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New Restaurants: April

This month, we've got refined vegan plates and a beer bistro as well as food from all around the world including Italian American favourites, comforting Taiwanese fare, and Korean-inspired New York street food.

By Hung Ping Lee | 11 April, 2018 | New Openings, Restaurants
2018-04-11 15:41:51 2018-08-13 17:39:26

HRVST

New Restaurants Singapore HRVST OUE Downtown
HRSVT’s eryingii “scallops”

As part of a fitness-lifestyle concept Kilter Avenue, HRVST proves that vegan food doesn’t have to just be beehoon or burgers. At the helm of the kitchen are head chefs Addis Tan and Dylan Chong, who have been through the kitchens of restaurants like Tippling Club, Esquina, and Cheek by Jowl. Expect clean, elegant plates of a mix of European and Asian-style dishes, modernised and vegan-fied. Highlights include king “scallops” ($12) made with eryngii stems, and served with sweet vegetables, spinach puree, toasted hazelnuts, and garlic powder (made with maltodextrin), enlivened with lemon zest; and hearty pumpkin fettucine in a crazy-addictive tom yum broth topped with coriander oil, shimeiji, baby corn and Japanese cucumber. For those with other dietary restrictions, they also offer garlic, onion and gluten-free options. In a bid to make fitness fun, HRVST also has an attached bar, serving drinks and vegan bar snacks like moreish fried chickpeas ($6) coated in Sichuan plum powder, and house-made veggie chips ($6).

Kilter Avenue, #05-01, OUE Downtown Gallery, 6A Shenton Way, Singapore 068815. Tel: +65 6920 7500

LAVO

New Restaurants Singapore LAVO MBS
(From left) LAVO’s The Meatball, 20 Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake, and Porterhouse Steak

Few experiences can trump dining on the rooftop of the Marina Bay Sands. But pair that experience with exceptional Italian American food, 19th century decor and a sprawling wraparound outdoor terrace, and you have a recipe for a riot of a night.

True to its roots in the sprawling metropolis of the Big Apple, LAVO incorporates Italian American influence into its cuisine, in menu items such as the The Meatball – a one-pound meatball made from ground wagyu, Italian sausage, and whipped ricotta; and truffle gnocchi, prepared with wild mushroom and veal demi ragu, finished with a heap of black truffles. Big, bold flavours are the name of the game here.

Be sure to sample their New York Porterhouse Steak – 45 day dry-aged Australian beef char-broiled until smoky, and perfectly medium-rare. Finish off the meal with the 20 Layer Chocolate Peanut Butter Cake: a peanut butter mascarpone filling tucked in between layers of chocolate cake and stacked twenty layers high, then finished with a chocolate ganache and peanut brittle. This cake towers above most wine glasses and is a great way to wow your dinner partner.

10 Bayfront Avenue, Tower One, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018956. Tel: +65 6688 8591

The Salted Plum

New Restaurants Singapore The Salted Plum
Taiwanese dishes at The Salted Plum

The short-lived but well received drinking spot Five Ten has reincarnated as The Salted Plum, now with a focus on the food side of things. The concept is similar, with many dishes priced at $5 and $10, and a few premium items like five-spice slipper lobster, and steamed Boston lobster (both $25). Many of the favourites still remain on the menu, like their infamous braised pork belly ($10) and crispy smashed potatoes sprinkled with sour plum powder ($5). The menu has also expanded after a research trip to Taiwan, where the team explored dishes from everywhere from Taipei to Kaoshiung to bring you treats like housemade Taiwanese sausage patties ($10) made from fresh pork; and mind-bendingly tasty braised pig’s intestines ($10) served with a wallop of minced garlic. Other highlights include chicken hearts with crispy, fragrant fried ginger, and a comforting barramundi in dashi broth–all perfect with their lard-and-garlic oil scented Shiny Rice ($0.50). For dessert, there’s red tea jelly with pearls and cream ($5), or beer ($5, Suntory Premium Malt), if that’s more your speed.

10 Circular Rd, Singapore 049366. Tel: +65 6260 0155

Stamford Brasserie

New Restaurants Singapore Stamford Brassierie
Stamford Brassierie’s House-made Gnocchi

A casual dining concept, Stamford Brasserie aims to be a celebration of all bistro fare, made freshly with seasonal produce. The menu is based off rustic items such as the Country-Style Ragout ($12) made with a mushroom medley and served with crusty homemade sourdough bread. The House-made gnocchi ($18) features freshly made pasta sitting in a heady cep butter sauce. Other standouts include Baked Fish en Papillote ($20), which uses locally-sourced sea bass fillet baked in Pernod absinthe, fish jus, fennel and seasonal vegetables.

There was a time when brasserie literally meant brewery. Stamford Brasserie knows this, and is presenting a liquid menu of 22 craft beers from Singapore, Japan, Australia, Japan, Jamaica, United Kingdom and more to complement its dishes. Check out beers like the Love Trap Lager ($13), Japanese White Ale ($15), Rye & Pint Sunday’s Brew ($15) and Engel Hefeweizen Hell ($18) to name a few. Also available are 6 draught beers – Tiger, Erdinger, Guinness, Kirin, Archipelago Singapore Blonde and Archipelago Tok Kong.

2 Stamford Road, Level 1, Swissôtel The Stamford, Singapore 189560. Tel: +65 6431 6156

NY Night Market

New Restaurants Singapore NY Night Market Westgate
NY Night Market’s Rosti and Beef

Hailing from Seoul, NY Night Market is now here in Singapore with one goal: to give locals a taste of the plethora of street snacks in New York City markets. The Korean brand puts its own spin on popular Western comfort foods, such as the Rosti & Beef ($10.90). The rosti is made from scratch using finely-shredded Russet potatoes, and is coupled with generous slices of bulgogi (Korean BBQ beef). Cream the Curry ($13.90) is another fusion dish of interest. Served over an open flame, this pot of beef and topokki (Korean rice cakes) red curry comes shrouded beneath oodles of whipped cream. When stirred in, the airy cream lightens the texture of the curry and gives it a slight sweetness.

NY Night Market is also designed to be a casual watering hole where friends can knock back a drink or two. Their range of boozy tipples include the Day & Night ($12.90) – an energy booster of beer infused with black coffee, and Blood & Seoul ($14.90), a jumbo-sized cocktail of lime mojito mixed with strawberry and raspberry puree, lemon juice and an upside-down bottle of beer. There are also non-alcoholic beverages suitable for children and non-drinkers, including a virgin Mojito ($6.90) and the popular Green Grape Smoothie ($8.90).

3 Gateway Drive, #01-08, Westgate, Singapore 608532. 

Hung Ping Lee
Hung Ping loves all things life. A former hardcore Science student, he is now a semi-serious writer of poetry and enjoys cycling down East Coast Park. He likes cooking too.

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