Thirteen eateries debuted in Singapore in June, so this month is far tamer in comparison. Quantity should never be an indication of quality, though, so expect nothing short of good things from all the new restaurants that have made their mark in the city this month.
Comfort food seems to be an overarching theme amongst the fresh faces in our dining scene, with each joint placing its own unique spin on what it means to make food for the soul. The Butcher’s Wife takes comfort food to gluten-free extremes, while Jypsy delivers Japanese touches to homely favourites like fried rice, dumplings and the like.
Aside from this duo, July brings you a Tibetan-inspired vegetarian restaurant, an authentic Sichuan establishment, and so much more to cushion your gut with in the days to come. Read on for your July dining directory.
Homegrown chef Justin Quek returns to Marina Bay Sands with Chinoiserie, a fine dining institution that combines the techniques of French haute cuisine with Asian staples. Bold culinary experiments are the product of that merger between East and West, so expect to be wowed by unorthodox dishes like dim sum in a champagne emulsion.
Chinoiserie, #B1-13/14/15, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018972, +65 6688 7782
Within Singapore’s limited array of gluten-free options, the opening of a place like The Butcher’s Wife makes quite a splash. The Tiong Bahru restaurant is all about proving that gluten-free dining does not spell food, and it does so through a menu packed with hearty comfort food that warms both stomach and soul. The Butcher’s Wife’s burgers and pastas — especially its chestnut papardelle with an ossobuco ragu braised for eight whole hours — are so robust in flavour that you won’t even miss gluten.
The Butcher’s Wife, 19 Yong Siak Street, Singapore 168650, +65 6221 9307
The latest entrant to our thriving vegetarian scene is Ganglamedo. The name, which is Tibetan for “snow lotus”, is a prelude to a hotpot menu that flaunts the best produce from the alpine nation, including cordyceps sourced 4,000 feet above sea level. A meal at Ganglamedo will leave you feeling extremely virtuous, as its culinary ethos is firm on using minimal seasoning, which allows the natural sweetness of vegetables to shine through. Read our review here.
Ganglamedo, 40 Craig Road, Singapore 089678, +65 6423 9788
House of Mu has an ambitious concept. It is a restaurant, with a bar that is licensed to retail bottles, and a store that sells Burmese timber furniture. The combination of those elements might get you apprehensive, but House of Mu does have a solid culinary programme for a backbone. The head chef, whose resumé includes Iggy’s and Les Amis, delivers French classics across the board — and you can never go too wrong with that.
House of Mu, 11 Mohammed Sultan Road, Singapore 239010, +65 6732 1011
Sichuan food has experienced a boom lately, and Chengdu has arrived in its wake. The kitchen is run by two Chinese chefs with decades of experience in that culinary genre, and a menu packed with dishes featuring Sichuan’s fiery native pepper is the result. All the variety at Chengdu also proves there is much more to Sichuan cooking than just ma la.
Chengdu, 74 Amoy Street, Singapore 069893, +65 6221 9928
The team behind PS.Cafe has opened Jypsy, a casual Japanese concept along Martin Road. Its interior, awash with blue and wood tones as a subtle homage to maritime life in Japan, is the kind of place you’d want to while away your weekend, and the food gives you all the more reason to. Smokey unagi fried rice and salmon tacos are just some of Jypsy’s contemporary takes on Japanese and cafe fare.
Jypsy, 38 Martin Road, Singapore 239072, +65 8188 6177
Park Bench Deli has created its own coffee brand, Working Class Coffee, and in order to introduce its roast to the world, it has created a pop-up bar that will be in The Working Capitol until end September. The temporary café provides coffee and breakfast on-the-go for those on the 9 to 6 crusade. Acai bowls, avocado toast and goodies from independent local bakeries will be available to perk up your morning alongside one of Working Class Coffee’s three signature blends, all roasted in-house.
Working Class Coffee, #01-02, The Working Capitol, 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109