New concepts and menus

Seoul Yummy opens its sixth outlet with a fresh look–snips of about 40 K-pop artistes’ profiles are placed around the store’s bright interiors. Signature dishes include fried saba fish ($11.90) and black or kare stew ($48.90, 2 pax). End your hearty meal with the ever popular bingsu ($7.90) in a choice of two flavours–special trio and Best Friends Forever (banana slices, cookies and chocolate ice cream). #B3-22 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. Tel: 6509 4045

 

A slice of Italy comes to Orchard Road–the second Jamie’s Italian Forum now serves handmade artisan pizza (margherita, $21; funghi, $23.50; and Italian Hot, $24.50). We had a hand in stretching the dough (with the chef’s guidance) to find out the key to its irresistibly crisp base: pizza dough is made by hand and proved (for hours). Check out other tantalising dishes such as octopus & mussel spaghetti ($17), penne carbonara ($23.50) and wild mushroom & smoked mozzarella risotto ($26.50), and wash them down with a Jamie’s Mojito. #01-01/04 Forum Shopping Mall, 583 Orchard Road. Tel: 6655 7676

 

A play on “lucky”, The TungLok Group’s newest venture, Lokkee, is a cheeky take on global Chinese cuisine found in Chinatowns of Los Angeles, New York, London and Sydney. All the elements are in play: fortune cookies with quirky sayings, take-out boxes, pop art Chinese brush paintings and that savoury-citrus-sweet flavour most foreign establishments adopt. Start with the poké (po-kay) salad ($16), a Hawaiian appetiser of cubed tuna, salmon and avocado tossed in a spicy dressing and served in a tortilla chip bowl. Behold the Awesome Flaming pineapple beef ($28), a ’rendang’ within a burning fruit; the Firecracker chicken nest ($24), pairing mala with mango puree “yolks”; and the piquant tomato broth grilled fish ($58), that will appeal to the more traditional crowd. Singapore noodles you ask? Yes, they have that too. Do order the refreshing Ultraviolet oolong tea, which utilises
blue chai (or butterfly pea flower) syrup and citrus for that fun colour-changing effect. #03-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6884 4566