PUBLISHED February 5th, 2018 09:42 am | UPDATED May 18th, 2020 04:47 pm
Welcome the new month with these promising new restaurants and bars in Singapore. We’ve got the whole lot, from a modern Chinese joint on Duxton serving up exquisite fusion dishes like you’ve never seen to two grill-centric hotel openings, a new venture by Meta’s acclaimed Chef Sun Kim, and more.
New Restaurants in Singapore
As the lengthy renovations at Grand Park City Hall come to a close, the hotel has launched Tablescape, a contemporary restaurant focusing on perennial European comfort food and cocktails coupled with a ritualised tableside service in the form of dedicated bread and dessert trollies. Signatures include the Pan Roasted Foie Gras on Braised Turnip ($20) with lotus root chips and brandied cherries, as well as an exquisite Monkfish and Maine Lobster ($38) wrapped in prosciutto ham and served with risotto in rich Armagnac bisque.
Tablescape is located at L3, Grand Park City Hall, 10 Coleman St, Singapore 179809, +65 6432 5618. Open daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm.
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A full-fledged modern Chinese restaurant on Duxton Hill? About time. Xin Divine is elegant as heck, plating beautiful creations that go beyond the boundaries of tradition and innovation with both Eastern and European techniques. You might enjoy the decadent Egg Royal made with Cantonese steamed egg, prawn jelly and ikura, or perhaps a Sichuan Style Tortellini and Poulet de Bresse. Whatever it is, prepare to question your notions of what modern Chinese food is.
Xin Divine is located at 10 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089594, p. +65 3100 0030. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm. Closed Sun.
As far as neighbourhood bistros go, Summer Hill is a precious gem. Run by Chefs Anthony Teoh and Christopher Soh (both from the now-defunct Cocotte), the pair brings to Clementi simple home-style French dishes like the signature Poulet Rôti marinated with herb butter, Slow Roasted Duck Legs draped in a briny sauce infused with olives, and Roasted Wagyu eye round in a creamy caramelised onion sauce. And as any self-respecting French bistro should have: freshly baked Croissants and Tarte au Chocolat that are to die for.
Summer Hill is located at #01-62 Sunset Way,106 Clementi Street 12, Singapore 120106, +65 6251 5337. Open daily 11.30am – 9pm.
LAVO Italian Restaurant
You might have seen the name during your travels to New York City and Las Vegas. LAVO is all kinds of things at once: an Italian-American restaurant dishing out favourites like the classic Chicken Parmigiano and signature LAVO Meatball (made of fresh Imperial wagyu and Italian sausage); a luxurious lounge with a fully-equipped DJ booth for parties (of course); and also a sprawling outdoor bar and terrace with handcrafted cocktails. At 57 stories above ground, this is vibe-dining as its best – preferably with a slice of the restaurant’s luscious 20 Layer Chocolate Cake in hand.
LAVO Italian Restaurant is located at L57, Marina Bay Sands Skypark Hotel Tower 1, Singapore 018956, p. +65 6688 8591. Open daily 5pm – 12am.
From Sun Kim of Michelin-starred restaurant Meta comes this innovative bistro and its Asian-inspired inventive fare on the ever-buzzing Amoy Street. The food here is comforting and accessible, employing the best of fresh seasonal ingredients to create offerings such as the Shima Aji Tartare ($36) paired with grated salted egg yolk and topped with Oscietra caviar, an umami-filled Spanner Crab Seaweed Linguine ($26) cooked with Korean seaweed that’s reminiscent of japchae, and chef’s take on traditional Bossam ($35), a sharing plate combining slow-cooked pork belly, housemade white kimchi, and ssamjang dipping sauce.
Kimme is located at 47 Amoy St, Singapore 069873, p. +65 6514 1588. Open Mon-Sat 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 11pm. Closed Sun.
Sitting at the top of the newly-opened Andaz Singapore lies 665°F, which as you might have guessed, is also the desired temperature of the Pira oven and grill that serves as the centre of the grill house’s open kitchen. Here, you can dig into delicious slabs of dry-aged Irish Ribeyes ($49/350g) and crusty Dutch milk-fed Veal Chops ($49). For those who prefer seafood, you might like the delicate Whole Dover Sole ($99) in nutty burnt butter. Oh, did we mention that the meats used are completely halal-certified?
665°F is located at L38, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St, Singapore 189354, p. +65 6408 1255. Open Tue-Sat 6pm – 10pm. Closed Sun & Mon.
Caffé B is technically not new, but since moving to its new three-storey location on Club Street, the Japanese-Italian spot has launched a new menu that marries the best of Italian tradition with the sensibilities of Japanese cuisine. This is where Executive Chef Masanao Saito plays with dishes like the Japanese Bolognese Tagliatelle in red wine sauce ($22), Espelette Octopus Salad ($16), and the Pizza A-la-Funghi ($20) – topped with shiitake, button, enoki, and shimeji mushrooms.
Caffé B is located at 64 Club St, Singapore 069438, p. +65 6887 3311. Open Mon-Sat 2pm – 12am. Closed Sun.
The newest kid on the Tyrwhitt Road block, alittle tashi joins the Jalan Besar neighbourhood with its medley of global flavours combined with, you know it, Asian roots. Come experience no-hold-barred creations like Deep-fried Brussel Sprouts with charred miso and sour cream, Vietnam-style Blood Cockles in chilli jam and fish sauce caramel, Lion’s Head giant meatballs braised Shanghai style, and Chinese Donuts with soy sauce caramel.
alittle tashi is located at 39 Tyrwhitt Rd, Singapore 207538, p. +65 9757 3680. Open Tue-Sun 6pm – 12am. Closed Mon.
Origin Grill & Bar
Half restaurant and half bar, Origin takes you through a culinary journey inspired by Singapore’s history of trade and colonial charm. Start at the beautifully-designed bar for cocktails inspired by five districts around Singapore or some craft spirits – think Hawthorn Rum and Sandalwood Gin – developed by Bar Manager Adam Bursik, formerly of The Library. Next door, you’ll find a bespoke beef selection that includes Snow-aged Wagyu Striploin ($138) from Niigata, as well as sustainable line-caught seafood (Miso Butter Glazed Black Cod, $38) from marine-certified coasts.
Origin Grill & Bar is located at Lobby Level, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, 22 Orange Grove, Singapore 258350, p. +65 6737 3644. Open daily 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10.30pm.
New Bars in Singapore
13% Gastro Wine
13% Gastro Wine is the hidden gem that everyone should know about – as long as you don’t steal our favourite seats. After opening two outlets in Aliwal Street and Killiney Road, the new Telok Ayer space is a welcome addition for workers located around the CBD. The wine list is excellent as usual, with only the best stuff from France, Austria, New Zealand, Australia, Italy, Portugal, and the US. If you go down on Wednesdays, you’ll a superb 30% discount off wine bottles, which are usually very affordable.
13% Gastro Bar is located at 123A Telok Ayer Street (2nd Floor), Singapore 068592. Open Mon-Thu 12pm – 2.30pm, 5pm – late. Fri 12pm – late, Sat 5pm – late. Closed Sun.
Joining the list of one of Singapore’s highest bars, Mr Stork at Andaz Singapore isn’t just Insta-worthy (their 10 cosy tepee huts make for an intriguing photo). Amidst the lush greenery and stunning vistas of the cityscape, have a sip of artisanal cocktails like the gentle Ginseng ($16), made with ginseng aperitif, elderflower, grapefruit, tonic, and basil, or the equally aromatic Ginger ($16) – ginger, citrus, lime, and mezcal. More of a beer drinker? Support local with craft beers from local brewers Brewlander and 1925 Brewing Co at just $12 a bottle, or from the tap: the hotel’s very own Andaz Pale Ale ($12).
Mr Stork is located at L39, Andaz Singapore, 5 Fraser St, Singapore 189354, +65 6408 1234. Open Sun-Thu 5pm – 12am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 1am.