We’re already nearing the end of the year, but the local dining scene shows no signs of slowing down, with many new restaurants sprouting up and existing eateries introducing tantalising new repertoires.
This month, we feast on a wide range of options spanning Turkish, Italian, Cantonese and Mexican cuisines. Ranging from a beachfront Spanish eatery to a stylish jazz café and a lavishly decorated Ottoman-styled restaurant in vibrant Tanjong Pagar, there’s something for every ardent foodie.
This chic Italian establishment is the latest addition to restaurateur Beppe de Vito’s stable of eateries. Comprising an open-kitchen restaurant and 30-seater rooftop bar, it is spread over two floors of a restored heritage shophouse along the Singapore River. Guests can look forward to dishes such as grilled Romanesco cauliflower served with burrata mousse and shaved bottarga, along with cocktails such as Bramble — a mix of Bombay Sapphire, lemon and sugar syrup poured over a blackberry ice ball.
Braci, 52 Boat Quay, Singapore 049841, +65 6866 1933, www.braci.sg
Launched by the same group behind Japanese izakaya Neon Pigeon, Fat Prince is a beautifully furnished restaurant specialising in Turkish cuisine. Its interiors are decked out in pendant lamps and mosaic patterns, and there’s even a bar equipped with traditional Turkish coffee pots and a sand pit. Its repertoire offers dishes such as quinoa tabbouleh, smoked kaşar cheese kebabs and hummus with duck fat.
Fat Prince, 48 Peck Seah Street, Singapore 079317, +65 8221 3683, www.fatprincesg.com
Targeted at blues and jazz lovers, this new restaurant-bar at Pan Pacific Orchard offers sumptuous Western cuisine alongside live music performances. It’s opened by the same folks behind the famed Montreux Jazz Festival, which is staged annually in Switzerland. Menu highlights include lamb chops, BB Cheese Burger — named after blues legend BB King — and Quincy Jones Roast Chicken, which is inspired by the iconic music producer.
Montreux Jazz Café, 10 Claymore Road, Pan Pacific Orchard, Singapore 229540, +65 6733 0091, www.montreuxjazzcafe.com
Mexican restaurant Super Loco has spawned a sophomore outlet at Customs House along the Marina Bay waterfront. The eatery is open for weekday lunch and dinner, and serves up hearty dishes such as Torta De Camarones (a hot sandwich stuffed with grilled king prawns, avocado and achiote mayonnaise), tacos, quesadillas and sharing platters of grilled seafood. The menu also offers agave spirits, cocktails and vegetarian food options.
Super Loco Customs House, Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-04, Singapore 049323, www.super-loco.com
Located on Sentosa’s Palawan Beach, this waterfront eatery specialises in Mediterranean and Spanish cuisine, and is the sister restaurant of FOC along Hong Kong Street. It serves up tasty offerings the likes of King Crab cannelloni, seafood paella and sandwiches packed with triple-cooked, deboned chicken wings. It is equipped with beach sun beds, a pool deck and alfresco terrace, so guests have a variety of spaces to relax in.
FOC Sentosa, 110 Tanjong Beach Walk, Sentosa, Singapore 098943, +65 6100 1102, www.focsentosa.com
Boasting an extensive repertoire of over 60 culinary offerings such as poached abalone with homemade tofu, this posh Cantonese restaurant is the place to be for your next family feast. It’s part of the newly opened VLV, a multi-concept space comprising a club lounge, alfresco courtyard bar and riverfront dining area. For more intimate get-togethers, the eatery is also equipped with private dining rooms.
VLV Restaurant, 3A Merchant’s Court, River Valley Road, #01-02, Singapore 179020, +65 6661 0197, www.vlv.life
This breezy new all-dining spot at Millenia Walk prides itself on dishing up preservative-free, farm-fresh food. It offers bowls of grains, proteins and vegetables during lunchtime and, at night, transforms into a full-service brasserie with seasonal à la carte dishes such as miso gratinated aubergine, house-smoked mussels on toast and smoked lamb sausage. Also available are cakes, pastries and breads, which are made in-house daily.
Plentyfull, 9 Raffles Boulevard #01-79/80, Millenia Walk, +65 6493 2997, plentyfull.com
This upscale Cantonese restaurant at Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel has reopened its doors following a major refurbishment. Modelled after the home of a Chinese scholar, its interiors are dressed in bold hues of black and gold, with booth seats resembling giant jewel boxes, and calligraphy artworks lining the walls. Scrumptious highlights include dim sum, deep-fried Iberico pork, stewed bird’s nest and wok-fried lobster.
Wan Hao Chinese Restaurant, Level 3, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, +65 6831 4605, www.singaporemarriott.com/dining
Nestled away in the newly opened COO hostel in Tiong Bahru, this casual bistro dishes up cuisine inflected with local and Asian flavours. Signature items include prawn noodles (which comprises fettuccine tossed with chilli sauce and grilled tiger prawns), pulled pork burger and the Tiong Bahru Platter — a diet-busting combination of roasted pork belly, salt and pepper barramundi, and grilled chicken with satay sauce.
COO Bistro, 259 Outram Road, Singapore 169056, +65 6221 7060, www.staycoo.com
Specialising in Bavarian cuisine, this new restaurant offers mouthwatering dishes such as crispy pork knuckle, grilled sausages, soft-baked pretzels and beer-braised pork loin ribs. Its repertoire also features desserts including homemade apple strudel and caramelised pancake with rum-infused raisins, as well as a variety of Munich-imported draft beers the likes of Paulaner Hefe Weissbier and Fürstenberg Pils.
Brez’n, Valley Point, 491 River Valley Road, #01-21/22/23, Singapore 248371, +65 6235 1613, www.brezn.sg