Snippets: New and Buzzing Singapore Restaurants in May 2018

New Restaurants

Mitsu Sushi Bar
Located at Duxton Road, I only found out about Mitsu Sushi Bar recently, even though it has been opened since late last year. The 2-storeys Japanese restaurant spots a more intimate counter seat dining at level one where you can watch the chefs at work, while the setting of level 2 is the regular dining tables along with private tatami style dining. Helmed by Japanese chefs, the menu at Mitsu Sushi Bar is primarily set menus and omakase options, along with seasonal menus. For its location and setting which leans towards the higher end scale, the prices are fairly reasonable. [Read more here…]
Address: 21 Duxton Road, Singapore 089487

Xin Divine
Opened since November 2017, Xin Divine (馨宴) is a contemporary Chinese cuisine restaurant located at Duxton Hill (right beside Xiao Ya Tou), which took over the space of the now defunct Buyan restaurant. Occupying a three-storey shophouse, the restaurant is on level two while level one is its sister concept, Divine Bar. The space of Xin Divine sets the tone for fine dining – white tablecloths, arched windows and cushioned seats in the main dining area, along with a huge private room characterised by its beautiful dome-like ceiling and an adjacent wine cellar to showcase its diverse wine selections. [Read more here…]
Address: 10 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089594

Unagiya Ichinoji
We thought that the unagi food trend will perhaps stop after Uya Singapore opened at Wheelock Place early this year, but not quite so. Unagiya Ichinoji is the latest unagi specialty restaurant to open at Robertson Quay, managed by the team behind Japan’s Miyagawa Honten. This is one of Tokyo’s renowned unagi restaurant which has a history of 125 years. The first outlet was at Tsukiji in Tokyo, and it has expanded to 20 outlets across Japan since. This is also the first time an original unagi specialty restaurant from Japan is opening a store in Singapore. [Read more here…]
Address: #01-05 Riverside View, 30 Robertson Quay, Singapore 238251

Publico Ristorante
Located at the swanky InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay which opened late last year, Publico Ristorante is an Italian restaurant managed by the IHG hotel which serves dinner service and most recently, Sunday Brunch. I first visited Publico for dinner few weeks ago, followed by my recent Sunday brunch and suffice to say for me, the ambience on both day and night is lovely in its own ways. You can’t miss the huge outdoor dining space, beautifully surrounded by lush greenery to block out the noise from the road. [Read more here…]
Address: 1 Nanson Road, Singapore 238909

Lower East Side 45
Raffles Place is not a usual spot I will go for dinner though there are quite a couple of rooftop restaurants in this area if you are up for a good city view or need to host foreign friends and business associates. The latest to open up in the air is Lower East Side 45 restaurant, a new Mexican concept which stands for Lower East Side 45. Located at level 45 of Singapore Land Tower, the less than two months old restaurant is managed by Hidden Door Concepts, which without coincidence also manages the other 3 dining concepts on the same level – Sear, Angie’s and Empire. [Read more here…]
Address: 50 Raffles Place, Level 45, Singapore 048623

The Salted Plum
Opened in late March, The Salted Plum is a two-storey shophouse restaurant along Circular Road by the same team behind the now defunct Five Ten restaurant at South Bridge Road previously. Five Ten was a test bed for the team, hence the birth of The Salted Plum which is a name chosen with reference to the ingredient commonly used in Taiwanese cuisine. The setting of the restaurant is simply and no frills, with blue hues walls and wooden tables. [Read more here…]
Address: 10 Circular Road, Singapore 049366

Tokachi Tontaro
Located at OUE Downtown Gallery right opposite Sama Curry & Cafe, the 2 months old Tokachi Tontaro is a Buta Don concept inspired by the famous rice bowl in Obihiro, Hokkaido. The setting of Tokachi Tontaro is casual with predominantly wooden finishings. The recipe of the Buta Don here is developed by its Head Chef Junko, who is from Obihiro. There are 3 main Buta Don options – Premium Buta Don (S$22.80/Regular), Regular Buta Don (S$11.80/Small), Spicy Tomato Buta Don (S$11.80/Small) and Miso Buta Don (S$12.80/Small). All rice bowl come with miso soup and pickles, with an option to upsize (additional S$2.95) for extra onsen egg and tofu salad. [Read more here…]
Address: 6A Shenton Way, OUE Downtown Gallery, #03-20, Singapore 068815

The Stamford Brasserie
Located at the Swissotel The Stamford Singapore, the brand new The Stamford Brasserie is the latest to join in the multi-dining concept dining options of the property at Raffles City. Interior decor seemingly inspired by a popular local cafe, the new restaurant spots an industrial look, with classy touches of wooden bistro furniture. This all-day dining concept seeks to deliver options for its guests for a fuss-free, comforting meals, and as what the Executive Chef here describes as “meals straight out of any home kitchen”. [Read more here…]
Address: Level 1, Swissôtel The Stamford, 2 Stamford Road, Singapore 189560

Man Man Unagi Teppei by Yamato Izakaya
Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant needs no further introduction, the Michelin Bib Gourmand contender by Chef Teppei Yamashita. The third location where diner can enjoy the popular unagi opened recently at Oxley Bizhub in Ubi, which joins the ranks of its Keong Saik and DUO outlets. Strictly speaking, the new Uni concept is Yamato Izakaya, which serves three different dining concepts under one roof, including the famous Man Man Unagi. [Read more here…]
Address: 65 Ubi Road 1, #01-92 Oxley Bizhub, Singapore 408729

Buzzing Restaurants

Rang Mahal welcomes Chef Milind Sovani 
Located at Pan Pacific Singapore, the popular Indian restaurant Rang Mahal has on board award-winning Chef Milind Sovani whom was previously behind One Michelin-Starred Indian restaurant The Song of India. Established since 1971, Rang Mahal moved into its current location in 2001 and has since revamped itself twice in 2007 and 2012. One of the most recognised India restaurant in the country, I was excited to visit Rang Mahal again, having last visited here back in 2016 for its lunch buffet. [Read more here…]
Address: Level 3 Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595

New Executive Chef Lai Chi Sum joins National Gallery Singapore’s Yan Cantonese Cuisine
Located at the fifth level of National Gallery Singapore along with Aura, Yan Cantonese Cuisine restaurant has a new Executive Chef on-board. Chef Lai Chi Sum was part of the pioneer team behind Crystal Jade group of restaurants, having been with the group for 18 years. Since joining Yan late in 2017, Chef Lai has undertaken a silent revolution on the menu here, introducing his ‘private dining style’ take on Cantonese cuisine. The latest dishes introduced by Chef Lai may not be the most gorgeously plated items, but it will definitely evoke that sense of home-prepared food for many. [Read more here…]
Address: #05-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St. Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957

Kilo Kallang celebrates its 7th Anniversary with revamped menu
Located in the Kampong Bugis enclave which is set to be the next city development in the next few years, Kilo Kallang is housed in Ture Building, an old industrial building near Lavender MRT station where their other sister concept Camp Kilo is located. Take the lift to the mezzanine level and that’s where Kilo Kallang is. The restaurant recently celebrated its 7th year anniversary at Ture Building, coupled with a new menu launch. [Read more here…]
Address: Ture Building, 66 Kampong Bugis, Level M, Singapore 338987

Man Fu Yuan introduces New Signature Dishes
Man Fu Yuan unveils a new collection of 10 Chef’s signatures carefully curated by Executive Chef Eric Neo, officially launched on 20 April. Some of the highlights include the pan-fried foie gras with suckling pig in crêpe; Mongolian-style grain-fed Australian beef prime rib; tiger prawn vermicelli in superior broth and Chinese wine; mango passionfruit prawns topped with caviar; and miso shoyu baked cod with scrambled egg white. Some of the Cantonese classics to expect include the new Kagoshima pork belly char siew; signature Longjing tea-smoked duck; bird’s nest soup with abalone; braised two-head Australian abalone; and handmade minced pork noodles.
Address: Intercontinental Singapore, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966

Pan Pacific Singapore’s Atrium has a Weekend High Tea Buffet now
Another new high tea concept by Atrium bar at Pan Pacific Singapore, the Nostalgic Weekend High Tea Buffet which takes place on every weekend from 2:30pm to 5:30pm. Expect a buffet line of Nyonya highlights at the live stations such as Popiah with Sweet Turnips and Condiments the Pacific Lobster Laksa, a recipe created by their resident Nyonya Chef Nancy Teo. English selections include Roasted Beef and Apple Remoulade on Ciabatta, Norwegian Salmon and Fruit Puree on Malt Toast and Foie Gras Terrine and Fig Marmalade on Brioche. Sweets include sweets ranging from the Matcha Yuzu Lychee Entremet, Araguani Hazelnut Royaltine Entremet, Nyonya Kueh, and  Pandan Gula Melaka Chiffon Cake.Address: Pan Pacific Singapore, 7 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039595

FOC Pim Pam introduces new Sunday Brunch inspired by Boqueria Market in Barcelona
Taking place on selected Sundays (check their facebook page for updates), the newly introduced La Boqueria Market Brunch at FOC Pim Pam (S$88++ per person inclusive of selected soft drinks and juices | S$128++ per person with free-flow of premium alcoholic pours, from 11.30 am to 3.00 pm) recreates the atmosphere of buzzy Boqueria Market in Barcelona with market-style ‘live’ stations featuring a myriad of produce from land and sea. There is also a food parade by the FOC PIM PAM team consisting of table-side servings of suckling pig, beef and fish, as well as a la carte brunch dishes. These are complemented with free-flow of cava, red & white wines, FOC Sangria, Spanish gin & tonic, selected soft drinks and juices. The party continues with the high spirited fiesta with La Gintoneria from 3pm to 7pm at the Terrace, a celebration of the Spanish gin & tonic drinking culture with a 1-for-1 offer of three gin varieties concocted with tonic water and garnishes of choice. Drinks anyone?Address: 442 Orchard Road #01-29, Singapore 238879


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