Michelin-showcase restaurant Curate is now fully operational with Benjamin Halat helming the kitchen for dinner service. The 31-year-old chef de cuisine presents five course ($158++) and eight course ($198++) menus showcasing a cuisine blending European and Asian flavours. Case in point: foie gras gateau crowned with kueh lapis, and Boston lobster in coconut broth mixed with various spices (think laksa). Halat is no stranger to Michelin-starred kitchens and will work side-by-side decorated chefs in Curate’s forthcoming star-studded culinary pop-ups.
8 Sentosa Gateway
02: Jade Restaurant
Inspired by the Tang dynasty, Jade Restaurant at The Fullerton Hotel underwent a revamp with personal touches from executive chef Leong Chee Yeng. The restaurant now adopts a refreshing palette of cool blues and white, adorned with customised chinoiserie wallpaper of local birds and Leong’s own pottery work. The updated menu opens with signatures such as egg noodles with Boston lobster served and new additions, in particular the barbecued lemongrass lamb ribs marinated with char siew sauce.
1 Fullerton Square
63 opens its second outlet with a restaurant setting and sharing plates at Paragon. There’s no particular cuisine style here, instead food takes inspirations from local and Japanese flavours. Its prawn and oysters linguine takes a leaf off hangover comfort food: topped with a fried egg, kombu and chili – it is recommended to have it ‘spicy’ over the milder option. For larger plates, there is the Spanish Duroc pork chop accompanied with grilled leeks and burnt peppers. Toriyama steaks are also available, with wasabi and yuzu on the side.
290 Orchard Road
04: The Black Swan
With chef Daniel Sia as culinary director, the menu at The Black Swan brings in a chophouse selection of steaks: from the Aomori ribeye to the hefty Stockyard Angus Porterhouse steak, grilled at 300° Celsius over apple wood. Modern European dishes accompany the menu, such as the Vidalia onion broth with a creamy bone marrow flan and the roasted Iberian pork chop with sweet prunes and armagnac compote on the side.
19 Cecil Street
05: Beach Road Kitchen
Say goodbye to stale buffet offerings, and hello to Beach Road Kitchen’s multiple live stations. The temperature-controlled Seafood Room boasts fresh selections of smoked fish and other seafood items, while the floor-to-ceiling Charcuterie and Cheese display is handpicked by executive chef Stefano di Salvo daily. The Pizza Oven serves up piping-hot slices of the quintessential Italian favourite, and also has a charcoal grill offering cuts of meat. The Signature Funghi & Formaggio Pizza is a must-try – the addictive slice of aromatic cheeses was inspired by chef Stefano’s younger days of working in Rome.
30 Beach Road
Restaurants to Watch
06: Bistro November
Restaurant Ember is no longer at Hotel 1929. But in its place is Bistro November, a new concept headed by Unlisted Collection and the people behind the short-lived Thirteen Duxton Hill. Chef John Paul Fiechtner carries over the charm from his former restaurant – using whatever ingredient is best in market for his ever-changing menus, hand-written by sommelier/partner Sally Humble. The executive dining space gives way to a more relaxed atmosphere with up-cycled wooden tables and other eclectic furnishings. The pop-up will end this November and will be opened daily for breakfast. Lunch ($48++ for six-courses) and dinner ($78++ for eight-courses) are available Tuesday to Saturday.
50 Keong Saik Road
07: Multi-concepts at Robinsons The Heeren
From 13th May, L’Entrecôte the Steak & Fries Bistro, Sabio Tapas Bar and &Made Burger Bistro will join Angela May Food Chapters in a brand-new dining space by Deliciae Hospitality Management. The 220-seater concept will be housed in a two-storey block that accommodates al-fresco dining. Angela May Food Chapters is also refreshing its menu with new signatures such as spicy bulgogi lettuce wraps and truffled Asian dumplings
260 Orchard Road