BAKALAKI GREEK TAVERNA
Joining the foodie haven of Tiong Bahru is Bakalaki Greek Taverna, a new Mediterranean restaurant and deli that uses ingredients from Greece.
Fans of Mediterranean cuisine can get their fix of Tzatziki (Greek Yoghurt Dip, $14.90), Moussaka (Greek layered casserole, $25.90) and sharing seafood platters (from $118.90) that feature seafood flown in from the Mediterranean.
The restaurant prides itself on its in-house Bakalaki Extra Virgin Olive Oil, made from cold-pressed olives from Koroneiki trees.
After your meal, peruse the shelves of the deli for Greek treats to take home. Find sauces, cheeses such as Halloumi from Dodoni Cyprus ($12.90) and traditional sweets such as Halvas Cocoa Kosmidi-Gavrili ($19.90).
Where: 3 Seng Poh Road
Open: 6pm to midnight (Mondays to Thursdays), 12pm to 2.30pm and 6pm to 1am (Fridays to Sundays)
Info: Call 6836-3688 or go to www.bakalaki.com
Ivan Brehm, former executive chef of one-Michelin-starred restaurant The Kitchen at Bacchanalia in HongKong Street, has opened his first restaurant.
Nouri in Amoy Street serves "crossroads cuisine" - food that takes on influences from around the globe, but showcases similarities shared across various cultures.
An example is its signature Acaraje and Vatapa (above) from the Dinner Five Course Chef's Tasting Menu ($140 a person), an Afro-Brazilian fritter with tumeric and coconut curry, bread and prawn sauce. Bigger eaters can opt for the Dinner Seven Course Chef's Tasting Menu ($170 a person).
For lunch, choose from the a la carte Teishoku-style menu that includes Fish ($40), comprising poached grouper, coconut and sweet potato mash, green mango salad and Thai sweet corn with lime and paprika, fish "restaurant" broth and a complimentary dessert.
If you cannot decide what to eat, opt for the five-course Omakase Lunch Menu ($85 a person).
Where: 72 Amoy Street
Open: Lunch: 11.30am to 3pm (Mondays to Fridays), Dinner and Bar: 6pm to midnight (Mondays to Saturdays), closed on Sundays and public holidays
Jumping onto the Poke bowl bandwagon is Poke Lulu, which recently opened its first outlet in United Square and will open its second outlet in the middle of next month in Robinson Road.
There are three sizes of Lulu bowls: small ($11.90), medium ($15.90) and large ($19.90).
Each bowl is topped with fresh tuna or salmon cubes marinated in original, spicy or wasabi mayo sauce and also comes with rice, salad, pineapple, lime and scallions.
Patrons can choose three complimentary add-ons from 15 choices, including flying fish roe, plus one superfood topping such as avocado or chia seeds.
Other items on the menu include Musubi ($3.90 each, above), a popular Hawaiian snack made of grilled Spam sandwiched between rice and wrapped in seaweed.
Where: 01-K13 United Square, 101 Thomson Road
Open: 11.30am to 8.30pm daily
Info: Call 9118-7145 or go to www.facebook.com/pokelulu
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Correction note: This story has been edited to update the opening hours of Bakalaki Greek Taverna.