January is a busy month. A new year begets new hopes, and owners of eateries are not infallible to this folly.
Many eateries know that they must have a gambit to attract customers. On this list, you’ll see magic and monsters. However, the serious eateries focus on innovative and exciting menus with good ingredients.
Some are opening their 2nd or nth eatery, so we know F&B operators do make money, contrary to what they claim.
These are the 24 new restaurants, 15 cafes, 5 takeaway shops, 3 bars, and 4 hawkers. How much can you eat?
The kitchen is helmed by two Italian chefs, Roberto Galbiati and Antonio Manetto, who are respectively from the North and South of Italy, thus they can provide a wide range of Italian cuisine.
Chef Akira Back was a professional snowboarder before becoming a chef. 20 years after his career switch, he has now 6 restaurants worldwide, intending to open 6 more this year. The eponymous restaurant features Japanese cuisine with Korean influence, using seasonal ingredients. Signatures include: tuna pizza ($25), miso black cod ($30) and gyudon (beef bowl, $42).
Atmastel serves casual Mediterranean cuisine by a chef whose experience includes a two Michelin-starred kitchen. The menu lists pastas, pizzas, and salads.
The immensely popular hotpot restaurant, Beauty in the Pot, which requires reservation weeks in advance, has opened a second outlet at Centrepoint. It’s bigger, better, faster, stronger. They have four new soup bases: Vitamin C Tomato Sweet Corn, Herbal Drunken Chicken, Cooling Coconut and Longevity Wild Pine Mushroom. Instead of dividing the pot into half so you get two soups, they have a new pot that is quartered, so you can enjoy four soups.
After a hiatus due to relocation and renovation, the Michelin-starred Beni has reopened in Dec 2016. Helmed by Chef de cuisine Kenji Yamanaka, the restaurant serves French-Japanese cuisine. The prix fixe menus for lunch are at $68++, $128++, $228++; and for dinner at $178++ and $258++. No a la carte. Full review.
DaeJon House 대전집
2 Havelock Road, Apollo Centre #01-03, Singapore 059763
T: +65 8499 0739
Daejon House’s specialty is their beef bone broth base, which is simmered for 6 hours. This broth base is used in their signature dishes such as Korean beef noodles ($12.90), army stew ($24.90/ $34.90) and beef hotpot ($24.90/ $34.90).
FOC Sentosa is the offshoot of FOC restaurant, which also opened Pim Pam. There are some overlapping Spanish-Catalan tapas items across the 3 restaurants’ menus. The main difference between FOC Sentosa and the other 2 restaurants is that FOC Sentosa serves grilled items, mostly fresh seafood. It’s BBQ by the beach. Full review.
Davide Olandi, chef-owner of Michelin-starred D’O Restaurant in Milan, Italy, has opened Foo’d by Davide Oldani at Victoria Concert Hall. He coined the “cucina pop” philosophy, which states that his Italian food aims to combine tradition with innovation, making the food accessible to people. A 3-course lunch menu starts at S$45++, 4 courses at $52++. Dinner goes for $138++ for 5 courses, and $168++ for 7. No a la carte. Full review.
Fried Chicken Master
23 Serangoon Central, NEX Serangoon #B2-48A, Singapore 556083
T: +65 6593 9403
Fried Chicken Master is a fast-food restaurant from Taiwan with 30 years of experience. Only fresh chickens are used. Their signature, Jimbo ($5), is made from chicken breast.
Within Singapore Botanic Gardens, The Garage used to be, well, a garage. Now the two-storey building houses two concepts. On the first floor is a cafe called Bee’s Knees (T-Sun 10am-6pm). On the second floor, Botanico (W-Sun 6pm-10) is a bistro helmed by Spanish-born Chef Antonio Oviedo. Their signatures include lamb tartare, braised pork belly, and cured and grilled Spanish mackerel.
2 Tan Quee Lan Street #01-02 Singapore 188091
T: +65 9767 7784
Kin Moo is a casual Thai boat noodles restaurant and the first to serve baamee haeng cha kang rao ($7.90), consisting of minced pork, pork ribs, peanuts, dried shrimps, garlic, and a generous serving of lard. It also has rice dishes such as braised pork knuckle rice ($7.90) and other Thai cooked dishes. Full review.
By the same people behind the extremely popular Japanese hotpot Suki-Ya, Kuro Izakaya specializes in kushiyaki (BBQ skewers) and Japanese whiskeys. They use a Japanese imported Kosei Charcoal Grill, which utilizes infrared waves to focus the charcoal heat on the food without drying it. Full review.
Kuro Maguro serves donburi (rice bowls). It uses bluefin tuna that weighs at least 280kg. The fish is imported directly from Misaki Port to Singapore. It is frozen using a technique called super frozen (超低温) at – 60 degrees Celsius to ensure freshness. There are 18 donburi, starting from $10.80.
180 Kitchener Road, #02-37/38 City Square Mall, Singapore 208539
T: +65 6909 0568
Meet is a casual restaurant that serves French- and Japanese-inspired cuisine at an affordable price. Mains are below $20. Menu here.
Po Restaurant is a collaboration between the Lo and Behold Group (housing restaurants like Black Swan and White Rabbit) and Chef Willin Low whose restaurant, Wild Rocket, ranks 38th on 50 Best Asia’s Restaurants. As characteristic of Low’s style, expect modern Singaporean cuisine.
Porta replaces Brizo, the buffet restaurant of Park Hotel Clarke Quay, and serves modern European cuisine at affordable prices. Set lunch goes for $18++ (2 courses) and $22++ (3 courses). Recommended: iberico pork secreto ($26). Full review.
SBCD Korean Tofu House
7 Wallich Street, Tanjong Pagar Centre, #B1-01/02,Singapore 078884
T: +65 6386 6441
SBCD Korean Tofu House serves tofu in Korean soup with 4 levels of spiciness from mild to crazy hot. Tofu is hand-made fresh daily, and the set menu comes with side dishes and meat. Expect to pay $20-$30.
Soi Thai Soi Nice
321 Alexandra Road #02-01 Alexandra Central, Singapore 159971
T: +65 6250 4863
Soi Thai Soi Nice serves Thai steamboat of homemade tom yam soup, headed by Chef Worawong Phairat (Olay) from Bangkok with 19 years of experience.
The Summerhouse is part of the 1-Group which has restaurants such as UNA at Rochester Park. Within the Summerhouse, there are a dining room (W-Sat 6pm-10pm, Sun 6pm – 9pm), the Wildseed bar (T-Th & Sun 4pm-10pm, F & Sat 4pm- 11pm) and the Wildseed Cafe by the Summerhouse (T-F 10am-7pm, weekends 9am-7pm).
Chef de Cuisine Florian Ridder employs a farm-to-table concept, drawing his ingredients from farms, a kelong, and the in-house edible garden.
Sushi Kimura 鮨来村
390 Orchard Road, #01-07 Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871
T: +65 8428 0073
Chef Tomoo Kimura, formerly from Sushi Ichi, serves Edo-mae styled sushi, using organic Fujisu vinegar from an ancient method and soya sauce from Aritaya. There are three lunch sets ($120++, $180++, and $250++) and three for dinner ($280++, $330++, and $390++).
Wine & Chef
7 Keong Siak Road Singapore 089115
T: +65 6221 9279
10am-11pm, closed Sun
Headed by Chef Wilson Ang.
They offer New York styled pizzas, that is, the pizzas are big and thin. Their dough is made fresh daily. For weekday lunch, a pasta and a soda go for $12; a 10″ pizza and soda at $15; and a 10″ pizza, pasta and 2 sodas at $25.
Yonpachi Gyojo 四十八漁場
205 River Valley Road, UE Square #01-75, Singapore 238274
T: +65 6732 3110
Yonpachi Gyojo literally means “48 Fishing Grounds” because it sources its sustainable seafood from 48 fishing ports around Japan. The seafood is flown into Singapore 3 times a week. The izakaya is by the same people behind Tsukada Nojo which serves collagen hotpot 美人锅, so there is a variation of the hotpot here. Full review.
An Acai Affair
101 East Coast Road, Singapore 428796
M-Th 12pm-10pm, F 12pm-11.30pm, Sat 10pm-11.30pm, Sun 10pm-10pm
Limited seats so it’s best to take away your acai bowls, that come in cups or coconut husks, and start from $6.90.
At the Myo
4 Everton Park #01-42 Singapore 080004
T: +65 8126 0646
T-Sat 12pm-9pm, Sun 12pm-8pm
The hawker stall, Sebastian Fusion Cuisine, has moved a couple of doors down to open a small cafe. The menu is trimmed: now it serves pastas and curry rice at about $10 for a main.
Bushi Cafe is an anime-themed casual restaurant and serves Japanese curry rice. Their signature, bushi curry rice ($13.80), comes with a chicken thigh. The ninja omu curry ($14.50), which also has chicken thigh, is rice wrapped in omelette, and the curry has tomato sauce.
The very popular Hong Kong-based cafe has opened a second outlet at Raffles City. (The first is at Scotts Square.)
Dutch Colony opens its 4th outlet at UE Square.
1189 Upper Serangoon Road, The Midtown at Hougang #01-18 (previously Hougang Plaza), Singapore 534785
T: +65 6385 5587
10am-10pm, closed Tue
Fynn’s serves grains, salads, sandwiches, burgers and brunch items. The salads start from $19, and their brunch plates from $14. Recommended items include heirloom tomato salad ($23), all beef burger ($20), pulled chicken pita ($17), grilled chicken ($19.50), chia seed pudding ($14), and vanilla hot cakes ($19). Coffee is from Common Man.
Hattendo was established in 1933 in Hiroshima, Japan, as a confectionery shop. It now has 18 stores in Japan, Korea, Philippines, and Taiwan. They are famous for their cream bun ($2.50) that is a hybrid of bread and cake.
1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109
T: +65 9710 5306
Taking over the space of Lollapalooza, Loloku is a poke bar and deli.
Blk 6 Everton Park #01-18 Singapore 080006
T: +65 9795 7262
Marble Bistro has beautiful marble tables, great for instagrammers. On its facebook, it says it serves “modern cuisine.” The food is affordable: a 3-course set lunch at $17, and a dinner tasting menu at $37.
By the same people behind Seorae, Patbingsoo serves bingsu desserts and Korean street food. Very instagrammable.
1094 Serangoon Rd Singapore 328192
T: +65 6204 6003
T-F 11am-10pm, Weekends 10am-10pm
By the people behind Fresh Fruits Lab, Platform 1094 is a wizard-themed cafe. Their specialities include pesto mayo pork ribs ($22) and schnitzel sous-vide duck breast ($19). Of course, remember to put your name in the Goblet of Fire ($15), a curacao liqueur that spits fire. Maybe you’ll be picked for the Triwizard Tournament. BYOB: Bring your own broomstick.
Shop Wonderland, a cafe and florist shop which used to be at Haji Lane, has moved to the CBD area. On top of its cakes and bakes, they now serve panini, wraps, and other brunch food.
Stray by Fatcat
181 Orchard Road #04-22A/23 Orchard Central 238896
Known for their ice cream and spherification, Fatcat has opened an offshoot in town.
2 Park Lane, Seletar Aerospace Park, Singapore 798386
T: +65 9025 4198 / +65 8191 4288
T-F 11am-10pm, weekends 8am-10.30pm
The people behind the azure blue door of Wheeler’s Yard have an offshoot of Wheeler’s Estate. It is a 4-in-1 concept: restaurant, cafe, bar, and picnic. The first floor has a grill house using jarrah, apple and lychee firewood. You can also get a mat and basket from the counter and picnic on the lawn. Full review.
1 Vista Exchange Green, The Star Vista #B1-06, Singapore 138617
Bingsu takeaway shop, bingsu starts from $6.90.
435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria #B1-45, Singapore 238877
t: +65 6910 3108
Fruce is a takeaway dessert shop with fruit-based drinks. They are sweetened by a Japanese brown sugar called kuromitsu, which they import themselves. Recommended: pandan coconut, mango sago, and pumpkin kuromitsu, starting from $3.
Kuro-Obi by Ippudo
Bayfront Avenue #B2-54/55 Marina Bay Sands Singapore 018972
S-Th & PH 10.30am–11pm, F, Sat & Eve PH 10.30am–11.30pm
Kuro-obi by Ippudo is a takeaway ramen shop. It is first launched in New York, and this is its first overseas outlet. It is also the first chicken-based ramen by Ippudo. The signature, Kuro Obi Original ramen ($12), comes with chicken chashu, diced onion, spinach, seaweed and egg.
51 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 069877
T: +65 6909 0589
M-F 11.30am-9pm, Sat 11.30am-6pm, closed Sun
This is their first outlet outside of Hong Kong. Their poke bowls come in two sizes: Keiki ($15.99, 150g fish) and Kama’aina ($17.99, 180g).
Tokyo Chopped Salad
9 Raffles Boulevard #01-102, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
T: +65 6817 5718
Tokyo Chopped Salad is the first chopped salad in Singapore jointly developed by chef Teppei Yamashita (owner of Teppei Japanese Restaurant and Teppei Syokudo). The salads start from $12.
43 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088464
T: +65 8121 1462
Crackjack is opened by Zachary De Git and Peter Chua. The former has worked at some of the top bars in Australia such as Black Pearl and Gingerboy, while the latter is a homegrown talent who was among the Top 6 Bartenders in the World in 2014. The cocktails range from $16 to $20, classics to innovative ones like Everything Is Awesome ($18), a gin-and-vermouth based cocktail named after the theme song in The Lego Movie.
Hansul Korean Dining Bar
21 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-05 Singapore 088444
T: +65 6906 7088
Hansul offers 60 kinds of makgeolli, cheongju, soju and cocktails from all over Korea, as well as a selection of Italian wines and ciders. They also serve extensive Korean dishes with Western and Japanese twist, from mini bar bites to full meals options like Korean fried chicken, hotpot stew, and BBQ Grill, prepared by Korean chefs.
Burgers, rice bowls, and cocktails.
Charlie’s Peranakan Food
505 Beach Road, #B1-30 Golden Mile Food Centre, Singapore 199583
T: +65 9789 6304
facebookCharlie’s Peranakan Food was a restaurant along East Coast Road and closed 8 years ago. It reopened as a hawker stall in Dec 2016 and the pricing is pocket-friendly. Ayam buah keluak is $7 and chicken rendang at $5.
30 Foch Road #01-02 Singapore 209276
T: +65 9119 2619
11.30am-9pm, closed W
Don 档 is in the same coffeeshop with Royal J’s Seafood, and has taken over the stall of The Western Co. They serve Japanese-influenced rice bowls (donburi) such as salted egg tempura don, sous vide wagyu beef with 72-degress onsen egg don ($12.90), and mentaiko sous vide Norwegian salmon don.
Eat Chicken Rice
8 Grange Road, Koufu food court, Cineleisure, Singapore 239695
t: +65 9828 3490
Unlike most rice bowls which serve Japanese-influenced cuisine, Eat Chicken Rice, a stall at the basement of Cineleisure, brings the “rice bowl” concept to Singaporean food. The rice bowls are cooked freshly upon ordering, so you may have to wait a while. All dishes cost $8.90. Recommended: truffle chicken rice, and salted egg yolk chicken rice bowl. Full review.
45 Sam Leong Road, Singapore 207935
T: +65 8687 3371
Sat-Th 2pm-9pm, F 2pm-11pm, closed Mon
Route 12 has no publicity from print or social media, but the queue may take up to an hour long. Their schtick? A monstrously gigantic squid accompanies their nasi lemak; it is known as sotong king nasi lemak. Full review.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photos of Acqua e Farina, Akira Back, An Acai Affair, At the Myo, Beach Road Kitchen, Beauty in the Pot, Bushi Cafe, Charlie’s, The Coffee Academics, Don 档, Fynn’s, Hansul, Hattendo Cafe, Marble Bistro, Pololi, Soi Thai Soi Nice, The Summerhouse, Sushi Kimura, Teepee, Tokyo Chopped Salad, and Yellow Cab Pizza are taken from their facebook pages. Photos of Ippudo, Kuro Maguro, and SBCD Korean Tofu House are provided by them.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
Categories: New Restaurants