1 AVENUE JOFFRE
Resorts World Sentosa's latest food establishment is Avenue Joffre, which serves a mix of Cantonese, Sichuan and Shanghainese cuisines.
It is named after Avenue Joffre in Shanghai, which is now known as Huaihai Road. It was a renowned destination in the Shanghai French Concession area in the 1930s and 1940s. The road was named in honour of the late French general, Joseph Joffre, who visited Shanghai in 1922.
Appetisers include signature marinated chicken in spicy sauce ($15), marinated sliced beef in Szechuan pepper and chilli oil ($13) and stir-fried peanut, pickled chilli, sweet pepper and cashew in chilli oil ($11).
Roast meats include roasted Peking duck ($75), honey-glazed barbecue pork (from $14) and roasted suckling pig (from $38).
The extensive menu of seafood, meats and soups includes dishes such as braised sea cucumber and goose web in abalone sauce ($42 a person), braised whole Australian abalone ($52 a person), braised tiger king prawn with homemade tofu ($22 a person, photo 1) and Szechuan poached sliced Mandarin fish in chilli oil (from $38).
Dim sum items include steamed Shanghai pork dumpling ($7), sweet and sour pork spare ribs ($13), steamed chicken feet in black bean sauce ($5) and baked barbecued pork bun ($5).
Where: 02-137/138/139 Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, (entry by Festival Walk and Crockfords Tower)
Open: Noon to 4pm daily, 6 to 10pm (Sunday to Thursday), 6 to 10.30pm (Friday, Saturday and eve of public holiday)
Info: Call 6570-3213 or go to www.avenuejoffre.com
Chill out by the waterfront at Kontiki, a nautical-themed restaurant serving comfort American food.
The 120-seat restaurant at People's Association's lifestyle centre, Passion Wave @ Marina Bay, faces the Kallang River and has a view of the Marina Bay skyline.
Dishes include blossom onion with ranch sauce ($12, photo 2), mac & cheese ($11), cheeseburger ($14), F.T.W. Ribeye ($46, add bone marrow for $6), smokey BBQ pork ribs ($29) and portobello mushroom burger ($16).
Drinks include beer, cocktails, wine and lime margarita ($16).
The restaurant is by the team behind biker bar Handlebar in Sembawang.
Where: 02-01 Passion Wave @ Marina Bay, 11 Rhu Cross
Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 5.30 to 10pm (Tuesday to Friday), noon to 10pm (weekend), closed on Monday
Info: Call 6268-5225 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
3 SOM TAM
Thai cuisine takes a contemporary twist at Som Tam in Orchard Central.
Menu highlights include Street Delights such as salmon tataki ($11.80), smoked salmon carpaccio served with green nahm jim; katsou bonito ($11.80), smoked bonito fish served with Thai nam pla (fish sauce); drunken squid ($10.80), which is deep-fried squid in Thai beer batter; and the classic som tam, or papaya salad ($6.80).
The fusion menu features main courses such as krapow chicken burger ($12.80); sauteed beef pad thai with truffle oil ($14.80); "som tam" style carbonara pasta ($13.80), which uses Chinese wine sausages; oozy chicken ($10.80, photo 3), fried chicken with salted egg cream; and phad kang kaneng phet ($18.80), which is slipper lobster with Thai red curry and runny egg.
Where: 08-13 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road
Open: 11.30am to 3pm, 5.30 to 10pm (Monday to Thursday), 11.30am to 10pm (Friday to Sunday)
Info: Call 6238-6872
4 THE WAGON AND USHIDOKI WAGYU KAISEKI
Japanese food and beverage group AP Company Co, whose Singapore branch set up the collagen hotpot chain Tsukada Nojo, has launched two new restaurants in Tras Street - both with a focus on beef.
The Wagon's menu uses various cuts of beef in its dishes, such as beef consomme with homemade ravioli ($18); beef carpaccio topped with parmesan cheese ice cream, rocket salad and half-boiled egg ($25); beef cassoulet ($20), with beef confit, bologna sausage and stewed beef simmered with tomato sauce and white beans; Japanese beef platter ($55, photo 4) and beef hamburg steak ($35).
If you are still hungry, take your pick of tapas from the wagon going around the restaurant.
For a more fine-dining experience, head next door to its sister outlet, Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki. The wagyu-focused kaiseki restaurant serves dinner set meals priced at $200 or $300.
Where: 55 Tras Street (The Wagon) and 57 Tras Street (Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki)
Open: 5pm to midnight, Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6221-6369 (The Wagon) or 6221-6379 (Ushidoki Wagyu Kaiseki)
5 BAO MAKERS
Move over, burgers and sandwiches - the humble bao is getting a makeover.
The Bao Makers is amping up the classic kong bak bao ($12) with ingredients such as salted egg shrimp ($15, photo 5), chilli crab ($16) and pork bulgogi ($14). Each order comes with a pair of the buns and salad.
Other dishes include fish and chips ($16.90), seafood pasta ($16.90) and teriyaki chicken chop ($14.90).
Brunch items (on weekend and public holiday from 10am to 3pm) include Eggs Benedict ($15) and Hearty Breakfast ($17), with sausages, ham and choice of eggs.
Dessert options include red velvet cake sundae ($7), Nutella chocolate cake sundae ($7) and latte pudding ($6).
Where: 78 Horne Road
Open: 11am to 9pm (weekday), 10am to 10pm (Saturday), 10am to 6pm (Sunday)
Info: Call 6291-2330 or go to www.facebook.com/baomakers
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