Since the end of the circuit breaker period, a plethora of new F&B concepts have thrown open their doors to hungry diners in the city-state – including the famous Luke’s Lobster, which has brought its succulent Maine-style lobster rolls to our sunny island; Catfish, with its array of inventive seafood dishes that borrow from French and Swedish culinary techniques; and Avenue 87, which serves up contemporary Asian fare from its sleek Amoy Street outpost.
The trend shows no signs of stopping despite the depressed spending climate, with a clutch of new concepts having either just opened or are debuting this month. Whether you prefer to dine on Israeli street food or sup on snacks that will transport you to Hong Kong, here are a few standout spots to support.
After taking his contemporary Israeli eatery global with openings in New York, Melbourne, Paris and Vienna, chef Eyal Shani will open the first Asian outpost of Miznon at the end of October. Hailed by renowned Israeli-English chef Yotam Ottolenghi as “the voice of modern Israeli cuisine”, Shani presents a veritable feast of the vibrant colours, flavours and recipes that characterise Israeli street food: think pita bread filled to the brim with all manner of meaty and vegetable-based ingredients; a whole roasted baby cauliflower; baked sweet potatoes with sour cream; and roasted eggplant slathered with tahini and a spicy sauce. Additional details about the location and menu will be announced closer to the opening date, so visit their website to find out more.
An extension of Zorba The Greek Taverna, which opened earlier this year, this café concept will serve a similar menu of contemporary Greek fare, but with a morning twist. Instead of heavier dishes more befitting of a decadent dinner, the riverside restaurant in Clarke Quay will specialise in bright and hearty breakfast fare. If you’re here for brunch on the weekend, try the Giaourti, a bowl of creamy, zesty yogurt topped with fresh blueberries, crunchy granola, raspberry coulis and refreshing mint; or opt for the Zorba Breakfast Platter: a tasty assemblage of eggs, Greek sausage, bacon, roasted tomato, portobello mushroom, caramelised onion, avocado and toast. Other than coffee and tea, you’ll also find smoothies and fresh juices on the menu to get your day started on the right note.
One of the top tendon restaurant chains in Japan is finally coming to the Lion City this month. Opening on 15 October at Orchard Central, the 68-seater outlet will serve the signature tendon that the brand – which boasts 226 outlets across Japan and in countries including Hong Kong, Thailand and the Philippines – has become so famous for. Expect a steaming bowl of Japanese Aomori rice topped with crispy, lightly battered seafood, meat and vegetables and finished with a salty-sweet glazing sauce. You may also opt for your cooked-to-order tempura to be served with cold soba or udon instead of rice. Complete your meal with desserts such as Hokkaido soft serve made with 100% dairy products from Hokkaido, a rich chocolate brownie or some matcha azuki cake.
4. Kafé Samsa
A new concept by popular Central Asian restaurant The Nomads, Kafé Samsa – which operates out of the same Telok Ayer Street location as the latter – is a café by day and wine bar by night establishment that specialises in samsa: puff pastries that are native to countries such as Kazakhstan, Tajikistan and Uzbekistan. Similar to croissants, pies and samosas, these baked goods can be filled with all manner of savoury or sweet fillings. The flavours offered at Kafé Samsa include meaty delights such as lamb or Wagyu beef; an option for vegetarians in the form of a mushroom and lentil offering; as well as an apple variety for a sweet treat. Besides the pastries, you’ll also find plenty of jams, spreads and pantry provisions in its retail section.
Despite just making its Singapore debut in late August with its ION Orchard outlet, Joy Luck Teahouse has wasted no time in opening its second store in the city-state. Situated at Bugis Junction, the new location will have the brand’s specialties such as pineapple buns, egg tarts, curry fishballs and milk tea alongside Hong Kong-style chee cheong fun, an item exclusive to this branch. The delicate rice noodle sheets are served in the style of the traditional street snack and are slathered with a piquant mix of soy sauce, sesame peanut sauce, sweet sauce and chilli sauce. As an opening special, you can sign up as a member and receive 10% off regular items with a S$10 minimum spend until the end of October 2020.
Please check the establishments’ respective websites for opening hours before visiting, and remember to adhere to safe-distancing measures while out and about.