Island life just got a whole lot more interesting with Ola Beach Club, Singapore’s only Hawaiian-themed lifestyle venue. Not only can you savour Hawaiian-style dishes like ahi poke bowls ($20) served with your choice of marinated tuna and Kalua pig tacos ($25), the beach shack also rents out a host of water sports equipment like water-propelled jet packs (from $228) for daredevils who want to try their hand at flying up to nine metres in the air.
Hidden behind the buzzy café-bar Fat Prince lies The Ottoman Room – an opulent, Middle Eastern-inspired restaurant where eager servers roll out an endless supply of mezze on a dim sum-style trolley. On top of that, diners can choose larger fish, meat and vegetable dishes like spiced short ribs and stuffed lamb shoulder that’s been grilled for hours in a traditional wood-fired earth pit to share. Wash it down with Lebanese wine, beer made from chickpeas or Raki, a classic Turkish aperitif.
The modern restaurant serves Japanese cuisine with Korean accents like toro caviar ($66), tuna sashimi spiced with gochujang sauce and topped with Oscietra caviar. Other must-tries include the tuna pizza ($25), a thin, crispy pizza base covered with finely sliced tuna over ponzu mayonnaise, sprinkled with truffle oil and shiso leaf. For mains, opt for the fork-tender 48-hour Tajima short rib ($48) or perfectly cooked Jidori chicken ($28) that's served on a bed of truffled mashed potatoes.
For quality produce at affordable prices, head to Porta Fine Food and Import Company. The restaurant-cum-grocer offers two-course set lunches from $18 and also acts as a one-stop shop for your gourmet retail needs. Everything at Porta is curated by executive chef Michael Suyanto who has spent 12 years cooking in the kitchens of luxury hotels and the Les Amis Group. Don't miss his take on chilled angel hair pasta (set lunch only), Spanish octopus ($18), foie gras ($24) and Iberian pork ($26) – you're in for a treat.
Importing more than 20 years of brewing expertise (and excellent tea) to our shores is T2, the Australian brand’s first venture into Asia. Choose from over 140 classic and signature blends (from $15/box), including English Breakfast and French Earl Grey – or go local with Singapore Breakfast, which pays homage to kaya toast with its mix of pu-erh, genmaicha, coconut and pandan. Don't forget to sip on samples at the in-store tea bar.
D'O is a small, 40-seater restaurant in Cornaredo, a nondescript town just outside Milan. There, people wait up to eight months for a taste of Italian celebrity chef Davide Oldani's one-Michelin-starred dishes. His Singapore outpost, FOO'D, brings Oldani's brand of affordable fine dining – 'Cucina Pop' – to Asia, serving signature dishes like caramalised onion with Grana Padano mousse and ice cream. Lunch is priced at $45 for three courses and $52 for four, while a five-course dinner costs $138 and a seven-course dinner is $168.
Helmed by Scottish chef Seumas Smith of Michelin-starred restaurants Lords of the Manor and Dinner by Heston, Moosehead serves up Mediterranean cuisine with Asian influences, such as smoky Inka-grilled tiger prawns, dressed with dried nori strips and ponzu ($16), fried artichoke coated with Japanese spice mix of togarashi, served with creamy house-made ricotta, lemon zest and bottarga shavings ($9) and tuna tartare with spicy sesame sauce, grilled avocado and furikake ($16).
Hattendo's legendary cream buns (one/$2.50, five/$12.50) – in five flavours including custard, whipped cream, matcha, azuki beans and chocolate – are now available in Singapore. The soft, fluffy buns might look like choux pastry, but tear into them and you'll find that it's similar in texture to bread. Savour the generous serving of chilled cream, piped into the bun – the custard-flavoured one is delightfully eggy while the matcha-flavoured one is light with a subtle bitterness from the matcha.
Kick off your meal with the restaurant's signature Treccia Campana di Bufala, a 10kg buffalo mozzarella cheese from southern Italy that is plated and served tableside with anchovies. The 25-layer lasagna is another beauty that should not be missed. Layers of pasta are spread with Neapolitan ragout and smoked scarmoza fondue before being baked 'til the edges are slightly crispy – just the way an Italian nonna would do it. Still hungry? Order the Tagliata di Manzo to share.
Chicken rice stalls are a dime a dozen in Singapore, but it's not often you come across a place with its very own automated poultry cooking machine. The machine took 13 years to perfect and now dishes out consistently tender and fragrant birds each time. Roost's poached and soya sauce chicken rice ($8.90 each) are also healthier alternatives to the ones found at hawker centres – the rice is cooked with canola oil and comes in at under 500 calories per plate. If you're looking to indulge, try the chicken laksa ($7.90) and tom yum fried rice ($8.90) instead.
Dig into the risotto allo zafferano e salsiccia ($23) – al dente grains of Arborio rice cooked with thin slivers of saffron and topped with juicy fennel-scented pork sausage. The pizzas here are made the traditional Neapolitan way where the dough rests for at least 30 hours to ensure that the crust is light and fluffy when it comes out of the oven. Try the signature Pizza Acqua E Farina ($25) topped with spicy salami, tomatoes, mozzarella, ricotta and sautéed spinach or for something a little more unique, the Sicilian boat pizzas (from $25).
Get nourishing soups on the go at Soup Living. Each Cantonese-style, slow-fire soup here is made from premium Chinese herbs and is boiled without MSG or chicken stock cubes. There are currently six types of soups on the menu, including favourites like The Golden Pump ($6), a naturally sweet soup boiled from Australian golden butternut pumpkin, apricot kernels and dried scallops. Add $2.50 to complete your meal with a bowl of fluffy Japanese rice (or brown rice) topped with furikake or two pieces of handmade siew mai and a drink.
The food here, courtesy of chef James Tegerdine, is far from your greasy wings and fries. The menu changes seasonally and has unique culinary creations like sustainable octopus marinated overnight in red cabbage juice and red wine, succulent corn-fed lamb served with sweet figs and Spanish Iberico pork sprinkled with black garlic chips and jamon crumbs.