New Bites: November 2014
Add to your list these 14 new and notable restaurants, starring meaty finds of every kind. More watering holes have also sprung up around the island for you craft beer enthusiasts, as well as more places to get your froyo fix. 1. Nickeldime Drafthouse
A new watering hole has emerged in Novena, exciting craft beer lovers here with their ever-changing selection of 15 unique brews on tap. The name, Nickeldime Drafthouse comes from the San Francisco Bay area code 510, where owner Christopher lived. He brings back with him American influences to this laidback space – from bright Broadway beer signs to serving beers in pint sizes of just 375ml. Order this: The Beer Geek Platter ($42) – the solution to dining with indecisive friends. Great for a group to share, it consists of stout meatballs, beer sriracha candied nuts, hot crab IPA cheese dip and ale snapper fish & chips in generous amounts ; Salami and Fresh Chilli Pizza ($18) – made with beer-infused pastry; 510 Burger ($18) – think beer candied bacon, crispy onion and an angus beef patty sandwiched between two soft brioche buns; Beer Crepe ($12) – with caramelized granny smith apples and a handcrafted beer sauce. Need we say more? 273 Thomson Road, #01-06, Singapore 307644. Image: Nickeldime Drafthouse 2. Mr Berlin
If you’ve not tried Currywrust, head to Mr Berlin at Shenton Way to try this German staple, which makes for a perfect takeaway snack. Using a traditional German recipe that is unique to them, they handcraft their sausages without fillers or additives. They also make their own curry-ketchup sauce that comes with the sausages. Good news to the guys: Enjoy a free 0.25litre German beer with any curry wurst dish from 6pm to 1-pm on Wednesdays. 1 Shenton Way #01-09, Singapore 068803 Image: Mr Berlin Facebook Page 3. Hungry Heroes
Marvel fans will fall in love with the meticulously designed interior of this newly-opened dual-concept restaurant located just a stone’s throw away from Farrer Park MRT. The first floor of Hungry Heroes is strewn with posters, figurines and other collectibles from the owner’s personal collection, while the second floor, Art, Art & Away, houses many affordable art pieces for purchase. The ambience here is perfect for gatherings with friends. Come in a group of 5 of 6 and grab The Steak-Out ($108+) – a hearty meat platter combo comprising a 200gm Ribeye Steak, full rack Pork Ribs, Pulled Pork, a Sausage Trio, 250gm de-boned Chicken Leg, Beef Stew and Veal Osso Bucco. Have your meal with their range of handpicked signature craft beers. 33 Tessensohn Road, Singapore 217656 Image: Peh Yi Wen 4. Saveur Art
Affordable French fare with an elevated dining experience can now be found on the fourth level of ION Orchard, at Saveur Art. The fourth restaurant of The Saveur Group ups the ante by using more premium ingredients like langoustine and freshly shaved truffles in their dishes. Visit during lunch to enjoy a two-course meal at $29 or a three-course meal at $37. Order this: For appetizers – Egg Confit & Truffle ($12) – with truffled potato mousseline, roasted macadamia nuts and brown butter; Slow-cooked Cod in Olive ($24) with a Zucchini puree and paprika foam; Buttermilk-Poached Chicken ($21) and the Chocolate & Pistachio ($13) dessert that comes with a popping candy surprise. ION Orchard, #04-11, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801 Image: Peh Yi Wen 5. GRUB Noodle Bar
Cookyn Inc, the founder of cafes GRUB and FIX Café, has transformed its cooking studio into its third and newest F&B concept – GRUB Noodle Bar. Located along Rangoon Road, this supper bar opens from 6pm till 12.30am to feed your hungry noodle-craving souls. Their signature items include Beef Noodles (priced between $12 - $19, depending on your choice of beef cut), served dry with a homemade sauce – think zha jiang mian with a minced beef and mushroom stew (similar to bak chor mee) and meatballs made from 100% beef. Other items on the menu: Assam Laksa ($13), Live Tiger Prawns ($15), Hokkaido Scallop Tataki ($15) and Chicken Drumlets ($9), the latter perfect with their range of craft beers. 221 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218459 Image: GRUB Noodle Bar Facebook Page 6. SYNC Korean Tapas Bar
This hot new restaurant located in the bustling Serangoon Gardens, is Singapore’s first ever Korean tapas bar. Already garnered a group of loyal fans from their flagship outlet, Sync Korean Fusion Bistro, expect Korean-inspired tapas and cocktails from just $9.90. If you are dining in a large group, you can choose to share a Dak Gar-Bi ($38.90, serves 2-3), which is a spicy chicken paella with onions, mushrooms, cabbage, sausages and kimchi. Serangoon Garden, 12 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556690 Image: SYNC Facebook Page 7. Teppan-Ya
This newly opened Japanese teppanyaki restaurant allows you to enjoy contemporary Japanese cuisine with a view overlooking the Singapore harbour. On top of live cooking demonstrations premium cuts of pork and beef, watch as chefs skillfully prepare other non-teppanyaki dishes such as their signature Kumi’s No. 1 – a combination of crab meat, avocado and white fish in a baked sphere. Mandarin Oriental Singapore, 5 Raffles Avenue Level 4 Singapore 039797 Image: Teppan-Ya Facebook Page 8. Frozen by a Thousand Blessings
This newly opened self-serve frozen yoghurt bar hails from Melbourne, Victoria and is Australia’s first ‘fro-yo’ bar that uses biodynamic milk. Featuring flavours such as , Frozen by a Thousand Blessings uses organic and locally-sourced ingredients where possible. Now you can get your hands on one too! Blk 126 Toa Payoh Lorong 2 #01-55 Image: Frozen by a Thousand Blessings Facbook Page 9. El Mero Mero
A contemporary Mexican restaurant situated at CHIJMES, El Mero Mero dishes out delicious Mexican fare with ingredients sourced from Mexico itself. Classic Mexican dishes such as their 300 NZ Black Angus 150 days grain fed Striploin (pictured on the left), is one of their menu highlights. All sauces and salsas served are also made in house. A hand-picked selection of tequilas and Hispanic wines are also available here, to give your meal a true Mexican flavour. Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street #01-20, Singapore 187996 Image: El Mero Mero 10. Imakatsu
Hailing from Japan, Imakatsu is an authentic Tonkatsu-specialised Japanese restaurant. Using premium pork and chicken, they aim to serve the best Tonkatsu in town. Some of their signatures include – Imakatsu Premium Special Pork Loin Cutler Zen and Chicken Tenderloin Zen Located conveniently at The Star Vista, head down to have an authentic Japanese Tonkatsu Bowl. The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green #01-17 Singapore 138617 Image: Imakatsu 11. Pantler
Opened by duo Matthias Phua and chef Tomoharu Morita, who met while they were working at Grand Hyatt Tokyo and Joel Robuchon Singapore, Pantler offers unique pastries that are of the highest quality. Located conveniently at Telok Ayer Street, these pretty treats taste as good as they look. Some interesting products include their colourful Pate de Fruits and Pantler Roll Cake. 198 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068637 Image Credits: Pantler’s Facebook Page 12. Honey Crème
Taiwan’s popular soft-serve ice cream chain has taken over the headlines for the past week since their opening, seeing queues of up to a purported 1.5 hours. From just $5.90 onwards, it’s no wonder people rush to queue up for this sweet treat. Their signatures include – Raw Honeycomb, Organic Cotton Candy and Popcorn. All their ingredients are meticulously sourced internationally, to ensure the quality of the ice cream. 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #01-37, Singapore 238895 Image: Cheryl Ann Chong 13. The Quarters
The Quarters incorporates local flavours into their dishes using Asian spices that are unique to our cultures. Fusing this with global ingredients, they have managed to come up with one-of-a-kind dishes such as Umami Babi ($8.50) – a slow braised pulled pork collar in mini man tous and The Asian Truffle ($14.80) – buah keluak sauce with chicken and capellini. Don’t miss out on their quirky desserts either. Try their Wonderffle ($9.50), a lemongrass and pandan ice cream drizzled with gula melaka glazed on the waffle. 16 Enggor St #01-09, Singapore 079717 Image credits: Bernard Tan 14. Club Meatballs
It is apparent that dual-concept restaurants are the next big thing and Club Meatballs has also hopped on the bandwagon. Both a restaurant and furniture showroom, you can DIY your own perfect dish of meatballs from their “pimp my balls” section. Choose from five types of meatballs, 5 types of sides and 5 types of sauces. From Iberico Pork and Fennel Meatballs to Wagyu Beef Meatballs, pair these handmade meatballs up with mashed potatoes or papadelle, coupled with pesto or salsa verde. China Square Central, 20 Cross Street #01-35, Singapore 048422 Image: Club Meatballs Written by Cheryl Ann Chong and Peh Yi Wen See Also: Find the best restaurants in Singapore Check out the eateries nearby you
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