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 going to eat today, so here’s your weekly round-up of what’s new in the dining scene. 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.
There’s a new brunch menu at Club Street Social
The social dining destination has just launched a brand-new weekend brunch menu that will be served from 11am to 4pm on Saturdays and Sundays. Choose from breakfast favourites like smashed avocado toast and house-made granola, or heartier options like a 200g grain-fed beef burger, or even a full Sunday roast with all the trimmings. Complement your meal with Club Street Social’s selection of reasonably priced wines starting at $11 a glass, or opt for brunch cocktails like the Sultan’s Iced Tea or the Bloody Mary with Singaporean spices and a hit of bacon-washed vodka.
Club Street Social, 5 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069261. p. 6225 5043. Open weekdays 10am-12am, Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-4pm.
Junior unveils its first agave-themed concept
The Proof Collective’s latest pocket bar concept, Junior, will prove to be a treat for those who love variety. The bar serves as a platform to showcase the collective’s mixology experiments and switches up its concept every six months. The first concept, NORMA (short for Norma Oficial Mexicana, the series of compulsory standards for Mexican spirits), aims to celebrate the craft and tradition of authentic agave spirits through tasting flights, as well as traditional and progressive cocktails. In addition, each drink will be accompanied by a “small bite” chosen to complement the spirit.
Junior, 43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464, p. 8121 1462.
Zafferano unveils its Summer menu
Zafferano’s Summer menu is a showcase of seasonal summer fruits, vegetables, and the freshest bounties of the Mediterranean Sea. The new menu will feature summer ingredients in dishes like the mazara raw red prawn ceviche, squid ink risotto, and even a house-made ‘pizza’ adorned with truffle sauce and toppings of white asparagus, speck, and grated ricotta cheese.
Zafferano, 10 Collyer Quay, Level 43, Ocean Financial Centre, Singapore 049315. p. 6509 1488.
Butcher Boy opens in Keong Saik
Keong Saik is abuzz with new restaurant openings and the latest will be a treat for meat-lovers. Butcher Boy, an Asian-inspired bar and grill, is the newest venture by Chef-Owner Andrew Walsh of Cure, and will present to diners grilled meats, cocktails, buns, sharing plates, and a selection of decadent sundaes.
Butcher Boy, 31 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089138. Open Mon-Thu 5.30pm-12am, Fri-Sun 12-3pm and 5.30pm-12am.
Salted & Hung hosts a Westholme Wagyu dinner
Adventurous eaters on a quest for a feast out of the ordinary can look forward to Salted & Hung’s Westholm Wagyu Dinner. True to Executive Chef Drew Nocente’s ‘nose-to-tail’ philosophy, the six-course dinner will utilise all parts of the animal – from cheek and tongue to tail and trimmings. The dinner will feature the chef’s signature house-cured bresaola charcuterie, the Tongue ‘N’ Cheek, and cold smoked short rib with pickled cabbage, bone marrow butter, and nori salt.
Salted & Hung, 12 Purvis Street, Singapore 188591. p. 6358 3130. 30 August, 7pm. $118++ per person inclusive of welcome drink. Book before 16 August 2017 to enjoy 10% off.
The Lime Truck rolls into Singapore
Food trucks might have been slow to roll into the Singapore food scene, but here’s some news that should rev up your appetite. One of California’s most talked about food trucks will have a permanent ‘parking spot’ at Suntec City’s PasarBella. Called The Lime Truck, the roving Mexican-inspired food truck has left tracks in the global food scene after winning The Great Food Truck Race TV show in 2011. Aside from serving elevated Mexican food like beef short rib quesadillas, carnitas fries, and pulled pork tacos, The Lime Truck also whips up healthy food such as cauliflower ceviches and ahi tuna tostadas.
The Lime Truck, PasarBella@Suntec City, 455-456/459-461, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983.
Enjoy a one-day-only happy hour at this pop-up at the National Museum
Happy hour at the National Museum? We’re not kidding – Nutmeg & Clove will host an exclusive pop-up bar in the National Museum on National Day (9 August) between 1pm and 8pm. The team has created four different cocktails inspired by the museum’s William Farquhar Collection of Natural History Drawings that will cost $11 each. One of the four, the Joachim & Chrissy cocktail, is an exclusive National Day cocktail and will only be available on the day itself.
Nutmeg & Clove pop-up, National Museum, 93 Stamford Road, Singapore 178897.
Ramen Champion opens a new full-service restaurant at The Central
Ramen Champion has just launched a new full-service restaurant at The Central in Clarke Quay and they’ve got quite a few surprises on the menu. New dishes include the special tonkotsu pink ramen that owes its eye-catching pink hue to a beetroot-infused broth. In addition to ramen dishes, the restaurant also features Japanese cuisine mainstays like the fisherman don bowl with air-flown sashimi cubes as well as crispy mentai gyoza.
Ramen Champion, #03-89 Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817. p. 6221 2156.
Indulge in outstanding craft brews at Beerfest Asia
For the first time, Beerfest Asia will be held at Marina Bay Cruise Centre, an air-conditioned space that will keep you cool while you sample over 500 beers and ciders. Also represented are homebrewed heroes like Singapore’s Archipelago Brewery, The 1925 Brewing Co., Brewlander & Co and more. You can also learn how to make your own DIY brew with Beerfest Asia’s daily beer workshops.
Beerfest Asia 2017; 17-20 August; 6pm-1am (17th), 6pm-2am (18th), 3pm-2am (19th), 2pm-10pm (20th); Marina Bay Cruise Centre, 61 Marina Coastal Drive, Singapore 018947. Tickets from $15 onwards (incl. one welcome beer) through this website.
Ding Dong launches new Ladies & Lads Nights Deals
Ding Dong amps up its Ladies Night routine with a stellar deal. From 6pm to 11pm on Wednesdays, ladies will enjoy 1-for-1 pink prosecco for just $18++. The guys aren’t left out either – grab your crew and head down on Thursdays between 7pm and 11pm for ‘Lad Night’ where you’ll enjoy 2-for-2 Suntory beers with any order of crispy pork trotters with spiced vinegar.
Ding Dong, 115 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935. p. 6557 0189.
SPRMRKT’s new menu features Asian-inspired burgers and more
Need a reason to revisit SPRMRKT at McCallum street? The hip multi-concept establishment has put together a new menu featuring two burgers with an Asian twist. Tuck into Chef Joseph’s herb-crusted fish burger topped with fried fish skin or the kicap manis chicken burger – the latter a creation inspired by the chef’s love for Indo Mee. Other highlights include the SPRGRN (Super Grain) salad, Angus beef lasagne, and the bacon flammenküche (a savoury South German tart).
SPRMRKT, 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043. p. 6221 2105. Open weekdays 8am-9.30pm, weekends 9am-5pm.
A super healthy Japanese fermented rice drink is here
Health junkies, skip your usual juice cleanses and smoothie bowls and give this Japanese fermented rice drink a shot. Brought to Singapore for the first time by Amamoto Café, Amazake is touted to have a myriad of health benefits such as promoting digestion and warding off fatigue. Sip on the naturally sweet Original ($4.80), or opt for the spruced-up versions like Matcha ($5) and Cold-Pressed Fruit Drinks with Amazake and unsweetened soy milk ($5.80). If you’re feeling peckish, try the savoury Salad & Quinoa with Chicken marinated with Amazake ($9.80).
Amamoto Café, #B1-39, One Raffles Place, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616, p. 9633 6536.
PS Cafe comes to Fullerton
Adding to PS. Cafe’s lineup of outlets is its new location in One Fullerton, opening in mid August. Spanning 5000 square feet, it’ll feature panoramic views of the Marina, as well as multiple spaces like an open air terrace and bar. Expect the design to be kept in PS. Cafe’s signature style – think sleek interiors and plenty of fresh florals or greenery. We’re certain it’ll be our new brunch hangout, but we’re just as excited to pop in for a luxe lunch or a post-work cocktail.
PS. Cafe One Fullerton will open in mid August at Fullerton Road, #02-03B/04 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213.
BUONO TRATTORIA opens at Vivocity
With over two decades of experience in Spanish, Mexican, American, and Italian cuisine under his belt, Chef Aloysius Lim is more than ready to take the helm of BUONO TRATTORIA at Vivocity. This new, unpretentious Italian restaurant serves up affordable and authentic hand-made pizza and pasta. Must-tries include the creamy shrimp and bacon risotto ($15++), the signature baked porcini mushroom ravioli ($12++), and the classic margherita pizza.
BUONO TRATTORIA, #B2-27 & 27A, Vivocity, 1 HarbourfrontWalk, Singapore 098585. p. 6358 2582. Open daily 11am-10pm.
Get ‘Hazed & Confused’ at Freehouse
There’s nothing to fear from a little ‘haze’ in your beer – in fact, you’ll find that cloudy, unfiltered beers are absolutely bursting with juicy hop flavours. Party-loving purveyor of top-notch brews, Freehouse, will be serving up a selection of unfiltered beers like Wylam Brewery’s fruity Into The Mystic, the Siren X Hawkshead Thresher collab, and the homegrown Brewlander Peace. Great beer goes best with great food (and company, of course) so make sure to order a couple of Freehouse’s new menu items like the ayam berempah wings (Malay fried chicken), spiced Brussels sprouts, and the Bombay burger with piccalilli.
A triple-threat collaboration
The third instalment of Moosehead’s Supper Series features a one-night-only collaboration between the Telok Ayer restaurant and the famous Gina’s Vadai. With a little help from Moosehead’s Inka charcoal oven, this iteration of Moosehead’s Supper Series sees Gina’s Vadai’s take on distinctly smoky flavours with a Mediterranean twist. Supper ends on a sweet note with jumbut jumbut for dessert while Vijay Mudaliar of NATIVE bar mixes up a selection of cocktails inspired by Indian beverages like chai and lassi.
Moosehead, 110 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068579. p. 6636 8055. Available 28 July from 10pm onwards.
A Midnight Supper at ADRIFT
Hawker centre food isn’t your only option for a late-night bite. ADRIFT’s all-new late-night menu will be available ’til the wee hour of 2am. On the menu, you’ll find ADRIFT favourites like the tempura crab & avocado maki roll, Iberico pork chop with umeboshi glaze, and the classic ADRIFT wagyu burger with fries. And if the mood strikes, treat yourself to a nightcap with ADRIFT’s cocktail classic, the Penicillin.
ADRIFT, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Hotel Lobby Tower 2, Singapore 018956. p. 6688 5657. Open daily 7am-4am.
Kotobuki’s buta bakuden ramen explodes onto the scene
Making an explosive entrance to Singapore’s vibrant ramen scene is Kotobuki’s buta bakudan ramen. Available until July 21, the massive bowl of ramen features a rich pork bone broth (which takes up to five hours to prepare) and is piled high with either pork ($18) or beef ($22), and topped with a huge sparkler – a nod to Japan’s summer fireworks festival. Truly a dinner for your Instagram feed.
Kotobuki Restaurant, #07-04, 15 Enggor Street, Singapore 079716. p. 6224 2750.
CHIKIN opens on Bukit Pasoh Lane
You can’t go wrong with creative cocktails and Japanese bar bites, can you? This brand new yakitori joint on Bukit Pasoh lane serves up a bevy of chicken-centric yakitori skewers and other classic Japanese yakitori dishes like karaage (with a cool yuzu mayo dip). The classic chicken skewers (thigh, tail, and more) come served with a variety of dips, including a mild soy dip and a spicy mala one as well. The bar’s signature cocktails include novel infusions and fruity twists – but there’s always ice cold Asahi on tap if you prefer.
CHIKIN, 6 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089820.
Michelin-starred kushikatsu comes to town
With one Michelin star under its belt, Rokukakutei from Osaka – it also has a second outlet in Ginza, Tokyo – specialises in kushikatsu (AKA kushiage), which foodies might regard as Osaka soul food. Think deep-fried skewers of pork cutlets, shrimp, and vegetables with light, crispy batter (like what you’d expect from tonkatsu), and served with a variety of dipping sauces from sweet to savoury.
Rokukakutei, #01-04 Odeon Towers, 331 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188720.
BAKALAKI opens in Tiong Bahru
In the mood for Greek cuisine? Singapore’s newest Greek dining experience, BAKALAKI, opens its doors at Tiong Bahru, serving up only the most authentic Mediterranean flavours. The new restaurant prides itself on air-flown fish and seafood from the Mediterranean, as well as authentic Greek ingredients including its house brand BAKALAKI extra virgin olive oil. Menu highlights include grilled octopus, moussaka, and baklava.
BAKALAKI, 3 Seng Poh Road, Singapore 168891. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-12am, Fri-Sun 6pm-1am.
Birds of a Feather serves up a spicy National Day special
The salted egg yolk hype-train truly has no brakes. Birds of a Feather’s spicy tribute to Singapore this National Day is a rather unconventional one – the salted egg crab popiah. Featuring a handmade charcoal po piah skin, soft shell crab tempura, crab roe, shredded fresh cucumbers and turnips stewed with Sichuan spices, and a salted egg espuma, this is one dish fans of the fad won’t want to miss.
Birds Of A Feather, 113 Amoy Street, Singapore 069935, p. 6221 7449. Open daily 10am-11pm. Available 8-11 Aug.
Loof’s serves up the ‘Le Indomee Royale’
The pantry stalwart and supper saviour gets Bjorn Shen’s (of Artichoke and Bird Bird fame) mod-Sin treatment at Loof – just for the nighthawks though! From 9pm onwards, Loof will serve up the all-new Indomee Royale, a mash-up of Indomee (Indonesian instant noodles) and carbonara featuring jamón serrano ham, grana padano cheese and white truffle oil.
Loof, #03-07 Odeon Towers Extension Rooftop, 331 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188720. p. 6337 9416.
Baba Chew’s Straits Chinese weekend brunch
How about an all-you-can-eat Peranakan brunch? Baba Chews offers an east-meets-west weekend brunch that goes for an incredibly affordable $38++. Menu highlights include Straits Chinese dishes like Lion Head, Baba Chew’s Nonya Laksa, and beef rendang buns. Western brunch treats like eggs Benedict, and devil’s egg also make appearances on this varied menu.
Baba Chew’s, #01-01 Katong Square, 86 East Coast Road, Singapore 428788. p. 6723 2025.
ROCKFISH pop up at Birders
Maguchi Kazunari, owner and bartender of legendary Ginza highball bar Rockfish, will make a special appearance at the Rockfish x Birders pop-up on 16 July. The pop-up will feature his Kansai-style highball, a concoction of chilled Kaku Fukkoku whisky, chilled soda, and no ice at all – ensuring the drink remains rich and full-flavoured. The night’s special menu will also feature a pairing menu that includes a yakitori platter of thigh, liver, sasami with a whiskey-infused tare, and more.
Birders, 55 Tras Street, Singapore 078994. July 16.
Pollen celebrates its fifth anniversary with a unique menu
In celebration of Pollen’s fifth anniversary, the acclaimed restaurant at Gardens by the Bay will unveil a very special Five Years, Five Stories, Five Glasses Anniversary menu. This unique menu is reflective of Chef Steve’s journey at Pollen, as well as the restaurant’s evolution. Each dish will be presented with unconventional beverage pairings from fermented juices to off-beat wines. Just some of the dishes include Pollen’s Garden – a medley of 16 seasonal vegetables that have been pickled, compressed, and burnt before being paired with a savoury bagna cauda ice cream.
Pollen, Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, Singapore 018953. 75++ per person.
Moosehead’s new lunch menu – fresh off the Inka grill!
Moosehead Kitchen-Bar spices up its lunchtime offerings with a menu selection that highlights new Inka-grilled dishes. If you’re a fan of smoky flavour profiles, pay a visit to this cosy resto and tuck into new dishes like the chicken burger that features an Inka-grilled chicken thigh served on a housemade milk bun with avocado puree, jalapenos, and mayo. Want a salad out of the ordinary? Opt for Moosehead’s new Caesar salad that shakes things up with a tasty portion of char-grilled baby gem hearts with lashings of the umami-packed anchovy and garlic dressing.
Moosehead Kitchen-Bar, 110 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068579. Open Mon-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10.30pm; Sat 6pm-10.30pm. Closed on Sun.
Say hola to Tapas Club in Orchard Central
Communal dining is always a joy – after all, the best accompaniment to good food is good company. And if you’re in the mood for Spanish food instead of your usual Chinese zi char dinner routine, we’ve got just the spot for you. Brand new to Orchard Central’s lineup of casual restaurants is Tapas Club, an authentic Spanish tapas bar that brings together heirloom produce shipped directly from Spain and authentic Spanish recipeses – all at prices that won’t leave you reeling in sticker shock.
Tapas Club, #02-13 to 15, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896. p. 3163 7577.
Re-imagined local favourites at the new Provisions at Dempsey
The culinary enclave of Dempsey Hill holds a special place in our heart with its gourmet eats and terrific tipples. Adding to the hill’s roster of unique establishments is Provisions. This new restaurant-bar concept dishes out a bevy of re-imagined local favourites along with bespoke cocktails – all at affordable prices. Grab Asian-inspired meat skewers from $4 and bowls of claypot rice for just $9. In the mood for a tipple? Sate your sweet tooth with seasonal Singaporean-inspired cocktails like the fragrant Bantai Bandung at just $14.
Provisions, #01-04, 7 Dempsey Road, Singapore 249671.
Tea lovers, unite at SG’s first-ever tea festival
A caffeine addict, but prefer your Chamomiles to your Cappuccinos? You’ll want to get your pinkies up for Singapore’s first ever tea festival launching at ION Orchard – this will be a three-day cultural affair that is sure to appease all you tea aficionados out there. Treat yourself to a selection of hand-picked local tea brands or head to the Tea Room where you can attend workshops and delve deeper into our little red dot’s tea history, as well as appreciate the science behind its brew.
Singapore Tea Festival, Fri-Sun 21-23 July 2017, B4 Atrium ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 23880. Free to public.