Since Singapore is known as a gastronomical city, it is no surprise that many new food joints have been opening its doors this year despite the pandemic. As we’re slowly creeping closer to the long-awaited year-end festivities (Christmas! New Year’s Eve!), why not try dining in at these new restaurants while you ring in the new — and hopefully, better — year with your loved ones?
From Mott 32, a fancy modern Cantonese restaurant located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, to Hub & Spoke, a sweet sanctuary parked away at the outskirts of Changi Airport, scroll through to find out our favourite new restaurants in Singapore that are must-visits for 2020’s holiday season.
1. Mott 32
Founded in New York in 1851, Mott 32 is a contemporary Chinese restaurant that focuses on Cantonese cuisine. With stellar reviews for its scrumptious dim sums and delicious cocktails, naturally, this 169-year old food joint makes it into our must-visit list when it finally opened its first outlet in Singapore earlier this year. Located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, be enchanted by its dark and moody interior that’s fashioned with ornate oriental elements. Signature dishes include Applewood Smoked Peking Duck ($108, pictured) and Barbecue Pluma Iberico Pork ($48).
Mott 32 is at #B1-42-44 The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, Singapore 018956. Opens from 11.30am to 12am everyday.
Tel: 6688 9922
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2. Avenue 87
Founded by Singaporean chefs Alex Phan and Glen Tay, Avenue 87 is a modern Asian restaurant that highlights local delicacies with an interesting twist. Nestled in the heart of Chinatown, be prepared to be wowed by its remarkable industrial meets mid-century modern interior. Their menu is no less fancy – its two and three course lunch menus ($29++ and $38++) include either its AHK Sea Bass or Duck Confit Yam Rice of your choice. For its dinner menu, choose between its four and six course dinner menus ($76++ and $98++), which offer Rendang Beef Cheek and Herbed Lamb Rack (pictured) respectively. Its dinner menus come with an optional wine pairing that’s exclusively curated by beverage specialist Si Hao.
Avenue 87 is at 47 Amoy Street, Singapore 069873. Opens from 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5.30pm to 10pm on Tuesdays to Fridays. Closed on Saturdays, Sundays and Mondays.
Tel: 6970 5491
If you’re a fan of full-flavoured pitas and falafel, check out Miznon, an internationally renowned Isareli food chain founded by MasterChef Israel judge and chef Eyal Shani. Its Singapore outlet, headed by Tal Eisenberg and Nadav Cohen, is the brand’s 11th restaurant. We’re obsessed with their cool approach to its interior – a casual outpost fashioned with polished hardwood and post-industrial elements. Expect to find eclectic street food hailing from Tel Aviv, such as Roasted Baby Cauliflower ($16, pictured) and Ratatouille Pita ($17), which comprises tahini, chilli and a hard boiled egg.
Miznon is at #01-01, 6 Stanley Street, Singapore 068725. Opens 11am to 11pm on Mondays to Saturdays. Closed on Sundays.
Tel: 6223 0716
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4. Lucali BYGB
An offshoot of Brooklyn-based pizzeria Lucali, Lucali BYGB is a gastronomic collaboration between OG founder Mark Iacono and Singapore-based hospitality expert Gibran Baydoun. This restaurant is not your typical pizzeria: its interior sports a mishmash of architectural elements, from retro to mid-century minimalist and even industrial, that somehow works harmoniously. Bring along your friends to feast on its signature Lucali 18-inch Pizza Pie ($55, pictured), which, ironically, is the only pizza available on its menu. Other delights include Zucchini Salad ($25) and Spicy Rigatoni ($35).
Lucali BYGB is at 66 Kampong Bugis, Singapore 338987. Opens from 5pm to 10pm on Wednesdays to Sundays, as well as 11am to 3pm on Fridays to Sundays. Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays.
Tel: 8284 1325
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5. Bar Milano
Founded by SJS Group, the mind behind Singapore’s awesome nightlife and F&B offerings like Bang Bang, Lulu’s Lounge and Employee’s Only, Bar Milano, as its name suggests, is a gastro-bar that specialises in Italian cuisine and aperitivo. Its bistro interior is accompanied by moody warm tone lighting – definitely ideal for a romantic dinner date with your beau. Together with your loved one, chow down on its Chicken Milanese ($28) or Lamb and Rosemary Lasagna ($28). While you do so, sip on some of its cool cocktails, like Rinomato Spritz ($23, pictured) and Negroni Sbagliato ($20).
Bar Milano is at #01-02, 55 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089158. Opens from 10am to 12am everyday.
Tel: 6513 0524
6. Hub & Spoke
A place more suitable for a casual brunch as opposed to a swanky dinner date, Hub & Spoke is a cafe that’s probably not as renowned as its Keong Siak’s counterparts. In fact, it’s situated next to Changi Airport Terminal 2, which you can distinctly identify from its glasshouse exterior and elegant furnishings. This food haven focuses on both international and local delicacies, including must-tries like its Avocado Toast ($14.90, pictured), Prime Ribeye Steak with Chimichurri Sauce ($19.90) and Mee Rebus Java ($6.90).
Hub & Spoke is at #01-T2S-02 Singapore Changi Airport, 60 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819643. Opens from 7.30 am to 9.30pm everyday.
7. French Fold
Founded by the Merci Marcel Group, French Fold is a casual restaurant that features crepes, galettes and well, all things French. Its mid-century modern interior is definitely on brand with the fine dining chain’s aesthetic. Savour its hearty delights, which include Galette No. 4 ($14, pictured) – comprising ham, sunny side up, sauteed mushrooms and comte cheese, Organic Benedict Eggs ($21, available only from 8am to 4pm) as well as No.15, a homemade salted caramel crepe ($8).
French Fold is at 204 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068640. Opens from 8am to 10.30pm everyday.
Tel: 6970 7626