The year may be drawing to a close, but the local dining scene clearly isn’t showing any signs of slowing down, with many promising new restaurants setting up shop here.
These include Tsuta Singapore, an outpost of the world’s first Michelin-starred ramen joint, a trendy pasta place in the up-and-coming dining enclave of South Beach Avenue, and Monti — a sexy new multi-concept space at Fullerton Pavilion. Then there is one-Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant Candlenut, which recently moved house to Dempsey Hill. Spanning Japanese, Western and fusion cuisines, these 10 foodie spots will have you postponing your diet to next month (or next year).
Housed in the space previously occupied by Spanish restaurant Catalunya, Monti is a swish new Italian restaurant and bar. It dishes up scrumptious seafood and meat concoctions such as squid ink pasta, turbot, monkfish fillet and ravioli stuffed with braised veal, along with tipples such as Mr Monti, a rum-based drink imbued with grapefruit and basil. The establishment also boasts an entertainment programme, with DJ sets and music performances every night.
Monti, 82 Collyer Quay, Fullerton Pavilion Singapore 049327, +65 6535 0724, www.monti.sg
Formerly known as The Disgruntled Chef, this restaurant at boutique hotel The Club has rebranded itself as a casual French spot, and sports a revamped menu and interiors. Its new repertoire offers dishes such as beetroot-cured salmon, foie gras beef burger, curried blue mussels and baked miso cod. The place also serves two- and three-course prix fixe sets daily.
The Disgruntled Brasserie, The Club, 28 Ann Siang Road, Singapore 069708, +65 6808 2184, www.disgruntledchef.com
Veteran chef Otto Weibel, who is also the Honorary President of Bocuse d’Or Asia-Pacific (a prestigious cooking competition), has opened a deli and all-day restaurant in Holland Village. The casual eatery offers hearty dishes such as beef stroganoff fettuccine and pressed beef steak ciabatta, while the deli section features an array of produce spanning Hokkaido scallops, gourmet cheeses, truffles and Japanese Kobe beef.
Otto’s Deli Fresh, 118 Holland Avenue, #02-01, Raffles @ Holland Village, Singapore 278990, +65 6694 3291, www.ottosdelifresh.com
Located at South Beach Avenue, this new fusion joint serves delectable, carb-laden pasta dishes with toppings such as teriyaki chicken, scallop with crab meat, tuna and roasted pork. It also offers customisable pasta bowls, where customers can choose their desired pasta type (which ranges from angel hair to tagliatelle and linguine), sides, toppings, sauces and mains.
Fasta, 26 Beach Rd, South Beach Avenue, B1-23, Singapore 189768, www.fasta.com.sg
The world’s only Michelin-starred ramen restaurant has opened its first overseas outlet at Pacific Plaza here. Its signature items include Shoyu Soba (pork ramen soaked in a soy-based broth and infused with black truffle) and Shio Soba, which comes in a chicken-seafood based soup with rock salt. The eatery only has 18 seats, so be prepared to queue.
Tsuta Singapore, #01-01 Pacific Plaza, 9 Scotts Road, Singapore 228210, +65 6734 4886, www.tsuta.com
This one-Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant has left its former Dorsett Residences venue for a swanky new space at Como Dempsey. It now offers an à la carte dinner menu — which was previously unavailable at its old locale — alongside a range of à la carte lunch dishes and an “Ahma-kase” prix fixe set. Its highlights span Kueh Pie Tee, Chap Chye and Kurobuta pork neck satay.
Candlenut, Como Dempsey, Block 17A Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676, +65 1800 304 2288, www.candlenut.com.sg
A new entrant to the Telok Ayer dining enclave, this newly launched Japanese restaurant specialises in yakiniku — which is basically grilled meats. Lunch is a casual affair with dishes such as curry rice and rice bowls, while dinner is more extravagant with its variety of Grade A3 wagyu beef cuts — which include sirloin and tongue — along with pork belly and chicken. Many of the ingredients are freshly air-flown from Hokkaido, Japan.
Yakiniku-Oh Goen, 122 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068591, +65 6336 3366, www.facebook.com/Yakiniku-Oh
Robatayaki is the order of the day at this cosy joint at Millenia Walk. Simply park yourself at the counter and take your pick from the many ingredients on display, and watch the chefs cook them to perfection over a charcoal grill. True to tradition, the food is then passed to diners using a long wooden paddle. The restaurant also has an à la carte menu and variety of sakes.
Kurama Robatayaki, Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard, #02-07, Singapore 039596, +65 6341 9668, www.facebook.com/kurama.yoi
Perched on the rooftop of Wangz Hotel in Tiong Bahru, Upper Place focuses on European small plates inflected with Asian flavours. Its must-try specialties include slow-cooked pork belly tacos, miso Norwegian salmon trout served with daikon chips, and laksa risotto filled with scallop, lobster and shrimp.
Upper Place, Wangz Hotel, 231 Outram Road, Singapore 169040, +65 6595 1380, www.wangzhotel.com
Armed with a gorgeous view of Marina Bay, this new eatery at Customs House dishes up a repertoire of Western fare such as lamp chop with chimichurri sauce, pizzas, pesto mushroom linguine and seafood pappardelle. For those craving some refreshing post-work tipples at a scenic locale, Barnacles also features an assortment of beers, whiskies, wines and cocktails.
Barnacles, 70 Collyer Quay, #01-01, Customs House, Singapore 049323, +65 6532 1011, barnacles.sg