Our pick for: refined Japanese fare that always surprises
After stints at Michelin-starred restaurants in Japan, executive chef Taro Takayama has opened his own kappo-style restaurant in the heart of the CBD. Having grown up in Wakayama, near Osaka, his cuisine is heavily influenced by Osaka's traditional dishes, which he says are the comforting flavours of his childhood.
He serves multi-course menus which often change according to Japan’s seasons. One dish to look out for is his signature Abalone + Uni, which highlights the freshness of both produce, served alongside seasonal appetisers, sushi and sashimi.
Our pick for: a casual night out over sharing plates and drinks
Executive chef Sun Kim of one Michelin-starred Meta expands his brand with this modern bistro on Amoy Street. It’s helmed by head chef Louis Han, who taps into his Korean roots to serve Asian and Korean fare with a modern European touch.
The menu is divided into three section. Small plates, which are ideal for after-work snacks, include a serving of poached prawns cooked medium rare, as well as a Korean-style wagyu tartare made with hand-chopped rump beef.
Big plates are meant for sharing and boast an eclectic mix, from a spanner crab linguine inspired by traditional Korean japchae, to the Bossam, a Korean dish made by slow cooking pork belly marinated in Korean soybean paste, soy sauce and coffee powder.
Don’t forget the sweets showcasing seasonal fruits, such as the mango salsa served with passionfruit sorbet and coconut cream. And if you fancy signature cocktails, a delicious pick is the Cosmo’Seoul’itan, concocted with vodka, pomegranate-lime vinegar and ginger liquer.
Beauty In The Pot
Our pick for: a steamy and nourishing meal
Paradise Group’s Beauty In The Pot is one of the most popular hotpot restaurants here. In fact, its latest opening is located at OneKM Mall, where its first branch is. It's also its biggest, it can seat up to 288 diners and still have space for a playground.
Choose from six soup bases, the most number it serves at one outlet. There's a vegetarian option made with wild pine and mushroom broth; and also a spicy, nourishing laternative made with pork bones, herbal drunken chicken broth and cooling coconut broth. These serve as the delicious base for the fresh ingredients, which include seafood, meat and veggies.
Beauty in the Pot | 03-38 OneKM, 11 Tanjong Katong Road, S(436950) | 6284 8820
Our pick for: Global flavours with strong Asian roots
The latest addition to Jalan Besar’s dining scene offers modern Asian cuisine in a laidback setting. The 1,000 sq ft space is divided into two sections; head to the Dining Room for comforting fare such as pork skewers coated with chargrilled garlic and fennel sauce; beef short ribs doused in a spicy Middle Eastern sauce; and Lettuce cups, well, if you need a break from all the meat dishes.
Hop on over to the Laundry Room if you feel like ending the evening with a tipple. It has a commendable range of wines and sake, served by glass and bottle; highly recommended are the “Anne Marie” cava, Beaujolais Nouveau Cuvee or the Jyokigen Yamahai Junmai. And if you still have a case of the munchies, order bar bites to share.
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