Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

press@vanillaluxury.sg (Aditi Kashyap)
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What’s cooking in Singapore’s vibrant F&B scene? We’ve rounded up the exciting new openings as well as new menu launches at some of our favourite restaurants and bars in Singapore.

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Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Permata Singapore


Inspired by the trade in the 1920s, where diamonds and gemstones were sold in Kampong Gelam, Permata which means jewel in Malay is the first Nusantara Buffet Restaurant at Gedung Kuning, formerly the mansion of Tengku Mahmud, the youngest son of the Sultan of Johor in 1864.

With over 60 Nusantara-inspired dishes offered for both lunch and dinner, Permata Singapore’s Executive Chef Firdauz Nasir is on a mission to elevate Nusantara cuisine in Singapore while ensuring that key nostalgic dishes such as Ulam, Kerabu, and Lemang remain on the menu.

Pushing the boundaries in his cooking, Executive Chef Firdauz has added modern twists to the menu with dishes like Wagyu Beef Rendang, Ayam Binjai, Tempoyak Ikan Patin that pair perfectly well with Nasi Bunga Telang, Permata’s Signature Blue Pea Rice.

Wanting to offer a truly premium Malay and Indonesian dining experience for the food lovers in Singapore, Executive Chef Firdauz has curated a Seafood on Ice Station which has a selection of fresh seafood along with Live Noodles, Live Roti Jala, Live Carving Station, and a Grill Station that includes Beef Sirloin Steak, Locally Farmed Chicken, Marinated Lamb Flap and the all-time favourite Satays!

The Grilled Meats at Permata Singapore are marinated with Nusantara sauces and spices and can be paired with 6 different types of hand-blended sambals that make the perfect condiments to your meal. Do try Permata’s Buah Keluak Brownie, made with a native seed commonly used in Javanese cooking.

New Launch Promo Price For a Limited Time Only

Mon - Thu: Lunch at S$42++, and Dinner at S$52++ per person

Fri, Sat, and Sun: Lunch at S$48++, and Dinner at S$58++ per person

Opening Hours: Lunch 12 pm to 3 pm & Dinner 6 pm to 10 pm

Reservations are highly recommended via https://www.gedungkuning.sg/book or by calling (+65) 9082 9941.

Address: 73 Sultan Gate, Gedung Kuning, Singapore 198497


Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Tiffin Room x Meatsmith Little India


In collaboration with fusion American smokehouse Meatsmith Little India, Tiffin Room at Raffles Hotel Singapore invites guests to a culinary spread, featuring an imaginative combination of authentic North Indian specialities alongside Indian-accented southern American barbecue delights.

Available from 23 April to 6 May 2021 for both lunch and dinner, and jointly presented by Chef Kuldeep Negi of Tiffin Room and Kurt Sombero, Head Chef, Meatsmith Little India, the curated menu features signature dishes from both chefs.

Guests can look forward to new dishes presented alongside well-loved favourites from Tiffin Room, which are known for their masterful traditional cooking techniques using the tandoor, while tasting Chef Sombero’s eclectic and unique method of cooking with wood and fire, using the best ingredients from the local Tekka Market and around the world.

Revel in a curated selection of North Indian specialities including Lamb Chop Masala, Chicken Curry, and creamy Tiffin Dal Makhani, accompanied by an assortment of Naan, all presented in Tiffin Room’s signature tiffin box. Savour a taste of modern Indian-inspired barbecue dishes such as a delicately spiced Cured Fish Biryani Nigiri, Ikura Papadum, and Curried Granita Carabinero, an intriguing dish of Carabinero prawn with cauliflower purée with smoky, curried granita for a finishing touch.

For vegetarian alternatives, guests can indulge in refreshing Tandoori Leek and Curried Granita, crispy Roasted Vegetable Papadum, as well as classic North Indian delights such as Paneer Masala, gourmet Subz Pulaoand more.

Address: Raffles Hotel Singapore, 1 Beach Road, Singapore 189673

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Heart of Darkness

Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam, rolls out an expanded food menu with tasty new sharing plates, tapas, meat, tacos and a much more diverse drinks menu.

Known for their extensive beer offerings – ranging from core brews to seasonal and collaborative offerings with local, regional and global craft breweries – Heart of Darkness has recently introduced new food additions that blend regional Asian cuisine with American soul food.

For starters try the Fruits and Vegetables Platter - an innovative take on Vietnamese rice paper rolls, filled with a combination of fruits and Japanese rice or vegetables and noodles. The crispy Fresh Calamari is a must-try - a whole squid dusted with flour sitting on a bed of sriracha mayo.

For something heartier try the IPA Crispy Prok Belly that has been marinated for 3 days in beer, sous vide overnight and deep-fried till crispy, served with homemade chilli. Looking for a seafood option? The unassuming Pan Seared Barramundi with tomato confit puree is a burst of flavours.

With 20 taps filled with Heart of Darkness’ own creative brews and up to 5 taps dedicated to local breweries and special collaborations, the venue continues to push the boundaries of craft beer in the region while nurturing the next generation of brewers in Singapore. Award-winning favourites such as Dream Alone Pale Ale, Futile Purpose Cucumber Pilsner and Director’s Cacao Nib Porter are paired with an ever-changing limited release menu that is updated every couple of days.

Address: 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Drunken Farmer

Common Man Stan by day, Drunken Farmer by night. The travelling natural wine bar, consultancy and merchant by Spa Esprit Group has finally traded in the nomadic life for a new brick-and-mortar home in Telok Ayer.

Every Tuesday to Saturday from 6pm to 10.30pm, the cafe transforms into a natural wine bar and bistro that celebrates the concept of terroir through age-old techniques that take guests back to the natural way of making food and wine – from the ground up. Chef de cuisine Paul Albert showcases a sourdough-focused menu with a minimal waste philosophy, with pairings of natural wines sourced all the way from Europe to South America, curated by wine expert, Eduardo Bayo.

Illuminated by vibrant neon signs, Japanese Noren curtains, printed roller blinds featuring visuals of kung-fu masters, and projections of vintage silent cinema splashed across the room, Drunken Farmer guarantees a good time.

If you love your carbs (or even if you don’t), the Sourdough “Couvert” loaves made using a 159-year-old starter, along with house churned butter, pickles fermented from scratch and smoked Maldon salt is so worth it! Locally sourced goat’s milk fresh from the farm is turned into a creamy cheese daily and accompanies organic heirloom tomatoes in the Heirloom Tomatoes – all tied together with basil oil made using fresh basil plucked from Open Farm Community’s garden.

Stealing the spotlight is the rotating selection of sourdough pizzas that each begins with a stiffer sourdough base and takes about 30 hours of fermentation to bring about a chewy, airy crust and an assertive tang reminiscent of the Neapolitan style that would work just as well with a classic Margherita as it would a combination as intriguing as Ricotta and Dried Tomatoes.

Complementing the food menu is an exciting arsenal of over 80 natural, organic, biodynamic and sustainably farmed labels sourced straight from winemakers from France, Italy, Chile and Spain, some of which exclusively imported by Drunken Farmer.

Address: 11 Stanley Street, Singapore 068730

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

MO BAR Afternoon Tea

MO BAR at Mandarin Oriental, Singapore has relaunched its popular Afternoon Tea.

You can choose from 19 different types of rare teas sourced from Asia’s famous tea-growing regions. Following the bar’s recognition as one of Asia’s 50 Best Bars last year, MO BAR’s current cocktail menu offers a creative selection of regionally inspired drinks. Our personal favourites include Thunder, Panacea, Milkyway, and Instagram-worthy Sarimanok.

With the food selection on offer refreshed frequently, you can look forward to new flavours each time you visit. Till June, you can expect an afternoon tea set that includes a refreshing palate cleanser of Lemongrass Pineapple Granita with Coconut Kaffir Emulsion followed by savoury bites - Potato with Citrus Mayo and Chicken Floss, Black Truffle Egg Mimosa Kueh Pie Tee with Chives, Maine Lobster Brioche with Ikura, and more.

From the selection of sweet treats on offer, the highlight has got to be the Baked Soft Cheesecake with vanilla creme fraiche - ooh so good! What afternoon tea is complete without the quintessential scones? MO BAR offers scones in both vanilla and chocolate, complemented by jam, marmalade and cream. Finish off on a sweet note with milk and white chocolate pralines.

MO BAR’s Afternoon Tea is available daily from 3pm to 5pm at S48++ per person and S$88++ for 2 persons. The indulgence set includes one of MO BAR’s signature cocktails at S$65++ or a glass of “R” de Ruinart Champagne S$68++.

Address: 5 Raffles Avenue, Marina Square, Singapore 039797

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills

Beloved local French bakery, Tiong Bahru Bakery, known for its oven-fresh croissants and quality pastries baked with premium French ingredients and time-honoured techniques, has set foot at the historic Fort Canning Hill.

Staying true to their philosophy of respecting heritage by freshly baking everything by hand every 2 hours, guests can look forward to yet another spot to indulge in the crusty, buttery and sweet laminated rings of Kouign-Amann. An “open concept” kitchen at the back—a first for the French bakery—also allows you to admire the artisans hard at work.

An outdoor patio welcomes those who wish to enjoy al fresco dining or an outdoor picnic perfectly complemented by Tiong Bahru Bakery Foothills’ Picnic Bundles comprising an assortment of bakes, salads and beverages to choose from, complete with a customised picnic bag and take-out TBB dining sets for convenience. The area is pet-friendly too!

Exclusive to this new outlet are the handcrafted Sourdough Croissant with a creamy and crunchy crémeux praline filling; Nutmeg Teh Halia - our local favourite ginger tea gently perfumed with the spice, a nod to Singapore’s earlier plantations; and Sourdough Kvass - a sweet, sparkling and refreshing Eastern European beverage from as early as the Middle Ages that's brewed with sourdough yeast. Possibly the OG non-alcoholic beverage.

Address: The Foot Hills [Fort Canning Park], 70 River Valley Road, #01-05, S179037

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Pâtisserie CLÉ

Pâtisserie CLÉ has launched its second outlet, tucked within the idyllic Lucky Heights neighbourhood in Bedok. It is a refreshed concept where fans can head to and indulge in tarts and entremets as well as a new selection of viennoiseries.

Founded by local pastry chefs Germaine Li and Joy Chiam to realise their approach to French desserts, you are promised sweet and savoury French classics such as croissants, pain au chocolat and apple mille-feuille.

Also on offer are unique creations - the Lucky Clover, a fortuitous twist on puff pastry swirls with generous sprinkles of fragrant spring onion, garlic and bacon; the Truffle Ziggy, a savoury bite filled with truffle cream, wild mushrooms, arugula, cherry tomatoes and feta cheese; and the highly-popular Orh Blanc Tart, a curious fusion of the French Mont Blanc dessert and orh nee.

The Gentleman, a seductive whiskey-soaked chocolate sponge cake with cashew nut brittle, chocolate mousse and a rich coat of dark chocolate and whiskey ganache, steals the spotlight for us.

Address: 79 Lucky Heights, Singapore 467627


Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in March 2021

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

MOONBOW

Dempsey Hill welcomes a new dining destination, MOONBOW, helmed by celebrated local chef Heman Tan. With over 38 years of culinary experience, chef Heman seamlessly merges his love for Asian ingredients and Western cooking techniques.

Savour an array of delicious starters such as the Garden of Escargot with fresh micro cress, truffle gelato, lychee pearl, mushroom soil, and mashed edamame. Try the delicate and refreshing Moonbow Oyster Bay featuring Fine de Claire oysters served with oyster leaves, yuzu gel, cucumber pearl, and yuzu granita.

Follow the starters with their heartwarming Jerusalem Artichoke soup, served with 64 Degrees Sous Vide Egg, Caviar, and Sunchoke Chips.

Another highlight is The Salmon Fish & Chips at MOONBOW which is served in an English Picnic Luggage. The Fish & Chips are served with Mashed Edamame, Potato “Rock”, Honey Mustard Dips, and Tartar Dips.

Address: Block 10 Dempsey Road, #01-21, Singapore 247700

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Jekyll & Hyde

Jekyll & Hyde has launched a new menu featuring a selection of dishes that tap on the southeast Asian love for unpretentious food with sweet, sour, salty and spicy flavour combinations.

Try the Gula Melaka Top Shell whose heady tangy flavours pair naturally with alcohol. The conch brine is first reduced then flavoured with fresh citrus juices and gula Melaka. The syrup is then spiked with chilli padi and sliced raw shallots. Have as a snack or with a bowlful of hot rice for a heartier meal.

Familiar local favourites are made new at Jekyll & Hyde such as the Chilli Crab Nachos. The sweet and spicy dip – inspired by what is arguably the best part of Singapore’s iconic chilli crab dish, the sauce – is luxed up with deep sea wild crabmeat and ikura.

Jekyll’s Kurobuta Fried Carrot Cake hits the spot after a big night out. An elevated version of the classic hawker dish, it is the ultimate late-night supper food served almost like a pizza – to it is easily eaten and shared. Housemade sambal floss is served on the side.

Our favourite cocktail was PB & J - peanut butter washed Bulliet Bourbon, Rinomato, orange peel infused Cinzano bianco. The drinks menu also features classic cocktails, spirits, and punch bowls that are perfect for sharing with friends on a fun night out.

Address: 74 Neil Road, Singapore 088839, Singapore

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Kinki Restaurant + Bar

From one Japanese icon to another, the beloved sumo (previously the muse at Kinki) passes on his legacy to the Geisha who’s set on blazing the trail at the newly revamped Kinki Restaurant + Bar.

Ascend to Level Three at this rooftop bar with spectacular views of Marina Bay. The ‘Kinki Rockstar’ cocktail line-up features new handcrafted classic cocktails with a twist, such as Geisha-Rita, Kinki’s take on the margarita with Ocho Blanco tequila, Nigori umeshu, and freshly cracked pepper instead of salt making all the difference.

On Level Two, the doors open to a modern Japanese tea house. Kinki’s food stays true to authentic Japanese cuisine but is presented in an Instagram-worthy creative new light. Always popular is the signature ‘Rock and Roll’ maki; with special mention for the AC/DC Dynamite, a tempura-fried mixed seafood roll capped by a slice of Japanese cucumber with fresh raw seafood and avocado. Add homemade Sriracha sweet soy and this dish is an explosion of flavours.

New bedfellows on the menu are the Corn Duo and Grilled Squid Chimichurri. Get your fix of this a-maizing appetiser where baby corn is mixed with corn puree and tossed with furikake bits, and on the side, there’s a sriracha mayo sauce for a mild spicy kick. The charcoal-grilled squid is one to go with drinks. Smokey and tender, dip the squid into a perfectly balanced sweet and sour sauce of coriander, lime juice, green and red chilli – THE combination in our opinion.

Address: 70 Collyer Quay, #02-02 Customs House, Singapore 049323

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Monti Rooftop Bar Presents No Strings Attached

Monti Rooftop Bar has made free-flow into a daily affair. From Monday through Sunday, enjoy a 2-hour free flow of prosecco, wines, selected spirits & beers with the stunning view of Marina Bay Singapore. Priced at $58++ on Sundays to Thursdays and $68++ on Fridays and Saturdays, there are two time slots available to choose from: 5pm to 7pm or 7pm to 9pm.

Must-try bites when you're there by Chef Felix Chong are their Grilled Steak Bites (S$27++), Spaghetti Aglio Olio Prawns (S$20++), Truffle Pizza (S$30++), and for vegetarians, you have the Margherita Pizza with Burratina (S$26++) and Fried Caprese (S$16++) that are both equally delicious.

Address: 82 Collyer Quay, Singapore 049327

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Smoke Lab Vodka

India’s first homegrown premium craft vodka SMOKE LAB VODKA has made its official debut here in Singapore.

SMOKE LAB VODKA is made using pure Himalayan spring water and locally sourced superior-quality Basmati rice. The only vodka in India crafted with Basmati rice, this unique grain was chosen as the base for two reasons: Basmati is intrinsically linked to the brand’s homeland of India, and lends a distinctive crisp, pure flavour and unique floral aromas to the spirit. The Basmati rice used in the production of SMOKE LAB VODKA is cultivated in close proximity to the distillery to ensure freshness and to support local farmers.

Once harvested, it undergoes a traditional five-step distillation process and is finished in an ultra-modern two-step Sparkle Filtration system, creating a soft, clean and smooth finish.

Comprising two variants – the ultra-pure SMOKE LAB VODKA Classic (40% ABV) and the aromatic SMOKE LAB VODKA Aniseed (37.5% ABV), the former boasts fresh nutty aromas and hints of citrus fruits, while the latter, which is a playful exploration of a much-loved Indian herb, offers a delicate mix of fennel and liquorice notes.

The distilleries utilise renewable sources of energy that contribute back to the electric grid, while ensuring that water is always reused and never wasted as part of the brand’s zero waste ethos.

Smoke Lab Vodka is available as cocktails and retailed at the following bars and restaurants island-wide in Singapore: The Old Man Singapore, Butcher Boy, Kafe Utu, Kizuna, Lime House, Maduro, The Elephant Room, and The Nomads.


Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in February 2021

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021


Nusantara

Located at Frasers Tower, Nusantara Singapore serves authentic Nusantara cuisine made healthier with no monosodium glutamate (msg), no preservatives, less oil and less sugar.

Singaporean Muslim Chef Firdauz Nasir believes in using old school techniques with traditional Nusantara ingredients bought fresh from the local markets in Singapore so as to share this nostalgic cuisine with everyone.

Chef Firdauz is reviving recipes from his grandmother and mother through signature dishes such as Beef Rendang slow-cooked in spices; Ayam Masak Merah cooked with roasted candlenut; charcoal-grilled Belimbing Lamb shoulder with chilli and lime leaves; Ayam Kicap Buah Keluak and more.

Nusantara Singapore is also offering vegan and vegetarian dishes such as Nusa’s Longtong as well as sweet treats including crispy banana fritters and gula melaka mousse. For anyone who loves Indonesian cuisine and spice, you’ll be delighter to know they offer six different types of sambal!

Address: 182 Cecil Street #02-16/17, Frasers Tower, 069547

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in January 2021

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

Set of Six

From the team behind Binomio Spanish Restaurante, Set of Six is a new cocktail and dining lounge. Set of Six sets the diner on a journey that provides six discoveries for diners to experience crafted by highly skilled mixologists and a fine dining executive chef.

It’s a place to unwind and enjoy fine champagne, and six cocktails paired with six delectable dishes. Inspired by the novel “Set of Six” written by Joseph Conrad, the cocktail lounge brings to life Conrad’s experiences when he went to the sea at 17, and later when he sailed to Singapore as part of the crew of Captain James Craig from which Craig Road name takes after.

The journey starts with The Brute - Oysters with Sherry Foam and Spicy Tomato paired with Sailor’s Fate, a dark rum-based cocktail, and frankly what we think is the best pairing of the sets. Next comes the Gaspar Ruiz - Seabass ceviche with Sweet Potato and Popcorn in Tiger’s Milk paired with Blessed Earth, a drink spiked with tequila and grapefruit. Another highlight of the food menu is the Lobster and Fennel Ravioli with Bottarga, Uni and Caviar. The rest of the cocktails are on the sweeter side for our taste.

Go for the Insta-worthy decor and great music, stay for the Tripple Cooked Chips with Branston Sauce and a brilliant Mushroom Ketchup!

Address: 20 Craig Road, #01-01, Singapore 089692

Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021
Restaurants and Bars in Singapore: New Menus and Openings in April 2021

The RITUAL Cafe & Bar

BOTANY's co-founder Cassandra Riene Tan has recently opened The RITUAL Cafe & Bar at Bukit Timah for those looking for a good brunch in Singapore and for those looking for a little self-love.

Stemmed from the belief in holistic wellness, the cafe invites spiritual seekers and like-minded individuals to learn from mental wellness advocates, coaches, industry experts and strong social advocates, also known as The RITUAL tribe leaders. They will be leading wellness programmes and experiences to better serve the community. Expect non-conformists and seemingly controversial topics such as mental wellness, sexuality, metaphysics and spirituality, alternative healing such as Ayurveda, herbal remedies, TCM and Reiki covered over knowledge-sharing and experiential sessions, workshops to casual mingling sessions.

The menu is designed to be simple, wholesome, and most importantly, inclusive with plant-based and gluten-free options. Noteworthy dishes include Madame’s Truffled Egg Croissant, Truffle Kombu Fries, Tofu Tempeh Fries, and The Impossible Mala Somen - homemade Szechuan sauce, garlic crumb, bak choy, somen, Impossible mince, and sous vide egg. Another highlight is the Beetroot Gravlax bagel with pickled beetroot and cream cheese

Of course, you’ll get coffee - Italian inspired house blends of high-quality coffee beans roasted locally that are bold and fruity in flavour sans the bitterness you get from an Italian roast due to the perfect mix of 85% arabica and 15% robusta roasted at just the right temperature.

Address: 383 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 259727

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