Now that the main part of the Chinese New Year festivities is over, it’s back to the daily grind of work and, well, a detox diet after all that sinful feasting. We can’t say we’re tired of bak kwa, pineapple tarts and all the other goodies just yet, but now that we’re done with house visitations, there’s really no excuse for us to continue stuffing our faces with reckless abandon.
Or maybe there is.
Apart from the CNY celebrations, another highlight of February is the bumper crop of new restaurants that have opened their doors. Offering everything from Mediterranean to Japanese, Spanish, Mexican and even Asian fusion fare, this month’s new eateries have us spoilt for choice. In fact, we might just postpone our post-CNY #eatclean plans for now, and indulge a little bit more. Scroll down for 10 new restaurants you need to visit this month in Singapore.
(Main photo: Alittle Tashi; Featured photo: Takayama)
This new kappo-style restaurant at Downtown Gallery introduces a menu inspired by Osaka’s cuisine and culture, serving dishes incorporated with the finest seasonal ingredients. Must-try offerings include steamed abalone with uni, charcoal-grilled Kumamoto wagyu beef, and winter truffle with foie gras. The eatery also has lunch sets featuring grilled kinmedai and stewed pork.
Takayama, Downtown Gallery, #01-09/10, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815, +65 6224 0864
Named after the Tibetan word for “blessings” and “welcome”, Alittle Tashi is an Asian fusion restaurant offering intriguing concoctions such as pan-seared veal tongue with Ssamjang sauce (a Korean spicy dipping sauce), fruit curry, and charcoal-grilled beef short rib with Skhug, a Middle Eastern hot sauce made with chilies, spices and cilantro.
Alittle Tashi, 39 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207538, +65 9757 3680
Devour hearty contemporary Mexican cuisine the likes of burritos, tacos and tostadas at this new restaurant at Singapore Land Tower. Menu highlights include the Chorizo Queso Fundido — a combination of Spanish chorizo, Montgomery Jack cheddar, coriander and paprika with corn chips — and pork ribs grilled in Al Pastor sauce spiced with Sichuan peppers. Don’t forget to try the homemade guacamole, which is prepared tableside.
LES 45, Singapore Land Tower, #45-03, 50 Raffles Place, Singapore 048623, +65 6221 9555
It’s all about grilled fare at this modern Japanese restaurant, which offers everything from robatayaki cuisine to Western-style wood-fired meats such as USDA Angus prime rib and Iberian pork belly. Its extensive repertoire also features sushi, sashimi and omakase sets. Round these off with the eatery’s range of beers and Japanese whiskies.
Cast Iron, Duo Galleria, #01-32/33, 7 Fraser Street, Singapore 189356, +65 6581 0159
Move over, Man Man. A new unagi restaurant has opened at Wheelock Place, serving up — what else — grilled eel. Uya imports its eels from farms in countries such as Taiwan and Japan twice weekly, and stores them in custom-built tanks in-house. Unlike at Man Man, diners don’t get to watch the process of the eels being caught and slaughtered. They do, however, get to see their food being seared over hot coals, through a glass window that looks into the kitchen. What’s different about Uya is that it uses a secret sauce, passed down over four generations, to marinate its unagi.
Uya, #02-15/16, Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Road, Singapore 238880, +65 6732 1096
Set on a hilltop amidst the lush greenery of Faber Peak, this European restaurant promises unbeatable views of Sentosa island. Its menu features a selection of tapas and dishes such as foie gras pizza, Côte de Boeuf and flambé Baked Alaska, as well as wines, spirits and cocktails. A highlight is its signature Dusk till Dawn cocktail, an eye-catching blue concoction of gin, vodka, rum, tequila and Blue Curacao that’s presented in a lightbulb-shaped glass.
Dusk Restaurant & Bar, Faber Peak Singapore, Level 2, 109 Mount Faber Road, Singapore 099203
Specialising in kushikatsu, where skewers of meat and seafood are deep fried till crispy, this Japanese chain eatery has launched its first overseas outpost here. Expect to munch on pork, oysters and prawns — all coated in a light and crunchy batter — as well as scrumptious side dishes such as takoyaki balls, sashimi and oden.
With its opulent chandelier, red velvet chairs, and grey interiors, Shard is one sleek dining venue. The Spanish restaurant presents tapas such as chicken croquettes, crispy calamari and Patatas Bravas (fried baby potatoes with garlic aioli), as well mouthwatering main courses like Boston lobster paella, suckling pig, and grilled octopus.
Shard, Tanjong Pagar Centre, #01-12, 5 Wallich Street, Singapore 078883, +65 6844 9400
Situated at the newly opened Novotel Singapore On Stevens hotel, Winestone is a restaurant-bar that specialises in wine and Mediterranean cuisine. Its signature offerings range from ricotta and veal meatballs, to falafel with hummus, and a Winestone Express Platter, comprising a variety of cold cuts and cheeses. Its wines are available by the glass and bottle, and the establishment also has a retail corner where patrons can purchase wines for takeaway.
Winestone, Novotel Singapore on Stevens, 30 Stevens Road, #01-09, Singapore 257840, +65 6491 6100
Founded in China, this chain restaurant has opened its first Singapore outlet at 313 Somerset. It serves grilled fish prepared in a variety of sauces and ingredients, with signature options such as soy sauce, green pepper, and beancurd. Diners get to choose the type of fish they want (which ranges from mullet to sea bass) and their desired combination of seasonings and toppings. Also available are side dishes like mushrooms and luncheon meat, and barbecued skewers of seafood and vegetables.
Tan Yu, 313 Orchard Road Somerset B3-30/31/32, Singapore 238895, +65 65098887