The past month in April saw an exciting mix of new restaurants and menus launched, featuring a variety of cuisine to choose from. No matter the craving, here are our top 10 places to check out in April’s An Affair With Food.
1. Ah Wok at Food Opera, ION
Ah Wok has just relaunched at Food Opera in ION, offering diners in the touristy Orchard district a prime spot for a zi char paradise. Look forward to a spread of zi char dishes like stir fired clams, sambal sting ray, champagne pork ribs, and of course the iconic chilli crab! A must try here is the Assam Curry Fish Head ($28). Their rendition though a little small in size, is flavourful and a tad bit spicy. The fish is super tender, fresh and falls of easily.
Ah Wok at Food Opera, ION
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-03/04 ION Orchard, B4-03, 238801 (Map)
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Daily)
2. Ginger, PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Seafood lovers, come savour in an assortment of crustaceans with Ginger’s freshly rolled-out buffet spread. The buffet spread features a new ‘Live’ Barbecue Seafood Station with a plethora of seafood including lobsters, stingray, prawn, squid, cooked to perfection on the open grill. Other highlights include the signature crab and lobster created by Executive Chef Low Hoe Kiat. Available from 1 April to 30 June 2018. $68 per adult, $34 per child.
Ginger, PARKROYAL on Beach Road
Address: Level 1, PARKROYAL on Beach Road, Singapore 7500 Beach Road, Singapore 199591 (Map)
Lunch, 12pm – 2.30pm (Sat to Sun)
Dinner, 6.30pm – 10pm (Mon to Sun)
Contact: +65 6505 5710
3. LES 45
Perched on the 45th level of Singapore Land Tower is a brand new Mexican concept, LES 45. Also known as Lower East Side, the restaurant-bar serves a modern spread of Mexican fare with dramatic view of the beautiful Singapore skyline. A hotshot in the making, must-try items include their LES Guacamole which is freshly prepared tableside and the LES45’s Chicken Tinga Tostadas with Mango and Wasabi. Don’t forget to round the merriment with a plate of churros that tastes even better than it looks.
Address: 45th Floor, 50 Raffles Place, Singapore Land Tower, Singapore 048623 (Map)
Lunch, 11am – 2pm (Mon to Fri)
Dinner, 5pm – 11pm (Mon to Thurs) | 5pm – 2am (Fri and Sat)
Contact: +65 6221 9555
4. Lime at PARKROYAL
Lime at PARKROYAL on Pickering has launched a brand new Super Lunch Sunday menu featuring an impressive line-up of over 70 international and Asian favourites. At $82++ per pax, the food here is indeed worth the price paid with premium roasts like the Australian Lamb Rack, Slow Roasted Prime Ribs and Peking Duck, and succulent seafood like King Crab and Maine Lobsters. Their desserts are also worth a mention like these cute mini magnums, red velvet nitrogen ice cream, and muah chee (Peanut, Black Sesame and Green Tea flavours).
Address: PARKROYAL on Pickering, 3 Upper Pickering Street, Singapore 058289 (Map)
Opening Hours: 6.30am – 11pm (Daily)
Contact: +65 6809 8899
5. Pepper Lunch
This May, get a taste of the new truffle specials by Pepper Lunch. Popular for its unique DIY concept, the Japanese restaurant delivers superior quality meat in an interactive and multi-sensory format, now with added sensory with 3 tantalising truffle specials. Look out for their Sous Vide Truffle Beef Steak (230g) ($19.90), Truffle Lava Cream Sauce on Mashed Potato ($0.50 top up) and Truffle Cream Mashed Potato (side) ($2.80). Be prepared to feast on a sizzling hot teppan with a strong truffle aroma all through your dining session.
Address: Multiple locations island wide
Opening hours: 11am – 10pm (Daily)
Newly launched in Katong area, RAKUYA is a cosy Japanese fusion omakase and sake joint. This new establishment stands out with its shimmery gold-painted door frame and eye-catching signboard, with the word “楽” (“fun”) lighting up in bold red as night falls. Look out for menu items such as Mapo Chawanmushi, Fried Prawn Head with Sambal Mayo and Yuzu Kaya Toast – a defining showcase of Asian flavours fused with Japanese dishes. Other highlights include bar bites like Salted Egg Chicken Skin and Wasabi Marinated Octopus.
Address: 89 East Coast Road Singapore 428790 (Map)
Opening hours: 12pm – 11pm (Daily)
Contact: +65 6440 7071
7. The Chinese Kitchen
Nestled within the Bendemeer district, 厨神私房菜: The Chinese Kitchen is a hidden gem serving crafted menus from menus of the past. Conceptualised and curated by local renowned Chef Austen Ong, he has brought back the menus of the 50s and 60s with a touch of modernism at pocket-friendly prices. One of the restaurant’s signature dishes include the Signature Old Fifty Collagen Broth ($40 2-3pax & $58 4-6pax) – a dish that is simmered over charcoal for 10 hours. The dish consists of a soup base with chicken, duck, pork and fish skin, with customisable options of original, miso or spicy.
厨神私房菜: The Chinese Kitchen
Address: 20 Cavan Road, Singapore 209861 (Map)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm (last order 2.30pm), 6pm – 10.30pm (last order 10pm) (Closed on Wed)
Contact: +65 6612 6024
8. The Reading Room
Weekend brunch in the Outram district? Check out The Reading Room, a cafe by day and bar by night with a library of books for their guests. A cosy and quiet little space to indulge in good food and books, some of the recommended items to try include the Portobello Fries ($13.80), Parma Ham Benedict ($22.80) and Buttermilk Pancakes ($14.80).
The Reading Room
Address: 19 Bukit Pasoh Rd, Singapore 089833 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11.30pm (Mon to Fri), 11am – 1.30am (Sat and Sun)
Contact: +65 6220 9019
9. Unagiya Ichinoji by Miyagawa Honten
Newly launched at Robertson Quay and the very first store outside of Japan, Unagiya Ichinogi is a 125-year-old unagi specialty restaurant by Miyagawa Honten. Unagi lovers, this is a must-try with three different styles to enjoy your favourite freshwater eel of Hitsumabushi (S-$19.80, L-$32.80, XL-$77.80), Seiro Mushi ($24.80) and Mamushi Donburi ($23.80). Other dishes available at Unagiya Ichinoji include Unagi Chawanmushi, Unagi Bone Cracker, Unagi Sushi Roll, Unagi Omelette, Unagi Salad and Unagi Simmered Boiled Liver.
Address: 01-05 Riverside View, Robertson Quay Singapore 238251 (Map)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 3pm; 5.30pm – 10pm (Daily)
Contact: +65 6732 1970
10. Vineyard at HortPark
Vineyard at HortPark has recently unveiled a new menu showcasing over 25 new dishes with fresh produce sourced locally. The wide range of menu is a mix of their long-standing favourites and innovative dishes that promises a memorable dining experience with friends, partners and family over hearty dishes. If you enjoy the garden-to-table concept, you’ll certainly enjoy the dishes here, with items like the Warm Truffle Shoyu Mushroom Spinach Salad and other standout dishes include Garlic Parsley Frog Leg, Signature Farmed Poulet, and their signature hearty Big Breakfast Aglio Olio Pasta.
Vineyard at HortPark
Address: 33 Hyderabad Road, HortPark, Singapore 119578 (Map)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Mon to Fri), 11am – 3pm, 6pm – 10pm (Sat and Sun)
Contact: +65 6479 7977
With lots of love,
An Affair With Food