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In Good Taste: Jinzakaya, Artemis and Gemmills

The long Easter weekend was a much-welcomed break for most of us. We were certainly spoilt for choice, with so many festive feasts and champagne brunches to indulge in. And of course, it didn’t hurt to treat ourselves to a luxuriant staycation or vacation. A few of us even managed to squeeze in some spa treatments to rejuvenate and prepare ourselves for the busy work week.

The celebrations may be over, but the feasting doesn’t have to stop. Several restaurants around town have created a variety of exciting new dishes, and we’ve already bookmarked them for our next meal. In fact, we might just start on one or two tonight, after knocking off work.

From a sashimi bowl to smoked eel and squid ragu, here are 3 new offerings we reckon are worth trying.

Smoked eel by Artemis

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Artemis’ smoked eel is a new addition to its menu.

The dish: Succulent and tender chunks of smoked eel are tossed with a mix of seasonal white asparagus, forest mushrooms and garlic flower, before being garnished with sprigs of salty fingers — a type of plant known for its notes of saltiness and bitterness.

The place: Taking pride of place on the rooftop of CapitaGreen, Artemis is a Mediterranean-inspired restaurant serving up wood-fired meat and sustainably-sourced seafood. It recently introduced a new spring menu, which includes dishes such as braised wagyu beef cheeks, Japanese hamachi, and this smoked eel concoction.

Price: S$26

Artemis, CapitaGreen Rooftop, Level 40, 138 Market Street, Singapore 048946, +65 6635 8677

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Kaisen Chirashi Donburi by Jinzakaya

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When in doubt, choose sashimi.

The dish: One can never go wrong with a hearty bowl of chirashi don, which is essentially rice stacked with an assortment of sashimi. Jinzakaya’s rendition — a new lunch set on its refreshed menu — features the likes of fresh salmon and ikura. It comes served with an appetiser, pickles, soup and dessert, so you can be assured of a satisfying meal.

The place: Operated by the Les Amis Group, this izakaya-inspired Japanese restaurant is known for its range of kushiyaki (charcoal-grilled skewered meats) and sake. Its revamped menu features 13 new lunch sets and an expanded repertoire of yakimono (grilled dishes), donburi (rice bowls) and noodles.

Price: $22

Jinzakaya, 1 Farrer Park Station Road (off Rangoon Road), #01-08/10, Singapore 217562, +65 6443 1173

Squid ragu by Gemmills

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Gemmills’ squid ragu is a hearty tomato-based dish infused with red wine.

The dish: If comfort food is more your beat, dig into Gemmills’ ragu, a brand new dish comprising slices of squid smothered in a rich sauce of tomatoes, red wine and squid stock. It is accompanied by house-baked sourdough, which you can use to mop up the gravy after you’ve wolfed down everything else.

The place: Situated along the trendy Amoy Street, Gemmills is an all-day dining café with Mediterranean-inflected fare and an extensive wine list. It recently underwent a refurbishment and now sports brighter, more spacious interiors, and a refreshed menu.

Price: S$16

Gemmills, 110 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 069930

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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