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Catfish
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Hot new restaurants and cafés to dine at in Singapore

New restaurants, cafés and menu updates to check out in Singapore

By Fabian Loo, Nicole-Marie Ng and Time Out Singapore editors
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With the easing of dine-out measures, it's now possible to head out and dine at the new restaurants, cafés and bars that have opened recently. Some joints have also refreshed menus or brought new chefs on board who offer creative ideas. This month, dine at chef Andrew Walsh's latest concept, Catfish, explore a magic-themed café, and more. 

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Avenue 87 salmon
Photograph: Avenue 87

Avenue 87

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

The roadmap of modern cuisine is often marked with unfamiliar sights. But at Avenue 87, chefs Alex Phan and Glen Tay take a trip down memory lane instead to inform the dishes served at this mod-Asian restaurant. Memories of growing up, and familiar finds around Hougang (that’s where the chefs both grew up in) are tapped into as inspiration for the debut menu. Highlights from dinner ($76 for four courses, $98 for six courses) include a curry-filled kueh pie tee, sambal octopus, snazzy fish soup, and more.

Catfish
Photograph: Catfish

Catfish

Restaurants Tanjong Pagar

Chef Andrew Walsh, of Cure and Butcher Boy fame, has opened his latest concept: Catfish. The restaurant-bar serves up a seafood-focused menu, prepped using Asian flavours and cooking techniques. For instance, Hasselback potato ($16) comes topped with bluefin tuna and wonton skin ($28) cones are filled with ingredients of smoked salmon, scallop sashimi, beef tartare. The menu also features fresh catch from the raw bar, sharing plates of whole Sichuan fish ($42), and cocktails infused with Asian flavours. 

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Flash Coffee
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Flash Coffee

Restaurants Coffeeshops Raffles Place

There is no lack of coffee shops in the CBD to fuel the work crowd. But the latest player Flash Coffee stands out with its bright colour scheme and affordable pricing. The Indonesia-based brand is best-known for its striking all-yellow interior, and an interesting line-up of espresso-based drinks. Americano ($2.80), latte ($3.80), and other classic brews can be found on the menu, alongside unique concoctions of macadamia latte ($4.80) and lychee espresso soda ($5.40). It has a decent selection of non-caffeine drinks too, and dairy-free options of soy, oat, almond, and coconut. 

Burgers and Shakers
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Burgers and Shakers

Restaurants Burgers City Hall

The buffet lines at CLOVE might be empty for now, but the kitchen is still kept busy as the restaurant pivots to debut its latest iteration: Burgers and Shakers. Naturally, the menu at this all-day concept will feature a selection of burgers, made using sustainably sourced ingredients, and creamy, thick shakes. Try the signature Double Up ($26), which comes with one grilled patty and another beer-battered patty; or sample the vegan Moo-CHAS Grass-IAS ($18) with Impossible patty and homemade chilli. Wash it all down with the over-the-top Avochendol ($14) milkshake, or get the Kale Almond milkshake ($10) for a healthy boost of greens. 

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Rappu
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Rappu

Restaurants Revamp Cocktail Bar, Tanjong Pagar

Rappu is the latest brainchild from the team behind The Feather Blade. But instead of affordable steaks, the pop-up concept now focuses on a different kind of protein: fresh catch from the sea, wrapped in rice and nori. At Rappu, the hand roll bar takes over the counters of Revamp Cocktail Bar for eight Sundays only, and will serve a concise menu of just seven items. For $36, look forward to six freshly prepped rolls, stuffed with ingredients of toro, hotate, and lesser-seen cuts of kanpachi and engawa. 

C Cafe
Photograph: Fabian Loo

C Cafe

Restaurants Cafés Marine Parade

The coffee served at C Cafe might come with a side of card trick. Founder Ashley Cho opened this magic-themed space as an ode to his passion – for feeding and entertaining. So while tucking into plates of avocado on sourdough toast ($18) and sipping on honey lattes ($7), Ashley and his team might come up and dazzle with a quick magic performance. 

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Niku King Tonkotsu Ramen Special
Photograph: Niku King

Niku King

Restaurants Japanese Geylang

The latest Keisuke Ramen concept is designed for the meat-lovers. The name hints at its newfound protein-heavy inspiration – ‘niku’ means ‘meat’ in Japanese. Here, at the chain’s eighth concept, bowls of ramen come filled to the brim with thick-cut pork slices. The broth is also made with a different recipe; rather than the usual pork loin, fattier Tontoro pork is boiled for hours to yield a creamier soup. It all comes together in Niku King’s Tonkotsu Ramen Special ($19.90), where the bowl comes crowned with over seven slices of chasyu.  

Love Handle Burgers
Photograph: Love Handle Burgers

Hungry Home

Restaurants Chinatown

What do a vegan burger joint, mod-Japanese rice bowl eatery, and a wrap specialty store have in common? That despite their vastly different, and colourful, offerings, all three concepts can be sampled at Hungry Home, a restaurant along Ann Siang Hill. The two-storey eatery is part of the Ebb and Flow Group’s latest venture that pulls together three different brands – each of which originally started out as virtual-only concepts during the stay-home period. The eclectic line-up at Hungry Home includes Love Handle Burgers, a vegan burger shack; Kaiju Kaiju, which serves up Japanese-inspired bento sets; and a wrap-centric brand, Wrap Bstrd

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Hub and Spoke Cafe
Photograph: Fabian Loo

Hub and Spoke Cafe

Restaurants Cafés Changi 

There’s a hidden garden café located just off Changi Airport Terminal 2. To get there involves a long walk, down dimly lit corridors and an empty arrival hall. But those who make the trudge will uncover Hub and Spoke Cafe, a tranquil hideout that’s surrounded by greenery. The glasshouse-looking space lets in plenty of sunlight, and there are plenty of alfresco seats to unwind with a cuppa. Before you leave, be sure to look for a self-watering plant wall that makes for a great photo backdrop. 

Shake Shack Suntec City
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Shake Shack (Suntec City)

Restaurants Burgers City Hall

It’s fried shallots galore at the latest Shake Shake Suntec City. The fourth, and latest, outlet of the burger chain offers hungry diners a sneak taste of three limited-time creations: the ShackMeister Burger ($10.90), ShackMeister Dog ($6.50), and ShakeMeister Fries ($5.90). Each comes with a generous sprinkle of fried shallots (almost like onion rings) that are marinated in custom-brewed ShackMeister ale – they help lend an aromatic crunch, and are addictive enough to be snacked on as is. Also worth a try is outlet-exclusive matcha Concrete ($7.50). 

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Luke's Lobster
Photograph: Luke's Lobster

Luke's Lobster

Restaurants Orchard

Famous lobster roll shack, Luke’s Lobster, has finally opened its doors. The 23-seater space (17, with safe distancing), located on the first floor of Isetan Scotts, will feature the brand’s famous lobster roll, alongside a selection of sustainably sourced seafood served atop warm, buttered buns. Try it in a signature roll, which can come stuffed with chilled shrimp ($21.50), crab ($23.50), or lobster ($25.50) chunks. For a sampling of everything, consider Luke’s Trio ($33.50) which comes with halves of all three rolls.

Monti's Patio
Photograph: Monti's Patio

Monti's Patio

Restaurants Raffles Place

The alfresco deck of now-closed The Pelican has since been transformed into Monti’s Patio, a two-month pop-up watering hole. The pet-friendly space offers prime views of the Marina Bay, and comes with a menu that celebrates Monti’s signature Italian flavours. Oven-baked wings ($16), truffle pizza ($30), and a ribeye steak ($69) are available to pair with the bar’s affordable $12 house pours during its all-day happy hour promotion. But the main highlight is the Rosé-a-go-go ($78) event, happening every Friday to Sunday. For three hours (time slots run from 4.30pm to 7.30pm, and 7.30pm to 10.30pm), enjoy free-flowing drinks and Italian bites against the backdrop of unbeatable views. 

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