Hottest new restaurants, cafes and bars in Singapore: Nov 2018

Hottest new restaurants, cafes and bars in Singapore: Nov 2018
PHOTO: Burpple/Rueann Dass, Natalie Wong

This week brings with it the promise of great new eats, from wanton noodles by a Michelin-starred chef to China’s famous cheese tea and a French butter-inspired menu.

CHEF KANG'S NOODLE HOUSE


Photo: Shared by Burpplers I Makan Sg, Jean Hojiak & Daniel Food Diary 

Rundown: Michelin-starred chef Kang dishes out wanton noodles at a Toa Payoh hawker stall. 
Perfect for: Hawker weekends with foodie friends. 
Order this: Classic Noodle with Char Siew and Wanton ($5)
For those who like: Da Jie Famous Wanton Noodles and Quan Kee Wanton Noodles. 
FYI: The steady crowd also means a rather long wait in the two-hour ballpark, so plan your visits on quieter, off-peak hours. 

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HEYTEA


Photo: Shared by Burpplers D-Jin Toh, Raine Liu & Kenneth Lee 

Rundown: China’s foremost cheese tea brand opens its first overseas outpost in ION Orchard. 
Perfect for: Post-lunch tea breaks. 
Order this: King Fone with Cheese ($5.50), made with fragrant oolong tea. 
For those who like: R&B Tea and TaiGai
FYI: There is also soft serve in local flavours like durian, which Burppler Kenneth described to be just like the real deal! 

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SCRAMBLED


Photo: Shared by Burpplers Alicia Kho & Natalie Wong 

 

Rundown: This Icon Village cafe takes a crack at scrambled eggs in brioche buns. 
Perfect for: A hearty breakfast to start the day. 
Order this: Spam & Eggs ($8.90) and Avocado & Tomato ($8.90)
For those who like: Egg Stop
FYI: These soft, fluffy brioche buns are sourced from Burnt Ends

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KOMYUNITI


Photo: Shared by Burpplers Rueann Dass & the choyalicious :) 

Rundown: Futuristic hotel Yotel adds a chic, spacious restaurant and bar to its directory. 
Perfect for: Dinner and drinks, before catching a movie in town. 
Order this: Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($13)Roasted Pork Belly ($19) and Fat Roger ($18). 
For those who like: Telok Ayer Arts Club. 
FYI: Located on the 10th floor, the privy restobar is open to public till midnight daily. 

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BROWN SUGAR


Photo: Shared by Burpplers Muriel AvdH & Rueann Dass 

Rundown: A hole-in-the-wall joint for light, local eats within Balestier’s Value Hotel. 
Perfect for: Simple lunches with a friend or teatime takeaways. 
Order this: Crispy Toast Set ($3.40) and Truffle Noodle Drunken Chicken ($8.80). 
For those who like: Ya Kun Kaya Toast

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RESTAURANT JAG


Photo: Shared by Burpplers Hiew Sisters & K T 

Rundown: A French fine dining joint crops up along Duxton Road. 
Perfect for: When you need to impress a business partner. 
Order this: 5 Expressions Course ($98). 
For those who like: Les Amis. 
FYI: This one’s co-founded by Michelin-starred chef Jeremy Gillon and ex-ME@OUE maitre d Anant Tyagi. 

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NCR


Photo: Shared by Burpplers SG Food on Foot, Blanche Tan & Melissa Chue 

Rundown: A buzzy new North Canal Road spot with butter-focused fare and fun drinks to follow. 
Perfect for: An offbeat French-inspired experience with a few friends. 
Order this: Carpaccio ($18)Brown Butter Fish ($26) and a glass of Orient ($22). 
For those who like: The Masses. 
FYI: Despite its hidden, speakeasy-like location, there’s actually plenty space in here for small groups. Also check out the soothing slideshows projected on the wall. 

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EASY NOODLES BAR


Photo: Shared by Burpplers Rueann Dass & Muriel AvdH 

Rundown: A no-frills Asian noodle bar takes over the now-defunct VXX Cooperative. 
Perfect for: Wallet-friendly noodle lunches or rainy day dinner and drinks. 
Order this: Beef Noodle ($12.80). 
For those who like: Chuan Grill & Bar
FYI: While the broth is on the sweeter side, the handmade noodles are touted for their smooth, chewy texture. 

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GAKE


Photo: Burpplers Daphne Wee & Justin Teo 

Rundown: Carpenter Street sees a new contemporary Japanese-meets-European locale serving simple but quality fare. 
Perfect for: Date nights or treat-yourself dinners. 
Order this: Omakase (from $128). 
For those who like: Terra. 
FYI:34-year-old Angus Chow who helms this kitchen was named Chef of the Year at the 18th World Gourmet Summit Awards of Excellence. 

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HAWKER QSR


Photo: Shared by Burpplers Nobelle Liew & Alicia Kho

Rundown: No Signboard Seafood’s hawker-themed fast food chain in Esplanade Mall. 
Perfect for: Pocket-friendly lunches or when you feel like having both chicken rice AND a burger. 
Order this: Chicken Rice Burger ($9.50)
For those who like: MOS Burger. 
FYI: There are also pratas, chilli crab baos and noodles on the menu. 

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ESORA


Photo: Shared by Burppler jy foodlogue 

Rundown: The Lo & Behold group’s first Japanese concept is a 26-seater, modern Japanese restaurant serving kappo-style cuisine (a chef-curated multicourse meal) along Mohamed Sultan Road. 
Perfect for: Splurge-worthy special occasions with Jap food lovers. 
Order this: Seven-Course Menu ($188). 
For those who like: Odette and Hashida Sushi
FYI: Come for the food, stay for the stunning space decked out in beige and marble tones. 

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BLOSSOM 


Photo: Shared by Burpplers SG Food on Foot, Brian Xavier & Cecil Dulam 

Rundown: Taking over now defunct Jin Shan Lou, Marina Bay Sand’s latest Cantonese name cooks up royally good duck and more. 
Perfect for: Celebrations with the family. 
Order this: Royal Secret Recipe Smoke Duck (from $40) and Chilled Avocado Puree with Tiramisu Ice-cream (from $10). 
For those who like: Forbidden Duck
FYI: The pièce de résistance secret recipe duck is painstakingly smoked with 15-year-old pu-er tea from Yunnan and chrysanthemum from Zhejiang. 

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TIGER SUGAR


Photo: Shared by Burpplers K T, Lewis Tan, Agnes Chow 

Rundown: Taiwan’s bubble tea joint famed for tiger-striped drinks takes its business to City Hall. 
Perfect for: Bubble tea fanatics! 
Order this: Brown Sugar Boba & Pearl Milk with Cream Mousse ($5.30)
For those who like: KOI Thé and R&B Tea
FYI: The stripes (brown sugar syrup) meld with the drink in minutes, so snap quickly if you intend on grammin’ this. 

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GO-ANG CHICKEN PRATUNAM


Photo: Shared by Burpplers The Modern Lad, Rachel Chua & SG Food on Foot 

Rundown:  From Pratunam to Serangoon, this Thai chicken rice joint awarded with a Michelin Bib Gourmand is now in town. 
Perfect for: Taking your folks out for a new experience. 
Order this: Go Ang Chicken Rice (from $4.50) and Fried Tofu Cubes with Thai Sweet Chilli Sauce ($8)
For those who like: Chicken House and Wee Nam Kee
FYI: Have the chicken rice with their signature chilli sauce — a winning combination of ginger, bird’s eye chillies and dark soy sauce. 

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LINO


Photo: Shared by Burpplers Herman Low, Kenneth Lee & Victoria Hii 

Rundown: Les Amis’ refreshed contemporary Italian concept LINO now open in Binjai Park. 
Perfect for: Smart-casual dinner with a few friends. 
Order this: Burrata ($20) and Mixed Mushroom Pizza ($26)
For those who like: iO Italian Osteria and Nostra Cucina
FYI: The name 'LINO' means linen, which is used to cover their pizza dough during leavening. This kitchen’s also helmed by Peperoni’s head chef, so expect delicious pies! 

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TIPO


Photo: Shared by Burpplers Muriel AvdH 

Rundown: Halal pasta joint along North Bridge Road by the same guys who run The Mad Sailor and The Working Title. 
Perfect for: Fun dinners with pasta-loving friends. 
Order this: Dill & Lemon Fettuccine with Ragu ($10.90)
For those who like: Pastaria Abate
FYI: The menu focuses on build-your-own pastas — a plus for picky eaters. 

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RIZU


Photo: Shared by Burppler Rachel Chua & Rueann Dass 

Rundown: Quiet enclave in Duxton Hill for an intimate, upscale Japanese experience. Perfect for: Dinner and drinks with a close friend, or date nights in Duxton. 
Order this: Lobster Bisque ($12)5-Kinds Selected Sushi ($35) and Yuzu Pavlova with Passion Fruit and Mango Topping ($15)
For those who like: béni
FYI: The sake selection is stellar, so be sure to ask the staff for recommendations on a bottle or two. 

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TELOK AYER ARTS CLUB


Photo: Burppler Alicia Kho 

Rundown: This multi-concept venue by The Supermarket Company pops up along McCallum Street, with a menu focused on Western classics done well. 
Perfect for: Unconventional nights out with the gang. 
Order this: Locally-bred Spatchcock ($28) and Highball (from $14)
For those who like: House of MU
FYI: Expect themed club nights and art events coming up at the venue. 

This article was first published in Burpple.

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