There are months where new restaurants that skew towards the experimental begin popping up across Singapore, but September is not one of them. The dining scene this month seems to have circled back to a demand for familiar favourites, given that burger joints, simple cafés and Japanese food are underscoring all that’s fresh around the city this month.
Read on for our picks on where’s worth dining right now.
New York’s cult burger label, Black Tap, has made its way to Marina Bay Sands armed with gourmet buns and calorie count-busting milkshakes. The pinnacle of the classic all-American fare offered at Black Tap is the Greg Norman burger, where two buttered buns sandwich a generous wagyu beef patty slathered with buttermilk-dill sauce, blue cheese, and served with a side of French fries. Have that with its signature Crazy Shake, a stacked concoction of sugar on sugar, and you have the best cheat day meal you could ever ask for.
Black Tap, #01-80, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956, +65 6688 9957
The delicate flavours of Japanese cuisine find an intimate home in Rizu on Duxton Hill. Sushi and sashimi are at the core of Rizu’s offerings, with freshness being the pride of the restaurant. Sashimi and other seafood are sourced only from the best sellers across the world, flown in regularly so customers can enjoy the best expression of Japanese food possible. For the adventurous, try their ikedukuri platter, an assemblage of live fish sashimi that includes uni, scallops and other shellfish.
Rizu, 39 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089617, +65 6904 8880
Potato Head Folk has brought its burger brand to Robertson Quay with Three Buns Quayside. To set it apart from the flagship in Keong Saik, Three Buns Quayside will feature the standard fare you know and love, but also a beefed up selection of new burgers and hotdogs created by Executive Chef Adam Penney, the man behind the brand.
Three Buns Quayside, #01-01, 60 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238525,+65 6909 7838
Parked on the 70th floor of Swissôtel The Stamford is Skai, a literal sky-high grill restaurant that merges hearty meats with Chef Paul Hallett’s love for Japanese flavours. Plates are meant to be shared at this social dining destination, so come with friends, or a date, and marvel over the view as you tuck into Hallett’s refined experiments.
Skai, Level 70, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 178882, +65 6837 3322
Planted along Chinatown is The Keep and Commune, a new dual-concept dining destination that is both a café and a restaurant. Commune is your daytime solution for quality single-origin coffee and clean eats, including gluten-free options, while its sister, The Keep, is an enclave that offers a menu neatly divided between East and West. Dishes like Cambodian beef stir-fry sit alongside massive cheeseburgers, giving diners options that are as plentiful as they are diverse.
The Keep and Commune, 237 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058786, +65 6304 3231
Let’s get this out of the way: Lowe’f is pronounced “loaf”. The new café is tucked away from the bustle of Bras Basah, which gives tired weekend chasers a place to find respite after a long day trawling the neighbourhood. The dishes take standard café far up a notch by infusing them with Asian flavours, like the Queen Street Club Sandwich, which comes with Hainanese chilli sauce taken from the owner’s family kitchen. If you don’t want a heavy meal, the quaint premise does offer homemade sourdough bread and other pastries that go hand-in-hand with coffee.
Lowe’f, 1 Queen Street, Singapore 188534, +65 8767 4589.