This month, we’re particularly excited to head back to restaurants again.
While we’ve had our fair share of mouthwatering deliveries and takeaways the past month, nothing beats actually sitting in a restaurant itself. Besides, we’re not one to let our new beauty products and clothes sit at home forever.
While we saw a modest tally of new entries in our dining scene last month, July seems to be booming in numbers. From a brand new Italian concept by Michelin-awarded Alain Ducasse in the iconic Raffles Hotel, to modern Korean cuisine and an Indian-inspired menu, it’s safe to say no one’s missing out on international cuisine here.
Read on for all the new restaurants in Singapore you need to dine at this July 2021 –
(Hero and featured image credit: Four Seasons Hotel Singapore)
While staying put on our safe little island during this pandemic seems like the most obvious choice, we’re letting our minds and tummies wander off to mysterious, exciting locales with electrifying new restaurants like Firangi Superstar. Dubbed “A Foreigner’s Love Letter To India”, you’ll enter a cinematic journey here with a whole flight of dishes such as the This Is Not Aloo Gobi, featuring the humble cauliflower presented in three ways, and the Indian Saddle, a beautiful hunk of lamb porterhouse. Wash it all down with any of the soul-stealing cocktails and you’ll be set for the night.
Following the success of his term in Butcher’s Block, chef Remy Lefebvre makes his comeback just across the street and into Casa Restaurant by Remy Lefebvre, situated in the romantic alcove that is Chijmes. Casa, meaning home in Spanish, is exactly what chef Remy has envisioned of the restaurant: a wide, open kitchen, comfortable booths in the Dining Room, and a cosy Living Room to really adjourn for the night (with a couple of drinks, of course!).
Here, the contemporary woodfired restaurant is armed with a brief four, six and eight-course menu, complete with a rotation of seasonal dishes that’ll tickle any gourmand’s fancy. Blue Mussels, for instance, is a concoction of coconut cream and charcoal-barbequed mussel dashi that comes together to form a delightfully rich chawanmushi, before it’s topped off with diced peaches, smoked eel and a drizzle of Madras jus to tie it all together. While the 40-day, grass-fed slab of dry-aged Wagyu was no doubt a hefty main to please a beef-lover, what really impressed us was the beautifully barbecued and carrot jus glazed heirloom carrots from Loire Valley on the side.
Chef Pang of previous Antoinette fame has found himself in a new venture, this time as a chef-partner of Sichuan Alley. A casual joint along Telok Ayer Street, diners can expect dishes that aren’t just about the regular chillies and peppercorns. Apart from addictive side dishes such as the Funky Pork Liver and the Fried Pig Intestines, guests can always elevate the dining experience with hearty noodle bowls such as the French Red Wine Wagyu Brisket with Truffle Foam.
Raffles Hotel’s iconic Bar & Billiard Room has been given new life once again, this time into a modern Italian joint by the name of OSTERIA BBR by Alain Ducasse. If you find the name familiar, here’s why: the Michelin-starred chef had opened BBR by Alain Ducasse at the same locale in December 2019 as his first Mediterranean sharing and grill concept presented in Southeast Asia. Now, the restaurant has engaged chef Francesco Soletti to helm the reins of the kitchen here, serving up a selection of antipasti, freshly-cooked pasta, seafood, grilled meats, wood-fired pizzas and more.
Chef Louis Han, previously head chef of the now-defunct Kimme, is carrying on the trend of contemporary Korean cuisine in Singapore with his inaugural restaurant, NAE:UM. The menu is crafted with the idea of choice in mind: diners get to pick how many courses they want to enjoy, and the dinner menu starts from 5 courses. ’Jjim’, translated to mean steamed in English, sees delicate flavours of the brined grouper that melds with zucchini slices, cabbage and daikon roulade of spanner crab, coupled with a burnt leek doenjang sauce with cured fish roe. Other highlights include a gochujang marinated dry-aged duck that’s first seared, roasted then finished by a stint over on the binchotan.
If you’re a fan of the outdoors but not too fond of the unpredictable weather conditions, then a trip to Garden@One-Ninety will be the perfect in-between. Think lush greenery in the cool shelter and delicious bites and drinks — that sounds like a wonderful Sunday afternoon if you’d ask us. Besides highlighting plant-based dishes such as the Vietnamese Summer Rolls and the Garden Burger with Chickpea Patty, diners can expect market-fresh produce in the form of the Seasonal Seafood Tower for Two, as well as the char-grilled T-Bone Steak “Fiorentina”. Pair your meal with botanical cocktails from the menu, or go all out with tropical punch bowl Maracuya, a refreshing concoction of vodka, apricot brandy, passionfruit and peach clarified milk punch topped with Prosecco.
While we love dining at the Coriander Leaf in Chijmes, we might be heading to their latest opening at Singapore Polo Club for a view unlike any other. Apart from some signature dishes, the 20-year old restaurant is jazzing up the menu with some exclusive dishes here, including the hearty Wagyu Beef Rendang with tumeric saffron sticky rice and chef Samia’s signature Chicken Haleem. Pro tip: Polo practice sessions take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays till 6.30pm, so be sure to grab an early dinner seat if you want a peek at the horses in action.
Head to Chura Sushi Bar, a casual sushi joint from the same folks behind Aburi-en, Monster Curry and Tamago-en. The bite-sized morsels are set to impress you from the get-go: think beautifully plated, colourful bites with tasteful adornments, including Instagram-worthy plates like the deep-fried tempura shrimp and Japanese cucumber, dressed with spicy miso and nacho cheese sauce on a striking platform of dry ice.