Panda Picks: The Most Exciting New Restaurants To Check Out In Joo Chiat & Katong Right Now

Singapore – Joo Chiat is buzzing with new eateries, cafes and restaurants in the past few months, a gentrification which reminds me of Tiong Bahru many years ago. Here are the exciting new openings to suss out!

Two Men Bagel House Joo Chiat
The popular bagel brand in Singapore needs no further introduction with the opening of its fourth outlet in the buzzing Joo Chiat Road. The Joo Chiat outlet is a proper dine-in concept in a canteen like style, with Joo Chiat exclusive items such as Bagelwiches (think Bagel & Sandwich) where the Firebird, a combination of hot fried chicken with brussels sprouts, seaweed and garlic is delicious. Coffee by popular Melbourne coffee roaster brand St. Ali is another highlight.
Address: 465 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427677

You would not notice the newly opened Province restaurant along 153 Joo Chiat Road as it tucked within the same space as the equally new 808 Eating House.  It is a S$138++ seven-course prix-fixe menu for the contemporary Southeast Asian concept where the dishes are inspired by Chef Law Jia Jun’s travels to neighbouring countries like Malaysia and Thailand, so you can expect ingredients used from these regions. The menu is refreshed seasonally every three months. [Read more here…]
Address: 153 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427431 

808 Eating House
A contemporary South-East Asian restaurant by new F&B group The Fillmore Collective amidst the Vietnamese restaurants in this part of buzzing Joo Chiat, the interior of 808 Eating House is casual and cosy with a seating capacity of 29 pax. Helming the kitchen is Singaporean Chef Eugene Chee, a CIA graduate who has honed his skills working at Michelin-starred Atelier Crenn in San Francisco, as well as local names the likes of Cloudstreet, Cheek by Jowl and most recently, at Magic Square. The menu here is designed into small and large sharing plates with familiar South-East Asian flavours. For beverages, there are also local craft beers from Niang Brewery, and a handful of natural wines. [Read more here…]
Address: 153 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427431 

Salt & Palm 
A new addition to the buzzing Joo Chiat precinct, Salt & Palm took over the now-defunct The Communal Place, where the restaurant brand from Sydney, Australia focuses on progressive approach to Modern Asian cuisine with an Indonesian flair. Expect Indonesian flavours and spices in the dishes here, done with a contemporary approach such as Beef Short Ribs and Mushroom Rendang. The beverage list is also designed to pair with the dishes where you can expect the likes of crafted cocktails and natural wines on the list. [Read more here…]
Address: 467 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427678 

Forma is a new Italian restaurant along Tembeling Road with a pasta-focused programme by The Cicheti Group, in collaboration with Singapore’s foremost pasta artisan Yumhwa Lee of Ben Fatto. With a pasta focused theme, the menu at Forma is concise and you can expect a series of starters, pastas, mains and desserts. The opening selection features seven traditional pasta dishes based on regionality and framed broadly from North to South of Italy, and to the Islands. [Read more here…]
Address: 128 Tembeling Road, Singapore 423638 

La Bottega Enoteca
Located along the buzzing Joo Chiat Road, the nondescript entrance looks like an abandoned shophouse but once the gate opens, it is a different culinary world inside. The man behind La Bottega is chef owner Antonio Miscellaneo, who is behind the crazily popular private dining Casa Nostra previously. One caveat is that every diner has to go for a Fixed Menu which has 5 courses. In addition, there is also an ala carte menu on top of the Fixed Menu should you wish to order more. The Neapolitan pizzas are delicious. [Read more here…]
Address: 346 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427596 

Kinnari Thai Cuisine
My go to Thai restaurant in the east. Kinnari Thai Cuisine is a casual family run Thai restaurant along Joo Chiat Road with an extensive menu and relatively wallet-friendly prices. Expect dishes like Steamed Sea Bass with Spicy Lemon Sauce, Green Curry Chicken and Claypot Vermicelli with Prawns. [Read more here…]
Address: 201 Joo Chiat Road, #01-01, Singapore 427472 

Lime House
Caribbean cuisine is something less familiar to most Singaporeans (myself included) and Lime House East Coast seems like a perfect second location of the brand in the hip and diverse Katong enclave. The interior space is casual and homely, and there are also outdoor sheltered tables along the corridor if you want to soak in more of the Katong vibes. Go for dishes like Bajan Fish Tacos, Sofrito Beef Sirloin Steak and Caribbean Nachos. [Read more here…]
Address: 47-49 East Coast Road, Singapore 428768 

A Spanish restaurant which specialises in grilled dishes, the space of Asador is semi-casual and exudes a charming neighbourhood vibe. The menu is mainly split into starters, seafood, meat and dessert and it does evolve periodically. There are quite a couple of dishes under the meats section are designed for 3-4 persons, such as the dry aged beef. [Read more here…
Address: 51 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427775 

Teochew Traditional Seafood Steamboat
There is no need to argue or fret over which soup broth to pick, as there’s only the TTSR Special Soup Base to choose from at this old school steamboat restaurant in Joo Chiat. Taking more than 5 hours to prepare the soup base, the restaurant uses both shark bones and cartilage; yes, imagine the collagen rich soup! Some of their specialities include the Pork Dumpling and Fish Kuey Tiao. [Read more here…
Address: 176 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427447

Long Phung Vietnamese Restaurant
This is one of the most popular Vietnamese restaurants in Singapore. Long Phung has been opened for over a decade, but still continues to draw a huge crowd. The setting of Long Phung is very casual, characterised by its yellow plastic chairs and full blown menu on the wall. With more than thirty dishes on the menu, options are varied and is more than just beef pho. Try the Banh Xeo 1 Cai (literally translated to one piece of cake), Cha Gio (spring roll), and Bun Thit Nuong Cha Gio – a dry noodle dish with grilled pork and rice noodle. [Read more here…]
Address: 159 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427436

Khao Hom By Rung Mama 
A relatively new casual Thai restaurant which opened in Katong Square, the restaurant is run by a Thai team, and this is their second outlet after the first outlet opened in Ang Mo Kio few years ago. The menu is very extensive, and prices are generally very reasonable with most dishes below S$15. Go for dishes like Pandan Chicken, Thai Crispy & Fluffy Omelette, Red Tom Yum Seafood and Pineapple Fried Rice. [Read more here…]
Address: 88 East Coast Road, #01-05/06/07, Katong Square, Singapore 423371 

British Hainan 
A blast to the past at British Hainan, which offers a retro chic dining vibe with 2 themed rooms, one focusing on the colonial English and the other with a Communist China theme. It focuses on Singapore heritage Hainanese cuisine, where you will find traditional Hainanese food such as mixed Curry Rice and Hainanese Ngoh Hiang. And you should not miss the main highlights here such as the Oxtail Stew, Beef Stewed and the British Hainanese Pork Chop. [Read more here…]
Address: 75 Carpmael Road, Singapore 429812 

Dickson Nasi Lemak 
The hottest Nasi Lemak joint in Singapore right now. Located at 320 Joo Chiat Road in a shophouse unit right opposite Petit Pain, Dickson Nasi Lemak is run by the same team behind the popular Champion Bolo Bun, and their Nasi Lemak recipe is from a famed restaurant rated best Nasi Lemak in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The fried chicken and sambal are standouts here. No dine-in seats, only takeaways. [Read more here…]
Address: 320 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427571

For a complete guide to cafes in Joo Chiat and Katong, check out our previous listicle!

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