March might be slow for some but there’s no reason to remain in a slump with this month’s slew of new menus. 

Look forward to plant-based and dinner offerings from a range of well-loved restaurants, as well as a selection of dishes that celebrate tradition and the arrival of warmer, brighter days. For those of you who have been staying indoors lately, we hope that this list of new menus compels you to get out of the house with eager bellies.

Mott 32 introduces its ‘Dim Sum Drink Sum’ menu

Mott 32 Hanami
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 This March, Mott 32 pioneers a combo we didn’t know we needed: dim sum and drinks. Pick your poison from one of the restaurant’s signature cocktails (we recommend the floral, tequila-based Hong Kong Iced Tea (S$17++)) or a glass of wine such as Italian Bortolin Prosecco. Pair your tipple with delectable morsels such as the signature crispy sugar-coated Peking duck bun (S$7++ for three pieces) and scallop and prawn hot & sour Shanghainese soup dumplings (S$7++ for four pieces). The menu is available from  5pm – 7pm daily. Read our review of Mott 32 here. Mott 32, 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-42-44, Galleria Level The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 018956, +65 6688 9922

Mikuni highlights tradition with its Hina Matsuri Bento Menu 

Mikuni Hina Matsuri Bento Menu 2020
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Mikuni’s new bento menu (S$138) pays tribute to the tradition of Hina Matsuri (‘doll-festival’), a celebration where families wish their daughters good health and happiness. Expect appetisers such as live Japanese oyster from the Mie Prefecture with dashi foam and a selection of otoro (fatty tuna belly), tai (snapper), and kampachi (amberjack). Highlights include Stanbroke wagyu tenderloin that’s been slow-cooked in housemade teriyaki sauce and the authentic offering of braised takenoko (simmered bamboo shoots), wakame (seaweed), and yuba (Kyoto-style soymilk skin). It is available until 14 March. 

Mikuni, 80 Bras Basah Rd, Level 3 Fairmont Singapore, Singapore 189560, +65 6431 6156

Porta presents plant-based fare 

Porta Green Monday Garden Salad
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All-day European-style bistro Porta’s new Green Monday Menu is bound to please those striving towards a plant-based diet. Diners can tuck into options ranging from vegetarian, vegan, dairy-free, and nut-free — think creamy pumpkin soup(S$18) with a coconut cream base, feta cheese-topped Greek pasta salad (S$18), and the Mediterranean pasta with Heura (vegetable-based protein) and red chilli. Come any other day of the week to tuck into new a la carte items like black cod with spinach dashi puree and venus clam capellini. 

Porta, 1 Unity Street, Level 1. Park Hotel Clarke Quay Singapore 237983, +65 6593 8855

Yàn’s limited edition menu showcases star grouper

Yan Star Grouper
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Seafood lovers will delight in Yàn’s new menu (S$168++ per person), which showcases the star grouper prepared three ways. The Chinese philosophy of ‘from start to finish’ inspires the meal, which utilises all parts of the luxurious fish. Expect luscious dishes such as sautéed fillet with luffa and egg white, braised fish belly with clam sauce, and fish head and bone soup with Chinese parsley. It is available until 31 March 2020. 

Yàn1 Saint Andrew’s Road, #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 178957, +65 6384 5585

Merci Marcel ventures to the South of France for inspiration

Merci Marcel
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Merci Marcel’s new dinner menu interprets traditional flavours from the idyllic regions of Cote d’Azur, Grand-Est, and Aquitaine. Journey through France with the Alsatian Truffle Tarte Flambée topped with coppa (traditional Italian and Corsican pork cold cut), traditional Provençal-style flaky pizza Pissaladière, and seared foie gras with homemade gingerbread — Chef Nicolas’s homage to his Bordeaux roots. Round out your meal with tipples such as the elderflower-tinged Marcel Spritz and the Singa Spritz, which features local botanical gin from Brass Lion. 

Merci Marcel, 56 Eng Hoon St, #01-68, Singapore 160056, +65 6224 0113

Cassia launches its summer menu

Cassia Poached Boston Lobster
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Cassia’s summer menu marries traditional flavours from the spice routes of Southern and Western China together with contemporary gastronomy. Chef Lee Hiu Ngai is behind the Signature Summer Set (SGD 129++), which focuses primarily on seafood and consists of six courses. Expect dishes such as wok-fried codfish coated with cherry sauce; lobster served with white pepper, ginger and spring onion; and the buttery pan-fried scallop with fried rice with preserved Chinese sausage. Opt for the additional wine pairing (+S$99) if you’re looking for a memorable meal. It is available until 31st  August 2020. 

Cassia, 1 The Knolls, Sentosa Island, 098297, +65 6591 5045

Zafferano celebrates International Women’s Day 

Zafferano International Women's Day
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Zafferano’s latest limited-edition menu honours International Women’s Day. Celebrate the ladies in your life with a four-course meal (S$68++), available from 2 – 7 March. Highlights include charcoal-grilled white asparagus topped with smoked mascarpone cream and cured egg yolk and the house-made tagliolini served with red prawn crudo and ikura.

Zafferano, 10 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049315, +65 6509 1488

Smoke & Mirrors goes minimal with its new Married Pony menu

Smoke & Mirrors singapore
The Cacao & Negroni. (Photo credit: Smoke & Mirrors)

The next evolution of rooftop bar Smoke & Mirrors’ cocktail menu is Married Pony, a concept that is branded as “true indulgence for less”. Eight signature cocktails exist, all spotlighting one ingredient to the drinker. Highlights range from Kaffir & Margarita, a combination of Código 1530 tequila with salted lime cordial and kaffir lime distillate, to the revised Negroni that incorporates bittersweet cacao. All the new cocktails go for S$18++, and are served in the Pony format, a 142ml pour that dates to the early days of cocktails. Smoke & Mirrors, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-01, Singapore 178957, +65 9380 6313

Aura revamps its bar menu

Aura bar singapore
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Another famed rooftop bar in Singapore, Aura, has overhauled its cocktail and alcohol programme to deliver refreshing, spirit-forward beverages to suit our tropical weather. Given that a night at Aura will see you lounging al fresco, their cocktails are the perfect salve, with combinations like prosecco with elderflower or peach and a touch of Sichuan pepper. There is also a new bar bites selection, featuring Italian charcuterie classics (from S$25) and housemade focaccia with Stracciatella cheese (S$24).

Aura, National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, #06-02, Singapore 178957, +65 6866 1977

Stephanie Yeap
Stephanie writes about food and culture. She has a soft spot for the visual and literary arts and can be found at the latest exhibition openings. Currently, she's on a quest to devour as much SingLit as possible.