New Restaurants, Cafes & Bars in Singapore: May 2019

New Restaurants, Cafes & Bars in Singapore: May 2019

Burpple's guide to 17 new places to check out this month. Get ready for skewers and cold beer, Insta-worthy pancakes and Teochew porridge zi char. May you never go hungry, Burpplers!
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While the dishes here may cost slightly more than your regular hawker fare, the hearty portions and well executed food makes it all worth your while. The Grilled Pork Belly ($10.90) is a generous, melt-in-your-mouth slab of meat that comes with sides of buttery Chinese Cabbage and roasted potatoes. The Beer Battered Barramundi & Chips ($11.90) is smooth and flaky barramundi coated in a thin, crisp crust, made extra heavenly when dipped in their homemade tartar sauce.
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About a five-minute walk from Paya Lebar Square, you'll find this humble hole-in-the-wall with foldable tables haphazardly sprawled out under the stars. Start with the refreshing Cold Tofu w Century Egg ($3.50). Some of our favourites include the delightfully chewy Enoki Bacon ($2.50), juicy chicken Thigh w Leek ($1.50), Quail Egg w Mentaiko ($2), and the Asparagus Bacon ($2.50) that packs a nice crunch. Wash it all down with a pint of Guinness ($9) or an icy cold Highball ($6).
Photo by Burppler Wenqi Cheah


Perfect for tea time with your loved ones (furkids included), this gorgeous floral-themed cafe-cum-flowershop ensures that you and your Instagram feed eats happy. Sweet tooths, you will enjoy the Rose Latte ($7.90) and the Original Soufflé Pancakes ($19.90). These fluffy pancakes that come with the coconut ice cream runs out quickly, so be sure to come early. Alternatively, opt for the seductive Charcoal Waffles (from $9.90) that comes with berries and ice cream.
Photo by Burppler Cassie Ong


North-siders, there’s a new Izakaya in Serangoon Gardens that offers a wide range of freshly grilled skewers. The yummy Kurobuta Pork Belly with Konnyaku ($3.80) is a good option for ala carte orders, as well as the Yakitori Set of 5 ($13.80) that features chicken thigh, wing, tsukune, mushroom and cherry tomato. For carbs, opt for the refreshing and fragrant Cold Angel Hair Pasta with Sakura Ebi ($14.80).
Photo by Burppler Nathan Ng


Take a trip down nostagia lane with these simple yet flavourful homecooked dishes along Serangoon Road. You can expect an unpretentious setting and a crew of friendly staff to make lazy lunches even more enjoyable. Burppler Rueann Dass recommends the affordable yet flavour-packed Black Bean Fish ($6) that is best accompanied by a steaming bowl of porridge ($0.60). Other sides to share include the fragrant stir-fried Cabbage ($2) and Pork Belly ($4) that comes bathed in sweet-salty dark sauce.
Photo by Burppler Rueann Dass


Treat your loved ones to a night out at this hip new Jap spot that was once occupied by Bistro du Vin. Make full use of Happy Hour which runs daily from 5 - 7pm (except Sundays), and start your night with the refreshing Sparkling Yuzu (from $8) featuring sake, jello and yuzu. Food-wise, must-try dishes include the simply delicious grilled Kabocha ($5), the Beef Tataki ($15) with refreshing ponzu onion sauce, and the Tontoro ($15) for delightfully melt-in-your-mouth Iberico pork slices. The Inaniwa Udon ($18) comes highly recommended by Burppler Emily S— think crispy prawn tempura and springy udon in an umami-packed prawn broth.
Photo by Burppler Wei Zhi Chiang


A new eatery has taken up residence in The Cathay to help you out with your lunch time woes. Get the best of both worlds when you order the Chicken Katsu & Ebi Fry Set ($8.80) — thick creamy Japanese curry with crisp and juicy battered goodness all in one plate! The spice level of your curry can be adjusted according to your preference. We hear that Level 3 is quite mild, so opt for Level 4 and up if you're a spicehead! Other offerings include the flavourful Traditional Prawn Noodle ($5.90) with refillable broth and generous portions of noodles.
Photo by Burppler Eunice Sng


Newly hatched along the bustling Amoy Street is the Super Loco group's latest venture, where chicken is the focus. Come for a casual after-work dinner with friends and get your hands dirty with the Mexican Spit-Roasted Chicken (from $9) that is extra yummy when paired with their Green Peppercorn and Jalapeño Gravy ($2). Burppler Xing Wei Chua sings high praises of the Hot Buttermilk Chicken ($13) that features fluffy sesame buns from Burnt Ends, Jalapeños, pickled cucumber, and hot sauce mayo are packed for extra flavour. Expect a hefty slab of crisp yet tender buttermilk chicken patty seasoned to spicy perfection with their special house rub.
Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua

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Chocolate lovers, listen up! This neighbourhood dessert spot highlights ice cream made with single-origin chocolate — it's no wonder the place is constantly packed, so save this for off-peak hours. First-timers should go with the Double Scoop ($7) to try the chocolate ice cream in varying cocoa percentages, like a smooth Ecuador 40% for something sweeter and the Signature Belgium Dark 60% for a darker, bittersweet flavour. To balance out the richness of the chocolate, add the Sesame Waffle ($4) for a fragrant base. Non-choc fanatics, expect other exciting flavours like the Avocado Gula Melaka and Lychee Raspberry.
Photo by Burppler Raine Liu


No need to cross the border for delicious Malaysian-style roasts meats no more — JB's You Kee XO has opened an offshoot here on our side of the island and it's high time to call for that family dinner! Fill your belly with their sinfully good Crystal BBQ Pork Belly Char Siu ($9.80) for a perfect balance of smoky flesh and buttery fat. To cut through the oiliness, have it with a side of silky smooth Handmade Signature Beancurd ($8.80) and nourishing Night-Blooming Cereus Spareribs Soup ($12), boiled with detoxifying herbs.
Photo by BurpplerMaureen Ow

Another Malaysian foray into Singapore, this ice cream joint in the Forum uses alternative milks in place of dairy to produce healthier desserts. These are essentially gluten-free, vegan and contains no processed sugar — how's that for a guilt-free treat? Favourite flavours include the surprisingly rich and sweet-savoury Salted Chocolate Chip, the creamy and light Blue Planet made with blue pea flower and the fragrant, nutty Banana Walnut. While a Premium Single scoop costs $6.90, we'll vouch for going with the Premium Double scoop ($8) for double the goodness. Plonk all that onto the flourless Gluten-Free Cone ($1) made with almond and flax seeds to bring flavours to the next level.
Photo by Burppler Dex Neo


This fresh addition to bustling Club Street boasts delicious, well-executed steaks at affordable prices. You can almost always expect a crowd here, and for good reason. The 200g Feather Blade Steak, priced at a comfortable $21, is sous vide, and then grilled to give it a tender yet charred flavour. Seasoned simply with salt and butter, the result is hearty, melt-in-your-mouth goodness. The variety of sauces are great too — choose from classic Bearnaise, French Red, mala-inspired Asian Sichuan Peppercorn or the Horseradish Cream with Chives. Pair your meaty main with a glass of red or two and you've got date night sorted.
Photo by Burppler Justin Teo


The top picks, popular finds and newly opened places in Singapore and Kuala Lumpur, curated by Burpple editors!

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