February is here and we couldn’t be happier because with it comes one of our favourite holidays: Chinese New Year. We love seeing the city come to life with colourful celebrations and having a great excuse to indulge in great food and drink with family, friends, and colleagues. If you’re looking for some hot new spots to enjoy a decadent CNY feast with amazing eats and vibes, here’re our top picks of Singapore’s latest and greatest new restaurants, cafes, and bars.
The views aren’t the only draw at 665°F, a lofty new spot on Level 38 of the Andaz Singapore that offers stellar vistas of the Singapore skyline. Adding to the allure is an intimate 30-seat dining room and an open kitchen where the chefs grill up premium halal-certified meats and seafood on a Pira oven and grill set to a temperature of 665°F (hence the name). Start with some delicately seasoned seafood like paper-thin slices of lime-cured king fish before moving on to thick steaks grilled to perfection with a series of nom-worthy sides.
665°F, 5 Fraser Street, Andaz Singapore, Level 3, 189354, t. 6408 1255. Open Tues – Sat: 6 pm – 10 pm
Bakery & Bar
You may know 112 Telok Ayer as The Muffinry, a shophouse bakery offering delicious homemade muffins and sweet treats. Well, its recently undergone a facelift and rebranded as Bakery & Bar, a cool cafe and restaurant where you can still get those famous fluffy muffins, as well as fresh homemade breads and savoury dishes for breakfast, lunch, and dinner. Come during the day for coffee, sandwiches, and salads or pop by in the evening for a craft beer, glass of wine, tasty tapas, and pizzas. They’ve also added extra seating upstairs on the mezzanine and second floor.
Bakery & Bar, 112 Telok Ayer Street, 068581, t. 6509 6462. Open Mon – Fri: 8 am – 10:30 pm, Sat: 8 am – 5:30 pm
Officially opened last month, Cast Iron is a Japanese omakase grill spot located at DUO Galleria. Grab a seat on the patio outside, or head indoors to their softly lit space awash with dark wooden furniture and Japanese dragon murals. The top-notch ingredients here are flown in on a regular basis and include fresh seafood for sushi and sashimi and primo cuts of meat including Iberian pork and USDA prime tomahawk grilled in either the robata or gaucho style and served with your choice of straight-up sea salt, chimichurri sauce, or bone marrow butter.
Cast Iron, 7 Fraser Street, DUO Galleria #01-32/33, 189356, t. 6581 0159. Open Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 2:30 pm, Mon – Sat: 5:30 pm – 10:30 pm
Perched on the 54th storey of the SkyPark at Marina Bay Sands, LAVO is an Italian-American bistro brought to us by the TAO Group. Inspired by the original LAVO locations in Las Vegas and New York City, the Singapore locale features hardwood and mosaic-tiled floors, plush leather booths and a vibrant al fresco terrace with a bar and gelato cart. Sample authentic Italian-American classics like homemade pastas and grilled meats, then make your way to the lounge and bar for innovative cocktails and lively DJ sets.
LAVO, 10 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands Hotel Tower 1, Level 54, 018956, t. 6688 8591. Open daily: 5 pm – 2 am
Origin Grill & Bar
It’s a new year and a new look for the Shangri-la Hotel Singapore with a brand new F&B concept in their recently renovated Tower Wing. Origin Bar & Grill is actually two separate spaces, both boasting ample space and gorgeous art deco design and decor. Origin Bar offers contemporary cocktails inspired by Singapore’s five key historic districts, while Origin Grill is a swanky seafood and steak house with an impressive selection of sustainable line-caught fish and grain and grass-fed Angus and Wagyu cattle from Australia, Ireland, and Japan.
Origin Grill & Bar, 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel Singapore, Lobby Level, 258350, t. 6737 3644. Open daily 12 pm – 2:30 pm, 6 pm – 10:30 pm
We were huge fans of Cocotte in Little India for their insanely good rustic roasted chicken, when it shut up shop we were disappointed to say the least. So you can imagine the joy when we heard Chef Anthony Yeoh is at it again along with Chef Christopher Soh, roasting up golden, crispy-skinned birds at a new casual French bistro called Summer Hill. This 30-seater spot keeps it simple with just a few comfort food dishes that change regularly like the lovely poulet rôti, quiches, croissants, and sides like roasted baby potatoes and green beans.
Summer Hill, Block 106, Clementi Street 12, #01-62, 120106, t. 6251 5337. Open daily 11:30 am – 9:30 pm
You might say that 2018 is the year of the steak in Singapore, as there are tons of meat-centric spots opening up around town including Wakanui, a sleek and sexy spot serving up tender, juicy steaks straight outta New Zealand. The restaurant originally opened in Tokyo where it soon became one of the hottest steakhouses in the city, and we can already see it winning scores of meat-loving fans here in Singapore. Must-tries include the steamed green lip New Zealand mussels and for carnivorous cravings, the 21-day, dry-aged, bone-in ocean beef ribeye.
Wakanui, 5 Straits View, Marina One, West Tower #04-02, 018935, t. 6384 2665. Open Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 3 pm, Mon – Sat: 5:30 pm – 11 pm