1 SEOUL JJIMDAK
Warm up in the recent rainy weather at Seoul Jjimdak, which specialises in Korean army stew and the signature jjimdak ($36.90), a dish that includes braised chicken, carrots, potatoes, onions, tteokbokki (sweet and spicy rice cakes) and glass noodles.
The army stew ($36.90) includes luncheon meat, ramyeon, pork belly strips, assorted vegetables, baked beans and tofu. The soup base is refillable.
For a heartier meal, add toppings such as prawns and mussels, cheese, mushrooms and sausages.
Other dishes include seafood pancake ($16.90) and kimchi tofu soup ($9.90).
Where: 05-04 City Square Mall, 14 Kitchener Link
Open: 11.30am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6634-2668
2 NIGIRO CAFE
Japanese-Italian cafe Nigiro has opened its second outlet at Esplanade Mall. Its first is at Suntec City's Japanese food arena, Eat At Seven.
The concept is by chef Kensuke Sakai, who holds the title of being the youngest challenger - at age 26 - to take part in reality cooking competition Iron Chef.
Menu highlights include Nigiro Hamburger Steak ($25) with onsen egg, rice and two layers of cheese (mozzarella and emmental); Nigiro Onsen Tamago Carbonara ($20); Hokkaido ($26), pasta in a prawn broth with Hokkaido snow crabmeat and uni; and mentaiko potato pizza ($19), a thin-crust pizza topped with crispy baked potato and drizzled with mentaiko sauce.
Where: 02-14 Esplanade Mall, 8 Raffles Avenue
Open: 11.30am to 11pm (Sundays to Thursdays), 11.30 to 1am (Fridays and Saturdays)
Info: Call 6238-1669 or go to www.facebook.com/nigirocafeesplanade
3 ASANOYA BAKERY AT PARAGON AND ISETAN TAMPINES MALL
Two years after its first outlet opened in Queen Street, Japanese bakery Asanoya has finally expanded. Its two new outlets are at Paragon and Isetan supermarket in Tampines Mall.
Some highlights include yuzu Danish ($2.30); blueberry glazed doughnut ($2.90, pictured); and yuzu royal milk tea bread ($5.80). The yuzu items are available until Friday.
Existing popular items include fruit rye loaf, quiche and maple walnut bread.
Asanoya was founded in 1933 in Karuizawa, Japan. Its opening here is a joint venture with Tan Chong International, which deals in car brands such as Nissan and Subaru.
Where: B1-K27 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road; and Isetan, 01-21 Tampines Mall, 4 Tampines Central 5
Open: Paragon: 7.30am to 9.30pm daily; Isetan Tampines Mall: 10am to 9.30pm (Sundays to Fridays), 10am to 10pm (Saturdays)
4 BARNACLES BAR & RESTAURANT
Joining the cluster of restaurants at Customs House is Barnacles Bar & Restaurant.
The menu features Western cuisine, with pizza, pasta and grilled items. For starters, options include seafood bisque ($14); fried squid ($18); and shellfish (scallops and prawn) cocktail ($20).
From the grill, highlights are the ribeye ($42 or $68); Boston lobster ($88); and tomahawk steak ($128).
Other dishes include lobster seafood roll ($24); pesto mushroom linguine ($22, pictured; pineapple pancetta pizza ($24); and steak and cheese sandwich ($16).
The restaurant has a 7m-long bar, making it a convenient watering hole for after-work drinks. The extensive drinks list includes whisky, wine and cocktails and shooters.
Where: 01-01 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay
Open: Noon to 11.30pm (weekdays), 4.30 to 10.30pm (Saturdays), closed on Sundays
Info: Call 6532-1011 or go to www.facebook.com/barnaclessg
For rice bowls with a Korean-Japanese twist, Omoomodon at The Star Vista allows you to customise your own don (from $8) by choosing a base, protein, garnish and sauce.
Customers can also pick from the selection of signature don. Options include Dear Ebi ($9.50), with prawns coated and fried in breadcrumbs on kimchi omelette and Korean pearl rice; Moo-gogi ($10), with bulgogi, Korean white rice, onsen egg and tobiko; I Love Eeul ($15), grilled unagi with Korean rice and Korean barbecue sauce; Tank You Salmon ($12), with Korean glass noodles; and Kim Chick ($10), with chicken karaage, kimchi omelette, soba and kimchi soup.
Add side dishes such as fried dumplings, croquette and spicy tofu.
Omoomodon is the sister outlet of the Seoul Yummy chain of casual Korean eateries. The latest Seoul Yummy branch opened earlier this month at Junction 8.
Where: 02-14/15 The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green
Open: 11am to 10pm daily
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Correction Note: The story was edited to reflect that the caramel apple cube is no longer available at Asanoya.