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New year, new bucket list of restaurants in Singapore to try. This February, we’re travelling all around the world but without a passport. It’s all about modern European elegance in Keong Saik, premium K-BBQ at Orchard, modern Japanese, CBD dining, and more. Hungry yet? These are the finest fresh faces in Singapore right now, so bookmark this list of new restaurants for all your culinary adventures.
Best new restaurants and menus in Singapore: February 2024
Ginkyo by Kinki
Here’s a new stunner for your next gathering with friends. The modern Japanese bistro, sister to Kinki Restaurant + Bar, unveils a gorgeous look at the new One Holland Village mall. It’s pretty perfect for after-work drinks or weekend dinners, thanks to the elegant aesthetics and convivial vibes.
Just like Kinki, the menu puts forth creative dishes in the form of small plates and sharing mains. Of course, you’ll find sashimi and rice bowls in the selection, but we beseech you to try the Ginkyo crispies. These bite-sized babies pack a punch in the best way – especially the uni, caviar, ikura ($22) version that has briny, savoury, and umami flavours. Other versions include spicy tuna belly ($14) and foie gras with scallops ($17). While you’re on appetisers, order the kimchi onigiri arancini ($14) for a deep-fried, crunchy treat that blends kimchi rice, gorgonzola, seaweed, and a dash of kimchi aioli.
Oh, and can we just take a moment to gaze upon the okonomi-rosti ($30)? It combines the best of both worlds with okonomiyaki and rosti, using shredded potatoes as the base, mixed with cabbage, bacon, Hokkaido scallops, and a handful of dancing bonito flakes that will never stop looking like they’ve got a life of their own (to us, at least). This dish is served piping hot and perfect for sharing, though you may not be able to stop at one slice of crispy, chewy, gooey goodness.
If you’ve arrived in a big group, go ahead and order more stunning mains such as miso char siew ($24), the Best of Toyosu Market chirashi rice bowl ($52) topped with truffle shavings and caviar, curry miso lamb ($42), and Peruvian swordfish ceviche with rice crackers ($19). P.S. don’t skip out on the cocktails unless you’re a teetotaller. The Kyoto Sour ($18) is our fave: a smooth blend of Kinki’s private label sake, lemon juice, pickled ginger, and chrysanthemum petals, served with a layer of nori seaweed.
Ginkyo by Kinki, #03-01 to 04, One Holland Village, 7 Holland Village Way, Singapore 275748
Hevel is the type of restaurant that takes you by surprise. It’s elegant while shedding the pretentious air that surrounds the concept of fine dining. Dining booths are intimate, with warm hospitality welcoming you into the restaurant. Modern European would be the best way to describe the cuisine. However, inspiration is drawn from the flavours of childhood, travelling, and the diverse cuisine of the continent. Chef Stefan’s personality shines through each dish, spotlighting his personal touch and experience.
While plates can be ordered a la carte, we recommend going for the tasting menu ($138++). The six courses feature ingredients like trout, octopus, Iberico presa, short ribs, and more. As you sample the snacks, appetisers, and proteins, remember to save space for the duck and barley dish. The creamy sauce, coupled with the delightfully chewy barley grains, made this course a favourite of ours. Savour it with a wine pairing, or go for the cocktail pairing that spotlights fortified wines like vermouth, sherry, and port.
Hevel, #01-04, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
Fireplace by Bedrock
Fans of Bedrock, this one is for you. Your favourite steakhouse has just launched a new open wood-fired grill concept, and you don’t want to have FOMO. Families will love this warm, relaxed spot, which takes a more chill approach than its sister restaurants. There’s even a 34-seater outdoor terrace for pet-friendly hangouts. If you can take the heat, slink up to the open kitchen for a closer view of the chefs at work. Impressively, all the dishes – from the mains to desserts – are prepped on the open wood-fire grill.
We recommend that you go for a communal dining experience to nibble on a bit of everything. For starters, tuck into the oven-baked bone marrow toast ($28) to enjoy that rich, buttery bite on soft, toasted brioche. If you need a refresher, get the watermelon salad ($15) to cleanse your palate with its mix of watermelon chunks, cucumbers, feta crumbles, and red onions.
Come hungry, because the restaurant’s focus is on meaty mains. The Dirty Duck ($52) adds flavour to the Irish bird with a spice rub of coriander powder, Sichuan peppercorn and cumin powder, while the Spanish suckling pig (from $138 for a quarter) boasts succulent, tender meat and crisp skin slices that crackle with each bite. We love that each main dish comes with a set of signature sauces – including apple ketchup and green chilli relish – so don’t shy away from adding an extra element of oomph to your plate.
To end your fiery dining experience, what’s more perfect than the campfire marshmallow ($14)? It’s Fireplace’s version of DIY s’mores, featuring marshmallows, melted 75% Takakulum dark chocolate, feuilletine flakes, and red-hot charcoal for you to toast your own dessert and pretend you’re in a lush forest somewhere. Other sweet endings we love include the zesty lemon pound cake ($13) and the spice rum pineapple ($16) with a scoop of rum and raisin ice cream.
Fireplace by Bedrock, #03-27/28, One Holland Village, 7 Holland Village Way, Singapore 275748
Marina Bay Financial Centre is getting a lot more exciting, thanks to the arrival of Liberty Singapore. Hailing from Hong Kong, the brand’s newest overseas venture marries Texas-style wood-fired cooking techniques with Asian flavours. The result? An East-meets-West menu boasting smoked meats. Intrigued yet? You should be.
Kick off with appetisers like the savoury cornbread ($6), which contains jalapeno and sweet corn, and is accompanied by a side dip of fermented cabbage and cream cheese. If you love seafood, the raw bar is where it’s at! A half-dozen oysters ($38) and hamachi ($27)? Yes, please. Don’t miss out on the salmon tartare ($23), which combines fish sauce with avocado puree and pickled daikon.
But foodies don’t visit eating places to play, so if you’re not into small bites, go straight for mains like the char siu pork belly glazed with maple syrup ($24), which has been meticulously prepared over 16 hours. If that’s not dedication… Otherwise, order the kalbi-marinated whole rib ($32). The tender meat effortlessly falls off the bone, and you’ll be tempted to have more than one serving.
Of course, you can’t have meals without drinks. Liberty’s line of signature cocktails comes with fascinating names like Roaring Pink Dragon, The Broken Wisdom, and Spill The Tea ($25 each). There’s also a laundry list of classic cocktails, spirits, sakes, and Chinese wine for you to choose from.
Liberty Singapore, #01-04, Marina Bay Financial Centre, Tower 2, 10 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018983
If you work in the CBD, you’ll know the fighting frenzy that is the weekday lunch crowd. Affordable meals aren’t the most accessible unless you hit up a hawker centre, and those lines run long. That’s why we’ve got our eye on Market Bistro, a new dining spot in Marina Bay Financial Centre that whips up value-for-money lunch sets. Whether you’re dining casually with a group of friends, grabbing a quick bite, or doing a takeaway run, the eatery has you covered.
Step into its almost-monochromatic 42-seater space complete with dark wood furnishings and take a peek at the line-up. The ASAP Lunch menu offers dishes such as grass-fed steak ($18), 40 garlic roasted chicken ($14), jackfruit shish kebab ($12) and battered cod ($17). To amp it up, pair your protein with sides like shoestring fries ($3), madras cauliflower ($4) or sprout and apple slaw ($4).
Working OT and feeling ravenous? Drop by in the evenings for the all-day dine-in menu. Start with freshly shucked oysters ($24) and fried baby squid ($15) with an impressive spicy aioli before moving on to the mains. Our favourites are the Irish duck confit ($30), a succulent and tender bird paired with mashed sweet potatoes and greens, and the impeccably crisp fish and chips ($24) – perfect for days when you just want comfort food done right.
But don’t stop there. We take our desserts seriously, and the sweets here are to die for. The raspberry cheesecake parfait ($12) is cheesy, creamy and smooth all at once, while the chocolate brownie ($12) is the kind of decadent dream that cheat days are made for. P.S. Market Bistro is only open from Mondays to Fridays, 8am to 9pm, so plan your week’s meals accordingly.
Market Bistro, #01-03, Marina Bay Financial Centre, 12 Marina Boulevard, Singapore 018982
D’Rim Korean Steak House
Why travel to Seoul for Korean food when you can have it here? D’rim prides itself on serving traditional Korean food prepared with innovative techniques. Diners can look forward to set meals, Korean BBQ, and omakase – yes, even though it’s a Japanese dining concept. Step inside this newly-opened restaurant and admire the lush interior, which gives off the vibes of a traditional Korean house in our modern city.
It’s highly recommended you get the D’rim Beef Cuts set, which comes with sirloin steak, marinated short rib, and chuck flap (or rib finger, if that’s what you prefer), alongside soybean tofu stew and vegetables. There’s also a pork set if you’re not into beef. Not keen on the smoky smell that lingers after your meal? Skip the barbecue and go for the main dishes, especially the signature noodles. The perilla seed sauce lends a nutty and aromatic flavour to the dish. If you’re here with a group, add an order of the gujeolpan, a platter which comes with nine delicacies.
D’Rim Korean Steak House, #02-14, Mandarin Gallery, 333A Orchard Road, Singapore 238897
Best new restaurants and menus in Singapore: January 2024
Singapore’s Little India district is a culturally rich neighbourhood, and this Sri Lankan-inspired restaurant is the area’s newest shining star. Housed in a colonial-style two-storey conserved shophouse along Veerasamy Road, Kunthaville is all about presenting Ceylonese cuisine in vegan style. The menu is a la carte, so you don’t have to worry about what to order once you take your seats.
If you’ve never eaten beetroot or jackfruit before, you’re in for a treat. Kick off your meal with a plate of spicy beetroot cutlets and jackfruit rolls, accompanied with mango, avocado, and green salad. The initial bite had us confused. Is it really jackfruit? The lime mustard dressing is the perfect dip for this dish, providing bursts of tangy flavour to the fruit and vegetable.
Our table couldn’t stop raving about the first entree: sweet gundappam that’s prepared in a Dutch oven and presented with roasted coconut chambal (the Sri Lankan version of sambal) and a drizzle of coconut milk. Someone likened it to thosai, and we wholeheartedly agree. Those who need to have carbs at every meal will be pleased with the curry leaf coconut rice. It comes with dry jackfruit curry, sauteed small green beans, raw mango and cucumber chambal. We polished our plate clean once we dug into the dish.
Of course, no meal is complete without dessert. Kunthaville brings out “the sweet landings treasures of Ceylon”, which reminds us of chendol. Mix everything up and slowly savour each spoonful. Wash everything down with authentic Ceylon tea that’s grown and collected from the founder’s plantation, and you’re all set.
Kunthaville, 18 Veerasamy Road, Singapore 207326
We’re welcoming a new rooftop restaurant, bar, and party concept to our dynamic culinary scene in Singapore. Situated over 60 levels up is HighHouse, a day-to-night destination that features both local and international guests. This concept is brought to life by industry veterans from the music, art and F&B scenes. Grab a drink at the impressive double-storey bar before settling into the plush booths for a gastronomic experience. Inspired by the flavours around the Pacific Coast, executive chef Sam Chin presents a menu featuring the likes of seafood, dover sole, and pork belly.
The beverage selection also finds its inspiration from the Pacific Coast. Thanks to award-winning beverage consultant Jay Gray, you can enjoy cocktails like the Peruvian clarified pisco punch or Japanese seaweed martini. It’s all brought together with HighHouse’s music program which features a roster of both prominent and up-and-coming artists from Singapore and beyond. The space is currently only open for dinner, but we’ve heard that the space will be open almost all day for both lunch and late-night drinks soon.
HighHouse, Level 61, 1 Raffles Place, Singapore 048616
If you’ve taken the time to explore the rich neighbourhood of Keong Saik, you might have missed this charming beer haunt by Hong Kong brewery Young Master. But the next time you’re looking for a casual spot to host a get-together with friends, we highly recommend dropping by. Step inside, and you’ll be transported to England as the interior resembles that of a homey English pub.
To add to that vibe, marvel at the circular bar with over 18 taps ready and waiting to dispense distinct craft brews. You can get them in tasting portions of 200, 330, and 450ml. Or opt for the 1.4L jug to share with a group. If that’s not your poison, go for either the Guildhouse G&T or Higher Than Salted Lime cocktails, which are both on draft.
But the true highlight of our visit was the food – which surprised us in many ways. While pub grub is normally an afterthought, The Guild’s menu is thoughtfully designed by general manager and head chef Alton Huang. Asian twists are both skillfully and playfully infused into typical dishes, making it a gastronomic affair to remember. Ingredients are locally sourced, and almost everything (even the bread) is made from scratch.
Go for regular bar bites like the salt and vinegar fries ($12) or crispy calamari ($18); we highly recommend the chye poh hummus ($13) too. It’s an absolute show-stopper with savoury bits of salted radish on top that take this appetiser to a whole new level. Spread it on crispy sourdough slices or cucumber sticks – we promise you won’t be disappointed.
Chef Alton is known for frying up a mean portion of chicken, and you can get a half bird with fermented hot saus ($30). The skin is perfectly crisp with every nook and cranny seasoned to utter perfection. Something you might not see on a typical bar menu? The wild mushroom rice ($26) served in a clay pot. This decadent Asian risotto is made with wok-toasted short grains, wild mushrooms, and picked wood ear mushrooms that add a tender bite.
For something familiar, you can’t go wrong with the fish and chips ($28). Locally caught sea bass is beer-battered and served with fries and tartar sauce. Unlike most fish and chips, this one isn’t greasy, which is an impressive feat. Trust us, you won’t find pub food quite like this. We’re already excited for our next visit.
The Guild, 55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158
No Spoilers Dining
When was the last time you stepped foot in Cineleisure? Sure, the mall is on life support right now, but we know an exciting collaboration worth checking out. Enter the partnership between Golden Village and The Projector, which has taken over the building’s top floors. Besides six refurbished theatres and exciting event spaces, there’s also No Spoilers Dining, an exciting new restaurant.
Here’s where you can get everything under the sun. We’re talking salted, cinnamon sugar, and mixed popcorn to accompany you at the movies, as well as hot snacks like poutine fries and chicken karaage, 10-inch pizzas, and grilled sandwiches. If you have time to spare, grab a seat and order the mains, which include fried tofu, pulled barbeque beef burger, and chilli crab penne.
Those looking to sip on something can take their pick of craft beers on tap, cocktails (warning: these are crazy strong!), or freshly squeezed juice. We highly recommend the haram teh, which deftly combines red Thai tea, rum, Baileys, and milk. (Oops: we might’ve given too many spoilers to this new restaurant.) Trust us, it’s better to experience it rather than just reading about it.
No Spoilers Dining, #05-01, GV x TP, Cineleisure, 8 Grange Road, Singapore 239695
A name change hasn’t stopped Khiri’s mission of familiarising diners with Thailand’s various flavours. If you always stick to the usual fare like pad Thai (stir-fried noodles), tom yum, and mango sticky rice, it’s time to venture out to this buzzy restaurant in Singapore for something new.
The refreshed menu ($148++) features mostly new creations; however, those who’ve eaten here will be glad to know there are two returning favourites: the miang kham, comprising of Rayong dried shrimp and Hokkaido ikura wrapped in wild betel leaf, and the fried rice with salted ikan kurau (threadfin), crab meat, and tobiko.
Now, let’s talk about the menu’s new offerings. Chef Miller Mai continues to put his spin on Thai cuisine, this time bringing in flavours from different parts of the country. We’re pleasantly surprised by the street snacks combo of lemongrass chicken skewer and prawn cake served with three types of condiments. After clearing the plate, we’re convinced that a good meal awaits.
Diners can choose between slow-cooked angus beef short ribs and grilled Iberico as their main dish. We got to try both dishes, and in our opinion, it’s a no-contest – you should get the beef. The meat is tender and melts in your mouth, while the accompanying massaman paste lends a spicy, tangy kick. That’s not to say the Iberico is inferior by any means. We really enjoyed the flavour combination of herbs and aromatics as well as the subtle sweetness from the palm sugar.
Take a break after six courses, or dive straight into the sweets. If you’ve never given soursop much thought, the sorbet will change your mind. It’s light and refreshing; the addition of pomelo pulp and kaffir lime elevate the zesty taste further. The second dessert truly puts a sweet end to the eight-course meal. We want to write pages of poetry about it – yes, it’s just that good. Pro tip: eat half of the coconut ice cream before adding the remainder to the yam paste. It’ll make the concoction even creamier.
Khiri, 15 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209185
165 Sky Dining by Singapore Flyer
For a dreamy, one-of-a-kind culinary journey, take to the skies with this revamped concept by Singapore Flyer. At 165 metres above ground, it’s touted as the city’s tallest revolving dining experience. So what’s new, you ask? Instead of two rotations, guests are now treated to three 30-minute ones, plus a refreshed menu with additional bites and an exclusive souvenir. New to sky dining, we couldn’t wait to hop on board for the ride of our lives.
Unexpectedly, it rained during our date with Singapore Flyer, which ceases operations during thunderstorms for safety reasons. Thankfully, after a short wait in the comfy VIP Lounge, the weather gods decided to take our side. Seated with another couple in the cosy, intimate capsule (unless you book the private package, expect to share the space with others), we enjoyed stellar service and lovely waterfront views of Marina Bay despite the drizzle. From start to end, our four-course dinner ($520 for two) was pretty impressive.
We got off to a great start: a refreshing plate of watermelon and marinated goat cheese followed by lobster tail and a side of leafy greens with a fruity pomelo and mango dressing. Before we realised it, that was one rotation done. Next, you get to pick your mains from a meat, seafood or vegetarian choice. We went for the black angus beef bourguignon and miso-glazed black cod to share with our dining partner. Both were perfectly cooked and paired nicely with well-seasoned vegetables and saffron potato mash.
Once the final rotation rolls around, make sure you snap all your pics because 90 minutes flies by faster than you think. This one’s dedicated to dessert, which is a sweet strawberry mousse cake that looks a little better than it tastes. But that may just be because we’re partial to chocolate. As the meal comes to an end, you’ll enjoy a cup of Nespresso coffee or Gryphon tea to go with chocolate petit fours by Janice Wong. So if you ever need a romantic date idea, bring your lover here for that wow factor.
165 Sky Dining by Singapore Flyer, available at 7pm daily; 30 Raffles Avenue, Singapore 039803
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