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Formerly known as Pamplemousse Bistro and Bar, Pidgin Kitchen & Bar- the newest addition to Dempsey Road is all about putting a creative spin on popular Southeast Asian local favorites and transforming them into unique original creations. This bold and ingenious concept by restaurateurs Adrian Ling and Cleo Chiang-Ling, takes your palate on an exciting journey of exploring familiar flavors that are presented in a whole new way. I personally enjoyed my tasting experience so much that I immediately made a reservation for a family dinner that same Friday night but was told that it was fully booked already.
Tip: Make your reservations early at Pidgin to avoid disappointment
The 1500 sqft space seats 56 pax both indoors and outdoors comfortably and oozes ‘industrial-chic’ appeal with its concrete wall features and parquet flooring.
A bar counter of Cult Spirits, Artisanal Beers and Wines steals the show with more than 100 labels of old and new old worlds categorized according to flavor profile. Craft Cocktails created by the bartenders are assured to please with signatures sporting exotic names such as Calamansi Mai Tai $28++, Nin Jiom Old Fashioned $20++ and Masala Apple Strudel $20++.
Festive cocktails specially created for the Christmas season include the sweet and nutty Zing-A-Ling $22++ and refreshing Melly Krismust $22++ that will be available only till 31st December.
If there is one food establishment perpetually crowded in Resorts World Singapore, it is the Malaysian Food Street. Reason being, it is one of the more affordable dining options around the tourist attraction and also because it offers Singaporeans an opportunity to enjoy authentic Malaysian hawker fare without having to travel all the way there! From KL’s Heun Kee Claypot Chicken Rice and Jalan Alor Hokkien Mee to Penang’s Hai Beng Hainan Lor Mee and Malacca’s Chicken Rice Balls, Malaysian Food Street has more than 15 hawker stalls under its fully air-conditioned roof.
And now, to freshen things up for the loyal customers who have supported them for the past 2 years, MFS has newly introduced 5 more stalls to the brood since last month- adding to the already tantalizing line up of hawkers in the 22,000 square feet space.
Oh Chien $8
Well loved amongst Singaporeans and Malaysians alike, the fried oyster omelette is always a quintessential hawker dish. Purists of the Penang variation will be pleased to know that the Oh Chien served here will stay true to the original with more flour and starch mixed into the batter for a thicker and more chewy texture. If you are a fan of oysters, then you most definitely would not want to miss out on the big juicy ones that are wok-fried with it. I was a tad disappointed with the chilli dip though, as it lacked the sourish punch and intensity which I usually prefer to compliment my Oh Chien.
Char Koay Kak $5.50
Most Singaporeans will probably recognise this as fried carrot cake or radish cake. But bordering on savoury instead of sweet, this Penang street food brings along with it plenty of wok hei and generous amounts of eggs, beansprouts and prawns as well. The highlight for me had to be biting into those bits of chai po for a hint of salty satisfaction.
The flagship outlet of District 10 Bar & Restaurant at UE Square has recently unveiled a new gastrobar dining concept which incorporates both gourmet and casual under one roof. Boasting of two separate menus that reflect the decor of the two spaces, the Al Fresco menu- matching its chilled ambiance is all about bar bites and cocktails while the Dining Room menu- similar to its sleek finishing comprises of more elegant options, Italian-inspired cuisine and an extensive list of boutique wine labels.
We dropped by on a weekday evening and got a sample of The Dining Room menu. While options are not exactly extensive, the prices are affordable, with Starters starting from $13++, Mains from $24++ and a Black Angus Ribeye for $28++. Old Bonta fans will find a few signature offerings familiar while others like me who had never dined at Bonta before it closed a few months back, will be in for a satisfying gourmet experience.
Green Asparagus, Fried Egg Sunny Side Up, Sage Butter $18++
I tend to associate anything with eggs (especially those with an oozy yolk) with brunch. This starter was no different. And while its presentation may appear simple, the textures of crunchy and creamy were intriguing. Granted that the sage butter probably cancels out any negative caloric benefits contributed by the asparagus, the mild flavor of the spiced butter lends a subtle and crisp finish to the palate. This might just be my new favorite brunch option.
Burratina Cheese with Peas, Sun-Dried Tomato Puree and Extra Virgin Olive Oil $18++
An old Bonta favorite, it was not hard to see why. The Mozzarella pouch with its delicate milky-mousse filling was delightfully creamy and spilled out effortlessly when the skin of the pouch was broken. Not usually a fan of sun-dried tomatos either but somehow the combination worked- with the salty and sour notes complimenting each other and tied together with a drizzle of olive oil- extra virgin and full bodied no less.
Made famous by their monthly Bacchanalia Brunch Series which took Singapore by storm in 2012, Bacchanalia Singapore has since found a permanent home in the main hall of the historical Masonic Club on Coleman Street. The space which holds up to 150 pax is decidedly intimate with dark wood paneling, a mix of plush burgundy-red lounge chairs and long communal turquoise leatherette couches, heavy drapes and ambient lighting, while a canopy of 400 handmade illuminated glass ‘bubbles’ that hang overhead takes center stage.
The bar, headed by an in-house mixologist and a team of bartenders, serves up an extensive list of new age champagne cocktails combined with a few classic numbers presented with a twist. The drinks here are a concoction of sophistication and creativity, assuring the discerning tippler that he will not leave disappointed.
Neatly divided into four sections- Vegetable, Seafood, Meat and Dessert, the menu here at Bacchanalia is fluid and dynamic, as reflected by the effervescent natures of the young team that heads the kitchen. The trio- all previously trained at Heston Blumenthal’s The Fat Duck represent what the food here at Bacchanalia really is- innovative, creative and refreshing.
From the Vegetable section of the menu, we tried the Amaretti Di Saronno $19, a classic Italian Butternut Squash and Amaretti pairing usually found as a ravioli filling. Visually arresting, the dish was a delightful mishmash of sweet and savory notes with an added acidic dimension from the drizzle of balsamic vinegar and pumpkin oil. And while it may appear dry, the sauce for the dish is actually deceptively encased in sumac powder- a beautiful yolk cooked precisely at 63 degrees.
Still from the same section, the French Onion Soup $20 (serves 2), takes an unusual turn from the regular look with the thick layer of melted gruyère on top. Instead, crispy cheddar nuggets, bite-sized homemade rye bread, ricotta cheese and of course caramelized white onions fill the bowl.
The broth is served in a small teapot, allowing diners to have a more interactive experience with their food. And keeping to Executive Chef Ivan’s detail to precision, the onions used in the stock of the broth is first caramelized at exactly 80 degrees for 3 whole days. The result is a tingling sweetness and depth of flavor with every sip.
Italian cuisine has always been a hit with Singaporeans. Pasta, Pizza, Risotto, Cheese and Tiramisu. You name it, we love it. Comforting, creamy and pairing off beautifully with a glass of wine, Italian food is hard to resist for both the young and old. But with so many Italian restaurants popping up everyday, where do you know where to go and what to eat there?
In this round up, we share where are some of the best places to enjoy what the different regions of Italy have to offer, here on our little island. Read on for our 5 Best Italian restaurants in Singapore.
32 Maxwell Road #01-03 Tel: 6224 0978
Opening hrs: Monday to Friday: 11.30am – 2pm, Monday to Saturday: 6pm – 10pm
Lunch is not served on weekends. Restaurant is closed on Sundays
Situated barely a stone throw away from Tanjong Pagar MRT station, casual trattoria-style Italian restaurant- OTTO Locanda fronts the white and regal statuesque building, Maxwell Chambers. Opened by the same people behind fine-dining sister branch- OTTO Ristorante one block down the road, the former instead offers homely Italian fare with the introduction of regional speciality dishes from the different regions of Italy every month in a charmingly rustic space which is both comforting and relaxing.
Recommended for: Those who work in CBD. OTTO Locanda also offers 3 course set lunches for $32.
Must tries: Melanzane alla Parmigiana, Pappardelle all’ Anatra and Astice alla Griglia
Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43 10 Collyer Quay Tel: 6509 1488
Opening hrs: Monday to Friday 11.30am – 3pm, Monday to Saturday 5.30pm – 11.45pm
Restaurant is closed on Sundays
At 240 metres above ground, perched at the top floor of the Ocean Financial Centre in Collyer Quay, contemporary Italian restaurant- Zafferano (Italian for Saffron) joins the likes of KU DÉ TA and Jaan with its gorgeous bird’s eye view of our beautiful city skyline that is absolutely captivating in the night. With nature as its asset and a glowing circular bar lit by a thousand saffron tendrils which takes centre stage in the lounge, Zafferano is primed with great potential. With new Executive Chef Fabio Cucchelli in tow, who brings with him more than two decades of culinary experience across Europe, along with a spanking new menu of traditional Italian signatures, Zafferano is set to impress with its emphasis on natural flavours as it pays tribute to the authentic origins of produce from both North and South Italy.