We bring you the exclusive scoop on what’s hot and buzzing in the wine and dine department this month, so you won’t be left behind. From the latest cafe launches to the new restaurants in town – here are five new foodie spots to check out in January!
Top-notch Italian at Publico Ristorante
Robertson Quay boasts a newly opened InterContinental Hotel, and, along with it, the Instagram-worthy Publico restaurant, bar and deli. It’s a huge dining room with windows to bring the outdoors in, double pizza ovens, an open kitchen, and friendly waiters in preppy, Ralph Lauren-esque uniforms – a refreshing break from the normal black-and-white. And it’s an eatery for everyone: families will feel just as welcome as business diners and groups celebrating a special occasion. Authentic Italian is front and centre on the fabulous menu by executive chef Marco Turatti. Highlights include calamari and cauliflower fritters with lemon and caper aioli dip ($15), spaghetti alla romana ($25), the signature dish risotto alla milanese with saffron and red wine reduction ($26), and loads of different pizzas. Meat lovers will devour the carne ($26), laden with pancetta, salami, bacon, fennel sausage and beef bresaola. Wash it down with a glass of full-bodied Querceto Chianti ($19), or a Red Riding Hood ($10) mocktail, and life feels great in this corner of Singapore. And, since it’s impossible to resist, why not finish with a decadent Nutella pizza ($20) or some tiramisu ($14)? Publico deserves a place on your must-visit list for 2018.
1 Nanson Road | publico.sg
Casual French fare at Merci Marcel
Newly opened French café Merci Marcel has joined the vibrant dining scene in Tiong Bahru. Offering breakfast, lunch, light brunch (on weekends) and dinner menus, this quaint resto is decked out in tropical patterns. Drink options are extensive, with a wide selection of French wines, spirits, draft beers and more, including a delicious Atelier Patrick Font fruit nectar ($9-$10), all the way from France. What’s unique is the dinner menu, which offers sharing plates of French starters, mains and desserts with an Asian twist – served in hearty portions. The star of the show is the Australian Angus beef ($39), topped with creamy mushrooms, leek and tasty beef gravy. Tender and lightly charred, it’s best eaten medium or medium rare. If you prefer seafood, get the pan-seared Hokkaido scallops ($38); these are plump and juicy, and served with truffle salsa and cauliflower crème. For sides, a must-try is the Ravioles de Royans ($18), a specialty of the Dauphiné region and akin to mini Italian ravioli, stuffed with Tête de Moine cheese. End your meal with the smooth and sweet crème brûlée ($9) topped with tangy passionfruit.
56 Eng Hoon Street, #01-68 | facebook.com/mercimarcelsg
Fresh catch at FiSK Seafoodbar & Market
Started by Norwegian seafood importer Snoore Food, this restaurant and retail concept allows you to dine and shop for cold water seafood and Norwegian products under one roof. Located in the newly opened Novotel Singapore On Stevens, the spacious spot features chic Scandinavian décor that uses lots of light wood for a fresh, modern vibe. The main dining area sits 30, but there’s also a bar counter if you’d like to watch the chefs in action. A great way to get a taste of several of the resto’s specialties is with the five-course dinner set menu ($88 per person); one must-try is raw hand-dived scallop with fennel, calamansi and juniper. A stellar pick from the à la carte menu, meanwhile, is the hot smoked Greenland halibut ($35 per person), served with pearl couscous, trout roe and horseradish sauce. If you’re dropping by in the day, there are two-, three- or four-course lunch sets ($29, $33 and $38 respectively). Whatever you do, don’t leave without ordering the creamed fish and shellfish soup, a delicious, comforting broth with generous chunks of fish. And, if you like what you’ve tried, head over to the retail section and you’ll find a plethora of goodies from imported Norwegian beer to house-smoked trout.
30 Stevens Road | fisk.com.sg
Bold Burgers at B Burger
For fresh burgers with a Japanese twist, check out B Burger in Cathay Cineleisure Orchard. The 62-seater burger joint, brainchild of the Benjamin Barker menswear label, serves up hearty burgers, milkshakes and desserts in a bright, Californian-inspired setting. If you love your fried chicken as much as we do, tuck into the Bomchika Wow Wow ($10.90), a sinful number consisting of buttermilk fried chicken with sriracha honey, wafu slaw and truffle mayo, topped with a fried egg. Another must-try is the B Supreme (‘$9.90), a simple yet satisfying pick that includes B Burger’s in-house beef patty, sautéed mushrooms, aged cheddar, truffle mayo and caramelised onions. Then, wash it all down with a good-ol’-fashioned milkshake ($6.90), or indulge in the Death by Chocolate “concrete” ($7.90) – chocolate ice-cream mixed with Oreos, Hershey’s, chocolate wafers and sea salt.
#01-01, 8 Grange Road | bburger.sg
Healthy bowls at Grains & Hops
Tucked into on the tenth floor of the newly opened Yotel Singapore, Grains & Hops is a bright and spacious – 130 seats, to be exact – restaurant bar that serves up hearty, healthy rice bowls, skewers and craft beer. Kick things off with a comforting soup – we recommend the coconut curry carrot soup with seasoned rice croutons ($12), a slightly spicy, gluten-free pick. Prefer something more sinful? The deep-fried ham and cheese arancini dumplings ($13) are a must-try, and perfect for sharing. Folks who enjoy lighter dishes will love the signature bowls, like the roasted Angus beef ($22) – served with roasted beef skewers, homemade spicy garlic sauce, purple sticky rice and house salad – or the grilled miso salmon ($20), with teriyaki sauce and multigrain rice. Don’t leave without washing it all down with a refreshing Grains & Hops brew ($13 for a pint, $7 for a half)!
366 Orchard Road | yotel.com
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