In a recent conversation we had with Massimo Bottura, he declared that good food is not enough to satisfy consumers anymore. While we have nothing but the utmost respect for the chef and his revolutionary mind, as true blue Singaporeans, plain good food is often very much enough — and that is what the new restaurants around town this month offer.
Read on for your directory to all of these freshly-opened eateries.
Forum The Shopping Mall’s resident Kaiseki Yoshiyuki has gone through the rebranding machine and has since come out on the other end as Yoshi Restaurant. Instead of the kaiseki menu that governed its predecessor, the new Yoshi Restaurant offers delicate uni, maguro and wagyu beef-themed set menus for lunch and dinner, each packed with eight courses. The uni chirashi don is to die for — you heard it here first.
Yoshi Restaurant, 583 Orchard Road, #B1-39, Forum The Shopping Mall, Singapore 238884, +65 8188 0900
Cicheti on Kandahar Street has been dishing out soulful Italian food and wood-fired pizzas since 2013, and five years later, they’re expanding into Keong Saik with sister restaurant Bar Cicheti. The concept is simple, and one that any Italian nonna would approve of — simple handmade pasta to go with a quality wine list. It’s the perfect formula.
Bar Cicheti, 10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264
The team behind Employees Only Singapore have expanded in an unusual direction with Papi’s Tacos, a Mexican taqueria. They’re known for being a bunch that’s liberal with risks, though, and this surely pays off. With a kitchen run by Tlaxcala native Mauricio Espinoza, this elbow-to-elbow diner churns out authentic Mexican food that’s hard to come by in Singapore. Read all about our experience at Papi’s Tacos here.
Papi’s Tacos, 39 Seah Street, Singapore 188395, +65 6258 0701
Kinou is a restaurant almost entirely based on ceviche and tartare. The raw dishes are imbued with flavours from our various Asian regions, with combinations like spicy tuna on rice and tuna with fresh watermelon being mainstays on the menu. Also at Kinou is an extensive, if ambitious cocktail menu, so you’ll have plenty of choices to lubricate dinner with.
Kinou, 81 Tras Street, Singapore 079020, +65 6224 0463
Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore’s teppanyaki and kaiseki Keyaki restaurant now has a fresh addition to its landscape: the Garden Pavillion. This 40-seater private dining destination is designed to look exactly like a Japanese pavilion right in the heart of the hotel complex, transporting you further through space and time as it is surrounded by Edenic greenery and koi ponds.
Keyaki Garden Pavilion, Level 4, Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595, +65 6826 8240
Homely Mediterranean food governs the menu at Sideways, an eatery situated in the Little India neighbourhood. This is a place that doesn’t deviate too far from the classics, and thankfully so, because there are few things better than roasted lamb with feta or stuffed baby squid with a breath of char from being cooked in a wood-fired oven built from scratch.
Sideways, 109 Rowell Road, Singapore 208033, +65 6291 3441
The Lo and Behold group have struck again with Esora, its first Japanese restaurant run by Chef Shigeru Koizumi. Formerly from Odette, Chef Koizumi will bring his own interpretation of kappo-style cuisine to the table, with each dish inspired by nature. Though still in its early days, Esora is now available for reservations. We expect big things from this intimate 26-seater restaurant.
Esora, 15 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238964, +65 6338 8035