School holidays and the Mid-Autumn Festival are just one part of September — new eateries popping up are also part of it.
HungryGoWhere rounds up a slew of new eateries that have opened their doors this month — from hawker stalls to fine-dining establishments.
1. Jofa Grill
Man Lin F&B Coffee Shop, 165 Bukit Merah Central
Nearest MRT station: Redhill
Open: Monday to Saturday (11.30am to 10.30pm)
Situated in Bukit Merah, Jofa Grill offers an elevated take on kopitiam-style Western food with an impressive line-up of owners comprising Ong Jian Lin, Neo Jun Hao, Joel Tan, and Fabian Lim — young chefs who’ve tenured at various Michelin-starred restaurants.
Meats such as the charcoal-grilled pork chop (S$9.50) and charcoal-grilled ribeye steak (S$14.50) are cooked over charcoal and lychee wood, a nod to Ong’s experience at one Michelin-starred Burnt Ends.
Other notable dishes include the Jofa mashed potato (S$3.50), inspired by Neo’s experience at the now-defunct Joel Robuchon Restaurant, and the Jofa carbonara (S$7.50), an interesting East-meets-West combination that references Tan and Lim’s popular Jofa Mee Pok brand, known for premium bak chor mee with outlets in Tampines and Chinatown.
What to order: Charcoal-grilled pork chop (S$9.50), charcoal-grilled ribeye steak (S$14.50), Jofa mashed potato (S$3.50), Jofa carbonara (S$7.50)
8 Jalan Klapa
Nearest MRT station: Lavender
Open: Tuesday to Friday (10am to 9pm), Saturday and Sunday (9am to 9pm)
On Sept 13, Mondays joined the Haji Lane enclave as the latest cafe upstart in town. Halal and Muslim-owned, the cafe offers generous portions of caneles, coffee, and various dishes on heated skillets.
Unlike what its name suggests, however, the cafe isn’t open on Mondays. So come by on other days to lounge amid a modern industrial-inspired decor that’s brightly lit and decked out in shades of grey. Wooden furnishings give it a warm and inviting atmosphere.
Notable dishes include the steak and eggs (S$28), truffle cepes bow tie and melted cheese (S$15) and Varlhona chocolate seasalt canele (S$6). Coffees go from basics such as black coffee (S$4) to specialties such as ondeh-ondeh latte (S$7).
What to order: Steak and eggs (S$28), truffle cepes bow tie and melted cheese (S$15), Varlhona chocolate seasalt canele (S$6), black coffee (S$4), ondeh-ondeh latte (S$7).
3. Quay House
51 Circular Road
Nearest MRT stations: Raffles Place and Clarke Quay
Open: Tuesday to Friday (12pm to 2.30pm, 5pm to 10.30pm), Saturday (5pm to 10.30pm), Sunday (12pm to 3pm)
Standing in a historic shophouse over 100 years old within sight of the grounds of the spice trade, food at the new Quay House along Boat Quay is cooked over a stunning open-fire grill and served in its interpretation of a 1920s-themed #SingaNoir ambience.
Start off with Quay House skewers, chunks of meat and seafood kissed by the flames. Try its jumbo satay-style pork jowl skewers with pecel peanut sauce (S$24) and grilled Indian white prawns (S$22).
Follow that up with Balinese spiced kampung chicken (S$36) and Quay House duck 2 ways — Applewood chimney-smoked duck breast and leg confit in Nyonya curry (S$68).
Not to leave out the vegetarians: There are plenty of meat-free dishes available, too. They include the classic Portuguese egg tart (S$16), chocolate crumble (S$14), JJ’s flatbread — homemade flatbread and dip (S$8), and yam abacus (S$16).
What to order: Grilled Indian white prawns (S$22), Balinese spiced kampung chicken (S$36), Quay House duck 2 ways — Applewood chimney-smoked duck breast and leg confit in Nyonya curry (S$68), chocolate crumble (S$14)
4. Black Fairy Sushi and Grill
Safra@29 Carpenter Street, 29 Carpenter Street
Nearest MRT station: Clarke Quay
Open: Sunday to Thursday (11.30am to 10pm), Saturday (11.30am to 12am)
Black Fairy Sushi and Grill is a game bistro by Fairy Group Ventures, the team behind Black Fairy Coffee and Bar. The spacious area is lined with arcade machines, snooker tables, and a disco ball making sure everyone is kept entertained.
The fare leans towards Japanese-inspired rice rolls with a twist, such as its truffle hamachi nigiri sushi (S$7) and caramel salmon nigiri sushi (S$7) as well as mains such as Black Fairy signature pork ribs (S$38).
The bistro is also creative with its drinks, creating its own concoctions including the Fairy Sling (S$20) and bringing in the easy-to-drink Hoshi-no Kagayaki sparkling sake (S$180).
What to order: Truffle hamachi nigiri sushi (S$7), caramel salmon nigiri sushi (S$7), Black Fairy signature pork ribs (S$38), Fairy Sling (S$20), Hoshi-no Kagayaki sparkling sake (S$180)
5. Crystal Jade Pavilion
VivoCity, 01-112, 1 HarbourFront Walk
Nearest MRT station: HarbourFront
Open: Monday to Friday (11am to 3pm, 6pm to 9.30pm), Saturday and Sunday (10.30am to 3.30pm, 6pm to 9.30pm)
Renowned Chinese culinary group Crystal Jade reopens Crystal Jade Pavilion at Vivocity, taking over the more casual Crystal Jade Dining In outlet after a two-month renovation.
Not to be confused with Crystal Jade Jiang Nan that’s also in the same mall, Pavilion offers a more refined dining experience and is the third fine-dining restaurant from the group.
Its specialties include organic threadfin (S$58.80), sauteed beef cube with Japanese shishito pepper and black garlic (S$42.80), and pan-fried Spanish Iberico pork chop with teriyaki sauce (S$16.80 per person).
And, of course, the usual Crystal Jade favourites are available as well. These include pan-fried foie gras and sliced roasted duck skin with crepe (S$18.80); signature BBQ roasted combination (S$26.80 for two varieties, S$36.80 for three varieties); and nourishing soup of the day (S$12 for one person, S$34 for two to three people).
What to order: Organic threadfin (S$58.80), deep-fried prawn with crispy rice and minced garlic in bi feng tang style (S$40.80), pan-fried Spanish Iberico pork chop with teriyaki sauce (S$16.80 per person)