1 OPEN FARM COMMUNITY
The Spa Esprit Group adds another restaurant to its lifestyle empire. It is a collaboration with chef Ryan Clift of Tippling Club and urban farming company Edible Garden City.
The 120-seat outlet spans more than 35,000 sq ft on the edge of Minden Road, off Holland Road, and includes a coffee bar, fresh juice and cocktail bar, and space for activities, including lawn bowling and table tennis.
In the open-concept kitchen, dishes are seasonal and feature local produce.
Starters include chilled avocado and ginger soup with poached yabbies ($20), and freshly shucked oysters with parsley and chardonnay vinegar sago pearls ($32 for half dozen, $58 for a dozen).
Main courses include coal- baked barramundi with cucumber coleslaw, roasted eggplant and fresh mint dressing ($26); and squid ink taglierini with inferno sauce , calamari, asparagus and chilli padi ($26).
Complete the meal with a hot and cold chocolate cake with chocolate sorbet and mint ($17), or lemon tart with basil ice cream ($17).
Where: 130E Minden Road
Open: Noon to 3pm (weekday lunch), 6 to 10pm (weekday dinner), 11am to 10pm (weekend and public holiday)
Info: Call 6471-0306 or go to www.openfarmcommunity.com
2 OH MY BACON
This two-week old cafe is a bacon-lover's dream.
Pig out on bacon-centric dishes such as Bacon Jam Session ($12), which has bacon-based relish served with baguette slices; Bacon Bomb ($28), a chunky meat loaf made of pork, beef, bacon and cheese; and Bacon Love, Truly ($15), which is a tongue-in-cheek tribute to the BLT sandwich and has candied or spicy bacon cushioned between pita bread slathered with bacon jam. Up the fat factor with desserts such as the salty-sweet Jekyll And Hyde, which are bacon strips dipped in dark or white chocolate sauce ($2.50 a piece) or the intriguing bacon ice-cream topped on a bacon-studded brownie ($9).
Where: 7 Dunlop Street
Open: Noon to 10pm (Tuesday to Friday); 10am to 10pm (weekend), closed on Monday
Info: Call 6635-2633 or go to omb.sg
Chef Andrew Walsh has left popular Spanish tapas restaurant Esquina in Jiak Chuan Road to open this contemporary European bistronomy restaurant.
The menu, which consists of five- to seven-course set meals, is inspired by seasonal produce and changes monthly. This month, diners can expect to find rhubarb and strawberries on their plates, and dishes such as cured scallops with duck ham, kohlrabi and English peas, or Walsh's rendition of an Irish classic, bacon and cabbage, which has sourdough bread served with bacon butter and fermented cabbage. Other dishes include smoked quail with garlic milk, leg kiev, parsley and leek ash. The lunch menu starts at $35++ and dinner starts at $95++.
The 40-seat restaurant also serves tipples such as Negroni Sinfonia ($22) and Henri Giroud Hommage Grand Cru champagne ($26).
Where: 21 Keong Saik Road
Open: 6.30pm till late (Monday to Saturday); noon to 3.30pm (Thursday and Friday)
Info: Call 6221-2189 or go to facebook.com/curesingapore
4 L'ECLAIR BY SARAH MICHELLE
The pastry scene here is full of shops selling cakes, tarts and macarons.
Now it is time to roll out eclairs.
After starting an online business and doing pop-up cafes, Le Cordon Bleu graduates Sarah Tan and Michelle Looi opened their eclair boutique last Sunday.
Flavours include salted caramel, dark chocolate and matcha. Prices range from $7.50 to $8.50. Only one savoury item is available - a chicken and bacon pie ($12).
Where: 01-28, 190 Clemenceau Avenue
Open: 11am to 8pm (Tuesday to Friday), 11am to 9pm (Saturday), 11am to 6pm (Sunday), closed on Monday
5 GINZA SUSHI ICHI
The award-winning sushi restaurant has relocated from Scotts Square to the Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel.
Swoon over wild-caught bluefin tuna, maguro, sea urchin and hairy crab imported from Tsukiji market in Tokyo. Lunch sets start from $70. Omakase dinner sets start from $220.
The 23-seat restaurant features a counter made from 200-year-old cypress trees.
Pair the seafood with 30 types of sake from the adjacent Suigei Sake Salon.
Where: 01-04, Singapore Marriott Tang Plaza Hotel, 320 Orchard Road
Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 6 to 11pm (Tuesday to Saturday), 6 to 10pm (Sunday), closed on Monday.
Info: Call 6235-5514 or go to ginza-sushiichi.jp
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