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New eats in Singapore: 8 cuisines to please your palate

Fancy a new dining experience or wondering where to go for raw fish-free yusheng? Check out these restaurants the next time you eat out

1. Face to Face Noodle House: MALAYSIAN-CHINESE
1. Face to Face Noodle House: MALAYSIAN-CHINESE
02 Feb 2016

1. Face to Face Noodle House: MALAYSIAN-CHINESE

#02-23/24 CITY SQUARE MALL, 180 KITCHENER RD, S208539. TEL: 6509-0182. OPEN DAILY 11AM-10PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.FACETOFACE.COM.SG

This self-service noodle joint from Sarawak has over 30 outlets in Malaysia. Noodles served here are prepared daily from a recipe handed down by the founder’s great-grandfather. There are eight noodle dishes on the menu. Signatures include their famous Sarawak Noodles ($8.90) with minced pork, char siew, and fried wanton, as well as ban mian such as the Hot & Spicy Pan Mee ($8.90) with minced pork, crispy anchovies, onsen egg and dry chilli. Order a side dish of Hakka Yong Tau Foo ($7.50 for five pcs) to nibble on.

2. Teppei Syokudo at ION: JAPANESE
2. Teppei Syokudo at ION: JAPANESE
02 Feb 2016

2. Teppei Syokudo at ION: JAPANESE

#B4-57 ION ORCHARD, 2 ORCHARD TURN, S238801. TEL: 6509-9882. OPEN DAILY 10AM-10PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/TEPPEIRESTAURANT

This self-service takeaway kiosk at Ion’s food hall by chef-owner Teppei Yamashita comes with a novel DIY kaisen don concept, the first of its kind in the group. Yes, you can now create your own personalised Teppei kaisen don! First, choose the size of your bowl, then the base of your don (either sushi rice or salad), followed by your choice of raw fish and seafood (eight types, including salmon and squid). Prices range from $8.80 for a small don with two types of seafood to $18.80 for a large bowl with five types of seafood. Premium add-ons ($3.80 each) include salmon roe, while garnishes like tempura bits can be added for 80 cents each.

3. Gemmills: WESTERN
3. Gemmills: WESTERN
02 Feb 2016

3. Gemmills: WESTERN

#01-02, 110 AMOY ST, S069930. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SUN. MON-SAT 8AM-MIDNIGHT. LAST ORDERS WHILE STOCK LASTS.

This bottle shop with a bar and café area is by the people behind Mediterranean restaurant Maggie Joan’s, which is next door. 50 types of wines from around the world are on offer and prices range from $40 to $120 per bottle, with an additional corkage charge of $15 per bottle to drink onsite. Beer is also available. For now, only light bites such as Tarts ($10), Cheeses (from $10/100g) and Charcuterie (from $7/50g) are on the menu.
 

4. Grillo: ASIAN
4. Grillo: ASIAN
02 Feb 2016

4. Grillo: ASIAN

#01-455-461 PASARBELLA @ SUNTEC, SUNTEC CITY, 3 TEMASEK BLVD, NORTH WING, S038983. TEL: 6887-0077. OPEN DAILY 10AM-10PM. LAST ORDERS 9.50PM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/PASARBELLA

Grillo, housed within the new PasarBella at Suntec, presents an updated take on Asian grilled grub. It’s helmed by a chef who formerly worked at mod Japanese restaurant Fat Cow. Try the signature rice bowls such as the Classic Bowl ($10.90) draped with grilled chicken tsukune, chicken and leek, zucchini, and slow-cooked egg with wild rice or short-grain rice, or The Truffle Short Rib Bowl ($14.90), featuring US Beef Short Rib. Grilled skewers such as and the Snapper ($2.50 a stick) are also available.

5. Nikunohi: JAPANESE
5. Nikunohi: JAPANESE
02 Feb 2016

5. Nikunohi: JAPANESE

#03-316 SUNTEC CITY NORTH WING, 3 TEMASEK BLVD, S038983. TEL: 6837-0263. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/NIKUNOHI

Wagyu beef and yakiniku specialist Nikunohi (the name literally translates to “Day of Meat”) offers a Prosperity Wagyu Lo Hei ($38 small; $68 large) this Chinese New Year. In place of raw fish, enjoy slices of marbled A4 grade wagyu from Kagoshima (A5 is the highest grade in Japan), accompanied with melon strips, preserved cucumber, pickled ginger, sweet ginger, preserved gourd, peanut, and sesame. All dressed in a savoury-sweet dressing of plum and fish sauce. Available for dine-in only.

6. Min Jiang at One-North: CHINESE
6. Min Jiang at One-North: CHINESE
02 Feb 2016

6. Min Jiang at One-North: CHINESE

5 ROCHESTER PARK, S139216. TEL: 6774-0122. WWW.GOODWOODPARKHOTEL.COM

The Fruity ‘Lo Hei’ with Bacon and White Truffle Oil ($78 for small, feeds four; $128 large, feeds eight) here is a fruit salad-inspired number featuring sliced mango, rock melon, Japanese cucumber and strawberries surrounding crispy mixed lettuce and baby radish. It’s topped with deep-fried yam, potato slivers and bacon for a savoury crunch. A dressing made with plum sauce, fruit and white truffle oil completes this east-meets-west creation. Available for dine-in only. Sister restaurant Min Jiang at Goodwood Park Hotel also has a raw fish-free version with crispy salmon skin, jellyfish and purple cabbage ($118 for large).

7. Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant: CANTONESE
7. Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant: CANTONESE
02 Feb 2016

7. Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant: CANTONESE

39 SCOTTS RD, S228230. TEL: 6839-5623. WWW.SHERATONSINGAPORE.CO/LI-BAI

The sumptuous Lobster ‘Lo Hei’ Platter ($108; feeds 4) from Li Bai features succulent blanched Boston lobster with a myriad of vegetables such as yam, sweet potato, white radish, carrot, pickled ginger and pomelo, served with the restaurant’s signature sweet and citrusy sauce. Available for dine-in and takeaway.

8. Antoinette: FRENCH
8. Antoinette: FRENCH
02 Feb 2016

8. Antoinette: FRENCH

30 PENHAS RD S208188. TEL: 6293-3121. WWW.ANTOINETTE.COM.SG

The Queen’s Yusheng ($88; serves 8 -10) is chef Pang Kok Keong’s whimsical take on the classic festive dish. The golden egg (made of chocolate) rests on a “nest” of auspicious sweet treats such as chocolate fish, ingots, coins, spiced almonds, orange butter cake, and meringue kisses. Yam and sweet potato chips are added for a hint of savouriness. Crack the egg open with the hammer provided and you’ll find fresh fruit such as pineapple, Thai green mango, dragon fruit and pomelo within. Toss everything up with a mandarin orange, plum and gula melaka dressing for a sweet start to the Lunar New Year. Available for dine-in and takeaway, pre-order three days in advance.
 

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