After working at Spanish restaurants Bomba (now-defunct) and Unaat One Rochester Park, chef Jean-Philippe Patruno is back in the scene with nose-to-tail restaurant Dehesa, which means “grasslands” in Spanish.
The 50-seater celebrates the whole animal, serving everything from alternative cuts to offal.
Menu highlights include the signature platter of cold meats ($25), which includes pig’s head, pig’s ear,homemade saucisson, scratchings and rillons, which are chunks of meat slow cooked in fat; octopus lardo ratte ($28); milk-fed lamb sweetbreads ($22); pork belly with chickpeas and squid ($27) and ox tongue ($14).
For dessert, options include torijas or Spanish French toast with plum and creme fraiche ($12); doughnuts with caramel and oranges ($12) and pandan ice cream with crispy milk and popcorn ($12).
Where:12 North Canal Road
Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm (weekday lunch), 5.30pm to late (Mondayto Saturday), closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6221-7790 or go to www.dehesa.com.sg
It opened earlier this year as a steamboat restaurant and after a recent revamp, the souped-up Tang restaurant is now also a bar serving wine and sake, as well as a supper club with bar bites.
Sichuan-style hotpot is still the highlight, with fish ($22 for 12 slices) sliced so thinly that it is translucent. Premiumcuts of meat include Japanese MiyazakiA5 ribeye cap off lip ($49 for 100g), Spanish Iberico pork ($14 for 100g) and Japanese momoiro pork belly ($15 for 100g).
Live seafood (market price) includes oysters, abalone, Boston lobster and geoduck. It is subject to availability so reserve at least two days in advance.
A variety of homemade meat and fish balls ($10 to $14 for eight pieces)and noodles are complemented by signature cooked specials, such as mapo tofu ($12, for two people) and Sichuan spicy chicken ($22, for four people).
Soup options include the house special ($19), made from pork bones, old hens, fish and fish bones, all simmered for more than six hours, and the Sichuan spicy soup ($21) is made with more than 40 herbs and spices.
Where: 25 Keong Saik Road
Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 6 to 11pm, 5pm to2am(bar and supper club), open daily except the second and last Sunday of each month
Info: Call 6222-7708 or go to facebook.com/TangRestaurantBar
3 PARDON MY FRENCH
For some casual French dining, head to new bistro Pardon My French at Icon Village.
Traditional items include duck confit ($25), bouillabaisse ($18.50), baked fish parcel ($20.50) served with ratatouille and boeuf bourguignon ($17) served with toasted bread. For a spinon classic French onion soup, it is made into a sauce and served as French onion mushroom pasta ($12.50).
Where: 01-16 Icon Village, 12Gopeng Street
Open: 11.30am to 9pm,Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6410-9353
4 MR CHURRO
The churros scene continues to heat up with another brand, Mr Churro, opening in Singapore. It started two years ago in Seoul and nowhas more than 20 stores across South Korea.
Don’t miss the attention-grabbing 50cm-long oval-shaped churro ($4.90). Other options include nutty churro ($5.90), churro with dip ($5.50, with a choice of dark chocolate, caramel or salted caramel dip) and ice-cream churro ($6.50, choice of vanilla or banana soft-serve). Add $2.50 for hot drinks or $4 for a frappe.
Mr Churro will continue its expansion in Singapore with at least two more stores slated to open within three years. It is also looking to expand in Asia.
Where: B4-61 Ion Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn
Open: 10am to 9.30pm daily
5 SWEET MONSTER
With the entrance of South Korean franchise Sweet Monster, it looks like the craze for soft-serve ice cream is far from over.
The brand has 26 stores in South Korea and outlets in Hong Kong, Thailand and China.
Sweet Monster specialises in the Instagram-worthy popcorn studded soft serve, each represented by its own monster character. The signature mixed flavour popcorn ice cream ($6.80) comes with cheese and caramel-flavoured popcorn, and soft-serve options include Cookie Mountain and Caramel Macchiato ($6 each).
You can also buy the popcorn on its own. Prices start at $5.50 for a box and $16.50 for an Xmas PopmonSet with flavours such as caramel, milk and chocolate.
Where: Two outlets at B2-49 Plaza Singapura and M01-K1 Bugis Junction
Open: Plaza Singapura: 10amto 10pm daily; Bugis Junction: 10am to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10am to 11pm (Friday and Saturday)
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