This November, our 10 new restaurant and cafe highlights include two Korean specialties, more waffle go-to's and burgers done both gourmet and in a Chinese-fusion manner. Oh and let's not forget that healthy coconut soft serve we can safely binge on.
So you may have heard about Windowsills Pie moving out of Horne Road to Upper Thomson. Currently in its place, is a new café that certainly stands out from its neighbours, The Bravery and Two Bakers . Bao Makers centers its concept around Chinese steamed buns (kong ba bao), filling the fluffy white baos with Bulgogi ($14), Salted Egg Shrimp ($15) and Chilli Crab ($16). If you’re a fickle pickle, get the Bao Platter ($28) that gets you a combination of four flavours. And perhaps an Ice Cream Bao ($5) for dessert? Bao Makers, 78 Horne Road, Singapore 209078 (Image: Bao Makers Facebook Page)
If you’re on a mission to try every famous gourmet burger joint that has come to Singapore (see: MEATliquor SIN), add The Butchers Club Burger to your list – unless the hefty price tags put you off first. Arriving from Hong Kong and Bali, a basic burger here starts at $20 (pictured) and runs up to $38 for the Double Happiness Burger with double patties from the secret menu. Throw in another $8 for their thrice-fried Duck Fat Fries. And to quench your thirst, beers and eight bourbon variations make up half the drinks menu alongside sodas and floats. Keen to do good? Get The Bird Slayer Grapow ($23) by Chef Bjorn from Artichoke / Nehnehpop during his burger takeover from now till 17 Nov. 10% goes to his chosen charity, Save Our Street Dogs. The Butchers Club Burger, 3A River Valley Road #01-01B, Singapore 179020 (Image: The Butchers Club Burger Facebook Page)
The first (and probably not the last) Korean restaurant specializing in Andong Zzimdak – a popular braised chicken dish that originated in Gyeongsangbukdo, Andong – has opened for business in the basement of Raffles City Shopping Centre. Brought in by the folks behind Yoogane, Andong Zzimdak offers jjimdak in four variations, big enough to be shared between two to three people: Original Andong Jjimdak ($40.90), Boneless Jjimdak ($49.90), Seafood Jjimdak ($52.90) and the extra spicy Mayak Jjimdak ($47.90). Each order comes with sweet potato noodles that are thicker, starchier and chewier than glass noodles. Other sides to highlight include mini seafood pancakes ($9.90) and chicken karaage ($9.90). Andong Zzimdak, Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road #B1-44F, Singapore 179103 (Image: Andong Zzimdak Facebook Page)
Masizzim is the latest Seoul import to join its sister restaurant, Chir Chir, in the basement of 313 Somerset. You won’t find bingsu or fried chicken on the menu here, but rather a string of hearty traditional stews in variations like Beef Rib ($18, our pick), Pork Rib ($16) and Spicy Chicken ($16), where the ingredients undergo intense marination overnight before getting acquainted with Masizzim’s recipe sauce for six hours in the slow cooker. Each order comes with a choice of Korean udon or glass noodles. But don’t stop there. Inject a little fun into your meal with Masizzim’s DIY Rice Balls ($8), available in tuna and anchovy flavours. Masizzim, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #B3-02, Singapore 238895 (Image: Masizzim)
If you were wondering where the owners of November 8 disappeared to, you won’t have to look far because they’re just next-door. Re-entering the café scene as Five By Five, they offer all-day breakfast with more savoury options like Japanese Beef Stew ($18.50) and transforms into a bar come nightfall. Expect beers on tap and happy hour from 5 to 9 pm starting from just $5 for half a pint. What about their waffles you ask? It returns with an improved recipe accompanied with an extensive range of ice cream flavours like Coconut Taro, Thai Iced Tea, Salted Caramel and Matcha Azuki ($4.20 per scoop – deluxe flavours, $4.80 per scoop – premium flavours), which you can add to your Classic Waffle ($6). Five By Five, Thomson V One, 9 Sin Ming Road #01-03, Singapore 575630 (Image: Five by Five Facebook Page)
Adding to the throng of eat clean options in the CBD area, is the new Aloha Poke. This Hawaiian restaurant serves healthy rice and salad bowls and has already been attracting the crowds since opening day. With prices starting from $11.90, customers can customise their own bowl by picking from a variety of grains, protein, sauces, along with two complimentary adds-ons and one superfood. The bowl is then topped off with scallions, pineapple and lime. If you can’t decide, go for a customised order of Standard Nula Tuna or Standard Nula Salmon, both priced at $15.90. Aloha Poke, 92 Amoy Street, Singapore 069911 (Image: Aloha Poke Facebook Page)
Following his successful steak restaurant CUT , Wolfgang Puck has launched Spago at Marina Bay Sands as his flagship restaurant. Located at the 57th floor, customers can enjoy a great view of the city skyline while indulging in good food. Offering Californian cuisine with global accents, Spago’s signature mains include Crispy Scale Black Sea Bass ($46, pictured above), Holland Milk-Fed Veal Chop ($72) and Pan Roasted Organic Chicken ‘Pastrami’ ($42). For something with a local twist, try out the “Kaya Toast” ($33), where seared Foie Gras is paired with pandan-coconut jam and other ingredients. Spago, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue Tower 2 Level 57, Singapore 018956 (Image: Spago)
Open only on Saturdays from 6pm to 1am, Kaffles is the place to go to feed your sudden cravings for ice-cream and thick square of waffles. Co-sharing its space with Stirling, Kaffles currently serves four flavours of ice cream waffles: Thai Milk Tea ($12.90), Nutella Kinder Bueno ($11.90), Speculoos Cookie Crunch ($11.90), Koko Kaffles ($11.90). Note: Last orders are at 12:15 am, so be sure to get there early before they sell out! Kaffles , Stirling, 15 Cheong Chin Nam Road, Singapore 599739 (Image: Kaffles Facebook Page)
Hopping on to the coconut ice cream craze, the folks at Sarnies bring us a good kind of different – CocoWhip . Originating from Australia, CocoWhip is Singapore's first vegan bio-fermented soft serve. If you have allergies, don’t worry about missing out on this delicious treat as CocoWhip is vegan, dairy and gluten free. Customers can choose from four flavours: Original Coconut, Maqui Ripe, Cacao Bliss, Matcha Slim (all flavours at $6.50). Additional toppings such as Macadamia Nuts, Brownie, Strawberry range from $0.50 to $4.00 each and syrups such as Salted Caramel, Chia Jam, Burnt Toffee are priced at $2 each. CocoWhip , Sarnies Cafe, 136 Teylok Ayer,Singapore 068601 (Image: CocoWhip Facebook Page)
After painstakingly developing traditional Chinese recipes and elevating them to restaurant-worthy levels, Joyden Concepts has finally launched its newest and largest restaurant to date, Joyden Treasures. Famous for their fresh seafood as seen in Joyden Canton Kitchen, a definite must-try here is their Original Steamed Red Grouper in Homemade Soy Bean Broth (market price). An original family recipe, this dish includes steaming a whole red grouper in a made-from-scratch soya milk broth, combined with fresh ginger, chives, straw mushrooms, black fungus and fried enoki for that extra crunch. The result is a silky smooth grouper that has been infused with the light and refreshing soya milk, a dish perfect for fish lovers. Note: This dish is only available at Joyden Treasures. Joyden Treasures, Kallang Leisure Park, 5 Stadium Walk #02-42, Singapore 397693 (Image: OpenRice Staff Rachel Wong) See also: Dining Offers at Central, East and West! Have a Sweet Tooth?
Written by Peh Yi Wen and Rachel Wong