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.
MasterChef Asia finalist Lennard Yeong unveils local-inspired burger for 25 Degrees
MasterChef Asia finalist, Lennard Yeong, has joined forces with Sous Chef, Sam Chan, to create the XOXO Burger at at Los Angeles’ cult burger joint, 25 Degrees Singapore. This new Singaporean-influenced burger, created in recognition of National Day, will feature a house-made XO sauce and shrimp paste patty paired with 25 Degrees’ classic turkey patty. The XOXO burger is a steal at just ($14++), and will be available from 28 June to 31 August.
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.
Iggy’s debuts a new gastro-bar concept
Fine dining exemplar Iggy’s has just unveiled its exciting new Mini Gastro-Bar. Tucked away in a corner of the restaurant, the gastro-bar features an innovating menu of bite-sized sharing plates along with hearty pastas and rice dishes. Another highlight of the gastro-bar is its selection of Burgundy wines available by the glass. Guests can also opt for wine tastings of three glasses of red or white wines selected based on villages and vintages. Feeling adventurous? You can also opt for a blind tasting!
Iggy’s, 581 Orchard Road, Level 3, Singapore 238883. p. 6732 2234.
These 13 Singaporean hawkers officially serve the best street food in the world
More foodie glory for Singapore! While the Michelin guide may have a focus on fine dining establishments in Singapore, the World Street Food Masters focuses solely on the world’s street food and hawker scene. In short, this is where Singapore’s culinary scene is sure to excel – given our astounding hawker food culture – and the fact that 13 Singaporean hawkers have made the list (with Hill Street Tai Hwa Bak Chor Mee clinching first place too!) is proof of that. Click here for the full list.
Kühlbarra Presents Barramundi Dishes at four Unlisted Collection restaurant
Singapore-based Kühlbarra farms has teamed up with four restaurants under the Unlisted Collection to present four unique barramundi-based dishes. Pollen’s Chef Steve Allen has put together a cured barramundi appetiser served with watermelon, and avocado that will be part of the set lunch menu (three courses at $55++ or five courses at $85++). Chef Drew Nocente of Salted & Hung will present his barramundi with clams, prawn stock, and kelp oil ($36) while The Market Grill will serve up a hearty grilled barramundi with tomato chickpea compote ($36). At Cheek by Jowl, Chef Rishi Naleendra will whip up a barramundi, charred lettuce, prawn floss, and onion dish – but expect him to change things up as inspiration hits.
Singapore’s first cashless, queue-less bar opens in July
Tired of struggling to get the bartender’s attention at a crowded bar, only to have to loiter around waiting for your change afterwards? The folks at Creative Insurgents feel you and have conceptualised a unique cashless, queue-less bar experience at GET JUICED. The new 8000-square foot space in Clarke Quay will offer an online ordering solution that allows partygoers to choose, order, pay and collect a drink all with their smartphones. The ordering system eliminates bottlenecks at bar counters and self-collection allows guests the freedom to pick seats. Best part? The cost savings get passed on to drinkers – drinks will be priced at just $5!
GET JUICED, #02-01 Clarke Quay, 3E River Valley Road, Singapore 179024.
Ramadan-to-Go specials at All Things Delicious
Looking for a fuss-free sahur meal to power you through the day? This Hari Raya, All Things Delicious has put together a selection of convenient takeaway specials perfect for Ramadan like Mel’s Houseblend Granola (the Ramadan special comes with the addition of deglet nour dates). To break fast, choose from three of the café’s best selling rice bowls that come complete with dessert, as well as complimentary premium dates. Add on sides like the baby spinach & watermelon saladserved with homemade foccacia bread to complete the meal.
All Things Delicious, 34 Arab Street, Singapore 199733. p. 6291 4252. Open Tue-Fri 8am-7pm, weekends 9am-7pm.
A Biker-themed Father’s Day brunch
Don those rugged leathers and stick on a handlebar mustache for brunch on Route 66. This biker-themed brunch extravaganza at The Knolls, Capella Singapore, is sure to be a treat for Pops. On the menu are dad-friendly highlights like barbecued meats, ice-cold beer, a gentleman’s barber, and even Harley Davidson bike rides.
The Knolls, 1 The Knolls, Capella Singapore, Singapore 098297. p. 6591 5046. 18 June, 12.30pm-3pm. From $148++ per adults, $78 per child.
Club Street Social unveils a new all-day social dining menu
Club Street Social’s Head Chef, David Philpot, brings back the spirit of ‘social’ with his revamped all-day menu showcasing a variety of sharing plates. Grab the gang and tuck into new highlights like Scotch eggs, beef short rib fritters, seared scallops with house-made kimchi, and for the sweet tooths – churros!
Club Street Social, 5 Gemmill lane, p. 6225 5043. Open Mon-Fri 10am-12am. Sat 11am-12am, Sun 11am-4pm.
Aloha Poke opens in Bugis
If you’re working in Bugis, grabbing a healthy poke bowl for lunch is now even easier with the opening of Aloha Poké’s third outlet in Bugis Junction. Like its other outlets, you’ll get to design your own tasty bowl by picking your choice of house-marinated poke, two complimentary add-ons and one superfood from its comprehensive selection.
Aloha Poke, Bugis Junction.
Pirate Life Brewing sails to our shores
Adelaide-based brewery, Pirate Life Brewing, hoists its blacks flag and sets sail to Singapore for the first time. In celebration of its launch, The Mad Tapper will organise a series of events from 7 to 11 June featuring the brewery’s award-winning beers. Just some of the events you can look forward to are a Beergustation Dinner at New Ubin Seafood (7 June, 7pm), guest taps at Freehouse and Smith Street Tapes (8 June), and a “can party” at Camp Kilo Charcoal Club that’ll see DJ Dave Code and Fresh S take to the decks.
Pirate Life Brewing, various locations around the city.
Grab a smoothie or smoothie bowl for lunch at Coocaça
Grab your lunchtime superfood fix in a jiffy with this new health food pit-stop in the heart of town. Coocaça will serve up a selection of smoothies like the Tropicana smoothie with pineapple, mango, banana, and coconut; as well as smoothie bowls (ideal for light meal replacements and dessert) like the Pura Via – a refreshing açai bowl with blended strawberries, blueberries, banana, and coconut water.
Coocaça, #01-03 Orchard Building, 1 Grange Road, Singapore 239693. Open daily 11am-9pm.
There’s a durian feast at Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel
Are you an ardent fan of the ‘King of Fruits’? Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel is just about to kick off its Durian High Tea Buffet at Marriott Cafe where diners will get to enjoy a bounty of sweet and savoury durian creations – along with its usual high tea buffet offerings. Expect delicacies like the durian strudel made with D24 durian puree, durian swiss rolls, and even a durian pizza with stringy mozzarella and creamy mascarpone cheese.
Marriott Café, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road, Singapore 238865. 1 June to 9 August.
Sarnies delivers freshly roasted coffee straight to you
Want your caffeine fix delivered right to your doorstep? A Stimulant by Sarnies has just launched its online store and delivery service that will allows Singapore’s droves of coffee connoisseurs to get Sarnies’ freshly roasted coffee blends delivered to their home or workplace. Simply select your choice of roast (or let them surprise you with their choice of blend), decide whether you want it ground or whole, and opt for a one-time-delivery or a regular subscription.
Cocktails with a culinary twist at Catchfly
Taking over the basement of 12 Ann Siang is this new speakeasy-styled cocktail bar helmed by New York Mixologist Liam Baer. Catchfly will showcase Baer’s interpretations of classic cocktails using culinary techniques more commonly found in the kitchen. On the menu, you’ll find some of Liam’s signatures like The Honey Badger – an in-house rosemary-infused bourbon with yellow chartreuse, and the Salad Days – a fascinating cocktail featuring summer tomatoes cooked sous vide in premium gin, and layered with Gentian liquor and Bianco vermouth.
Catchfly, 12 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069692.
Drink for a cause at Negroni Week
Taking place at some of the best cocktail bars around the city, the festival will showcase a selection of inventive Negroni-inspired cocktails that will redefine the classic drink. The first wave of submissions will include boundary-pushing renditions of the drink by eight acclaimed Singapore bars including Neon Pigeon and Fat Prince. In addition to being an opportunity to enjoy prime variations of this cocktail, you’ll be drinking for a cause – in an initiative led by Campari (a key ingredient in the cocktail), each bar will donate at least a dollar from their Negroni cocktails or Negroni-related products to a charity of their choice.
Negroni Week, 5-11 June, various bars around the city.
Celebrate Father’s Day with beer and oysters
Spend an indulgent afternoon with Dad at Angie’s Oyster Bar’s Snip N Slurp Oyster and Beer Festival, that will feature a selection of five oyster varieties and a line-up of rare craft beers from Lervig Brewery. The event will also feature a pairing session that will get diners acquainted with oyster styles and the background of each beer pairing. The Father’s Day festival will run from 12 to 17 June, and tickets are available for pre-purchase at $45++ or can be bought at the door for $55++.
Angie’s Oyster Bar, #45-01, 50 Raffles Place, Singapore 048623. p. 6221 9555.
Hawker Chan’ soya sauce chicken comes to The Fullerton’s Town Restaurant
The first hawker to ever bag a Michelin Star, Chef Chan Hon Meng, is definitely going places. His next accolade? His own chef’s residency at Town Restaurant at the distinguished Fullerton Hotel. From 1 to 10 June, not only will Chef Chan’s renowned noodles (this review feature will tell you why it’s so irresistibly good) be featured on the dinner buffet of Town Restaurant – The Fullerton’s flagship restaurant that’s brought down other celebrity chefs in the past – but you’ll also spot Chef Chan himself cooking behind the counter on selected dates. The dinner buffet takes place from 1 to 10 June 2017 and starts from $56 per adult.
Town Restaurant, The Fullerton Hotel Singapore, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178, p. 6877 8128.
Discover a new cuisine at The Polish Food Festival
“Poland tastes good” is the motto of this celebration of all things Polish, but don’t take their word for it. Experience it yourself from 18 May to 13 June where bars and restaurants around Singapore will be featuring a selection of authentic Polish food and drinks. put together by six talented chefs from Poland. The evend will include special Polish menus at selected restaurants like Botanico at The Garage and Atlantic. Alongside these events will be happy hours, parties, and even Polish film screenings. For the full details, visit our roundup on the Polish Food Festival.
Celebrate Ramadan at Blue Jasmine
Ramadan is just round the corner, and if you want to break fast with a sumptuous spread of Thai food, there’s no better place than Blue Jasmine at the new Park Hotel Farrer Park. Must-tries include stir-fried minced lamb with yellow curry sauce, roast duck red curry, and desserts like mango sticky rice and sweet sago with chendol, jackfruit, melon, stir fried peanuts and gula Melaka. The Halal-certified buffet will be available from 26 May through to 24 June 2017, and priced at $38++ per person.
Blue Jasmine, 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Singapore 217564. p. 6824 8888.
Hokkaido Soup Curry arrives in Singapore
Think you’ve tried all the Japanese food Singapore has to offer? Think again – Singapore’s first-ever Japanese Soup Curry Restaurant, Sama Curry & Café, has just opened its doors in OUE Downtown 2 Gallery. The restaurant will offer four flavours of soup curry – coconut, tomato, wafu, and shrimp – served with rice, and with the optional addition of natto and cheese. And if you’re worried about the spice levels, fret not; Sama offers each of its soup curries in three levels of spiciness.
Sama Curry & Café, #03-26, OUE Downtown 2 Gallery, 6 Shenton Way, Singapore 068809.
Lewin Terrace celebrates its third anniversary
Japanese-French fusion restaurant, Lewin Terrace, turns three, and will serve up an exclusive three-course lunch menu prepared by Chef de Cuisine Hiroyuki Shinkai. For two weeks only, guests will get to savour exquisite creations like sio-koji marinated duck. The highlight of the evening, however, is a selection of three desserts created with strawberries hand-picked from artisanal farms in Cameron Highlands.
Lewin Terrace, 21 Lewin Terrace, Singapore 179290. p. 6333 9905. Available 12-31 May. $42++ per person.
Keep clam and carry on at PUTIEN
Can’t get enough of clams? Well we’ve got news for you! The Putian Clam Festival will kick off from now to 31 August and will be serving up scrumptious Chinese clam dishes at Michelin-starred restaurant, PUTIEN. For the full details, check out our article on the Putian Clam Festival 2017.
Putian Clam Festival 2017, happening from now ’til 31 August at all PUTIEN restaurants.
A new yakitori joint takes flight on Tras Street
Think that yakitori and sake are a match made in heaven? Then you’ll want to pay a visit to Tras Street’s Birders – a modern take on traditional Japanese soul food featuring a curated selection of sakes imported directly from Japan. Take a seat and tuck into yakitori dishes with unconventional toppings, like negima (chicken thigh skewer with spring leek topped with negi puree and black sesame, sasami (chicken breast) topped with nori vegemite, and the must-try bonjiri (chicken tail) with a garlic shoyu sauce.
Birders, 55 Tras Street, Singapore 078994. p. 8748 4585. Open Mon-Thu 6pm-12am, Fri- Sat 6pm-1am. Closed on Sun.
This popular, affordable bar has opened in Holland Village
Popular for its (incredibly diverse) range of alcohol offerings and reasonable prices, drinks&co. is always a prime pick for casual drinks. But because tipples are always more fun with food, the establishment’s Holland Village outlet, drinks&co. kitchen, will now offer a comprehensive selection of food as well. The menu’s offerings range from cold cuts and cheeses, to homemade pizzas, tapas dishes, and grilled items. The restaurant will also serve a full brunch menu.
drinks&co. kitchen, 27 Lorong Mambong, Singapore 277686. p. 6463 4995.
Have Breakfast in the jungle
Escape to the lush greenery of Dempsey Hill for your next breakfast at PS.Cafe Harding Road. This brekkie and brunch institution has just launched a weekday breakfast menu showcasing hearty brunch favourites like the PS. fluffy pancakes with homemade banana jam, kale Florentine, the superseed granola bowl and more. For the ultimate comfort food, the Breakfast Grand Slam Bunwich comes filled with a fried egg, crispy bacon, pork and thyme sausage, and caramelised onions.
PS.Cafe Harding Road, 28B Harding Road, Singapore 249549. Breakfast is available weekdays from 8am-11.30am.
Enjoy a feast of treasures at the revamped Jade
Jade’s first major revamp in nine years brings some exciting new changes to the beloved Cantonese dining institution, including a refocused culinary direction and a refreshed interior. The Fullerton restaurant’s refocused concept draws from the Tang Dynasty’s dramatic work, “A Variety Of Tunes From The Story Of The Western Wing”, and offers diners “a feast of eight precious treasures” (a couplet in the work). As such, the highlight of Jade’s menu is the restaurant’s eight signature dishes that include crispy roasted pork belly, deep-fried prawn with wasabi mayonnaise, double-boiled dried seafood in superior broth, and sautéed diced beef tenderloin.
Jade, 1 Fullerton Square, Singapore 049178. p. 6877 8188.
Meat-lovers are in for a treat at The Carvery
From now ’til 30 June, meat-lovers can sit down to a sumptuous weekend buffet feast featuring premium meats expertly roasted and cooked over The Carvery’s brand new Argentinian grill. The Hearth and Heat buffet, priced at $52++ for lunch (available Saturday and Sunday only) and $62++ for dinner (available Friday, Saturday and Sunday) will feature a selection of BBQ dishes including Argentinian ribeye, hickory pulled pork, Australian lamb shoulder, honey lemon chicken, BBQ bean stew, and charred leek soup.
The Carvery, Level 7, Park Hotel Alexandra, 323 Alexandra Road, Singapore 159972. p. 6828 8880.
April’s Bakery opens in Singapore
April’s Bakery from Bangkok has finally opened in Singapore, making this branch the first international outpost for the brand. The bakery’s speciality is its Cantonese-style pies with dense sweet or savoury fillings. Expect sweet options like taro, Thai milk tea, green tea, custard and soy bean and a vividly coloured purple sweet potato. Savoury options include honey pork, honey chicken, and pork with gravy.
April’s Bakery, #01-31, Tampines MRT Station, Singapore 529538. p. 8122 7604.
The Black Swan unveils a revamped menu
For an evening of Great Gatsby-esque grandeur and ’20s themed debauchery, there’s no better place to visit than The Black Swan. For the first time since its inception, the Art Deco-inspired restaurant has completely revamped its menu with a focus on chophouse classics. On the new menu, you’ll find rare cuts including a Tajima wagyu striploin ($60) and a massive stockyard angus porterhouse steak ($134) – indulge and order these with add-ons like foie gras ($22) and bone marrow ($16). The menu also includes lighter options like a delightfully spicy steak tartare ($26) and a richly-flavoured vidalia onion broth ($26).
The Black Swan, 19 Cecil Street, Singapore 049704. p. 6438 3757.
Enjoy your cocktail with new dishes at Employees Only
While better known for its impeccably crafted cocktails, it would be criminal to neglect mentioning the food menu at Employees Only Singapore (you have got to try the bone marrow poppers). Now, there’s even more to love with the debut of new dishes – a mussel pan roast, an Eastern European charcuterie plate, a warm shredded duck confit salad, and a new selection rotating staff meals like chicken enchiladas and cemitas (inspired by the Mexican herigage of chef de cuisine Maurice Espinoza).
Employees Only, 112 Amoy Street, Singapore 069932. p. 6221 7357. Open Mon-Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 5pm-2am, Sun 6pm-1am.
Hotdogs galore at Be Frank
Let’s Be Frank, there really aren’t a lot of options for gourmet hotdogs in Singapore. But now, connoisseurs of this fast food favourite can head down to homegrown hotdog specialists, Be Frank, and tuck into renditions of this beloved comfort food including the classic Coney’s Island, Bac & Cheeze, and the Cheezy Mushroom (all $6.50).
Be Frank, #B1-K26 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859. Open daily 10am-9.30pm.
Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones opens in Orchard Central
This brand new contemporary lifestyle space brings together art, dining and retail in one multi-concept destination in Orchard Central. Kick back with a customised cup of specialty tea at the Steamroom or enjoy a heartier meal at The Pillar – a restaurant showcasing Executive Chef and Cuisine Principal Stephan Zoisl’s contemporary menu featuring seasonal produce. Rounding off the concept is retail and art lab, Stones, where aspiring artists can participate in master classes, workshops and jamming sessions led by professionals.
Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones, #03-07/08/23-25A Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896. p. 6592 0571. Open 10am-10pm daily.
Bistro Du Vin relaunches with a new chef and menu.
After a two-week makeover, the quintessentially French Bistro Du Vin will reopen featuring a new contemporary look and feel. Chef Laurent Brouard from France will take over as chef, bringing to the table over 25 years of experience. In addition to new menu items, the bistro will introduce the “Faites Confiance Au Chef” menu that will allow diners to select a chef’s choice menu of two to four courses.
Bistro Du Vin, two locations.
Manhattan celebrates its third anniversary with The Clumsies
Has it been three years already? Manhattan, a haven for cocktail connoisseurs (and the 11th best bar in the world), will celebrate its third birthday by launching a new menu featuring 18 dishes and 20 craft cocktails, bringing five eras of New York to life. Greek bartenders, Nikos Bakoulis and Vasilis Kyritsis from The Clumsies (#9 on the World’s Best Bars list), will be taking on a guest shift from 7pm to 11pm on 24 April, where they’ll be mixing up some of their signature cocktails.
Manhattan, Regent Hotel, 2nd Floor, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715. p. 6725 3242. Menu launch on 8 May, The Clumsies guest shift on 24 April 7pm-11pm.
This is Singapore’s longest brunch in town
We’ve all been there – waking up just a little too late to catch that Sunday brunch we’ve been waiting the whole week for. But not to worry, ‘cos we’ve just caught wind of the longest brunch in town. For our new brunch to munch, Monti has revealed a new Italian brunch that kicks off at 12pm, and will keep the good vibes flowing past 9pm. The brunch will feature fresh seafood like Fine de Claire oysters and tuna tataki, as well as a live carving station with roast leg of lamb, roast rib eye, and baked salmon fillet. True to its Italian roots, these dishes will be complemented with a choice of homemade pastas straight from the kitchen.
Monti Festino Brunch, Monti, 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049213. p. 6535 0724. Every Sunday, 12pm-3pm (brunch), 3pm-7pm (live DJs), 9pm onwards (Jazz At Monti crew). $90++ (buffet only), $120++ (buffet and non-alcoholic drinks), $140++ (buffet and free flow wine), $160++ (buffet and free flow champagne).
#MakeMorningsRight again at Grain Traders
Need a healthy brekkie in a hurry? Head over to Grain Traders and grab a healthy, takeaway-friendly breakfast like the savoury sweet potato and ricotta muffins or chia seed chocolate pudding breakfast cup. Want something more substantial? Opt for the Mix-Your-Breakfast plate that features your choice of base, eggs done your way, proteins, and a selection of hot and cold veggies.
Grain Traders, #01-01/02/03 CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946. Open weekdays 8am-8pm. Closed on weekends.
Have a crab-tastic feast at Ah Hoi’s Kitchen
Famous for its fiery Singapore chilli crab and aromatic black pepper crab, Ah Hoi’s Kitchen at Hotel Jen Tanglin will be expanding its repertoire of crab dishes for its Festival of Crab available ’til 31 July. On the crab-tastic menu, you’ll find classics like chilli as well as black pepper crab, along with more unconventional crab dishes like glass noodles and Chinese wine crab. If you can’t get enough of salted egg, get messy with the salted egg and crispy yam crab which features a generous amount of creamy golden goodness along with crispy yam sticks.
Festival of Crab, Ah Hoi’s Kitchen, Hotel Jen Tanglin, Level 4. p. 6831 4373. Open 12pm-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10pm.
Plentyfull revamps its dinner menu
“Honest, hearty and homemade meals away from home” is the Plentyfull promise, and it certainly delivers with its revamped dinner menu. Meat lovers can tuck into comforting classics like the glazed acorn-fed pork jowl with potato puree and grilled pineapple, or the grilled spice lamb ribs with smoked yoghurt, edamame and horseradish. End your meal on a sweet note with desserts like the miso souffle with toasted walnut ice-cream, and the creamy rose and strawberry panna cotta with sable breton, balsamic vinegar reduction, and sorbet.
Plentyfull, Millenia Walk, #01-79/80, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596.
Taki Kyoto Grill & Sake opens at Japan Food Town
Fans of Japanese food are no doubt familiar with Japan Food Town’s authentic dining concepts, but here’s a whole new reason to pay the establishment a visit. Taki Kyoto Grill & Sake, the latest addition to the Japanese food mall, is ready to serve up Kyoto’s unique style of grilled dishes paired with silky smooth sake. Taki will showcase a menu of hand-made fire-grilled delicacies which, as always, will feature authentic ingredients flown fresh from Japan.
Taki Kyoto Grill & Sake, Japan Food Town, 435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria Level 4, Singapore 238877.