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New Restaurants, Cafes And Bars: August 2015

New Restaurants, Cafes And Bars: August 2015

Even more slurp-worthy additions for this month: Hashida Sushi's sister outlet for Japanese desserts, Chef Immanuel's newest venture, and an art gallery-cum-tapas bar.
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Opening its doors at Jalan Klapa off North Bridge Road is Kararufu Desserts, a Japanese-inspired concept which specialises in éclairs and yoghurt parfaits in a white, minimalist and tessellation-loving space. With a whopping twelve éclair flavours to choose from, you would be hopelessly spoilt for choice. Regular flavours are priced at $6; alcoholic flavours at $7. You might be tempted by the Yuzu, but the floral Sakura Rose hits more fragrant, delicate notes. If you have a really sweet tooth, the creamy Café Au Lait is rightfully tempting. For the naughtiest treat of them all, opt for the highly alcoholic Black Forest!

Situated along the same stretch of shophouses as Strangers' Reunion at Kampong Bahru, Old Boys Gallery is an art gallery-cum-tapas bar and restaurant that serves unassuming nosh along with an extensive range of craft beers and ciders. Expect items such as marmite-drenched OBG wings ($10.90 for 3pcs), potato chip-thin Spam Chips ($9) and their beefy Manster Burger ($17.90). With their regular promotions – currently you can get five craft beers for just $50 – Old Boys Gallery is certainly shaping up to be a good casual joint for boozing with your mates. Food-wise, go for their unique Roast Pork Aglio Olio ($14.90) and their comforting Vongole Bianco ($13) – Venus clams drenched in white wine broth and served with toast.

Making a fat splash in the Outram Park area is Humpback, a Seattle-style raw bar with a strong emphasis on oysters. Expect a combination of both raw seafood like Hamachi Ceviche with Yuzu and Avocado ($22), as well as cooked seafood like Mussels with Pork Belly ($18) and Black Cod ($20). Go for the plump, freshly-shucked Seattle oysters ($6 each; $2 during Happy Hour: 5-7pm, Monday to Saturday) and the Burrata ($14) – creamy cheese and salsa verde on top of a multi-grain sourdough – and pair these with one of their 12 signature cocktails, courtesy of Long Yishu from Sugarhall. Perfect for unwinding after a long day at work!

Opening in Bugis+ is The Pizza Collective (TPC), a new concept by Peperoni Pizzeria which gives you the option of personalising your own pie! You can choose an unlimited number of toppings, from over 28 ingredients and five sauces, to churn out the pizza of your dreams for just $12. The uninitiated can go for the foolproof signature pizzas instead, such as the savoury Pig-na Colada ($12) – bacon, pineapples, arugula on a white cream sauce base – or opt for the sweet Monkey Business ($12), a dessert pizza consisting of Nutella and banana.

This dessert gallery concept combining gastronomy and art is chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida’s latest brainchild. Expect traditional confectionary (wagashi), as well as other interesting desserts and a selection of Japanese teas – some of which would be prepared and presented to you in an elaborate traditional tea ceremony (!!). Go for the savoury and indulgent Foie Gras Macaron ($12) or the refreshing, ang ku kueh-inspired Mizu Manjyu ($15) – white bean paste and seasonal fruit wrapped in arrowroot jelly dumplings served in chilled mint syrup.

Stamping Ground Coffee is a takeaway coffee joint offering CBD folks in Telok Ayer a good caffeine fix. Aside from their Cold Brew Coffee which comes in Black ($6) and White ($7), you can also opt for one of their non-caffeinated drinks such as their Chia Seed Pomegranate ($6) or Almond Nut Milk ($8). Go for the White if that’s available, but if they are out, try the Almond Nut Milk with an added shot of espresso – some may say it's even better.

Offering "Qool" refreshment options to the people at China Square Central is Qoolco, which serves both the usual coconut gelato as well as an option with a slight “twist” – coconut milk soft serve! A popular choice would be the Volcano ($4.60) comprising soft serve in a coconut husk with egg yolk sauce, but the Soft Snow ($3.80) sans the egg yolk sauce is just as good. You can choose your own toppings too!

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Launching within the buzzy Essen food court at The Pinnacle, Garçons (French for “boys”, referring to founders Immanuel Tee and Enoch Teo who met as “boys” during their Restaurant Andre days) dishes out relatively affordable European fare for the masses – think French duck leg confit ($16.90) and Black Miso Foie Gras ($16.50). Go for the 12-hour Crispy Pork Belly ($16.90), which melts in your mouth while retaining a wonderfully crackling skin.

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Bringing sweet relief to the blossoming (read: food option-starved) One-North area is Bakersfield, a patisserie that serves quiches, sandwiches and beautifully crafted cakes and pastries. Go for the unassuming but sophisticated Black Glutinous Rice Coconut Cake ($8.50) – comprising coconut panna cotta, pumpkin crémeux, steamed black glutinous rice sponge and lime sable – or the creamy Pistachio Strawberry Tart ($7.50). Take note that the patisserie is currently only open on weekdays!

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Ginza Kuroson launches its second outlet in Takashimaya, and lovers of Japanese food need to check it out immediately! Apart from the impressive space – there is a seafood display, robatayaki counter and even a teppanyaki room – Ginza Kuroson offers a wide (and often uncommon) range of fresh, high-quality Japanese fare in a classy setting at a very accessible price point. Their lunch sets are highly value-for-money, and you should go for the Ryoshi Gokai Nagekomi Don ($22) or the Tempura Don ($26). If you like sushi, don't miss the exquisite-looking Temari Sushi Set ($28). If you happen to be here at a quieter hour, try your luck and ask for one of their private rooms (no additional charge) and instantly feel like an atas tai-tai.

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Situated in an idyllic corner in Changi overlooking the sea, Little Island Brewing Co is a microbrewery that offers an extensive selection of self-brewed craft beers as well as grilled meats. Start with their Beer Belly Porchetta ($12) — slow-cooked Berkshire belly marinated in coffee, cumin and chilli with salsa verde. If a burger is what you crave, then their deliciously umami Short Rib Burger ($25) should satisfy. If you're lucky, you might be able to catch a glimpse of their highly elusive Beeramisu — sponge soaked in Imperial Stout with mascarpone, coconut sugar and cocoa!

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The Tiny Roaster, popular for their great coffee and iced brews, resumes operations in their bigger and sexier new home at Sunset Way. Go for their Iced White Brew ($5), which is served in a uniquely-shaped triangular cup with an added espresso ice sphere to cool your coffee without dilution, or their Affogato ($7) for some cool, bittersweet relief from our relentless weather.

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