This month’s openings are slightly fewer than March’s 43 new restaurants.
Out of 30 restaurants opened in April, two are pop-ups, which make sense that, in this uncertain market, you test the viability of the products before deciding to have a permanent space or not. Some restaurants have reopened after a face-lift and a revamping of menu. Japanese and Asian restaurants dominate the openings this month: finally, there is some pride in Asian cuisine. There is also a concept shop, that is a retail-cum-restaurant which seems to be the rage these days.
18 Tai Seng Street #01-26 Singapore
Sun-Th 11am-8pm, F & Sat 11am-9pm
Casual restaurant selling Tex-Mex food like burritos, quesadillas and tacos and pulled pork burger.
290 Orchard Road, Paragon #04-09 & #04-K1, Singapore 238859
tel: +65 6100 6363
63Celsius at Asia Square 2 has opened an outlet at Paragon, serving all-day borderless cuisine from breakfast, brunch to lunch and dinner in small and big plates.
55 Tras Street Singapore 078994
Tel: +65 8748 4585
M-Th 6pm-12am, F & Sat 6pm-1am, closed Sun
A yakitori Japanese skewers and sake bar.
50 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089154
tel: +65 9054 1435
Taking over the space of Ember Restaurant in Hotel 1929, Bistro November is a pop-up restaurant until… November 2017. It’s managed by the Unlisted Collection Group which owns Burnt Ends, Meatsmith, Esquina, and Pollen.
775 North Bridge Road Singapore 198743
Tel: +65 8748 0788
Brine, which serves contemporary cuisine, is co-founded by the lads behind The Laneway Market.
ComNam Vietnamese Street Eats
252 North Bridge Road, #B1-46/47 Raffles City Shopping Centre
Tel: +65 6334 7377
Connam reopens with a new look and a new menu. Recommended: bánh báo (pork buns, 2 pcs, $7.90), cơm gà xào xả ớt (lemongrass chicken on rice, $9.90), bún chả Hà Nội (pork done two ways with vermicelli, $9.90).
DSTLLRY par Christophe Lerouy
21 Media Circle #01-01 Infinite Studios, Singapore 138562
Tel: +65 6334 4816
6pm-11pm, closed Sun
Chef Christophe Lerouy, who led Alma by Juan Amador to its Michelin Star, has joined DSTLLRY and the restaurant is rebranded to DSTLLRY par Christophe Lerouy. It now serves prix fixe: six courses $95++, 8 courses, $120++.
67 Bussorah Street Singapore 199480
Tel: +65 6291 0695
Sun-Th 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-11pm, F & Sat 5.30pm-11.30pm
[FULL REVIEW] Engineer-turned-restaurateur Sumeet Singla, who also owns Pizza Fabbrica, enlists the help of head bartender Kannan (formerly from Cufflink Club) and Chef Azad (formerly from Yantra) to open Flying Monkey, an Indian tapas bar.
Garang Grill by New Ubin Seafood
15 Swan Lake Ave Singapore 4557111
Tel: +65 9245 0184
11.30am-2.30pm, 6.30pm-10.30pm, closed M
[FULL REVIEW] Chef-owner Jeremy Cheok of Slake restaurant has joined the management team of the Michelin Bib Gourmand awardee, New Ubin Seafood. The now defunct Slake has rebranded into Garang Grill, which is a pop-up of New Ubin until 31 May. “Garang,” as any decent NS boy would know, means “fierce” in Malay, and he wishes to cook bold flavors from the $16000 charcoal grill oven by Spanish makers Mibrasa. He atas-fied New Ubin’s specialities such as turning the New Ubin Black Angus beef into his rendition of USDA Prime ribeye ($90 for 500g) served with bordelaise butter, beef jus, red wine reduction, shallots. He also adds chilli padi to the New Ubin’s fried rice with beef fat.
16 Bussorah Street Singapore 199437
Tel: +65 9169 0734
Is an izakaya (which means “drinking house” in Japanese) still an izakaya when it doesn’t serve alcohol? Touted to be the first Muslim-owned izakaya, Hararu Izakaya brings a modern twist to an izakaya bar and gives a traditional tatami dining experience. Opening sometime in Apr.
76 Bras Basah Rd, Lobby Floor, Carlton Hotel, Singapore 189558
Tel: +65 6266 2291
Joji is Carlton Hotel’s newest bar, brought to you by the team behind One Michelin star Omakase restaurant Shinji by Kanesaka.
Kambing Bakar Cairo
5 Changi Village Road #01-2019 Singapore 500005
Tel: +65 9100 9729
Originally from Indonesia, Kambing Bakar Cairo specializes in chargrilled Australian lamb. They also serve traditional Indonesian dishes.
Koat Aroy Thai Restaurant
18 Tai Seng Street #01-24 Singapore
Tel: +65 6386 7475
Recommended from this Thai restaurant: charcoal barbecue set ($28) with prawn, squid, flower crab and crayfish; claypot glass noodles with prawn in tom yum broth ($15) and deep-fried fish with mango ($22).
85 Beach Road #01-02 Singapore 189694
Tel: +65 6266 0061
Joshua Koo and Dylan Ong made waves a few years ago when they moved from a kopitiam stall to to open Saveur restaurant and quickly expanded into the Saveur Group. Both of them have left the Group and are currently flying solo. Koo went back to his roots and opened Taste Affair, a hawker stall in Amoy Food Centre, selling pasta and rice for $5 to $7. Today, Ong opens The Masses, a restaurant that serves affordable fine-dining food.
2 Orchard Turn, #B3-23 Ion Orchard, Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 9366
Watami brought Niku Kappo from Tsukiji in Tokyo to ION Orchard. It offers Japanese Kappo (割烹) styled cuisine, and focuses on beef. Signature: Edo Yaki (江戸焼き) is the original form of Sukiyaki, and uses Miso as base instead of the usual Shoyu. Starting from $18.90 per pax.
142 Owen Rd, Singapore 218941
Tel: +65 6909 1431
A bar-restaurant. Opens 18th Apr.
8A Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Link Mall #B2-01, Singapore 018984
Saigon Rolls functions more as a takeaway kiosk. It rolls Vietnamese ingredients like a burrito and they use non-traditional fillings such as avocado, and smoked salmon.
190 Middle Road #02-05, Fortune Centre, Singapore 188979
Tel: +65 9625 4434
11.30am-7.30pm, closed sun
SBAM, a vegetarian restaurant, stands for Spice, Brew and Masala. It serves Chinese and Malay food with Indian spices. Popular for ricebowls (starting from $6.90) and pastas.
118 Holland Ave, #B1-12/13, Raffles Holland V, Singapore 278997
Tel: +65 6262 5618
Sens offers a wide range of Japanese dishes including sashimi, sushi, teppanyaki and omakase. A sample of their prices: sukiyaki ($18.50), bara chirashi don ($32), chargrilled cod fish ($22.80), otoro sashimi (1pc, $12.50), sashimi mix 3 kinds ($25.80), yakitori sticks starting from $4.50, rosu katsu ni set ($26.50).
Showa Hakata Ramen & Izakaya
1 Yuan Ching Road, #01-02 SuperBowl Jurong Singapore 618640
Tel: +65 6592 6829
11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm daily
A casual Japanese restaurant in the West, serving ramen, sushi and rice bowls.
Shinji by Kanesaka
76 Bras Basah Rd, Lobby Floor, Carlton Hotel, Singapore 189558
Tel: +65 6338 6131
12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm (last order at 9pm), closed Sun
73 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Level 1 Centro Bianco Building Singapore 534818
Tel: +65 6282 0251
M-Th 10am-11pm, F & Sat 10am-2am, Sun 11am-11pm
Chef Shawn Yan offers a 5-course prix fixe menu ($55++), and the restaurant is rather spiffy.
23 Serangoon Central, nex #B2-58 Singapore 556083
Tel: +65 6634 4089
M-F & eve PH 11.30am-10pm; Sat, Sun & PH 11am-10pm
So Ramen offers 3 types of noodles and 5 broths. If you want a rice dish, they use Koshihikari rice from Niigata Perfecture, a variety that is said to be best in Japan.
Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #03-07/08/23-25A, 238896
Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones or awkwardly acronym-ed as SRPS is a concept that integrates the best of retail, cuisine and art. The kitchen is helmed by Chef Stephan Zoisl. It’s supposed to be open in the first quarter of the year, so it should be opening soon.
Taste of Shanghai
331 New Bridge Road, #01-04 Dorsett Residences, Singapore 088764
Tel: +65 82187663
Sorry for the lack of information. I walked past the restaurant, which took the place of Candlenut, and it received congratulatory flowers, but I couldn’t find any information online except that it is a Shanghaiese restaurant. They don’t even have a facebook account or instagram. But I guess they are serving Shanghaiese food? It’s just a wild guess. Don’t kill me if I’m wrong.
Thai’d Me Up
271 Bukit Timah Road, #01-04 Balmoral Plaza, Singapore 259708
Tel: +65 6235 5110
M-W 5.30pm-10.30pm, Th & F 5.30pm-11.59pm, Sat 12pm-11.59pm, Sun 12pm-10.30pm
They have a funny but likely to be apocryphal story on their facebook, about their chef named MeUp who grew up in Chiangmai, so their restaurant name is Thai’d Me Up. Their signatures include mango salad ($13.90), tom yum ($14.90), and steamed seabass ($35.90).
119 Owen Road Singapore 218924
Tel: +65 6291 3474
By the PeraMakan group, Tingkat PeraMakan is a casual joint that serves Peranakan set meals, similar to cai fan, from $10-$15. The rice meals include a meat, 2 sides, a drink, and a dessert.
Tsukiji Fish Market Restaurant
181 Orchard Road, #12-02 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Tel: +65 6634 2803
12pm-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm daily
Japanese restaurant selling bara chirashi don ($19.80) and 7 kinds of sashimi ($32.80) at affordable prices.
Wah Kee Big Prawn Noodle
Blk 1 Beach Road #01-4757 Singapore 190001
After opening their second outlet at Esplanade, the hawker stall has opened at 3rd at a coffeeshop. The prawn soup starts from $5 but the big prawns are priced at $10, $20, $30.
49 Club Street Singapore 069426
Tel: +65 6325 8529
M-F 12pm-12am, Sat 4pm-12am
WTF stands for Wine, Tapas, and Friends.
PHOTO CREDIT: Photos without RERG logo are taken from the respective establishements’ facebook pages or websites.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
Categories: New Restaurants