It’s official: the holiday season is here. And with it comes a tonne of opportunities to get out and enjoy some fab feasts and jovial drinking sessions. Before you stuff yourself with turkey, mince pies, and chocolate festive logs, it’s time to get your festive cheer on and check out our top 10 new openings that are rocking it this December. Diet starts Jan 1st.
Fisk Seafood Bar & Market
Fresh cold-water seafood is the focus at Fisk, an ultra-modern seafood bar and market where you can dine on fresh fish and crustaceans prepared in a myriad of ways, then shop for those same products to take home. The dining room features modern Scandinavian-style design, think lots of light wood, floor-to-ceiling windows, and a unique wave pattern that undulates throughout. On the menu and in the market are tempting selections like fish smoked in-house, fresh lobster and prawns, and Norwegian sauces and sides.
Fisk Seafood Bar & Market, 30 Stevens Road #01-01, 257840, t. 6732 0711. Opening hours: Seafood Bar, Mon: 11:30am – 7pm, Tues – Sat: 11:30am – 4:30pm, 6pm – 10pm, Sun: 11:30am – 7pm. Seafood Market: daily 10am – 7pm
Common Man Stan
Common Man fans, guess what? It’s now on Stanley Street. Hurrah for being to grab one of our favourite cuppa Joe’s in the CBD! Its also got some new menu items like bagels, craft beers, and our favourite – avo toast with marmite mushrooms. You gotta try it. Yum.
Common Man Stan, 11/12 Stanley Street, 068730, t. 6877 4855. Open Mon – Fri, 7:30am – 4:30pm
Brand new to Ann Siang Road, Blue Label Pizza & Wine is brought to us by the same team behind Angeleno and Luke’s. The small space is done up with funky wood panelling and comfy banquettes, and the menu features creative wood-fired pizzas, snacks to share, and a decent selection of wine. This is a great little spot for after-work vino and slices, especially if you work in the CBD. Seating is limited, so reservations are recommended, but walk-ins are also welcome on a first-come-first-serve basis.
Blue Label Pizza, 28 Ann Siang Road, #B1-01, 069708, t. 9821 9362. Open Mon – Sat: 6pm – 2am
Amoy Street gets another much-hyped dining venue with the opening of Kimme by Chef Sun Kim. While Kim’s first venture, Meta, serves up fine-dining fare that earned it one well-deserved Michelin star, his new spot offers casual bites with a Korean kick. Housed in a three-storey shophouse, the space features an easy-going dining room on the first floor, a bar for cold beers, glasses of bubbly, soju and makgeolli (Korean rice wine) on the second floor, and a private dining room on the third floor.
Kimme, 47 Amoy Street, 069873, t. 6514 1588. Open Mon – Sat 11am – 11pm.
It’s omakase menus only at Restaurant Lerouy, an intriguing new spot on Stanley Street where diners sit at a winding counter facing the open kitchen. Here Chef Christophe Lerouy pairs classic French cooking techniques with modern flavour combos. Think Japanese oysters with frothy Comte cheese, miso foam and thin slices of pear and a silky squid ink rice with smoked eel, chorizo, and egg yolk confit. The menu ranges from $38++ for a three-course lunch to $128 for a decadent seven-course dinner.
Restaurant Lerouy, 3 Stanley Street, 068722, t. 6221 3639. Open Mon – Fri: 12pm – 2pm, Mon – Sat: 6pm – 9:30pm
NUDE Grill & NUDE Chill
The NUDE Group (named for the concepts of NUtritious and DElicious) has just opened two unique spots adjacent to one another at Marina One. NUDE Grill offers premium meats from Japan and New Zealand and fresh veggies from Chiang Mai and the Cameron Highlands, all grilled over bincho and served with a myriad of Asian-inspired sauces and sides. On the other side you have NUDE Chill, a coffeehouse serving up Papa Palheta brews by day, and a laid-back bar by night where you can grab contemporary and classic cocktails, tasty bar bites, and burgers.
Taku Sushi & Wagyu & Craft Bar
How can you go wrong with a winning combo of sushi, wagyu, and craft beer? Taku does all three at their Bukit Pasoh Road locale where warm blonde wood creates an inviting vibe and diners can grab a seat around the sushi bar to watch the chefs slice and dice fresh seafood and succulent cuts of beef. Right now they have a Hokkaido Wagyu Feast going on where you can get sirloin and ribeye steak at just 30 cents a gram and one-for-one Suntory Premium malts and Suntory gin. Kampai!
Taku Sushi & Wagyu & Craft Beer, 46 Bukit Pasoh Road, 089858, t. 8321 3507. Open daily: 12pm – 3pm, 6pm – 11pm
Located in Tiong Bahru, Merci Marcel is a Parisian-style cafe serving up great coffee and savoury and sweet breakfast and brunch dishes during the day. Come evening it transforms into a chic tapas and wine bar. There are plenty of places to settle in here with a cheerful indoor space decked out with greenery, both real and painted on the walls, a glass-roofed courtyard and an outdoor lounge. Menu highlights include the tarte flambee thin crust pizza with asparagus, blue cheese, and bacon, and the smoked salmon burger with avocado.
Merci Marcel, 56 Eng Hoon Street #01-68, 160056, t. 6224 0113. Open Tues – Sat: 8am – 11:30pm, Sun: 8am – 10pm
Other openings you need to know about:
Yoko Moku cookies are the perfect holiday treat. The light and fluffy texture is the perfect companion to your morning tea or mulled wine. Don’t miss the two pop ups (at ION Orchard and Takashimaya) during the holiday season.
Yoku Moku ION Orchard, Level 1, 1 Dec – 31 Dec, Takashimaya, B1, 4 Dec – 25 Dec
Head to Little India to check out this new cocktail bar. Look out for the side entrance to enter the space that where you can enjoy tonics, tea time and tales of adventure surrounding the spice trade.
Rogue Trader,Level 2, 21 Campbell Lane, 209894, t. 9625 9056. Open Wed – Fri, 5pm to late and Sat – Sun, 11:30am – late
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