New restaurants in November 2019
November has arrived and it’s the final month to have a breather before Christmas celebrations come in full swing. Before you become overwhelmed by Christmas shopping and end-of-year vacations, use this month as an opportunity to indulge in good food. From Singapore’s first private ramen booth restaurant to cheap duck confit and steak, here are some new restaurants to visit in November 2019.
1. Gangsta Ramen
Singapore is finally blessed with a private ramen booth restaurant, thanks to the opening of Gangsta Ramen. Located in the CBD, this quaint restaurant pushes out scrummy bowls of ramen at an affordable price. Pay $10 for their Original Ramen, which comes with two long pieces of fatty pork belly, hanjuku egg, bamboo shoots, and black fungus.
If you like your food with a bit of spice, get their Spicy Ramen ($12). Unlike other spicy ramen in Singapore, the one here is given a local twist, with a dollop of sambal added to the mix. This lends the creamy soup a pungent hae bee aroma. Aside from ramen, they also have simple side dishes (additional $3) such as chicken wings, chicken cutlet, smoked duck, and gyoza.
Find out more about Gangsta Ramen here!
Address: 1 Tanjong Pagar Plaza, #02-10, Singapore 082001
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 8:30pm, Sat 11:30am to 2:30pm
Antoinette has an updated breakfast menu at their newly opened Millenia Walk branch. This swanky cafe offers a range of classic European sandwiches, crepes, and freshly baked French pastries which are served between 8am and 5pm on weekdays. For those who have time for a sit-down meal, try out the Nordic crepe ($18++) which has a generous layer of dill cream cheese topped with slices of smoked salmon. The sprinkles of capers and red onions give this savoury dish tangy notes.
The Ondeh Ondeh Kaya Toast ($6++) features house-made pandan kaya on toasted Italian ciabatta, that’s finished with a block of premium French butter and a drizzle of gula melaka. Riding on the wave of souffle pancakes and BBT, Antionette had expanded their souffle pancakes menu with an Earl Grey Bubble Tea ($14++) flavour, which tastes exactly like BBT, especially with the chewy pearls.
Address: 9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-28, Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 10am to 10pm
Tel: 6235 5109
3. Asian Market Cafe
Having undergone a renovation, Asian Market Cafe is back with a revamped menu which features loads of seafood dishes including poached whole salmon, prawn nigiri, and European oysters.
Their lunch buffet ($68++) impresses with a wide variety of Asian and Meditteranean nosh such as pita bread, chilli crab, and briyani. Be sure to head to their live stations where you’ll find freshly made satay and prata. The former sports extremely tender meat with robust peanut sauce, while the latter can be customised to include fillings such as cheese, mushrooms, and bananas.
Address: 80 Bras Basah Road, Level 2, Fairmont Singapore, Singapore 189560
Buffet hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 4pm
Tel: 6431 6156
4. Mad Mex
Folks working in the MBFC district can rejoice with a new Mexican lunchtime option: Mad Mex. Boasting over 70 joints across Australia and New Zealand, Mad Mex is best known for their delicious and filling burrito that are packed with fresh ingredients. Almost everything is made from scratch, including their picante salsas featuring chillies imported from Mexico.
Expect to be full to the brim when you order their Burrito ($8.90 for small, $11.50 for regular) which contains the usual suspects of beans, guac, tomatoes and Mexican rice wrapped around a soft flour tortilla. Cheese lovers will enjoy the Quesadilla ($11.50) with gooey cheese sandwiched between toasted tortilla. For each dish, you get to choose your fillings, namely Chicken Pollo, Veracruz Tofu, Chorizo Chicken, and Beef Barbacoa (additional $0.50).
Address: 12 Marina Boulevard, #2-05, Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, Singapore 018982
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm
Rated as one of the top burger joints in Amsterdam, Lombardo’s opened its doors in October, serving up burgers with sweet, crisp buns and house-made sauce. The Singaporean Sling ($35) is topped with a spicy-sweet layer of chilli crab and tender wagyu beef patty.
The Lamb Burger ($21) is a little less pricey, coming with rare lamb patties and a layer of sweet red wine onion compote on top. The bun contains several mini pickles that give a sour snap to cut through the rich meatiness of the burger.
Address: 15 Duxton Road, Singapore 089481
Opening hours: Sun-Wed 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm, Thurs-Sat 11am to 3pm, 5pm to 12am
Tel: 6970 9470
6. Taikoo Lane
Taikoo Lane is a hotpot restaurant in Chinatown Point that keeps things steamy with both Sichuan and Cantonese influences in their menu. Gone are the times where you’ll have to settle for two soup bases for the entire table as their dual single hotpots allow you to decide the flavours which you want.
Choose from flavours such as Sichuan Spicy Broth ($5++), which is customisable in terms of spice, oil, and numbing levels. This mala beef-based broth pairs well with the Spicy Marinated Beef ($18.80++), releasing a full force of spicy flavours. If you prefer something comforting, opt for the rich Collagen Nourishing Pork Bone Broth ($5++) which milkiness is the result of a seven-hour-long cooking time.
Address: 133 New Bridge Road, #B1-16, Chinatown Point, Singapore 059413
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6970 0966
7. Pizza Logic
With over 18 outlets in Japan and another in Ho Chi Minh City, Trattoria Pizzeria LOGIC brings classic Naples-style pizza and an exciting range of hearty Italian fare to Singapore. Their Pizza Margherita D.O.C ($26+) is made to the exact standards of Vera Pizza Napoletana, Italy’s authority of true Neapolitan pizza.
The menu at this Japanese-owned chain is the brainchild of Junichi Shoji, who won the prestigious Napoli Pizza World Championship in 2012. The pizzas here are crafted with care and precision, with each pizza being cooked in a custom-built kiln that burns at a scorching 496 degrees Celsius. This gives the pizza a crisp crust that remains light and fluffy inside.
Address: 20 Craig Road, #01-03, Singapore 089692
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm to 3pm, 6pm to 11pm, Sun 12pm to 3pm, 5pm to 10pm
8. Kai Duck
Started by the same people behind Kai Garden, Kai Duck offers Cantonese-style roast duck with a modern twist. The Peking Duck Salad Hand Roll ($4.80++ per roll) is worth ordering despite its price tag. A fat piece of roast duck is tucked in a spring roll sheet along with cucumbers, lettuce, and Japanese sesame sauce—offering a moreish mix of textures and flavours in each bite.
Another duck dish to try is the Sliced Peking Duck with Crackers ($4.80++ per piece). This has duck skin lying atop house-made corn cracker and makes for an addictive starter to your meal. There are plenty of non-duck dishes as well. Some highlights include Chilled Mini Tomatoes topped with Japanese Sesame Sauce ($10.80++) and Crispy Eggplant ($10.80++).
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #05-10, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30am to 10pm, Sat-Sun 11am to 10pm
Tel: 6235 5419
9. Frank’s Western Kitchen
Check out Frank’s Western Kitchen for affordable steaks and duck confit in town. With elegantly plated dishes, this new stall at Shaw House’s Food Republic can pass their dishes off as atas fare found in a cafe.
Their Premium Steak ($8.90) costs less than $10, and is quite possibly the cheapest steak you can find at Orchard. It comes with two sides—salad and another side of your choice. Options include fries, mashed potato, wedges, and coleslaw.
Address: 350 Orchard Road, #B1-02, Shaw House, Singapore 238868
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
10. Jufu Mala Kitchen
Don’t mistake Ju Fu Mala Kitchen for your usual mala xiang guo stall. This new stall at Shaw House’s Food Republic offers other dishes too, including Shovel-handled Seafood (from $58) and Chong Qing Grilled Fish (from $25). The former comes with mussels, prawns, and even a whole flower crab.
You can get your usual mala xiang guo fix here too. Just pick and choose from the wide range of ingredients presented at the stall, before telling the counter staff your preferred level of spiciness. If you’re up for something that can’t be easily found elsewhere, order their Fragrant Spicy Crawfish (from $18.80) that’s doused in a lip-smacking chilli sauce.
Address: 350 Orchard Road, #B1-02, Shaw House, Singapore 238868
Opening hours: Daily 10am to 10pm
11. 11 Hamilton
Add 11 Hamilton to the list of Lavender food gems. Besides having a fancy decor and beautiful murals, the cafe serves Melbourne-inspired brunch grub such as Shakshuka Baked Eggs ($18+) and Berries Brioche French Toast ($18+), and dinner mains such as Grilled Octopus ($26+) and Mary Had A Little Lamb ($28+).
End your meal with a classic slice of cake or pastry from the people behind local online bakery, In the Brickyard. Their Ondeh Ondeh ($7+) and Orh Nee You ($7+) cakes are bestsellers which sometimes run out before dinner time, so be sure to order it as soon as you arrive!
They also serve a Western omakase dinner priced at $48+ or $68+ each, with a minimum of two to dine. Reserve a seat near the open kitchen and witness the chefs masterfully prepare every plate right before your eyes.
Address: 11 Hamilton Road, #01-00, Singapore 209182
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am to 10pm, Sun 9am to 8:30pm
Tel: 8812 5328
12. Holiday Inn Atrium Restaurant
Holiday Inn Atrium Restaurant is now halal certified and has refreshed its buffet lineup to include plenty of live stations and local favourites. Prices start from $64++ but you’ll get 50% off if you’re an IHG Rewards Club Member which you can become for free.
Their chilli crab is doused in a thick and creamy sauce that has a slight kick of spice. Peeling open the mud crab reveals moist and succulent flesh that pairs really nicely with the tangy sauce. Keep an eye out for their laksa, which has been one of the restaurant’s most popular items over the years. We reckon that this flavourful bowl of laksa would give 328 Katong Laksa a real run for its money.
Find out more about Atrium Restaurant here!
Address: 317 Outram Road, Level 4, Holiday Inn Singapore Atrium, Singapore 169075
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm to 2:30pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 3:30pm, 6:30pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 6731 7172
Plenty of new restaurants in November 2019
The clock is ticking down fast to the end of 2019, but you can make the moments last longer by fueling up at these restaurants serving tasty food. Whether it’s a hearty spread at Asian Market Cafe or aesthetic cafe food at 11 Hamilton Cafe, there’s something for every type of diner this month!