10 new Singapore restaurants to try this November

When it comes to food, we Singaporeans are always out for the hunt. We know what we want, and when it comes to quality and innovative cuisine, we find ourselves in awe of the newest food inventions to try.

The problem here isn’t a lack of options, it’s too many! But fear not foodies, we’ve scoured our little red dot to bring you some of the top latest restaurants to join Singapore’s culinary family.

On our search we’ve found some truly wonderful new joints that bring everything to the table from contemporary twists to the classics, hearty comfort food, and dishes that are downright genius. All you have to do is take your pick and make your reservations at one of these new restaurants we’re highlighting this month.

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1/10

Red Eye Smokehouse

Follow your nose to the sizzling smokey aroma in Jalan Besar and you’ll find Red Eye Smokehouse. The minimalist venue is a former factory, which still retains the charm of its old life with concrete floors and high ceilings.

The brains behind the operation is Chef Jan Yeo who was the brains and hands behind one of Singapore’s most famous brunch joints, Rider’s Cafe. Her passion to produce the finest smoked meats can be seen in her huge kitchen compiler with a smoking machines imported from America — which clearly mean business.

The joint is casual and friendly, with free seating. You pay for your meat by weight while a range of great, hearty side orders are also available.

Red Eye Smokehouse, 1 Cavan Rd, Singapore, 209842, +65 6291 0218, www.facebook.com/redeyesmoke

2/10

Spago

Experience the highlife of dining (literally) at Celebrity Chef Wolfgang Puck’s newest opening at Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark. The imaginative menu comprises of Californian cuisine with global accents made with the freshest ingredients and seasonal vegetables.

The restaurant has an excellent terrace lounge with an alfresco bar just steps away where you can enjoy the city skyline across the famous infinity pool and garden.

We suggest trying “Love You Long Time” signature cocktail made with a vibrantly-coloured, spicy-sweet concoction of Ketel One Vodka, Tangerine, Thai Basil, and Sparkling Sake served in a big glass. With great food, drinks and view, Spago is a great place to for after work dinner, or to start a night on the town.

Spago, Sands SkyPark, Tower 2 Level 57, Access from Hotel Lobby Tower 2, Singapore, +65 6688 9955, www.marinabaysands.com/Spago

3/10

5th Quarter 

5th Quarter is a hip new addition to the recently opened Hotel Vagabond along Syed Alwi Road with distinctive interiors that are truly “artsy.” Stepping into the restaurant is like entering a lavish 19th century boudoir with rich red and gold colour schemes, thick drapes and plush velvet furniture. The ambience is warm and entertaining with a bar and live music sets along with a great drinks selection.

The menu changes regularly but Australian Executive Chef Andrew Nocente has a focus on house-cured charcuterie and meats which you can get fermented, braised or fried along with other interesting dishes.

The restaurant also offers a “quinto quarto” selection focusing on tripe, beef tongue and pork tail. Those of you who are less adventurous should fear not, as they also serve regular cuts of meat along with a seafood set and vegetables.

5th Quarter, 39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore, 207630, +65 6291 1936, 5thquarter.com.sg

4/10

Ash & Elm

Part of Intercontinental Singapore’s re-vamp offering a vibrant and unique open dining concept that aims to bring culinary action to life. Unleash your inner-chef as you choose between three tantalising culinary theatres: Charcuterie & Cheese Room, Wood-Fired Oven and Open-Grill Kitchen.

As a warm and generous gesture, Ash & Elm dish up a selection of hearty sharing platters filled to the brim with house-cured and premium meats as well as sustainability-sourced seafood. That’s not all – guzzle down your delicious meal with your choices from one of the biggest varieties of wines with over one hundred to choose from.

The ambience is the cherry on the experience as you can enjoy your meal in the hotel’s dynamic spaces filled with gorgeous natural light in the day and a cosy dim lit dining spot in the evening. We’ll see you at Ash & Elm.

Ash & Elms, InterContinental Singapore, Level 1, Singapore 188966, +65 6338 7600 intercontinental.dining@ihg.com.

5/10

Odette

After reigning supreme at JAAN, famed chef Julien Royer is joining forces with the Lo and Behold Group (The White Rabbit, The Black Swan, Loof) to champion his brand of Essential Cuisine at the National Gallery.

Odette is named after Royer’s grandmother and expands on his commitment to produce-driven cuisine. Born into a family of farmers, the chef is also committed to appreciate and value seasonal produce.

This includes creating beautiful, honest dishes (heightened by elegant plating, which Royer is known for), like Hokkaido-sourced saba with a warm corn dashi, and guinea fowl from western France, served confit and grilled over charcoal.

Odette Restaurant, 1 St. Andrew’s Road #01-04, Singapore 178957, +65 6385 0498, www.odetterestaurant.com

6/10

Humpback 

A new addition to Singapore’s chic Bukit Pasoh dining scene, Humpback offers a quintessential Pacific Northwest seafood culinary experience. The concept was inspired by the casual and messy seafood eateries found in cities like Seattle and Vancouver where seafood dining is serious business.

Their menu is concise and carefully curated to ensure that diners experience truly world famous fresh seafood found in the pristine waters of mountain-fed rivers and the Pacific Ocean. All produce is carefully sourced from small-scale fisheries and their selection highlights fresh oysters and scallops and fish such as cod and rainbow trout.

Naturally drinks also play a big part of the menu since the guys behind Humpback are the same ones behind Jigger & Pony and Sugarhall. Their bar highlights white spirit-based cocktails, white wines, champagne and craft beer. We’re just going to say it – Humpack really is your oyster (pun intended).

Humpback, 18-20 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089834, +65 9772 9896, www.humpback.sg

7/10

Esquina

Inspired by the colourful tapas bars found in Spain, Esquina provides diner with a hybrid experience between the culturally-rich Chinatown; fused with European cuisine for diners to enjoy.

Originally a project between acclaimed Singapore hotelier Loh Lik Peng and Jason Atherton (protégé to Gordon Ramsey), the restaurant recently welcomed new chef Carlos Montobbio who focuses on what he knows — homey Spanish with a contemporary edge.

Some new additions to the menu include tapas with a Japanese touch such as the Spanish Nigri. Though if you’re in for the full authentic experience, we suggest the Spanish octopus with burnt onions and Jerusalem artichokes.

Esquina, 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore, 089267, +65 6222 1616, esquina.com.sg

8/10

Maggie Joans

Located in an alleyway on Gemmil Lane, Maggie Joans replicates the tradition of the backstreet Mediterranean taverns. Standing by their vibrant roots, the atmosphere gives off a warm vibe that boils down to good food in a sharing environment.

The name comes from a combination of the two grandmothers of co-owner Daniel Ballis who also inspired the homey cuisine which is designed to taste like grandma’s cooking with a contemporary twist.

Their traditional artisanal environment features an underground rustic décor embellished with greenery and a contrast semi-private area that celebrates the owners Mediterranean roots. The cuisine takes you further into this journey, encapsulating familiar traditional flavours, refined with modern interpretations.

Maggie Joans, 110 Amoy St, Singapore 069930, +65 6221 5564, www.facebook.com/maggiejoanssingapore

9/10

The Disgruntled Chef

As their motto goes – ‘a little posh nosh never hurt anyone’ and we couldn’t agree more. Located at the trendy Dempsey Hill inside a conservation building, The Disgruntled Chef offers Singapore a full fine dining experience without being overly pretentious.

Newly opened at the renovated The Club Hotel, the restaurant is delightfully low key, despite their motto, and the casual-chic venue displays a quaint plantation theme with furniture handmade in Venice.

Their 66-seater duplex restaurant discreetly tucks away the private dining room in the basement. As for the food, Chef Daniel Sia gives you a gastronomic spread of casual easts served on small stone slabs served alongside generous portions of classic French Cuisine and European favourites.

The Disgruntled Chef, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708, +65 6808 2188, disgruntledchef.com

10/10

Sorrel

Sorrel burst on to the food scene with its bistronomy concept designed to accommodate an ever-changing menu of high-end ingredients combined into elegant, elevated dishes by chef Johnston Teo.

However Teo has recently departed and Sorrel is undergoing a bit of a mini-revamp with new chef Alex Phan (previously head chef at Open Door Policy in Tiong Bahru). Expect dishes such as the Australian spanner crab, anchovy aioli, smoked paprika taters and a kohlrabi and carrot slaw.

Sorrel, 21 Boon Tat St, Singapore, 069620, www.sorrel.sg