1 ROOTS KITCHEN BAR
Get fine European food without the fancy prices at Roots Kitchen Bar. Opt for the signature three-course set meal ($50 nett) with roasted tomato soup; a choice of Nagano pork rack or seared Atlantic sea bass; and a lemon curd, passionfruit, marshmallow and cookie ice-cream dessert.
Brunch items include Eggs Benedict and caviar ($15, main photo), egg and truffle mousseline topped with caviar ($4) and smoked duck salad with mango and cherry tomatoes ($12).
For the main course, choose from dishes such as ocean crab pasta ($18), porcini mushroom rice ($20), and London Broil ($22), which is grilled flank steak with mixed roots and red wine jus. End the meal with dessert, such as Banana Bailey ($10), a take on the bread and butter pudding with bananas, walnuts, Nutella and Bailey's; and Valrhona cacao mousse with blackcurrant granita and fresh berries ($12).
Where: 30 Dickson Road
Open: 11am to 11pm, Wednesday to Monday, closed on Tuesday
Info: Call 6291-5679 or go to rootskitchen.bar
2 510 SAKE BAR
Sake lovers can head to the new 510 Sake Bar, next to its sister outlet Nickeldime Drafthouse in Novena. Both outlets are by food and beverage group Hidden Door Concepts, which also owns Lower East Side Taqueria, Pigsfly Kitchen Bar and Spathe Public House.
Pair your sake or craft beer with an interesting selection of maki. They include pulled pork maki ($10, $25 with a pint of beer); and sriracha nuts maki ($15, $30 with a pint of beer) with sriracha nuts wrapped in sushi rice, drizzled with chocolate syrup and served with stout or vanilla ice cream on the side.
For lunch, donburi items ($15 each) are available, served with miso soup, salad, edamame and dessert. Options include ikura don (above), aburi don and barachirashi. The menu also includes sashimi and sushi items.
Where: 273 Thomson Road, Novena Gardens
Open: 11am till late, Monday to Saturday, closed on Sunday
Info: Call 6256-0261 or go to www.nickeldimedrafthouse.com/#!510-sake-bar/c1x35
Roti saimai (above), a popular snack from Ayutthaya, Thailand, has made its way to Singapore. The paper-thin crepes and strands of floss are made fresh daily at Fairyfloss.
Each set has 10 pandan crepes and two floss colours ($12.90) for customers to make their own crepes at home for a fun dessert. There is also a trio set with 10 pandan crepes and three floss colours ($13.90), and a Fairy-Colourful set ($19.90) with 10 colourful crepes and seven floss colours.
Fairyfloss also caters for events - good for picture-perfect birthday parties.
Where: 114 Lavender Street, CT Hub 2, 01-07
Open: Noon to 7pm (weekday), 1 to 6pm (weekend)
Info: Call 9180-3914 or go to www.fairyflossofficial.com
4 ATTAP HOUSE
Go local at the 80-seat Attap House at Fusionopolis, which serves a range of Asian-inspired food and drinks.
Signature dishes include satay mee hoon ($6.80), braised Hokkien mee ($5.90), pork chop sambal fried rice ($6.50, above) and cashew fried rice with chicken breast ($6.50). Sides include assam fish ($5), otah ($4.50), sambal kang kong ($4) and tauhu goreng ($5.50).
For breakfast or a mid-day snack, options include otah bun set ($5), and Nonya kaya or peanut butter toast ($2).
Desserts include bubur chacha ($3), waffle with ice cream ($4.80) and grass jelly with longan ($2.50).
Where: 1 Fusionopolis Place, Fusionopolis Galaxis, 01-04
Open: 7.30am to 8pm daily
5 LITTLE HOUSE OF DREAMS
Home-grown bakery Little House Of Dreams has recently relocated to Dempsey and co-shares the premises with ice cream parlour Ben & Jerry's. The 120-seat outlet is a chic venue for events such as birthdays and weddings.
On weekdays (3 to 6pm), indulge in a tea set with sweet and savoury items and a pot of tea for two ($39.90). Other menu items include beef lasagne ($14.90), BBQ chicken pizza ($17.90) and pearl couscous ($12.90).
For Easter, sweet treats available (until March 31, order three days in advance) include a box of 12 mini donuts ($22.90, above) and a box of nine mini macarons ($12.90).
Where: Block 8 Dempsey Road, 01-14
Open: 9am to 11pm daily
Info: Call 6472-4977
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