Compared to the past couple months, which saw major gastronomic highlights such as the World Gourmet Summit, Singapore Restaurant Week, and Singapore Cocktail Festival, May seems to be a rather quiet period. The next event we’re looking forward to is Negroni Week, where the country’s best bars concoct their own interpretation of the classic drink. But even that only takes place in June, so we’ve got to wait a few more weeks. For now, the most exciting aspect of this month, is today — which marks Star Wars Day. For the uninitiated, this explains why the phrase “may the fourth be with you” has been popping up all over social media.
If you’re more keen on eating your way through the island, than celebrating this “holiday” in honour of the pop culture phenomenon, we’ve got you sorted. May brings with it more than enough new restaurants to keep us occupied, and we’ve rounded up our top picks.
From a Japanese restaurant specialising in premium fugu (puffer fish), to a breezy Mediterranean eatery along the Singapore River, and a multi-concept venue housing a restaurant, tea and coffee room, and a retail and art space, here are 10 new restaurants worth visiting this month.
(Main and featured photos: Spark Restaurant)
Situated within the revamped 12 Ann Siang, a multi-concept F&B venue, this casual eatery focuses on grilled dishes inflected with Asian flavours. Diners can expect to tuck into offerings such as charcoal grilled Black Angus burger, and burrata with spiced lentils, alongside a selection of wine and beers. The place also boasts an alfresco terrace area with views of Chinatown and Ann Siang Road.
Coriander Leaf Grill, 12 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069692
Feast on a variety of sashimi, sushi, yakitori and omakase dishes at this newly opened Japanese restaurant in Holland Village. Highlights include pork loin tonkatsu, and kurobuta pork jowl grilled teppanyaki style. The place also offers a wide range of craft beers, sake and wines sourced from breweries across Japan.
Sens, 118 Holland Avenue Raffles Holland Village #B1-12/13 Singapore 278997, +65 6262 5618
Taking pride of place in a venue once occupied by a 1970s bicycle shop, The Palmary serves a mostly European-influenced menu of dishes such as duck confit, hanger steak and aglio olio. It also has an extensive list of cocktails spanning Fresh Prince (a grapefruit-infused gin and tonic), Crimson & Cream (a pisco sour imbued with saffron), and a Pandan Old Fashioned. The restaurant is opened by canapé catering company Food & Friendship.
The Palmary, 142 Owen Road, Singapore 218941, +65 6909 1431
Hailing from Japan, this chain restaurant specialises in torafugu, which is premium-grade puffer fish. It runs 96 outlets in its home country, and its Singapore branch marks its first overseas venture. The eatery offers the fish in a variety of cooking methods, so diners can have it sushi-style, grilled, mixed into porridge, or even deep fried. For the less adventurous, Guenpin also offers snow crab, to be savoured grilled or in a hotpot.
Guenpin Fugu, 32 Maxwell Road #01-06, Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115, +65 6634 2916
With its open kitchen, industrial-chic concrete walls and wood finishings, this new joint along North Bridge Road will certainly get any hipster’s nod of approval. Its eclectic menu features the likes of smoked duck breast paired with pickled, puréed and powdered beetroot, battered John Dory burger, and soft poached egg with puffed rice.
Brine, 775 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198743
This classy fine dining restaurant along Upper Paya Lebar Road serves fusion fare such as furikake-crusted sea bass, sushi with sliced hamachi, bone marrow with lemon-garlic-thyme jus, and salmon belly. Its kitchen is helmed by executive chef Shawn Yan, who is also a private chef.
Spark Restaurant, 73 Upper Paya Lebar Road, Centro Bianco building, ground floor, Singapore 534818, +65 6282 0251
Located in Bugis, this casual restaurant dubs its cuisine “Contemporary Happy Food”, and focuses on using fresh, seasonal produce in its dishes. Menu highlights range from Australia Fremantle octopus seared on binchotan coals and pair with pickled lotus root with gochujang aioli, to egg custard with ikura and tobiko and topped with beurre noisette (a hazelnut butter sauce). It’s the brainchild of Dylan Ong, the co-founder of casual French bistro Saveur.
The Masses, 85 Beach Road, #01-02, Singapore 189694, +65 6266 0061
The latest addition to Paragon shopping mall’s stable of eateries, 63Paragon is devoted to using seasonal ingredients in its food. It serves an all-day lunch menu, a range of brunch offerings, and small and large sharing plates for dinner. Examples of dishes include tuna tartare, Westholme beef, josper-grilled heirloom carrots, and a breakfast platter of scrambled eggs and sausages. Round these off with New and Old World wines from the restaurant’s extensive list, or wash down your meal with freshly brewed coffee.
63Paragon, Paragon, #04-09, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859
This eccentrically named multi-concept venue comprises a restaurant, a tea and coffee room, and a retail and art lab. Its restaurant kitchen is helmed by executive chef Stephan Zoisl, who runs Chef’s Table along Tras Street. The cuisine focuses on seasonal produce from around the world, with offerings such as spanner crab salad, ghost chilli kimchi, and “Inspired By Red” — a dessert of strawberries and raspberries.
Steamroom with The Pillar and Stones, Orchard Central, #03-08, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896, +65 6592 0571
Slated to launch later this month, Summerlong is a Mediterranean-inspired café and bar along the Singapore River. It offers a repertoire spanning small plates, seafood platters, grilled fish and meats, and desserts such as soft serve ice cream. Also available are wines obtained from Mediterranean vineyards, cocktails, beer and cider. The place is opened by the same folks behind Turkish eatery Fat Prince in Tanjong Pagar.
Summerlong, 60 Robertson Quay #01-04, Singapore 238252