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. Author’s cuisine, Peranakan flavours and a breezy new restaurant bar are on the platter this month!
East meets west
Beloved Joo Chiat restaurant Baba Chews Bar & Eatery has a newly refreshed menu, offering even more culinary creations that combine Asian flavours with Western flair. From a Peranakan pulled pork burger ($20), chicken rendang lasagne ($18) and chilli crab tagliatelle ($20) to quinoa salad with feta ($17) and barbecued US pork ribs, there’s really something for everyone. If you love rice dishes, you’ll have to try the XO pork belly char siew rice bowl ($19), served with a sunny-side-up egg, Hainanese rice and premium XO sauce.
Katong Square, 86 East Coast Road. 6723 2025 | babachews.com.sg
The Perfect Saturdate
Looking for something new to do with your sweetie? The Westin Singapore will take care of date night for you with its brand new “Saturdate” special. Every Saturday night (at 6, 7 and 8pm; limited to five slots per timing), couples can start with some bubbly at the hotel’s lobby lounge before indulging in a three-course menu ($98) or surf-and-turf platter ($158) at sky-high gastro-bar, Cook & Brew. Ladies even receive a special door gift! For enquiries and reservations, call 6922 6948 or email cookandbrew. firstname.lastname@example.org.
Level 33, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2. cookandbrewsingapore.com
Mod-Peranakan in Jewel
Poh Piah party, anyone? Renowned Peranakan restaurant Violet Oon Singapore has opened a gorgeous space in Changi Jewel, offering new highlights like the DIY Nyonya Poh Piah ($56): six pieces of handmade Poh Piah skins with over 12 different fillings and condiments including braised bamboo shoots, jicama and Chinese sausage.
Another must-try is the Jewel-exclusive crispy Kurobuta pork fingerlings with garlic and curry leaves ($18), and the mango kerabu with ikan bilis ($10) – a sweet-sour salad perfectly paired with the Ayam Panggang Katong (from $16), a grilled gula melaka-glazed chicken served with the restaurant’s secret chilli sauce. If you’re good with spice, get the eggplant with sambal ($13): halved eggplants grilled and topped with green sambal hijau and spicy goreng chilli sambal – one of our favourites from the grilled menu! Don’t leave without sampling some sweets, too; the Horlicks cake ($13) and gula melaka tea cake with coconut ice-cream ($15) are tried and approved by the EL team.
#01-205 Jewel Changi Airport, 78 Airport Blvd
Negroni Week returns!
When a cocktail craving hits hard, a simple Negroni often does the trick. Led by Campari, Negroni Week – which returns to Singapore for the fifth year – combines creative tipples with giving back. Happening from 24 to 30 June, each participating bar will donate at least $1 from each Negroni cocktail or Negroni-inspired creation sold to the charity of its choice.
Highlights include the Sonic Negroni by Tippling Club’s Head Bartender Andrew Loudon, which blends Campari and Martini Rosso with Fords Gin Soundwaves. The bar will be donating $2 from the sale of each tipple to Singapore Cancer Society. negroniweek.com
The World’s 50 Best Restaurants
Singapore is set to be the first Asian host city of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants! From 22 to 26 June, foodies can register for a series of masterclasses, live discussions and collaborative dinners by some of the world’s best chefs. On 23 June from 2.15pm to 3.45pm, meet Gaggan Anand of Bangkok restaurant Gaggan, four-time winner of The Best Restaurant in Asia. Masterclasses will be held at Marina Bay Sands Expo & Convention Centre. Tickets are priced at $150 each, and are available via MarinaBaySands.com/W50B. Other highlights include a collaborative lunch by Corner House and contemporary Swiss restaurant Schloss Schauenstein on 25 June.
New café at Robertson Quay
Recently opened Botany has quickly become one of the latest café hotspots in Robertson Quay, with outdoor and indoor seating, and breakfast, lunch and dinner menus that do a darned good job of pleasing any palate (there are gluten-free options, too). Some of our faves here include the Insta-worthy avocado toast ($18), the signature Cajun wings ($15/21), the Botanist Salad ($15; add chicken, salmon, steak, you name it) and the deliciously done Impossible Burger ($25) topped with cheese and a sunny-side-up egg (or, order a beef version instead).
If you’re looking for a sinful dessert, this charming riverside restaurant’s “Honey Toast” will do the trick (choose from five flavours; we recommend the banana-chocolate!).
More new restos…
- The Loco Group has launched Chico Loco, a fast casual Mexican joint serving spit-roasted chicken and lamb, tacos, burritos and brekkie (think avo toast and acai bowls) at 102 Amoy Street.
- Modern Japanese pub Yujin Izakaya from the Les Amis Group has opened at 56 Zion Road (across from Great World City), offering an array of contemporary izakaya cuisine including yakitori, meat and seafood dishes, bar bites and light desserts – all best enjoyed over some sake, of course!
- Previously located in Plaza Singapura, The Dragon Chamber is now located (or hidden, rather) behind a fridge door at Circular Road Kopitiam in Boat Quay (2 Circular Road). The contemporary Chinese restaurant serves a selection of exotic meats (warning: this is not a place for the faint of heart) like The Dragon Claw ($45) – braised crocodile foot atop kale – as well as dishes such as wagyu truffle beef hor fun ($68). The kopitiam also doubles as a wanton mee and kopi stall by day and a bar at night!
- After recently closing one-Michelin starred restaurant Cheek by Jowl, Chef Rishi Naleendra and his wife Manuela Toniolo have opened Cheek Bistro in the same location (21 Boon Tat Street), offering modern Australian fare. Highlights include beef tartare with millet, smoked maple and endives, Spanish mackerel with zucchini, basil, and a dessert of goat cheese parfait with berries and white chocolate.
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