Open For Business: The Catch Seafood Restaurant & Bar, En Sakaba, Fabcafe, Mercado Spanish Food Market, Caffe Vergnano


The Catch Seafood Restaurant & Bar has found a new home. The Chinese seafood restaurant, which used to be in Cosford Road near Changi Prison, is now in Sunset Lane in Clementi.

The move sees no change to its culinary approach of delivering innovative twists to traditional Chinese dishes.

Diners can expect dishes such as double-boiled pig stomach soup stuffed with black chicken ($98 a pot, serves seven to 10 people); a Chinese take on a Western dish, the turducken, with deboned chicken stuffed into a deboned duck which is then stuffed into a deboned turkey; roasted chicken stuffed with glutinous rice ($58); and champagne pork ribs ($6.80 a piece, photo 1).

Where: Sunset Lane, Block 106 Clementi Street 12, 01-54/56

Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 5 to 11pm daily

Info: E-mail


En Sakaba, the latest venture of En Holdings, which runs other Japanese restaurants including En Japanese Dining Bar and Monster Curry, is part-tachinomiya (standing bar) and part-izakaya (bar with seats).

Its two outlets - one at Orchard Central and another at JEM - opened within a month of each other and serve a variety of Japanese-influenced tapas in a chic yet casual bistro bar setting.

Menu highlights include grilled Iberico black pork cheek with wafu sauce ($10); and crabmeat with roe and grilled in the shell ($13, photo 2). The restaurants also have more than 30 types of Japanese sakes of various grades.

Where: 01-16 Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road; and 01-04 JEM, 50 Jurong Gateway Road

Open: Noon to 11pm (Sunday to Thursday); noon to midnight (Friday and Saturday and eve of public holiday)

Info: Call 6634-1018 (Orchard Central); 6262-0238 (JEM)


FabCafe, which started in Tokyo and has outlets in Barcelona, Bangkok and Taipei, has opened its first outpost here at the ArtScience Museum.

Diners can expect an experience that marries art, creativity and technology. They can order croissants, pain au chocolat and laser-cut macarons (photo 3), which start from $3. Those who want just a cuppa can have a freshly brewed, espresso-based coffee (from $6).

While nursing your coffee, experiment with 3D printing and learn about fabrication technology too - which is what the "Fab" in FabCafe stands for.

Where: ArtScience Museum, Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue

Open: 10am to 7pm (Monday to Sunday)



Mercado is the Spanish word for market and diners can expect to be transported to traditional markets in Spain when they visit this food market in the heart of the Central Business District.

Customers are encouraged to create their own Bowl of Happiness ($16.50) by choosing a base, a meat, a hot vegetable, two cold vegetables, a topping and a sauce.

Base options include quinoa, paella (photo 4) and couscous; meat options include pulled pork and beef meatballs; vegetable options include beetroot and peppers; topping options include walnuts and pumpkin seeds; and sauces include Asian dressing and garlic aioli.

If you have time for only a drink, there is sangria - an alcoholic beverage popular in Spain - at $8 a glass or $38 for a jug.

Where: 01-23, 50 Market Street

Open: 8am to 7.30pm (Monday to Friday)

Info: Call 6532-2155


Prestigious Italian coffee brand Caffe Vergnano, with a history dating back to 1882, has opened its 100th Caffe Vergnano 1882 concept cafe here in Beach Road.

True to its roots, the furnishings - from the oak walls to the tables and leather seats - are made in Italy and are eco-friendly too. The company's green ethos extends to its biodegradable takeaway cups and recycled wood flooring.

Beyond the setting, the star is, of course, the coffee.

Try the Marocchino Speciale (from $5 for a regular, photo 5), made with espresso, foamed milk, chocolate powder and chocolate cream. Another must-try is the 1882 Bicerin (from $6 for a regular), a warm concoction of espresso and chocolate from Turin topped with whipped cream. Turin is the capital city of Piedmont in northern Italy.

Where: B1-17 South Beach Avenue, 26 Beach Road

Open: 8am to 9pm (Monday to Friday); 9am to 6pm (Saturday and Sunday

Info: Call 6385-5579 

Bryna Singh

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A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on September 18, 2016, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Print Edition | Subscribe