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. Massive seafood bags, spicy Sichuan and a new Mexican tacqueria are on the platter this month!
Fresh seafood bags at The Boiler’s new branch
Popular seafood restaurant The Boiler has opened its second outlet at Esplanade Mall. Kick things off with a side of fried oysters ($13.90), then move on to the star of the show: the fresh seafood boils. If you’re visiting in a group of four or more, go for the sharing-sized Boiler’s Bombdiggity Bag ($149), which gets you around 900 grams of crab, as well as prawns, mussels, clams, sausages, corn and bun. You can choose your sauce to go along with the seafood; the Garlic Butter is a crowd pleaser, but should you prefer something punchier, the Peppa’ Butter or signature The Works sauce is equally delicious. Besides the famous seafood-in-a-bag repertoire, there’s also a wider variety of à la carte items exclusive to the Esplanade Mall branch, including the grilled Iberico pork ($11.90) served with homemade spices and pickled veggies.
8 Raffles Ave, #01-13A Esplanade Mall
6909 3435 | theboiler.com.sg
Dry laksa pasta and more at Nassim Hill
For a laidback lunch near town, check out this cosy bistro bar in Tanglin Post Office. The lunch menu (11am to 4pm) is pretty extensive, so if you’re not sure where to start, a must-try is the dry laksa pasta ($26) – a mouthwatering combo of heady laksa sauce, spaghetti, fish cakes and fresh prawns. The cheddar cheese bacon waffles ($20) are equally stellar, especially when paired with chive sour cream. Other new items on the menu include the kid-friendly truffle portobello panini ($18) and chicken pesto panini ($18), both of which are made with the restaurant’s freshly baked breads. The best thing about Nassim Hill? There’s all-day breakfast served every day from 8am to 4pm! Oh, a the happy-hour promotion from 9am to 9pm daily (one-for-one draught beers) too.
Mediterranean-style seafood at Claypots Full Circle
Originating from the land down under, Claypots Full Circle is a unique dining concept that melds flavours from the Mediterranean and Southeast Asia regions. Expect fresh plates of whole fish, mussels, crabs and more, paired with a curated list of original cocktails. Cheese lovers will love the cheese saganaki ($15) to start, but our favourite meze was the trio of dips ($18): tzatziki, hummus and baba ganoush served with pide (Turkish flatbread). Seafood-wise, the Full Circle Port Arlington Mussels ($25) were the freshest we’ve tried, but you also should check out their blackboard menu for other seasonal offerings. Thirsty? Wash it all down unique tipples including Keep Calm and Curry On ($23), a strangely addictive blend of rum, campari, lime and homemade curry.
Refined Sichuan cuisine at Birds of a Feather
Located right across from Telok Ayer MRT station, this East-meets-West restaurant has recently introduced a new menu featuring authentic Sichuan flavours. French-trained Head Chef Eugene See has been to Chengdu multiple times to explore the city’s street food culture. The said cuisine is known for its spicy ingredients – think Sichuan peppers and fragrant red oil – so this spot is not for the weak-hearted. A favourite at our table was the Sweating Mussel ($29): steamed Scottish blue mussels cooked with the Chef Eugene’s rendition of mala broth. Made with dried Sichuan peppercorns, the spice can be off-the-charts if you’re not used to it, so you can (and you should) request for them to tone it down. Other items include the vegetarian-friendly baked Japanese eggplant ($14) with mozzarella, bread chips, fried mantou blocks and microcress, and the charcoal grilled pork bits ($15) with Japanese sweet potato, crispy rice pieces and charred marinated green chilli. Conclude with a refreshing treat to wash down all that heat: Ice2 Baby ($15), made with cucumber, rice wine granite, fruit and a deep, dark caramel sauce.
Papi’s Tacos for authentic Mexican fare
This new taqueria in the heart of Seah Street is a cosy and casual 16-seater with a no-frills, unpretentious menu consisting of burritos, tacos and quesadillas, paired with unique sauces that are made from scratch. Executive chef Mauricio Espinoza helms the kitchen with nostalgic recipes from his hometown Tlaxcala in Central Mexico. Crowd pleasers include the burrito de carnitas ($15) – slow-braised pork with Mexican rice, black beans, shredded cheese, pico de gallo (salsa) and sour cream – and tacos de asada ($13 for two) – marinated steak, homemade Guajito salsa, red onion, coriander and lime. Then, wash it all down with a glass of margarita (top up $3 for frozen), which turned out to be one of the best we’ve ever had. Go for classic ($15), strawberry ($18) or the flavour of the day ($18).
Kimchi fries, Korean pork tacos and more at Vatos
Korean-Mexican fusion spot Vatos Urban Tacos has rolled out new items on the menu! Try the crowd-pleasing kimchi galbi grilled cheese ($16) – savoury sautéed kimchi, marinated galbi (short rib) and Mexican cheese, all between two freshly-baked sourdough slices – and rib-eye steak fajita platter ($32), a hearty sharing-sized dish served with a series of toppings like guacamole and Mexican rice, alongside warm flour tortillas. Another must-order is the best-selling kimchi carnitas fries ($19): kimchi, melted cheese, sour cream, Vatos hot sauce, cilantro and onion. As for drinks, we recommend the Vatos’ Ritas, which is essentially a combination of margarita and beer. We particularly enjoyed the Dae Han Mango ($30) – mango margarita with Tecate beer – great for sharing on a hot afternoon.
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