From fusion bites to Michelin-starred ramen, tapas to Thai beef noodles and a whole lot more, here are 8 spots that either just opened or are opening soon guaranteed to transport your tummy to a happy place.
1. Ninja Cut
This new concept by Ninja Bowl recently opened its doors, but don’t mistake the ‘younger sibling’ as being any less awesome. Here you can find a new menu with several slightly more indulgent versions of Ninja Bowl options. Some of our personal favourites are the showstopping Truffle Polenta Mash ($18), a refreshing salmon & avocado based ‘Wakiki Surf’ bowl (pictured above, $16), and the Marvellous Matcha hotcake ($16). Savoury all-day brunch (24-hour braised Japanese curry beef cheek ON TOP of a grilled cheese sandwich?! Yes, please!), some healthier (but equally tasty) bowl options, and a surprisingly outstanding coffee and drink selection makes this an absolute must-try.
Find it at 32 Seah Street
Book a table at Ninja Cut.
2. Ash & Char
From the team behind Rise & Grind Coffee Co (the fab Bukit Timah brunch spot) comes Ash & Char: a laidback joint that delivers a more refined menu for lunch and dinner at Telok Ayer. Expect substantial mains in the form of pastas, burgers, and bowls, while still casual and under $20, along with all the coffee and dessert options you’d crave at a great café. One of the most popular dishes is the Tomyum Seafood Pasta ($17++), a staple at Rise & Grind that they were smart enough to bring over in all its original glory. Other standouts include the Truffled Bacon & Mushroom Carbonara ($15++) and Korean Chicken Burger ($15++).
Find Ash & Char at 21 McCallum St
3. Tsuta Ramen
The world’s first and only Michelin-starred ramen joint from Tokyo is FINALLY opening in Singapore on the 6th of November. We were lucky enough to score an exclusive pre-opening tasting with the staff, and let’s just say this ramen is the stuff of legends: Shoyu Soba with truffle sauce and the Ajitama Char Siu Shoyu Soba don’t just live up to the hype, they surpass all expectations of how truly outstanding ramen should taste. Also, you had best prepare yourself for the most perfectly cooked eggs you will ever sink your teeth (and chopsticks) into.
Find Tsuta Ramen at 9 Scotts Road in Pacific Plaza, #01-01 (just look for the sea of hungry people impatiently queuing)
4. FOC Sentosa
This is is the closest you’ll get to Barcelona without hopping on a plane. Think superb tapas backed by a seriously talented (and award-winning) kitchen combined with a top-notch bar menu, served at a ridiculously beautiful and relaxing beachside spot. FOC’s Hong Kong Street location is already well-known for its impeccable menu, and you can expect a similar focus on Mediterranean fare at Sentosa: heavy on grilled fish & meats, paellas, and of course tapas. Lounge in the hammocks or dine by the pool deck, just be sure to try the Beetroot Gazpacho w/ Olive Oil Ice Cream ($12++), and the Iberian Pork Paella ($18++), all with a refreshingly smooth Matcha Colada ($16++) in hand of course.
Find it at 110 Tanjong Beach Walk
Book a table at FOC Sentosa.
5. Kin Cow
Now is the perfect time to experience Kin Cow’s traditional kuay teow neua (Thai beef noodles) as the team has already worked out all the opening kinks. This Thailand export boasts 11 outlets back home, and the newly opened S’pore location delivers the quality and authenticity you’d expect from a family owned operation. Bowls range from the simpler Brisket ($10.90) to the fancier Wagyu ($22.90) with options in between, solid side dishes, and delectable Thai desserts like the creamy Coconut Ice Cream. The portions aren’t exactly gigantic, but you’ll get really high quality ingredients with this one, as well as a flavour experience that most cheaper options simply can’t match.
Find Kin Cow at 133 New Bridge Road in Chinatown Point, #02-34
Hidden within the already quite hidden Refinery along King George’s Ave, Little Bastard bills itself as ‘not your average illegitimate child’, as it offers up a myriad of Asian explorations with a focus on Thai and Chinese influences. Expect modern fusion in the form of Cold Tom Yum Udon ($20++), Sichuan Beef Tartare w/ Century Egg ($20++), Sous Vide Lemon Barley Gin ($18++), and other impressively inspired concoctions. One of the more curiosity-piquing options recently opened, you’d be remiss not to give this one a taste.
Find Little Bastard at 115 King’s George Avenue – walk into The Refinery and tell the service staff that you are looking for Little Bastard.
Book a table at Little Bastard.
The team at FOC have clearly been busy, with their new concept PIM PAM opening just days ago along Orchard Road near Tanglin. You can swing by from breakfast to tippling time, as this ‘gastro-bodega inspired by the Barcelona tapas and wine culture’ offers all-day dining options in addition to a retail corner where you can grab a variety of bites to go. Some of our favourite plates are the Spinach & Pine Nut Croquetas, PIM PAM Migas, and the Straciatella Salad.
Find it at 442 Orchard Road in Claymore Connect, #01-29
Book a table at PIM PAM by FOC.
Photo Credit: SG Magazine Online
Teppei Yamashita has had incredible success with his series of Japanese concepts, the most popular being Teppei Japanese Restaurant, where an Omakase dinner requires a reservation more than three months(!) in advance. Next up? Man Man Unagi, a grilled eel concept on Keong Saik. Just check out the reviews and it’s quite clear: insane kitchen expertise, huge queues, and lots of ‘the best eel I’ve had outside of Japan’ types of comments. The pricing is fantastic for the quality and portions, as you can expect to spend under $30 a person and leave with a belly full of eel that could not be fresher – it’s flown in from Aichi prefecture, plucked from a tank, then sliced and cooked in a glass front kitchen for patrons to watch live.
Find Man Man Unagi at 1 Keong Saik Road