New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Singapore: April 2016

New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Singapore: April 2016

Whether it's having craft beers in the CBD after a trying day, tucking into deep fried beef steak in town or hanging out with your favourite Sanrio character at Orchard Central, there's something for everyone in this newly opened guide!
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Ninja Bowl takes over the defunct Department of Caffeine in Duxton, dishing out hearty, protein-based dishes at affordable prices. Come with your colleagues and share the Poutine ($14), unbelievably tender braised beef cheeks on a heap of shoestring fries. Then dig into one of their eight protein bowls. The Noka ($14), which comes with the same beef cheeks, is a must order. Another standout is the value for money Kaisen ($16), juicy pan-seared Hokkaido scallops and mussels served with lemon butter sauce, mixed mushrooms and carrots. The bowls do not come with any grains or greens, so if you need something heartier, opt to add the Ninja Rice ($2) in your bowl — a mix of brown rice and Japanese rice.
Avg price: $20 per person

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Unleash your inner child here at Singapore's first outlet of Sanrio's beret-wearing golden retriever. Conveniently located on the fourth floor of Orchard Central, the cafe makes an ideal place for a weekend family outing. Sit under a shaded umbrella table in Pompompurin's garden to get the full view of the massive Pompompurin figurine in the centre of the cafe as you dine. Order the Spaghetti Napolitana ($26.99), a hearty portion of tomato-based pasta with bacon and mushrooms, that both adult and child can share. Apart from the garden salad and tamago that are served on the side, there's also salsa to go with your baguette — served in a kawaii Pompompurin mug that you can take home!
Avg price: $25 per person

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This CBD bar is the new place to head to at the end of a trying work day. Leave office woes outside the door and focus on the important question at hand — which craft beer should you get? Freehouse has 16 rotational craft beers on tap, alongside a list of bottled beers and ciders — favourites include Yeastie Boys White Noise, a wheat ale from New Zealand. Prices start from $9 for a 10oz pint. The accompanying bar food menu is Asian-inspired, so expect the likes of Bacon Tempura ($9), Cereal Frog Legs ($17) and, if you're hungry, the flavour-packed Chicken Bun ($15) combining pillowy buns, crisp golden boneless chicken thigh, Thai som tum salad and green curry mayo.
Avg price: $30 including drinks

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Beef lovers, this new Japanese restaurant in Paragon will be right up your alley. Their signature Gyu-Katsu sees a glorious beef cutlet deep-fried for exactly one minute, resulting in meat that is crisp golden on the outside, and wonderfully rare on the inside. At the table, sear the beef to your preferred doneness on your individual hot plate. For the full experience, go for the Australia Beef Fillet Gyu-Katsu Set ($24.80 for 90g beef, $34.80 for 180g beef), which comes with accompanying rice, potato salad, miso soup, free flow shredded cabbage and dessert.
Avg price: $35 per person

By the folks behind Drury Lane comes Merriment, a spacious, air-conditioned cafeteria that dishes out rice bowls, pastas and salads at affordable prices. Located on the second floor of JTC Summit, Merriment seats around 150 people, and is an ideal go-to place for corporate lunch meetings. Opt for the Grilled Chicken with Basil Pesto Linguine ($10), a hearty portion of pasta and grilled chicken, or have the crowd-pleasing Braised Pork Belly ($6.50), which comes with house pickled vegetables and a wobbly sous vide egg. Wash it all down with a Flat White ($3.50), made using the same beans from Drury Lane. Pro tip: Flash your JTC staff pass to get 15 percent discount off your total bill!
Avg price: $10 per person

Eat well, drink well and listen to excellent live music at Wala Wala's new venture. Located at Furama Riverfront, the sprawling space (it seats over 400 people indoors and outdoors) has a more extensive food menu than its original Holland Village outpost, with a lot more local favourites thrown in the mix. Try the luscious Claypot Mac & Cheese ($8) and moreish Chicken Wings with Courvoisier XO Sauce ($15), and pair that with a pint of Asahi Jukusen Premium Lager ($14). The space also includes a bottle shop, a bakery and deli, and a cigar room. Their website is still under resconstruction, so visit their Facebook page for the latest gig schedule and promotions.
Avg price: $35 including drinks

Located just a few doors down from Pince and Pints, this new kid on the Duxton circuit dishes out healthy bowls. The portions are pretty big, so it's great for sharing with a girlfriend. Their grain bowls didn't impress, so it might be wise to skip the carbs and get your green game on with the Truffled Portobello Salad ($15.90). For something more substantial, try the Japanese Salmon Bowl ($19.90), which sees salmon, avocado, buckwheat noodles, grilled pumpkin, edamame and tofu tossed in a soy, ginger and sesame dressing. The prices of the bowls are a tad high but the coffee ($3.50) is good and there are power points. You're likely to find us here for a business meeting rather than lunch.
Avg price: $20 per person

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Just a short walk from one-north MRT lies this massive food hall opened by the folks behind Timbre. The open-air structure is formed by vibrantly painted shipping containers, and houses 35 food concepts. At lunch, new-gen hawker stalls Fishball Story and Wong Kee Wanton Mee are well worth the queue (note: all 21 hawker stalls open only till 6pm). Live music plays from Wednesday to Saturday nights, making this an excellent spot for a cold beer after work. Pair your pint with Kush's Curry Chicken Rice Bowl ($10.80, ask for more gravy), yakitori from Teppei Daidokoro, or Iskina Cebu's irresistible Spicy BellyChon ($20/500g)! Pro tip: find a seat near the edges of the hall, it gets warm.

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This cosy restaurant near Kembangan MRT dishes out quality Western fare at affordable prices. Swing by for a casual date night and go straight for the mains like the comforting Butternut Pasta ($17) — homemade tagliatelle packed with roasted squash and tossed with mushrooms and string cheese. End the meal with a sweet treat like the Apple Crumble ($10), vanilla ice cream drizzled with salted caramel, chunky crumbles, Greek yogurt and a whole stewed apple bursting with natural sweetness.

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Have an intimate catch up session with a friend at this cosy space along Petain Road while sinking your teeth into some freshly made pastries. Set up by two sisters, Ollella specialises in choux — making it a must to order at least one of the seven choux flavours available. For two girlfriends, share the Mini Choux Platter ($21) that comes with seven mini choux, one of every flavour. Each choux has its own distinct filling — the Apple Cinnamon has sweet apple chunks while the Tiramisu has a luscious, alcoholic cream.

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Set up by two locals, this ramen stall located beside 4 Fingers at Orchard Gateway serves a variety of ramen at pocket-friendly prices. Come with your family in tow for a post-shopping meal and choose from six different ramen flavours, like the soup-based Spicy Tonkotsu ($14.90) and the dry Black Truffle Ramen ($14.90). Opt for the latter — ramen tossed in a generous amount of truffle oil, served with two slices of grilled charsiu. You must add on the Ajitama ($2), flavoured egg to complete the ramen experience.

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Located at the front of the alley of CT Hub 2 at Lavender, come to this hole-in-the-wall stall for bento-like salads and grains. Choose from three different sizes, Small ($6.90), Medium ($7.90) and Large ($9.90) — the former two come with one base, one protein, three toppings and one dressing while the large has two proteins. Be sure to opt for the Korean BBQ Chicken on a bed of romaine lettuce and you must get the broccoli, onsen egg and the button mushrooms (additional $0.50). Seating is limited here so take away and have this at your office desk instead!

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