During the day, it serves ramen and donburi. At night, Kuro Izakaya fires up the charcoal grill for kushiyaki items.
For lunch, takeaway bentos are available for pre-order. Choices include grilled salmon miso mirin ($14), pork katsu panko ($12) and chicken sumibiyaki ($14). Lunch sets (with starter and dessert) include chirashi don ($18), kuro pork ramen ($20) and Australian beef yaki ($18).
The small plates section - best paired with Japanese whisky, beer or sake - includes a variety of Kurobuta pork cuts (from $16), smoked ajitsuke tamago ($8) and wagyu beef short plate ($24, above). Kushiyaki items include pork belly ($4), bacon enoki ($3) or the full Kuro Kushiyaki Platter ($36).
Kuro Izakaya is the latest restaurant by food and beverage group Creative Eateries, which runs establishments such as Japanese buffet restaurant Suki-Ya, Thai chain Bangkok Jam and Eat At Taipei outlets.
Where: 01-604/605 Suntec City Tower 3, East Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard
Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm, 5 to 11pm daily
Info: Call 6235-1066 or go to www.facebook.com/KUROIzakayaSg
THE SUMMERHOUSE AND WILDSEED
The latest addition to The Oval in Seletar Aerospace Park is the multi-concept The Summerhouse. The 45,000 sq ft space has The Summerhouse Dining Room and Balcony Bar on the second storey and Wildseed, a cafe, patisserie and bar on ground level.
A Farming Collective Menu ($90++ for six courses, $128++ for 10 courses) is available for dinner at The Summerhouse Dining Room.
A la carte dishes include uni pasta ($16); Iberico Pork ($36, above), which is cooked sous vide for 72 hours; and Flower ($15), a dessert of guava yogurt sorbet, lychee-coconut mousse, raspberry puree and rose meringue.
At Wildseed, the menu features a variety of pastries, sandwiches and salads.
Sandwich options include The Beef ($24), with braised beef brisket, black onion jam and wild chilli sauce; poached barramundi ($18), with buttermilk vinaigrette, sweet onions and cherry tomato; and The Nordic ($16), pulled pork with pickled beetroot, carrot marmalade and garden herb salad.
Drinks include coffee from Nomad The Gallant coffee roasters, cocktails, gin and craft beer.
Where: 3 Park Lane
Open: Wildseed Cafe: 10am to 7pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 9am to 7pm (weekends), closed on Mondays; Wildseed Bar: 4 to 10pm (Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays), 4 to 11pm (Fridays and Saturdays), closed on Mondays; The Summerhouse Dining Room: 11am to 3pm (weekend lunch), 6 to 10pm (Wednesdays to Saturdays), 6 to 9pm (Sundays), closed on Mondays and Tuesdays
Info: Call 8608-3340 or go to www.facebook.com/thesummerhousesg
Three-year-old bistro and bar Fresh Fruits Lab in Changi Road has opened a new wizard-themed restaurant in Serangoon Road (near Boon Keng MRT station) called Platform 1094.
Menu highlights include pesto mayonnaise pork ribs ($22, above), with grilled vegetables, corn, pickled beetroot and mango mustard espuma; and crab meat aglio olio ($17). For dessert, go for Black Magic ($16), which has black sesame panna cotta and squid ink profiterole with mango cream, crispy charcoal bread and dark chocolate soil. Cocktail options include Globlet of Fire ($15), with blue curacao liqueur, Bacardi 151 rum and ground cinnamon; and Amnesia Blend ($12), with rum, champagne, mint leaves and lime.
Where: 1094 Serangoon Road
Open: 11am to 10pm (Tuesdays to Fridays), 10am to 10pm (weekends), closed on Mondays
Info: Call 6204-6003 or go to www.facebook.com/Platform1094