New restaurants in Singapore—November 2021
In spite of ongoing restrictions, November offers plenty of new restaurants in Singapore to dine at to take your mind off current affairs. From a new hotpot and dim sum concept by the chefs behind Fullerton Hotel and Mott32, as well as an affordable don bowl joint by an ex-DB Bistro chef, here’s a list of new restaurants and cafes this November 2021 you can jio your plus one to.
1. Around Cafe
Easties, your hood just got tons cooler with Around Cafe, a glasshouse cafe that opens till 2am, serving up desserts such as gelato and waffles to satisfy your cravings. Go big and get their Waffles With Two Rounds ($14.90), a double scoop serving of gelato atop crispy buttermilk waffles, with the option of Biscoff or chocolate sauce as a topping. Other menu items include an array of chunky cookies, acai bowls, and mocktails to quench your thirst.
Situated next to The Alps Residences, this off-the-beaten-track gem tends to draw a long queue after hours, so be sure to head down earlier if you want to munch on some waffles before bedtime.
Read our Around Cafe review!
Address: 117 Tampines Street 86, The Alps Residences, Singapore 528538
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2am
2. Dont Yell At Me
Famed Taiwanese bubble tea brand Dont Yell At Me has finally arrived in Singapore after opening over 380 outlets worldwide. Their local outpost in Orchard sees all their famous signature drinks, as well as baked goods from The Bake Vault.
We weren’t the biggest fans of their bakes, but the drinks are definitely recommended. Most beverages have a Taiwanese twist, from offering winter melon tea to the option of sweet potato and taro balls as a topping. We especially loved their Tiramisu Cheese Foam ($9)—while pricey, this once-in-a-while indulgence is literally dessert in a cup.
Read our Dont Yell At Me review.
Address: 181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central, #02-24/12A, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
3. The Gyu Co
Ex-DB Bistro chef Wilson Ang has branched out on his own to open The Gyu Co, an affordable eatery that serves up a medley of Japanese-inspired don bowls, with premium ingredients. Beef is clearly the mainstay here, so try their Classic Gyudon ($9.90), which comes with 100g of melt-in-your-mouth Aussie Wagyu, pearl grain rice, and an onsen egg atop. For a serious treat, the Truffle Foie Gras Gyudon ($17.90) hits all the spots, with a torched slab of foie gras, truffle shavings, and thin Wagyu slices all topping your rice bowl.
While the menu has its atas moments, the eatery remains a humble gem. Located a short walk from Jurong East MRT Station, the stall currently offers only outdoor seating, and can get crowded during meal hours.
Read our The Gyu Co review.
Address: 2 Venture Drive, #02-35, Vision Exchange, Singapore 608526
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am to 2pm, 5pm to 9pm
Tel: 8233 9138
4. Butterspace Bakery
Butterspace Bakery departs slightly from your usual heartlands ice cream and waffles cafe by offering ice cream sandwiches on the menu that you can customise. Dubbed the Cookie Sandwich ($8.50), your order comes with your choice of ice cream, sauce, and cookie. All cookies are baked in-house, with flavours such as S’Mores, Colourful Circle, Pink Goddess, and Peanut Butter & Jelly available.
The cafe is rather spartan in decor, but if it’s a quick dessert respite with your friends that you’re looking for, then this fits the simple bill. Note that because it is located deep in the Bedok heartlands, it can be a bit of a journey to get here if you don’t stay nearby.
Read our Butterspace Bakery review.
Address: 55 Chai Chee Drive, #01-198, Singapore 460055
Opening hours: Daily 12pm to 2am
Tel: 9850 7754
5. Mrs Pho House
The chef behind casual Vietnamese food chain Mrs Pho has opened a new restaurant in Takashimaya that takes you to her childhood home, with nostalgic, yet novel Vietnamese recipes that make you feel right at home. Using native ingredients, the menu at Mrs Pho House spotlights an ala carte selection of Vietnamese fare, as well as hotpot. For the latter, choose from four different soup bases, including a delicious Crab Bisque ($38++/$48++), made with crab air-flown from Vietnam.
The new restaurant’s decor is cosy and well-lit, with homely furnishing that offers a delightful respite after a long day shopping in Orchard.
Read our Mrs Pho House review.
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #B2-36A, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Opening hours: Daily 11:30am to 3pm, 5:30pm to 10pm
Tel: 9666 1357
6. Flipper’s Bugis
Halal-certified Japanese pancake joint Flipper’s has launched their second outlet in Singapore, following their first opening at Ngee Ann City last year. World-famous for their uber fluffy Kiseki pancakes, the new Bugis Junction restaurant boasts a beautiful glasshouse-like setting, with ample natural light streaming in for the perfect IG shot.
Those who don’t have a sweet tooth can try the Avocado Salmon Kiseki Pancake ($22.80++), an outlet exclusive that comes with two pancakes, avocado slices, smoked salmon, rosti, a side salad with yuzu dressing, and a honey yogurt sauce to serve. Another item that’s only available here is the Honeycomb And Nut Butter Kiseki Pancake ($17.80++): three pancakes served with a sweet-savoury mix of French butter and caramelised nuts.
Read our Flipper’s review.
Address: 80 Middle Road, Bugis Junction, #01-97, Singapore 188966
Opening Hours: Daily 11am to 9pm
7. Sun with Moon
SUN With MOON Japanese Dining And Cafe has just gone through a revamp not only for their space at Wheelock Plaze, but also for their Café menu items. You can now enjoy a full range of specialty teas from Shizuoka Prefecture in Japan priced from $5++, as well as pretty IG-worthy desserts such as the Zensai Parfait ($9.80++) and more.
For those who are spoiled for choice, order the value-for-money Wafu Dessert Plate ($13.80++) for six different sweet treats in one. This includes a serving of their popular and well-loved black sesame pudding, house-made warabi mochi, and a delightful soy sauce-glazed mochi that is both sweet and salty.
From now till the end of November, enjoy 15% off your total bill when you dine in on weekdays between 3pm and 5:30pm!
Address: 501 Orchard Road, #03 -15, Wheelock Place, Singapore 238880
Opening hours: Daily 3pm to 5:30pm
Tel: 6733 6636
8. Tribeca Bar & Bistro
Take your palate on a trip at Tribeca Bar & Bistro, where multiple food and drink concepts are housed under the same roof. Start your evening by grabbing a drink at The Vault, choosing between house-made cocktails, wines, beers or spirits, before working your way through the venue’s various menus.
At this new restaurant, try La Takorea for Korean-Mexican fusion, Pasta Table for a selection of Italian pasta dishes made with Barilla sauces, Thai Pan for traditional Thai fare, and Southern Soul for hearty Nashville-style fried chicken. For desserts, get handcrafted ice cream from Smooch Ice Cream Bar, the next-gen iteration of Simpang Bedok’s famed Smitted Ice Cream Bar.
Address: 200 Turf Club Road, #01-20, Grandstand South Entrance Singapore, Singapore 287994
Opening hours: Tue-Thurs 11am to 10pm, Fri 11am to 10:30pm, Sat 10am to 10:30pm, Sun 10am to 10pm
9. Crimson By Sunbird
For craft beers in the Ang Mo Kio heartlands, pay a visit to Crimson by Sunbird. The taproom features ten craft beers on rotation, and a fusion food menu that is available for all-day dining.
For food, choose between their all-day set for two ($69++), four ($109++), or six people ($149++), and mix-and-match between a variety of mains, sides, and salads. Standouts include their Kecap Manis Wings (top-up $2), Otah Bombs (top-up $2), and their Banger Cheez burger with heaps of creamy cheese atop a juicy patty.
Address: 7 Ang Mo Kio Street 66, #01-06, Singapore 567708
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am to 10:30pm, Sat-Sun 12pm to 10:30pm
Tel: 8860 4394
10. Fly Me To Japan At Mount Faber Peak
While this isn’t a new restaurant, it’s something worth checking out if you’re celebrating a special occasion with bae. Fly Me to Japan is a cable car dining experience by Mount Faber Leisure Group that’s available from now till 30 December 2021. The round-trip journey to and from Mount Faber Peak and Sentosa includes a four-course dinner served in your own private cable car cabin.
Image credit: Mount Faber Leisure
Priced at $385 per couple, the 90-minute experience starts at Mount Faber Peak, where you get to enjoy a welcome drink, appetisers and a soup at Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro. You’ll then be brought to your cable car, where your main course and dessert are served. Choose from the Grilled Japanese Omi Wagyu from the famed Shiga Prefecture, paired with mashed purple sweet potatoes and braised daikon, or the Pan-Grilled Eel with Cabbage and Soba.
For more information, visit Mount Faber Leisure’s website.
11. Pi Food
Dual concept Pi Food is a cha chaan teng by day, and a mod-Chinese bar by night, with Hong Kong cuisine as its core. The new restaurants has recently expanded their menu under the expertise of a former Lei Garden Hong Kong chef, with all-new sharing plates to look forward to. Their Traditional Steamed Grouper Belly ($38++) is a must-order for those who love fish; premium grouper belly meat is gently steamed till tender atop a lotus leaf, with added black fungus, dates, and cabbage for texture, as well as sweetness. The Black Pepper Beef with Potatoes ($22) is another worthwhile order, as thick, juicy Australian sirloin cubes are dressed with a housemade black pepper sauce for a kick of heat.
The minimalistic restaurant is ideal especially for business lunches, or after-hour wind-down sessions, thanks to its convenient Dhoby Ghaut location.
Address: 9 Penang Road, #01-18, Singapore 238459
Opening hours: Daily 11am to 10pm
Tel: 9239 0686
12. Yanxi Dim Sum & Hotpot
We last reviewed Yanxi Palace Steamboat when they were a hotpot-only dining destination, with a menu loosely inspired by the famed Chinese drama. They have since revamped, however, to become Yanxi Dim Sum & Hotpot, a new restaurant offering the best of both worlds, including a brand-new dim sum and ala carte menu, conceptualised by the ex-chefs of Fullerton Hotel, and Mott32 in Marina Bay Sands. Expect to be wowed by theatrical servings of traditional Chinese fare, as well as delectable dim sum. The Sampling Platter ($12++) is a must, as you get to choose three types of dim sum, including the famed Quail Egg & Bonito Flakes Siew Mai.
Located in the former ballroom of Hotel Re! at Pearl’s Hill, the eatery is a little austere, but offers ample space for casual dim sum get-togethers or family dinners, once the latter is permitted again.
Address: 175A Chin Swee Road, Singapore 169879
Opening hours: Sun-Thurs 12pm to 12:30am, Fri-Sat 12pm to 2am
Tel: 8858 9711
13. Shake Shack Westgate
Westies, it is finally your turn to get a Shake Shack in your area, as the American fast-food chain recently opened its next outlet in Westgate. As with every new Shake Shack restaurant, exclusive menu items come in tow. This time round, it’s a truffle-focused menu, featuring Black Truffle Burger ($14/$17.50), Black Truffle Chick’n Shack ($14),and Crinkle Cut Fries Topped with Black Truffle Sauce ($8.90). Head straight for the chicken burger if it’s an indulgence you want, as juicy fried chicken is matched by house-pickled shallots, and an earthy whisper of black truffle.
All Shake Shack outlets get an aesthetic of their own, and at Westgate, the masculine decor is reminiscent of a gentlemen’s lounge, giving the neighbourhood mall a bit of a facelift.
Read all about our first look at Shake Shack Westgate.
Address: 3 Gateway Drive, #01-20, Singapore 608532
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 10am to 10pm, Fri-Sat 10am to 11pm
New restaurants to dine at in Singapore for November 2021
Here are all the new restaurants and cafes to satisfy your food cravings this November. For more new eats, check out our Northshore Plaza food guide for all the new eateries in this Punggol mall.