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Snippets: New and Buzzing Singapore Restaurants in July 2018

New Restaurants

The Guild
I went to Keong Saik Road recently to check out The Guild, a relatively sleek looking new restaurant and bar concept. My first impression is the gorgeous space, as I entered through the old shophouse door into the bar area where diners can have their pre-dinner drinks. The Guild is a collaboration between Chef Vincent “Vinny” Lauria and Young Master Brewery, Hong Kong’s highest rated and largest independent craft brewery. The circular bar at the centre is testament to the brand’s serious focus on drinks, particularly independent craft beers, cocktails and all-natural wines, just to name a few. [Read more here…]
Address: 55 Keong Saik Road, #01-01, Singapore 089158

Ganglamedo Vegetarian Cuisine Singapore
Meaning “Snow Lotus” in Tibetan, I was sceptical of Ganglamedo Vegetarian Cuisine, a few months old Tibetan vegetarian restaurant along Craig Road in Tanjong Pagar. People who know me will know that I love my meats, and though I was initially hesitant about trying this exotic sounding restaurant, I am glad I did. The quiet charm of Ganglamedo is alluring enough to draw me back. That aside, I would gladly have the mushroom hotpot set again. [Read more here…]
Address: 40 Craig Road, Singapore 089678

Yellow Pot
The Chinese restaurant in Six Senses Duxton is finally opened last month, which is the only dining concept at the wellness property. The interior is characterised by striking bolds of gold, yellow and black hues designed by acclaimed British designer Anousaka Hempel. The philosophy of the dishes at Yellow Pot is balanced and healthful eating, in line with the ideology of Six Senses properties. Expect dishes such as Roast Duck, Wok-seared Organic Grass-Fed Beef Tenderloin, Steamed Kühlbarra Barramundi and Stir-fried Mee Sua. [Read more here…]
Address: 88 Duxton Road, Singapore 089540

Hokkaido-Ya
Located at Vivocity, the two weeks old Hokkaido-Ya is a fast casual, self-service restaurant which serves up dishes like Truffle Salmon Don, Aburi Mentai Bara Chirashi Don, Hokkaido Butter Corn Hotate Ramen and a range of white curry dishes at wallet-friendly prices as most dishes are under S$20. Owned and managed by Sushi Tei, the ingredients are mainly imported from Japan from the Hokkaido scallops to ikura to Norwegian salmon. Go for the Truffle Bara Chirashi Don and Aburi Mentai Bara Chirashi Don, which are some of my favourites. Service is pretty fuss free as diners place their orders at the self-ordering kiosks before self-collection once their food is ready.
Address: 1 Harbour Front Walk #02-153, VivoCity, Singapore 098585

Sinfonia Ristorante
Formerly known as FOO’D By Davide Oldani, Sinfonia Ristorante located in Victoria Concert Hall is a new identity since April 2018 and serves Italian cuisine. The setting of Sinfonia pretty much takes on the colonial interior of the concert hall, characterised by high ceiling with mainly white finishings in the restaurant, helmed by Chef Simone Depalmas, who is of Sardinian descent and has over 21 years of culinary experience. As the only restaurant in Victoria Concert Hall, it makes a good pre or post concert dinner. [Read more here…]
Address: #01-01, 11 Empress Place, Victoria Concert Hall, Singapore 179558

Old Chang Kee
Does anyone remember 福满人间? The dancing, the songs, the to-die-for cute outfits…The charming old world everything. That’s how the new Old Chang Kee flagship coffee house feels like, right at the original location where the first Old Chang Kee kiosk was, opposite the iconic REX Cinema. Inside the coffee house, ornaments eclectic, cutlery colourful, furniture materials and flooring palette textured and warm – being here reminds me of my grandmother cooking in the kitchen while us children played beside rattan chairs. Old meets new meets old. It’s really the perfect place to bring a rowdy group of friends and family to go hang out, talk about old times, laugh at longstanding jokes, and rest from busy life for awhile. [Read more here…]
Address: 19 – 23 Mackenzie Road, #01-01, Singapore 228678

Two Hana
It is not easy to imagine that Two Hana is by the Seoul Garden Group, the brand which I am sure most people are familiar with at some point in their lives. Located at the newly renovated Century Square in Tampines in the east of Singapore, Two Hana is an edgy looking Korean and Western cafe at the ground level of the mall. Hana means ‘one’ in Korean, hence the concept of Two Hana feels like a two cuisine in one space, though it also aspire to be a space other than your home. 1+1=3, profound much? [Read more here…]
Address: Century Square, 2 Tampines Central 5 #01-21, Singapore 529509

Hvala
There are not many Japanese theme cafes and teahouses in Singapore, so comes as no surprise that the few days old Hvala Cafe is already so popular. What started as a small kiosk in 313 Somerset has now materialised into a propercafe space at Chijmes, right beside The Glasshouse Specialty Coffee & Toast Bar. The space of Hvala at Chijmes reminds me of the ones in Japan, minimalist and zen looking with wooden furnishing. It seems like Kurasu cafe located in the vicinity has a worthy competition now. [Read more here…]
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-04, Chijmes, Singapore 187996

Columbus Coffee Co.
Do we need more cafes in Upper Thomson? The answer is apparently a yes, as the one month old Colombus Coffee Co. was fully packed when I checked it out on a weekend morning. Opened by the same team behind the successful Atlas Coffeehouse in Bukit Timah, the space of Colombus Coffee is huge and the owners surely know the concept of revenue maximisation. The food is enjoyable, at least what I had. But the space ain’t. Not a top choice for me to return frankly. [Read more here…]
Address: 220 Upper Thomson Road, Thomson Garden Estate, Singapore 574352

Buzzing Restaurants

A New Victorian English Afternoon Tea unveils at L’Espresso
From 1 June to 22 July 2018, L’Espresso at Goodwood Park Hotel has a new ‘Victorian English Afternoon Tea’ where you get to savour English-inspired teatime treats such as Coronation Chicken with Mango Chutney and Almonds open-faced sandwich; Toad in the Hole; Fish & Chips with Malt Vinegar; Mini Sherry Trifle and Treacle Tart. The Victorian themed tea menu is available at the same price of S$48++ per adult and S$24++ per child from Fridays to Sundays, eve of and on public holidays; and S$45++ per adult and S$22.50++ per child from Mondays to Thursdays. The price includes two servings of freshly brewed coffee or tea from a selection of premium coffee and TWG Tea.
Address: Goodwood Park Hotel, 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

Racines’s New Magnifique Sunday Family Brunch 
The French-Chinese restaurant at Sofitel Singapore City Centre launched a new Magnifique Sunday Family Brunch with a focus on French, International and local Chinese delicacies. Some of the highlights include the pan-fried foie gras served with apricot compote and crispy rice puff, Wagyu beef skewers, herb-roasted Black Angus ribs, and Singapore-style stir-fried slipper lobster served with chilli crab sauce. If you love seafood, the seafood spread is pretty decent with selections like fresh lobster thermidor topped with flambé crustacean, freshly shucked seasonal oysters, and caviar served with classic condiments and crème fraiche. The Sunday Brunch is available every Sunday from 12.30pm to 3.30pm at S$108++ (with free flow juices), S$128++ (with free flow wines, beers) or S$168++ (with free flow champagne, wines, beers).
Address: Sofitel Singapore City Centre, 9 Wallich Street, 5th Floor, Singapore 078885

The Return of Classic Dishes for Wah Lok’s 30th Anniversary
How many restaurants in Singapore can last for 30 years? As part of its 30th Anniversary, Wah Lok restaurant located at Carlton Hotel has brought back a series of classic dishes this July and August in a bid to revive the classics. Some of the highlights include Braised Broccoli topped with Minced Shrimps, Ham & Bird’s Nest Sauce, Braised Bamboo Fungus stuffed with Asparagus and Crab Claw in Golden Crown, and one of my favourite dishes, Alaskan Crab done two-ways – Sautéed Crab Meat with Egg White and Deep-fried Crab Claws with Salt & Chili.
Address: Carlton Hotel, 76 Bras Basah Road, 2nd Floor, Singapore 189558

Sun With Moon launches latest 2018 Grand Menu
The popular casual Japanese restaurant at Wheelock Place introduces new additions to its menu such as the Beef Miso Dare Sukiyaki; Steak Moriawase, which is a grilled steak combo of Japanese Wagyu, US Tenderloin and pork steak; and the Zensai Mori, a platter of 7 chef-curated appetisers from the likes of grilled unagi with cream cheese, seared mini tuna steak with black pepper, grilled pork belly or grilled chicken thigh.
Address: 501 Orchard Road, #03-15 Wheelock Place, 03-15/16/17, Singapore 238880

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