New Bites: October 2015
New Bites October 2015
This month, we’re here to share 11 exciting new places – including a hot new buffet, a mega Japanese gourmet grocer-restaurant, a famous brunch joint from New York, an “underground” Mediterranean restaurant-bar and a churros chain well-loved by many K-pop celebrities.

1. Clinton St. Baking Company

clinton st baking company
Straight from The Big Apple comes the famed Clinton St. Baking Company, known to serve American classics with a Southwestern touch. Unlike most franchises from overseas, owners Neil Kleinberg and Dede Lahman have chosen to sit their first South-East Asian post snugly on Purvis Street instead of a bustling mall. What everyone comes for is the fat stack of Pancakes with warm maple butter ($18), made with all-purpose flour from the States and top-grade maple butter from Canada. Another favourite following closely behind, the signature buttermilk fried chicken on waffles ($21) comes with an addictive honey-Tabasco sauce. Did we mention they’ve got a milkshake made with bourbon? Clinton St. Baking Company , 31 Purvis Street, Singapore 188608 (Image: Clinton St. Baking Company & Restaurant)

2. Emporium Shokuhin

Emporium Shokuhin
Spanning 34,000 sq feet, Emporium Shokuhin takes up an entire level of the new wing of Marina Square. Comprising of eight Japanese restaurants, a beef dry-aging facility, a gourmet grocer and a live seafood market, this place is paradise – for Japanese food lovers in particular. Be sure to try out their French award-winning oyster, Kystale ($28 for half dozen, $56 for a dozen). Shop at their gourmet grocer after lunch, where items are generally priced 10-20% cheaper than other Japanese supermarkets in Singapore. Read our full review here. Emporium Shokuhin, 6 Raffles Boulevard #01-18 Marina Square, Singapore 039594 (Image: Peh Yi Wen)

3. Maggie Joan’s

maggie joan’s
Possibly Singapore’s first back lane restaurant with nothing but a 2-D steel cutout signboard and several potted olive plants to look out for, Maggie Joan’s is one Mediterranean restaurant worth playing hide and seek with. Stepping in brings you into a whole other world – one with stripped brickwork and elegant chandeliers with an underground-edgy vibe. The second restaurant-bar by the father-and-son team of Moosehead serves up modern Mediterranean dishes put together creatively by Chef Oliver Hyde (formerly of Pollen), who puts seasonal produce such as peaches, apricots and Jerusalem artichoke in the spotlight. Here’s what we loved: Scallop Carpaccio ($21) with peas and ham, Heirloom Tomatoes with Peach and Burrata ($21), Grilled Iberico Pork Secreto, Prunes & Cauliflower ($34) and Egg, Dukkah & Saffron Mayo ($6). Maggie Joan’s, 110 Amoy Street 01-01, Singapore 069930 (Image: Maggie Joan's)

4. Colony

colony ritz carlton
Taking over the space where Greenhouse was, Colony is just about the grandest buffet restaurant we’ve ever seen. Eight ‘live’ kitchens take centre stage, starting with The Bakery and The Patisserie at the entrance, where selected freshly baked breads, decadent desserts and artisan tea chocolates are available for takeaway. Make The Ice Bar your first stop, for a good variety of seafood on ice, then head to the back for grilled pork belly, laksa with a homemade lobster ball and assorted naans. To wash down all that food, fresh pressed fruit juices are available at a dedicated counter. But for you boozy folks, the table-side cocktail service is what you’ll want. Colony, The Ritz-Carlton Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Ave Level 3, Singapore 039799 (Image: Colony)

5. Humpback

The good folks of Sugarhall and Jigger & Pony recently launched their third concept, Humpback, one of three bars to take over The Clan’s old premises in Bukit Pasoh. Here, seafood small plates meet cocktails, wine and craft beer. Besides fresh imported oysters as its highlight, the menu comprises a succinct but impressive selection categorised under snacks, garden, seafood, meat and desserts. Go for the Kale ($14), done two-ways and plated with compressed pear and buttermilk sauce; Figs & Beetroot ($15), with ash cheese and burnt orange; Calamari ($14) served in ‘crazy water’ and for dessert, you won’t want to miss out on the Fernet Panna Cotta ($8), which takes the Italian classic to ‘bitter’ heights. Humpback, 18 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089832 (Image: Humpback)

6. Wagokoro Hide Yamamoto

wagokoro hide yamamoto
An intimate restaurant that seats just 12 at the bar and another six in a private dining area, Wagokoro Hide Yamamoto is Chef Yamamoto’s third restaurant in Singapore, serving Kappo-style cuisine in multi-course lunch and dinner sets. An eight-course dinner menu ($158) starts with an appetizer, sashimi, one stewed dish, one grilled dish, one fried dish, as well as the signature Duck Consommé Oden, handmade cold soba noodles and a dessert. We tried dishes like Kamo eggplant with sea urchin and Asparagus rolled by Pike Conger, which features seasonal produce that is used and flown in four times a week directly from Tsukiji Fish Market or Hokkaido. Wagokoro Hide Yamamoto , The Quayside, 60 Robertson Quay #01-04, Singapore 238252 (Image: Wagokoro Hide Yamamoto)

7. Artisan C. Specialty Coffee

Artisan C. Specialty Coffee
It is not often you see a café operating in an art gallery. Drop by the minimalistic Artisan C. Specialty Coffee for your caffeine fix and see whether or not they truly elevated the artisanal coffee experience. Espressos are priced from $3.30 onwards. If you like trying out unusual food combinations, order their Artisan Kimchi Croissant ($6.70). Artisan C. Specialty Coffee, Suntec City Mall, Tower 1, The Art Space, 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-444/445, Singapore 038983 (Image: Instagram user elpluswr)

8. Indline

Located at Keong Saik Road, Indline offers a variety of affordable Indian cuisine - curries, kebabs, naans and tikkas. The Indbox ($14.50), one of the four set meals, comprises of a main and four sides. Their a la carte menu includes signature dishes such as Butter Chicken ($8), Masala Chicken ($9) and Lamb Briyani ($11). Stamp out the spiciness from the curries with their home-made frozen Malai Kulfi ($4), a milk dessert with pistachios and almonds. Indline, 28 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 069534 (Image: Indline Facebook Page)
a one bak kut teh

9. A-One Bak Kut Teh

A-One Claypot newest venture, A-One Bak Kut Teh, gives a new twist to one of Singapore’s most well-loved dishes – Bak Kut Teh. Replacing the conventional soup for porridge, A-ONE Bak Kut Teh officially sells Singapore’s first Bak Kut Teh Claypot Porridge ($10.90). Other broth dishes include Pork Ribs, Sliced Pork with Meatball, Pig's Organ, with free flow soup available. A-One Bak Kut Teh, The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green #01-46, Singapore 138617 (Image: A-One Bak Kut Teh)

10. JQ Chef Café

JQ Chef Cafe
JQ Chef Café is helmed by Chef Johnny Quek, an ex-chef at the World’s First Full Butler Sky Dining at Singapore Flyer. Although the café’s menu is limited, quality food is guaranteed. Their Roasted Boneless Chicken Thigh ($14.90) comes paired with creamy potatoes, asparagus and vegetables. Leave room for dessert – their Salted Caramel Waffle ($9.90) is a must-try! JQ Chef Café, Blk 186 Toa Payoh Central #01-428, Singapore 310186 (Image: Rachel Wong)

11. Churro 101

churro 101
Known to be popular with K-pop celebrities from Girls’ Generation, F(x) and Miss A, Korean churro specialty chain, Churro 101, will be open for business on 12 October at Bugis +. All ingredients are specially imported in from Korea to ensure the authentic flavours of the churros. Customers can look forward to flavours such as Dark Chocolate Churro ($5.40), Milk Custard Churro ($4.50), Cream Cheese Churro ($4.70), Cinnamon Churro ($3.50) and Sugar Churro ($3.50). There will be a 1-for-1 churros promotion to celebrate their grand opening in Singapore, so do keep updated on Churro 101's Instagram page for more details! Churro 101, Bugis+, 201 Victoria Street #04-01, Singapore 188067 (Image: Churro 101) See also: Our Favourite Japanese Restaurants Best Bak Kut Teh in Singapore
Written by Rachel Wong and Peh Yi Wen
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