5 Top New Restaurants in Singapore

Food, What's New — By mariannerogerson on December 12, 2011 at 4:23 am

Sky on 57
The latest restaurant to open in the Marina Bay Sands complex takes pride of place on the roof, providing diners with one of the best views in Singapore as a backdrop. Helmed by Singapore’s very own celebrity chef, Justin Quek, Sky on 57 offers guests a modern take on traditional Asian and local cuisine. Presenting fine-dining interpretations of traditional favourites, Quek’s innovative dishes include Maine Lobster Hokkien Mee, Wagyu Beef Cheek Rendang and his signature Foie Gras Xiao Long Bao, where he infuses the favourite Asian dumpling with a silky-smooth goose liver. Arrive early for sunset cocktails on the outdoor terrace with its unparalleled views across the city.

Photo courtesy of Marina Bay Sands

Haji Lane has long been one of Singapore’s best kept secrets, the narrow, graffiti-strewn lane attracting the city’s young and trendy who flock here to browse among the bohemian vintage clothes and lifestyle boutiques. Now the Arab Quarter is becoming the new place to hang out after dark too, with the opening of several new bars and restaurants. The owners of nearby BluJaz have blessed Haji Lane with a Latin offshoot of their popular bar/restaurant concept, with Piedra Negra – a Mexican cantina that is fast garnering a reputation for serving some of the best Mexican food and margaritas in town. The usual burritos and tacos are accompanied by more interesting offerings such as cactus salad and tamarind-glazed pork ribs, and can be washed down with a selection of fresh fruit margaritas, beers and tequila.

Photo courtesy of Piedra Negra

Open Door Policy
The lastest offering in the up and coming Tiong Bahru area of Singapore is Open Door Policy. This long narrow open-plan restaurant with its show kitchen is creating a buzz in the city for its rustic bistro fare and industrial-chic setting. The menu was created by the Tippling Club’s Ryan Clift, famous for his innovative molecular gastronomy cuisine. At Open Door Policy, test tubes and foam have given way to a simple menu of modern bistro fare with a rustic twist, including hearty offerings Confit Duck Leg with puy lentils, sage and smoked bacon, and Pork Belly with parsnip puree, braised quinoa and celery. The short wine list focuses on boutique wines from around the world, many exclusive to ODP, while the bar offers a list of classic cocktails and specialty coffees.

Photo courtesy of Open Door Policy

Sabio Tapas Bar & Restaurant
2011 was the year of the tapas bar in Singapore, and one of the best newcomers is Sabio in the newly regenerated Duxton Hill enclave. This beautiful monochrome-tiled restaurant adorned with Spanish art features a 14 metre long counter with bar stools ideal for a casual evening of red wine and tapas. The constantly changing menu features fresh seasonal ingredients flown in directly from Spain, including premium jamon iberico bellota, pimientos, olives and salted bacalao. Traditional favourites such as Tortilla Espanola con chorizo, Gambas Pil-Pil and Patatas Bravas are all featured on the menu, with a few more novel treats such as Vieras en Salsa de Cava (sea scallops in sparkling white wine sauce) thrown in.

Photo courtesy of Sabio

Wild Honey at Scotts
Finding a good quality all-day western breakfast in Singapore can be something of a challenge. Wild Honey changed all that when they opened their first restaurant in the Mandarin Gallery in 2010 and on the back of its success, they have recently opened a second outlet in the new Scotts Square off Orchard Road. Here, a bright, spacious and airy atmosphere welcomes diners, while like its sister restaurant, the menu features breakfast favourites from around the world, from Tunisia to Mexico, from New York to California.

Photo courtesy of Wild Honey