New Bites: July 2015
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While some of you may dread returning to school, you can also look forward to these 15 new eateries dotting our sunny island. In July's installment of New Bites, we bring you the latest Korean restaurant in town (run by handsome twin brothers nudge nudge), peanut butter soft serves and a DIY smart juice bar that also offers hot juices!

1. Chuan Wang Ji

chuan wang ji crab
Joining the list of eateries along the Katong stretch is Chuan Wang Ji, a Chinese restaurant specialising in Sze Chuan cuisine. We loved the Hot and Sour Fern Root Noodles ($8.80 per serving) and Stir-fried Crab with Fragrant Szechuan Chilli (seasonal price). If you can’t take the heat, choose from a wide selection of Cantonese dishes that are non-spicy. To read our full review, click here. Chuan Wang Ji, Santa Grand Hotel, 171 East Coast Road #01-02/03, Singapore 428877 (Image: Mandy How)

2. CoolPlay Soft Serve Singapore

CoolPlay Soft Serve rides the social media wave well – their store provides props, backdrops, and mirrors for all your selfie needs, so you can spread the word on them. Marketing gimmicks aside, the place does serve rather interesting flavours for soft serve, which are rotated on a weekly basis. Current ones include Heavy Chocolate, Cool Mint, Peanut Butter, and Rum Rasin ($4.50 per flavour, $5 for a twist with two flavours). CoolPlay Soft Serve, Blk 85B Lorong 4 Toa Payoh, #01-332B (Image: Coolplay Softserve’s Instagram)

3. Palette Restaurant and Bar

Palette Restaurant and Ba
Helmed by the flourishing BreadTalk group, Palette Restaurant and Bar gathers south Asia’s finest hawker fare into a single air-conditioned space a la food courts, but at steeper prices. Here, you can find the acclaimed Ah Koong Fishball Noodle and Yong Tau Foo and Hok Kee Authentic Hong Kong Noodles and Congee from Johor Bahru and Hong Kong respectively, as well as 90 Gastro Bar, a cocktail and dessert bar - its first in such a setting. Palette Restaurant and Bar, 13, Stamford Road, Capitol Piazza #B1-20/27, Singapore 178905

4. Wafuken

Wafuken, which translates from “Japanese style of Western cuisine” (wafu) and “wellness” (ken), aims to reconcile the delicious and the healthy with their brown rice donburis and customizable meals. Despite the relatively low prices, the kiosk uses the sous vide method for all their proteins and meticulously seasons them with herbs and spices. The Truffle Wagyu Don ($24.90) has caught our attention with its Sous vide Wagyu steak, which is seasoned with truffle salt and perfumed with black winter truffle oil. Wafuken, 12 Marina View, Asia Square Tower 2 #02-05, Singapore 018961 (Image: Wafuken’s Facebook page)

5. Lepark

Lepark offers a rooftop dining experience at the carpark of People’s Park Complex with a view of the CBD area. As its name goes, the place is ideal for chilling with friends over inventive Asian tapas and craft beers. For example, the Otah Bomb ($8), with otah made from a passed down recipe in paper-thin wanton skin and then deep-fried may send us straight to diet hell, but we’ll willingly slog it out in the gym later. Lepark, 1 Park Road, People’s Park Complex, Rooftop Carpark, Singapore

6. Tin Hill Social

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Spread across 2 repurposed stables, Tin Hill Social consists of 5 dining areas and easily seats 200 people. The well-decorated restaurant and bar serves comfort Western food, and a number of its dishes are fit for sharing. Steak lovers can order the Beef T-bone ($70), which is a whooping 600g and comes with 2 sides of your choice. If you’re not in a group, we recommend the Seafood Stew ($30), a slightly spicy medley of fresh black cod, prawns, calamari, clams and mussels cooked in prawn bisque. Tin Hill Social, 100 Turf Club Road, Singapore 287992 (Image: Mandy How)

7. Twins Korean Restaurant

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Twins Korean Restaurant is a venture by 2 Korean twin brothers (hence the name) whose objective is to bring you their country’s latest dining trends, street food, and even their own creations. Naturally, you can expect Korean Fried Chicken – one version is the Soy and Garlic Chicken Wings ($15), which has been a hit so far. Another dish to go for is Woo Jae’s Spicy Seafood Noodle Soup ($13.90 for lunch, $16.90 for dinner), a dish named after one of the twins and comprising of clams, calamari, prawns, crab and vegetables in a spicy soup base. Twins Korean Restaurant, 7 Craig Road, Singapore 089667 (Image: Twins Korean Restaurant’s Facebook page)

8. Spizza Mercato

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Spizza Mercato is one of the few restaurants that has popped up at the up-and-coming Capital Piazza. The establishment offers its patrons more than what its sister-restaurant, Spizza, does: an exciting extended menu, a gourmet retail section and a takeaway counter. We recommend the Green Spinach “Triangoli” ($18), delicious to the palate with its geometrically-shaped pasta pieces stuffed with a tasty and fragrant spinach filling. To read our full review, click here. Spizza Mercato, Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road, #B2-52, Singapore 178905


ENBU offers Singapore’s first ever Warakyaki and Charcoal Grill Izakaya, a traditional cooking method from the Kochi prefecture where grilling is done with straws and charcoal grill. The Katsuo Warayaki ($16, above) consists of raw bonito fish resting atop a bed of hot straws and wrapped with foil, enabling the scent of the straw to infuse into the flavour of the fish, giving it a woody barbecue touch. ENBU, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall, #03-307, Singapore 038983

10. 1933

1933 is yet another eatery to open at the beautiful Capitol Piazza. Being the year that the original Capitol Building was completed, 1933 – a new concept under The Breadtalk Group – takes its patrons back into time with its vintage ambience and old school décor, while serving up local delights with a tinge of Western influence. Must-tries include the 1933 Power Carrot ($9.60, above), consisting of a thick, creamy carrot broth topped with orange zest and served in a fluffy French bread bowl. 1933, Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road, #01-83, Singapore 178906 (Image: OpenRice user thenicethoughts)

11. Beesket

Your experience at Beesket would resound with the following few words: fun, affordable and creative. At a fixed price of $5.90 per cup for any 3 fruits or vegetables chosen for its DIY juices, this juice bar from Korea promises its customers an unforgettable experience. Under its pre-selected natural blended cold juice, we recommend the refreshing Pinebanana ($5.40), or the Pear Ginger Tea ($5.40), one of its pre-selected hot fruit teas that is bound to warm and comfort the tummy. To read our full review, click here. Beesket, Changi City Point, 5 Changi Business Park Central, #01-20, Singapore 486038

12. Luxe

Sydney-based Luxe has opened its first overseas outlet in Singapore at Keong Saik Road and is making waves for its luxurious, laidback décor and decent food, albeit its price and limited menu. The Luxe Hanger Steak Burger ($24) is a must-try for meat lovers (it looks delicious as well), featuring slices of tender ribeye nestled between soft black sesame buns. However, the meat might come quite undercooked so a repeat trip to the kitchen might beckon if you’re not a fan of meat that’s too rare. Luxe, 1 Keong Saik Road, #01-04, Singapore 089109 (Image:

13. Bread Street Kitchen

Bread Street Kitchen's Roasted Veal Carpaccio
Everyone would probably have heard of Gordon Ramsay, the well-known celebrity chef helming popular reality TV shows such as MasterChef. Well, Bread Street Kitchen (located at Marina Bay Sands), is Ramsay’s first foray into Singapore and its menu boasts a wide range of British classics and favorites. The Roasted Veal Carpaccio ($26, above) is a perfect combination of lean, juicy meat sprinkled with light tuna dressing and a small dose of pepper. Bread Street Kitchen, Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, #01-81, Singapore 018972

14. Wimi Ice Cream

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Wimi Ice Cream serves traditional Thai ice cream that’s freshly made every day and free from preservatives and additives. Priced at $4.90 for a scoop of coconut ice cream, 3 normal toppings of your choice, and a cup of coconut juice, the coconut soft serve set is your decently priced life-saver from the relentless weather. Wimi Ice Cream, 321 Clementi Avenue 3, Singapore 129905 (Image: Wimi Ice Cream’s Facebook page)

15. Rollie Olie

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As featured in our list of best budget sushi bars, Rollie Ollie is Star Vista’s newest sushi darling that serves rather innovative sushi rolls. While health enthusiasts would be enthralled by a selection of “Skinny Rolls” that come without rice and are wrapped in soy paper instead, we recommend heading straight for their Signature rolls. Try the Sunkissed Salmon ($16.95) – a gratifying combination of seared salmon, crab meat, cucumber and pops of red roe. Good to know: At a friendly price of $12.95, their set meals comprise half a roll of sushi, soup and salad. Available all day. Rollie Olie, The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #02-05, Singapore 138617 (Image: Peh Yi Wen)
Written by Mandy How, Eunice Tang and Peh Yi Wen
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