Kick off February with these new cafes and restaurants, your tummy will sure thank you!
Charmingly eclectic and homely, PORTA Fine Food & Import Company comprises four distinct spaces. Settle into an armchair and enjoy a cup of Joe in The Reading Room; shop for gourmet products such as Fireman Pommery Mustard and 120 days grain-fed Black Angus at The Store; or order a cocktail at The Spirit Box. Settle down for a meal in The Veranda Room, where executive chef Michael Suyanto—formerly of Bistro
du Vin and Les Amis—doles out modern European plates such as the two-cheese ravioles de royans ($22), doused in a Provencal vegetable and tomato coulis, and the plancha-grilled and harissa-seasoned Spanish octopus ($18) with Idaho potatoes and aioli. Tip: lunch is particularly value-for-money—order two- or three- course sets for just $18 and $22 respectively. Park Hotel Clarke Quay, 1 Unity Street. Tel: 6593 8855
Inspired by pizzas found in The Big Apple, Yellow Cab Pizza Co. pizzas are on the larger side (10, 14 and 18 inch sizes), thin and easily foldable. Using premium ingredients as well as pizza dough that’s made fresh daily, look forward to signatures like The New York’s Finest ($16/$26/$38), which is generously topped with Italian sausages, ham, pepperoni, bacon, ground beef, olives, mushrooms, onions and bell peppers. Unique to the Singapore branch is the Dear Darla range, where diners are encouraged to roll up the thin pizza crust with various ingredients together with fresh arugula and alfalfa sprouts for an added flavour burst. #B1-01/02 CityLink Mall, 1 Raf es Link. Tel: 6327 9000
Japanese ramen chain restaurant IPPUDO opens their ninth outlet at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, together with Kuro-Obi, the NYC takeaway ramen stall’s first foray in Asia. Serving only tori-paitan, diners can enjoy a heartwarming bowl of creamy chicken broth served with thick Japanese le kei ramen noodles and slow-cooked chicken thigh chashu. While a basic bowl with one piece of meat goes for $8, we recommend ordering the original Kuro-Obi ($12) for the full works— an umami egg, three pieces of chicken chasu, seaweed and spinach. #B2-54/55 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue.
Kuro maguro is a new and exciting concept by Misaki Megumi Suisan, a wholesaler of maguro and sashimi from Kanagawa Prefecture in Japan. They insist on using only premium blue fin tuna that weigh over 280kg to ensure a good amount of fatty as well as lean meat. Diners can enjoy 18 types premium donburi, such as otoro meshi ($32.80)– marbled tuna belly, salmon toro aburi meshi ($24.80)– ame-seared premium salmon and barachirashi (S$18.80)–cubed sashimi. #01-04, 7 Wallich Street. Tel: 6386 8561
From the people who brought you The Summerhouse, Wildseed Café is located at the ground floor of the colonial establishment. The space is shared alongside Poppy, a local floral specialist shop, and the lush greenery gives a refreshing touch to the wooden furnishing and industrial concrete floors. Food-wise, they sure know how to serve up a mean sandwich—choices include pulled pork, braised beef brisket or falafel ($15-18). Coming up on their menu, are their Dutch-style Hangover pancakes, drenched in maple syrup and topped with grilled corn niblets and knobs of house-churned butter. Desserts are not to be missed, such as honey rosemary lemon tart, ginger flower banana loaf, and the blue- tinted pea flower coconut muffin ($6.50 each). 3 Park Lane. Tel: 8608 3340
The brainchild of the creatives who brought you Fresh Fruits Lab in Kembangan, the wizarding themed Platform 1094 is located in a cosy nook in Boon Keng. From the décor to the food, expect to be swept off your feet (or in this case, broomsticks!) with Instagram worthy moments. The most popular drink is aptly named Goblet of Fire ($15)—a magically sparking concoction of Blue Curacao liqueur, lemonade and Bacardi rum. Other notable dishes include crab meat e aglio olio ($17) which is spaghetti with crab meat, smoked salmon and flying fish roe tossed in beurre monte and chilli as well as Bloodberry ($18) featuring two chocolate spheres containing yogurt parfait and Hoegaarden Rosé topped with honey caviar and berry foam, and accompanied by a macaroon stick that looks like a magic wand. 1094 Serangoon Road. Tel: 6204 6003
Latest brainchild of Creative Eateries, Kuro Izakaya fires up the grill in the heart of CBD, Japanese style. The contemporary gastrobar sets the scene for casual late-nights. Line your stomach with a broad selection of small plates such as the Kuro Kushiyaki platter ($36)—expertly charred meat skewers, or the smoked Ajitsuke tamago ($8)—smoked “ramen egg” on a bed of Hokkaido potato salad. At the same time, repose at the whisky bar with over 38 whisky, sake and shochu to choose from. The office crowd will be pleased to know that pocket-friendly donburi and ramen sets are available for weekday lunch from $14. #01-604/605 Suntec City Tower 3, East Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6235 1066