January is upon us all and it seems like chefs and entrepreneurs alike are gearing up for yet another year of feeding hungry (and often fickle-minded) diners with a whole set of new restaurants in Singapore. Already, we’ve delivered the scoop that chef Cheryl Koh is expanding Tarte, while other well-known chefs like Anthony Yeo, formerly from Cocotte, are set to unveil new eateries. Yet this month’s most anticipated opening belongs to British celebrity chef Marco Pierre White’s The English House — slated to raise its shutters sometime this month along Mohamed Sultan Road.

While new openings always make headlines, other happenings on the foodie front are worth paying attention to. For starters, chef Darren Teoh from Dewakan — one of Malaysia’s most exciting restaurants — is heading over to our shores to collaborate with Ivan Brehm of Nouri. Is this the sign of greater things to come from Kuala Lumpur? We’re as excited as anyone else.

Meanwhile, this month’s list of new restaurants in Singapore has pleasantly surprised us as for once, there are more new Chinese restaurants than Japanese ones. It could be because Chinese New Year is just a few weeks away and yusheng will soon be on our dining tables. Either way, the three restaurants are surprisingly varied, serving everything from classic dim sum to suckling pig spit-roasted over charcoal. Sounds scrumptious? Wait till you read the rest. Here’s what else is in store.

Banner and featured images, courtesy of Tablescape.

1
Kazu Sushi Grill Sake

Marina One looks set to be a hotbed of dining, as yet another restaurant is opening there. This time, it’s a Japanese omakase spot which has all your usual suspects like sushi and sashimi, as well as a robatayaki grill. Premium seafood is flown in from Hokkaido thrice a week, while the rice is organically grown in Nagano. Highlights include the omi beef tataki where A4 grade wagyu from Shiga Prefecture is complemented with ponzu jelly, as well as the lunch bento sets — the perfect midday pick-me-up for those working in the area.

Kazu Sushi Grill Sake, 5 Straits View, #01-14, Singapore 018935, +65 6282 8141

2
Tablescape Restaurant and Bar

Is anything more delectable than the sight of a gueridon trolley approaching your table? At modern European restaurant Tablescape, it’s reserved for the rotating menu of desserts. This form of service harks back to the era of formal fine dining, and one which establishments like Joel Robuchon Restaurant and Saint Pierre still retain. “Having been part of the industry here for almost two decades, I’m proud to see our restaurant scene blossom, but I had a sense of nostalgia for how fine dining used to be,” explained executive chef Robert Chan. Expect a European repertoire updated for today’s sensibilities like monkfish and lobster claw wrapped in prosciutto placed on a bed of risotto, as well as steak tartare topped with a crispy battered poached egg.

Tablescape Restaurant and Bar, Level 3 Grand Park City Hall, 10 Coleman Street, Singapore 179809, +65 6432 5618

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3
Lavo Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar

Lavo Singapore — a concept by US nightlife name Tao Group — opened to much fanfare at the dawn of 2018. It’s touted as an Italian restaurant and rooftop bar, sitting some 57 floors up in the sky. Expect an Italian American menu and a kitchen helmed by partner and chef Ralph Scamardella, who also oversees the group’s culinary ventures.

Lavo Singapore, Marina Bay Sands, Level 57, Sands Skypark Hotel Tower 1 Singapore 018956, +65 6688 8591

4
Casa Poncho

Latin American establishments number just a handful, yet all indicators point to it being a group that’s slowly growing. Casa Poncho is the newest kid on the block, taking up residence along Bukit Pasoh. Your usual suspects like churros and ceviche are on the menu, as well as a range of cocktails based on mezcal.

Casa Poncho, 14 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089828, +65 6224 5466

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5
Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House

The Blue Lotus name seems to have a certain cache here as it opens another outlet, this time along Stevens Road. That’s a short walk down from the Orchard Road shopping belt, away from the hustle and bustle of it all. Classic dishes here are given a new spin – think along the lines of fried rice cooked with lard and truffles served in a hot stone, as well as pork belly that’s been glazed with honey and smoked over hickory wood.

Blue Lotus Chinese Grill House, 30 Stevens Road, #01-03, Novotel Singapore on Stevens, Singapore 257840, +65 6838 0880

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6
The English House

Marco Pierre White — haute gastronomy’s L’Enfant Terrible, and the youngest chef to earn three Michelin stars (only to later give it back) — is slated to open a restaurant here this month. According to The Straits Times, “It will be housed in two adjoining colonial buildings which used to be home to the popular bar Madam Wong’s, left vacant since the bar closed 10 years ago.” The restaurant will have a focus on shared plates served in a restored space from the 19th century.

The English House, 28 Mohamed Sultan Road. Further details to come.

7
Summer Hill

First, we saw cafes moving into the heartlands. Now, we’re seeing renowned chefs with their own following heading the same way. Anthony Yeoh, who formerly headed Unlisted Collection’s Cocotte, has set up Summer Hill, a casual all-day bistro. It’s slated to open in mid January and will be serving up simple home-style French dishes. Could the heartlands finally be cool? Let’s wait and see.

Summer Hill, Block 106 Clementi Street 12, 01-62, +65 6251 5337

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8
Myo Restobar

Myo Restobar is the younger, fresher offshoot of Kia Hiang Restaurant — a classic Chinese establishment that’s been operating at International Plaza for 40 years. The brand’s longevity is testament to the quality of the food, and it’s one that’s brought over to Myo Restobar, where the offerings and decor target finance executives working in the area with lunch sets as well as craft beers on tap.

Myo Restobar, 19-01 Oxley tower, 138 Robinson Rd, Singapore 068906, +65 6931 1247

9
665ºF

There’s no lack of quality restaurants at Andaz Singapore, so its latest opening, 665ºF is like the cherry on top of the icing. It’s a premium steak and seafood grill house that offers halal gourmet cuts in a cosy Savile Row-inspired setting, perched on the 38th floor of the luxury property.

665ºF, Level 38, 5 Fraser Street Andaz Singapore, Singapore 189354, +65 6408 1255

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10
Orient Palace

Chinese restaurants are the perfect place for large family gatherings, and Orient Palace might have just the thing in store when the occasion arises. The vibe here is light and convivial and the food is as hearty as it gets. Go straight for the charcoal roasted suckling pig — a rare delicacy these days — which has a crackling skin infused with a smokey flavour. Unlike many other places which use machinery in its processes, at Orient Palace, the cooking station is manned by a chef who has 33 years of experience.

Orient Palace, 407 Havelock Road #01-01, Furama Riverfront Annex Building, Singapore 169634, +65 6931 8888

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Azimin Saini
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Azimin Saini is the Editor of Lifestyle Asia and manages the team in Singapore. He has been told the sound of his backspace is like thunder through the clouds. On a regular day, he has enough caffeine in him to power a small car. Follow him on Instagram: @globalgastronaut