As ardent fans of fast food and everything that’s delicious (and unhealthy), we were thrilled to hear the recent news that A&W is planning on making a comeback to Singapore shores sometime next year. The American joint is known for its root beer floats, curly fries and hot dogs, and closed all of its local outlets in 2003 due to poor sales. We’re hoping it’s here to stay, this time around. And with just five months left to go till next year, we’re keeping our fingers crossed that the restaurant chain’s operators don’t change their minds.
For those who aren’t too keen on fast food, we still have good news for you. A number of proper restaurants around the island have introduced delectable new dishes to their menus, and we can’t wait to try them. From kinmedai carpaccio to Carabinero prawn pasta and a decadent pistachio dessert, here are 3 dishes to sample.
Kinmedai carpaccio by Il Cielo
The dish: Paper thin slices of raw golden eye snapper are dressed with Madeira wine and pink grapefruit snow, and paired with crunchy slivers of seaweed tuile for a juxtaposition of textures.
The place: Housed on the top floor of Hilton Singapore, Il Cielo is a classy restaurant equipped with sweeping views of the city skyline. It recently brought in a new chef Yohhei Sasaki to helm its kitchen, and serves Italian cuisine inflected with Japanese flavours.
Il Cielo, Level 24, Hilton Singapore, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883, +65 6730 3395
Carabinero with pasta by Bam
The dish: A single grilled carabinero prawn takes centre stage in this dish, which sees it drenched in prawn stock and matched with pasta, tomatoes and chilli. It is one of the highlights on Bam’s new four-, six- and eight-course omakase set menus.
The place: Originally a sake-tapas bar, Bam was relaunched in November 2016 as a full-fledged restaurant with expanded premises. It underwent another revamp last month, and is now an omakase establishment.
Price: S$98++ to S$188++
Bam, 38 Tras Street, Singapore 078977, +65 6226 0500
Pistachio parfait by The Kitchen at Bacchanalia
The dish: Comprising a ring of Sicilian pistachio paste topped with caramelised white chocolate cremeaux and marinated wild berries, this bright green dessert looks almost too pretty to eat. It’s one of the seven new dishes on the restaurant’s recently launched à la carte menu.
The place: Located along Hong Kong Street, The Kitchen at Bacchanalia focuses on modern French cuisine prepared with classical European culinary techniques. It recently received one star at last month’s Michelin Guide Singapore award ceremony — an accolade it has retained since last year.
The Kitchen at Bacchanalia, 39 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059678, +65 9179 4552