1 OTTO'S DELI FRESH
He is better known in the food and beverage scene as a veteran chef who has been working in hotels, and as a mentor to many chefs who join culinary competitions. Now, at age 70, Swiss-born chef Otto Weibel has finally opened his own restaurant at Holland Village.
The 46-seat casual eatery, which is five days old, features dishes such as grilled Fremantle octopus salad ($17); beef stroganoff fettuccine ($17); pressed beef steak ciabatta ($20); Limestone ridge full-blood wagyu beef rump ($32, 150g) with salad; and Norwegian salmon cappellini ($16) topped with mentaiko and nori.
For dessert, do not miss the burnt banana waffles ($11.50); creme brulee ($8.50) with pineapple rum compote; and Oreo brownie ($12.50) with mixed berries and vanilla gelato.
Juices, wine and signature drinks, such as a refreshing house-made lemonade ($9.50) with soda, yuzu, Manuka honey and applemint, are also available.
The deli section features a variety of meat and seafood, which can be cooked at the deli at a premium. Weibel will also bring in seasonal produce such as truffles, artichokes and asparagus.
Where: 02-01 Raffles @ Holland Village, 118 Holland Avenue
Open: 11am to 10pm daily
Info: Call 6694 -3291 or go to www.ottosdelifresh.com
2 UPPER PLACE
After European restaurant The Rabbit Stash moved out of Wangz Hotel in April, a new restaurant has set up shop on the hotel's rooftop.
The 76-seat Upper Place also features European cuisine, but with an Asian twist.
Highlights include the lobster kueh pie tee ($10); tuna tartare ($14) with onion truffle compote, avocado coulis and tobiko; Thai-inspired slow-cooked pork belly tacos ($10); short ribs congee with veal sweetbreads ($17); and reconstructed laksa risotto ($37) with scallop, lobster and shrimp.
Where: Wangz Hotel, Rooftop, 231 Outram Road
Open: 7 to 10.30am; noon to 3pm; 6 to 10.30pm daily
Info: Call 9643-4366 or go to www.facebook.com/upperplace.wangz
3 THE DISGRUNTLED BRASSERIE
It was formerly known as The Disgruntled Chef at The Club hotel on Ann Siang Road. Now, the 40-seat restaurant has re-launched as a more casual French eatery called The Disgruntled Brasserie. Its sister outlet at Dempsey is still called The Disgruntled Chef.
Menu items include small plates such as steak tartare ($18); baked king scallops ($18); and spicy prawn bisque ($14) with prawn tempura, poached egg and coconut foam.
Mains include curried blue mussels ($24); Angus tenderloin ($45, 200g); foie gras beef burger ($28); and lobster Thermidor ($56).
The prix fixe menu (11.30am to 2.30pm daily) costs $28++ (two-course) or $38++ (three-course). For the main course, pick either the pot-roasted chicken or seafood marinara pasta.
For high tea (3 to 5.30pm daily), go for the set ($18 for two), which includes deviled eggs, mini shepherd's pie and house-made scones.
The restaurant also offers breakfast (7 to 11.30am daily). The menu features a full English breakfast ($18) with a choice of eggs, grilled sausages, mushrooms and tomatoes; lobster omelette ($26); and roasted pumpkin salad ($14) with quinoa and shaved beets.
Where: The Club, 28 Ann Siang Road
Open: 7am to 10.30pm daily
Info: Call 6808-2184 or go to http://disgruntledchef.com/
4 LUCIA CAKES
Bored of the usual mass-manufactured cakes? Check out Lucia Cakes, which makes its cakes and brownies in-house.
The small menu features ombre berry cheesecake (from $45); avocado lime cheesecake (from $45); triple chocolate brownies ($35 for 8-inch cut into 25 pieces) with white chocolate chunks; chocolate fudge cake (from $45); and carrot cake (from $45) with vanilla cream cheese frosting.
Order the whole cakes online a day in advance before 6pm. Opt for delivery or pick up at the Club Street store. Delivery charge is $7 for orders below $50, $5 for orders below $120, and free delivery for orders of $120 and above.
For walk-in customers, a limited range of individual portions of cakes and brownies are available.
Where: 93A Club Street
Open: 10am to 7pm (Mondays to Saturdays); closed on Sundays
Japanese cafe Karafuru Desserts, which specialised in prettily plated sweet treats, closed in April due to manpower and management issues. Kumoya, with a new team and revamped menu, has taken over the space in Jalan Klapa and also serves Japanese-French inspired desserts.
The 30-seat cafe sells petite eclairs (from $3 a piece), with flavours such as yuzu, matcha, pistachio and hazelnut chocolate, as well as more elaborate desserts such as sakura yogurt parfait ($14.90) which has souffle cheesecake, vanilla pudding, cereal crunch, raspberries, strawberries, and sakura syrup.
Sweet pancake options include matcha ($14.90), pancakes with matcha financiers; and tiramisu ($15.90), which has tiramisu souffle cheesecake, chocolate sable crumble and a shot of cold espresso.
The menu also features savoury items such as tempura soft shell crab with pancakes ($17.90) and truffle fries ($11.90).
Kumoya is currently pending approval of its halal certification.
Where: 8 Jalan Klapa
Open: Noon to 10pm (Sundays, Tuesdays to Fridays); noon to 10.30pm (Saturdays); closed on Mondays
Info: Call 6297-3727 or go to www.facebook.com/kumoyasingapore
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