With the weekend upon us, check out our pick for six chic restaurants that are not bringing revolutionary concepts to the food scene, but are reviving existing ones with their A-game. Bon appetite!
50RP – For a Dinner-Drinks Party Combo
Imagine a Friday night here with your girlfriends: Start off with a dozen freshly shucked oysters at Angie’s Oyster Bar; adjourn to the sprawling space of Sear and have a couple of its perfectly seared steaks to share (a must try is the grain-fed Australian Jack’s Creek wagyu); down some craft sake at Teikoku, then hop over to penthouse lounge Empire for late-night revelry. It’s a combination so seamless and natural that with hindsight, we’re surprised nobody else came up with it sooner. The stunning views from its 45th and 46th floor locale are the cherry on the icing.
Level 45 Singapore Land Tower, 50 Raffles Place, tel: 6221-9555, www.50rp.com.sg.
THE PRAWN STAR – for delish Fusion Food
The restaurant runs with a concept of “zi char meets the gritty back alleys of Melbourne”, which basically means familiar zi char favourites gussied up with simply prepared seafood, and Asian classics given a modern spin. The restaurant tries to source most of the seafood from local markets, and they’re all first charcoal-grilled over bincho. Particularly excellent is the King Prawns in Vermicelli Claypot ($32) – oodles of springy vermicelli dressed in a simple but addictive soy and oyster sauce and garnished with parsley and chopped chilli, then topped off with the star of the show: four monster-sized crustaceans.
21 Duxton Hill, tel: 6323-3353. https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Prawn-Star/799203580130404
BOULANGERIE ASANOYA – for French-Japanese baked goods
It’s almost impossible to know where to start when you’re facing rows of glistening pastries and golden-brown breads. We recommend going for broke and ordering a whole bunch to share to split the carbs. Worth an extra workout is the Potato French ($3.20), which wraps a whole potato in bread and comes drizzled with a smooth butter and mayo sauce; as well as the Maple Walnut Pretzel ($3.20), a chewy pretzel baked from a mix of French dough, homemade maple cream, Canadian maple sugar and walnuts.
#01-03, 15 Queen Street, tel: 6703-8703, www.asanoya.asia
JOIE BY DOZO – for a Veggie Haven
At Joie, meatless cuisine goes luxe with surprisingly affordable options. The six-course lunch menu ($38.80) and seven course dinner menu ($68.80) are both good showcases of Chef Sherwin Sim’s knack for finding ways around the limitations of meatless cuisine. There is, for example, a Spring Vegetable terrine of aubergines, carrots, mushrooms and peppers, held together by a vegetable broth gel.
#12-01 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, tel: 6838-6966, www.joierestaurant.com.sg
HENRI CHARPENTIER – for French-Japanese sweet treats
One of the most revered patisserie brands in Japan, Henri Charpentier has earned a faithful following for its sugary treats. Order the Crepe Suzette ($22), or the Flower Temptation ($25), a pineapple and chocolate mousse dessert inspired by the Singapore Botanic Gardens – both are flambéed and served tableside.
9A Dempsey Road, tel: 6479-5518, www.henricharpentier.com
KUVO – for a one stop Chill-Out Spot
Kuvo’s location might be unremarkable, but it also means that – for now at least – it’ll probably be spared the hordes of Orchard Road shoppers. Get your fill at main dining space Ambrosia (it serves a menu of Western and local favourites – there’s an excellent Slipper Lobster Laksa Lemak for $22) – and pick your after-meal alcohol from more than 140 wines at Vine Lounge, or cocktails (from $21) at Elixir Bar. The gift shop is more perfunctory than anything, but it has gourmet chocolates and teas if you’re in need of a gift.
#02-01 Orchard Shopping Centre, 321 Orchard Road, tel: 6733-8272, www.facebook.com/kuvosingapore
For more ideas on where to go for a great romantic dinner, go to http://thefinder.life/eat-drink/out-about-eats/4-fail-proof-romantic-dinner-options-impress-your-date
By Tan Min Yan, Her World, February 2015