New Bars & Restaurants in Singapore – Nov 2014

Keep updated on the latest restaurants in the city with our monthly guide to the latest openings in the dining and nightlife scene. November’s edition showcases hot new cocktail bars we know we’ll be returning to, as well as brand new restaurant concepts debuting in Singapore (read: Singapore’s first fugu restaurant). Now, it’s your civic duty to decide their fate.

Clover Garden

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Serving European cuisine with Asian touches, Clover Garden’s unique concept pays tribute to Asia’s finest ingredients, showcasing classic European dishes with a local touch. On the menu are items like like duck confit marinated with Chinese five-spice on a bed of truffle mash, and coconut panna cotta scented with gula melaka. It’s always more fun with a twist.

Clover Garden, #01-02, 33 Jalan Sultan, 6297-0377. Open daily 7am-10pm.

Club Meatballs

Local coffeeshop Sarnies has a new ballsy establishment, and it’s all about a preference of (meat)balls. Start with choosing from five types of meat in the “pimp your balls” section—they’ve even got wagyu beef and rosemary—before moving on to a choice of five sauces to put “on your balls”, and ending “below your balls” where one gets to select from five accompaniments; fresh pappardelle, white bean cassoulet, parmesan risotto, roasted vegetables, and mashed potato. Time to get rollin’.

Club Meatballs, #01-35 China Square Central, 20 Cross St., 6222-8660. Open Mon-Thu 5pm-midnight, Fri 5pm-1am, Sat 5pm-midnight.


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Racking up a roofus on HongKong Street is Spanish cocktail gastrobar FOC, a collaboration between Michelin-starred Chef Nandu Jubany, Chef Jordi Noguera formerly from (now defunct) FoodBar Dada, and award-winning mixologist Dario Knox, previously from Catalunya Restaurant. There’s a well-balanced mix of old meets new—authentic traditional Spanish dishes like black seafood paella, as well as amped up classics such as (one of our favorites) watermelon gazpacho served with a fragrant charcoal-smoked olive oil ice cream. And the bar. Speaks for itself, really.

FOC, 40 HongKong St., 6100-4040. Open Mon-Sat noon-2:30pm, 6-11pm.

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FUKU Japanese Restaurant

Singapore’s first Japanese fine fugu (puffer fish) kaiseiki restaurant, FUKU is the first restaurant out of Japan to offer this exquisite Japanese delicacy all-year round. Only the highest quality fugu—both wild and farmed—is imported twice weekly from Japan’s puffer fish capital, Shimonoseki. Also available are specialty sakes served with—yep, you guessed it right—fugu.

FUKU Japanese Restaurant, #01-01, 14 Mohamed Sultan Rd., 6235-8216. Open daily 6-11pm.

Hungry Heroes

A hearty communal feast awaits for the hungry man—or should we say, hero? Making its nest—and a very artistic one, at that—in a shophouse in Little India in collaboration with local art gallery Art Art And Away, Hungry Heroes features an extremely fun interior design of popular Marvel heroes emblazed across its walls in paintings, posters and sculptures in the form of 20th-century pop art. What to order here: twice-cooked pork ribs—braised over low heat before being glazed with house marinades and oven-baked to seal in the juices. Sounds pretty sweet to us. Not that dining with Iron Man has anything to do with it.

Hungry Heroes, 33 Tessensohn Rd., 6295-5401. Open Mon-Fri 4pm-midnight, Sat 11am-midnight, Sun 11am-11pm.

Ishinomaki Grill & Sake

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Offering premium quality at affordable prices (and very friendly service) is Japanese grill and sake restaurant Ishinomaki Grill & Sake. Seafood shipments arrive thrice weekly from Hokkaido, Kyushu, and Tsukiji, with the addition of twice weekly black boxes bearing top quality seasonal items. Set lunch options start from $17, and are served with appetizer, chawanmushi, rice and miso soup. They say a restaurant is as authentic as the local patronage from its home country. Well, more than half the patrons here are Japanese. Point made.

Ishinomaki Grill & Sake, #B2-02/02A/03 Palais Renaissance, 390 Orchard Rd., 6737-1065. Open daily 11:30am-3pm, 6-10pm.


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Japanese-French patisserie Pantler is all about simplicity and craftsmanship with former pastry chef of Grand Hyatt Tokyo Chef Tomoharu Morita at the reign. Exuding an air of understated elegance, Pantler warmly welcomes one to enjoy its range of exquisite cakes and fruit tarts prepared with some of the finest ingredients from around the world, such as select flour from Japan and A.O.C butter from France. Signatures items include Ricotta cheese tart, Pâte de fruits and the pound cakes.

Pantler, 198 Telok Ayer St., 6221-6223. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-8:30pm, Sat 10:30am-5:30pm.

Southbridge Bar

Transporting one to a breezy summer night in Saint Tropez is new alfresco bar Southbridge Bar that offers a stunning range of champagne and prosecco. Your main decision here will be choosing between freshly shucked New Zealand oysters dressed in house-made Thai-inspired sauce, or dashi and ponzu, or opt for them to be baked in a warm blanket of melted cheese and sea urchin sabayon. It’s a tough decision, but someone’s gotta do it.

Southbridge Bar, 80 Boat Quay, 6536-5818. Open Mon-Sat 5pm-midnight.

SYNC Korean Tapas Bar

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Yet another debut is Singapore’s first Korean tapas bar, SYNC Korean Tapas Bar, offering affordable plates from as low as $9.90. Here, one will find modern Korean grub with a Mediterranean twist—traditional toppoki (rice cakes; pictured above) encasing sausages, coated in a sweet and spicy sauce prior to being topped with melted cheese, or the muneo (sautéed Atlantic octopus) perfumed with kimchi jus.

SYNC Korean Tapas Bar, 12 Maju Ave., 6282-0612. Open daily 3pm-midnight.

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Mandarin Oriental launches a brand new teppanyaki restaurant serving contemporary Japanese cuisine, with view of the spectacular Singapore harbour to boot. Taking over the space Wasabi Bistro used to house, diners can look forward to a mouthwatering selection of sashimi, tempura, signature grilled meats and traditional Japanese sweets. Must tries include the richly marbled Australian Wagyu beef, and plump portobello mushrooms glazed with sweet aromatic sauce and garnished with savory bonito flakes.

Teppan-Ya, 4/F Mandarin Oriental Singapore, Marina Square, 5 Raffles Ave., 6885-3595. Open daily noon-2:30pm, 6-10pm.



It’s about time someone started a health breakfast bar. Now serving new-to-market house-made, heirloom yoghurts and probiotic Kefir brews (from as early as 8am) is Whole&Hearty, Singapore’s first breakfast bar. A variety of fresh house-made yogurts made from heirloom cultures and base milks, hot and cold organic oats, fresh seasonal fruit, as well as locally made granola by The Edible Company. Heads up: they’ve even got Momofuku’s famed cereal milk blended with the original mix.

Whole&Hearty, #01-84, 12 Gopeng St., 9855-4290. Open Mon-Fri 8am-8pm.


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