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Check out these new restaurant-bars that offer casual food, wine and cocktails

Looking for a place to chill out this long weekend? Here are some new joints to enjoy great cocktails and food.

Ma Cuisine

This new gastro wine bar at Craig Road offers over 600 wine labels alongside a casual French menu. Co-owners Anthony Charmetant and Mathieu Escoffier, who have built solid relationships with winemakers in Burgundy, Rhone and Bordeaux over the years, curate an engaging drinking experience for guests.

To complement the wine list is a concise menu of authentic French classics and Burgundian specials. From 5pm onwards, you can start with a glass of chilled wine paired with nibbles such as la pissaladière (crisp tart topped with anchovies). And move on to heartier dishes like the homemade terrine of braised pork shoulder with garlic and parsley, or braised lamb shoulder with spices, partnered with vegetable cocotte. Homemade desserts, which are rolled out on a vintage dessert trolley, include a silky crème caramel from an old family recipe. You can also match your wines with artisanal cheeses, sourced from Europe and aged in Singapore by the CheeseArk. For those who fancy a late-night supper, Ma Cuisine takes their last orders at 11.45pm.

38 Craig Road. Tel: 6224 1838. http://macuisinesg.com

 

Caffe Fernet

Caffe Fernet's grilled red snapper

Located at the historic Customs House by the waters of Marina Bay, this new Italian-inspired restaurant-bar by the Jigger & Pony group introduces an exciting menu of cocktails paired with modern Italian fare.

For starters, munch on homemade ricotta with chestnut honey from Italy and fresh thyme on crisp sourdough. Then tuck into the hearty mafaldine cacio e peppe or ribbon shaped pasta tossed with four types of peppercorns and pecorino cheese. If you are with a group of friends, share the chicken piccata – brined then oven-roasted chicken breast cutlet flavoured with saffron, capers and lemon. And round off with deep-fried bomboloni filled with lemon curd and coated with caster sugar, or a classic olive oil cake with Grand Marnier, orange and pine nuts.

Refresh your palate with glasses of Amalfi Spritz made with gin, limoncello, absinthe, prosecco and mint. Or variations of Italian classic cocktails like spritzes, frosés and Negronis.

70 Collyer Quay, #01-05 Customs House. Tel: 9178 1105. www.caffefernet.sg

 

Plum & Toro

Housed on the second level of the InterContinental Singapore Robertson Quay, the brand new Plum & Toro draws diners with its sleek and casual ambience and range of teppan and chargrilled dishes. The bar bites and grilled items which will be changed frequently may include items like chilled oysters topped with dashi jelly, tobiko and citrus jus, the heartier yaki buta – twice cooked pork belly wrapped with fluffy omelette and sprinkled with ichimi togarashi or succulent grilled Canadian lobster roll with leek mayo and red tobiko.

The menu is conceptualised by Chef Hideki ii, fondly known as “Chef E”, who previously trained under Chef Tetsuya Wakuda for six years and also worked for Japan’s ambassador to the United Nations. The 10-seater cocktail bar is stocked exclusively with wines, sakes and liquors imported from Japan. There are 10 signature dishes to be had here – including the refreshing concoction of Kyoto 75 (Kinobi gin, yuzu liqueur, lemon and prosecco) or the P&T made with umeshu with shiso liqueur, Cointreau and lemon. You can have your cocktails at the bar and head over to the al fresco terrace to soak in the views of the Singapore River.

1 Nanson Road, #02-07, InterContinental Robertson Quay. Tel: 96780027

 

FOC Pim Pam

FOC Pim Pam

This tapas joint next to Orchard Hotel sports a new colour palate of blacks and greys with timber finishes and metal accents. In the revitalised space, you can choose to have a casual drink and tapas with your mates at the bar or terrace, or a full sit-down meal at the main dining room. There’s also a private dining room for special occasions and celebrations with bigger groups.

New items on the revamped menu include a tangy sweet tomato tartare composed of confit tomatoes and tomato ice cream, perked up with caperberries, roasted octopus with sizzling pork belly and potato foam, and paella with Iberico secreto and seasonal mushrooms. Mains-wise, try the short ribs with fresh peas, Iberico ham, and cauliflower puree, or barramundi with pumpkin gnocchis, and Idiazabal cheese cream. Complete your meal with desserts like limoncello sorbet and meringue, and ‘Chocolate Forest’ (chocolate textures, yogurt, white chocolate passionfruit jelly) or the classic churros with chocolate sauce or white chocolate-coated.

FOC PIM PAM features an extensive wine list of over 150 labels, spanning across the Spanish regions. It also boasts the widest collection of sherries in Southeast Asia.

442 Orchard Road #01-29. Tel: 6100 4242.  www.focpimpam.com