The latest restaurants in Singapore we loved – and where you should eat next
We’ve been feasting on French, popping tacos like there’s no tomorrow and exploring a Michelin-starred chef’s new foray. Our #hotnewtables for August are in…
Merci Marcel Club Street
So we’ve been stalking Merci Marcel’s new Club St branch since it was still mid-renovation to see if it would match the magic of the Tiong Bahru original, and owners Antoine Rouland and Marie-Charlotte Ley did not disappoint. Style-wise, it’s all about the blue velvet, the curves on a particular black-and-white artwork, and perching pavement-side for some people-watching on Club Street. You know you love it. As for the menu, you won’t be double-dipping too much into the same dishes you already know and love (but yes, the ravioles de Royans made the lineup, thank goodness). New standouts include an epic octopus tentacle on potato rouille with chorizo oil, and the crazy comfort food factor of the duck parmentier façon Marcel: duck rillette with twice cooked potato. A revolving wine of the day and artisanal cheese plates will be bringing us back on the regular…
Merci Marcel, 7 – 9 Club Street, Singapore 069403
We ate at Papi’s Tacos the day after it opened its doors and have been thinking about our next hit ever since. The new baby of the Employees Only crew, you’ll feel that familiar hustle and vibe that’s all about the fun. This is a compact joint on Seah St, where the best seats in the house are right at the counter so you can check out Papi himself (aka Executive Chef Mauricio Espinoza) doing this thing. We’re talking plump fish tacos, fresh AF salsa and frozen margaritas to knock your socks off. Get our full review of Papi’s Tacos and head on over for your fix.
Papi’s Tacos; 39 Seah St, Singapore 188395
House of MU
Vegetarians, look away. We need to talk about the epic meat platter at House of MU. Chef Tyrell Joon, previously of Michelin-starred faves Les Amis, Au Jardin and Iggy’s is going for a casual vibe and turning his skills toward quality comfort foods, and if juicy, Josper-grilled cuts are just your thing, his MUnster sharing platter is the business. Think black angus steak with bearnaise and black pepper sauce, charred chicken, pork tenderloin, and roasted veggies. As it’s served, the rosemary garnish is torched for a herbaceous hit. Nice touch.
More must-trys? The super smooth cream of mushroom soup, and the pasta a la minute: we went for linguine vongole that brought us back to bingeing on this dish in Italy. Not to be outdone by the grilled meats,the dessert platter, loaded with peanut butter popsicles, macarons and raspberry granita, is way too much fun as well. You’ll find House of Mu on the Mohamed Sultan Rd dining strip – the dining space doubles as a showroom for beautiful teak furniture, which is the other passion of the restaurant’s owners – and yes, if you like the dining table you can take it home.
House of MU; 11 Mohamed Sultan Rd, Singapore 239010
Forty Hands East Coast
Hallelujah for the Katong crowd: Tiong Bahru fave Forty Hands opened its doors on East Coast Road a little while back, bringing more kickass coffee and brunch to the neighbourhood. Now, we get a dinner service too. The ‘after dark’ menu has just rolled out, and it’s a compact offering, but well chosen to cater to the carnivores (hangar steak and roast spring chicken), vegetarians (broccoli pappardelle) and fish and chips fans. 40 Hands isn’t taking dinner bookings yet, but before word gets out (whoops) you shouldn’t have a problem getting a table. Now, can we all petition for dinner to extend past 9.30?
Forty Hands, 226 E Coast Rd, Singapore 428923
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