Always on the look out for the new up and comings? This is right up your alley for the month of May!
The month of May is seeing a slew of new brunchy eats, including a new coffee bar boasting Nitro cold-brew; New York-inspired deli serving tasty bagels, as well as a family-friendly Cantonese restaurant serving up lip-smacking dim sum. Also, get ready for delectable hotdogs with a twist and the first Indian tapas-cum-cocktail bar.
Starbucks Reserve coffee bar
Other than roasting exotic premium quality beans, Singapore’s first Starbucks Reserve coffee bar features seven brewing methods. You’ll be amazed by the disparate tastes and texture each yields. While the contemporary space boasts the state-of-the-art Black Eagle espresso machine, you can also try the refreshing, creamy, Nitro cold brew dispensed straight from the tap. United Square, 101 Thomson Road. Tel: 6910 1185
Be Frank serves up gourmet hotdogs at Paragon Shopping Centre’s basement. The hot dog is anchored upon the plump pork bratwurst, which complements each of the five mains at this grab-and-go kiosk. Try the Coney’s Island ($6.50)—a classic American number that is heaped with minced beef and diced onions. Cheese lovers will love the Bac & Cheeze ($6.50)—which features a blanket of luxurious melted raclette cheese, showered with crispy bacon. Top up a few dollars on any main to get a set meal ($9.90) which includes a soft drink and a choice of fries or croquettes. #B1-K26 Paragon Shopping Centre, 290 Orchard Road. Facebook: befrank.sg
O Mamma Mia
Flying in from Spain is famous Italian-owned pizzeria, O Mamma Mia. Ingredients are imported from their central kitchen in Italy, including their hand stretched dough, sauces and pasta, ensuring quality in every bite. Served by the slices, the thin-crust pizzas are priced reasonably, allowing you to mix and match. The slices of thin-crust pizza are priced reasonably, and you can mix and match the flavours. Top sellers include the vegetarian-friendly Five Terre ($4.20), loaded with pesto, mushrooms, tomatoes, parmesan, and mozzarella toppings. While the Nutella Banana ($3.50), although simple, makes for a decadent afters—the crispy, warm crust perfectly holds the creamy hazelnut spread. A new outlet is set to open at Changi City Point soon. #01-11 The Clementi Mall, 3155 Commonwealth Avenue West. Tel: 6733 2500
Song Garden executes modern Cantonese fare to perfection and is the ideal destination for family dinner thanks to their extensive menu. A delicious delight is the steamed cheong fun with fresh prawns ($6), which showcases a crispy light filling that’s encased in a silky-smooth rice sheet. It’s worth splurging on the lobster with pumpkin puree in hot stone pot ($28). Thickened by boiling shark cartilage and fish maw for 12 to 14 hours, the creamy soup exudes an intense umami flavour. #02-01 Mercure Singapore Bugis, 122 Middle Road. Tel: 6521 9299
Scoring a good bagel in Singapore is a toughie – they are either too hard or too soft. However, all that’s about to change with the arrival of Schmear. Opened up by native New Yorkers who were desperate for a good bagel, the delicatessen gives bagel stores in NYC a run for their money. Hand rolled and baked daily, their bagel ($3) has a crisp crust while with a dense and chewy centre. The cream cheese ($3), or schmear, as they call it in New York, is also made in-house and comes in myriad flavours including chocolate, chipotle avocado and jalapeno cheddar. For a bigger bite, order The New Yorker ($8); a hearty bagel sandwich featuring two fried eggs and melted cheddar cheese. #01-03, 31 Ocean Way. Tel: 6334 3832
Located next door to sister establishment Pizza Fabricca is Flying Monkey, Bussorah Street’s first Indian tapas cum cocktail bar. Expect rustic looking bite-sized creations and bespoke cocktails under brightly coloured interiors bedecked with eye-catching wall motifs. Head bartender Kannan aka “The Beard” mixes up heady but wallet-friendly concoctions such as the whiskey-based Monkey on Fire ($18) and the vodka-rum Goa Mamma Lassi ($20). Helmed by head chef Azad (ex-Yantra) using a tandoor oven fired up to 500°C, expect authentic small plate creations such as the melt-in-your-mouth ground mutton galouti kebabs ($14), tandoori chicken ($10) and tulsi cod ($15), where the delicate fish is marinated in Indian basil paste. Also very popular is the fiery calamari 65 ($10), a spin on the popular ‘Chicken 65’ that is a favourite of South Indian cuisine. Soothe your palate with the crispy truffle naan ($14) served with homemade paneer (cottage cheese) mousse and pear chutney. 67 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199480. Tel: 6291 0695
Shuu by Koki
Shuu by Koki is the sweet sister of its savoury brother Koki Tamagoyaki. Shuu, a word play on the French pastry “choux puffs” offers delectable cream puffs ($4.30 each) with a flaky and crispy outer shell filled with a flaky and crispy outer shell filled fully with premium smooth cream. The puffs come in vanilla, matcha, coffee and black sesame. #B1-54 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road. Instagram: @shuuchoux
For a good night out, look no further than social kitchen and bar Don Ho. The menu is divided into three sections—land, earth and sea—and includes a good cocktail spread. Whet your appetite and order the chewy zaatar flat bread ($12) that’s served together with a dollop of labneh. Delivering a tasty punch with every bite is the crispy eggplant ($10) that’s loaded in an addictive piquant sauce. Opt for the smoked ox tongue sliders ($20) instead of the usual pork cheeks char siu. The ox tongue coupled with the tangy cabbage slaw, pickled cucumber and chipotle mayo were nestled within fluffy buns made in-house. #01-05 The Working Capitol Building, 1 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 6223 5001