Wondering where to eat in Singapore? Every month we bring you the scoop on what’s hot and buzzing across town – from the latest brunch spot to new menus at old favourites, as well as new restaurants and bars.
• Casual diner The Salted Plum has opened its second branch in Suntec City (#B1-122A). The home-grown brand is known for serving affordable, tapas-style Taiwanese dishes like braised pork belly and hearty lunch bowls. New to the menu are outlet-exclusive breakfast sets and three brand new dishes, including cold tofu ($10): silky tofu and soy topped with fried century egg and shallots.
• Fans of A&W can now get their fix at the fast-food chain’s second outlet in Singapore! The 140-seater in Ang Mo Kio Hub (#B1-51/51A) serves familiar favourites such as the chicken Coney dog, waffles with ice cream and the signature root beer float, made fresh daily.
n honour of Deepavali (the Festival of Lights) this month, North Indian restaurant Shahi Maharani presents a festive banquet that celebrates flavours from all over India. There’s chaat from Mumbai, kebabs from Lucknow, curries from Kashmir, Hyderabad and Punjab, seafood from the coastal areas of Kerala and Goa, and desserts from Bengal. The restaurant is offering a special Deepavali lunch buffet ($36 per person) from 25 to 28 October, and Deepavali buffet dinners ($65 per person) on 26 and 27 October – complete with live musicians performing ghazals and Bollywood tunes amidst twinkling oil lamps and vivid rangoli (colourful patterns created with coloured rice, flour, sand and flower petals).
In addition, Shahi Maharani is offering a selection of traditional homemade Deepavali goodies for purchase – packaged in elegant gift boxes and jars – such as kaju (cashew rolls stuffed with pistachios) and ladoo (ball-shaped sweets), among other treats. #03-21B Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road (Level 3, Fairmont Singapore). 6235 8840 | shahimaharani.com
Plant Meat Makes Strides
Great news! Singapore is making major progress, embracing a more plant-based diet to help in efforts to prevent environmental disasters and resource depletion. Impossible Foods’ plant-based meat may have only launched here in March of this year, but the Impossible Burger is already available at 200 restaurants across the country – from casual cafés and food courts to fine-dining establishments. (And, we can expect to see it in 300 eateries by the end of 2019!). If you haven’t yet tasted Impossible Foods’ plant meat (or products from other available meat analogue brands), give it a try – you might be pleasantly surprised! For a full list of restaurants, visit impossiblefoods.com.
Margaritas and Mex
The guys behind beloved eateries The Curry Culture and Dabbawalla have now opened Hola Mexico. This new resto is all about fun, fresh, authentic Mexican cuisine and margaritas (and maybe a few beers!). Located in the buzzing Cuppage Terrace (21 Cuppage Road) strip at Orchard, right next to sister restaurant The Curry Culture, Hola Mexico has a vibrant and colourful setting that pairs perfectly with its comfort food cuisine. Expect authentic recipes on the menu – everything from chile relleno and achiote chicken to fajitas, tacos, burritos and enchiladas (and with lots of different kinds of chilli peppers!). Señoritas, you’ll definitely want to check out Hola Mexico’s new ladies’ night on Wednesdays: free margaritas and beers for all women with every main course ordered. They’ve got loads of other great deals throughout the week, too! 6282 5520 | holamexico.sg
• The Pump Room has been taken over by craft beer company Crossroads Brewing Co Singapore. Renamed The Crossroads, the recently refurbished venue boasts the largest live performance stage in Clarke Quay, plus an on-site microbrewery. Look forward to 20 craft beer taps, including seasonal offerings from other breweries. 3B River Valley Road, #01-09/10, The Foundry, Clarke Quay
• Formerly HRVST Bistro, The Garden Club is a newly renovated rooftop restaurant-bar offering vegan options and plant-based dishes. Menu highlights include grilled king oyster mushrooms with tabbouleh, grapes and sesame tofu puree. #05-01 OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way
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