A roundup of cool new eats to check out this month.
12 Ann Siang Rd, Singapore 069692
If 12 Ann Siang Road sounds familiar to you, it’s probably because that’s where boutique theatre The Screening Room is. The familiar red and white building on Ann Siang Hill recently underwent some changes and relaunched as a multi-concept space, with contemporary grill restaurant Coriander Leaf Grill and speakeasy bar Catchfly joining its ranks.
Chocolate cake with macadamia nut, salted caramel and burnt marshmallows. Available at Coriander Leaf Grill. (Source: Coriander Leaf Facebook)
85 Beach Road, Singapore 189694 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 9.30pm (Mon to Sat), 12pm – 9pm (Sun); Bar is open until midnight on Wednesdays, Fridays and Saturdays.
The Masses features contemporary dishes at affordable prices, and considering it was opened by one of the co-founders of Saveur, it’s no surprise that the food is up to scratch too. Located along Beach Road near Shaw Tower, The Masses is a simple but elegant space that houses a dining area and bar. The food is largely Western fusion, with a focus on seasonal produce and simple recipes with a twist. As expected, the dishes are reasonably priced (considering what you get), with most of the mains priced below $20.
(Source: The Masses Singapore Facebook)
ION Orchard #B3-23, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801 | Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm daily
Brought to you by the folks behind Japanese restaurant chain Watami, Niku Kappo is a new dining concept that is centred around well, meat. Kappo refers to a type of Japanese cuisine where dishes are usually prepared and cooked in front of guests, but Niku Kappo’s menu focuses mainly on meat. Besides the usual suspects like Sukiyaki and Yakitori, you can also expect more uncommon options like Wagyu beef sashimi and Niku Tendon.
(Source: Niku Kappo Facebook)
16 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199437 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 2.30pm, 5pm – 11pm (Tue to Sun)
Haráru Izakaya is the first Muslim-owned izakaya in Singapore, with a Halal menu that boasts a variety of Japanese dishes. Besides donburi lunch sets, the newly-opened restaurant also offers the traditional tatami dining experience at its 2-storey space near Haji Lane.
(Source: Haráru Izakaya Facebook)
#01-06, 32 Maxwell Road, Singapore 069115 | Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – midnight (Mon to Fri); 5pm – 12am (Sat and Sun)
If you’ve always harboured secret daredevil desires, here’s your chance for some (potentially) dangerous dining. Japan’s largest fugu (pufferfish) restaurant chain, Guenpin, has opened its first overseas outlet here in Singapore – so you can now try the cuisine without having to travel all the way to Japan. Certain parts of the pufferfish contain a poison that is more deadly than cyanide, so much so that even a pin-sized dose can be lethal – but hey, Guenpin Fugu has 96 outlets in Japan, so the chefs should know what they’re doing…right? #riskybusiness
(Source: Guenpin Fugu)
88 Rangoon Rd, Singapore 218374 | Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tue), 12pm – 10pm (Wed & Thu), 11am – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 9am – 8pm (Sun); Closed on Mondays | For reservations, call +65 8813 1086.
Now here’s one for the Instagram-obsessed among us. Enchanted Cafe is a (what else?) fairy-tale themed space, with a menu that will keep your Instagram feed happy – think smoking drinks, pink lattes and food served on log plates. The cafe also has plenty of Instaworthy corners for photo ops, so yes, you should force your Instaboyfriend to come along with you (just kidding…or maybe not).
Bandung Milk (Source: Enchanted Cafe Singapore)
Paragon #B1-K26, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 | Opening Hours: 10am – 9.30pm daily
Frankly speaking, regular hot dogs aren’t the most exciting thing to eat, but the good people at Be Frank just might change this notion with their pimped out versions of the American classic. Besides classic hots dogs loaded with meat and cheese, the menu also includes interesting options like the Slaw & Order (a “healthier” option topped with carrots, cabbage and pineapple) and the Cheezy Mushroom (an indulgent mix of mushrooms, onions and cheese). If you’re not a fan of hot dogs in a bun, you can also opt for the S’Mash, which is essentially bangers and mash. Remember to bring the wet wipes though, because things will get messy.
(Source: Be Frank Facebook/@stormscape Instagram)
100 Beach Road #01-27/37, Singapore 189702 | Opening Hours: 8am – midnight daily
Wild Market is supposedly a “hipster food market with live music”, but hey, don’t let that deter you if you’re not into the scene (or #hipsterlyfe). The relatively new space houses eight different types of cuisine, ranging from local eats like Bak Chor Mee to two-course French meals – so yes, this is a great place to go to with your group of friends that can never decide on what to eat. They also have live bands performing from time to time (check out their Facebook page if you want to audition for a spot), as well as a bar where you can knock back a few drinks over some sliders and fries.
Wild Bar Sliders with Crab Salad, Beef Brisket and Chicken Nanbanzuk. (Source: Wild Market Facebook)
Japan Food Town, Wisma Atria Level 4, 435 Orchard Road, Singapore 238877 | Runs until the end of May 2017.
Japanese chocolatier Salon de Royal Kyoto makes its first overseas debut in Singapore, with a pop-up cafe at the Japan Food Town in Wisma Atria. Expect gourmet chocolates, sinful desserts, Singapore-exclusives and well, steep prices (if you couldn’t already tell from the name).
(Source: Salon de Royal Kyoto Facebook)