Like last month, October sees a host of exciting new restaurants, such as the Singapore outpost of a Michelin-starred restaurant in Barcelona. Dining enclave Keong Saik Road welcomes a new joint specialising in ceviche and a robatayaki restaurant. Japanese food lovers can also look froward to new places for ramen and yakitori too!
bowler by elia
A duo concept on Jiak Chuan Road, bowler by elia is bistro by day and casual dining by night for modern European dishes with South-east Asian flavours. During lunch, drop by for comforting pastas and sandwiches made in house, such as Panchetta and Jamon Iberico Grilled Cheese; the dinner menu sees the sous-vide and seared Wagyu Beef Shortrib and grilled Octopus with sautéed kale, caramelised chili and macademia nuts among its choices for a elegant course meal.
bowler by elia is located at 10 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089264, p. +65 9642 2361. Opens Mon-Sat 9am – 5pm, 6.30pm – 11pm. Closed Sun.
The offshoot of Barcelona’s Michelin-starred Restaurant Gaig, the new restaurant with the same name in Telok Ayer features the best of Catalan cuisine created by celebrated chef Carles Gaig. Managed by his daughter Nuria Gibert after a consulting stint at La Ventana, sample the restaurant highlight of classic Catalan stews such as Shrimp ‘all-i-pebre’ and Stuffed Baby Calamari when you head down – if you’re lucky, you might just catch the chef himself when he stops by in Singapore.
Restaurant Gaig is located at 16 Stanley Street, Singapore 068735, p. +65 6221 2134. Opens Mon-Fri 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 9.30pm; Sat 6pm – 9.30pm. Closed Sun.
Fine dining goes Asian under chef-owners Ace Tan and David Lee at Ards along the busy Duxton Road. Rolling out exquisite dishes that flaunt the duo’s creativity, try their representative dish Ear of the Sea, an abalone slow-braised and served with noodles marinated in cured kombu, fresh yuzu, sea succulents and a number of mushrooms. Take your pick from a three to five course set ($48++ to $68++ per person) for lunch, and between two streamlined dinner menus with signatures ($88 per person for three courses/$128++ per person for five courses) for dinner. If you’re looking to splurge a little, a special fifteen-course tasting menu “Piquant Illustration” is available at $188++ per person.
Ards is located at 76 Duxton Road, Singapore 089535, p. +656913 7258. Opens Tue-Fri 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 11pm; Mon and Sat 6pm – 11pm. Closed Sun.
Founded by chef Ikuta Satoshi, who clinched Tokyo Ramen of the Year in 2012, Ramen Nagi has made its way to Singapore shores after expanding in Taiwan, Hong Kong, and Indonesia. Fans of traditional ramen lovers can look forward to the Original Butao King ($13.90; traditional tonkotsu),while those who are more adventurous can try the Black King ($15.90; blackened garlic and squid) or Green King ($15.90; fresh basil and olive oil).
Ramen Nagi is located at 9 Temasek Boulevard, #01-512/513 Suntec City Tower 2, North Wing, Singapore 038989, p. +65 6821 1601. Opens daily 11am – 10pm.
Kyuu by Shunsui
Feast on slow-grilled robatayaki at Kyuu by Shunsui, a new Japanese joint nestled within Keong Saik Road. Start with light appetisers such as Fresh Fig with Sumiso, Homemade Sesame Tofu and Duck with Homemade Miso and seasonal Sashimi before grilled options fired a la minute – try them with the homemade sauces paired specially for each skewer. The tasting menu features 10 courses priced at $129++ per person, so come down hungry.
Kyuu by Shunsui is located at 29 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089136, p. +65 6221 7098. Opens Tue-Sun 6pm – 1am. Closed Mon.
Savour slushies together with ceviches at Sluviche, a new bar just right for beating the Singapore heat. Situated in Keong Saik Road, go for fresh sea produce in the Shrimp ($25) or Scallop ($22) seasoned in Peruvian flavours, and chase them down with a frozen Pisco Punch or Pisco Sour ($15 a glass).
Sluviche is located at 17A Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089124, p. +65 6224 0212. Opens Tue 6pm – 10pm; Wed-Thu 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 10pm; Fri-Sat 12pm – 2.30pm, 6pm – 12am. Closed Mon.
Fans of pork belly kushiyaki can now have their fill at the new Yakitori Yatagarasu, featuring 15 types of pork belly wraps speared on a stick. Besides the usual lettuce and asparagus offerings, indulge in creative fillings of curry rice ($6) and yakisoba (fried noodles) for a special dinner treat, while lunch sees their limited Oyako-don, where only 50 bowls will be prepared daily.
Yakitori Yatagarasu is located at 72 Circular Road, #01-01, Singapore 049426. Opens Mon-Sat 11.30am (serving Oyako-don) till sold out, 6pm – 12am (serving yakitori).
Not only is Renku the only lounge in Marina Bay Sands that’s operational 24/7, they also serve up an exquisite high tea (S$48++ on weekdays and S$53++ on weekends) in the day and signature cocktails in the night. Situated in the lobby of Tower 1, the day’s tea features two exclusive tea blends Marina Pearls and Durian Lapis along with an array of sweet and savoury bites. The tea theme continues at night with special tea-infused cocktails such as Rosella (Citadelle Original Gin, Cocchi Rosa, Champagne and Wild Forest Berry Tea).
Renku is located at 10 Bayfront Avenue, Tower 1 Hotel Lobby Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956, p. +65 6688 5535. Opens all-day daily. The a la carte and bar menus are available all-day. High tea is available daily at 2pm and 4pm.
The Harbourfront area overlooking the sea welcomes its first rooftop bar Propeller, situated atop Bay Hotel Singapore. Lounge on cushy seats with some of the bar’s signature drinks, such as Propeller Bay ($19; 42 Below Vodka, orange juice, raspberry syrup, thyme, lime espuma) and Date with Hendrix ($14.90; Hendrix gin, crushed dates, fresh lime juice, triple sec syrup) and enjoy the cool ocean breeze. And if your luck would have it, you may catch fireworks from across the boardwalk for a truly celebratory view to end the week.
Propeller is located at 50 Telok Blangah Road, Bay Hotel Singapore, Singapore 098828, p. +65 6818 6676. Opens Tue-Thu 5pm – 12am, Fri-Sat 5pm – 2am. Closed Sun-Mon.
Cover image: Oven-roasted suckling pig, Restaurant Gaig