Here at Urban Journey we’re always planning our next meal, whether it’s an epic brunch feast, a healthy lunch or a late-night feed. That’s why we’re always on the lookout for new drinking and dining spots to add to our repertoire. This March we have our eyes on a few new Singapore restaurants and bars that we think are going to make huge waves in our ever-evolving F&B scene. From a cosy wine bar to a pop-up steakhouse and a sleek yakiniku spot, these are our top picks for the best new restaurants and bars in Singapore.
The Feather Blade
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No steak is complete without smashing sides and sauces. This March, expect classic steakhouse dishes with an Asian twist. Sautéed mushrooms are a medley of shimeji, shitake, and button mushrooms, whilst our Sichuan Peppercorn sauce is perfect for those who love the fragrant and mouth-numbing spice. #ProperSteaks #singaporefood #singapore #foodporn #sgfood #food #foodphotographyfoodie #singaporelife #instafood #foodstagram #sgfoodie #steak #steakhouse #singaporefoodie #singaporean #sgeats #sgfoodies #igsg #sgfoodporn #foodgasm #delicious #foodsg #singaporeeats #singaporetravel #singaporeig #instagood #igfood #foodiesg #sgevents
Meat lovers won’t want to miss this exciting new pop-up brought to us by Jet Sheen Leong of London’s famous Flat Iron steakhouse. The name comes from the shoulder cut of steak called the flat iron or feather blade, and that’s just what you’ll get sprinkled with salt and grilled to perfection. Also on offer are vibrant sides like creamed spinach and Sichuan peppercorn sauce. The pop-up will only be around until April 28, so get in there while you can.
The Feather Blade, 90 Club Street, Singapore 069458. Open Sat – Sun 5:30pm – 10:30pm now until April 28.
Mag’s Wine Kitchen
After holding fort on Circular Road for 23 years, Mag’s recently moved to Keong Saik Road with a whole new look and feel. Step through the front door and you find yourself in the kitchen where chef-owner Magdalene Tang and her team whip up modern bistro creations. Top dishes to try include the scallops with artichoke veloute and beef tenderloin with veal jus.
Mag’s Wine Kitchen, 55 Keong Saik Road, 01-06 KeSa House, Singapore 089158. p. +65 6438 3836. Open Mon – Fri 12pm – 2pm, Mon – Sat 5:30pm – 10pm
Relish by Wild Rocket
Chef Willin Low has opened a new spot at Frasers Tower in the CBD, and we can’t wait to check it out. It’s actually his second Relish restaurant, but the vibe here is a bit more contemporary than the first one at Bukit Timah. Think artsy decor bathed in natural light and imaginative dishes that take inspiration from traditional Singaporean fare like the laksa pesto linguine and the open char siew burger on homemade focaccia.
Relish by Wild Rocket, 182 Cecil Street #02-12/13 @Oasis of Frasers Tower Singapore 069547. p. +65 6904 5458. Open Mon – Fri 11am – 10pm, Sat 10am – 3pm
If it’s a bit of BBQ you’re craving, you can’t go wrong with Shatoburian. This yakiniku spot specialises in premium cuts of meat like the misuji oyster blade, marbled chuck flap and the thick-cut chateaubriand. You can opt to have your meat served shio style with just salt and pepper or glazed with Shatoburian’s signature BBQ sauce. Not a fan of beef? You can also order up tasty bites like grilled pork belly, squid, and seasonal veggies.
Shatoburian, 390 Orchard Road #02-08, Palais Renaissance, Singapore 238871. p. +65 6904 3308. Open Mon – Sat 12pm – 2pm, 6pm – 10.30pm
Taking over Joel Robuchon’s old place at Resorts World Sentosa, Table 65 is a new venture by Michelin-starred Dutch chefs Richard van Oostenbrugge and Thomas Groot. The restaurant takes inspiration from their famed 212 restaurants in the Netherlands, so you’ll find a huge communal table where you can chat with the chefs as they whip up modern European creations like the veal tartare with caviar and the turbot with smoked eel and black truffle.
Table 65, 26 Sentosa Gateway, Hotel Michael, #01-104 & 105, Singapore 098138. p. +65 6577 7939. Open Thurs – Mon, PH and eve of PH 6:30 pm – 10:30 pm
If you’re looking for a bit of pizazz to go with your meal, make your way to Teppan Works, a new teppanyaki spot where the chef’s slice, dice and grill everything right in front of you on an iron grill. The ingredients are flown in fresh from Japan and include everything from umami-packed Hokkaido uni to buttery wagyu beef. We suggest going for the omakase menu and letting the chef surprise you with an array of delectable dishes.
Teppan Works, 42 Tras Street, Singapore 078981. p. +65 6909 9469. Open daily 5pm – 11:30pm
V – Dining Brought to us by home appliances brand V-Zug, this stylish new fine-dining spot is helmed by chef Ryan Clift and Lee Jing Peng of the Tippling Club, so you can expect tons of innovation and flair. The multi-course menus include modern European creations that burst with colours, textures and flavours like the silky watercress veloute with a poached egg and potato and the wagyu tartare with crispy prawn crackers and sakura ebi.
V Restaurant, Scotts Square, 6 Scotts Road, #03-11/12/13, Singapore 228209. p. +65 6950 4868. Open Wed – Sun 11:30am – 2:30pm, Tues – Sun 5:30pm – 9:30pm
The ExciseMan Whisky Bar
Hidden away on the second floor of The Esplanade, The ExciseMan is an intimate drinking den dedicated to whiskies from around the world. Here you’ll find lots of warm wood, supple leather couches, and a long bar backed by shelves filled with whiskies of all provenance including unique and rare bottles. Grab a stool, let the bartender know your preferences, and he’ll set you up with a dram to match your tastes. There are also private rooms for special events.
The ExciseMan Whisky Bar, 8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #02-27 Singapore 039802. p. +65 6963 1192. Open Mon-Sat 3:30pm – 11:30pm
It’s all about retro glamour and global influences at Idlewild, a gorgeous new bar in Intercontinental Singapore. Fun fact: Idlewild was the name of JFK Airport before it was named after the president, so the decor here takes influences from the romance of air travel back in those days. Behind the bar is award-winning Kiwi bartender Andy Griffiths who uses artisanal spirits, syrups and tinctures in his exotic cocktails that pair perfectly with the tapas-style bites.
Idlewild, Lobby Level, InterContinental Singapore, 80 Middle Rd, Singapore 188966. p. +65 6825 1045. Open Tues – Thurs 5pm – 1am, Fri – Sat 5pm – 2am
The Lounge Bar
The Duxton hood just got a little bit more hipper with the introduction of The Lounge Bar on the second floor of Restaurant JAG. Like the restaurant, the bar takes inspiration from the mountains of Savoie in France, so mixologist Yong Siang Neo has come up with a range of cocktails featuring indigenous herbs from the Savoie region. Also on offer are small-batch labels from independent artisanal distillers and bar bites by Michelin-starred chef Jérémy Gillon.
The Lounge Bar, 76 Duxton Road, Singapore 089535. p. +65 3138 8477. Open Tues – Sat 6pm – 11:30pm
The Old Man Singapore
Keong Saik is the place to be right now and we’re not surprised with the latest additions to the block. We’re excited to see a cocktail bar open up. The Old Man Singapore is from the same guys behind The Old Man Hong Kong, an award-winning bar located in Hong Kong’s hip SoHo district. The Old Man Singapore is inspired by Ernest Hemingway’s novel about a Cuban fisherman and the biggest catch of his life. Enjoy inventive libations in memory of the brilliant writer.
The Old Man Singapore, 55 Keong Saik Road, p. +65 6909 5505, Open Mon-Sat 5pm – 12am
RPM by D.Bespoke
RPM is the sister restaurant of Japanese speakeasy-style bar D.Bespoke, but the vibes here are much more casual. Step inside and you’ll find a huge collection of vintage vinyl lining the walls, groovy beats playing from the turntables, and a long bar where mixologist Shinji whips up smooth cocktails and various types of shochu. Not super familiar with this Japanese tipple? Let Shinji pour you a flight so you can sample different flavours.
RPM by D.Bespoke, 16 Duxton Road, Singapore 089482. Tues – Thurs 6pm – 1am, Fri – Sat 6pm – 2am, Sun 5pm – 12am
*All images sourced from respective venues