Taste the flavours of Bali, Hong Kong to Korea at our doorstep.
Rumours Bar & Grill
Joining the lineup of bars along Lorong Mambong is award-winning restaurant from Bali, Rumours Bar & Grill. Chef Noor Azman doles out a decadent spread of grilled meats, including a lip-smacking 1kg Oriental BBQ Pork Rib ($41.80) as well as an eye-catching 1.2kg Fiorentina Bistecca ($89.80) for sharing. Making up the beer snacks menu are a hearty Bratwurst Veal Pork Sausage ($8.80) and Deep-Fried Meat Ball drenched in a bourbon tomato sauce ($7.80) to go along with their Rumours brew (from $9.80/330ml). Best of all, they have an enticing Free Flow offer ($35/pax, between 8pm and 12pm) where guests can indulge in everything from their list of spirits and wines to cocktails for two hours.
24A Lor Mambong. Tel: 6463 5053
From the folks who brought you Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory and Masizzim comes Nipong Naepong, Singapore’s first jjamppong (Chinese-Korean seafood noodles) restaurant. The menu offers nine versions of noodles. Tuck into the fiery broth brimming with mussels, squid and prawns in the classic Cha Ppong ($15.80) or go for their take on Pad Thai in the Tae Ppong ($15.80). Those adverse to spice can check out the Al Ppong ($15.80) which comes in a sweet chicken broth. Round off the meal with unique dessert pizzas, like the Ni Pizza-Sweet Potato ($16.80), which comes with a side of fluffy whipped cream for dipping into. Read our review here.
#01-16, JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road. Tel: 6931 6295
Mui Kee Congee
Hong Kong brand Mui Kee Congee has opened a permanent outlet at Shaw Centre. The famed Cantonese stall dates back to 1979 in the bustling district of Mongkok, where founder Mak Mui first served his luscious bowls of congee from a handmade copper pot. It takes a gruelling five hours to prepare and includes the tedious step of cooking raw rice grains and mashed century eggs in a flavourful pork and fish stock. The Parrot Fish Belly Congee ($11.80) is a favourite, but diners can go for the premium Alaskan Crab Leg Congee ($22). There’s also an array of claypot dishes, like the Frog Legs with Ginger & Spring Onions ($22), noodles and shaved ice desserts. True to its roots, they offer a Yuan Yang ($5) flavour.
#01-12, Shaw Centre, 1 Scotts Road. Tel: 6737 2422
Big Fish Small Fish
Big Fish Small Fish has brought its Halal-certified fish and chips café concept from Punggol East Container Park to Bugis Junction. Customers can choose from five types of fish, from Dory ($7.90) to Arrowtooth Flounder ($14.90); each comes with a side of potato crisps, sliced and fried a la minute. Add-ons include a cone packed with fish, calamari and shrimp ($12.90) but we have our eye on the free flow Salted Egg Yolk, Mozzarella Cheese and XO Mayo sauce. Dessert fiends will love the Ondeh Churros ($7.90), which is drizzled with gula Melaka and garnished with coconut shavings.
#04-05, Bugis Junction, 200 Victoria Street.
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road’s buffet restaurant, Spice Brasserie, launches two wallet- friendly dinner spreads. Monday to Wednesdays offer a smorgasbord of homely Teochew delights during the Nostalgic Teochew Porridge Dinner Buffet (S$29/adult; $15/child; $100/4 adults). Expect executive chef Kelvin Chuah’s coveted Teochew Soya Sauce Braised Duck alongside a selection of stews, steamed fishes and handmade Tau Sar Piah. Or indulge in the vivid flavours of Peranakan cuisine from Thursdays to Sundays at the Baba and Nyonya Seafood Dinner Buffet ($65/adult; $33/child; $240/4 adults). Highlights include the fiery Crab Assam Pedas in Claypot and the Cuba Lobster BBQ drizzled with a tangy assam sauce and mango cubes. As for desserts, the quintessential Bubur Cha Cha is not to be missed.
PARKROYAL on Kitchener Road, 181 Kitchener Road. Tel: 6428 3000
Nickeldime Alley, sister branch to Nickledime Drafthouse, is shaping up to be the next craft beer haunt. They carry an impressive international selection, from the Lervig Orange Velvet, a fruity IPA from Norway, to the rich chocolate and coffee notes in the Black Butte Porter from Deschutes Brewery in Oregon. Savour them alongside executive chef Tim Ashwood’s menu of beer-infused bites. Have the N.D. ‘Mac’ & Cheese with IPA cheese ($8) to start or go big with the Dijon & IPA Mussels ($22).
8 Mohamed Sultan Road. Tel: 6735 1035
From the folks who brought you Dink Dink Thai Street Cafe comes Baan Ying, a contemporary Thai eatery with multiple branches in Bangkok. The minimal decor is home to a slew of our favourite Thai dishes, from the Beef Green Curry ($15.80) and Deep Fried Sea Bass with Crispy Herbs ($32.80) to a customisable Omelette (from $3.80). The latter comes with the option of seafood, mushroom, cheese and indulgent slivers of deep fried pork belly or pan-seared pork neck.
#02-07, Royal Square Novena, 103 Irrawaddy Road. Tel: 9111 7852
Liberty Coffee Bar
Singapore roasters, Liberty Coffee, is back with a permanent location at Jalan Besar. Since their days at Rangoon Road, they have since come up with a homely menu of pastas, sandwiches and bites. We recommend the Sloppy Jo Fries ($9), slathered in beef bolognese and bechamel sauce, and the Hot Butt Sub ($13) that’s stuffed with a Cubano-style pork hind, homemade jalapeno aioli and caramelised onions. More importantly, come sample their single origin and unique blends (from $3 for an Espresso to $6.50 for an Ice White) courtesy of their latest brewing gear at their brew bar. Or, have the Slow Fashioned ($16) an invigorating cocktail showcasing the robust flavour of their slow-drip coffee with bourbon, sherry and chocolate bitters.
387 Jalan Besar. Tel: 6392 2903
Started by a trio of coffee-loving girlfriends, Bearded Bella is shaping up to be one of Singapore’s hotspot for a good cup of Joe. They’ve spent the last month of so testing waters with a soft launch, but has already garnered much buzz online for their minimal and pastel decor, inspired by Melbourne’s cafe culture. Of the three, Regina, helms the drinks programme. The winner of Singapore Barista Championships in 2016 has spent time roasting coffee for Common Grounds Indonesia as well as St Ali. They are still finalising their menu, but currently has an all-day brunch menu going. Come mid-April, they will be introducing a tapas menu with cocktails for the dinner crowd.
8 Craig Rd, Tanjong Pagar. Tel: 9880 0775
Super Simple celebrates its second anniversary with a new outlet within the bustling International Plaza. Its customisable salad and grain bows ($8.90 to $14.90) comes with an extensive option of proteins and toppings. Besides the usual suspects of Slow-Cooked Chicken Breast or Baked Chicken Thigh, there’s the Miso-Glazed Tofu, New Zealand Rib-Eye Steak (additional $2) and Fresh Norwegian Salmon (additional $3) served atop a choice of brown rice, whole-wheat pasta, sweet potato, romaine lettuce and Japanese soba noodles. Remember to give their housemade dressings, ranging from a refreshing Ponzu to a robust Parsley Pesto, a try.
#01-30, International Plaza, 10 Anson Road. Tel: 6222 0163