Blue Jasmine, Ippudo Tanjong Pagar Centre, Yuan Cha and Muse Amuse open their doors.
This July sees a slew of great new eats and drinks around the city. Celebrate TGIF at mod-Asian restaurant cum cocktail bar. Bring the family for a feast at a halal-Thai restaurant situated in the newly open newly Park Hotel Farrer Park. CBD dwellers can now savour bowls of hearty ramen at Ippudo’s newest outlet at Tanjong Pagar Centre. Enjoy a refreshing bubble tea focusing on quality brew from Taiwan at Orchard Road.
Muse Amuse is a restaurant cum cocktail bar by The Carbon Collective. At mod-Asian restaurant Muse, the uni pie tee ($15/two pieces) is a delicious appetiser made of homemade rice flour shells, shredded radish and carrot, and Hokkaido sea urchin. Their popular baby back pork ribs ($16) are infused with a three-day dry rub of herbs and a three-day wet rub of marinara sauce. At cocktail bar Amuse, try the Tom Yum Bloody Mary ($25) which consists of a vodka infused with a piquant, sour base. 289 South Bridge Road. Tel: 8500 0588
Blue Jasmine is a poolside Halal Thai restaurant and the culinary mainstay at newly opened Park Hotel Farrer Park. The cosy rustic interiors seat 100. Chef Kan Bright San helms the menu of innovated classics, with larb salmon ($18) similar to salmon tartare but with punchier flavours. Crabmeat yellow curry ($26) and roast chicken ($16-28) pack rich flavours without burning your tastebuds. For dessert, mango sticky rice ($14) comes with blue rice sprinkled with caramelised peanuts and a serving of coconut custard to be drizzled over. Level 5, Park Hotel Farrer Park, 10 Farrer Park Station Road. Tel: 6824 8851
Tea lovers, rejoice! Yuan Cha is now located in the heart of Orchard Road. Unlike cloying sweet bubble teas, Yuan Cha serves traditional Chinese brews, from Tie Guan Yin to Li Shan, with a unique twist. Quench your thirst with the refreshing grapefruit alisan ($3.60/$4.90), where the acidity of the grapefruit perfectly complements the mellow body of the tea. For something healthier, opt for the apple vinegar oolong ($3.80/$4.90) that’s said to elevate metabolism. Each concoction is also shaken by hand to ensure an ideal aromatic finish. #01-39 Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road. Tel: 6769 1153
Ippudo Tanjong Pagar Centre
Ippudo’s newest outlet at Tanjong Pagar Centre sees a return of three ramen bowls that used to be seasonal offerings—chuka soba ($16), hakata niku soba ($17) and spicy black ($19), a bak kut teh-inspired creation that packs both flavour and heat. The new side dishes are a pleasant surprise too. Try the aburi beef sushi with ikura ($18) or the salmon katsu ($18); supple sashimi with a crispy coat of breadcrumbs. Get your drink at the sake bar, where a chart that groups sakes by various qualities helps guide the uninitiated. After 3pm, order the choinomi set ($12.90), which comes with a beer or highball, as well as a choice of 12 bar snacks. #01-15 Tanjong Pagar Centre, 1 Wallich Street