01: The Dark Gallery

When it comes to chocolate, The Dark Gallery is doing more than just to ease a craving. Aside from its selection of desserts and sweets, the boutique offers an exploration of single origin chocolates with tasting platters of ice creams or pastries (think chocolate mousse with an intense 72% Venezuelan Dark Chocolate) that will pique the interest of chocolate purists. The sweet-toothed will enjoy the milk chocolate confectioneries, macarons or bonbons. Whichever camp you’re in, try the hot chocolate made with a velvety smooth tempered chocolate blend.

The Dark Gallery

#01-K5, Millenia Walk

Tel: 6255 0368

02: Butcher Boy

Cure’s chef-owner Andrew Walsh has recently unveiled his new Asian-inspired bar & grill, Butcher Boy, located along the bustling Keong Saik dining stretch (just a few doors down from Cure). Butcher Boy’s menu weaves punchy Asian flavours into its range of small plates, buns and meats. While not sweat-inducing, sauces that accompany the dishes don’t shy away from heat. For instance the spicy chilli crab meat accompanied by fried buns. The restaurant also does its vegetarian interpretation of satay, with grilled aubergine and a pleasantly spicy satay sauce. Grilled meats are good on its own, but you can liven up your meal with the accompanying homemade sambal, XO sauce or black pepper. The dimly-lit setting, which offers a cheeky play on ‘concrete jungle’ with textured walls and lightbox fixtures of nature in Singapore, makes a cosy spot for sake or Asian-inspired cocktails. Bar manager Knut Randhem crafts fun concoctions such as the Street Side Milk Punch – made of cachaca, Thai milk tea, and slated caramel syrup and served in a plastic bag.

Butcher Boy

31 Keong Saik Road

Tel:  6221 6833

03: Blue Lotus Grill House

The third and latest concept by Blue Lotus Concepts introduces a modern Chinese menu, married with Western cooking techniques. The Grill House adopts a more bistro-style seating area and a 14-seater private room with karaoke for corporate or private events. The menu, a collaboration between chefs Pam Weng Chien and Daniel Grobnik, showcases Chinese and Western flavours (the Josper grill is used to prepare some of the creations). Go for the chilli pomelo lamian (a take on Blue Lotus’ signature chilli crab dish) or grilled barramundi with crispy beancurd skin and assam curry. The tapas are also must-haves with drinks, such as the hickory smoked charsiew of kurobuta pork and an indulgent oven-baked chicken skin with a chilli yoghurt dip. The restaurant’s location in the heart of Tanjong Pagar makes it a good spot for lunch.

Blue Lotus Grill House

#01-13,  Tanjong Pagar Centre

Tel: 6996 0880

04: COMO Cuisine

COMO Cuisine is the fourth restaurant to be launched at the COMO Dempsey complex. The menu here is all-encompassing with various dishes gathered across various cuisines and COMO hotels. Working together with a nutritionist, executive chef Timothy de Souza aims to provide healthier options as well. Try the range of tandoor dishes: the cauliflower takes on a smoky flavour and is served with almonds, pomegranate seeds and yoghurt. The clean-eating direction, however, doesn’t take focus away from more indulgent dishes, such as scallops with chunks of pomelo and chilli. The more substantial signature wellington – stuffed with truffle and foie gras – is best enjoyed with a glass of red.

COMO Cuisine

18 Dempsey Road

Tel: 1800 304 6688

05: PS.Cafe One Fullerton

The biggest outlet to the popular homegrown brand’s assemblage, PS.Cafe One Fullerton is bringing its menu of cafe classics and lofty cakes to the picturesque Marina Bay. Taking up 5,000 sq ft of prime real estate, which includes an open-air terrace and private dining rooms, the new eatery offers favourites like their signature Caesar salad, truffle shoestring fries, and the brunch PS. Big Breakfast with eggs, smoked bacon, sausage, buttered toast, and all the fixings. The menu also pays tribute to its bayfront address with a selection of new seafood dishes including chargrilled skate with green harissa and broccolini, and moules vin blanc with crusty dipping bread. There’s also the generously portioned and ultra-satifsying fish and chips. Do check out the range of new sweet treats such as crème caramel orange cake and Mrs.J’s Trifle Bomb. The swanky bar area carries a well-curated list of tipples for post-work unwinding.

PS Cafe One Fullerton

1 Fullerton Road, #02-03B/04 One Fullerton