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Among Singapore’s latest dining entrants is Tablescape, a modern European establishment helmed by executive chef Robert Chan (previously from The Carvery). The restaurant offers both tasting and a la carte menus. Go for the three- or four-course set dinners ($48/$58) as it includes a lip-smacking steak tartare topped with a crispy battered poached egg, as well as an indulgent Prosciutto Ham Wrapped Monkfish and Maine Lobster with risotto swimming in a rich Armagnac Lobster Bisque. The complimentary breads are baked to perfection and comes with a mountain of butter, giving diners another reason to return.
Level 3, Grand Park City Hall, 10 Coleman Street. Tel: 6432 5618
Aloha Poke opens its sixth outlet within the bustling One Shenton Way. On top of their popular selection of Mentai Salmon and Wasabi Mayo Tuna is the Chilled Cooked Seabass Poke in original sauce. The brand new topping is an alternative to the raw fish, and comes greens, avocado, pomegranate and edamame ($11.90 to $19.90).
#01-01, 1 Shenton Way. Tel: 6509 8640
Joining the lineup of quick bites at Bugis Junction’s basement is BAOBAO. The kiosk offers six buns with Asian-inspired fillings ($3.90/ each). There is the fiery Chicken Masala, topped with salsa verde, and Pulled Pork juxtaposed with the refreshing crunch of pickled carrots and daikon, but the vegetarian option of Mushroom Tempura is a clear winner with its appetising blend of paprika and garlic aioli. For a more filling meal, go for their rice bowls ($7.90/each) topped with either the pulled pork, beef bulgogi or chicken masala.
#B1-K10, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street.
Nestled in the heart of Bishan Park is ToriYard, a modern yakitori joint newly opened by actress-turned-business owner Jazreel Low. Alongside an indulgent Onsen Tamago Cocktail (with foie gras, salmon roe and sea urchin, $17), their Momo ($7) is a must-try for its mind-blowing juiciness – chicken thigh yakitori rolled in chicken skin in chef Hasegawa Isao’s signature style. Savour a smorgasbord of skewers like the tender Buta Kubi (Canadian Pork Neck, $5), and the peppery Gyu (US Angus Ribye, $8). Seafood lovers can opt for the Ebi (Tiger Prawn, $6) and the wafu- and goma-dressed Sashimi Salad ($19). The restaurant also serves a mean dessert – the Jikasei Chiffon ($14) – a fluffy matcha-red bean chiffon cake with warabi mochi and vanilla ice cream, a fitting way to end the meal.
Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, 1380 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 1. Tel: 9296 5988
With a name like The Brightside, you know you’re in for a cheery experience. At this tiny yet vibrant eatery opened by husband-wife duo, Jamie and Jasmine Gripton, Asian flavours take precedence. Tacos come filled with Tom Yum Goong Prawns or Spicy Street Chicken ($8), while bar bites include Thai Street Chicken ($7/$12) and Fishcakes ($8/$15). What’s special are the happy hour deals (4-8pm) for beers, wines and cocktails ($8-$15). Go for the cheeky Nudge Nudge, Wink Wink ($12), a tropical gin-based tipple, or their take on the iconic Singapore Sling, Sing A Ling. Best of all, there is no GST or service charge.
37 Duxton Hill. Tel: 8427 1232
Eat clean and healthy meals without cutting back on taste with Lean Bento. You get to mix-and-match a plethora of wholesome protein and side dishes atop a grain base of your choice. Expect more flavourful proteins such as cheddar chicken and sambal salmon to go along with unique sides of basil couscous and truffle edamame. Prices range from $11.95 to $17.95 for the bentos, but don’t miss out on the low calorie protein muffins and waffles available in original, chocolate and matcha ($4.50 each). They are also GST and service charge free.
#01-49, 43 Holland Drive. Tel: 6750 4504
At Tanuki Raw, Howard Lo and Lim Hui Nan – the restaurateurs behind Standing Sushi Bar and Sumo Bar Happy – serve inventive, Japanese-inspired dishes. As of 1 March, they’ve added eight new items to their already expansive menu at the Orchard Central branch. The Tanuki’s Balls ($19.80) is their lavish take on takoyaki (Japanese octopus balls) and is stuffed with unagi, snow cra, tamago, and mushrooms, while the Yuzu Pepper Katsu Burger ($21) features a crisp Nagano pork loin marinated in an addictive yuzu pepper and buttermilk batter, sandwiched between kosho sesame mayonnaise and sweet potato burger buns toasted with honey butter. The latter is also available as a part of their donburi series ($20.50, additonal $1 for a Hearty Salad Base).
#04-01, Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road. Tel: 6635 5949