Open For Business: Caffe Fernet, The Cliff and Nipong Naepong

Caffe Fernet.


Jigger & Pony Group has opened its sixth establishment, the mod-Italian Caffe Fernet, at the historic Customs House. The 130-seat restaurant-bar is helmed by executive chef David Tang.

The restaurant offers dinner and weekend brunch. For light options, there is Housemade Ricotta ($15++) on toast, featuring creamy ricotta cheese accompanied by chestnut honey and thyme, alongside toasted sourdough bread. For small plates, highlights include Crispy Golden Beetroot ($21++), served with red beetroot mole, golden Holland beetroot, rocket, almond and feta cheese; and Smoked Leek ($19++), a starter with smoked leeks, toasted pecans and gorgonzola.

Large plates for sharing include Chicken Piccata ($36++), a brined and oven-roasted chicken breast cutlet flavoured with saffron, capers and lemon. The Mafaldine Cacio e Pepe ($25++, above) is made with ribbon-shaped mafaldine pasta tossed with pecorino and peppercorns.

Where: 01-05 Customs House, 70 Collyer Quay

Open: 5pm to midnight (Mondays to Thursdays), 5pm to 2am (Fridays), 11 to 2am (Saturdays) and 11am to 4pm (Sundays)

Info: Call 9178-1105, e-mail or go to



Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa’s latest addition to its dining portfolio is The Cliff, a 190-seat modern-casual Italian dining concept.
In the last week of each month, chef de cuisine Simone Fraternali takes diners through Italy’s culinary regions, starting with his home province of Emilia Romagna next month. The dishes are presented through a degustation set menu.
Also starting next month, Thursdays will be An Italian Affair With Chef Simone, which will see him serve dishes inspired by seasonal ingredients or personal experiences.
A family-style Prosecco Brunch will be offered on the first and third Saturday of each month. Shared platters include seabass with celeriac and lemon capers and pork loin with pumpkin puree, with free-flow prosecco.
The restaurant’s signature seafood dishes include Spaghetti alla Chitarra with Smoky Lobster ($42++, above).
Where: Sofitel Singapore Sentosa Resort & Spa, 2 Bukit Manis Road, Sentosa
Open: Noon to 2.30pm, 6 to 9.30pm, daily; pool and bar menus 11am to 5.30pm and noon to 10.30pm respectively
Info: Call 6708-8310 or e-mail



Nipong Naepong is Singapore’s first jjamppong (seafood noodles) speciality restaurant. It is a dish that has revolutionised traditional Chinese-Korean cuisine.

Nipong Naepong offers jjamppong in nine versions that are inspired by flavours from around the world.

While the textures and flavours vary across soupy, creamy and dry versions, each variation features Nipong Naepong’s own jjolmyeon (wheat noodles), which are made in South Korea exclusively for the brand. Sauces and soup stocks are also shipped in from South Korea.

The jjamppong options include Cha Ppong ($15.80++, above), which comes loaded with fried cabbage, mussels, squid, prawn and quail eggs; and Vongole Ppong ($16.80++), which is cooked with clams spiked with white wine and garlic.

The menu includes pizzas such as Ni Pizza-Sweet Potato ($16.80++), Ninae Pizza-Spinach ($18.80++) and Nae Pizza-Garlic ($16.80++).

Where: 01-16 Jem, 50 Jurong Gateway Road

Open: 11am to 10pm (weekdays), 11am to 11pm (weekends)

Info: Call 6262-4078 or go to Singapore

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on March 18, 2018, with the headline 'Open For Business'. Subscribe