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New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Singapore: October 2016

New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Singapore: October 2016

In a blink of an eye, half the month has passed but there are still so many places we want to dine at! Whether it's bringing your loved one out for a fun Middle Eastern brunch date, tucking into moreish grain bowls in City Hall with your friends or surprising a colleague with a box of French confections (no, it's not macarons!), we've tried and tested all these places to guarantee you'll have a great dining experience. Ready, get set, eat! Know of any new, Burpple-worthy places that we MUST share with the community? Drop us an email at [email protected]!
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This deli cum all-day dining restaurant by acclaimed chef Otto Weibel is a welcome addition to the recent string of openings at Raffles Holland V. The dine-in menu sees a good selection of familiar classics like pasta, burgers and grilled meats, making this a great spot for a casual family meal. Start your meal with the foolproof platter of excellent cured meats — Jamon Iberico de Bellota, Jamon Serrano Reserva and Beef Bresola ($13.50), which also comes with creamy burratina pugliese, cherry tomatoes and greens. Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua recommends the Beef Stroganoff Fettuccine ($17), which sees perfectly cooked hanger steak and al dente pasta laced in an earthy, creamy sauce. Do not leave without having Otto's Favourite Drink, Valrhona Chocolate ($9.50 hot/$12.50 iced) for a most decadent cocoa with hazelnut cream espuma, crunchy choco pearls and a touch of sea salt.
Avg Price: $20 per person
Picture by Burppler Muriel A

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There's a lot on the extensive menu at this Somerset newcomer, but it's the quality of their Chirashi ($25) that bowled us over. Located at the front entrance of Hotel Chancellor @ Orchard, Zipang Japanese Dining Bar is helmed by three Japanese chefs, so you know your food is in good hands. Unlike other places where the chirashi can be a main, the one at Zipang is just enough for you to taste how fresh their ingredients are, but not so filling that you can't have other items. We reckon that the well-marinated cubes of sashimi on a bed of fluffy rice, topped with whitebait, makes a strong contender against Teppei's chirashi! For something heartier, order their specialty Crab Zipang Kama Meshi ($12) — traditional Japanese rice cooked in a small pot with generous chunks of crab meat and mushrooms. It takes 30 minutes to cook, so order this first before anything else. While waiting, the Deep-fried Eggplant in Special Sauce ($5) and the Asari Saka Mushi ($12) are both great for sharing.
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Shawn Loh

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Canelés are hard to come by in Singapore, so when the craving strikes, head straight to this shop in The Concourse. Originating from Hong Kong, the brand specialises in the French confection, which resembles little fluted cakes. Baked on site, the canelés are crisp on the outside yet soft and chewy on the inside. Pick from four flavours — Traditional (vanilla and rum), Mediterranean (orange zest and Grand Marnier), Irish (coffee and whisky) and Framboise (raspberry and raspberry brandy); and three sizes — cocktail ($1.80, think petits fours), medium ($3.50, a good size if you're unsure) and grand ($5.50). You can also pre-order gift boxes online. Prices start from $28 for a box of 16 cocktail-sized canelés.
Avg Price: $5 per person
Photo by Burppler Dex Neo

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Every ingredient in the grain bowls offered at Ninja Cut is well-executed — the honey glazed carrots are soft and sweet, the moreish miso cucumbers add a nice crunch and the onsen egg is wobbly, every single time. Located just across Raffles Hotel, this sister outlet of Ninja Bowl in Duxton can accommodate large groups — perfect for a class gathering in town. Unlike Ninja Bowl where the same beef chunks are used in quite a few dishes (not complaining — it's so good!), Ninja Cut serves a wider variation of meats including Squid Fix ($18) and What's Your Beef? ($18). The former features an entire squid, perfectly grilled on both sides and tender to the bite, while the latter comes with 150g of Australian ribeye, roasted with a pink ring in the centre. Apart from savouries and all-day brunch items, the desserts here are impeccable too. Share the Marvellous Matcha ($16), a green tea hotcake with a flowy, oozy matcha centre, topped with ricotta cheese, chewy dango and azuki beans.
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Dex Neo

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This hot spot along Neil Road offers a selection of sweets that are equal parts pretty and tasty. There's ample seating space around, but just to be sure, come early with your group of friends to snag that one coveted high table under the sun roof — perfect lighting there for pictures! The clear favourite is the highly Instagrammable Twilight ($10), a chocolate mousse cake infused with Cointreau orange curd and blanketed with a glossy, galaxy themed glaze. But for us, the standout is Terrarium ($12), which sees fresh mint custard buried below a bed of chocolate soil. The delicate piece of art is then topped with green sponge cake shaped like moss and bite-sized cubes of apple compote for that extra crunch. Mix in a shot of rum (additional $3) for an experience you won't find elsewhere.
Avg Price: $10 per person
Photo by Burppler Gavin Chan

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By the team behind funky izakaya Neon Pigeon comes this Middle Eastern joint oozing hipster pizzazz. Prepare your taste buds to go on a journey of Middle Eastern spices and flavours — think kebabs, falafels and everything in between. Start with the Fat Prince Hummus ($11), which sees blended chickpeas enlivened with garlic, lemon juice and duck fat. Yes, you heard that right. Thankfully, the result is an extra creamy, unctuous dip begging that you repeatedly dip the side of spice-dusted crackers into. For mains, share the Beef Adana Kebab ($16) with a friend (portions are generous!). Expect flavourful minced beef adana chunks and harissa scrambled eggs, wrapped in pillowy pita. If it's your first visit, it might be worth splurging on the Pistachio Latte ($7) for the experience of tasting roasted pistachios in every sip.
Avg Price: $25 per person
Photo by Burppler Muriel A

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Things have changed at this cosy shop, previously known as Karafuru Desserts, along Jalan Klapa. They have rebranded to Kumoya (which loosely translates to "cloud house"), their famous eclairs are now more bite-sized and alcohol-free, and the menu includes savouries. Thankfully, their delicious and refreshing Yoghurt Parfaits (from $14.90) are still available! Go for the pretty-as-a-picture Sakura ($14.90) — house-churned yoghurt served with souffle cheesecake, vanilla pudding, cereal crunch and fresh fruits on the side. Made in-house daily and available in nine flavours, the Petite Eclairs ($3 per piece) are also a hit amongst ladies and sell out early in the day, so be sure to call in advance to check their availability!
Avg Price: $15 per person
Photo by Burppler Hilary See

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Taking over the now-defunct Moo Bar and Grill opposite Amoy Street Food Centre, Ash & Char offers delicious Western grub at pocket-friendly prices — nothing over $20 for mains. Run by the same folks behind Rise and Grind Co, the only mainstay on the menu is their signature Tom Yum Seafood Pasta ($17). Come with a few colleagues in tow and start the meal by sharing the heaping pile of Vietnamese Loaded Fries ($9). What Burppler Jayson Yeo describes as a "plate of sinful pleasure" sees golden wands of skin-on potatoes drenched in mayonnaise, hoisin sauce and Vietnamese chilli. For mains, opt for the crispy Chicken Leg Confit ($15) — beneath that crackling skin lies tender and moist chicken flesh that pairs well with the sweet potato mash. Wash it all down with a cup of Flat White before heading back to work!
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burppler Jayson Yeo

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Located on the first floor of Orchard Gateway, this South Korean chain doles out glossy soft serve in fancy gold-rimmed wine glasses. The soft serve (there is only one flavour but that's all you really need) is then topped with different items, depending on the flavour (tiramisu, banana or berries) you opt for. Go for the crowd favourite Tiramisu ($6.90), which sees a pile of mascarpone cheese buried beneath a swirly mound of soft serve, loaded with cookie bits and coffee liquor. To finish it off, the dessert is then topped with another swirl of ice cream and a a generous dusting of cocoa powder. It's a refreshing sweet treat to reward yourself with after a tiring day of shopping. Just be warned, the soft serve's recipe has been tweaked to be less sweet and it melts more quickly in this weather, so don't take too long for pictures!
Avg Price: $10 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Ni Eats

Nestled behind The Working Capitol (access via the entrance facing the park), Man Man Japanese Unagi Restaurant specialises in charcoal grilled unagi. The new concept brought in by Teppei Group of Restaurants sees live unagi prepared a la order, so this is as fresh as it gets. Come with a group of friends and start your meal with the Umaki ($15.80) — egg omelette rolled with Japanese eel. The Una Don ($18.60) is a great introduction to unagi, but what we suggest you order is the Hitsumabushi ($26.80). Instead of the usual slab of unagi, it comes with unagi slices over a bed of rice, served with pickles, garnishes, a jar of bonito stock and an empty bowl. You can have the charcoal grilled unagi on its own first, but we recommend scooping out some of the rice and unagi into the empty bowl and adding in the soup stock to enhance the taste of the unagi! Oishii!
Pro tip: If you're not squeamish about blood, opt to sit in front of the glass kitchen, where you get to see Chef Nakagawa slicing and skewering the live, wriggling eels with ease.
Avg Price: $30 per person
Photo by Burppler John Kuan

This Bedok Point joint is easily the best place to accommodate a group of friends with varying food preferences. 5 Senses dishes out hearty Western plates that are bound to satisfy, well, all five senses. Salmon lovers, do not be distracted by the rest of the offerings and go straight for the Pan Seared Norwegian Salmon ($14.90). Burppler Jayson Yeo describes it as "a plate of salmon cooked perfectly with the flesh still juicy and moist and the skin seared so crispy". The pastas are pretty good too. What the unassuming Carbonara ($8.90) lacks in colour, it makes up in flavour. What's not to like about perfectly al dente spaghetti served with bacon and a wobbly onsen egg in the centre!
Avg Price: $15 per person
Photo by Burppler Jayson Yeo

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Head to this Neil Road ice cream shop if you’re looking for tried-and-tested flavours made from scratch. Apiary churns out 18 ice creams and sorbets — the perfect refreshing antidote to the recent sweltering heat. Choose from three cup sizes (single scoop $3.80, double $7.20, triple $10). We love the Black Sesame (premium flavour, additional $0.70). It's rich, creamy and smooth — everything you can ask for in an ice cream! Even if that's not up your alley, skip safe classics like Cookies and Cream and try something different like the Despicable (premium flavour) or Bergamot Sorbet. The former is a banana flavoured ice cream mixed through with with grounded walnuts and brownie bits, while the latter is a refreshing cross between yuzu and lemon.
Avg price: $5 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Irene Arieputri

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