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New Restaurants, Cafes And Bars: October 2015

New Restaurants, Cafes And Bars: October 2015

We may be down to the last quarter of the year but new places continue to pop up! This month, gather your foodie troop and indulge in an incredibly good meal at Unlisted Collection's latest concept, switch it up with some modern Thai grub at Som Tam or treat yourself to Chef Tetsuya’s toothsome handcrafted pastries and petite cakes.
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Taking over the former space of Windowsill Pies at Horne Road, Bao Makers’ unique concept is centred on… baos! All you Instagrammers would love the minimalist decor here with both white and unfinished cement walls and the occasional splash of wood accents. While they do serve main dishes such as the Teriyaki Chicken Chop ($14.90), it is really the bao dishes you should focus on. The Salted Egg Yolk Shrimp ($15) is the one to go for — familiar local zi char flavours stuffed in a light and fluffy steamed mantou. Your usual Flat White ($5.50) order might sound like a strange accompaniment, but just give it a shot, ok? Their coffees are brewed from a blend supplied by Common Man Coffee Roasters.

Tetsuya Wakuda's Waku Ghin certainly isn't affordable for everyone, but thankfully, newly opened Patisserie Platine does not break the bank should you fancy a dessert from the celebrity chef. Only available at the RISE Lounge of Marina Bay Sands Hotel, feast your eyes on the variety of intricately designed desserts on display — give in to temptation and indulge in one (or three!) right there or get it to-go and share it with your loved ones at home. Chocolate lovers will definitely find the Black Forest ($12) intriguing, with lusciously rich chocolate and cherries well-soaked in deep alcoholic flavours. For something lighter on the palate, the Ghin Cheese Cake ($12) features a delicate white chocolate mousse encasing a tart lemon curd centre. Complement these luxurious cakes with RISE Lounge’s selection of drinks and your high tea cravings will be sorted in an instant.

Just minutes away from Kembangan MRT Station lies family-run Birdie Num Num Gastrobar, a convenient laid-back neighbourhood hangout that serves simple, honest café-style fare. Go for the Miso Cod ($15.90) that brims with Japanese familiarity – a lovely miso-marinated cod sitting on rich, cheesy risotto. For a no-brainer option, go for Birdie's Burger ($15.90), a beef patty loaded with melted cheese and bacon. This is one of those casual spots you’d be grateful for, a place in your neighbourhood where you and your friends can knock back a few and have a good time.

There are days for sinful indulgences, and then there are days to treat your body to something clean (and tasty, of course). Tiann's is a refreshing addition to the burgeoning café scene, serving gluten-free savoury waffles, cakes and freshly-pressed juices in a calm and relaxing environment. Enjoy a Roasted Squash Feta Waffle (half waffle at $9.60, whole waffle at $15.80) packed with pumpkin, chia seeds and pine nuts. Get a table under the glass roof to enjoy streams of natural light in this minimalist space as you sip on a refreshing cup of Raspberry Apple cold-pressed juice ($6.80). Bring a book, this is the perfect space for some "me" time.

Joining the upper floor eateries within Orchard Central is Som Tam, a modern fusion Thai concept from the folks behind Gin Khao — think mash-ups like Tom Yum Goong Burgers, Green Curry Pasta and Sticky Rice Ice Cream! Go for the sinful Oozy Chicken ($10.80) — fried chicken chunks coated indulgently in creamy salted egg yolk sauce — and definitely request for more spice when you order their hilariously named Pasta X Chicken X Green Curry = ?? ($14.80). End the meal on a sweet note with their version of After You Toast ($8.80), an oh-so-buttery crispy toast with a gelato of your choice (try the Thai Basil with Choco Chip)!

Masizzim sits right next to their sister concept, Chir Chir, at [email protected] Unlike the latter, known for Korean fried chicken, Massizim focuses on both modern and traditional Korean stews that are good for groups to share. Don't miss the super comforting Beef Rib Stew ($18), meltingly tender after six hours of slow cooking. It also comes with a choice of either a spicy gouchujang base (with four levels of spiciness to choose from) or a soy base. While waiting for your stews to arrive, get your gloves on and have some hands on fun shaping their DIY Rice Balls ($8) that comes either with Anchovy or Tuna.

Situated at CHIJMES, Raven is a large, sexy space serving well-crafted sharing plates that pair beautifully with a cocktail or two. Start with their Tuna Tartare ($17), this rendition surprises you with smooth avocado wasabi purée, and a hit of refreshing shavings of frozen pear. Also share the crispy Nori Wrapped Salmon ($29), boasting interesting textures with familiar umami flavours. If it's available, try the Teriyaki Glazed Pork Chop ($31), a deceivingly humble name for a lovely piece of Mangalista pork collar served with sweet kabocha mash and smoky peppers. Its dark interior has playful touches that make this a fun space to wind down after work with 2-4 of your best buds.

Navigation-themed (think compasses, globes and maps) Monniker has landed in the Balestier neighbourhood, offering residents yet another brunch option in a cosy, wood-accented environment. There is the requisite selection of items such as the Eggs Ben ($18) and English Breakfast ($21, Breakfast Fit For A Captain). Slightly more unusual is the decadent Chicken Waffle Stack ($19), with the two fragrant buttermilk waffles drizzled in maple syrup, sandwiching a slab of fried chicken topped with melted cheddar and a cheerful sunny side up. Cool off with their velvety smooth Iced Valrhona Chocolate ($7), decadently finished with more chocolate shavings.

This two-year-old three-floor bar and restaurant isn't a new addition to the Ann Siang enclave, but it does boast a brand new menu that you simply need to try. Head Chef Jet Lo has injected fun and unique twists to familiar Asian classics (yes, we've heard this before) that might just blow your mind a little. Think Wagyu Beef Char Siew ($29) — beef so tender you only need a spoon to cut it, and flavours so harmoniously layered yet intriguingly familiar. Don't miss the Crispy Duck Curry With Cauliflower & Passion Fruit ($27), a duck confit that stands among the best, bathing in a mildly-spiced curry with surprising tart bursts of passion fruit. Cocktails here are fun and go well with the food. The casual vibes make it a good choice for a fun date night, or a small celebratory dinner for four friends. Pro tip: the three-course set lunch goes for just $25 and features some of their à la carte menu options.

Those who work in the One-north vicinity have welcomed this much-loved cafe with jubilation, now having one more awesome spot to pick up a (very) decent cuppa and irresistible bites. The Breakfast Burger ($6) with scrambled eggs and bacon jam (!) truly does make for the perfect breakfast, along with a double shot Flat White ($5.50) with a choice of beans from Axil or Nylon Coffee Roasters. Great for a light lunch bite its the Truffle Ham & Cheese Croissant ($7) — gorgeous chunks of brie sitting just-melted over a thick slice of honey ham, and just a slight hit of truffle mascarpone enough to make you forget you're having a bad day. Seats are limited to 4 at a round table, with narrow standing tables running along the sides. This is more of a takeaway spot, or a quick lunch with a colleague.

5th Quarter is the latest, exciting concept by The Unlisted Collection and chef Andrew Nocote (previously from SKIRT), and is certainly a spot to bookmark. Set in the first floor of boutique hotel Vagabond along Syed Alwi, the dining room's heavy use of red and velvet might put you off. Don't let it. Allow their knowledgable, warm staff to take you through the unique and difficult-to-define menu, which focuses on traditional techniques such as salting, curing, brining and grilling. Leave all preconceptions at the door, almost nothing you get will be what you expect! Think thin wisps of lardo with truffle honey and chili ($8), shortrib ($36) with grilled carrot and pomegranate cream (what!), or rum-cured pork belly with melon and onion ($12). The desserts are a truly inspired spread, of which you should try all. This meal is an adventure best shared by 4 — set a date for your next celebration!

Previously at Beach Road, Tenkaichi has relocated to Marina Square. This Japanese BBQ concept is perfect for all you wagyu beef lovers out there, especially those with bottomless stomachs to make this buffet worthwhile. The Deluxe BBQ Buffet ($49.80) grants you unlimited seafood such as squid, salmon and prawns alongside different cuts of pork and beef, but it is the Premium Wagyu Beef Buffet BBQ ($74.80) that is the one to go for — Wagyu beef rib eye cap with a marbling grade of 7+, and giant scallops that are too good to be missed! Top off this indulgence with free flow Haagen Dazs ice cream for dessert. Great for a group of six hungry people, you can even enjoy the view of the waterfront in their alfresco area, should weather permit!

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