalment of the Creamier Collaborates series! Marrying the salty notes of soya sauce and sweetness of chocolate, Chef Willin Low from Wild Rocket is bringing his signature mod-Sin touch to new (sugary) heights with the Chocolate Tau Yew Tempeh Crunch ice-cream, with added tempeh for extra crunch.
The Garage opens in Singapore Botanic Gardens
History meets style in this brand new multi-concept dining establishment nestled away in the lush greenery of Botanic Gardens. Its two offerings – Botanico and Bee’s Knees – offer guests distinct experiences. The former, a bistro, offers contemporary dishes from a “seasonality-driven menu” put together by Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo. The Bee’s Knees fashions itself as the ideal place for families to kick back (pets are welcome too!). Of course, you’ll find brunch staples like eggs and waffles, along with house-made cereals, cakes and more substantial dishes like pizza and pasta.
The Garage, 50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488.
Try three new rice bowl flavours at DoSiRak
While poke bowls have become a firm favourite lunch option for CBD slickers, that’s not the only healthy rice bowl option you have. Bibimbap chain, DoSiRak, is another nourishing alternative with mix-and-match ingredients you can customise for your Korean-inspired bowl. And shaking up your lunch routine are DoSiRak’s additions to its protein options – octopus, kal bi, and ginseng kitchen.
DoSiRak, 18 Cross Street, Singapore 048423. p. 6536 6034. Open weekdays 11.30am-6pm, Sat 11.30am-3.30pm. Closed on Sunday.
Brace yourselves for Ding Dong’s rolling lunches
Variety is the spice of life they say, and if like your lunches with a little bit of surprise, pop by Ding Dong for their new rolling set lunches featuring quirky mod-Asian dishes. The lunch menu will be refreshed every two months, with only the most popular items remaining. Check out our Ding Dong review to get a glimpse of what you’re in for. Not to mention, the two-course lunch menu only goes for $28++ per person.
Ding Dong, #01-02, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935, p. 6557 0189. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-3pm, 6pm-12am, and Sat 6pm-12am, closed Sun.
There’s a new foodie paradise at The Esplanade
Need to unwind after an intense theatre production? Then head to the newly refurbished Esplanade Annexe, that has a slew of new dining options for visitors to explore and eat in. You’ll find everything from hearty comfort food and craft beer at Alter Ego, to local favourites like Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle. Joining the lineup of dining options are Noosh Halal Noodle Bar & Grill, Supply & Demand and Suzette.
The Esplanade, 1 Esplanade Drive, Singapore 038981.
There’s a new Japanese resto specialising in tuna donburi
Singapore’s abundance of acclaimed sushi temples and ramen joints are testament to our love for Japanese nosh, but if it’s tuna donburi you’re particularly fond of, we have news for you. Kuro Maguro (which translates to bluefin tuna) is an exciting new donburi-focused dining concept that offers diners 18 donburi dishes, utilising air-flown ingredients directly from Japan. On the menu are classics like the Otoro Meshi with delightfully fat-marbled tuna belly, as well as Salmon Oyako Meshi with salmon chunks and juicy roe.
Kuro Maguro, 7 Wallich Street #01-04 Singapore 078884.
There’s a new Poké joint surfin’ into town
The poké trend doesn’t seem to be dying down in Singapore! Entering the fray in December is Asia’s first poké chain, Pololi. The Hong Kong brand will offer diners enough raw seafood and Polynesian and Asian sauces for over 20 poké variations. Not to mention, its convenient location right in the CBD makes it a breeze to grab a takeaway-friendly lunch bite that won’t leave you feeling guilty.
Pololi, 51 Telok Ayer Street, #01-06A China Square Food Centre.