It’s Good Friday! What better way to spend your long weekend than having a delicious meal at one of these newly opened restaurants? This month, we introduce Dreamworks-themed food, bold Middle-Eastern cuisine, and more exciting new eats for you to sink your teeth into.
Chef Patrick Heuberger is back in the restaurant business with the newly-opened ATOUT Restaurant. “Atout” is French for “Trump Card”, and we’re certainly hoping this casual eatery will bring success to the renown (and greatly missed) chef. Even though it’s been open for just a few weeks, ATOUT has already won the hearts of many diners. Nestled in the midst of lush plants and serving up light nibbles as well as simple sit-down meals, it looks all set to be Singapore’s new favourite mid-day hangout.
Is it possible to be too Instagrammable? Dreamworks Koukou Cafe opened last month at Bugis+, and it’s a massive cuteness overload. It serves Asian-themed dishes like dim sum, glutinous rice, and K.B.P (code for kong bak pau), all sporting the adorable faces of your favourite Dreamworks characters. Their “Night Fury Steak Rice” features black glutinous rice in the shape of Toothless’s face, while their dim sum baskets open to reveal Po the Kung Fu Panda.
3. Caffe Fernet
Caffe Fernet is an Italian restaurant with a refreshing concept: elegance in simplicity. It breathes new life into classic Italian flavours with deceptively minimalist dishes that are really, really, good. The key is high-quality ingredients served with just a little bit of seasoning because truly good food doesn’t need frills and fancy touches to shine. Don’t forget to order one of their classic cocktails to complement your food either. Lovers of good food, good cocktails, or both should definitely visit Caffe Fernet for modern Italian dining done perfectly right.
Find it at 70 Collyer Quay, #01-05, Customs House, Singapore 049323
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Everyone dreams of finding that combination of wine and food that’s a match made in heaven. With Winederlust, a cellar door-concept bistro with more than 300 wine labels from breweries all over the world, finding the perfect wine and dish pairing just got easier. Their extensive wine collection lets you have your favourite tried-and-tested wines as well as lesser-known vintages from Uruguay and Morocco for the more adventurous. Whether you’re a novice or a connoisseur, Winederlust lets you taste and learn more about wines in a relaxed and welcoming environment.
5. Ma Cuisine
Here’s another wine bar with an extensive wine list for your perusal. Ma Cuisine gives you a taste of the finer things in life, featuring over 600 wine labels to go with a short yet sweet menu of French classics, many of which come straight from the Burgundian chef’s family cookbook. The gastro-bar is distinctively drinks-first, letting wine lovers design their menu around the drinks. You can get everything from hearty meals to late-night nibbles at Ma Cuisine, along with a glass of fine vintage French wine.
Step into the world of exquisite elegance at Takayama Japanese Restaurant. Takayama embodies omenatashi, serving you with the composure and grace unique to Japanese hospitality. Watch Executive Chef Takayama, who has worked at Michelin-starred restaurant and served dignitaries like Japan’s Crown Prince and Prime Minister Shinzo Abe, design his menu and delicately craft your dishes to perfection, using only the freshest ingredients while they’re at their peak.
7. Kamo Soba Keisuke
Chef Keisuke brings his famous duck ramen to Singapore with the opening of Kamo Soba Keisuke in Holland Village. Duck isn’t commonly found in Japanese cuisine, but Chef Keisuke incorporates delectable slices of the fatty, juicy meat into his ramen flawlessly. Like all good ramen restaurants, there are a huge selection of broths to choose from to suit all tastes. Sitting on a bed of springy noodles are mouth-watering slices of duck, duck meatballs, and the ever-present seaweed and eggs. Time to grab a pair of chopsticks and dive in!
Find it at 16A, Lor Mambong, Singapore 277677
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Short for Lower East Side 45, this restaurant and bar by Hidden Door Concepts takes Mexican cuisine to new heights. Enjoy authentic gourmet Mexican eats on the 45th floor of Singapore Land Tower. No bright-yellow nacho cheese nor chilli con carne here – that’s Tex-Mex you’re thinking of. Instead, expect authentic plates such as Scallop Aguachile, Chicken Tinga, and more.
The bar serves some great drinks as well, using only top-quality artisanal spirits in their cocktails. Pair your food with a refreshing tequila or sweet sangria for a more indulgent experience.
Find it at 50 Raffles Place #45-03, Singapore Land Tower, Singapore 048623
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9. Fat Prince
Cafe meets kebabery at Fat Prince, an upscale Istanbul-inspired eatery in Tanjong Pagar. Bold Middle-Eastern influences permeate the cafe, from the exotic flavours to the intricate silverware brought in from the markets of Marrakech. Their menu is innovative and contemporary, blending rich flavours with vibrant seasonal ingredients that you won’t be able to get enough of.
Fat Prince’s selection of drinks is nothing to scoff at either. Authentic Turkish coffee is brewed in a sand pit and their bar serves wine from Lebanon, Morocco, and Jordan, as well as cocktails infused with bright Middle-Eastern flavours.
Easties can rejoice, because this new rice bowl joint just opened on Guillemard Road! Haru is a modern Izakaya restaurant offering healthy bowls of superfoods like kale and avocado sitting on multigrain rice or soba. When night falls, you can be treated to their rendition of the Chazuke. Douse your rice with a Korean tea-soup made with anchovy, kelp, and premium tea leaves for a unique dish bursting with umami. The best part: despite using luxe ingredients like lobster and ribeye, the bowls are surprisingly affordable, with options well below $20.
Ladies and gents, this is the moment we’ve all been waiting for: BlackTap is finally here in Singapore! Get award-winning speciality burgers like the Greg Norman Burger, featuring wagyu beef, buttermilk-dill sauce, and soft potato buns. You can bring your vegan friends too, because BlackTap offers a vegan burger, complete with gluten-free buns. Let’s not forget the famous CrazyShake™ milkshakes too – get ready to sink your straws into indulgent, sinfully decadent milkshakes sporting over-the-top decorations!
Find it at L1-80, Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956
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