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. Contemporary Chinese, Modern European and laidback weekend brunches are on the platter this month!
Contemporary Chinese cuisine at Blossom
If you’re in the Marina Bay area, drop by the newly opened Blossom. Offering a mix of classic and contemporary Chinese dishes, you can expect soups, roast meats, fresh seafood, rice, noodles and vegetarian options. The restaurant has a modern interior, with private dining rooms and semi-private pods that are perfect for both business and family gatherings. Get your tastebuds ready for the meal with a stellar starter, crispy silver fish with salt and pepper ($12).
For meats, we utterly enjoyed the flavourful American Black Angus beef ribs ($78 per portion), which were fall-off-the-bone tender, well-glazed with New Zealand honey and braised for up to five hours. Another must-try is the pan-fried lobster steak with caviar ($32), made with fresh Canadian Boston lobster. The salty caviar went perfectly with the tender and juicy lobster tail meat. If you can’t get enough of lobster, add on a bowl of poached fish noodles and lobster in lobster soup ($24), loaded with generous pieces of lobster in a tasty rich broth. Don’t leave without trying some of their dessert; you won’t go wrong with chilled mango puree with pomelo and sago ($10).
Tasty Mod-European plates at Maggie Joan’s
As part of modern European spot Maggie Joan’s third anniversary, the restaurant has recently undergone several noteworthy changes – a refreshed menu, revamped interiors and a new head chef. From top to toe, Maggie Joan’s exudes industrial cool, underground chic vibes as soon as you enter the nondescript entrance. It almost felt like we were led into a speakeasy!
You won’t regret starting with the house-baked sourdough with smoked beef fat butter ($4), which was worth every calorie. For something lighter on the palate, try the hamachi crudo, almond, salmon roe and edamame ($23). Vegetarians and meat lovers alike will enjoy the roast carrots, ricotta, apricot and rosemary ($10), which turned out to be the most memorable of the lot. Sweet, savoury and creamy, this dish was absolutely divine. Moving on to the heartier plates, the barramundi, mussels, cavelo nero and parsley nage ($34) was faultless, but if you can only pick one main, we highly recommend getting the uber-tender Duroc pork chop with apple puree and pork sauce ($42).
Open Farm Community’s revamped menu
Open Farm Community isn’t new, but it may as well be. The beautiful glass and industrial chic surrounds are the same, but the food has received a makeover of the very best kind. The spiciness of the miso-caramel glazed fried cauliflower “wings” ($16) is wonderfully offset by the watermelon wild honey salad ($17) dusted with Parmesan, aloe vera and lemon balm plucked from the restaurant’s garden. The Black Bean Strozzapreti ($27) with fermented black bean pasta, locally grown kin yan mushrooms, silken tofu and sour oxalis works. It just does.
The spice-braised beef cheeks($32) is beef rendang’s health-conscious older brother. Delicately wrapped in sautéed sweet potato leaves atop a taro mash, it’s made from Australian grass-fed, antibiotic- and hormone-free cows. Desserts – there are three – are all worth a try. If you must choose, the illustriously named Night of Passion ($16) is a decadent dacquoise with chocolate, passionfruit and sorbetto. OFC is inventive, fresh and deserving of a revisit.
Celebrate local with The Summerhouse’s brunch
For a hearty brunch affair off-town, head to The Summerhouse, a quiet and idyllic restaurant housed in a beautiful colonial bungalow at the redeveloped Seletar Aerospace Park. Fresh, seasonal produce from Singaporean and Malaysian growers and producers are used here, along with herbs from the restaurant’s in-house edible garden. Brunch is served on weekends and public holidays from 12pm to 3pm.
The Summerhouse’s weekend brunch costs $65 per person. For groups of two or three, you get a selection of eight signature dishes, while groups of four or more get 10 dishes. Alternatively, you can also order off the à la carte menu instead. Try the mud crab omelette ($24), a massive serving of cage-free eggs, hand-picked fresh mud crab meat, peppercorns and toasted rye bread. Another favourite at our table was the elegantly-presented open portobello mushroom tart ($18), an open-faced thyme tart piled with roasted mushrooms and served with tomatoes from Cameron Highlands in Malaysia. Round up the meal with a dessert that tastes as good as it looks; the Rockmelon ($14) is a refreshing combination of fresh rockmelon, lychee, lemon cloud, mango pudding and almond crumble.
Lazy bubbly brunch at Andaz Singapore
Love weekend brunches but not a morning person? Fret not, Andaz Singapore has launched Lazy Breakfast at Alley on 25! This extended breakfast buffet service runs from 11:30am to 2:30pm on weekends and public holidays. Affordably priced at $35 per person, the brunch includes one à la carte dish, as well as free-flow selected items. For those who enjoy some bubbly with your brekkie, top up another $35 for free-flow prosecco, wines, draught beer, or whip up your own concoction at the do-it-yourself mojito bar.
This fantastic spread includes a variety of breads from Tiong Bahru Bakery, gluten-free cereals, waffles and cold cuts along with a salad bar. If you are in the mood for a fry-up, head over to the Western station where you’ll find sausages, bacon, mushroom, hash browns, tomatoes, and beans. There’s also a live egg station, which serves
free-range eggs from The Freedom Eggs Co. Craving for something more oriental instead? The Asian station offers a delectable selection including congee, dim sum and vegetarian mee goreng!
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