Michael Bublé may be defrosting as we speak (Christmas is next month folks) but that doesn’t mean you have to stuff yourself silly with turkeys and hams just yet.

This month, we’re seeing everything from modern French galettes and crepes to elevated twists on local hawker fare. Spend your lazy weekends at a new brunch spot right in the heart of the verdant Dempsey area, or if you’d like, pass your time at a buzzing new craft beer hideaway.

Read on for all the new bars and restaurants to dine at this November 2020.

(Hero and featured image credit: 8ASH)

1
French Fold

From the team behind Merci Marcel comes French Fold, an intimate, all-day dining destination that focuses on galettes and crepes. 13 galettes are available for your tasting — whether you choose the locally-infused No.11, complete with satay chicken, peanuts and ginger or the No. 04, a classic combination of ham, sautéed mushrooms, comté cheese and a sunny-side-up egg, you can be sure that each one is packed with incredible flavour. Gluten-free fans rejoice: the galettes are made with imported buckwheat flour, meaning you’ll be able to dine with a peace of mind. Round off your meals with a plate of chewy, wheat-based crepe, with selections that range from the traditional brown sugar and butter to more decadent ones like Nutella.

2
8ASH

There’s a new kid on the Ann Siang Hill block, and it looks a lot like 8ASH, a multi-concept, modern-casual diner from the folks of Ebb & Flow Group. 8ASH is home to three different house brands: Mirai Burgers, Hoshi Hill and Love Handle Burgers. Feast on dishes like the Hokkaido scallop chilled somen, topped with tangy ponzu jelly and ikura from Hoshi Hill, or get messy with the Ultimate Fish & Caviar Burger from Mirai Burgers. Fancy going vegan for the night? Fully-vegan burger concept Love Handle Burgers is home to plates like the Ramli, a vegan ode to the pasar malam food icon, the Ramly Burger.

3
Prawn Noodle Bar

Prawn noodles are a staple in any hawker centre, but Prawn Noodle Bar is taking the humble dish one step further with a whole series of prawn-laden starters and mains. The classic prawn noodles are reinvented with the diner’s signature prawn broth, topped with a generous serving of grille king prawns, rolled pork belly, beans sprouts, pork lard and fried shallots. If you’re looking for something special, try a serving of the Prawn Laksa Risotto, an Asian-Italian fusion of Arborio rice with tiger prawns that’s deeply flavoured with Singapore’s signature laksa broth.

(Image credit: @prawnnoodlebar via Instagram)

4
Hathaway

Hathaway is usually associated with Anne Hathaway — Academy award-winning actress or William Shakespeare’s wife — but no, Hathaway here refers to Dempsey’s latest brunch spot. The elegant space is hosts a modern local restaurant that aims to preserve Singapore’s local culinary heritage, complete with French and Middle-Eastern influences. From plates of Pengat Pisang French Toast to desserts like the Seri Muka (a Kueh Salat with Pengat Pisang sauce), you can be certain you’ll walk out stuffed to the brim.

(Image credit: @hathawaydempsey via Instagram)

5
Beats Bites & Cocktails

The concept of Beats Bites & Cocktails is exactly in its name — delicious food and cocktails all in the presence of banging beats. The 50-seater contemporary lounge is home to specials like the Yuzu Pear Highball, a Chivas whisky blend with a sparkling 2018 Eric Bordelet Poiré Authentique and Capi Yuzu Soda for good measure. Feeling peckish? The appetising Mala Ribs with Spanish Duroc Pork and Pickled Okra is sure to hit the spot.

(Image credit: @beatsbitescocktailssg via Instagram)

6
Mirage

Do we need another craft beer oasis in Singapore? Mirage believes we do. Nestled within the grounds of shophouse space The Parlour, diners will be able to expect a range of 12 different craft beer taps — from IPAs to dark stouts — originating from breweries all around the world. Diners shouldn’t just come for the drinks either. Their bar bites include an arsenal of fresh Japanese Yakitori and addictive treats like the Fried Cheese.

(Image credit: @pictorialfood via Instagram)

7
Miznon

Miznon, one of Israel’s most famous casual eateries, has opened its very first outlet in Asia, set in a cosy shophouse on Stanley Street, Singapore. Established by Chef Eyal Shani (and helmed by Israeli native Chef Or Hakmimi in Singapore), Miznon puts together whimsical alternatives to the classic pita, alongside mouthwatering side dishes that are made with good ingredients, exceptional culinary skills, a touch of showmanship. The menu in Singapore sees 12 artfully-crafted pitas: from the meatless Ratatouille to the moreish Chicken Liver, a pita stuffed with expertly-charred chicken livers, spring onions, onions schmear, tahini and green chilli dressing.

Jocelyn Tan
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Jocelyn Tan is a travel and design writer. She'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.