The fine dining era can at times seem like a war zone as new players step onto the fine-dining arena, while former champions fall. Others yet are occupying the casual concepts domain, looking to make their mark there.

Think restaurateur Marco Pierre White, who steers away from formal set-ups with a more laid back concept as he opens his first Singapore restaurant. Chef-restaurateur Beppe de Vito meanwhile re-looks at Osteria Art with a new elegant space, dishing out progressive and contemporary takes on classic Italian cuisine.

October is shaping up to be another fierce competition for restaurateurs. The good news? Us diners will emerge as the true victors. Here’s our list of new restaurants to check out.