It’s no doubt that comfort food takes the top spot in our hearts. Yet, when you’re craving something different, where will you head to?

This May, another mod-Japanese restaurant finds itself in the competitive Tanjong Pagar district, while a wildly popular tapas bar from Barcelona is opening the doors for its very first Asian outpost here. Other eats to look out for? Gio, an Italian joint, and a prawn-focused menu for crustacean fanatics over at Ebi Bar.

Read on for the full list.

(Image credit: Ebi Bar)

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There’s nothing like a plate of pasta that’ll warm our hearts and bellies in a jiffy. The Italian classic has become a staple for many in Singapore, and this month, we’re finding ourselves in Gio. The kitchen is helmed by Italian chef David Marchiori, who’ll be dishing out crowd favourites like the Rigatoni alla Carbonara, a deceivingly simple bowl of rigatoni tossed in guanciale (cured pork jowl), egg yolks, and Pecorino Romano cheese. Other plates to order? The Pizza Fritta, a deep-fried Naples speciality pizza with a generous amount of toppings encased in its dough.

Address
27 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088450
Website
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Ebi Bar

If you can’t get enough of prawn noodles or just that rich umami flavour of prawn broth, then you need to make a trip down to Ebi Bar. The Singaporean noodle bar disguises itself as a ramen store, but once you look closer, you’ll realise its comforting bowls are a familiar sight to the eyes. Though four noodle dishes make up the bulk of the menu, its signature bowl is the one to look out for: the “Chao Da” or Charred Ebi Noodles is a hearty bowl of al-dente noodles that sit in a thick flavourful broth, served with a pair of perfectly charred prawns.

Address
5 Koek Rd, #B1-21 Cuppage Plaza, Singapore 228796
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It’s indisputably clear that Singaporeans love Japanese food. To add to the growing list of Modern Japanese restaurants in Singapore is IKO Restaurant & Bar, helmed by chef Jeremy Chiam of the now-defunct Le Binchotan. Apart from a mouthwatering menu of Robata-grilled bites, sake and Japanese-inspired cocktails, the restaurant ties it all together with neon lights and groovy music to get the night going. Notable items on the menu here include the UNI, a purple cauliflower pudding topped with buttery bafun uni, and the ANGUS SHORT RIBS, a kurozu black
vinegar marinated beef that’s first sous-vide then charred and served with port wine jus and garlic confit.

Address
65 Neil Rd, Singapore 088897
Website
Phone
+65 8866 5218
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We can’t wait for the opening of Tapas,24. Barcelona’s most popular tapas bar finds itself on almost every travel guide to Spain, and will be opening its first Asian outpost right here in Singapore. The original restaurant, for the uninitiated, is headed by chef Carles Abellán, a celebrated figure in Barcelona’s dining scene who once worked under chef Ferran Adria at the now-defunct El Bulli restaurant. Not much has been revealed about the menu, but we’re expecting favourites like the truffle “bikini” sandwiches and the chicken croquettes.

Address
60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 The Quayside, Singapore 238252
Website
Phone
+65 6513 6810
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Drunken Farmer, Singapore’s favourite travelling, natural wine bar, has found itself a permanent home along Stanley Street. Here, you can expect a mouthwatering sourdough-focused menu in the form of pizzas, fried chicken and waffles, each one better than the next. Read our full review here.

Address
11 Stanley St, Singapore 068730
Website
Phone
+65 6877 4855
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Jocelyn Tan
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Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer who's probably indulging in serial killer podcasts or reading one too many books on East Asian history. When she actually gets to travel, you can find her attempting to stuff her entire wardrobe into her luggage. Yes, she's a chronic over-packer.