We’re now officially at the midway point of the year, which means that Summer is upon us – although yes, it’s perpetually Summer all year round in Singapore. For making it this far, what better way to celebrate than by treating ourselves to these best new restaurants in Singapore in 2023.
For pasta done right, relish in original creations at restaurants with new concepts like The Lo & Behold Group’s Fico, which features casual and comforting Italian-inspired bites from chef-partner Mirko Febbrile’s native hometown Puglia. Wagyu specialist Gyu San has also opened a new sister outpost, Gyu San Charcoal Bar, at Forum, serving up some seriously decadent A5 Wagyu Japanese Hamburg dishes.
Beef lovers will have plenty of new options to choose from this month. Besides the above-mentioned Gyu San Charcoal Bar, Japan’s first Michelin-starred teppanyaki restaurant Ishigaki Yoshida will also open an offshoot restaurant, alongside Kagayaki by Ishigaki Yoshida, which offers authentic teppanyaki. In addition, St. Regis Singapore will host The Astor Grill pop-up restaurant within the beloved Brasserie Les Saveurs offering quality steak cuts from America and Australia.
This month, there are many notable restaurants with new and refreshed menus, including two-Michelin-starred British-European establishment JAAN by Kirk Westaway, as well as SKAI and its contemporary grilled dishes shaped by Japanese produce and techniques.
Read on for the complete list of all the best new restaurants that have just popped up on our shores this month.
All the best new restaurants and latest menus to check out in Singapore this June 2023:
Fico (new restaurant)
Food connoisseurs will find Chef Mirko Febbrile’s name familiar. His pop-up pasta hawker venture at Chinatown Complex Food Centre drew endless crowds. Now, he’s the chef-owner of Fico (fig in Italian), a casual Italian concept that’s inspired by his native hometown, Puglia. The dishes are created in the spirit of cucina povera; a no-waste philosophy that stretches his creative limits without sacrificing flavour and fun.
Here, you’ll get to marvel at the birth of fresh pasta at the live pasta counter. Signatures like Burnt Wheat Balanzoni (aubergine and cacioricotta dressed with a sauce of brown butter and sage) and Denti Del Drago (which translates to ‘dragon’s teeth’ in Italian for its jagged edges and served in a white ragu style) are assembled with utmost pride and care.
You’ll find that Fico’s glistening sweet Panzerotti will make a deep impression too. The snack-sized leavened dough is stuffed with a medley of fillings like pistachio, and then fried until golden.
Fico is located at 1300 East Coast Parkway, Singapore 468964 (next to Carpark F2).
Gyu San Charcoal Bar (new restaurant)
Known for their quality Wagyu cuts, Gyu San is no stranger to making beef taste good. Now, it’s making its mark with another Japanese favourite – the juicy hamburg – after winning foodies with their wagyu katsu sandos. The open-concept island charcoal bar allows diners to observe Wagyu hamburgs being expertly crafted from ball to patty, before they’re grilled a la minute over prized binchotan charcoal.
The signature on the menu is the A5 Wagyu Japanese Hamburg Set. Two 90-gram wagyu patties are prepared from freshly grounded wagyu daily and served alongside South Uonuma Koshihikari rice from Niigata, Japan. Savour the patties in two parts – the first, on its own to truly enjoy the natural flavours of the beef. The other with eight different accompaniments, ranging from traditional yuzu kosho to local Singaporean sambal.
Also available on the menu are smoky and succulent Wagyu skewers, as well as vegetable sides like Shiitake, Kabocha, Shishito, asparagus, Enoki & beef, and baby corn skewers.
Gyu San Charcoal Bar is located at 538 Orchard Road, Forum The Shopping Mall #01-28, Singapore 238884.
Restaurant Fiz (new restaurant)
Contemporary southeast Asian cuisine, in particular, Malay gastronomy, is having its time in the sun. Hot on the heels of author Khir Johari’s win for “The Food of Singapore Malays”, chef-owner Hafizzul Hashim has launched a new restaurant in Tanjong Pagar that showcases the dishes of the region.
Expect tasting menus that will take you on a journey across Southeast Asia. At launch, the menu titled Episode 1 will take diners on a trip to Northern Malaysia, so expect Malay dishes like ayam percik (grilled chicken) and satay made from blood cockles to be given the elevated treatment, using some of the best ingredients available in Singapore.
Restaurant Fiz is located at 21 Tanjong Pagar Road, #01-01/02, Singapore 088444
Kagayaki by Ishigaki Yoshida (new restaurant)
Restaurant-goers can experience elevated teppanyaki at Kagyaki by Ishigaki Yoshida this June 2023. The intimate 18-seater restaurant here is an offshoot of the first Michelin-starred teppanyaki restaurant Ishigaki Yoshida in Tokyo. Kagayaki in Singapore is led by Head Chef Nobuyasu Kamiko from Asakusa, Japan. The 48-year-old chef has over 30 years of experience, half of which was spent working as a teppanyaki chef.
Diners can choose Chef Kamiko’s eight-course Kagayaki Menu or Omakase Menu which includes more specialty dishes created by Chef Yoshida. Signatures include Ultimate Crispy Yaki Steak, where the exclusive Masuda Kagayaki Beef is cooked carefully at a low temperature on the teppan and then grilled over ubame oak Tosa binchotan. Another highlight is the Scrambled Eggs with Uni. Premium Japanese eggs are whipped and cooked to a soft, milky texture with a generous amount of creamy uni. Other menu items will rotate according to various seasons and availability.
Kagyaki by Ishigaki Yoshida is located at 27 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089134.
The Astor Grill (new pop-up restaurant)
You may know the iconic cocktails shaken at The St. Regis Singapore’s Astor Bar. Now, there’s The Astor Grill, where you can savour succulent quality meat cuts with your favourite tipples. For three months only until 31 August, Brasserie Les Saveurs will host The Astor Grill pop-up restaurant for a la carte lunch and dinner service. Set lunches options are also available from SGD$48++.
Inspired by the heritage of St. Regis and the original chophouses set in early century New York (a la The Great Gatsby era), this pop-up concept celebrates not only the bespoke dining experiences from the House of Astor, but also artisan produce from premium suppliers.
Highlights include artisanal cuts such as the Striplion Japan Full Blood Wagyu A5 500 Days grain Fed and Bavette Australia Angus 200 Days Barley Fed. Other alternative mains and sharing cuts like Grilled Whole Turbot and Oven Roasted Rack of Lamb shine too. Accompany them with starters like Tiger Prawns ‘A la Plancha’ with Avocado, Peach, Beef Heart Tomatoes, and King Crab Salad, before ending the night on a sweet note with the deconstructed Astor Tiramisu, ChocolateMi-Cuit, and Sticky Toffee Pudding.
The Astor Grill is located in Brasserie Les Saveurs at St. Regis Singapore, 29 Tanglin Road, Singapore 247911.
JAAN by Kirk Westaway (new menu)
All eyes are on JAAN by Kirk Westaway’s executive chef as he introduces a new seasonal evolution to his Modern British menu. Chef Westaway focuses on fresh and vibrant Spring produce while drawing inspiration from his childhood in Devon.
The vegetable-forward menu includes Smoked Cheddar Pancake, an ode to Devon where buckwheat pancakes wrap a delicately-smoked Cheddar that’s sourced from a farm located just 10 miles from Chef Kirk’s family home. Other highlights include the iconic Hen’s Egg Cornish Yarg Nettles, Langoustine with Sweet Peas, and the Strawberry pie, which features a gula melaka biscuit base.
JAAN by Kirk Westaway is located at Swissotel The Stamford Level 70, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882.
SKAI (new menu)
SKAI’s new Executive Chef Seumas Smith taps into his 12-year culinary expertise to create an à la carte menu of contemporary grilled dishes shaped by Japanese produce and techniques. Using his passion for the art of Japanese cookery, Chef Smith has successfully incorporated its sensibilities into his new debut menu for SKAI.
Standouts include the Kuruma Ebi – a dish which sees a succulent prawn grilled over the Japanese binchotan and complemented by a Japanese heirloom tomato consommé, Marcona almonds, and basil. This new menu also boasts an exquisite selection of premium beef from around the globe, with a special focus on esteemed Australian and Japanese cuts like Westholme Wagyu Prime Rib, Saga Wagyu A5, Miyazaki Wagyu New York Strip, Mackas Ribeye, and Mackas Tenderloin.
SKAI is located at Swissotel The Stamford #70-02, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882.
All the best new restaurants and latest menus to check out in Singapore this May 2023:
Cuisson (new restaurant)
Owner-chef Jonathan Koh of Voyage recognises talent, as he instils protegé Chef Tan Wee Kiat at his newest restaurant Cuisson. Meaning ‘Cooking’ in French, this lush dining establishment respects food ingredients using French cooking techniques focusing on Japanese seafood and vegetables. It is reflected in intricate dishes like white asparagus royale amuse bouche flavoured with Aged Shoyu-based Blanc Manger.
Also, a highlight is The Textures of Prawns from Menu PYUA is a prawn pasta dish that showcases the crustacean’s essence with various textures – Sakura ebi, carabinero croquette, prawn roe, and a coral emulsion.
Cuisson is located at 21 Tanjong Pagar Road #01-04/05, Singapore 088444.
The Marmalade Pantry Anchorpoint (new restaurant)
Even before the official opening of The Marmalade Pantry Anchorpoint, shoppers would stop to marvel at the restaurant’s striking forest green and wood-accented interior together with visually-appealing confections on display. This eye-catching feast is equally delectable too.
To coincide with its opening, The Marmalade Pantry Anchorpoint will serve a limited-time menu that features Fried Artichoke with Lemon Ricotta and the appetising Black Pepper Seafood Spaghetti, thanks to the tangy charred chive salsa verde sauce. Do pair them with thirst quenchers like the Shimmering Gold Moscato (non-alcohol) and Cinnamon Apple Bliss Tea.
The Marmalade Pantry Anchorpoint is located at 370 Alexandra Road, Anchorpoint Shopping Centre Level One (Central Atrium), Singapore 159953.
Stay Gold Flamingo (new menu)
Coffee is an essential that allows one to power through the day. But don’t forget that food is fuel too. Café-Bar Stay Gold Flamingo recognises this, presenting customers with an all-new no-frills lunch menu that excites tastebuds.
Those in a rush can chomp on the easy Merguez & Mash, consisting of lamb sausage, mashed potato, and beef jus. Grab the hearty steak-filled Breakfast Taco or savoury X.O. Pasta starring prawns if proper mains are desired. For a safe but yummy choice, choose the Cheese Toastie – a hot sandwich stuffed with four different kinds of cheese (pandesal pullman, blue cheese, mozzarella, cheddar).
Drinks-wise, all coffee pours are made from a Brazil and Ethiopia blend from Cumulo Coffee. Oat milk is the default choice here if you opt for white coffee, so holler in advance if you prefer the dairy milk option.
Stay Gold Flamingo is located at 69 Amoy Street, Singapore 069888.
Fiamma (new menu)
In Italian cuisine, it ain’t Spring without any asparagus, fava beans and artichokes in seasonal dishes. Using the freshest current produce from Italy, Chef Mauro Colagreco’s Fiamma (and of Mirazur) presents a curated Spring menu inspired by the heritage and spirit of Italian family cuisine.
Find comfort in familiar and inviting antipasti like the fava beans and peas-adorned Burrata Primavera and Asparagi Verdi Alla Griglia (grilled asparagus served with homemade arugula pesto). Fo pasta, highlights include the rice crab and uni-filled Risotto al Granchio e Ricci di Mare and Tortellini Panna Prosciutto e Tartufo. The latter combines decadent creamy truffle sauce, prosciutto, and handmade tortellini – a tribute to Chef Mauro’s childhood memories of helping his grandmother to make it. The refreshingly light Delizia al Limone (lemon cream, ice cream and yoghurt espuma) makes an excellent choice to round off this menu.
Fiamma is located at Capella Singapore, 1 The Knolls Sentosa Island, Singapore 098297.
Akira Back (new menu)
It’s a good idea to constantly revitalise and improve ourselves instead of resting on our laurels. Chef Akira Back, who already is famous for his innovative and iconic menu, recently came down to Singapore to launch four new additions to his repertoire of culinary masterpieces. Kicking things off is the familiar Bossam. A classic Korean dish, Chef Akira Back elevated it with a modern Japanese-Korean flavour pairing. After the pork belly is sous vide for 12 hours in apple miso and presented with crispy pork skin and housemade ssamjang after.
For mains, the artfully presented Chilean Seabass – accompanied by the savoury anticucho miso and kabocha puree – easily excites one’s palate. In addition, the east-meets-west Grilled Salmon is also a delightful bite from the delightful Japanese Vinegar-based nanbanzu sauce with the textured white and red quinoa.
As the finale, the creative AB Cigar is a showstopper. Previously available at other Akira Back establishments globally, it has finally arrived in Singapore. The cigar is exquisitely crafted with coffee mousse, and macadamia praline while the crunchy ‘ash-like’ is a blend of 70% guanaja chocolate, brownie chips, cacao nibs and strawberry jelly.
Akira Back is located at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach, 30 Beach Road Level B1M, Singapore 189763.
Madame Fan (new menu)
We’re sure almost everyone knows what Chinese cuisine is like. But it takes skills to showcase the best of this heritage gastronomic wonder. Contemporary culinary establishment Madame Fan introduces over 10 new creations under the ‘Tale of Craft’ and ‘Intersection of Culture’ concepts that elevate ingredients we’re familiar with.
‘Tale of Craft’ delivers modern flavours with authentic Cantonese cooking techniques. Highlights include Slow Cooked Wagyu Oxtail with Hawthorn Lotus Root, which is braised till fork-tender. It’s paired with candied hawthorn lotus root that injects sweetness into the homemade cinnamon and star anise umami sauce. The refreshing Alaskan King Crab Cold Somen with Hot & Sour Consommé is also a delight to whet appetites for starters.
‘Intersection of Culture’ combines familiar ingredients executed in unexpected culinary styles. The nourishing Kampong Chicken Soup with Cordyceps Flower and Bamboo Pith doesn’t waste any edible parts of the animal protein as it’s presented in two courses – soup and Hand-shredded Chicken in Aged Vinegar Sauce. Another surprise is the mellow Moutai ice cream. There’s Rum and Raisin, so why not infuse vanilla ice cream with savoury notes from the decadent Moutai?
Madame Fan is located at 32 Beach Road, The NCO Club, Singapore 189764.
Meadesmoore (new menu)
You may have a favourite go-to beef cut. But taking a leap of faith to taste unusual cuts may yield unexpectedly delicious results. Meadesmoore prides itself on the signature Meadesmoore Cut MS 8/9, an exclusive from Australian beef producer 2GR. Extracted from the area between the ribeye and the chuck, this uncommon — and rare — cut is usually used in shabu shabu.
At Meadesmoore, this steak presents three distinct types (under blade, ribeye cap, and loin) of marbling that result in three deliciously different flavour profiles. Although sauces like Cafe de Paris herb butter and Bordelaise red wine sauce give another dimension to the sliced beef, we feel the juicy cuts are best savoured as it is.
Other mains include the bone-in Mangalica Porterhouse (pork) and meaty Roasted Monkfish Loin. Pair them with vegetables like the refreshing Black Kumato, fragrant Butterhead, and charcoal-grilled Provencal Tian ala a ratatouille. Meadesmoore also introduces a delectable selection of sharing plates like the umami Beef & Crab Tartare, buttery and garlicky Tendon & Escargot, and milky Puglia Burrata.
End the meal with sweet favourites like S’mores, featuring a chocolate sea salt cookie sandwich with sour berries compote and coconut sorbet that comes flambéed with a shot of vodka. Those up for a nostalgia trip can have Popcorn – a corn curd and summer strawberry ice cream dessert drizzled with sea salt caramel sauce, and a sprinkling of sea salt caramel popcorn kernels.
Meadesmoore is located at 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620.
All the best new restaurants in Singapore to head to this April 2023:
Thai cuisine is more than just crowd favourites like Pad Thai and Tom Yum Koong. Restaurant Chedi’s elevated plates also showcase its myriad of flavours with refined finesse. Helmed by chef-owner K-Jin Lim and head chef Miller Mai, Chedi currently only features an eight-course tasting menu that takes diners through the best of Thai cuisine without pretence. From the addictive northern snack of miang kham and gaeng som fak thong (Thai pumpkin curry) to the signature wok hei-rich salted ikan kurau fried rice, these dishes inspired by the Land of Smiles will certainly put a grin on your face.
Restaurant Chedi is located at 15 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209185.
808 Eating House
After stints at celebrated dining establishments like the Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, Cloudstreet, Cheek by Jowl, and Magic Square, rising culinary star Chef Eugene Chee is venturing out on his own with 808 Eating House. As one of two concepts under one roof by new F&B group The Fillmore Collective, this contemporary Mod-Asian restaurant plans to leave a lasting impression with deep, bold and punchy creations.
Look forward to vibrant dishes like Japanese oysters with papaya sauerkraut, crispy barramundi with garam masala pumpkin puree, and, of course, Chee’s signature duck fat financiers layered with velvety chicken liver mousse.
808 Eating House is located at 159 joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427431.
Japanese Kaiseki menus are known to be exquisite and you can experience an authentic take at the Sukiya-Zukuri-decorated restaurant Ikkagoyo. Leading the kitchen is Chef Mitsutaka Sakamoto from Hyogo, Japan, who boasts over 20 years of kaiseki experience in Japan at acclaimed names like Hyakurakuso, Sushi Arai, and Naruse. The 12-course prix fixe menu presents Japanese culinary finesse, and features in-season ingredients only.
Ikkagoya is located at 115 Amoy Street, #01-04, Singapore 06993.
Le Bon Funk Holland Village
Those who are staying in the West and craving natural wines can head to Le Bon Funk’s new Holland Village outpost for their fix. This 68-seater day-to-night wine bar and restaurant offer an extensive wine list, which pairs well with mouth-watering bites like Foie Gras Toast, housemade Leek Ravioli, and Lamb Neck with rapini and grilled gnocchi. Diners can also chill alfresco at the airy outdoor terrace while appreciating their favourite pink or orange wines.
Le Bon Funk Holland Village is located at 277 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278994.
Eden Restaurant at Pullman Singapore Orchard
Inside the new Pullman Orchard Singapore is the Asian cuisine-focused Eden. Upon entering the luxurious glasshouse restaurant, what awaits is both visually appealing and appetising plates like Tuna Ceviche with Ikura, Eden Crab Cakes (inspired by Koi Pla), and Szechuan T-Bone Steak. Besides ala carte options, diners can sample a two-course curated lunch menu consisting of a choice of main, dessert and a drink.
Eden is located at 270 Orchard Road, Pullman Singapore Orchard Leve 4, Singapore 238857.
Art di Daniele Sperindio
What was formerly Art managed by ilLido now sees its previous group executive chef Daniele Sperindio taking over the reins as a chef-owned establishment. This fine-dining Italian restaurant at the picturesque National Gallery Singapore presents its best with the seven-course Art 4.0 tasting menu. Other highlights include pasta dishes like the savoury La Superba (Taglierini in clams and fish stock with yellowfin tuna bottarga) and moreish Giradito with duck stuffing.
Art di Daniele Sperindio is located at 1 St. Andrew’s Road, National Gallery Singapore #06-02, Singapore 178957
All the new restaurants in Singapore to head to this March 2023:
While we’re still devastated by the closure of Salted & Hung, you can find Australian chef Drew Nocente (their former head chef) at Cenzo. This new restaurant at Club Street also applies Nocente’s ethos of minimal wastage by brining, and curing techniques but with an Italian twist. Look forward to Italian-Australian creations like bucatini with spanner crab and smoked trout roe (above), slow roast porchetta ($48) with pineapple chilli salsa and celeriac slaw, as well as thinly sliced veal tongue.
Cenzo is located at 81 Club St, Singapore, 069449.
One of the most anticipated new restaurant openings in Singapore this year, Hanazen will certainly impress with its dual concept of Japanese omakase and French brasserie. The new restaurant at Chijmes is the brainchild of chef Yusuke Takada from the two-Michelin-starred restaurant, La Cime. Here, you’ll be treated to charcoal-grilled dishes (chicken liver skewers, abalone) done right, with alluring smokey scents and French-inspired sauce dips like white wine raisin sauce on the side.
Hanazen is located at 30 Victoria St, #01-21/22 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996.
The term ‘chifa’ derives from the mandarin phrase ‘chi fan‘, which means ‘to eat’. Peruvians adopted this from Chinese immigrants, who opened eateries in Lima’s Barrio Chino (Chinatown), to describe the fusion of Peruvian and Chinese cuisine. While the dishes taste familiar thanks to the Chinese flavours and cooking techniques, they are further enhanced with the use of native Peruvian ingredients like root vegetables (the purple potatoes in Sichuan-Peru potatoes) and various Peruvian sauces.
Chifa! is located at 8 Sentosa Gateway, Ave8, Resorts World Sentosa, Singapore 098269.
Housed on the newly renovated second floor of The Summerhouse, the quaint Au Balcon (‘on the balcony’ in French) was formerly the French Dining Room. In this revamp of their brunch menu and new dinner menu, savour classic French delights like Confit de Canard and Inka Grilled Iberico Pluma respectively. Decadent French desserts, like the Paris Brest and a Citrus-based Creme Brûlée, are available too should you desire a sweet ending.
Au Balcon is located at 3 Park Lane, The Summer House, Singapore 798387.
The team behind the successful Miznon and North Miznon brands has conjured another concept: the Middle-East gastronomic kosher diner, Aniba. It certainly makes an entrance as its name’s translated to’ here I come’ in Hebrew. Helmed by international award-winning Israeli Chef Meir Adoni, Aniba features a chef’s kitchen, cocktail bar, and lounge. The dishes and drinks here stay true to their Middle-Eastern DNA while pushing the contemporary envelope with European influences. Also, there are no traces of any red meat on the menu, making it accessible to pescatarians and vegetarians.
Aniba is located at 6 Battery Road, #05-03 Bonham Street, Singapore 049909.
Salt & Palm
Having already made waves down under in Sydney, Australia, mod-Asian and Indonesian restaurant Salt & Palm will set up an outpost in Singapore come March 2023. With a mission to introduce the creative diversity of Indonesian cuisine, they highlight the archipelago’s distinctive palate while experimenting with contemporary techniques to create bold flavours. The Porchetta is a beautiful fusion of east and west, as the Australian pork belly is cooked in a rich coconut gravy of Balinese spice, chilli lemongrass and shallot salsa. Vegan iterations of desserts like Crème Brulee and Pavlova are surprising standouts too.
Salt & Palm is located at 467 Joo Chiat Rd, Singapore 427678.
Charr’d prides themselves on being the first halal restaurant in Singapore to serve prized A5 Kuroge Wagyu beef from Mie Prefecture in Japan, rovide an alternative option for beef buffs to savour the juicy cut. Here, three types of Kuroge A5 Wagyu – ribeye, sirloin, and tenderloin – are the main stars of the menu, and you’ll want to savour them at their purest without any sauces or heavy condiments. The Heavenly Meat Board (good for 3 – 4 pax) is a great choice for those who want to taste various selected cuts.
Charr’d is located at 324F Changi Rd, Singapore 419799.
The appetite for mala seems to be going strong and steady still. Thus, have your fix at Numb Restaurant. Founded by the founders of Chengdu Restaurant and Chengdu Bowl, attain the desired mind-numbing sensation from modern takes on classic mouth-watering Sichuan dishes like Imperial Sauced Sliced Beef, Applewood Smoked Crispy Chicken, and the quintessential Chengdu Seabass in Sour Pickled Soup.
Numb Restaurant is located at 5 Straits View, Marina One West Tower, #01-12, Singapore 018935.
All the new restaurants in Singapore to head to this February 2023:
Surrey Hills Deli
After launching grocer-café hybrids in Jurong and ION Orchard, Surrey Hills Grocer now heads over to the Central Business District to feed the office crowd as Surrey Hills Deli. This Melbourne-inspired sandwich shop offers eight different signatures catering to various tastebuds.
Choose from classics such as Hendurance (Caeser salad-based with chicken ham and bacon) and the intensely flavoured Oppor-tuna-ty (tuna salad and pickled jalapeño). Meat lovers will also be torn between Let’s Pull Through (36-hours pulled pork shoulder and green mango slaw) or Seize the Moo-ment (house pastrami paired with sauerkraut and burrata). Coffee aficionados can also get their caffeine brews from ONA coffee’s beans, a popular Australian-specialty coffee roaster.
After delicatessen in the day, Surrey Hills Deli transforms into a chill-out space that serves bar snacks and booze. Wind down with fresh craft beers on tap from cult brands like Moon Dog Lager and One Drop Brewing Co.
Surrey Hills Deli is located at 6 Battery Road, #01-02, Singapore 049909. Website here.
Le Matin ION Orchard
After appearing at Paragon, Raeburn Park and Robinson Road, Le Matin settles down permanently in ION Orchard. Besides classic pastry favourites, this famed patisserie will debut a hot brunch menu. Brioche Feuilletée gets paired up with either Wagyu or Chutoro and the humble scrambled egg croissant gets elevated with black truffle shavings. Yes, eight grams of it!
In the evening, brand-new desserts take the spotlight. From the all-cheese-based Fromage de vos Reves and nutty Tarte Aux Noix de Cajou to the honeyed Bais et Abeilles, these intricate confections are indeed gastronomic visual palatable delights.
New petit gateaus like Sake Lees & Macadamia Choux Bun and the savoury-sweet Kombu Tart are also added to Le Matin’s current little cake staples. These pastries will be available all day for dine-in and takeaways.
(Image credit: Le Matin)
Le Matin is located at 2 Orchard Turn, #B2-49 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801. Website here.
Nagai Hokkaido Cuisine
A new kid on the block has appeared at Suntec City’s Eat at Seven space. Hailing from Sapporo, Hokkaido, Nagai Hokkaido Cusine’s first international outpost joins the other existing peers at the Japanese-concept food zone. The seafood specialist, established in 1993, has made a name for itself in its home country with its intricate Hokkaido kaiseki techniques and boasts loyal customers including the Japanese imperial family.
Chef Shinichiro Nagai puts equal attention to the premium omakase options and wallet-friendly lunch sets such as the decadent uni and wagyu-topped Kaisendon and crispy assorted Tempura main.
(Image credit: @nagai.sg/Instagram)
3 Temasek Boulevard, Eat At Seven, Suntec City Tower 1 #03-314, Singapore 038983. Website here.
All the restaurants in Singapore to head to this January 2023:
There’s no better way to start the year than with some food that’s good for your body and your soul. Coupled with the fact that Chinese New Year’s just round the corner, Yue Bai is our choice pick for a delicious meal that’s bound to set the stage for a year of good health. Co-owner and chef Lee Hongwei has dreamed up a medley of dishes built on the foundation of Dietary Therapy, using food to enhance the well-being of those who consume it.
After snacking on addictive plates of Crispy Burdock that’s been tossed with sesame seeds and seven-spice powder, nourish your body with a hearty Double-boiled Silkie Chicken Soup that’s been enhanced with jasmine flowers, dried longan and wolfberries. Our personal favourite? The Herbal Poached Rice, Atlantic Cod, Black Fungus.
33 Duxton Rd, Singapore 089497. Website here.
(Image credit: Yue Bai)
Inspired by the rich culinary history of the region, Quay House looks to create a medley of dishes through the use of time-honoured techniques such as open-fire cooking, fermentation, and ageing. Take for instance the Balinese Kampung Chicken, a flavourful dish that’s been wood-fire grilled to an aromatic charred finish, but not before it’s been marinated in a spice paste that’s made of chilli and a range of fragrant Southeast Asian herbs, of course. Other highlights on the menu include the Quay House Duck 2 Ways, where the aged duck breast is smoked for six hours over lychee-wood before being served alongside a duck confit, and finished with a rich Nonya gravy.
(Image credit: @quayhousesg via Instagram)
51 Circular Rd, Singapore 049406. Website here.
Singapore’s first-ever ox tongue speciality restaurant has set up shop at the foodie district that is Tras Street. Before you go on about making jokes about making out with a cow, we’d like you save that thought till after you’ve tried the dishes here.
While you can always go for sharing plates of the refreshing Cold Roasted Gyutan Carpaccio, or the hearty Premium Gyutan Shabu-Shabu, our go-to is the value-for-money lunch sets here. Choose between the 4mm thin cuts of grilled gyutan in the Sumiyaki Gyutan Set or the 10mm thick cuts of grilled gyutan Sumiyaki Atsugiri Gyutan Set, both of which come with mugimeshi (a mix of rice and barley), two kinds of Japanese pickles, a salad paired with a lemon olive oil dressing, tororo (grated Japanese mountain yam), as well as a choice of oxtail or miso soup. Can’t decide? The Sumiyaki Gyutan Combo Set that consists of thin and thick cuts of charcoal-grilled gyutan.
41 Tras St, #01-01, Singapore 078980. Website here.
There’s nothing better than hotpot on a rainy day. Those interested in trying out something a little different compared to the offerings in town will find a new favourite at Kurohanabi. The restaurant, which was born in Hokkaido, is famed for their unique sesame-miso soup base. Its signature dish, the Motsunabe, sees the hearty sesame-miso soup as a base for ingredients such as beef intestine, tofu, chives, cabbage and enoki mushroom.
Besides nabe hotpot, diners can also look forward original recipe dishes from Japan such as the Natto Motsu Nabe, a motsu nabe that’s topped with a blend of natto and minced chicken. as well as the Hokkaido Motsu Ponzu, a refreshing appetizer of beef intestine with ponzu.
(Image credit: @kurohanabi.sg via Instagram)
3 Temasek Boulevard, Tower 1, #03-316 Suntec City, Singapore 038983. Website here.
A discreet Japanese restaurant, Yuta, has opened within Orchard Plaza, and promises to be a true hidden gem that only those truly in the know would be aware of. However, its bright blue exterior is hard to miss if you come seeking it, encasing a cosy diner with high counter seats and a small private room. As of now, they have a single 10-course dinner omakase menu that’s priced affordably at S$115++, which includes premium dishes such as a plump Japanese Oyster from Hokkaido served with yuzu ponzu and ikura, A5 Miyazaki wagyu sirloin, Uni sushi rice topped with even more uni, as well as a Hokkaido scallop carpaccio doused in a fragrant truffle soya sauce.
(Image credit: @yuta_orchard via Instagram)
150 Orchard Rd, #02-12 Orchard Plaza, Singapore 238841. Website here.