As we inch closer towards the end of the year, pampering ourselves needs to be the top priority on our self-care list — and one of the best ways to do that is to indulge in good eats. Here’s a round-up of some of the newly opened as well as the best restaurants in Singapore for your next foodventure, so buckle up and read on. 🥘
New restaurants in Singapore in October 2022
01 • Dolcetto
Dolcetto is one of those places that delivers exactly what it promises. A multi-concept restaurant that’s inspired by the iconic and charming streets and alleys of Italy, it’s a trove of authentic, no-nonsense pizzas, antipasti, pastas, pastries, chocolates, candies, and gelatos.
We seriously recommend that you try out some of their masterpieces including the Oven-baked Focaccia with Black Summer Truffle and Robiola Cheese, Artichoke Gratin, Roast Angus Beef Panini, and Caramelised Apple Tart. The pizzas here are baked to the right degree of chewiness, and the dough is so tasty we’d have it on its own — but why miss the magic? 😉
Don’t forget to leave some space in your tummy for premium desserts. Take your pick between the gelatos, candies or chocolates — or go for them all if you don’t mind the calories!
Make your reservations here.
📍 Address: Regent Singapore Lobby Level, 1 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249715
📞 Phone: 6725 3243
⏰ Opening hours: 7.30am – 6pm daily (Pasticceria) | 11am – 9pm daily (Gourmet Mercatino)
🌐 Website: regentsingapore.com.sg/dining/dolcetto
02 • Yantra
(Photo adapted from: Yantra)
If you’re hankering for something punchy this cold, rainy season, head down to Yantra. This newly revamped fine-dining restaurant offers a rather unconventional take on Indian cuisine.
Start your meal by teasing your taste buds with the Chaat Banarasi, a traditional snack plate that consists of yoghurt, potato, chickpeas, and pomegranate among a variety of other exotic ingredients. Move on to the flavourful Murg Ka Sula, a barbecue chicken dish that’s steeped in heritage, or the Old Delhi Butter Chicken which is a glorious union of tangy and creamy flavours.
If you’re a red meat lover and don’t mind spending over $40 on a plate of biryani, we recommend that you give the Rampur Biryani a shot. This style of biryani will debunk all the myths you may possibly have about spicy biryanis being the best ones — it’s subtle, light, and absolutely heavenly. The dish also comes packed with tender and succulent mutton pieces.
📍 Address: Tanglin Mall, 163 Tanglin Road, #01-129/130/131, Singapore 247933
📞 Phone: 6836 3088
⏰ Opening hours: Tues to Sun, 12-3pm, 6.30pm – 11pm
🌐 Website: yantra.com.sg
03 • Lumbre
(Photo adapted from: Lumbre Singapore)
CHIJMES has opened its doors to this latest Spanish restaurant called Lumbre and it even has an open kitchen where you can catch the chefs in action.
To get it going, order the Spanish Cod Fish Stuffed Piquillos, a classic Basque dish that’s sure to transport you to the north of Spain. If you’ve thought that dry-aged beef is a strictly steak-only material, you should totally try out their Grilled Dry Aged Beef Sliders. They’re cooked to the perfect doneness and deliver all the flavours that are typical to dry-aged beef. This one will not disappoint you.
If you prefer catches from the sea instead, dig into a serving of Charcoal Octopus and Iberico Pork Belly with Chorizo Foam. The chunks of octopus are first grilled over woodfire which gives them that perfect crisp on the outside and tenderness on the inside. Along with moreish pork belly pieces and velvety chorizo foam, this dish is guaranteed to take you to the gates of food heaven.
Lumbre also has an equally impressive set lunch from just $35 per person, which features options like Grilled Baby Gem Lettuce with Spanish Goat Cheese, Romesco Sauce and Walnuts, and Spanish Seabass with Spanish Ratatouille.
📍 Address: CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, #01-20, Singapore 187996
📞 Phone: 9722 8171
⏰ Opening hours: Tues to Sat, 12pm – 2.30pm, 5.30pm – 10.30pm
🌐 Website: lumbre.sg
04 • Tsukimi Hamburg
(Photo adapted from: Daniel Food Diary and &JOY)
Patties and rice? Anyday! Another interesting restaurant that’s just popped up in town, Tsukimi Hamburg serves up affordable yet mouth-watering hamburg steaks done the Japanese way. The steaks are strictly prepared according to the golden ratio of US beef, pork, and Miyazaki Wagyu beef cuts, and are hand-shaped to ensure optimal taste and juiciness.
Some of their highlights include the Tsukimi Hamburg Don which is topped with a single egg yolk that resembles a full moon, the Classic Hamburg Don, and the Raclette Cheez Hamburg Steak Teishoku. Those who prefer to skip rice for something with lower calories should definitely order the Avocado Hamburg Steak Teishoku. This dish uses Wafu Onion Sauce to further elevate the nutty flavour of the ingredients.
📍 Address: Jurong Point Shopping Centre, 1 Jurong West Central 2, #B1-52, Singapore 648886
📞 Phone: 6250 6728
⏰ Opening hours: 11am – 10pm daily
🌐 Website: njoy.com.sg/brands/tsukimihamburg
The best restaurants in Singapore in October 2022
01 • Kotuwa
(Photo adapted from: Kotuwa)
Kotuwa is critically-acclaimed chef Rishi Naleendra’s third brainchild after his first two successful ventures, Cloudstreet and the Michelin-starred Cheek Bistro. Tracing its origins back to Sri Lanka, Kotuwa was founded as a tribute to the food found on the country’s bustling streets.
Those who prefer eating in smaller portions should check out their bites like the iconic Mutton Rolls and the Crab Cutlet, both of which contain fragrant spices that will tease your taste buds and leave you wanting more.
But truly blessed are those with a larger appetite because you’re in for the real deals — their meat and seafood options. Dig into a plate of Pork Ambulthiyal, a pork shoulder dish that’s cooked with zingy Ceylonese black pepper, brindle berry, and topped with a handful of tempered curry leaves and a slice of lime to give the masala that extra oomph.
And since no Sri Lankan meal is complete without a crab dish or two, go ahead and order yourself the Sri Lankan Mud Crab Curry. The crab sits in a bowl of piping hot curry that’s prepared with generous amounts of chilli, coconut, fenugreek and cumin. The best part about this curry is that the various spices don’t compete with each other to stand out and instead come together in a harmonious ensemble of flavours. You have to try it yourself to know what we’re talking about. 😍
📍 Address: Wanderlust Hotel, 2 Dickson Road, Level 1, Singapore 209494
📞 Phone: 6970 7838
⏰ Opening hours: Wed to Fri, 6 – 9.30pm | Sat and Sun, 12 – 3.30pm, 6 – 9.30pm
🌐 Website: kotuwa.com.sg
02 • Braseiro
(Photo adapted from: Braseiro)
Believe it or not, there’s a place in the East that lets you sink your teeth into a good ol’ steak and unlimited fries from just $23.90! Located among a row of vintage shops in Joo Chiat is this unassuming Brazilian-French restaurant called Braseiro.
While the menu isn’t too extensive, every single dish is made with the closest attention to taste and quality. Some of the highlights include the Camembert Rôti and the Magret de Canard, a grilled duck breast offering. But it’s the Flame-grilled Ribeye Steak that’s going to take your experience up a notch. The meat is cooked medium-rare and retains a pleasant amount of tenderness and juiciness. The set comes with free-flow hand-cut fries that are equally delicious.
Wrap up your meal with a serving of their decadent Chocolate Lava Cake — it’s a 10/10 on ooze. 🔥
📍 Address: 333 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427588
📞 Phone: 9116 3304
⏰ Opening hours: Fri to Sun and PH, 12pm – 3pm (Lunch) | Mon to Thurs, 12pm – 3pm (Set lunch) | Daily, 6pm – 11pm (Dinner)
🌐 Website: braseiro-sg.com
03 • Yun Nans 云海肴
(Photo adapted from: Yunnans 云海肴)
Located in easily accessible places islandwide, Yun Nans is one of the very few restaurants in Singapore to offer traditional Yunnanese cuisine. The restaurant chain is a household name back in China, with over 150 outlets across the country. In addition to Chinese food, you’ll also find lip-smacking Thai fares due to the province’s close proximity to Thailand.
Among the signatures are the Steam Pot Chicken Soup, Braised Wild Porcini Mushroom, Braised Fish Maw with Porcini Mushroom, Hotplate Bursting Tofu with Spicy Garlic Sauce, and the Charcoal Grilled Seabass with Lemongrass. Their Steam Pot Chicken Soup deserves a special mention because it’s prepared purely through condensation using a pressure-steaming method for three hours. Plus, it’s one of the most unique chicken soups in Singapore as it contains a special breed of black-feet chicken.
Make sure you go in with an empty stomach because there’s truly a lot to try here.
📍 Address: ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-17, Singapore 238801. View other outlets here.
📞 Phone: 6513 0828
⏰ Opening hours: Mon to Fri, 11.30am – 10pm | Sat, Sun and PH, 11am – 10pm
🌐 Website: yunnans.sg
04 • Candlenut
(Photo adapted from: Candlenut)
Here’s a fun fact: Candlenut is the world’s first and only Michelin-starred Peranakan restaurant, so you can imagine how incredible the food is. Now that we’ve drawn you in, let’s take a look at all the good stuff they have to offer.
For starters, check out their Snake River Farm Kurobuta Pork Neck Satay. These skewers are glazed with kicap minas (sweet dark soy sauce) and are grilled and smoked over charcoal just like the old days. If you’re into salads, the Sweet Corn and Mizuna Salad is really worth a shot too, especially because it comes with a homemade gula melaka sesame dressing (when was the last time you had gula melaka as your salad dressing?).
When you’ve prepped up your stomach all nice and warm, tuck into one of the hearty curries or braises like Chef’s Mum’s Chicken Curry and Aunt Caroline’s Babi Buah Keluak (pork cooked in black nut gravy). The Ikan Assam Pedas (Barramundi steeped in a tangy gravy) on the other hand is sure to get your digestive enzymes flowing.
Candlenut also offers set lunch and dinner for those looking for a more wholesome dining experience. Remember to make your reservations and inform the chefs ahead of time if you have any dietary restrictions.
Address: COMO Dempsey, Block 17A, Dempsey Road, Singapore 249676
Phone: 1800 304 2288 | 6486 1051
Opening hours: Daily, 12pm – 2pm (Lunch) | Daily and eve of PH, 6pm – 10pm
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