16 Dec 2015
1. Joe & the Juice: WESTERN
#01-35 CHEVRON HOUSE, 30 RAFFLES PLACE, S048622. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT SUN. MON-FRI 8AM-8PM, SAT 8AM-3PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING. WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JOEANDTHEJUICESG
This groovy Danish coffee-and-juice bar with outlets in London and New York opens its first branch in Singapore. The ‘Joe’ here refers to the Danish and American slang for coffee. Opened by a former karate fighter, it offers a fun “entertainment and health” concept where its “dishy juicer boys” entertain you while you nibble on healthy dishes. The five local dudes here were sent to a training camp in Copenhagen where they picked up skills like bottle twirling and nifty pouring.
On the menu: sarnies like the Avocado Sandwich (above, $10.50) with mozzarella and a Joe’s Club with chicken and spinach ($11.50). There are also ‘Hand Meals’, which refers to shakes you can sip on the go such as the Breakfast Club (from $9.90) loaded with pineapples, bananas and granola. There are 25 types of juices here, like the Hangover Heaven ($6.90) with apple, elderflower and mint.
16 Dec 2015
2. Vatos Urban Tacos: KOREAN-MEXICAN
SOUTH BEACH QUARTER, 36 BEACH RD, S189677. TEL: 6385-6010. OPEN DAILY MON-FRI 11.30AM-11PM, SAT-SUN 11.30AM-MIDNIGHT. LAST ORDERS 30 MINS BEFORE CLOSING. FACEBOOK
Korean and Mexican food seem like odd bedfellows, but it’s all the rage in LA and the specialty of this hip taco joint from Korea. The 120-seater self-service eatery currently has five outlets in its native country, and opened its sixth in Singapore. Its owners are three Korean-Americans from Los Angeles and Texas (which borders Mexico) who grew up eating Mexican food. Fittingly, the restaurant is named after the Mexican slang word for “dudes”.
This outlet was brought here in partnership with nightlife group Massive Collective. Look forward to signature tacos like the Classic Carne Asada ($12 for two) with beef in a spice rub and the Galbi Short Rib ($12 for two) drizzled with ssamjang (Korean spicy dipping sauce) aioli. Sides include the yummy-sounding Kimchi Carnitas Fries ($16).
16 Dec 2015
3. National Kitchen by Violet Oon: PERANAKAN
#02-01 NATIONAL GALLERY, 1 ST ANDREW’S RD, S178957. TEL: 9834-9935.
OPEN DAILY 11AM-3PM; 5.30PM-11PM. LAST ORDERS AT 10PM. WWW.VIOLETOON.COM
Local culinary doyenne Violet Oon opens her second restaurant at the swanky National Gallery following her first restaurant in Bukit Timah. The outlet here is larger and grander to suit its historic surrounds. While most of the menu here revolves around the same traditional Peranakan cuisine that Violet is famous for, such as Kuay Pie Tee ($17) stuffed with bamboo shoots and turnips poached in prawn bisque, and Buah Keluak Ayam ($23), there are also new offerings. Such as Hakka Abacus Beads ($16) and Chilli Crab (market price). For desserts, look forward to a Pineapple Upside Down Cake ($12) drenched in butterscotch sauce.
16 Dec 2015
4. Baker’s Ville: ASIAN-WESTERN
3 NEW BUGIS ST MSV1 (2), S188867. OPEN DAILY 10AM-10PM. LAST ORDERS AT CLOSING.
The owner of this buzzy new bakery spent three years in Taiwan making pastries at a friend’s shop, and returned to Singapore to set up her own business. She specialises in traditional Portuguese egg tarts, which she names Thousand Layer Tarts (from $5 for three tarts). They’re made with a complex 26-step recipe. Other than tarts, she also hawks the cutesy Tokyo Egg Brûlée ($9.90 for four), caramelised custard served in eggshells.