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New foodie spots and CNY eats to try this weekend

New eateries to check out, plus restaurants with Chinese New Year festive set menus you must try

JINzakaya
JINzakaya
11 Feb 2016

JINzakaya

#01-08/10 OWEN LINK, 1 FARRER PARK STATION RD (OFF RANGOON RD), S217562. TEL: 6443-1173. OPEN DAILY. NOON-3PM; 7PM-2AM. LAST ORDERS 2PM & 1AM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JINZAKAYA

This retro-chic izakaya by the Les Amis Group opened beside sister restaurant Sushi Jin, occupying the space that was Nam Nam Noodle Bar. At lunch, it offers rice, noodles, sandwiches and salads, including the Jin Tori Ramen with chicken broth served with chargrilled chicken and onsen egg. All lunch mains are $12.80 each and served with hojicha. The dinner menu features yakitori items grilled over a charcoal fire. Skewers (from $2.50 per stick) range from Tebasaki (Chicken Mid Wing Joint) to indulgent Foie Gras. Mains such as Australian Wagyu Steak ($60) are also recommended.

Absolute Acai
Absolute Acai
11 Feb 2016

Absolute Acai

#01-38 NANKIN ROW, 3 PICKERING ST, S048660. TEL: 6224-4088.
OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SAT & SUN. 10AM-8.30PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/ABSOLUTEACAI

Following in the footsteps of Project Acai is this café started by a group of fitness enthusiasts. It serves fruity bowls featuring their signature acai berry (say ‘a-sigh-ee’). This base blend of smoothie-like acai berries (the hottest superfood from Brazil) with guarana seeds (an energy booster), coconut water, bananas and apples, brims with antioxidants and nutrients. Try the Absolute Acai Signature Bowl (from $7.50 for small), packed with toppings like goji berries, coconut flakes, strawberries and chia seeds.
 

Eat at Taipei
Eat at Taipei
11 Feb 2016

Eat at Taipei

#01-35 KALLANG WAVE MALL, 1 STADIUM PL, S397628. TEL: 6702-1752. OPEN DAILY 11.30AM-10PM. WWW.EATATTAIPEI.COM.SG

This vibrant concept by Creative Eateries brings together Taiwanese street delicacies and tempting desserts in a casual dining environment. In addition to staples such as Vermicelli with Oysters and Pig intestines, they have added a new Curry Rice menu featuring Japanese-style curry. The sweet-savoury gravy goes well with fried and grilled dishes, so it comes as no surprise that items on this menu include Pork Cutlet Curry Rice ($13.80), Fried Ebi Curry Rice ($16.80, comes with omelette) and Strip Loin Steak Curry Rice ($16.80, comes with omelette).

Citibank card members enjoy 1-for-1 Curry Rice till March 31 at all three Eat at Taipei outlets at Kallang Wave, JCube, and Tampines Mall.
 

Whitegrass
Whitegrass
11 Feb 2016

Whitegrass

#01-26/27 CHIJMES, 30 VICTORIA ST, S187996. TEL: 6837-0402. RESTAURANT OPEN DAILY EXCEPT MON & SUN. 6PM-9.30PM. BAR OPEN DAILY 5PM-11.45PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/WHITEGRASSRESTAURANT

Whitegrass, by chef-owner Sam Aisbett, “represents the omnipresence of nature” as well as a fresh start for the Australian chef who was head chef of the award-winning Quay in Sydney and senior sous chef at Tetsuya’s in the same city. The food at this tasteful, contemporary restaurant with an al fresco bar is all about mod Australian cooking given a Japanese twist, plus a sprinkling of local produce. There are only five- or eight-course tasting menus at dinner for now ($170 and $265), though there are plans to open for lunch in future. Signature dishes include the Butter-Poached Quail with diced century egg whites, garnished with shards of toasted milk, and the Slow-Cooked Mangalica Pork with diced abalone and crunchy Aussie fiddlehead ferns, served with pork and seaweed broth.

Miss Lok
Miss Lok
11 Feb 2016

Miss Lok

#01-01, 5 MAGAZINE RD, S059571. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SUN. MON-THU 6PM-2AM, FRI-SAT 6PM-5AM. LAST ORDERS 1AM & 4AM. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/MISSLOKSG

Miss Lok, set up by the same folks behind The Tuckshop, offers a modern take on steamboat and lok lok, together with Asian beers, cocktails and old Shanghai jazz music. Sliced meats (mixed meat platter from $12 for small; feeds two) assorted seafood ($28 for small platter, feeds two) and colour-coded Lok Lok skewers (from $1) can be dunked in a variety of broths such as Singapore Laksa ($6), Singapore Bak Kut Teh ($8) and Japanese Oden ($6). Pair your grub with speciality dips such as the Signature Salted Egg Yolk ($2) and spicy Thai Nam Tom ($2).
 

CNY EATS: Man Fu Yuan
CNY EATS: Man Fu Yuan
11 Feb 2016

CNY EATS: Man Fu Yuan

80 MIDDLE RD, S188966. TEL: 6825-1059. WWW.DINING.INTERCONTINENTALSINGAPORE.COM.SG

Must-try dishes at this classic Cantonese restaurant at InterContinental Singapore include the glorious Whole Suckling Pig ($388; feeds eight) stuffed with glutinous rice. The pig is first roasted over a spit, hung dry for its skin to crisp up, then finished off in the oven with a filling of rice mixed with liver lap cheong and mushrooms. The result is beautifully bronzed, ultra crisp crackling and succulent meat over sticky rice. If you’re feeling rich and want to splurge on expensive soup, then the luxurious and nourishing Double-Boiled Sakura Chicken and Bird’s Nest Soup with springy abalone, fish maw and black truffle ($408; feeds five) should definitely be on your list. It’s super tasty and brims with everything good and opulent. Lunar New Year set menus are available from $108 per person.
  

CNY EATS: Dragon Phoenix Grand
CNY EATS: Dragon Phoenix Grand
11 Feb 2016

CNY EATS: Dragon Phoenix Grand

#02-03 TEMASEK CLUB, 131 RIFLE RANGE RD, S588406. TEL: 6463-3628. WWW.DRAGONPHOENIX.COM.SG/CNY2016ORDER

This latest branch of heritage restaurant Dragon Phoenix is barely three months old and we hear that the first sitting at 5.30pm is already fully booked for CNY eve (second sitting at 8pm still available). First opened in 1963 by Master Chef Hooi Kok Wai, one of the Singapore’s “Four Heavenly Chefs” and also one of the founding fathers of local Lo Hei, the restaurant is renowned for it’s good old favourites such as the crispy Golden Phoenix Spring Chicken and Signature Yam Basket. And of course their classic Lo Hei with abalone or salmon (from $42.80; feeds six). Festive set menus available from $438 (feeds six).

CNY EATS: Ah Hoi’s Kitchen
CNY EATS: Ah Hoi’s Kitchen
11 Feb 2016

CNY EATS: Ah Hoi’s Kitchen

1A CUSCADEN RD, S249716. TEL: 6831-4373 WWW.HOTELJEN.COM/TANGLIN

In addition to their great value lunch set of 12 dishes at $12 per person, and festive eight-course dinner at $88 (feeds four) for this month (except Feb 7-9), Ah Hoi’s Kitchen is serving a reunion dinner (from $488; feeds six to eight, available Feb 7-9). Dishes include Double Boiled Chicken Consommé with Ginseng, Matsutake Mushroom and Conpoy, Crispy Soft Shell Crab in Special Salted Egg Sauce with Salmon Fish Skin, and Braised Whole Abalone with Chinese Mushrooms, Dried Oyster and Black Moss.

CNY EATS: Kai Garden
CNY EATS: Kai Garden
11 Feb 2016

CNY EATS: Kai Garden

#03-128A/128B, MARINA SQUARE, 6 RAFFLES BLVD, S039594. TEL: 6250-4826 WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/KAIGARDENSG

This spanking new 200-seater helmed by the former executive chef of Paradise Group serves re-interpreted Cantonese classics. Festive menu highlights (from $48 per person for lunch; $98 per person for dinner) include the restaurant’s signature Crispy Peking Duck served with colourful pancake wraps, Baked Kurobuta Pork in Herbal Dang Gui Sauce, and Braised Whole Fish Maw with Sea Cucumber.
 

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