Once upon a time, I used to think Tras Street was on the wrong side of Tanjong Pagar. Nothing and nobody really went down there, except for people going to buy insanely OTT wedding dresses. Until now, that is.

Now cool new restaurants and bars are opening up one after the other in Tras Street. If you haven’t been there lately, these are our essential foodie spots to check out, where exciting new contenders sit alongside more established ones, making it a veritable hotbed for those in pursuit of good food and drink:

Bam! Tapas Sake Bar

One of the latest tapas eateries to pop up and tempt you with delectable small bites, Bam! is outfitted with hipper-than-hip exposed pipe bulbs and raw concrete, as well as a buzzy, casual vibe. Bam! serves up Spanish inspired dishes with a decidedly Japanese twist; new flavours and combinations are intriguing and the introduction of Sake from executive chef Pepe Moncayo seems to be a popular move.

BAM Tapas Tras Street Singapore

Bam! Tapas Sake Bar is located at 38 Tras Street, Singapore 078977. Opening Hours: Monday – 6pm to 10.30pm. Tuesday to Friday – 12pm to 2pm. Friday & Saturday – 6pm to 11.30pm. Closed on Sundays.

Jekyll & Hyde

From the folks behind Manicurious comes this new multi-purpose space which is part nail boutique, part cocktail bar. Something for the ladies, and something for the gents. If you’re feeling adventurous, ask head bartender Jeff Ho (formally of BarStories) to make you something special. These guys thrive on the bespoke.

Jekyll & Hyde Singapore cocktail Tras Street Tanjong Pagar, Singapore

Jekyll & Hyde is located at 49 Tras Street, 078988. Opening Hours: Monday to Thursday – 6pm to Midnight. Friday & Saturday – 6pm to 1am. Closed on Sundays.

Fleur De Sel

One of the most recent additions to the French dining scene here is opened up by chef-owner Alexandre Lozachmeur, whom you should totally catch in culinary action. Plus, we love the extremely personable service by him and the rest of his team. See our review here.

French fine dining at Fleur de Sel Tras Street Singapore

Fleur De Sel is located at 64 Tras Street, 079003. Opening Hours: Mondays to Saturday – 12.00pm to 2pm, 6.30pm to 10pm.

Brasserie Gavroche

This classic French brasserie from Chef Frédéric Colin may have been around for a while, but foodies know it’s a great spot for authentic French fare in a beautiful, cosy set up – not to mention a quintessential French brasserie experience.

Brasserie Gavroche Tras Street Tanjong Pagar Singapore

Brasserie Gavroche is located at 66 Tras St, 079005. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6.30pm to 10pm. Saturday – 6.30pm to 10.30pm. Closed on Sundays. Public Holidays – 6.30pm to 10pm.

Café & Bar Gavroche

For something a little more casual, look to Chef Frédéric’s second spot along Tras Street, Café Gavroche…a great place for an after work aperitif, or a laid back weekend brunch. Read our review here and why it’s listed as one of our recommendations for great places for weekend brunch here.

Tartine and Gavroche Cafe Bar Gavroche Tras Street Tanjong Pagar Singapore

Café Gavroche is located at 69 Tras St, 079005. Opening Hours: Tuesday to Friday – 12pm till late. Saturday – 10.30am till late. Sunday – 10.30am to 2pm.

Sushi Mitsuya

Looking for some high quality sushi? Sushi Mitsuya is the place to go to for the finest sushi and an exclusive, bespoke dining experience executed by by Head Chef Ryosuke Harada. We hear he really knows how to take Omasake to new heights!

Sushi Mitsuya Sushi Tras Street Tanjong Pagar Singapore

Sushi Mitsuya is located at 60 Tras Street #01-01, 078999. Opening Hours: Monday to Saturday – 12pm to 3pm, 5pm – 11pm. Closed on Sundays.

May May

One of Tras Street’s newest tenants is May May, a restaurant offering  playful and contemporary take on Asian flavours such as their Vinegar-Braised Pork Belly ($16) or Butter-Poached Cod ($18). Don’t expect huge portions as this is more a ‘order lots of small plates’ kind of restaurant, which means you can try most things on the menu in one sitting! For drinks, check out their great selection of Japanese craft beers that will pair very nicely with your meal.

May May is located at 65 Tras Street, Singapore 079004. Opens Monday – Saturday: 11am-11pm. Closed Sunday.

Buttero

Buttero is apparently Italian for a Tuscan cowboy. This should give you some hint as to what sort of food to expect here. The vibe of the place is really cool, complete with street art clad walls and a rockabilly soundtrack. As for the food, new Executive Chef Antonio Massagli’s cooking style is moulded by the experience of his childhood days. Besides walking down memory lane, Buttero’s new direction under an authentic Italian chef proves to be a real crowd pleaser. Their affordable set lunches doesn’t do them any harm either. An updated review of Buttero is coming out soon here

Fiorentine Steak At Buttero Tras Street Tanjong Pagar Singapore

Buttero is located at 54 Tras Street, Singapore, 078993. Opening hours are: Monday – Saturday: 12pm – 3pm and 6pm – 10.30pm

Teppei

Excellent Japanese Omasake at incredible prices. Reservations are a must and expect to wait for your booking but trust us, it is very worth it! Read our review here.

Teppei is located at 1 Tras Link, Orchid Hotel, Singapore 078867. Opening Hours: Open Daily – 12pm to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm.

Gattopardo

Having moved last year from its throne at Fort Canning Hotel, the setting along Tras Street is much more suiting to Gattopardo, one of Singapore’s top Italian restaurants. Specialising in Sicilian cuisine you can expect plenty of fresh-off-the-boat seafood served in delicate but wholesome ways. Fabulous examples of this can be found in their Calamari ($28) or the Tasmanian Trout Carpaccio ($32). Of course if you want to chow down on some pasta, the ‘Risone’ with Braised Octopus and Bone Marrow ($34) will make your stomach smile with delight. To read out full review of Gattopardo, click here.

Gattopardo is located at 34 Tras St, Singapore, 079026. Opening Hours: Monday to Friday – 12pm to 2.30pm, Monday to Sunday – 6.30pm – 10.30pm.

Kko Kko Nara Korean Restaurant

A great late night eating option in the area serving up spicy-ass fried chicken and some other Korean yum yums.

Kko Kko Nara is located at 68, Tanjong Pagar Road, 088489. Opening Hours: Open Daily – 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 3am.

Kanda Wadatsumi Japanese Dining

Having just opened up last month (Feb 2015), we haven’t had a chance to check this place out. But it certainly looks the business – Japanese Head Chef, cool interior, and reasonable prices. Check back soon and we’ll let you know how it is.

Kanda Wadatsumi is located at 50 Tras Street, Singapore 078989.

With new tenants opening up shop all the time, be sure to check back as we keep you updated here about what else is shaking on Tras Street!

*Updated March 23rd 2015 by Alexander J Linton.

Read more of our area guides City Nomads’ #eatclean guide to the CBD and Robertson Quay’s best restaurants deconstructed