New to the scene, look out for Founder Bak Kut Teh, The Rotisserie, Gallery Cafe, The Quay Kitchen and Bar and Vatos Urban Tacos.
At the buzzy National Gallery, take a pit stop at the delightfully designed Gallery Café, with its custom tiles, wrought iron structures and custom furniture by Nathan Yong. The menu, created by chef Sufian Zain of Restaurant Ember, offers quick meals like teriyaki chicken ($9.90), otah stack sandwich ($8.90), eggplant gratin ($10.90) and beetroot and feta salad ($8.90). For something sweet, Plain Vanilla hawks goodies such as cinnamon brown sugar cupcake and lemon tart (from $3.50), perfect with a Papa Palheta coffee ($4). Mon-Thu 10am-7pm, Fri-Sun 10am-10pm. #01-05 to #01-17 City Hall Wing, National Gallery, 1 St. Andrew’s Road.
Founder Bak Kut Teh
Founder Bak Kut Teh’s glass-fronted space at its second outlet retains a traditional feel, thanks to blackand-white photographs and retro elements, but it’s the food that comforts. The signature Bak Kut Teh ($8) features both premium long rib and premium short ribs in a lightly peppery, clear and light broth, while sliced lean meat soup ($6.50) has become a hit with the younger generation. A wide range of sides such as the addictive bean curd skin and salted vegetables ($3-5 each) keeps you reaching for more rice ($0.70). Founder Chua Chwee Whatt has handed down the secrets he learnt as a second-generation pig farmer to his son, and the brand is going international. Daily 11am-5am. #0109 Hotel Boss, 500 Jalan Sultan. Tel: 6816 2582
The Rotisserie’s newest venture in Orchard Road serves hearty helpings of their juicy, signature roast chicken–nicely tanned and redolent with a herbed spice marinade. The star item at the spacious self-serve restaurant is the quarter roasted chicken ($12.50) with choice of chips, and salad or vegetables, though the steak sandwich with bacon ($15), again with choice of sides, will keep you going all day. #02-01/17 Claymore Connect, 442 Orchard Road. Tel: 6734 4858
The Quay Kitchen and Bar
The Quay Kitchen and Bar with its East-meets-West fusion cuisine is a family-friendly watering hole, with a children’s play-corner (and electronic dart board). On weekends they serve brunch items like Brekkie 86 ($18) and Indian croissant ($16). Check out craft beers from Scotland, Australia, Japan and Belgium like the popular Brugse Zot. Order buffalo wings ($10), 86 Burger ($20) or Balinese skate wings ($20), with special mention for banana fritters ($10) with its light crisp batter with a scoop of gelato, and the interesting mix of durian and mango filled macarons ($12). Tue-Fri 5-11pm, Sat-Sun 8-12am. #01-02, 86 Robertson Quay.Tel: 6734 7241
Vatos Urban Tacos
Vatos Urban Tacos, a wildly popular Korean-Mexican tacos chain that began in Seoul has opened its first outlet in Singapore. A nice touch–the first basket of fresh corn chips with two dips, tomatillo salsa verde and roasted onion chipotle salsa is on the house! For late-night gatherings over supper, the signature honey tequila wings dipped in blue cheese ($16)–a bold combination of sweet and spicy–pair perfectly with their great selection of microbrewed craft beers and margaritas. But the tacos steal the show. Baja fish tacos ($10 for 2) features fresh apple coleslaw atop crunchy beer-battered pollock, while the Korean pork belly tacos ($10 for 2) is nicely marinated in caramelised gochujang sauce. South Beach Quarter, 36 Beach Road. Tel: 6385 6010