1. CHEEK BY JOWL
After a two-week refurbishment, modern Australian restaurant Cheek by Jowl opened on Friday, taking over the space which previously housed Sorrel.
The 38-seat restaurant is headed by chef Rishi Naleendra, previously from Maca restaurant at Tanglin Post Office.
A permanent fixture on the menu is the chef's signature Duck & Waffles ($36), which is duck confit with five-spice and chilli caramel, and waffles. Other highlights include wild venison, wasabi and zucchini puree; and ocean trout with compressed cucumber, whipped buttermilk and yuzu dressing.
Inspired by local produce, chef Naleendra's dessert is a coconut parfait with laksa leaf-infused ice cream, pomelo and green chilli sauce, topped with fried laksa leaves.
Prices start at $30 for a two-course lunch. Small plates on the dinner menu are priced from $16 to $26, while large plates are priced from $28 to $42. The five-course chef's menu is $88.
Cheek by Jowl is the latest addition to the Unlisted Collection group of restaurants by restaurateur Loh Lik Peng.
Where: 21 Boon Tat Street
Open: Noon to 2.30pm (weekday), 5 to 10.30pm (dinner from Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6221-1911 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
2. NAUGHTY NURI'S SINGAPORE
Fans of the popular Naughty Nuri's in Ubud, Bali, can finally sink their teeth into its succulent barbecued pork ribs at Capitol Piazza.
The 3,200 sq ft restaurant seats 90 diners, with two private dining mezzanine areas - in the same space previously occupied by Japanese bar-restaurant Zaku. Naughty Nuri's Singapore is run by Massive Collective, which operates Vatos Urban Tacos at South Beach Quarter.
Menu highlights include the signature barbecued pork ribs ($18.80 for half rack, $35.80 for full rack), which comes with housemade kecap manis chilli sauce; Soup Buntut ($6.80), a Javanese oxtail broth; and beef rendang ($9.80).
There are set meals for two to three people, with dishes such as sambal prawns, buffalo drumlets, and gula melaka creme brulee on the Indonesian menu ($79.80).
Mixologist Ricky Paiva helms the bar, serving Nuri's signature martini ($19.50) and cocktails such as Coco De Aqua ($16.50) with Plantation 3-star rum, lime juice and carbonated coconut water.
Where: 01-84 Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road
Open: 11.30am to 11pm daily
Info: Call 6384-7955 or go to www.facebook.com/ NurisSingapore •
3. ABSOLUTE ACAI
Start the new year on a healthy note with trendy superfood acai, a species of palm tree grown for its berries.
Head to Absolute Acai in the Central Business District for bowls that feature its signature acai base blend with caffeine-rich guarana, coconut water, bananas and apples.
The blend is also used in the Brazilian Bowl ($5.90 to $11.90) with granola and honey, and the Absolute Acai Signature Bowl ($7.50 to $15.50), with ingredients such as blueberries, strawberries, chia seeds, coconut flakes, bee pollen and cacao nibs.
Customise your own bowl ($4.50 to $10.50, minimum of two toppings) with dry topping (50 cents each) such as sunflower seeds and dried cranberries; fruit topping (70 cents) such as kiwi and raspberries; or superfood topping ($1 each) such as goji berries and bee pollen.
The menu also includes a breakfast smoothie ($6.90 or $10.50) with raw organic acai, low-fat natural yogurt, bananas, apples, coconut water and guarana.
Where: 01-38 Nankin Row, 3 Pickering Street
Open: 9.30am to 8.30pm (weekday), closed on weekend
Info: Call 6224-4088 or go to www.facebook.com/absoluteacai •
4. TRULY TEST KITCHEN
What started as Truly Curry Rice stall in Telok Blangah back in 2013 has now expanded into Truly Test Kitchen, a 3,000 sq ft modern coffee shop in Macpherson industrial estate.
Besides its flagship curry rice (from $2) stall, the other four are Mian, Truly Western, Handmade Meatball Porridge & Traditional Yam/Carrot/Pumpkin Cake.
Mian sells noodles ($3.50), with a choice of noodles, broth (curry, assam or ikan-bilis soya stock) and meat (pork, chicken or beef).
Handmade Meatball Porridge & Traditional Yam/Carrot/Pumpkin Cake sells Cantonese-style congee (from $2) and traditional yam, carrot and pumpkin cake ($2) made from scratch.
Truly Western serves Chicken & Waffles ($4.50) with waffles made to order.
Where: 07-05 Jun Jie Industrial Building, 153 Kampong Ampat
Open: 8am to 3pm (Monday to Saturday), closed on Sunday
Info: Call 9008-3285 or 9452-5328
Bakery chain Swissbake has opened a new cafe serving salads and its signature Kraftwich.
Kraftwich ($8.90, $13.90 a set) options include smoked duck maize, smoked chicken, portobello, beef pastrami, tuna and egg, and smoked salmon. Salad versions ($9.90, $14.90 a set) of the Kraftwich are also available.
Early birds can get a set with coffee or tea at $6.90 (until 11am). These include a croissant sandwich set, multigrain croissant set and Swiss crumpet set
For tea time, grab some quick bites ($7.90) such as soup, quiche or pie. Drink options include coffee, tea, hot chocolate and cold-pressed juice.
Where: B1-04 One Raffles Place Tower 1, One Raffles Place
Open: 7.30am to 8pm (weekday), 9am to 3.30pm (weekend)
Info: Call 6438-5730 or go to www.facebook.com/kraftwichsg
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