With Chinese New Year feasting barely behind us, we’re moving on to other distractions.
These new restaurants are tempting our taste buds with modern German cuisine, local Zi Char, Japanese-influenced la mian, and more.
Located at Capitol Piazza’s indoor galleria just outside The Capitol Kempinski Hotel Singapore, Frieda serves Austrian-influenced modern German cuisine. The floral- and botanical-themed interiors are in keeping with the tastes of Frieda herself, the restaurant’s namesake and daughter of hotel founder Berthold Kempinski. While the space is divided into three main areas, Frieda’s Dining Room, Frieda’s Day Bar and Frieda’s Garden, wherever you sit, expect homely hospitality and trappings of hearty home-cooked meals you’d find in Germany and Central Europe. Some of the highlights on the menu include the cold cut platter with Gruyere cheese, mixed pickles, obatzda, red radish and pretzel; the beef consommé with semolina dumplings and pancake; and the traditional Wiener Schnitzel or breaded veal cutlet.
#01-87, 01-K1-K2 Arcade@The Capitol Kempinski. Tel: 6715 6873. Lunch and dinner service daily.
New Ubin Seafood adds a new restaurant at Ramada by Wyndham Singapore At Zhongshan Park to its list of eateries offering local, often wok-fried dishes known as Zi Char or Tze Char. Overseen by executive Chef Melvin Lim, the hotel restaurant features star dishes from New Ubin Seafood’s other restaurants at Hillview, CHIJMES and its offshoot Garang Grill. Just a few of the signatures on the menu are USDA Black Angus Choice Rib-Eye accompanied by Heart Attack fried rice; foie gras egg special; as well as the Garang Grill favourite, crispy pork jowl served with miso gula Melaka glaze. Hearty lunch bowls (from $15 per person) featuring proteins such as USDA Black Angus Choice Rib-Eye are also available.
16 Ah Hood Road. Tel: 97406870. Lunch and dinner service daily.
Siri House at Dempsey, owned by Thai luxury developer Sansiri, is a new 3000sqft lifestyle space that brings together property, design, art and food. Jam at Siri House, helmed by local chefs Ming Tan and Jeremy Cheok, is the modern Asian restaurant at its heart. The restaurant hopes to make diners feel as warm and comfortable as if they were invited to dine at someone’s home. So don’t be surprised to find a cocktail trolley at your side as soon after you enter, ready to serve you pre-dinner tipples such as the Siri House Negroni made with a Thai red tea infusion. And when everyone’s ready to sit down to dinner, the hearty spread on the table will feature dishes such as USDA prime ribeye dressed with kombu butter and salsa verde; and Hokkaido scallop carpaccio with yuzu and truffle dressing, trout roe and kizami kombu.
Siri House at Dempsey, Block 8D, #01-02 Dempsey Hill, Dempsey Road. Tel: 9667 0533. Lunch, snacks and dinner service on Tuesdays to Sundays.
Started by Burgundy native Geoffrey Daurelle, former deputy director and sommelier of Wine Universe restaurant at Millenia Walk, this all-day bistro and wine bar is dedicated to Burgundian wine and food. On the menu, expect a roster of constantly changing Chef’s Specials, and bites you’d find in Burgundian bistros, such as Jambon Persillé or parsleyed ham; Truite a l’Aligoté or steamed trout fillet with white wine sauce, pommes fondants and asparagus; and Boeuf Bourguignon, made with Daurelle’s mother’s recipe. Wines from Burgundy feature prominently on the mainly French wine list, alongside other wines from countries such as Italy and Spain.
25 Keong Saik Road. Tel: 69098120.
Recently opened at Paragon with another branch coming soon at VivoCity, Le Shrimp Ramen by the Paradise Group combines Chinese la mian or hand-pulled noodles with the umami-packed prawn-stock-based broths of some Japanese ramens such as ebi ramen. To make Le Shrimp Ramen’s shrimp broth, fresh large prawns are baked at 180˚C for 45 minutes before they are hand-grinded then simmered for more than eight hours with dried scallop and spices. The noodle dishes they offer include le signature trio shrimp ramen topped with fresh prawns, handmade ebiko prawn paste and prawn dumplings; as well as big prawns and braised pork rib shrimp ramen.
#B1-42 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road. Tel: 6487 6489. Lunch and dinner service daily.