New year, new food adventures. These new or refreshed restaurants feature unusual ingredients, riffs on regional cuisines and plenty of charcoal-grilled favourites.
A new modern French restaurant lands on Duxton Road, eager to tease your palate with dishes inspired by herbs from the mountains of Savoie, France. Alpine herbs from this region are often rich in health and medicinal properties, and are not only used in food but in drinks such as the herbal liquer, genepi.
French chef Jeremy Gillon, who was previously with the former one-Michelin-starred L’Epicurean in France and the former Audace restaurant in Singapore, has planned the menu around more than 40 of these prized herbs. Go a la carte with dishes such as O’Connors grass-fed Angus Striploin with baby turnips, daikon and aubepine; or opt for one of their languid dinner degustation menus featuring seasonal ingredients and a host of alpine herbs.
76/76A Duxton Road. Tel: 3138 8477. Lunch sets (from $58), dinner sets (from $98), discovery degustation (from $108). Mondays to Saturdays.
Kilo Kitchen, erstwhile located at Kampong Bugis Road with Camp Kilo Charcoal Club, makes the move to Duxton Road, just a few doors down from another one in the family, Kilo Lounge. The idea is for easy segues between dinner and a long night of drinks accompanied by live music. Not that there aren’t enough cocktails to go around at Kilo Kitchen, what with its selections such as Makgeolli Passion and Spicy Margarita.
In the food department, executive chef Manuel Valero returns with fresh ideas to elevate Kilo Kitchen’s Latin American and Asian-inspired cuisine. With an open kitchen that has a wood-fired grill at its core, expect Kilo signature snacks such as crab croquettes, crispy chicken skin and grilled avocado; and larger mains such as barbecue pork ribs and grilled lamb shank with roasted peppers and za’atar bread. New dishes are in the works and will be rolled out throughout the year.
97 Duxton Road. Tel: 3138 8477. Dinners Tuesdays to Saturdays.
‘Demon chef’ Alvin Leung of three-Michelin-starred Bo Innovation has been busy with projects in our region, such as opening a Singapore outpost of Hong Kong restaurant Forbidden Duck last year, and exploring Southeast Asian flavours on TVN’s food and travel show, Wok the World. Now, he has started a new restaurant at City Hall, anchoring the dining offerings at the new The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore.
15 Stamford by Alvin Leung focuses on reinterpreting flavours found in our regional backyard such as South Korea, the Philippines, Indonesia and right here in Singapore. If Wok the World‘s the teaser, this restaurant could be called the main act. On the a la carte menu, expect dishes such as Singapore laksa with jasmine tea-smoked onsen quail eggs, housemade dried shrimp oil, shrimp floss and tiger prawns tempura; Hokkaido scallop with adobo butter and ginger; and Boston lobster with mangosteen, tomato and spicy Thai dressing.
Lobby level, Capitol Kempinski Hotel, 15 Stamford Road. Tel: 6715 6871. Lunch and dinner service daily.
Salt tapas & bar – Luke Mangan at Raffles City morphs into The Botanic, a nature-inspired restaurant serving up Asian- and Mediterranean-influenced cuisine. Dishes such as grilled squid with inked rice and smoked sambal short ribs are staples, but vegetable-focused dishes are made with as much creativity as the ones featuring meats and seafood. A scotch egg that comprises a falafel-clad organic free-range egg, tabouli, cucumber and yoghurt, is just one example. The restaurant is also dedicated to providing vegan and gluten-free options for those who have such dietary requirements.
Says Australian group executive chef Shannon Binnie, who had worked for chef Luke Mangan since 1999, “Being vegan myself, I have often struggled with the limitations of dining out. This was the starting point in creating our very own plant-based menu. The creations here are designed to be more substantial, fortified with nutrient dense superfoods, whole grains and punchy sauces and herb oils that pack intense flavours in every bite.”
To complement the food, the restaurant’s wine list features a good number of wines from producers such as Cullen Winery and PengWine who are the part of a growing global sustainable, biodynamic and organic wines movement.
#01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre,252 North Bridge Road. Tel: 68370995. Daily lunch and dinner service.
This Asian casual-dining restaurant with alfresco seating comes complete with two private dining areas, one for 10 and another party space up to 30. On the menu, find a range of street eats, some laced with a dash of spice. Snacks run the gamut of nibbles such as crispy pig’s ear, Asian buffalo drumlets, charcoal-grilled items Iberico pork cheek and an assortment of meat skewers. Among the larger plates, comfort food by way of oxtail soup, Balinese pork ribs and grilled whole fish feature. For a quick lunch, there are myriad one-dish meals to choose from, such as 16-grain Japanese rice bowl topped with pickles and onsen egg; while on weekends, the brunch menu features mainly sharing platters (for three or four), such as a Butcher’s Cut platter of Balinese pork rib, kampong chicken, Ocean Beef ribeye, Iberico pork collar and lamb ribs.
#01-643 Suntec City Mall East Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard. Tel: 6836 5994. Daily brunch, lunch and dinners (closes at 4pm on Sundays)