Just when we thought cheese tarts had become a forgotten food trend alongside lobster rolls and radioactive-looking rainbow desserts, Japanese chain Pablo has announced that it’ll be opening its maiden Singapore venture at Wisma Atria on 8 August. We’re actually looking forward to another wave of cheese tart mania — short-lived fad or not, these decadent pastries easily won us over at the peak of their popularity last year. What’s different about Pablo’s rendition is that it has a custard-like centre and comes in various flavours such as chocolate cheese and matcha cheese. There’ll even be cheese smoothies and soft-serve ice cream.
It’s not just cheese tarts that are shaking up the gastronomic scene this month. Recent weeks have also welcomed many brand new restaurants, which range from a chocolate-centric café to an eatery championing Singapore heritage cuisine. There are also two new Spanish restaurants, and two Japanese kushikatsu (deep fried skewers) joints. Meanwhile, those on a budget can consider checking out Five Ten, a Taiwanese eatery that offers food and drink at only two prices — S$5++ or S$10++. Clearly, August looks set to spoil foodies silly with its eclectic mix of new restaurants.
Even though it’s only midweek, we believe it’s never too early to decide on where to dine at this weekend. Here’s a guide to 10 new restaurants to visit this month.
Singapore heritage cuisine comes under the spotlight at Folklore, which showcases dishes from Chinese, Malay, Indian, Peranakan and Eurasian cuisines. Standout offerings include Singgang (a traditional Eurasian dish of deboned wolf herring), sambal buah keluak, and baked custard with gula melaka. The restaurant is the brainchild of Eurasian-Peranakan chef Damian D’Silva, who’s a veteran in the local culinary scene.
Folklore, Destination Singapore Beach Road, 700 Beach Road, Level 2, Singapore 199598, +65 6679 2900/ +65 9021 9700
This casual restaurant-bar along South Bridge Road serves Taiwanese grub inflected with Southeast Asian flavours. Think grilled squid, Hoisin-glazed pork ribs, and rice bowls topped with braised pork intestine and fried chicken, all going at wallet-friendly prices of S$5++ or S$10++. The eatery also offers an extensive drink repertoire spanning gaoliang (a sorghum-based liquor) slushies, beers, wines, and spirits.
Five Ten, 237 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058786, +65 6924 9752
This Spanish restaurant chain has set up its seventh branch and first Singapore outlet at Tanjong Pagar Centre. Operated by Josper, a charcoal oven brand, it offers an assortment of tapas, seafood, burgers and meat, most of which are grilled. Expect hearty dishes such as Angus sirloin, Patatas Bravas (fried potato) and prawn casserole sautéed with garlic, chilli peppers and olive oil.
Pura Brasa Singapore, 5 Wallich Street, #01-16, Tanjong Pagar Centre, Singapore 078883, +65 6386 9678
Yet another kushikatsu eatery has sprouted up in town. Panko, which is Unlisted Collection’s newest F&B venture and sits in the space formerly occupied by the now-defunct LongPlay bar, is a casual restaurant serving up deep fried skewers of seafood, meat and vegetables such as unagi, chicken sausage, and zucchini. These are available à la carte, as well as part of a set menu that also includes udon, sashimi and salad. The place also offers rice bowls during lunchtime.
Panko, 4 Haji Lane/ 33 Arab Street (secondary entrance), Singapore 189197, +65 6291 3323
Here’s a spot chocolate lovers won’t want to miss. Situated within Millenia Walk, The Dark Gallery offers a variety of single origin chocolate from Madagascar, Ecuador, Tanzania, Dominican Republic, Cuba and Venezuela, from premium brands such as Valrhona and Cacao Barr. Patrons get to enjoy tasting platters of hot chocolate shots, dark chocolate ice cream, and desserts such as frozen S’mores — which comprises a cube of 80 percent dark chocolate ice cream covered in graham cracker crumbs and wrapped in marshmallows.
The Dark Gallery, Millenia Walk, #01-K5, 9 Raffles Boulevard, Singapore 039596, +65 62550368
Telok Ayer’s food enclave just got a lot more exciting with the addition of Gaig Restaurant Singapore, an outpost of the eponymous one-Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona. It focuses on Catalan cuisine, with a repertoire spanning paellas, tapas and stews. All of its ingredients are either homemade or imported from Spain. Highlights include suckling pig, squid ink seafood fideuà (short vermicelli noodles cooked in fish stock), and Gaig’s Traditional Cannelloni – roasted meat wrapped in cannelloni sheets and bathed in a truffled cream sauce.
Gaig Restaurant Singapore, 16 Stanley Street, Singapore 068735, +65 6221 2134
This cosy tapas joint in Boat Quay specialises in Japanese wagyu beef, which is prepared in a variety of styles including tartare, carpaccio and tataki (lightly-seared). For something more indulgent, try the Wagyu Cups, where crispy pastry cups are filled with braised wagyu and uni cream. There’s also an omakase set if you’re feeling particularly adventurous. Wash these down with the eatery’s Japanese-inspired cocktails and sakes.
The Container: Japanese Wagyu Tapas & Cocktail Bar, 78 Boat Quay, Singapore 049886, +65 6532 0365
Tuck into luxed up zi char fare at this modern Singaporean restaurant helmed by chef Nixon Low (who was formerly the executive chef at Portico). Its menu features innovative dishes such as bak kut teh jelly with you tiao (fried breadsticks), beef cheek braised in Guinness stout and served with peanut butter mash, and rice bowls filled with ingredients like tofu and mushroom tempeh.
Jiakpalang Eating House, 456 Alexandra Road, #01-04/ 06 Fragrance Empire Building Singapore 119962, Singapore 119962, +65 6266 8511
The latest entrant to Como Dempsey’s stable of eateries, Como Cuisine is an all-day dining restaurant serving a variety of dishes from the Como Group’s hotels across Australia, Asia, Europe and the Americas. Highlights include snapper curry, pork schnitzel, tandoor chicken, and beef wellington. Many of the dishes are incorporated with local ingredients or prepared using an in-house coconut charcoal-fired tandoor.
Como Cuisine, Block 18A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249677, 1800 304 6688