There are new restaurants and cafés opening up pretty much every day in Singapore. And creative chefs are constantly updating and improving their menus. This month, enjoy a meal with a view at 1-V:U, tuck into sourdough waffles made from a 158-year-old starter from Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner, visit the new Da Paolo concept at Dempsey, and more.
Famous Mod-Chinese restaurant Mott 32 opens its first Singapore outpost at Marina Bay Sands. Expect the same opulent touch the restaurant is famous for – from its elegant space designed by starchitect Joyce Wang, to the lavish menu made with premium ingredients. Dim sum gets an upgrade with siew mai ($9 for two) that comes well-stuffed with Iberico pork and soft-boiled quail egg, and an exclusive polo bun ($10 for three) made with Peking duck.
The second outlet of famous burger chain Shake Shack pays homage to its culturally rich locale at Tanjong Pagar. Spot a stunning outdoor mural by local artist Sam Lo, or admire the indoor painting of two tigers, which pays homage to the building’s history as the former Tiger Balm factory. New additions to the menu include two exclusive concretes ($7.50) inspired by local desserts and the Chick’n Shack ($9.20) with crispy chicken breast patty.
Roosting up on the seventh floor of the luxurious The Outpost Hotel is restaurant and poolside day club, 1-V:U. Take in views of Sentosa's warm orange sunsets by the pool before retreating indoors for a dinner prepared by a star team led by local chef Ace Tan.
1-V:U serves progressive Asian cuisine, with a sharing menu split between Terra (land) and Aqua (sea). From the land comes a glazed beef flat iron steak ($48/$88) served with an assortment of leaves and pickles for you to wrap. And from the sea, get the red snapper fillet ($38/$70) that comes in a pool of garlic shoot beurre blanc sauce.
Think grilled meats, but without smoke and fuss. Yakiniku Like, a fast food concept hailing from Japan, opens its first outlet in Singapore. Cooked over special smokeless grill, the meats are priced from an affordable $7.90 and its quick service promises to deliver your food from kitchen to table in under three minutes. Looking to dine alone? Yakiniku Like also has individual booths for solo diners.
Located in the scenic enclave of Dempsey Hill, the latest outlet of Da Paolo gathers the best of brand's concepts under one roof. Savour freshly rolled pasta, split a wood-fired pizza, or bring home some cheeses to nibble with wine. Try the Naples-style 8 Cheese ($35) pizza, where a chef’s selection of cheeses comes topped on a base of homemade dough that’s fermented for over 72 hours, or sample pastas of Butternut Pumpkin Mezzelune ($25) with cashew curcuma creme and brown butter.
With Tiong Bahru Bakery Diner, the homegrown French bakery transforms into all-day dining space that cooks up hearty mains alongside top-notch bakes the brand is known for. The menu, developed by chef Paul Albert, includes dishes that are laborious to prepare. Chayote kimchi and mung bean salad ($16) features a housemade kimchi that’s fermented for at least a month. There's also savoury waffles ($23) made from an ancient 158-year-old starter.
Japan’s leading conveyor belt sushi chain, Sushiro, opens a second outlet at Isetan Orchard. At this new 124-seater home, you can find the same dedication to freshness. Look forward to a wide variety of sushi and sashimi making its rounds on the belt, such as the crowd-favourite otoro ($4.80), salmon with basil cheese ($2.20), and Japanese egg omelette ($2.20), and many more – all priced affordably between $2.20 to $4.80.
The largest Korean burger bar has arrived at Clarke Quay. While the sun’s up, dig into a hearty breakfast egg toast stuffed with avocado ($8.50) or ham and cheese ($7.50). But as night falls, treat yourself to a variety of greasy stacks. Fluffy potato buns serve as the base for different ingredients from the usual beef patty ($13.80) to battered dory fish ($10.90). But the main highlight comes in the form of a truffle burger ($21) – layered with wild truffle shavings.
The Keisuke empire opens its 21st outlet at the offshore Resorts World Sentosa, and this time, it's bringing together popular signatures and classics from its various concepts. Sip on the rich broth of the lobster ramen ($13.90), or slurp up the lighter Tokyo shoyu ramen ($12.90) made from a base of chicken stock. You’ll also find the famed tonkotsu ramen ($19.90) – in original, spicy, and black spicy variants – and a rotating selection of seasonal specials ($15.90) available.
Hidden away on the dark back alley of Gemmil Lane, Maggie Joan's is back in the spotlight with its new head chef, Zach Elliott-Crenn. The former head chef of one-Michelin-starred Portland Restaurant in London serves squash financiers ($4) and chicken liver parfait cigar ($5). Also impressive are his seasonally driven creations, like the smoked carrot tartare ($20) and red snapper ($34) dressed with local greens, black garlic jam, and dashi broth.