1. Alba 1836 (read review here)
Apart from its stylishly designed interior that comes complete with an air-conditioned courtyard, there are many reasons why we love Alba 1836 at Duxton Road, not least the light and confident dishes conceived by Alessandro Frau, chef-owner of Acqua Phuket.
|Grilled pecorino cheese with chestnut honey and fresh figs at Alba 1836|
This Fairmont Hotel newbie is technically a cocktail bar and not a sit down restaurant but the parade of (sometimes) progressive bar bites by Barcelona head chef, Carlos Montobbio, washed down with cocktails by bar tender, Tom Hogan, are completely irresistible.
|Foie gras on puff pastry at Anti:dote|
Part Japanese cocktail bar and part yakitori joint, this cavernous hole-in-the-wall digs at Tiong Bahru by Loh Lik Peng and Andre Chiang serves up authentic charcoal-grilled chicken parts in omakase style. Even if chicken is off your radar, the a la carte menu of seafood and beef offers an equally delicious respite.
|Yakitori at Bincho|
You won’t find an Italian chef at this hip eatery at Kampong Glam but the well executed, albeit no-frills, Italian fare by chef-patron, Yew Aun Lim, keeps them packing in. Did we mention that price points are affordable too?
|Burrata and Parma ham at Cicheti|
Taking over the space of the now-defunct Au Jardin at the Botanica Gardens, this stately colonial house by chef-patron, Jason Tan, has all the trappings of a fine dining outpost but its “gastro-botanica” cuisine keeps things interesting even for the jaded palate. Ask for the 8-course Discovery Menu.
|New Zealand cod “crispy scales” at Corner House|
Refined oden served in duck-rendered consomme sets the tone for the omakase (which comes complete with sashimi, grilled fish, house made soba and free-flow of oden) at this Robertson Quay joint. If oden is all you want, come after 10pm for the oden a la carte menu.
|Daikon with beef tongue oden at Kappo Yorito|
Fusion small plates may be all the rage but when it comes to lush and hearty Spanish tapas, this Club Street offshoot of My Little Spanish Place gets it right with a menu teeming with mouthwatering montaditos, pintxos and raciones.
|Grilled octopus at My Little Tapas Place|
Existing restaurants that underwent a facelift (e.g. the Wild Rocket) or a change in venue (e.g. Tippling Club) are not featured in this article.
© Evelyn Chen 2013
Please note that the reviews published on this blog are sometimes hosted. I am under no obligation to review every restaurant I’ve visited. If I do, the reviews are 100% my own.