September looks set to be a busy and thrilling month ahead, with hotly-anticipated events such as the annual Singapore Grand Prix and Ultra Singapore music festival coming to town. There’s also the upcoming Mid-Autumn Festival, which gives us an excuse to abandon our diet plans in favour of exquisitely crafted, delicious mooncakes.
Another highlight of this month is, of course, the opening of many promising new eateries. From an innovative Modern European establishment that upcycles ingredients in its food, to pastry maestro Janice Wong‘s much-awaited, full-fledged restaurant, these 10 new Singapore restaurants will fuel you up for all the exciting activities in the pipeline.
A Poke Theory
This newly opened joint along Boon Tat Street specialises in Hawaiian Poke bowls filled with cubes of raw fish and vegetables. Get its signature Original Shoyu Tuna, which comprises chunks of fish seasoned with Japanese-grade shoyu and sesame, or go for the Avocado Miso Salmon — a medley of salmon cubes mixed with avocado and miso. These can be customised with toppings such as furikake, nori flakes and edamame beans.
Also available are superfood smoothie bowls stacked with nutritious ingredients such as banana, raw cacao, soy milk and roasted cashews.
A Poke Theory, 27 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069623, www.apoketheory.com
Pyxiemoss Restaurant & Bar
This Modern European restaurant by chef-owner Tim Ross-Watson prides itself on incorporating usually-discarded parts of select produce into its dishes, which showcase British and Asian flavours. Must-try offerings include Seaviche (a mix of sea coconut strips tossed in chilli and paired with corn chips), lamb hearts with bacon and grapes, and Norwegian salmon that’s cured with upcycled coffee grinds.
The eatery also dishes up sweet confections such as Pina Colada, a deconstructed version of the cocktail, and Snickerz — a rice brownie served with Gula Melaka cream and peanuts.
Pyxiemoss Restaurant & Bar, 43 North Canal Road Singapore 059299, +65 6532 2171, www.pyxiemoss.com
Located along Gemmill Lane, this stylish tapas bar and restaurant specialises in French-Japanese cuisine. Its meats and seafood are cooked over binchō-tan charcoal (hence its name), and many of its dishes are given a dash of luxury with the addition of premium ingredients such as uni (sea urchin).
Must-try offerings include foie gras with daikon, wagyu loin, and cold-smoked eggplant topped with Japanese Red Seabream. Pair these with house cocktails such as the cheekily named Sake My Cucumber, a blend of sake, vodka, cucumber, fresh mint and chartreuse.
Le Binchotan, 115 Amoy Street #01-04 (entrance via Gemmill Lane), Singapore 069935, +65 6221 6065, www.facebook.com/lebinchotan
Kitchen by Food Rebel
Eat clean at this organic café, which focuses on healthy fare the likes of salads and “Buddha bowls” filled with ingredients such as vegetables, hummus and avocado. Its menu also offers an extensive range of vegan, dairy-free and gluten-free options.
Tuck into the vegan-friendly sweet potato and chickpea bowl, a nutrient-packed mix of beetroot hummus quinoa, tofu and avocado, or load up on protein with sandwiches stuffed with roast beef and mushrooms.
Kitchen by Food Rebel, 28 Stanley Street,Telok Ayer, Singapore 068737, +65 6224 7088, www.foodrebelsg.com
Janice Wong Singapore
Highlights include multi-coloured siew mai in flavours of Portobello and shrimp, charcoal noodles in a collagen-rich soup, and scallop sōmen noodles with salted egg yolk sauce. Round these off with sweet treats such as Shades of Green, a blend of pistachio sponge, coco mousse and pandan ice cream.
Janice Wong Singapore, National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Road, #01-06, Singapore 178897, +65 9712 5338, www.janicewong.com.sg
Undici Pizza Bar
When it comes to comfort food, there’s nothing like a hearty, carb-laden platter of pasta or pizza to really hit the spot. The next time those cravings strike, swing by Undici Pizza Bar on Duxton Hill. The laid-back eatery offers diet-busting dishes the likes of carbonara, beef lasagne, Margherita pizza and Flambe’ — an extravagant combination of mozzarella cheese, pancetta bacon, caramelised onions and fresh cream.
For lighter bites, the establishment also has antipasti such as fresh Burrata cheese with salad and deep fried risotto filled with Provola cheese and white ham.
Undici Pizza Bar, 39 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089617, +65 6221 4235, www.facebook.com/undicipizzabar
Baba Chews Bar and Eatery
Located at the newly opened Hotel Indigo Singapore Katong, this Peranakan restaurant sits on the premises of the former Joo Chiat Police Station. Expect Malacca-style cuisine such as beef rendang, sambal stingray and Foie Gras Tau Kwa Pau (fried beancurd topped with foie gras simmered in a gravy of spices and soya sauce).
For dessert, treat yourself to a refreshing bowl of Chendol (shaved ice with coconut cream) or Kueh Durian, a blend of homemade durian mousse and shredded coconut cooked in Gula Melaka.
Baba Chews Bar and Eatery, 86 East Coast Road, #01-01 Katong Square, Singapore 428788, +65 6723 2025, www.facebook.com/babachewssg
This homegrown dessert café along River Valley Road is barely a week old, but it might just become the next hip hangout thanks to its decadent, Instagram-worthy confections spanning cakes and gelato.
Signature offerings include Bohemian Rhapsberry, a hazelnut sable tart topped with chocolate raspberry crémeux and raspberry coulis, and the dainty Frasier cake — which comprises mascarpone chantilly cream, strawberries and strawberry juice sandwiched between layers of génoise sponge.
Butterknife Folk, 238 River Valley Road, Singapore 238296, +65 6734 7855, www.butterknifefolk.com
Plank Sourdough Pizza at Namly Place
This pizza place has opened its second branch at Namly Place in Bukit Timah, where it continues to serve its signature sourdough-crust pies, which are created from a combination of flours fermented with natural wild yeast to achieve a slight tangy flavour.
Crispy on the outside and pillowy-soft inside, the pizzas are available with various mouthwatering toppings such as smoked salmon, cranberry compote, camembert cheese and caramelised garlic crème fraiche.
Plank Sourdough Pizza, 64 Namly Place, Bukit Timah, Singapore 267208, +65 6466 2280, www.plankpizza.biz
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar
SPRMRKT, a multi-concept space that comprises a retail store, eatery and supermarket, has opened a sophomore outlet in Robertson Quay. The new branch houses SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar, a fine-dining-styled restaurant serving up Asian-inspired Western fare such as steak with blue cheese dip and Spanish octopus with crunchy bulgur wheat.
The space is also equipped with a grocery section stocked with gourmet products, and a riverside café offering dishes such as pumpkin soup and grilled salmon.
SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar, #02-01, The Singapore Tyler Print Institute, 41 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238236, +65 9736 4170, www.sprmrkt.com.sg