Open For Business: Jar'd, 13% Gastro Wine, Super Loco Customs House, SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar and Awfully Chocolate

PHOTO: 13% GASTRO WINE
Langosta Tostada ($25+), Maine lobsters with lemon dressing placed on a crisp tostada with avocado, celery hearts and spring onions
Langosta Tostada ($25+), Maine lobsters with lemon dressing placed on a crisp tostada with avocado, celery hearts and spring onionsPHOTO: SUPER LOCO CUSTOMS HOUSE
Spanish Octopus ($65)
Spanish Octopus ($65)PHOTO: SPRMRKT
Vanilla Profiteroles ($12)
Vanilla Profiteroles ($12)PHOTO: AWFULLY CHOCOLATE

1. JAR'D BY SARNIES

Popular coffee, salad and sandwich joint Sarnies Cafe has launched a new concept - a salad bar called Jar'd that serves salad in mason jars.

Each jar looks colourful, thanks to the way the different salad ingredients are layered inside.

The dressing and protein go at the bottom, followed by ingredients such as tomatoes, olives and carrots. Greens go in last - just under the jar's sealing cap - to ensure their freshness.

The salads are available in 750ml ($12 to $12.50) and 1-litre ($15 to $16) jars. Flavours include Tuna Tataki, a Japanese- inspired salad with freshly seared tuna and a soy-mirin dressing, and the Vegan Zoodle Pad Thai with sesame seed dressing, for those on a plant-based diet.


Tuna Tataki PHOTO: NICHOLAS YEAM

Jar'd also offers Sarnies' speciality coffee (from $4.50), Superfood Shakes (from $8.50) and Cocowhip (from $6.50), a vegan soft-serve made with coconut water.

Where: B1-38 Tower 1, One Raffles Place

Open: 7.30am to 3.30pm (Monday to Friday); 8am to 2pm (Saturday)

Info: www.jar-d.co


2. 13% GASTRO WINE AT KILLINEY ROAD

Fans of the tipples and food from 13% Gastro Wine in Aliwal Street will be pleased to know that a second outlet has recently opened in Killiney Road. It features an extensive wine menu, with labels from countries such as France, Spain, Germany and Portugal.

Diners who like to pair their wines with food can go for Tomato ($23), pastry topped with tomatoes, roasted pine nuts, burrata cheese, basil and balsamic reduction, as well as the 13% Pizza ($22) with summer Beaufort cheese, Iberico ham, portobello mushroom and fresh herbs.

Other offerings include cheese boards ($28 or $42) and pan-fried black pudding ($8).

Where: 2nd Floor, 117A Killiney Road

Open: 5pm till lam (Tuesday to Saturday); closed on Sunday and Monday

Info: Call 6694-4708 or go to www.13gastrowine.com


3. SUPER LOCO CUSTOMS HOUSE

The brains behind Lucha Loco and Super Loco Robertson Quay have launched a contemporary Mexican restaurant, Super Loco Customs House. It serves dishes made with premium ingredients such as lobster and wagyu, to cater to a more corporate dining crowd.

Menu highlights include Langosta Tostada ($25+), Maine lobsters with lemon dressing placed on a crisp tostada with avocado, celery hearts and spring onions; and Tlayuda Cecina ($20+), a type of Mexican flatbread served with Cecina, a house-cured wagyu that is air-dried for three months.

For a sweet ending, there is Tostadas Dulce De Chocolate ($15+), where crisp, chocolate tortillas are paired with a chocolate and avocado mousse, a dark chocolate ice cream, caramelised cacao nibs and grated white chocolate.

Where: 01-04 , 70 Collyer Quay

Open: Noon to midnight (Monday to Friday); 5pm to midnight (Saturday); closed on Sunday and selected public holiday

Info: www.super-loco.com/customs-house


4. SPRMRKT KITCHEN & BAR

The SPRMRKT brand has a new addition to its family, the SPRMRKT Kitchen & Bar at Robertson Quay.

Housed within the Singapore Tyler Print Institute, highlights include Spanish Octopus ($65, photo 4) and Fettuccine ($24).

The octopus dish is head chef Jonathan Ong's take on jiu her eng chye (cuttlefish and kang kong salad). The fettuccine, which comes with tiger prawns, chilli, bacon and egg, is his take on Hokkien mee.

SPRMRKT has also opened SPRMRKT Daily, a grocery-style shop and cafe, at the print institute. It serves dishes such as Pumpkin Soup with Cous Cous & Aged Parmesan ($10), and Grilled Atlantic Salmon with Housemade Citrus Hollandaise, Roasted Baby Potatoes and Sauteed Baby Spinach ($24).

Where: 02-01 The Singapore Tyler Print Institute, 41 Robertson Quay

Open: 11.30am to 3pm, 6 to 10pm (Monday to Friday); 9am to 4pm, 6 to 10pm (Saturday); 9am to 6pm (Sunday); Saturday brunch hours 9am to 4pm begin from Oct 1 and Sunday operating hours 9am to 6pm begin from Oct 2

Info: Call 9736-4170


5. AWFULLY CHOCOLATE AT HOLLAND VILLAGE

The Awfully Chocolate chain has opened its first dine-in restaurant and it serves plated desserts and hot food.

Menu highlights include Dark Chocolate S'more ($12), a handmade marshmallow torched tableside until it turns golden brown, and Vanilla Profiteroles ($12, photo 5). Crisp on the outside and soft on the inside, the profiteroles come filled with creamy vanilla custard. Hot chocolate sauce is drizzled at the table to melt a chocolate sheet over the puffs.

Chocolate is not the star in every item on the menu, however. There are Salted Egg Yolk Doughnuts ($11), which are filled with salted egg yolk sauce. Hot food options include Bacon & Cheese Toastie ($15), Perfect Poached Salmon ($16) and Chargrilled Pork Chop ($19).

Where: 40 Lorong Mambong

Open: Noon to 11pm (Monday to Thursday); noon to 1am (Friday); 10am to 1am (Saturday); 10am to 11pm (Sunday)

Info: www.awfullychocolate.com

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 11, 2016, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe