New Bars & Restaurants in Singapore – Mar 2015

Keep updated on the latest restaurants in the city with our monthly guide to the latest openings in the dining and nightlife scene. This March sees its fair share of new cafés, restaurants and bars, and more reason to rejoice with Singapore Cocktail Week!

Adrift by David Myers

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The 4,000 square foot restaurant spans over 143 seats; an urban kaleidoscope anchored by Celebrity Chef David Myers’ travels from California to Asia. Don’t expect the usual pretentious posh nosh here. The menu takes a whimsical East-meets-West approach. Cheeky creations include caramel popcorn with togarashi (Japanese chili pepper) and king crab melt with pimento cheese. Expect small sharing plates that showcase interpretations of Myers’ personal favorite dishes throughout Asia – think preserved green papaya soup with Maine lobster and sago, buckwheat battered chicken with karashi honey mustard sauce, and Vietnamese-inspired foie gras banh mi.

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Adrift by David Myers, 1/F Marina Bay Sands Hotel, Tower 2, 10 Bayfront Ave., 6688-5657. Open Sun-Thu 6-10pm, Fri-Sat 6-11pm. Bar opens daily noon-2am.

Bazuka Yakibuta

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From the same people who gave us the well-loved Rakusaba, Laksa Ramen Bar at The U Factory pop-up last year, comes Bazuka Yakibuta, a contemporary rendition of the ubiquitous roast pork and rice combo. First made available at the Creatory Singapore festival in August 23 to 24 last year, Bazuka’s signature roast pork and caramelized char siew donburi was sold out within two hours of each meal service. Thankfully, our prayers have been answered—a physical store is now in place to satiate cravings.

Gourmet Adventures readers enjoy an exclusive 20% discount!

Bazuka Yakibuta, #B1-12A Great World City, 1 Kim Seng Promenade, 6735-1398. Open daily 11:30am-7:30pm.

BOCA

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Run by three appropriate natives; a wine importer, an interior designer and an architect, BOCA is the first and only Portuguese restaurant in Singapore. Loosely translating to ‘mouth’ in Portuguese, BOCA revolves around awakening the senses through the introduction of authentic Portuguese flavors with traditional classics like salted cod and carne porco alentejana‬ of pork and clams marinated in white wine and herbs. Other signature dishes include coffee steak with almond rice, octopus salad, and Bacalhau “porridge” (pictured above).

BOCA, 6 Bukit Pasoh, 6221-0132. Open Mon-Sat 6pm-midnight.

Bumbo Rum Club

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Taking over the now defunct 83 Club Street is Bumbo Rum Club with a focus on—you guessed it—rum. Boasting a whopping collection of 76 rums from over 20 countries, seven house-infused rums, and 25 rum cocktails to boot, there’s no denying Bumbo’s a watering hole made for rum-lovers. Accompanying the drinks are plates like Cuban tomato tartine ($9), blackcurrant pork ribs ($28 for half rack), and trio sampler of seafood, sea bass, and prawn ceviche ($13).

Bumbo Rum Club, 83 Club St., 6690-7563. Open Mon-Tue 5pm-midnight, Wed-Thu 5pm-2am, Fri 5pm-3am, Sat 5pm-3am.

Chir Chir Fusion Chicken Factory

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Fried chicken lovers will rejoice at the opening of Korea’s famous fried chicken casual restaurant chain at Somerset 313. Specializing in fusion chicken dishes, best sellers include its signature fried chicken ($26.90), crispy fried wings ($26.90) and Nest chicken ($32.90; serves two). There’s also unique alcoholic concoctions like the cream beef float (Chir cream beer; $13.90 per half pint) and flavored cocktails Tok! Tok! ($18.90).

Chir Chir, #B3-04/05/06, 313@Somerset, 313 Orchard Rd. Open Sun-Thu 10am-10pm, Fri-Sat 11am-11pm.

DEN

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When Bartini Kitchen bowed out toward the end of 2014, we were (more than) excited at what’s to come. We can still remember the lukewarm, stodgy mac and cheese that was served to us at Bartini Kitchen—no surprises; we were the only table there despite it being a Saturday night. Thankfully, WWW Concepts have upped their game and taken a turn for the better; revamping the space into an European style bistro by day, and contemporary tapas and wine bar by night. Read more

DEN, 29 Boon Tat St., 6220-0629. Open Mon-Tue 11am-11pm, Wed-Fri 11am-midnight, Sat 5pm-11pm.

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Janice Wong Eponymous Sweets Boutique

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Local award-winning pastry chef Janice Wong has launched the first sweets boutique in Singapore, JANICE WONG, that creates interactive, edible art, aiming to inspire childhood memories and experiences through a candy wonderland of over 70 gourmet sweets. Expect whimsical creations that evoke nostalgic flavors like chocolate bonbons ($2.50), chocolate balloons and kites (from $55), marshmallow paintings ($18) and 38 colors of chocolate paint ($15) for DIY chocolate art creations. We especially love her handpainted bon bons—beautifully to look at; even better to taste.

Janice Wong Eponymous Sweets Boutique, #04-12 ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn. Open daily 10am-10pm.

Pantler

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A boutique purveyor of quality bread and pastries, Pantler takes pride in creating exquisite products prepared with the some of the finest ingredients from around the world, such as select flour from Japan and A.O.C butter from France. Don’t miss the crème caramel ($5.80) that’s incredibly smooth and creamy; almost akin a custard, or the mille-feuille ($7.80)—its rich vanilla custard layered between cascading sheets of perfectly crisp filo pastry yearning to be discovered. Other signatures like its luscious dark chocolate cake Figaro ($8.50) and delicate matcha cake Yatsura ($8.50) make it difficult to choose, so bring a friend and opt for all. Early risers will be glad to know that coffee service starts from 8:30am, with freshly baked pastries to start your day—we especially love the almond pain au chocolat ($4).

Pantler, 198 Telok Ayer St., 6221-6223. Open Mon-Fri 8:30am-7pm, Sat 10:30am-5:30pm.

Spinacas

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Spinacas, derived from the Spanish word for spinach, serves wholesome and hearty salads (from $11)—there’s a total of five meat and two vegetarian options—through its user-friendly online ordering system. Each salad comes with a fixed base (baby spinach, or mesclun and pickled red cabbage) and six toppings; broccoli, hard-boiled egg, cheddar, nuts, and a seasonal surprise ingredient drizzled in house-made dressing. We especially loved the signature beef meatballs salad ($13) handmade with 100% lean ground beef in a rich and robust Italian-style basil sauce.

Spinacas, 195 Pearl’s Hill Terrace, #01-55, 9770-7039. Open Mon-Fri 11am-1pm, 5-6pm.

The Marmalade Pantry

In its quest to serve modern comfort food to a wider audience, a new outlet of The Marmalade Pantry now joins the group at Oasia Hotel with a newly revamped menu. Familiar signatures like the arrabiata with grilled aubergine ($24), The Marmalade steak and eggs ($40), and The Marmalade mac and cheese ($24) are worth your attention, while new creations; pan-seared salmon with sweet potato noodles ($28), slow-cooked baby chicken with braised celery ($28), and quinoa salad with beetroot and grilled courgette ($22) aims to excite the palate.

The Marmalade Pantry, Oasia Hotel, 8 Sinaran Drive #01-02/04, 6664-0348. Open daily 6:30am-10:30pm.

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