Is anybody else wondering how March arrived so quickly?
It seems like just yesterday we were ushering in the new year and frantically seeking out the best places to impress our dates. Now that we’ve gotten a chance to rejuvenate, there’s finally time to check out what’s new in Singapore’s dining scene.
Read on for the latest openings, from fresh names to re-iterations of local establishments we all know and love.
Catfish is the latest project by Chef Andrew Walsh, who helms Cure, Butcher’s Boy, and Bao Boy. The restaurant’s Instagram promises that it’ll open in March 2020, although no official opening date has been set just yet. Expect fresh seafood from local fisheries with a touch of the chef’s Irish heritage — all served on exquisite plates moulded by skilled Balinese artisans. We imagine the restaurant to be the perfect place to eat, drink, and unwind after a long day.
The newest offshoot of the well-loved local brand showcases the journeys of the Spice Routes (also known as the Silk Roads), incorporating Indian herbs and flavours into its menu. Tuck into hearty mains such as lamb pilaf pie (S$36) encased in a puff pastry and masala roast chicken (S$33) with a side of spinach saag and whipped potato. Options such as the Impossible Bombay koftas (S$28) and the spiced biryani salad (S$26) will suit those looking to move away from meat.
Local Chef Derek Ang helms the modern Asian diner, which consists of an all-day bistro on the first floor and a live Mandarin jazz lounge on the second. Savour contemporary dishes such as the signature Oriental duck leg and sakura ebi capellini and desserts like yam mille-feuille.
Matsukiya is the latest offering from the Sushi Tei group. The restaurant specialises in Japanese kushiyaki skewers. Tuck into high-quality ingredients–think Miyazaki A4 wagyu, fresh seafood, and Kurobuta pork–grilled over traditional binchotan charcoal and brushed with housemade marinade. Round out your meal with a carefully curated selection of the finest spirits or go for some seasonal ice cream if you have more of a sweet tooth.
The Blue Ginger at Great World City is the stalwart Peranakan restaurant’s second outlet after opening over two decades ago. This outlet offers a slew of new dishes on top of its classic offerings. Start your meal with salads such as the kerabu kacang botol (S$11.50) with wing beans tossed in a tangy dressed and the kerabu timun (S$8.50) consisting of crunchy cucumber and chicken gizzard, before tucking into contemporary one-plate dishes such as buah keluak fried rice (S$15), Nonya noodles (S$15) wok-fried in prawn broth, and kerabu laksa (S$15).
Specialist grocery store and bistro So France has relaunched with new menus, a fresh interior, and renovated retail space. The new menus span an impressive selection of breakfast, lunch, brunch, tapas, and dinner options. Expect traditional dishes like French seabass fillet in white wine sauce (S$32) for lunch and braised lamb shank with creamy polenta (S$36) for dinner. The establishment boasts laid-back Parisian vibes that suit any weekend outing, making it a must-visit for any Francophile.