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PHOTO: 1 TYRWHITT BISTRO & BAR
PHOTO: GRAIN TRADERS
PHOTO: ROLL OUT
PHOTO: ZAKU
PHOTO: DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CAFE

1. 1 TYRWHITT BISTRO & BAR

Adding to the cafe scene in the Tyrwhitt Road area, with Chye Seng Huat Hardware and The Tiramisu Hero nearby, is 1 Tyrwhitt Bistro & Bar.

The 100-seat bistro serves Western fare such as chicken chop ($16.80) with mashed potatoes and sauteed mushrooms; grilled salmon ($20.80) with grilled vegetables and potatoes; and seafood marinara ($17.80, photo 1).

Thin crust 12-inch pizza options include black truffle egg pizza ($23.80), From The Ocean ($21.80) with prawn, fish, squid, mussels and scallops topped with mozzarella and tomatoes; and spicy pepperoni ($19.80).

Happy Hour runs from 11.30am to 9pm with one-for-one beer. So grab some finger food such as cheesy stuffed mushrooms ($10), calamari ($10) and mozzarella cheese sticks ($10) to go with the beer.

Where: 1 Tyrwhitt Road

Open: 11.30am to midnight, Wednesday to Monday, closed on Tuesday

Info: Call 6341-5167 or go to https://m.facebook.com/1TyrwhittBistroBar

2. GRAIN TRADERS

Busy executives working in the Central Business District now have another lunch option. Grain Traders opened last Tuesday. It is by the people behind the Kilo Group, which has restaurants in Kallang, Orchard Road and Kampong Bugis.

It is more than a salad bar. Breakfast items (from 8 to 10.30am) include roast chicken brown rice porridge ($8) with sauteed mushrooms, soft-boiled egg, avocado and herb salad; banana cinnamon oatmeal with sauteed apples ($8); and "Kilo-style" wasabi tuna tartare with avocado bagel ($10).

For lunch, build your own salad bowl ($16 nett), which includes a choice of one grain, one protein, one hot vegetable, two cold vegetables, as well as a sauce and topping. Add $2 for a drink and snack.

Protein options include grilled striploin steak; slow-roasted pork; and sous vide and chargrilled salmon. Hot vegetable choices include roasted butternut squash and sweet potato; grilled beets and carrots; and wild mushrooms.

Signature bowl options include The Beebop, which has braised pork shoulder with furikake (dried Japanese rice toppings), corn, crudite slaw and mixed bean pico de gallo on brown rice; and Mr Rooster, which has roasted chicken, crunchy greens with mixed bean pico de gallo, nuts and basil vinaigrette on quinoa.

Where: 01-01/02/03, 138 Market Street,

Open: 8am to 8pm, weekdays, closed on weekends

Info: Call 6348-6559 or go to https://www.facebook.com/graintraderssg

3. ROLL OUT

Gourmet sushi roll shops have been slowly gaining popularity and Roll Out in Tampines is one of the latest in the scene.

Its eye-catching sushi rolls stand out from others because the ingredients are laid out on top of the rolls and not just wrapped inside like the usual maki sushi.

The takeaway kiosk features a variety of options, which includes Electric Una ($5.90), unagi with kebayaki sauce and spring onions; Emperor Of The Sea ($5.90, photo 3), salmon sashimi with ebiko, avocado and wasabi sauce; and The Quacks ($4.90), black pepper smoked duck with hoisin sauce.

Other highlights include Ham Some Cheese ($4.90), chicken ham with deep-fried mozzarella cheese sticks; Summer's Harvest ($3.90), with Japanese brown rice, fried tofu, carrot, cucumber and honey mustard; and a take on the classic chicken rice with The Hainanese ($4.90), which has chicken rice-flavoured sushi rice, poached chicken and grated ginger sauce.

Where: Tampines Mall, B1-K11, 4 Tampines Central 5

Open: 10.30am to 10pm daily

Info: https://www.facebook.com/rolloutsg

4. ZAKU

After its soft launch two months ago at Capitol Piazza, Japanese bar-restaurant Zaku is officially open. About half its menu is new, as the place has a new head chef, Teow Wei Kiat, 35. He used to work at Overeasy in One Fullerton. Zaku's previous chef, American Dan Segall, former executive chef of Ku De Ta (now known as Ce La Vi), has left.

Signature dishes include crispy baby squid ($8); Japanese curry spiced chicken wings ($12, photo 4); and ume steamed cod fish ($38), among other yakitori and hotpot rice dishes.

For drinks, the cocktail list at the 3,200 sq ft restaurant is by lifestyle group Massive Collective's mixologist, Ricky Pavia.

Zaku is a collaboration between Massive Collective and Japanese dining group Akashi.

Where: 01-84 Capitol Piazza, 11 Stamford Road

Open: Noon to 11pm (Sunday to Thursday), noon to 1am (Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday)

Info: Go to http://zaku.sg/ or e-mail reservations@zakurestaurant.com

5. DC COMICS SUPER HEROES CAFE

Fans of the superheroes from DC Comics can head to a new themed cafe, which opened last Wednesday at Marina Bay Sands.

DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe takes over the space previously occupied by the now-defunct Au Chocolat restaurant.

It features a sandwich and salad counter, ice cream station and retail section. The menu is created by local celebrity chef Eric Teo, who now runs food and beverage consultancy ET Culinary Arts.

Menu items - all named after comic characters - include starters such as Superman's Soup ($10.90), which is chicken sausage gumbo with parmesan lavosh; The Joker's Loco Nacho ($13.90), nachos with chilli, salsa and melted cheese; and Wonder Woman: Invisible Love Boats ($11.90), which are breaded zucchini sticks and fried potato skins topped with melted cheese, sour cream and spring onions.

Other highlights are Batman's Dark Knight ($25.90, photo 5), a wagyu patty with grilled portobello in a charcoal-tinted burger bun served with nachos; Aquaman's Arrabiata ($24.90), spicy tomato-based pasta with mixed seafood; and Hawkgirl's Chicken Schnitzel Fingers ($18.90).

The drink list features Cat Woman's Cool Cat Caramel Latte ($9.90), The Penguin's Earl Grey Tuxedo Tea ($6.90) and Poison Ivy Icy Matcha ($9.90).

The cafe is by new F&B company Kusto Lifestyle Concepts.

Where: The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, L1-03/04/05 Bay Level, 2 Bayfront Avenue

Open: 10.30am to 11pm (Sunday to Thursday), 10.30am to 11.30pm (Friday and Saturday)

Info: Call 6688-7610 or go to https://www.facebook.com/DCSHCafe

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 06, 2015, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe