1. MISS LOK
Steamboat goes mod at Asian hotpot and noodle bar Miss Lok.
The name refers to lok lok - a popular version of hotpot where skewered meats, seafood or vegetables are boiled in soups and eaten with satay sauce. Prices range from $1 to $4 for lok lok items.
As for the hotpot soups ($6 to $8), options include laksa, bak kut teh, Sichuan mala and sake-infused asari clams.
Ingredients include the beef platter ($12 or $18) and seafood platter ($28 or $42), as well as side dishes such as sweet potato fries with salted egg yolk dip ($10), squid karaage with cincalok dip ($10) and fried gyoza ($8).
Mix your own dips or order special ones ($2 each) such as salted egg yolk, sambal belacan and cincalok. Complete the meal with a range of sake, wine or beer.
Where: 01-01, 5 Magazine Road
Open: 6pm to 2am (Monday to Thursday), 6pm to 5am (Friday and Saturday), closed on Sunday
Info: www.facebook.com/ missloksg
2. PIMP MY SALAD
Four years after Sarnies cafe opened in Telok Ayer, its sister outlet Pimp My Salad has opened at Pasarbella in Suntec City.
Customise your salad with an array of vegetable, meat and grain options. Ingredients are individually priced, but at an average price of $15, the salad will include a protein and two hot or cold vegetable options on a bed of spinach or mixed greens plus a house-made dressing.
Hot options ($2) include shimeiji and button mushrooms, baby corn with paprika and grilled Thai asparagus. Protein choices (from $5) range from roasted lemon chicken breast to pan-seared salmon with dill and capers to fresh thyme roast beef.
For those who cannot decide, pick from its specials (from $11.50). Choices include Big Daddy, with thyme roast beef, Pimp chopped salad, sweet potatoes, guacamole, broccoli, walnuts and balsamic vinaigrette; and Fish'en Good with pan-seared salmon, baby spinach, marinated olives, roasted carrots, corkscrew pasta, mirin and ginger.
Where: 01-455, Pasarbella at Suntec City, 7 Temasek Boulevard
Open: 11am to 9.30pm daily
Info: www.facebook.com/ pimpmysaladsg
Food may not come to mind when one notices the ADHD acronym (more commonly known as Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder), but at The South Beach hotel, the 171-seat restaurant's name means All Day Hotel Dining.
Start the day with its breakfast range, which includes eggs any style (scrambled, poached or fried, $18 each), American pancakes with maple syrup and walnut-apple compote ($16) and congee ($12).
The main menu features dishes such as truffle oxtail ($16) and salmon three ways ($32). Asian items include wonton noodle soup ($18) and Indonesian beef rendang ($18).
Its steak menu (from $44 for 250g) consists of certified Angus and Wagyu A5 cuts from Australia and can be paired with sauces ($10 each) and sides ($10 each) such as truffle-crushed new potatoes and asparagus in citrus oil.
Desserts include Berry Fields ($18), a red berry and cherry mascarpone dome with Grand Marnier-marinated berries and yogurt mousse.
Where: The South Beach, 30 Beach Road
Open: 6.30 to 10.30am (weekday breakfast), 6.30 to 11am (weekend breakfast), noon to 11pm daily
Info: Call 6818-1940 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
4. SING HK CAFE
Take a break from the usual Hong Kong cafe chains in Singapore and head to Sing HK Cafe in Everton Park.
Popular items include signature slow-cooked pork belly rice ($10.80), beef brisket rice ($11.80), scrambled eggs ($3), beef brisket egg noodles ($9.80), red wine oxtail stew ($18.90) and signature NZ sirloin steak ($18.90, photo 4).
Drinks include the classic Hong Kong milk tea ($3.50), lemon coke ($3.20) and sticky rice tea ($5.80). As the cafe is still in its opening stage, the menu is subject to change.
Where: 01-42 Block 4 Everton Park
Open: 10.30am to 8.30pm (weekday), 9.30am to 8.30pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday
Info: www.facebook.com/ singhkcafe
Head to Victorian steampunk- themed cafe Monniker for your next brunch.
Breakfast items include Breakfast Fit for a Captain ($21), consisting of house-made caraway toast, mangalica pork sausages and crunchy-creamy pommes noisettes; and chicken waffle stack ($19) with melted cheddar and sunny-side-up egg.
Truffle lovers can chow down on Double Truffles Fries ($12) that are truffle oil-drizzled and served with house-made truffle aioli dip, and truffle mushroom pappardelle ($18) topped with crispy tofu croutons.
Current specials include Valrhona white chocolate cake with peanut butter glaze ($12) - a twist on the local mee chiang kueh or peanut pancake - and porketta ($21), a chunky strip of slow-roasted pork belly dressed in a caramelised onion and red wine sauce.
Where: 387 Balestier Road
Open: 7.30am to 4.30pm daily, opening hours will extend until evening after Chinese New Year
Info: Call 6250-2433 or go to www.facebook.com/AirshipMonniker
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