October’s line-up of newly opened restaurants and bars are sure to pique your interest. We have acclaimed restaurateur Marco Pierre’s The English House and Esora, the Lo & Behold Group’s first Japanese restaurant. If you’re a creature of comfort, Mister Wu and Bar Cicheti take familiar and ever-satisfying noodles to whole new levels with their signature la mian and pastas.
The Sampan is now open with a three-storey restaurant and bar at Boat Quay – a perfect location that complements the restaurant’s namesake. Good for big groups and intimate parties alike, The Sampan offers unique renditions of familiar Asian flavours. Their take on Bahn Mi incorporates foie gras and sriracha mayo as its main ingredients, artfully blending French and Vietnamese cuisine together. Their menu also offers vegetarian and gluten-free dishes, like their dairy and gluten-free pork and chicken Choi Baos.
The Sampan is located at 63 Boat Quay, Singapore 049851, p. +65 6732 1698. Open Mon-Fri 11.30am — 2.30pm, Mon-Sat 5pm—12am. Closed Sun
La Mian lovers rejoice, as Mister Wu presents an indulgent array of rich and affordable La Mian dishes. Each bowl ranges from $8 – $11, which is a pretty good steal considering its generous servings. A mound of fresh and spicy seafood tops the Hibiki Whisky Soup La Mian. Even more opulently, Chilled Truffle Caviar La Mian is served with plump oysters, caviar and fragrant truffle. These bold flavours easily complement the wide range of traditionally brewed Chinese teas on their menu.
Mister Wu is located at 3 Pickering Street, Nankin Row, #01-44/45, Singapore 048660, p. +65 6781 3833. Open Mon-Sat 11.30am — 2.30pm and 6pm—10pm. Closed Sun
Clean and sleek, Esora (meaning‘painting in the sky’) is a feast for the senses. Making use of fresh and seasonal Japanese ingredients, Chef Shigeru Koizumi will take you through a multi-course narrative of nature, nostalgia and sheer fanaticism. Such intimacy with the chef is only amplified through the minimalist design, typical of Kappo fine dining.
Esora is located at 15 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238964, p. +65 6365 1266. Open Tue-Sat 7pm — 9pm. Closed Sun and Mon.
Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke
Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke is a new addition to Ramen Keisuke’s stream of concepts around Singapore. This new outlet showcases a unique interpretation of two classical Japanese dishes – Beef Sukiyaki and Gyu Don. Its signature Kiwami Wagyu Sukiyaki Don ($29.90++) features grade A4 Yonezawa Beef, served with special Sukiyaki sauce and soft Koshihikari rice.
Beef Sukiyaki Don Keisuke is located at 411 Kee Seng Street, #01-01, Singapore 089218, p. +65 6535 1129. Open 11.30am—2.30pm and 5pm—10pm daily.
Telok Ayer Arts Club
The Supermarket Company, creators of SPRMRKT Kitchen and Bar, have just opened a new casual dining restaurant. Telok Ayer Arts Club is a quirky multi-purpose space that melds together art, music food and drinks. Certainly a place to go for a creative dining experience. Their menu includes good for sharing meals, such as their Locally Bred Spatchcock with Bacon Matchsticks ($28) and Seafood Fettuccini, Manila Clams, and Shellfish Reduction ($25).
Telok Ayer Arts Club is located at 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043, p. +65 6221 0712. Open Mon-Sat 11am — 11pm. Closed Sun.
The English House
If you know Gordon Ramsay, you’d know his mentor, British celebrity chef and restauranteur Marco Pierre White. Located in a house on Mohamed Sultan, The English House is indeed home to all things English. Don’t let its shophouse exterior, inspired by colonial Singapore, fool you.
What lies inside is an extensive space, lushly adorned with rustic British furniture and ornaments. The succulent decor perfectly complements its selection of English comfort foods, such as Sausage Rolls and Potted Duck with Green Peppercorn.
The English House will open up its 18 plush bedrooms, located on the second floor and attic, with en suite bathrooms for booking early 2019.
The English House is located at 128 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238972, p. +65 6545 4055. Open Mon-Sat 6pm — 12am. Closed Sun.
Pasta lovers are in good hands at Bar Cicheti. With over five years of experience, their chefs are no doubt artful masters of pasta-making.
Ranging from the classic Spaghetti ($22) with homemade tomato sauce and smoked aubergine to bolder alternatives like Tonnareli Nero ($28) with birds eye chili and spicy bread crumbs, every bite guarantees satisfaction for your inner carb monster.
Besides that, Bar Cicheti also boasts of an unconventional collection of wines that pair perfectly with each dish.
Bar Cicheti is located at 10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264, p. +65 6789 9801. Open Tue-Fri 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm, Sat 11am-3pm, 6pm-10pm, Sun 11am-3pm. Closed Mon.
IB HQ Singapore
Kamil Foltan, previously of Tippling Club and Potato Head, has opened IB HQ (short for The Indigenous Bartender Headquarters) in Singapore. Fans of Kamil’s work are in for a treat as he continues to push the boundaries. Making use of raw ingredients to create new and unusual flavours, one can enjoy a variety of inventive drinks like Li Chi Pu, a blend of Rhum Agricole, coconut, lychee, lemongrass, and orange bitters. Or Pi Pa, which uses Parsnip Vodka and pineapple caramel.
IB HQ Bar is located at 774A North Bridge Road, Singapore 198742, p. +65 9025 3234. Open Wed-Sat 5pm — 12am. Closed Sun-Tue.
Jigger & Pony
Cocktail connoisseurs and enthusiasts are sure to enjoy a drink or two at the new home of Jigger & Pony, a bar that pays tribute to the classic cocktails. Happy hour runs daily from 5pm – 8pm, during which speciality cocktails, like the Old Fashioned, can be enjoyed for $15 per glass. Other drinks include Madame President, a drink dedicated to Singapore’s first female President. It pairs Singapore’s national flower, the orchid, with Monkey 47 Gin, kaffir dry vermouth, and bittermelon liqueur. Read our review here.
Jigger & Pony is located at 165 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088539, p. +65 9621 1074. Open Sun-Thur 5pm — 1am, Fri and Sat 5pm — 3am.
What better accompaniment can a great drink than a breath-taking view? Mandarin Oriental has just opened their very own MO Bar with floor to ceiling windows, through which the Singapore’s skyline sparkles. Their innovative cocktail menu makes MO Bar the perfect place to relax and take a step back from the hustle and bustle of life. Inspired by Asia’s rich culture of ports, MO Bar’s presents an eclectic menu that celebrates flavours and aromas of the region.
MO Bar is located at 5 Raffles Avenue, Mandarin Oriental, Singapore 039797, p. +65 6885 3500.
Top Image: Tea-pairing programme, Esora