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Places to Eat This March

The SALT team gives you their top recommendations that you just have to try.

By Levin Tan | 20 March, 2019 | Restaurants
2019-03-20 10:05:44 2019-03-20 10:41:14

The Botanic
www.thebotanic.com.sg
252 North Bridge Road, #01-22A
Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Contact: 6837 0995 / [email protected]

Socially-conscious gourmands will love this restaurant. With its offerings of plant-based dishes, as well as organic and free-range meat and sustainable seafood, it draws inspiration from across Asia and the Mediterranean. The Botanic’s concept revolves around today’s demand for more ethical dining habits as envisioned by Group Executive Chef Shannon Binnie, who has designed a menu that champions nutrient-dense superfoods and wholegrains  alongside farm-fresh produce from responsible sources. Expect flavourful combinations such as their vegetarian rendition of a traditional Scotch Egg ($15++), or the innovative Smoked Sambal Short Rib ($39++). While dining, you can also enjoy various organic and biodynamic wines, or refreshing fruit-based cocktails and mocktails.

Stranger’s Reunion
www.strangersreunion.com
33/35 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169355
Contact: 6222 4869

Maybe you’ve already heard of Stranger’s Reunion—after all, they’ve been known consistently as the brunch place in Singapore to go to if you know what’s good. But their team is not one to rest on their laurels, and have come up with a new menu to shake things up. Of special note is their Roasted Cauliflower Salad ($14.50) that is so full of texture and flavour that even salad-sceptics might be converted. Those looking for something more hearty might revel in their Pan Roasted Chicken Breast ($21.90). Upcycling has also become a feature in their new menu, where ingredients that most eateries might discard are given new life on the plate. For example, coffee grounds are reused for their Strangers Coffee Smoked Salmon on Toast ($18.90) to infuse house-cured salmon with a savoury and aromatic flavour.

Marina Bay Sands
10 Bayfront Ave, Singapore 018956

Ready for something different from the realm of science? Three restaurants at Marina Bay Sands are proud to launch the Impossible 2.0. Impossible Foods, if you are unaware, is a groundbreaking manufacturer of a wholly plant-based meat that’s just like the real thing, but a long way up the scale of sustainability. Adrift by David Myers, Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and CUT by Wolfgang Puck are one of the first few establishments to take on the incorporation of this miracle meat into their menus. From The Impossible Sliders to The Impossible Wellington, there’s no limit to what can be cooked up. These are definitely worth the trek to try.

Alt. Pizza
https://altpizza.com.sg/
267 Holland Avenue, Singapore 278989
Contact: 6219 3085

Alt. Pizza’s brand new outlet at Holland Village is worth visiting for its vibe alone (and let’s not forget their pizzas, too). Street-art inspired decor backs up their philosophy of honest and simple food with a dash of fun. Till the end of March, two limited edition pizzas will be available on the menu: the Rocketman and Wicked Veg ($18 each). All of their pizzas are made with signature sourdough starter combined with 100% French flours, then cooked to crisp perfection in the stone heath pizza oven. Their sides make worthy accompaniments to their delicious pizzas as well: their Fries with Truffle Mayo ($10) is perhaps one of the best iterations we’ve come across to date. Those on a bit of a budget can drop by during lunch hour to enjoy the Alt. Lunch Set which comes with a pasta or 8-inch pizza and a side salad for only $9.90.

The Butcher’s Kitchen
https://www.thebutcherskitchen.sg/
3 Temasek Boulevard #02-472,
Suntec City Mall, Singapore 038989

Just launched this month from the restaurant extension of the Australian-style butchery in Holland Village is their exclusive Whisky series, featuring three delectable dishes infused with the alcoholic beverage to create an amazing flavour profile.  The Whisky Char Siew ($12.80) is a crowd favourite, served with noodles and homemade sambal belacan. Also available is their Whisky Steak ($27.80) and a new take on their house chips with the Whisky Chips ($5.80). for those food instagrammers out there, you might enjoy the Flaming Char Siew ($10.80). Doused with a secret Chinese wine concoction, it is flambéd right in front of you for a showy presentation that matches its taste.

Neon Pigeon
www.neonpigeonsg.com
1 Keong Saik Road #01-03, Singapore 089109
Contact: 6222 3623 / [email protected]

If you haven’t had a chance to drop by Neon Pigeon since their opening to sample their popular izakaya sharing plates, now is the perfect time. They’ve recently added new modern dishes to their menu with Japanese-inspired flavours. Recommended is the fabulous Silken Uni Custard ($20/$38) and the Golden Curry Rice ($17/$32), the latter elevating the everyday dish to a holy grail level with its near risotto-like consistency.  Their wine menu has also seen an update, introducing the likes of Patrick Sullivan, Baw Baw Field, 2014 , and  Momento Mori, The Incline, 2017, among many other fanciful additions that range across the palette.

Summerlong
www.summerlongsg.com
60 Robertson Quay #01-04, Singapore 238252
Contact:  6235 1225 / [email protected]

The name says it all: fun yet relaxed beach side vibes with amazing Mediterranean food to boot, all culminating in an experience that will remind you of a gorgeous summer you’ve been waiting to have. They’ve just recently launched a new menu that defers to quality ingredients and complimentary cooking techniques. From the mezze section, try the Chilled Ponzu Clams ($18++) or the Spinach & Feta Pastry ($17++). Their barbecued seafood section also deserves acclaim—a favourite is the Whole Squid ($28++).

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