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New eats in Singapore: 6 cool places to check out

Our pick of the best new places to eat out in town

1. Mo’mor Izakaya
1. Mo’mor Izakaya
19 Apr 2016

1. Mo’mor Izakaya

#B1-01 TANGLIN POST OFFICE, 56 TANGLIN RD, S247964. TEL: 6463-8080. OPEN DAILY. SUN-WED 11AM-11PM, THUR-SAT 11AM-1AM. LAST ORDERS 2.30PM & 9.30PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MOMORIZAKAYA

Taking over the space previously occupied by contemporary European restaurant Maca at Tanglin Post Office (the former chef there has moved to Cheek by Jowl) is this modern izakaya Mo'mor (say “mo-more”). This mostly al fresco 128-seater is helmed by a consultant chef who has worked at Hilton Singapore. Japanese-European tapas and grilled dishes take centre stage here. Highlights include small plates like Hokkaido Scallop Tartare ($22) mixed with furikake, salmon roe and served with lotus chips, and mains such as Rock Lobster ($11/100g) topped with mentaiko hollandaise, and Australian grain-fed Black Angus Rib-Eye ($38). For sweets, try the interesting-sounding Lavender Pudding ($13) with caramelised pineapple and coconut ice cream. Set lunches are a more wallet-friendly affair from $15 for two courses.

2. Ollella
2. Ollella
19 Apr 2016

2. Ollella

#01-01 RESIDENCES@SOMME, 3 PETAIN RD, S208108 (INTERSECTION OF SOMME RD AND PETAIN RD). OPEN DAILY EXCEPT TUE. NOON- 9PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/OLLELLA

This dessert store named after Indonesian sisters Ollyvia and Marcella Putri serves up some pretty delicious choux (say “shu”) pastries (think atas cream puffs). Ollyvia, who had brief stints at the Peninsula Hotel in Chicago and at Pierre Hermé’s patisserie in Paris, is the pastry chef while Marcella takes care of business development. They came up with seven different flavours for the delicate 5cm-wide choux puffs (from $4 - $5). Try the zesty Lemon Meringue choux pumped with lemon cream and topped with fluffy Italian meringue, and the intense Tiramisu choux with a coffee and Kahlua-infused sponge centre. You can sample all seven flavours via the Platter ($21 for smaller 3cm puffs). Traditional Indonesian-style Kue Lapis Legit (from $38 for 600g), inspired by their grandmother’s recipe, is available every Wednesday. Enjoy your sweets with coffee from The Pourover Bar (from $8), a small coffee joint which shares the same shop space. Seats are limited.

3. Zircon-Swis Gourmet
3. Zircon-Swis Gourmet
19 Apr 2016

3. Zircon-Swis Gourmet

25 YONG SIAK RD. TEL: 6221-9028. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT MON. 10AM-8.30PM. LAST ORDERS 8PM. WWW.ZIRCONSWIS.COM.SG

This little epicurean haven in Tiong Bahru is the first retail arm of gourmet produce importer and distributor Zircon-Swis Fine Foods. Their resident chef prepares and vacuum-packs foods such as Shepherd’s Pie ($12) and Braised Beef Cheek ($16) for you to re-heat and enjoy at home. There are also freshly baked breads and pastries from Tuesday to Sunday. Other goodies to buy include gourmet crackers and cheeses (check out the exclusive creamy Brillat Savarin from France with truffles; $11.90 for 110g). There’s even Jamon Iberico and Truffle Potato Chips ($5.90) here. Most items are for takeaway, but if you must eat something on the spot, grab a Sandwich ($9) of honey-baked ham, Emmental cheese, horseradish cream, wild rocket and fig ginger jam, or an Acai Fruit Bowl ($9) with yoghurt and granola, and settle down at the tiny dining corner.

4. Ivory Coffee
4. Ivory Coffee
19 Apr 2016

4. Ivory Coffee

10 NORTH CANAL RD. TEL: 6532-0341. OPEN DAILY. MON-FRI 9AM-8PM, SAT & SUN 10AM-8PM. LAST ORDERS 7.30PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/IVORYCOFFEESG

Another new café along North Canal Road. The signature coffee at this minimalist chic café is a blend of Ethiopia Sidamo, Brazil Yellow Bourbon and Sumatra beans and the brew has notes of caramel and earthy dark cocoa. In addition to the usual latte and flat white, there’s also a Apple Cinnamon Coffee ($6) that has homemade apple cinnamon syrup added to espresso and frothed milk. For bites, try the Beer Bacon Mac & Cheese ($14) and Salted Egg Chicken Waffles ($12) featuring buttermilk waffles topped with chunks of spicy salted egg-coated fried chook.

5. South Union Park
5. South Union Park
19 Apr 2016

5. South Union Park

101 JLN KEMBANGAN S419139. OPEN DAILY. MON-THU & SUN 11.30AM-10PM, FRI & SAT 11.30AM-11PM. LAST ORDERS 9.30PM & 10.30PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/SOUTHUNIONPARK

Tucked within a private housing estate in the east is this 55-seat restaurant helmed by a chef-owner who worked for six months at two-Michelin starred restaurant Quince in San Francisco before returning to Singapore. He serves hearty mod American fare at reasonable prices in a casual setting with wooden furniture and plenty of white. His rather concise menu includes a classic Cheeseburger ($22) with a homemade bun and patty cloaked with cheddar, emmental cheese, and onion jam. There’s also Duck Confit Pasta ($19), tagliatelle with shredded duck confit that’s seared till crisp and topped with hazelnut cream and grated lemon zest. For dessert, sample the deconstructed Apple Crumble ($10) with a whole stewed apple draped with Greek yogurt, crumble bits, butterscotch sauce and a scoop of vanilla ice cream.

6. The Lookout at Customs House
6. The Lookout at Customs House
19 Apr 2016

6. The Lookout at Customs House

70 COLLYER QUAY, S049323. TEL: 6877-8124. WWW.FULLERTONBAYHOTEL.COM

What used to be a vantage point from which the marine police would look out for boats attempting to smuggle stuff into Singapore is now an exclusive eight-seat fine-diner boasting 360-degree views of Marina Bay. It’s owned by The Fullerton Heritage group and is a special-occasion kinda place. For the ‘Dining Under The Stars’ Set ($588 for two pax), you get a choice of either the Cocktail set-up with a caviar and oyster buffet and free-flowing Veuve Clicquot Yellow Brut Champagne, or the Degustation Dinner with a seven-course meal that includes oysters, caviar, sea urchin pasta, poached lobster, roasted wagyu, chocolate cake — all paired with wine. Another swanky perk: this price tag also gets you a two-way limousine ride from your home to the restaurant. Perfect for a proposal, perhaps?

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