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New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars In Singapore: March 2018

This week brings with it the grand promise of many fun new spots, from a stellar Italian restaurant bar on Collyer Quay and a famed Guangzhou congee chain, to tasty local fusion pizzas and the first Dreamworks Koukou Cafe in the world. Excited? So are we!

Caffe Fernet

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Photo by Burppler Blueskies Cottonclouds

By the Jigger and Pony Group comes this Italian restaurant-bar, boasting stellar food, great drinks and amazing views of Marina Bay. The Burpple community has great things to say about many of their dishes, including the Stuffed Bomboloni, Spanner Crab Spaghetti and Mafaldine ‘Cacio E Pepe’.

Read about our take on it here.


Casa Manini

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Photo by Burppler Rueann Dass

Nestled in Serangoon Gardens, this cosy joint is run by ex corporate warrior turned chef Fulvio Manini and his Singaporean wife Fiona. Expect idyllic vibes, friendly service and home-style Italian plates inspired by Manini’s family recipes — we particularly enjoyed the Pollo Alla Milanese.

Read the full rundown here.


Yin Ji

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Photo by Burppler M *

Guangzhou’s famed congee chain has found its way to our shores, bringing its well-received menu of congee and rice rolls to the CBD. Burppler Xing Wei Chua had great things to say about the generous Fresh Prawn Rolls, while others in the community describe the congee to be smooth and thick, with generous amounts of ingredients. We’d love to know how you found your experience!


Xiang Tian Xia Hotpot

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Photo by Burppler Wei Zhi Chiang

Switch up your hotpot routine with this new kid on the hotpot circuit. While this international chain does not have much of an online presence, Burppler Wei Zhi Chiang took a chance on it and left pretty satisfied. Expect highly customisable broths, fresh ingredients and warm service. Note that they don’t do half portions here, so gather a group!


Umi Nami

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Photo by Burppler Hwans Lim

Yet another rice bowl player has entered the market, this time bringing tasty Japanese dons and sake to the Holland Village ‘hood. Burppler Hwans Lim tried and loved the Mekaiji Don, which sees lightly sauced swordfish cubes on rice. We hear the Monkfish Liver makes a great snack to go with drinks too.


Mr Sheng Jian

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Photo by Burppler Desiree Lim

For sheng jian baos (pan-fried pork buns) and slippery noodles, look to this new Chinese eatery on Liang Seah Street. The classic Sheng Jian Bao are filled with well-seasoned minced meat and broth — imagine pan-fried xiao long baos, and make a great pairing with the Sirloin Noodles, bathed in a spicy beef broth.


Hei Kim

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Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua

For a new place to hang out in the east, check out this retail-cum-cafe concept in Eunos. The compact menu sees wallet-friendly comfort grub, including dishes like Scrambled & Toast ($7), Benedict ($8) and Beef Bolognese ($9). Don’t leave without trying the tarts, which goes perfectly with their well-pulled cuppa, to be savoured amidst super chill vibes.


Guschlbauer

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Photo by Burppler Seanna Lim

If you like cheese AND sugar, rock up at this new Austrian bakery at Waterway Point. They’re famed for their Devil Cheese Buns. Expect a soft, sweet bun, filled generously with a cream cheese filling and topped with milk powder. Over the top? You tell us.


Fancy

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Photo by Burppler Shawn Loh

Run by a team that cut their teeth at Sugarhall and Jigger & Pony, this new bar along North Canal Road promises great drinks, and some stellar plates like Steak Frites too. Burppler Shawn Loh, who was one of the first on the scene, describes the space to be “the chillest, most minimalist bar to date” but also declared that their impressive drinks are anything but. See you there.


DePizza

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Photo by Burppler Jolene Sim

Before you start the Boat Quay bar crawl, make a stop at this new pizzeria, which the Burpple community has had nothing but praise for! We love that they do the classics right, but we also appreciate the local spin they put on their fusion pizza creations — think flavours like Nasi Lemak, Gu Lou You and Chilli Crab.


KouKou Cafe

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Photo by Burppler Cassie Ong

The first Dreamworks Koukou Cafe promises a fun, immersive experience for fans, as characters like Shrek, Kungfu Panda Po and the gang from Madagascar all make their appearance on the menu. Make sure your mobile phone is fully charged, for the dishes here are super Insta-worthy! The Kimchi Ramen, served with Po and Mei-Mei mantous, are currently a Burpple community favourite.


ToriYard

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Photo by Burppler Catherine Ling

Nestled in the lush greenery of Bishan Park, ToriYard specialises in authentic Japanese yakitori (grilled skewers). The sprawling locale, complete with glass walls and chic, modern vibes, is the place for a fun Japanese date night, or for a meal with the extended family. Don’t miss their tasty Tsukune (chicken meatball) and Sasami (chicken fillet with mentaiko).

Read the full rundown on ToriYard here.


Ginza Kamo Soba Kyudaime Keisuke

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Photo by Burppler Jasper Six&Seven

Ramen Keisuke strikes again, this time returning with duck ramen in Holland Village. There are five different ramens on the menu, and all are served with tender slices of hybrid Irish duck. Burppler Justin Teo sang this shop’s praises, describing his order of Hybrid Duck Broth Ramen to come with smoky duck and a comforting broth (he prefers the clear one), while Burppler Jasper Six&Seven had great things to say about the yuzu duck balls.


Wakey Wakey

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Photo by Burppler Natalie Wong

By the same folks behind Strangers’ Reunion and Curious Palette, Wakey Wakey is a Beach Road alternative for great coffee and buttermilk waffles. The many Burpplers who have popped by had great things to say about both, so it’s hard to go wrong here. According to Burppler Cassie Ong, their menu of mains, when launched, will be something quite different from their earlier concepts. Stay tuned.


Claypots Full Circle

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Photo by Burppler Muriel A

For your next team dinner, consider this Mediterranean, seafood focused restaurant in Amoy Street. Look past its misleading name (they don’t actually specialise in claypots) and you’re in for some pretty tasty plates. Burppler Muriel A loved the baba ganoush (part of the Trio of Dips), and we’ve also heard great things about the Full Circle Portarlington Mussels, served with what we’d describe as “finger-lickin’ worthy garlic sauce”. Order an extra portion of Turkish bread to mop it all up.


Haru

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Photo by Burppler Rueann Dass

For healthy eats in Guillemard (especially for yogis and rock climbers practising in the area), this hole-in-the-wall near Brawn & Brains features a simple menu of four items — three meat and one vegetarian protein, which you can customise with different bases (Japanese pearl rice, multigrain rice or soba). Burppler Dex Neo really enjoyed the gochujang pork, while Burppler Rueann Dass was won over by the green-friendly Tofu & Kale Salad — a winning combination of well-marinated tofu, creamy avocado and crisp kale. We’re sold!


Xin Divine

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Photo by Burppler Rachel Xie

Look to this new restaurant on Duxton Hill for progressive Chinese served in an elegant, minimalistic setting. The Burpple community is just warming up to this place, but from the reviews garnered, this is one to look out for. Don’t miss Burppler Rachel Xie’s recommendation of Szechuan Chicken Karaage, which she declares to be the best rendition she’s tasted, ever. Tell us what you think!


Nipong Naepong

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Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua

A visit to JEM may be on the charts for fans of Korean jjampong, Singapore’s first fusion jjampong restaurant, this Korean import specialises in the noodle soup, with nine different variations. Burppler Xing Wei Chua describes their top selling Ro Ppong-Roje to feature chewy noodles slicked in a tomato cream sauce, topped with seafood and mozzarella cheese.


LES45

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Photo by Burppler Veronica Phua

Here’s a new after-hours spot for you CBD folks to check out. Tucked away on the 45th floor of Singapore Land Tower, LES 45 serves authentic Mexican with a contemporary twist, along with a panorama of the city skyline. Burppler Veronica Phua was first to check it out, and reports several favourites, including the Tempura Hake Tacos and the fresh and zesty Scallop Aguachile (a kind of Mexican ceviche) with Avocado and Pickled Jicama.



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