Join us in our October round-up of new openings and menus from east to west.
Strictly speaking, fat belly is less of a new opening and more like a new addition. It’s a dinner-only steak bar located inside the Serene Centre ice cream parlour Sugarhaus. Their seasonal, affordable cuts such as flat iron ($22) and short rib ($25) are tender, juicy and served with chimichurri and a house salad. Sugarhaus has also launched several desserts, including the galaxy tart ($8), which boasts a dreamy mirror glaze and a decadent filling of chocolate mousse, raspberry jelly and chocolate crumble.
#01-03A Serene Centre, 10 Jalan Serene. Tel: 6314 2247
Sea & Blue
Sea & Blue is an ocean-themed buffet restaurant (lunch: Mon-Fri $42++, Sat-Sun & PH $64++; dinner: Mon-Thu $58++, Fri-Sun & PH $68++) with over 100 European and Korean offerings. Dig into premium seafood (scallops, clams, snow crabs) and succulent roast meats, but don’t miss the special soy sauce tteokbokki or the DIY bibimbap station. End your meal with bingsu, which you can customise with toppings such as grass jelly, fruits and red bean paste.
#B2-01/01A The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue. Tel: 6688 7165
From the same company behind Swensen’s and Hello Kitty Orchid Garden comes sticky wings, a fried chicken outfit that focuses on regional flavours. Have your wings (sets from $7.90) ‘naked’ or doused with one of two sauces—Spicy Flamin’ (a sweet chilli sauce that packs some heat) or, our preferred option, Sticky Kecap Manis. Fries wise, go for We Meat Again ($6.50), which is topped with cheese and beef rendang. The restaurant also offers unusual burgers ($7.90) with Portuguese doughnut buns, local breakfast (bee hoon or nasi lemak, $3) and weekend pancakes ($5.50).
#02-05 Westgate, 3 Gateway Drive. Tel: 6266 8455
MORE: Check out our comparison of four fried chicken specialists here!
The new lunch bowls at caffe Pralet are serious flavour bombs, starting with rice that’s seasoned with sesame oil and furikake. There are seven variations (plus bowl of the day), including the signature roasted sesame chicken rice bowl ($11) which contains garlic cherry tomatoes and braised shimeiji mushrooms perfumed with truffle oil. Come back for dinner—options range from har jeong gai charcoal burger ($17) to smoked hoisin duck pizza ($18).
#01-04 Eng Hoon Mansions, 17 Eng Hoon Street. Tel: 6223 5595
FYR (pronounced ‘fire’) has stepped away from its caveman origins and adopted a more refined menu of moderate portions. Still, there are lots of grilled, roasted and smoked meats on offer. The prime ribeye ($48) and Ibérico tomahawk ($46) are both luscious, though the flavour of the rum-infused pineapple in the latter is slightly off-putting. For sides, try the Brussels sprouts ($8) or Paris mushrooms ($10), and end your meal with black sticky rice with grapes and coconut ice cream ($12).
19 Boon Tat Street. Tel: 6221 3703
Though the menu at char has gone through a 70% revamp, the dinner-only premium slow-roasted char siew ($20, limited portions daily) is reason enough to visit the restaurant. Kurobuta pork belly is marinated for two days, then repeatedly glazed and roasted over charcoal and lychee wood, resulting in flesh so tender and an aroma so delicate that even the pairing of rice seems like an interference. Other standout dishes include the double-boiled chicken soup ($10)—rich in collagen from dissolved fish maw and chicken cartilage—and crispy egg noodles with sliced Kurobuta ($16.80), featuring an incredibly flavourful gravy.
363 Jalan Besar Road. Tel: 6842 7759