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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

Fabian Loo
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Time Out Singapore editors
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Fabian Loo
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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, make plans to visit chef Julien Royer's new concept, eat healthy at gluten-free café The Whole Kitchen, and more. 

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Safiya
Photograph: Shangri-La Singapore

Safiya

For delivery and takeaway only

Shangri-La Singapore debuts a new digital concept, Safiya. With a name that translates to ‘purity’ in Arabic, expect an authentic slice of Middle Eastern flavours served straight to the door. Sharing-style plates and communal options dominate the menu – perfect for sharing with loved ones during this festive season. Expect a menu where spices are celebrated; highlights include falafel ($15), grilled corn-fed chicken ($20), baklava ($14), and more. Customisable set meals for two ($48) to four ($90) are also available.

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  • Restaurants
  • Chinatown

Latin cooking and Asian flavours meet at this new Manila-based import. Alegria serves up an eclectic menu of spice-scented plates. Nacho ($16) might comes as an oversized oval of masa chip, while ceviche is tossed with mango, coconut, and lime for a bright, tropical burst. Tacos, too, are charged with Asian influences, from the sisig-inspired pork belly ($8) to beef tataki ($10).

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  • Restaurants
  • Pancakes and waffles
  • River Valley

Following the successful launch of its first Southeast Asian outpost at Ngee Ann City, soufflé pancake specialist Flipper’s opens a second outlet at Bugis Junction. The sun-drenched location offers new outlet exclusives, including savoury options of fluffy stacks paired with rosti, or sweet desserts accompanied by butter folded with honeycomb and nuts.

  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Buona Vista

Dewgather is an Aussie-Inspired café tucked within urban mall The Star Vista. Start with a cup of coffee; beans are roasted in-house, and specially formulated to yield notes of caramel and chocolate. And the menu of satisfying grub comes inspired by the buzzy Melbourne brunch scene. Highlights feature the Dew Harvest Bowl ($22), layered with spiced cauliflower, cashew nut pesto, kale, Japanese pumpkin, and cranberries; and fried chicken served atop fluffy waffles ($20), paired with pickled daikon and kimchi. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Cafés
  • Raffles Place

Grabbing a healthy breakfast, or lunch, just got easier with The Whole Kitchen. The inclusive bakery, which specialises in wholesome, gluten-free goods, opened up a second outlet along Robinson Road. Kickstart the day with toasts topped with avocado and egg ($18) and nourishing smoothie bowls ($16), or grab a nourishing mid-day meal from options that include rainbow salad (from $8) and Saigon chicken sandwich ($16). That’s not forgetting its daily selection of guilt-free bakes – cakes, muffins, pastries, and more. 

  • Bars and pubs
  • Bukit Timah

After moving out of its old home atop Emily Hill, Kult Kafé has recently settled down into its cool new digs at Turf City. Kult Kafé's new location provides an escape from Singapore's high-rise skyscrapers. There's both an outdoor lounge area and an indoor bar, each giving you a different experience. As you enter the compounds, you'll find vibrant psychedelic murals by Soph O, splashed on the walls of the brutalist building. Inside, the retro-futuristic architecture is echoed with the plush leather seating booths and neon light accents.

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  • Restaurants
  • Tanglin

The first food court concept by the Les Amis group brings exciting options from five different hawkerpreneurs under one roof. Housed within the Singapore Botanic Gardens, Cluny Food Court will serve up belly-warming bowls of congee from Mui Kee Express, souped-up wonton noodles from Laifaba Express, Texas-style meat platters from S’mao Barbecue, ayam penyet from Project Penyek by Ansar, and Italian fare from Piccante Pronto. 

  • Restaurants
  • Changi 

Choose to have meat smoked over five different types of wood at this contemporary grill house. NY Verden offers varieties of jarrah, hickory, oak, cherry, and applewood to impart alluring flavours to platters of beef or seafood, best paired with stunning views of the Rain Vortex at Jewel Changi Airport. Also on the menu are hearty mains of crab tagliolini ($30) and Iberico pork jowl ($32). 

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  • Restaurants
  • French
  • Tanglin

The chef-owner of three-Michelin-starred Odette and one-Michelin-starred Louise in Hong Kong will open a brand new concept on November 16. In collaboration with The Lo and Behold Group, his upcoming restaurant – Claudine – is set amidst the lush grounds of Dempsey Hill. Look forward to comfy French cooking inspired by the flavours that the chef grew up with. “Claudine has been a long time in the making – it was inspired by my mother's cooking that I have held close to my heart for a long time,” shares Julien. 

  • Restaurants
  • Tanglin

You’ll find all things organic and natural at Terra Madre, a convenient destination that houses a retail store and restaurant. Pick up pantry staples from the shopfront, before loading up on wholesome plates from the Australian-inspired diner. 

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  • Restaurants
  • Sentosa

Curate Cucina Pisana is an ode to the homely flavours of Pisa, Italy. The Italian restaurant at Resorts World Sentosa imports Pisan produce from the region to cook up a menu that includes Fusilli di Pisa ($58), adorable tower-shaped pasta tossed with Boston lobster and zucchini; and Pappa al Pomodoro di Mare ($24) where seafood stew comes crowned with stracciatella cheese. 

  • Restaurants
  • Outram

What used to be Kilo Kitchen at 97 Duxton Rd has now reopened as Kilo Singapore. While the space retains all the industrial charm that we know and love (hand-sanded concrete walls, stone-hued furnishings), the menu has evolved to capture the flavours of Latin American cuisine. The wood-fired grill cooks up smoky plates of meat, with highlights that include Argentinian grass-fed ribeye ($48), spring chicken with cauliflower ($26), red prawn skewers ($26), and more. 

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