This June is filled with new openings and re-openings; from retro ice creams with hints of modern fusion and Chinese restaurants with baked live lobsters to halal-certified Singapore inspired Italian cuisine.
Wait no more to find your next favourite restaurants, cafes and delectable foods right on this list!
From Ann Siang to the cosy neighbourhood of Frankel, Bird Bird has since stripped away its dive bar façade. Quality fried chicken is the highlight—using Sakura chicken and brining it for 12 hours, the crisp fowl is moist and tender. Our favourite of three flavours is the Lebanese ($25, half /$49, whole), seasoned with za’atar, oregano and thyme. Other decadent items include the Milk Braised Pork ($16) featuring succulent pieces of trotters and bellies braised in sapid milk and sage mix, topped with a honey mustard glazed donut that balances the unctuous meat. Share the Durian Softie Pie ($16), where durian pudding and crunchy candied pecans surround the delicate toasted milk softie that’s lightly covered in gula melaka sauce. 97 Frankel Avenue. Tel: 6694 8270
Previously known as Sky View Kitchen, this 150-seater Chinese restaurant is now named Sky View Pavilion. Executive chef Tang Chi Cheung serves signatures such as the live lobster baked with black bean and crispy rice (market price), which wowed with its fusion touch. Pan-fried sea perch fillet ($15 each) and sautéed beef cubes with black pepper ($30) were familiar and well-executed favourites. #01-04 Singapore Flyer, 30 Raffles Avenue. Tel: 6854 5245
Paulaner Brauhaus is back after a two-month renovation with a new menu. We couldn’t get enough of the Obazda with Pretzel ($16.80), a Bavarian spiced cheese spread with fried onions on top which complements the fresh chewy pretzel. They also do a mean pork knuckle ($31.90), with its trademark crispy skin and juicy meat marinated with Bavarian spices. Leave some space for desserts, as the apple beignets ($14.90) are the next big hit. Fried apple rings boast a crisp wheat beer batter with a generous shower of cinnamon sugar, topped off by vanilla ice cream and berry for an extra ‘oomph’ of sweet and tartness. #01-01 Millenia Walk, 9 Raffles Boulevard. Tel: 6883 2572
Take Hyde Out, a new concept by halal-certified Hyde & Co, tempts us with a more focused menu of creative modern Singapore fusion fare. We liked The Bomb ($26.90), which is chye poh and prawn tossed together with an omelette, scattered generously on top of a hand stretched pizza base. Fan of spices, the Gnocchi Mee Rebus ($21.90) is a must-try for its pungent spice and huge heaping of gravy. Finish your meal on a sweet note with their “step” kaya toast ($15.90), pandan ganache that is made from scratch over a toasty yet chewy brioche bread, topped with coconut and gula melaka shavings with Anzac cookie ice cream. 785 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6635 5785
Cheese mix, fresh milk and tea—that’s the brave new approach of LiHo, a homegrown tea brand that’s taking over over 80 stores of GongCha. While the combination might sound odd, it actually works. The umami-sweet cheese mix, which features gouda, gives the delicate tea a pleasant twist and acts like a creamer. Best enjoyed hot is the Cheese Jing Syuan Tea ($4.10/$5.10), where the cheese froth elevates the aromatic floral notes of the tea. But if you rather have a cold a drink, the Cheese Guan Yin ($4.10/$5.10) is the pick with its light astringent tang. facebook.com/lihosg
The Butcher has opened its first retail restaurant concept, aptly named The Butcher’s Kitchen. As one of Singapore’s first gourmet Australian butcheries, they naturally offer a wide range of meats for retail as well as on the menu. Their sausage platter ($18) was outstanding, with peppery beef chorizo; honey, mint and rosemary lamb; and apple, sage and rosemary pork. Catching the attention of passers-by is the gelato counter at the front, showcasing coconut kaya, chilli crab and chendol ($5.80 per scoop) flavours, which you can also enjoy on a waffle ($14.80), with three scoops of your choice. #02-472 Suntec City Tower 1&2, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 9616 0111
Old is always gold—and it’s even better with a tinge of modern creativity. Leng Leng Ice Cream is a humble creamery that meshes up grandma favourites with trendy millennial grub. Think Sugee Wafflee ($3.50) with a scoop of Thai milk tea ($3.90). The former is denser than your usual waffle with a hint of almond, and complements any ice cream perfectly. We also appreciate the selection of complimentary old-school toppings like gem biscuits and crushed peanuts. Alternatively, they also offer fluffy rainbow bread or cones to go with your ice cream. Check out the interesting beverages too, including a White Rabbit Milkshake and Pulut Hitam Milkshake. #01-11, 116 Changi Road. Tel: 9111 1781
Gokoku Bakery is Singapore’s first ‘Wa’ bakery—the concept means harmony in Japanese expressed through healthy yet delicious ‘pans’ (breads). Made with Japanese ingredients, their ‘pans’ include Mochi Mochi Cheese ($2.20) that has a generous serving of diced cheese inside while the bread remains chewy. Another crowdpleaser is the delicate Jikasei cream pan ($1.90), filled with ample sweet homemade custard cream. #B1-79 Jurong Point Shopping Centre, 1 Jurong West Central 2.