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10 new restaurants to try this June 2017 in Singapore

The past few weeks have seen some major developments in the local food and beverage scene. There was the shock announcement that popular bubble tea chain Gong Cha has been rebranded with a completely new moniker and menu, and there was the opening of Godiva’s first Singapore lifestyle concept café. And now that we’ve entered the month of June, we can’t help but count down the days to the launch of this year’s Michelin Guide Singapore and Bib Gourmand list. We’re particularly excited to see if any more hawker stalls will snag the coveted star(s).

This month also seems to be a favoured one for new restaurants breaking into the scene. There’s the hotly-anticipated coffee joint Omotesando Koffee, which is due to launch its first Singapore café sometime this month, and Greek gourmet retailer Ergon’s maiden Asia venture at Suntec City. Established F&B groups Unlisted Collection and Illido Group have also added new restaurants to their portfolios. For those craving Japanese fare, a new halal-certified izakaya has sprouted up along Bussorah Street, while a cosy Kyoto-style restaurant has opened its doors at Cuppage Plaza.

If you’re more inclined towards a place that will also satisfy your thirst, consider hitting up the new Muse Amuse, which pulls double duty as a restaurant and cocktail bar. Its boozy brews are pretty unconventional too, with flavours inspired by local delights such as bandung (rose syrup with milk). Scroll down to find out more, and start making your reservations now.

(Main photo: Audace Bar & Restaurant; Featured photo: Haráru Izakaya)

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Amò

Opened by restaurateur Beppe de Vito of the Illido Group, this Italian restaurant specialises in pizza, which is made in-house using natural leaven, semolina and extra virgin olive oil. Highlights include classics such as Margherita (buffalo mozzarella, San Manzano tomatoes and basil) and Bianca (garlic and oregano), as well as more unconventional options layered with toppings like bone marrow, anchovy salsa verde, and pancetta bacon.

Amò, 33 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059672, +65 6723 7733

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2 /10

Audace Bar & Restaurant

The latest addition to Unlisted Collection’s stable of eateries, Audace is a casual bistro serving up French fare the likes of beetroot glazed pork belly, roasted black carrots, sea bass with broccoli, and chicken breast with pomelo and pumpkin (pictured). Its kitchen is led by chef Jérémy Gillon of the Michelin-starred Le Montana in the French Alps, and many of its dishes are incorporated with fresh vegetables obtained from the nearby Tekka Market.

Audace Bar & Restaurant, Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494, +65 6298 1188

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Kappo Shunsui

Tucked away on the fourth floor of Cuppage Plaza, Kappo Shunsui is an intimate, dimly lit spot dressed in black and wood furnishings. It focuses on Kappo cuisine, where the chef prepares food in five ways: Grilled, steamed, fried, simmered and raw. Diners can choose from its à la carte offerings such as rice bowls and sushi, or opt for the 10-course omakase menu, which features dishes the likes of uni chawanmushi and claypot rice with red snapper. From 16 June, the restaurant will introduce an additional eight-course omakase set.

Kappo Shunsui, #04-02, Cuppage Plaza, 5 Koek Road, Singapore 228796, +65 6732 0192

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Ergon Singapore

Headquartered in Greece, Ergon has opened its first Singapore deli-café at Suntec City. Patrons can expect to savour traditional Greek dishes such as smoked pork with feta cheese, spicy pastrami, and grilled octopus with hummus. The eatery also has a retail corner offering gourmet produce such as imported olive oil and honey.

Ergon Singapore, #01-365, Suntec City Mall (Convention Centre Entrance), 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038984

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Bottega Hong Kong Street

This casual joint along Hong Kong Street serves up a variety of antipasti, mains and pastas, with highlights such as squid ink tagliatelle, lasagna, and Torta Salata Salame — a pie stuffed with salami, olives and mozzarella. Try its signature steam-baked pizzas, which are available with an array of toppings including parma ham, pumpkin cream and spicy salami. Bottega also operates an outlet along Tanjong Katong Road.

Bottega, 31 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059670, +65 9850 3630

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Kara Cafe & Dessert Bar

Run by the same folks behind frozen yoghurt chain Sogurt, this café is a lovely, hipster-worthy spot dressed in a palette of pink and peach. Expect to tuck into savoury items such as okonomiyaki truffle tater tots, Korean-style fried chicken wings, and bacon and cheese toasties, alongside a range of desserts spanning mochi waffles and soft serve ice cream

Kara Cafe & Dessert Bar, 617 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 269718, +65 6468 8940

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Haráru Izakaya

Located along Bussorah Street, Haráru Izakaya is Singapore’s first Muslim-owned Japanese izakaya. It specialises in charcoal-grilled fare such as unagi, teriyaki chicken, wagyu beef and squid, and also offers a variety of salads, noodles and skewered meats. It also pickles its own vegetables in-house.

Haráru Izakaya, 16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437, +65 62915373

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Muse Amuse

This restaurant-bar along South Bridge Road features a repertoire of modern Asian small plates spanning beef tartare with Korean honey pears, arancini balls with pumpkin and gochujang chilli, and Japanese somen noodles with sautéed scallops. It also serves a range of inventive cocktails inspired by bandung and mango sticky rice.

Muse Amuse, 289 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058835, +65 8500 0588

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Blue Lotus Chinese Noodle Bar

Operated by the owners of Blue Lotus restaurant, this eatery focuses on northern Chinese cuisine such as la mian and dumplings. Its menu highlights range from grilled chicken noodles, crispy pork lard truffle la mian, and tea eggs infused with Tie Guan Ying tea and five spices.

Blue Lotus Chinese Noodle Bar, 2 Science Park Drive, #01-26, Ascent, Singapore 118222, +65 6910 0880

10 /10

Omotesando Koffee Singapore

Founded in Tokyo in 2011 as a pop-up concept, Omotesando Koffee is a name that most caffeine-loving hipsters should be familiar with. It is slated to launch its first Singapore outlet at the new Downtown Gallery mall sometime this month. Details about its menu are still scant, but we hear that it’ll offer some Singapore-exclusive items. We can’t wait to check it out.

(Photo: Omotesando Koffee)

Sara Yap

Deputy Director, Digital Operations (Asia)

Sara Yap is the Deputy Director of Digital Operations at BurdaLuxury, and a contributing writer to Lifestyle Asia’s dining and jewellery beats. When she’s not on the lookout for exciting new restaurants or bejewelled trinkets, she’s probably buried in a riveting read, or reminiscing the good ol’ days with her favourite playlist of ’90s boyband hits.


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