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!
Kilo’s new home in Duxton
Kilo Kitchen has settled down in its new home in the popular foodie enclave at Duxton Road. The modern joint serves fusion fare drawing from Asian and Latin influences. Those who love a tipple will be happy with the extensive drink menu that offers everything from cocktails and wines to gin and even sake. Here, food is made easy for sharing, with snacks, small plates and big plates to pass around the table. Start your meal with the grilled avocado ($10) or, our favourite, the crab croquettes (two for $8, four for $15). Before the mains arrive, order some small plates like the wasabi tuna tartare ($22) topped with a nori-dusted flour chip and the ultra-tender beef tongue tacos (two for $18, four for $35) that are packed with flavour. Paired with refreshing cubes of watermelon and a delicious Thai red curry, the soft-shell crab ($20) is another great Kilo dish.
As for the larger plates, choose from a variety of meat and seafood, including grilled whole rainbow trout ($46) and braised Westholme wagyu beef cheek ($52). There are just two sweet treats to choose from; if you’re too full for both, we recommend going for the chocolate terrine ($14), with yummy chocolate mousse and brown butter tuile.
Fine-casual dining at Table65
It’s a case of no holds barred at Resorts World Sentosa’s latest celebrity chef restaurant Table65, which features a fully open-kitchen concept that lets you watch chefs at work right in front of you. Helmed by Dutch chef Richard van Oostenbrugge of the Michelin-starred Restaurant 212 in Amsterdam, this “fine-casual” dining spot showcases modern European creations in a menu that refreshes regularly throughout the year.
Opt for the eight-course Experiential Menu ($218) if you’re out to splurge; otherwise, there’s a five-course Discovery Menu ($148) and à la carte options to pick from. A standout from our meal was the turbot with choucroute, smoked eel and black truffle, smoky oxidised wine and eel broth, a divine umami-laden dish piled with heaps of freshly shaved black truffle on top of perfectly poached fish. Even if you’re stuffed to the brim, don’t leave without getting Chef van Oostenbrugge’s iconic, show-stopping Apple dessert: ginger-poached green apple with salted caramel and puff-pastry, encased in an impressive hard sugar casing in the shape of an apple.
Psst… On top of a splendid cocktail list, there’s an attractive ladies’ night offer ($98 per person) on Thursdays, which gets you three courses and free-flow prosecco.
Mod-Asian bites at Baba Chews
Located within the historical Joo Chiat Police Station, Baba Chews boasts an elegant and cosy space that’s steeped in heritage. The venue alone makes for a great family gathering or dining with a group of friends. Look forward to a recently refreshed menu with culinary creations that combine Asian flavours with a Western flair.
Love char siew rice? Then you have to try the XO pork belly char siew rice bowl ($19), which uses in-house pork belly char siew. Served with a sunny-side-up egg, Hainanese rice and premium X.O. sauce, this dish has the perfect balance between meat and fat. We also enjoyed the chilli crab tagliatelle ($20): al dente pasta bathed in Singapore’s signature chili crab sauce, then topped with crispy tempura soft-shell crab and a sous-vide egg. It’s an ideal way to enjoy a taste of the local classic without the fuss or mess! If you only have space for one main, go for the chicken rendang lasagne ($18). The combination of baked pasta, cream, cheese and rendang spices hit all the right spots – we savoured every last mouthful.
Herb-inspired cocktails at The Lounge Bar
Touted as Singapore’s only French craft cocktail bar, The Lounge Bar offers an impressive drinks list featuring over 40 herbs that are flown in directly from the stunning French alps of Savoie. Hidden on the second floor of a heritage shophouse along buzzy Duxton, the cosy 23-seater has an exclusive look and feel.
We enjoyed starting off with the Thilleuil ($18) cocktail: Suze Gentiane (a French liqueur made of gentian root), umeshu kanjuku ume (a Japanese plum liqueur), jasmine green tea, lemon juice and soda. Next, we tried the Surreau ($18) – cognac, champagne, an elderberry spirit, lemon juice, raspberry – a sweeter, fruiter concoction. Hungry? Don’t leave without having the vegetarian risotto ($18), a delicious medley of basil pesto, braised shallots, roasted almond and shaved vegetables.
Highballs and maki at Chi Kinjo
Chi Kinjo offers easy-drinking highballs and modern sushi in a casual yet sexy setting. We recommend the Shiso Watermelon ($14), a fruity, almost healthy-ish concoction of watermelon juice, calamansi, lemon juice and shiso sake. If you’re a fan of ginger in your drinks, order the Gin & Ginger ($16), which packs a punch in the flavour department. The drinks served here are absolutely refreshing but tend to lean towards the sweeter side, so you may want to ask them to go easy on the sugar.
Food wise, you won’t go wrong with their selection of American-inspired maki. Another must-try for meat lovers is the smoked striploin steak ($28), which was incredibly tender and flavourful. Our hands-down favourite order of the day, however, was the kombu truffled sweet potato fries ($12), doused in sherry vinegar and truffle oil, then served with an addictive garlic chilli dip.
Handmade pastas at Pasta Supremo
For affordable handmade pastas, head to Pasta Supremo at Suntec City. Founded by the people behind popular Taiwanese restaurant The Salted Plum, this casual diner offers build-your-own pasta bowls, alongside a range of à la carte sides and pasta combinations.
Start with the super-addictive spiced Supremo chicken skins ($6), which features fried-to-order crisp chicken skin showered with a spicy chilli powder. The 300-day grain-fed fatty wagyu ($15) is another top pick for its uber-tender meat and attractive price. Fill your stomach with the Supremo porky marinara ($15), a tomato-based pasta with long pasta, juice meatball and freshly grated Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese. If you prefer something creamier, get the restaurant’s version of carbonara ($18): curly pasta, three types of mushrooms, bacon and Parmigiano-Reggiano cheese.
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