Eating is about pleasure, and it brings us no greater thrill than to bring forth a round up of the most exciting restaurants to have opened (or will open) in the coming weeks.
Two of the restaurants in our selection are scoops we uncovered; chef Christophe Lerouy who helmed Alma by Juan Amador to its Michelin star as well as chef Sun Kim behind one-starred Meta (who was also the face of our Ermenegildo Zegna campaign) will be opening restaurants in shophouses sometime this month named Lerouy and Kimme respectively.
Other Michelin-starred names set to make waves this month is Spanish Chef Fernando Arellano who hails from two-Michelin-starred Zaranda all the way from the Spanish Balearic Islands. He will be taking over Esquina from chef Carlos Montobbio for dinner on 8 and 9 November. Expect a menu that showcases Spanish-Mediterranean flavours like the the Lamb “Mandala” with Arabic sweet spices and aubergine.
Elsewhere on the island, Pince and Pints – the trendy spot on Duxton Road to hit up for a good lobster roll – has set up shop in Katong, joining the slew of casual spots. And of course, the enduring popularity of Japanese cuisine here means that will always be at least one in our monthly round up, though in this case, there’s three of varying influences.
Those with a knack for food events though can check out the AccorHotels Singapore Food & Wine Festival which will end with the incredible Super Sunday Brunch on 12 November at Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa.
If eating is about pleasure, November is about to get indulgent. Here are 10 new restaurants in Singapore to check out this month.
Lobster aficionados have one more spot to look out for this month and Pince and Pints has set up a second outlet, this time in the east. The 60-seater restaurant will offer all that its original outlet is known for and that means wild caught lobsters from the Atlantic Coast savoured in its iconic lobster roll as well as having it whole with a side of crispy fries, salad and a moreish butter sauce that will have you licking the back of the spoon.
Pince and Pints, 95 East Coast Road, Singapore 428792, 6386 3988.
The march of Spanish restaurants continues this month as La Pepa – a cosy tapas bar opens on Gemmill Lane. The space prides itself on working with artisanal producers from across the Iberian peninsula and presenting them in single serve tapas plates as well as sharing platters for larger groups. Look out for the meat paella made with chorizo and pork ribs served with the bone in on a bed of rice infused with saffron and paprika.
La Pepa, 10 Gemmill Lane, Singapore 069251, 9830 0908.
Chef Sun Kim of one-Michelin-starred Meta will be opening a more relaxed outfit come November 24. “Kimme will be an Asian bistro where I can cook similar dishes but in a simpler way,” he says, in an exclusive interview with Lifestyle Asia Singapore. Expect a menu that includes wagyu tartare with bulgogi dressing, egg and croutons and rump steak with mushroom doenjang.
Kimme, 47 Amoy Street, Singapore 069873, +65 6514 1588.
InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay has flung open its doors and with it comes a multi-concept space featuring two new eateries: Publico Deli and Publico Ristorante. The former is a 160-seater space that turns into a cocktail and dessert bar at night while the latter is 229-seater restaurant that will serve up contemporary Italian cuisine. The vibe here is friendly and casual so expect lively music as you dig in to pizzas and pastas as you soak in the riverfront view.
Publico, 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909, 6826 5041.
After a false start earlier this year with Dstllry, chef Christophe Lerouy has teamed up with Willin Low of Wild Rocket and Gwen Lim of Patisserie G to open up his own space on Stanley Street. The food will be in his signature style; which means a tasting menu that will change every two months or so. Flavour-wise, it will be a solid French base and techniques layered with an Asian and Middle Eastern palate.
Lerouy, 3 Stanley Street, Singapore 068722
If your idea of good foodie weekend includes a trip to an all-you-can-eat buffet then Sea & Blue is the latest joint for you to check out. It’s at the Canal Level of Marina Bay Sands and will have you spoilt for choice with over 100 items. Everything from the freshest seafood like Alaskan King Crab, scallops and local classic chilli crab are available on top of a dessert bar with a korean bingsu station to polish off your meal.
Sea & Blue, Canal Level, B2-01/01A, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, +65 6688 7165.
It’s hard not to love sake with its smooth, easy-to-drink nature, and at new restaurant and sake bar Kabuke, you’ll be spoilt for choice with labels from over 20 prefectures. Those who’d like a survey of its offerings can go for the sake flight to sample three types of sake. Food-wise, the lunch options are perfect for the office crowd with rice bowls starting from $15 with the option for luxurious add ons like foie gras and uni.
Kabuke, 200A Telok Ayer St, Singapore 068638, 8822 5525.
Pasta is impossibly common in Singapore but fresh ones that are made by hand every single day? Not so much. This is the premise at new Italian restaurant Pastaria Abate where the vibe is cosy, much like visiting an Italian home. First, choose the type of pasta you’d like to have and pair it up with their slow-cooked sauce. We particularly recommend the parpadelle (broad strips of egg pasta) with the al ragu which is cooked under a low heat overnight.
Pastaria Abate, 43 Craig Rd, Singapore 089681, 6909 0672.
Kobe might be most known for its beef but here’s one few would’ve heard of: Morozoff. Don’t let its somewhat Russian-sounding name fool you. This is a luxury confectionery with over 70 years of heritage that’s just opened in Singapore after having outlets in Shanghai and Taiwan. It’s best known for its feuillage – a thin baked biscuit in the shape of a leaf, as well as the arcadia where crunchy biscuits are packed inch to inch with roasted cashews.
Morozoff, Plaza Singapura , 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839.
Pan-asian cuisine gets one more nod over at Maru Dine & Bar – a new spot in Tanjong Pagar that’s fast making its rounds on social media. It promises a delicious experience where the menu takes you from Japan one moment and Vietnam to the next. Don’t miss the baked bone marrow dressed with shiso salt, furikake and red wine plum sauce as well as the wagyu sushi which comes with a rice cracker, uni, caviar and truffle shoyu.
Maru Dine & Bar, #01-05 to 11, Icon Village, 12 Gopeng St, Singapore 078877, 6327 1123