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Food news in Singapore: Hot new restaurants, craft beers, cooking and more

Looking for tantalising new restaurants to try, a cool coffee joint for an espresso fix or even a nifty way to save time in the kitchen? Check out Singapore’s latest wine and dine news below….

Revolving Doors 
• Bras Basah French eatery Balzac Brasserie and Bar has closed at Rendezvous Gallery, with plans to reopen in April 2015 at a new site. Stay tuned for updates on the new locale.
• The space formerly occupied by Bartini Kitchen in the Telok Ayer neighbourhood is now an exciting two-in-one concept known as DEN. The coffee shop and bistro by day (salads, burgers and pastas from $10 to $14) turns into a hip tapas and wine bar at night, with menu items like pork belly and seafood pizzas ($18 to $19) and polenta truffle fries with rosemary and parmesan ($7). 29 Boon Tat Street.



New Bites  
• Beloved Australian bakery chain Pie Face has launched its first outlet in Singapore, serving its signature face-topped baked goods starting at $3 a pop – savoury fillings include chicken and mushroom, chunky steak and Thai curry, among others – plus a selection of sausage rolls, sandwiches, sweet pies and coffee. 313 Orchard Road, #B3-10 313@Somerset.
Wine Connection Bistro has opened in East Coast Road at #01-06/07, 112 Katong Mall. Accompanied by a wine shop, the reasonably priced eatery – Wine Connection’s fifth outlet on the island – serves a classic Western menu along with bang-for-your-buck wines from all over the world.
• New hotpot hotspot Hotpot Kingdom has opened at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands (Level B1), offering an assortment of dim sum, fish-paste noodles and, you guessed it, hotpot. Choose from soup bases like spicy Szechuan, Korean kimchi and Macanese pork bone, and ingredients such as watercress, lotus root, seafood and Japanese wagyu tenderloin. 2 Bayfront Avenue.
• New spot Chotto Matte offers yakitori, sushi and sashimi, as well as a wide range of Japanese whiskies, sake and shochu. 54 Blair Road, #01-01.
• The popular Duxton Hill Group Therapy Café has opened a second outlet in Katong, offering mostly the same menu of yummy eats like paninis, pies, stews and all-day breakfast items, plus gourmet coffee. 30 East Coast Road, #01-11 Katong V.
• Casual and affordable French eatery Horizon Bistronomy has opened at 3 Punggol Point Road, offering dishes like chilled crab-meat angel hair, and sous-vide egg on grilled brioche with smoked duck and truffle mushroom duxelles, accompanied by a lovely sea breeze and view. #02-04 The Punggol Settlement.



Deli Dreamland        
The group behind popular brunch spot Wild Honey has opened a New York-style delicatessen called Sacha and Sons, offering classics like smoked pastrami (Sacha’s specialty), roast beef, corned beef and smoked fish sandwiches, plus scrambled egg options and heaps of Jewish specialties including bagels, chopped liver, kugel (noodle casserole), matzo ball soup, latkes (fried potato pancakes), knishes (meat-filled puff pastries) and blintzes (crepe-like treats). Go for the fantastic chicken schnitzel sandwich or the grilled Reuben (pastrami or corned beef with Swiss cheese, sauerkraut and Russian dressing), which have already become favourites. And while it costs more than it would in the Big Apple (a Reuben is $18 to $35 depending on the size; scrambled eggs and a bagel is $16 to $18), it’s delicious, and as close as you’ll get to Jewish-style deli food in Singapore. 333A Orchard Road, #03-02 Mandarin Gallery. 6735 6961.



New (Caffeine) Kid on the Block          
The people over at The New Black are already making a splash on the local coffee scene with a new, no-nonsense barista bar that takes the art of coffee very, very seriously. Featuring a selection of artisan coffees from some of the most talented roasters across the world – from Sydney and Chicago to London and Oslo, and Singapore too – this new java joint aims to give consumers a whole new appreciation of coffee. It’s a revolutionary new concept, at least for the Little Red Dot – and one that lets each category of coffee shine. 1 Upper Circular Road.



Thirsty for More           
Thirsty Craft Beer Shop, the beloved online retailer and shop-meets-bar located in Liang Court and Holland Village, has opened its third outlet in Tiong Bahru, boasting over 200 labels of American, Australian, Belgian, English and Scottish beers. Sierra Nevada Pale Ale ($7.60), Blue Moon Wheat Ale ($7.50) and Alaskan White ($7.50) are among the favourites, plus there’s a selection of great specialty ciders. Drink them there and pair them with some bar snacks, or take them to go – the choice is yours. 3 Seng Poh Road.



Meals Made Easy         
Home-cooked meals can be hard work, especially if your schedule is tight or you’re short on inspiration or know-how. Online grocery services help save time and energy, making things a little more manageable, but let’s be honest – it’s difficult to constantly come up with new recipes and then go on an island-wide hunt for all the components.

Now there’s a new way for time-crunched folks to eat at home. A clever new service, The Hungry Chef, delivers simple, step-by-step recipes to your doorstep along with the pre-measured ingredients you need to cook them. Choose from a wide range of recipes – mains, sides, snacks and desserts – like Moroccan prawns with couscous, rosemary chicken, pork-stuffed chillies and classic Waldorf salad; new ones are introduced each week to keep things interesting. Order on an as-needed basis or opt for regular delivery service; The Hungry Chef can even plan daily menus based on your preferences and deliver a week’s worth of recipes and ingredients in advance.



Next Month: Ultimate Foodie Fantasy
Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2015, an annual snapshot of the best in Asia’s restaurant scene, comes to Singapore next month, offering opportunities for foodies to get up close and personal with some of the most influential chefs from the region and beyond. The programme, which will take place in conjunction with the awards event on 9 March, will include a culinary summit (8 March) in which leading chefs will discuss the future of cooking and other related topics, and a selection of one-off master classes (8 and 9 March) for aspiring chefs and food enthusiasts. Also on offer is a series of Maestro Dinners (6 and 7 March) in which famous chefs from all over the world will team up with Singapore’s finest restaurants to host “four-hand” collaborative dinners. Tickets available online here.



The 2014 instalment of Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants list – selected by an influential group of over 300 leaders in the restaurant industry across Asia – includes standout establishments from Hong Kong, China, Thailand, Japan, Indonesia and Sri Lanka, among other countries, with Singapore nabbing eight of the coveted spots. Restaurant Andre and Waku Ghin took the number six and seven slots, while eateries like Iggy’s, Les Amis, Jaan, Shinji by Kanesaka, Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck and Tippling Club are also on the list; the top slot went to Nahm in Bangkok.