Open For Business: Caffebene Singapore, Artemis Grill, Kwee Zeen, Buttergrill, The Cup

Garlic and cheese honey bread
Garlic and cheese honey breadPHOTO: CAFFEBENE SINGAPORE

1. CAFFEBENE SINGAPORE

Popular South Korean coffee chain Caffebene will open its first Singapore outlet on Wednesday. The 1,400 sq ft cafe will offer 40 varieties of coffee, non-caffeinated latte and smoothies.

Popular picks include the misugaru latte (from $6.50), which is made from a multigrain blend that includes black sesame seeds, brown rice and barley; as well as citron tea ($4.20) and chocolate chip frappeno ($6.30).

The cafe also offers desserts such as bingsu (Korean shaved ice) and Belgian waffles topped with gelato. They include cookies and cream bingsu (from $14.90), which has cream-infused shaved ice studded with crushed cookies bits and tiramisu waffle ($10.90).

Those who prefer savoury bites can go for thick toasts such as the garlic and cheese honey bread ($13.90).

Unique to the Singapore outlet is a gourmet takeaway food section, which offers dishes such as soba salad, salmon mayo wrap and chicken avocado wrap (all $9.90).

Where: 02-150 VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk

Open: 8am to 10pm daily

Info: www.caffebene.com.sg

2. ARTEMIS GRILL


The veal chop on roasted leeks with blackberries. PHOTO: ARTEMIS GRILL

Perched on the 40th storey of the CapitaGreen building in the Central Business District is a contemporary Mediterranean rooftop grill restaurant and bar.

The restaurant, which opens tomorrow, serves grass-fed and hormone-free meats that are charcoal-grilled, as well as a wide selection of vegetarian and gluten-free dishes.

Signature dishes include the veal chop on roasted leeks with blackberries ($60), spicy Iberico pork ($40), beetroot tortellini ($20) and apricot and lavender souffle ($20).

Chill out at the sprawling 15,000 sq ft Sky Garden, which serves cocktails and organic and biodynamic wines sourced from the Mediterranean.

Artemis Grill is owned by the Red Door Group, which runs Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse and Restaurant in Mohamed Sultan Road, as well as Soi 60 Thai Restaurant in Robertson Quay.

Where: Level 40 CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street

Open: 11.30am to 3pm, 6 to 10.30pm (weekday), 6 to 10.30pm (Saturday), closed on Sunday

Info: Call 6635-8677 or go to www.artemisgrill.com.sg

3. KWEE ZEEN


Corn-crusted Norwegian salmon, with seasonal vegetables, fennel salad and dill cream. PHOTO: KWEE ZEEN

Sofitel's upscale restaurant chain Kwee Zeen has opened an outlet at its latest luxury hotel, Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa. The sea-front restaurant has an a la carte menu and offers all-day buffet dining. The 218-seat restaurant serves Pan-Asian cuisine, as well as Asian, Western and French food.

Signature dishes from the a la carte menu include the Australian sirloin BMS 7 ($78), which is served with olive oil mashed potatoes, sauteed mushrooms and baby carrots. There is also corn-crusted Norwegian salmon ($32), with seasonal vegetables, fennel salad and dill cream. Asian dishes include yaki soba ($20), wok-fried Japanese noodles with chicken and Katong laksa ($24).

Those with a bigger appetite can go for the buffet (from $35 a person for breakfast) and the Magnifique Sunday Champagne Brunch (from $168 a person, includes free flow of Taittinger champagne) on Sunday. Buffet diners can take their pick from more than 10 counters serving live seafood, such as Boston lobster and Alaskan king crab, as well as cheese, charcuterie, tandoor and Chinese food.

End with sweet treats from the dessert trolley and hand-crafted truffles from the chocolaterie.

Where: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road

Open: 6am to midnight daily

Info: Call 6708-8366/6708-8367 or go to tinyurl.com/onp8kxl

4. BUTTERGRILL


Australian stockyard long-fed Angus ribeye ($33).PHOTO: BUTTERGRILL

The 70-seat grill restaurant injects a refreshing twist to classic meat and seafood dishes by pairing them with 10 types of butter in flavours such as spicy salted egg yolk, lavender, truffle and red wine with figs.

Meat lovers can go for the 200g slab of Australian stockyard long-fed Angus ribeye ($33) and Canadian Primrose Farm bone-in pork chop ($30).

Good for sharing in small groups is the ultimate platter ($158), which consists of a lobster, a crab, king prawns, Hokkaido scallops and clams in white wine sauce and The Monger's ($98), which includes a salmon fillet, squid, king prawn and mussels.

Rounding up the menu are open-faced sandwiches (from $18) with toppings such as medium-done Angus ribeye with gruyere cheese and grilled pizzas (from $20), featuring grilled portobello mushrooms with white truffle paste.

Where: 114 Tanjong Pagar Road

Open: 11am to 10.30pm (Monday to Thursday), 11am to 12.30am (Friday and Saturday), 9am to 4pm(Sunday)

Info: Call 6221-2354 or go to www.buttergrill.com

5. THE CUP


Box of rice, greens, mushrooms, minced beef, flying fish roe and an egg yolk and honey chicken rice ($7.90). PHOTO: THE CUP

This South Korean quick-service restaurant chain, which has branches in Asia and Europe, has opened in Singapore.

The 44-seat eatery offers the novelty of eating Korean food from take-away boxes commonly seen in Chinese restaurants in the United States.

It serves about 20 items, which include rice, noodles, jjigae (stews), salads, snacks and bingsu.

Crowd favourites are the bibimbap ($9.90), which comes in a box of rice, greens, mushrooms, minced beef, flying fish roe and an egg yolk and honey chicken rice ($7.90), which has deep-fried chicken drizzled with honey sauce.

If you prefer noodles or stews, go for the spicy samgyeop noodles ($8.90), topped with sweet and spicy pork belly or the suntofu jjigae ($8.90), which has tofu, clams and vegetables in a spicy broth, served with rice.

Where: 01-05 PoMo Mall, 1 Selegie Road

Open: 10am to 10pm daily

Info: Call 6837-0636 or go to www.facebook.com/thecupsg

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on November 15, 2015, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe