5 Hottest Restaurant Openings In January 2018
1/5 Kazu Sushi Grill Sake
Our pick for: a bevy of delicious Japanese fare
Chef Ichimaya’s sashimi is crafted from the freshest fish flown in directly from Japan three times a week; his sushi is made with top quality Koshihikari rice seasoned with natural water and Akasu vinegar.
But it's not only about sushi and sashimi. Bigger appetites can opt for the omakase menu, which he will curate based on the diner's dietary preferences and budget. Or go with your pick of speciality dishes from the a la carte menu.
Hot favourites include the beef tataki made with A4 Ohmi wagyu and ponzu jelly; king crab tempura; and the rice bowl topped with luscious uni and ikura.
Kazu Sushi Grill Sake | 01-14 Marina One The Heart, 5 Straits View | 6282 8141
2/5 Lavo Italian Restaurant & Rooftop Bar
Our pick for: an exciting weekend night out
Located atop Sands SkyPark, the gorgeous view from up here goes well with dinner at sunset.
It serves American Italian fare crafted by chef-partner Ralph Scamardella. You’ll do well to order the signature Lavo one-pound meatball topped with ricotta cheese, or even the penne a la vodka, linguini with clam sauce, if you must have your carbs. That said, even the humble chicken parmesan here is a hot favourite.
Don’t leave without checking out the lounge and the club, where a DJ will be playing earworm hits all night long.
3/5 Ma Cuisine
Our pick for: an impressive wine list and sumptuous Burgundian fare
After a short but notable stint at Saint Pierre, chef Mathieu Escoffier has teamed up with sommelier Anthony Charmetant to open a gastro wine bar on Craig Road. Wines take the centrestage here, with all the grape varietals you can dream of, rare vintages and fine champagne, presented in a book-like list.
The premise is diners pick their drinks and chef will curate the menu around them. For example, a glass of the legendary Domaine Jean-Louis Chave Hermitage Blanc may inspire chef to suggest a classic escargot smothered with garlic and parsley sauce to have with it, or pick a simple yet delicious lemon tart to have with a Château d'Yquem.
Ma Cuisine | 38 Craig Road | 9099 1687
Our pick for: modern European restaurant in the city
After a long refurbishment, Grand Park City Hall has finally opened with a breadth of dining choices. And specialising in modern European fare is Tablescape.
Helmed by executive chef Robert Chan, who was previously at The Carvery, meat is, not surprisingly, still a big part the menu. Dishes such as the steak tartare made with USDA beef, veal sweetbread pan-fried in butter, and black smoked Angus beef braised in myriad ingredients are all worth noting. His seafood fare excels, too, particularly the salmon gravlax served on a bed of crunchy greens, and the Armagnac-infused lobster bisque.
Need more drinks? Head to the bar for artisanal cocktails, premium wines or beers.
Tablescape | Grand Park City Hall, Level 3, 10 Coleman Street | 6432 5618
5/5 Origin Grill & Bar
Our pick for: stellar cuts you can’t find anywhere else
Meat lovers are already making a beeline for Origin Grill & Bar, located at Shangri-La Hotel, Singapore’s revamped Tower Wing. And most of the time, they're there for its bespoke selection of beef served alongside sustainable seafood dishes. Think 35-day dry aged Johnstone beef and 300-day grain fed Valley Black Market Angus expertly grilled by chef de cuisine Heidi Flanagan.
What sets this restaurant apart, though, are the exclusive cuts—Shiro Kin wagyu and the aged full blood wagyu known for their stellar meat and marbling.
Inventive cocktails inspired by local produce can be had at the bar, where you’ll find creations named after Singapore’s key districts such as Orchard, Buona Vista and Chinatown.
Origin Grill & Bar | Lobby Level, Tower Wing, 22 Orange Grove | Call 6213 4595 | Email OriginGrill.firstname.lastname@example.org (restaurant) or OriginBar.email@example.com (bar)
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