Even as we race full steam ahead into the festive season, Singapore’s food scene keeps buzzing with new faces.
A stylish new place for a pizza night, a gloriously smelly café dedicated to Singapore’s national fruit, a Korean butcher and a restaurant rolled into one – these are the new restaurants, bars and cafes in Singapore to check out in February.
Milano Pizza & Wine
The creators of Bar Milano and Pasta Bar are back with another promising Italian concept. Milano Pizza & Wine offers sourdough pies in fun flavors, paired with a selection of wines showcasing Italy’s native varietals. Their Neapolitan sourdough pizzas are a chewy slice of heaven, slowly fermented for 24 hours and baked at 400 degrees for a charred crust. Toppings are awesome with potatoes and caviar (S$36) and Korea Town (S$32), which includes Korean-style ribs and homemade kimchi.
Milano Pizza & Wine is located at 10 Craig Rd, Singapore 089670, p. +65 8920 4100. Open Monday to Wednesday from 6 p.m. to 10.30 p.m., Thursday to Sunday from 12 p.m. to 2 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 10.30 p.m.
NOX – Dine in the Dark
After a five month hiatus, NOX – Dine in the Dark is set to return with a renewed experience and a brand new address on Club Street. Its iconic concept remains the same: a tasting experience in an all-black dining room, which lights the way for an exploration of your food solely through smell, touch, taste and sound. Guided by visually impaired hosts, you’ll sample 12 three-course mystery dishes, complete with cocktail pairings developed by Sam Wong.
NOX – Dine in the Dark is located at 83 Club Street, Singapore 069451, p. +65 6298 0708. Open daily from 6 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
CBD warriors now have a new place to drink wine in suitably chic style at Aether House. Launched by French wine retailer Aether Wines & Spirits, this French-inspired bistro and wine bar is a bright and elegant haven on the ground floor of the SO/ Sofitel. Pop in for a Parisian-style sandwich for lunch or sit down for small dishes prepared by chef Laurent Brouard after work. You will find delicious French dishes like L’Octopus de Méditerranée (S$24) – octopus carpaccio – and Foie Gras (S$32) on sourdough toast, complemented by a sprawling list of wines by the glass.
Aether House is located at 35 Robinson Rd, #01-05/06/07, Singapore 068876, p. +65 6592 0102. Open Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 10.30 p.m. Closed Sun.
Singapore has no shortage of Australian and European-style butchers, but here’s one for Korea-loving carnivores. A retail and all-day dining restaurant, The Butcher’s Dining specializes in Korean cuts of meat, carved by experienced chef and butcher Heba Kim. Here you can get quality meats from Australia, New Zealand, Spain and the United States that are suitable for Asian cuisine, as well as meal kits of Korean classics like Galbi-jjim. Otherwise, head to the dining room to feast on modern Korean dishes without the hassle of cooking. Think Spicy Pork Kimbap wash down with iced Korean pine needle tea.
The Butcher’s Dining is located at 593 Havelock Rd, #01-03, Singapore 169641, p. +65 6970 3898. Open daily from 10:30 a.m. to 8 p.m.
Fei Lou Fatt
With its deliciously rich shrimp noodles, it would be all too easy to turn into “fei lou fatt” – Cantonese for “prosperous fat man” – at this restaurant. The man behind the cheeky name is Tay King Huak, founder of the beloved White Restaurant chain. Seeking better use of discarded prawn heads from the White Restaurant kitchen, he created his own recipe for prawn noodles with umami broth, launching a short-lived stand dubbed “Sembawang Prawn Noodles” in 2011. Fei Lou Fatt is the successor to this stand. , serving comforting bowls of prawns and braised pork rib noodles and Big Prawn-zuke inspired by Japanese ochazuke.
Fei Lou Fatt is located at 928 Upper Thomson Rd, Singapore 787121. The restaurant is scheduled to open on February 8, 2022.
Need a pint after a hard day’s work? Newly opened in downtown Providore, Underground Taps will thrill you with a rotating lineup of four draft beers, plus over 65 bottled and canned craft beers. Expect labels from around the world, from Australian mavericks Bodriggy Brewing Company and Toronto’s Collective Arts Brewing, at the northern brewery Sori Brewing. To accompany you will have European-style bar bites concocted by the kitchen of the Providore – platters of cheeses and charcuterie, a platter of Mediterranean dips (S$18) with toasted pita bread, and more.
Underground Taps is located at 6A Shenton Way, The Providore Downtown, #B1-08 OUE Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815, p. +65 6221 7056. Open Monday to Friday from 5:00 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
99 old trees
Freshly moved from their Owen Road spot, 99 Old Trees’ new cafe in the Keong Saik neighborhood is swankier than ever. This durian paradise has made a name for itself not only for its fresh Pahang durians, but also for its decadent durian desserts made by sister brand Stinky. Their latest sweet treats are the Stinky Bomb (S$1.80 per piece) – a Mao Shan Wang Flesh Flavor Bomb in a Crispy Puff – and the Stinky Roll (from S$6.50 a quarter piece), which consists of a satisfyingly thick layer of Mao Shan Wang flesh and French custard rolled in an airy Japanese sponge.
99 Old Trees is located at 1 Teo Hong Rd, Singapore 088321, p. +65 9822 2495. Open daily from 12 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Surrey Hills Cafe
Westies will no longer need to travel to town to shop for food. Tucked away in Jurong, Surrey Hills Grocer has an Aussie specialty market alongside a beer garden, bakery and even a florist bar. Fill your basket with choice Australian goods, including brands like Stonebarn Truffle and Rich Glen Olive Oil available in Singapore for the first time. Once you’ve checked off your grocery list, reward yourself with brunch at the pet-friendly Surrey Hills Café. Think brunch plates with unique Australian touches, from Crayfish Benny (S$24) at Steak Sandwich (S$27) stuffed with Australian King Island sirloin, served with Proud Mary Coffee cuppas.
The Surrey Hills Café is located at 511 Upper Jurong Rd, #01-01, Singapore 638366, p. +65 9040 1840. Open Tuesday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Ice cream lovers have something to shout about with the launch of GelatiAmo, a gelato café from chef Loris of Ristorante Pietrasanta. Not far from the famous Italian restaurant in one-north, GelatiAmo offers fresh and authentic ice cream made without premixes, colorings or preservatives. You can expect classics like Pistachio and Ferrero Rocher (from S$4.20 for a single scoop), but what’s really special is the aged mascarpone balsamic, inspired by Ristorante Pietrasanta’s favorite cheesecake. To amp up the sugar rush, go for your spoon with their cinnamon-coated square donuts (S$6.50).
GelatiAmo is located at 1 Fusionopolis Way, Connexis #B1-11, Singapore 138632, p. +65 9232 6645. Open daily from 11 a.m. to 8:30 p.m.
Top Image: Surrey Hills Grocer