Cheers be to these new kids on the F&B block.
Chef Jean-Charles Dubois of Balzac Brasserie has launched Indline – The Indian Cookery, a quick service restaurant. Naans and tikkas are fired in a custom made tandoor; the former’s thicker texture and denser chew is perfect for flavour-packed curries like chicken shahi korma ($9) and lamb vindaloo ($11). Kati breads are rolled out thinner to form light wraps filled with meat ($12.50). Or have it all with the Indbox, a complete meal of curries, tikkas, kebabs, daal, salad, naan and rice of your choice ($14.50). Instead of the usual Kingfisher beer, you’ll find brewed-in-Barcelona Estrella Damm, and Brew Dog Punk IPA from Scotland. 28 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6222 5997
Gin Khao might mean ’eat rice’ in Thai, but that’s not all you’ll get at this atypical East Coast Parkway restaurant. Start with the kang ob woon sen, or juicy crayfish simmered in a moreish Thai garlic and pepper sauce tang hoon in a claypot ($16.80, prawn version available) and stir-fried squid with runny salted egg ($14.80). We’re especially impressed by the fusion tea selections (pandan chiffon, mango sticky rice, tiger mint, halia citron) and desserts (Thai tea molten lava cake, green curry gelato with black sticky rice). #01-01, 1020 East Coast Parkway. Tel: 6604 8996
Palette Restaurant & Bar houses 10 Asian street food and cocktail brands–perhaps more like a food court than a restaurant. Comfort food faves include Balestier Bak Kut Teh’s premium pork ribs soup, IndoChilli’s sate ayam madura ($8.80), Yong Xin Fried Hokkien fried prawn noodle ($6) and Huat Huat BBQ’s chicken wings ($12/6pcs). Relax in the Euro-Peranakan interior and sip on 90 Gastro Bar’s collection of Capitol cocktail tributes such as Cabaret Oasis ($17) and Musical Express ($17). #B1-20/27 Capitol Piazza, 13 Stamford Road. Tel: 6384 3359
Pop into this DEN for a travel-inspired concept. By day it offers value breakfast and lunch options; by night it’s a tapas and wine bar just steps away from the CBD. Young exec chef Marcus Quek cooks up eclectic comfort food such as the seafood mafalda ($15), a creamy tomato linguine that nestles grilled chunks of haddock, squid and prawn, while the DEN burger ($15) takes homemade patty up a notch with tangy Russian dressing and tomato chipotle inside a brioche bun. 29 Boon Tat Street. Tel: 6220 0629