G Bar and Grill
G Bar and Grill‘s affordable selection of grilled meats and huge portions is sure to win you over. Helmed by a former chef of CUT by Wolfgang Puck, the mouthwatering options include the Pork Knuckle Bee Hoon ($11.90), where pork belly is fried in a traditional wok with bee hoon and spring onions for that delightful wok hei; Unagi ($15), perfectly charred at the bottom with succulent, sweet flesh on top, thanks to a Bertha charcoal grill. Another must-eat is the Hamachi Kana ($3.75/50g), a large yellowtail collar seasoned simply with olive oil, sea salt and pepper. Other wallet-friendly deals include the lunch set meals, which offers the creamy Spaghetti Truffle bowl ($8.90), Crispy Chicken Rice Bowl ($7.90) and the Unagi Rice Bowl ($13.90), as well as a brunch menu ($28/person; add-on $5/person with two bottles of beer) of one starter, main course, carbohydrate and free-flow desserts. With ample indoor and outdoor tables, this a great no-frills hangout place to unwind with satisfying grilled grub. 201 Henderson Road, #01-06. Tel: 6258 1251.
Have a clucking good time as Australia’s favourite Portuguese flame-grilled chicken chain, Oporto, hits Holland Village. The Chicken ($6.90/quarter, $11.90/half, $21.90/whole chicken) is marinated prior to cooking before basting in an addictive Oporto Original Chilli Sauce; a Portuguese blend of chilli, ginger and garlic. Other sauces include Garlic and Lemon & Herb. Try main courses, like the famous Bondi Burger ($5.90/single, $7.90/double, $10.90/ triple), where two flame-grilled chickenbreast patties are surrounded by cheese, mayo, lettuce and chilli sauce. The Chilli Cheese Chips ($5.90) are a must-have. #01-01, Holland Piazza, No.3 Lorong Liput
Fans of Uncle Tan’s now-defunct Redhill Lor Duck Rice and Noodles can enjoy his Teochew braised duck at LOR Duck. Situated next to Simei MRT, the modern eatery offers Tan’s tender slivers of Signature Braised Duck (from $8/person to $48/whole duck) to go with braised side dishes, like fatty pork belly and tofu. Go for the Lor Duck Braised Platter (from $14/person to $48/5-6 persons) which includes both, and complete the meal with the herbal Signature Hor Fun ($8). #01-33, Eastpoint Mall, 3 Simei Street 6. Tel: 6702 0252
Popular among students in Dhoby Ghaut is En Sushi‘s generous yet affordable Japanese fare. The sprawling restaurant serves a Bara Chirashi Don ($10.80) teeming with salmon, tuna, yellowtail and octopus chunks marinated in their signature soy sauce, as well as a mammoth Spicy Ebi Fry Salmon Aburi Maki ($15.90) that’s stuffed to the seams with tempura prawn, smoky torched salmon slices and slathered with an umami-laden mentaiko sauce. Wash it down with the En Beer ($7), a mixed pint of Sapporo Premium Beer and Premium Black Beer. #01-02, Income@Prinsep, 30 Prinsep Street. Tel: 6253 1426
Zui Hong Lou
Zui Hong Lou has ditched its dim sum bar roots and returned to Club Street with a lip-smacking menu of Chinese delights and kopitiam-inspired cocktails. To go with their Grilled Kung Pao Baby Octopus ($8) and Chong Qing Wings ($10) is the refreshing Kopi Gin Tonic ($15), made with Expresso Cold Brew and Bankes Gin, as well as a decadent Breakfast Club ($16) of Mount Gay Eclipse Rum, Averna-infused coffee, kaya oat milk and egg yolk. 90 Club Street. Tel: 8181 0572
CBD lovers will be glad to know Hokkaido’s Tokachi Tontaro has opened its first outlet at OUE Downtown Gallery. The toothsome pork slices, coated in head chef Junko Goto’s signature tare sauce, are layered atop Hokkaido Yumepirika rice. Go for the tender Kagoshima Pork in the Premium (from $22.80) or savour the flavoursome US Pork in the Regular ($13.80). #03-26, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way. Tel: 6224 1470
Sushi Shiki Hanamaru
Joining the parade of Japanese restaurants at Orchard Central is Sushi Shiki Hanamaru, a sushi chain from the port town of Nemuro, Hokkaido. Besides the usual suspects of Bluefin Tuna with pickled daikon ($7) and Raw Sea Urchin ($17), they serve Benisake Sujiko Shoyu-zuke (salmon eggs marinated in soy sauce) ($7) and Matara no Kobu-jime ($4.80), an east Hokkaido cod. Indulge in a bowl of Fresh King Crab Miso Soup ($8.50) or splurge on the Hanamaru Genki Sashimi ($41) featuring five of the chef’s recommendations. Level B2, Hokkaido Marche, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6634 0211
The Dark Gallery
Opening its doors in Takashiyama Shopping Centre is The Dark Gallery’s new flagship store. The 40-seater cafe and chocolate boutique sports a stylish Mod-Bar® system to prepare stellar pour-over coffees (choose between the featured local and imported roasts) and a classic Single Origin Dark Chocolate (hot for $8.50, iced for $9.50) brewed from your bean of choice. Exclusive to this outlet is Four Seasons of Chocolate ($10), which features chocolates with different flavour profiles – sweet, luscious Sucré, creamy, cheese-foam-topped Savoury, cold-pressed orange juice-infused Sangria, and Spice, a blend of aromatics reminiscent of chai. Besides retailing a wide array of Single Origin ice cream and Single Origin Tablets ($7), the cafe serves up delightful fresh bakes as well, notably the white and dark chocolate-dipped croissants ($3.50) – crisp on the outside, and buttery and fluffy on the inside. Takashimaya Shopping Centre B2, 29, 391 Orchard Road.
Oxwell & Co
Oxwell & Co’s rooftop bar is back – bigger and better. They’ve revived the herb garden for a spanking new menu of invigorating tipples, from the Indian borage (Mexican mint) in Brew On The Roof ($22/glass; $85/ pot) to the Thyme For Breakfast ($22/glass). Hendrick’s Gin still populates much of the list, but we have our eye on the Hendrick’s Ice Tea ($22/glass; $85/pot) with its fragrant breakfast tea infused gin. Add a little spice into your happy hour with the Schinu Shrub Daiquiri ($22/glass), a rich blend of Sailor Jerry Spiced Rum with coriander and pink peppercorns. 5 Ann Siang Road. Tel: 6438 7036
Uni Gallery by Ooster Bay
Uni Gallery by Ooster Bay’s new offerings include a 2-Type Premium Uni Chiraishi set ($49 during lunch; $59 a la carte) of seasonal uni, varying between Bafun, Shiro and Murasaki varieties, and Le Tetsuya ($48), where Hokkaido crab meat and funi are topped off with Beluga Sturgeon Caviar. The Uni Sampler Set, on the other hand, offers up to five types of uni ($98). For an alcoholic twist, pick the Uni Sake Shot ($18). Creamy Bafun uni is bathed in Imayo Tsukasa Junmai Sake, taking the prized seafood to new heights in an umami explosion. #B1-1310, The Plaza, 7500A Beach Road. Tel: 9838 8209
Summer comes in the form of Somersby Sparkling Rosé, the brand’s first rosé cider. Positioned as an alternative to wines and cocktails, the light, floral tipple comes in packs of four ($16.90). The adorably pink drink will be hit at parties as it makes a winning combination with seafood, such as grilled fish or shellfish, and semi-soft cheeses like Gruyere. Available at all major supermarkets.