New Restaurants

New Openings in Feb 2017: New Restaurants, Cafes, Bars, and Hawkers

13 restaurants, 6 cafes, 6 bars, and 7 hawkers. Because of the bad economy, some trends that I’ve been noticing show up in these new openings:

1. Fewer and fewer fine-dining restaurants. Eateries are moving towards casual dining.

2. Casual dining means that hawker food stalls are expanding into restaurant setting. This sounds counterintuitive; what?! people should be eating at hawkers, not restaurants, if we are in a bad economy. But people are used to some comfort, and these hawker-restaurants offer a good compromise.

3. More bars are opening, combining food and alcohol, because since people aren’t spending much on food, f&b establishments need to supplement their income. Alcoholics are spendthrifts, you don’t need much manpower to pour a drink, and the profit margin for alcohol is high.

4. Because of the bad economy, kids with rich parents aren’t opening cafes; parents just aren’t giving them money. The cafes are either holes in the wall or takeaway or opened by big companies. Small cafes become more specialized.

5. Young people are opening more Western food stalls in foodcourts, instead of cafes or restaurants.

These are the new openings in Feb 2017:


10 Tebing Lane, Punggol East Park, Singapore 828836

16298703_10154527341409121_2398741543644485448_nLocated in one of the cargo containers in Punggol, D’grill serves pastas and seafood cze char dishes like lala and sambal stingray.

Don Meijin
201 Victoria street, Bugis+ #04-10, Singapore 188067
T: +65 6238 1011

nonameFound inside the compound of Ramen Champion, Don Meijin’s signature dish, spicy chilli crab tendon, consists of tempura prawns, asparagus, pumpkin, fish fillet, eggplant, and kakiage, all of which are drizzled with chilli crab sauce.

eGrill & Piza
2 Handy Rd, The Cathay, #B1-01/02/03, Singapore 229233
T: +65 6736 3055

15622673_1042472619230007_1356267468132344324_nNo, this is not a spelling error. It is “piza.” It is a casual restaurant focused on Japanese-styled pizzas and skewers. Recommended: salmon mentai pizzaspicy teriyaki chicken pizza, grilled mackerel skewer, salmon belly fin skewer, and beef Köttbullar skewer.

Half Pound
8 Purvis Street Singapore 188587
T: +65 6906 1900

15994397_353261701721535_8736712999249125242_oHalf Pound is a burger and grill bar, which also serves pizzas and pastas. Unique items include deep-fried spare ribs ($15), honey butter fries ($10), and bacon and caramelized onion pizza ($18).. The half pound burger ($18) and mother of all burgers ($24) use Angus beef, and come with truffled gouda.

Hot Buns and Thunder Balls
39 Syed Alwi Rd, Vagabond Hotel, Singapore 207630
T: +65 6291 6677
12pm-3pm, 7pm-midnight

bar-vagabond-homeTaking over the space of 5th Quarter, Hot Buns and Thunder Balls serves Asian-inspired burgers such as Slow Burn ($22, dark soy and spiced braised Iberico pork belly) and Sexy Indian ($18, chicken tikka). The namesake, Thunder Balls ($10),  is a dessert of ice cream and dried glutinous rice dumpling balls with a choice of filling.

74 Amoy St Singapore 069893
T: +65 6221 9928
11.30am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm

15894344_1632718577030222_4648101517071324219_nK-Tower serves the latest fad to hit Korea, a stacked 9-tier seafood, steamed in a tower. The juices trickle down, accumulating in a hot pot. A 3-tier, which includes lobster, costs $88; 5-tier $188; 7-tier $288; and 9-tier $388.

25 Dempsey Road #01-04 Singapore 249670
T: +65 6266 3822
T-Th 12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm, F & Sat 12pm-3pm, 6pm-11pm, Sun 10.30am-3pm

16266056_1323889984323604_7630702532601882917_nThe 4 year-old Morsels has shifted to Dempsey. Chef Petrina Loh serves small plates, highlighted by Asian accents.

Numazu Uogashizushi
100 Tras Street, 100am #03-K1, Singapore 079027
T: +65 6444 0868
11am-3pm, 5.30m-10pm

15202775_1176109342471197_3765653190972678779_nHousing 5 restaurants, Itadakimasu by PARCO is another Japanese food enclave like Japan Food Town and Emporium Shokuhin.  What is special about Numazu Uogashizushi among the 5 restaurants is that it is established in 1979, and it is one of the few sushi restaurants to have limited auction rights at Numazu Fish Market in Shizuoka Prefecture.

Okinawa Dining
07 River Valley Road, #01-57 UE Square, Singapore 238275
T: +65 6735 2212
Sun-Th 6pm-11.45pm, F & Sat 6pm-1am

15800098_214605718999649_8698971701991326617_oTaking over the space of En Dining, Okinawa Dining is by the same people behind Tsukada Nojo and Yonpachi Gyojo.

One Night Only
397 River Valley Road Singapore
T: +65 6235 1248
T-F 12pm-1pm, Weekends 9am-10pm

15977144_166168913784219_5173762008908288219_nTaking over the space of Tony Pizza, the people behind Muchachos and The Daily Cut have opened a diner serving American favorites such as catfishchicken-fried steak ($27), Nashville hot chicken ($21), and buttermilk fried chicken ($19.50). If you can’t find the shop, look for the neon signage that says “Applause.”

Ramen Atelier
2 Science Park Drive, #01-34 Ascent, Singapore 118222
T: +65 9008 3614
M-F 12pm-3pm, closed weekends

15732008_1628834620753407_8633424105288168094_oTrained in French cuisine, Chef-owner Andrew Ng uses French culinary techniques for ramen.

Sea Tripod Seafood Paradise
331 New Bridge Road, #01-02 Dorsett Residence, Singapore 088764
T: +65 6444 9266

15940568_237081063398308_4906930732688234010_nSeafood Tripod is a Chinese fine-dining restaurant, specializing in steamed seafood. The seafood is steamed in front of you, and you can put porridge below the steamer, so the porridge collects the essence of the seafood. There are sets which go for $58 (2 pax) to $588 (8 pax). Recommended: Australian jade tiger abalone ($18) and Scotland bamboo clam ($10).

Seven7h Cucina
275 Thomson Road, #01-02 Novena Regency, Singapore 307690
T: +65 6493 2134
11am-4pm, 5pm-10.30pm

15036575_1804935493112288_860027521556550328_nThe halalcertified Italian restaurant is managed by chef-owner Firdauz Nasir who was formerly the Executive Chef of the Arteastiq group of restaurants. Their signatures include Creation Pizza Burg (angus beef patty encrusted with pizza dough and served with truffle fries), fermented tapioca, bresaola beef cured in-house, and leg of lamb.


Big Fish Small Fish
10 Tebing Lane, Punggol East Park, Singapore 828836

img_1492Big Fish Small Fish is in one of the seven cargo containers in Punggol. It serves fish and chips with a choice of dip: tartar sauce, or mozzarella cheese dip, or homemade XO mayo. You can choose the type of fish you want, from the cheapest dory ($6.90) to the most expensive, fresh red snapper ($15.90). Full review.

House of AnLi
163 Tanglin Road, #03-17 Tanglin Mall, Singapore 247933
T: +65 6235 3851

16143859_1403358873050270_8442298244844511029_oHouse of Anli is an interior home decor furniture shop which has opened a cafe-bistro recently. They use fresh produce, including New Zealand organic eggs.

Leung Kee Healthy Dessert
10 Tebing Lane, Punggol East Park, Singapore 828836

img_1477One of the seven new cargo containers at Punggol East Park, Leung Kee serves Chinese desserts.

Salt & Delight
9 Yio Chu Kang Road #01-02 Singapore 545523
T: +65 6909 0140
T-F 11am-7pm, Sat 10am-7pm, Sun 2pm-6pm

14114909_1590394057928939_2988460639719847742_oSalt & Delight is a hole-in-the-wall cake boutique cafe with limited seating; more a takeaway shop than a cafe. They specialize in entremets, cakes with many layers of mousse and sponge. 2 Degrees North Coffee Co supplies their caffeine.

Seoul Good
10 Tebing Lane, Punggol East Park, Singapore 828836

15994358_1837290533219617_3766892996834119454_oSeoul Good is situated in one of the seven cargo containers in Punggol. It serves bingsu, coffee, and Korean fried chicken.

Tachihara Coffee
9 Raffles Boulevard, # 01-97 / 98 Millenia Walk, Millenia Walk, 039596
T: +65 6337 3575

Pullman Bakery (previously known as Tachihara Bakery) first started in Hokkaido in 1978. There are 3 outlets in Japan and 1 in Singapore. Now, just beside Pullman Bakery, they opened a cafe called Tachihara Coffee.


Boost @ Banks
10 Tebing Lane, Punggol East Park, Singapore 828836

One of the seven new cargo containers at Punggol East Park, Boost@Banks is a bar.

L’Chiam Bistro
10 Tebing Lane, Punggol East Park, Singapore 828836

Currently, L’Chiam Bistro serves only drinks, but it intends to serve homecooked Peranakan food by one of the partners’ mother, and once it’s sold out for the day, it’s out. L’Chiam Bistro is housed in one of the shipping containers in Punggol.

52A Amoy Street Singapore 069878
T: +65 8869 6520
6pm-12am, closed Sun

15621783_933625793404306_3993080591793780873_nFounded by Vijay Mudaliar (formerly of Operation Dagger), Native is thus named because the cocktails use regional and exotic ingredients such as turmeric, tapioca, fish eggs, and ants.

Pixy Bar and Cuisine
16 Mohamed Sultan Road #01-01 Singapore 238965
T: +65 9171 7682
6pm-12pm, closed Sun

Pump Station 1965
10 Tebing Lane, Punggol East Park, Singapore 828836
T: +65 9459 7703

img_1475One of the seven new cargo containers at Punggol East Park, Pump Station 1965 is a bar that serves finger food and mains like beef pasta ($14.90), beef stew ($14.90), and dong po pork belly ($12.90, with rice $14.90).

WTF Coffee House & Bar
11 Penang Lane, Innotel Hotel, Singapore 238485
T: +65 6545 4818

16195926_365440117165378_724566226225393410_nA coffee house by day, a sports bar screening English Premier League by night, WTF serves pastas, sandwiches, pizzas, and an affordable barachirashi don at $15.90++.


BAP Korean Food
321 Alexandra Road, Alexandra Central Mall #01-01, Singapore 169971

Although this is a comfortable restaurant setting, it’s self-service Korean chap chye png. You get to choose 3 side dishes with rice from $9.50 to $15.

Burger Buddies
1 Cantonment Road, Essen at the Pinnacle #01-01, Singapore 080001
T: +65 6727 6066

15894285_239583396467848_8105449955311057301_nA stall in a food court, Burger Buddies uses freshly ground meat for the patties. They have unique burgers like lamb burger and duck burger with orange wedges. 

Coffee Break @ Savourworld, Ascent
2 Science Park Drive, Ascent #01-28, Singapore 118222
T: +65 8100 6218

16002789_1680440115303126_549411455933835793_nThe coffee stall at Amoy Street Food Centre has opened an offshoot at Ascent which has limited seating in a kopitiam setting. They are known for their kaya and butter toast with coffee but they have come up with creative drinks like butter pecan latte ($3.80).

Enaq the Prata Shop
Blk 21 21 Ghim Moh Road Singapore 270021

The popular Jurong prata shop has opened an outlet at Ghim Moh; it is a restaurant setting. This is their central kitchen where they make their own dough and deliver it to the Jurong outlet.

Goruden Singapore
31 Lower Kent Ridge Road, NUS Yusof Ishak House, Central Square Level 2, Singapore 119078
M-F 8am-8pm, Sat 8am-3pm

15894753_1844771439099467_2424430724432745650_nA stall in a school canteen, Goruden offers quite a range from wraps and salads to basmati rice and pasta. Their signatures are their burgers, which have fillings like pulled pork, crispy pork and grilled chicken.

Le Bouillon
24 Raffles Place #B1-01/10 Clifford Centre, Stall 13 @ Food Emporium, Singapore 048621
M-F 8am-7pm, Sat 8am-3pm

Operating as a stall in a food court, Le Bouillon serves affordable French food with many items below $10.

The Wanton Mee Co. by 88 Hong Kong Roast Meat Specialist
153 Tyrwhitt Road Singapore 207566

88 Hong Kong Roast Meat is known to serve one of the best sio bak in Singapore. They now have a new stall beside it: The Wanton Mee Co, which dishes out, well, wanton mee.

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PHOTO CREDIT: Photos of Burger Buddies, Coffee Break, eGrill, Goruden, Half Pound, House of AnLi, K-Tower, Morsels, Native, Numazu Uogashizushi, Okinawa, One Night Only, Ramen Atelier, Salt & Delight, Sea Tripod, Seoul Good, Seven7h, WTF are taken from their facebook pages. Photo of D’Grill is taken by Ishabel Low. Photo of Hot Buns is taken from their website. Photo of Don Meijin is provided by them.

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