Where To Eat This Week: Carousel, Vianney Massot Restaurant, Yujin Izakaya, Jypsy, Ellenborough Market Café
The last week of the month doesn’t mean limited food options. In fact, it’s quite the opposite with chefs at our favourite restaurants launching new menus we can't wait to try.
Singapore’s heritage fare is the spotlight at this restaurant’s Ramadan feast, featuring Chinese, Malay, Indian and Peranakan fare. You have until June 4 to relish all-time faves, including the classic Singapore chilli crab with golden mantou buns, traditional ayam percik and grilled stingray with sambal and chincalok.
And for some blast from the past, the spread also includes childhood snacks, the likes of iced gem biscuits, chocolate wafers, spiral five-spice biscuits. To complete the heritage theme, the entrance of the restaurant is adorned with giant food sculptures of durians for photo taking.
2/5 Vianney Massot Restaurant
It seems like chef prodigy Vianney Massot can do no wrong in the kitchen. Every season, he pulls out all the stops to craft an excellent menu spotlighting the best harvest in France and Asia. And his spring offerings are no exception.
With his trademark Joël Robuchon finesse, look forward to immaculate dishes including Le Caviar Imperial, where small green peas are set on a delicate crustacean cream and lobster jelly with ocean-fresh imperial caviar, and Le Homard de Pleine Mer. The coveted blue lobster sourced from Brittany is as fresh as it gets, and it’s simply roasted with salted butter to let the sweet flesh shine. Massot artfully presents it on a plate with green asparagus sauce flavoured with Château-Chalon.
(Related: 5 Reasons To Visit Vianney Massot Restaurant)
The modern Japanese restaurant is worth re-visiting for lunch, especially since the culinary team has added brand new items for your midday indulgence. Chirashi bowls are always popular, and here, you have three options: tempura snapper comprising tempura snapper, flying fish roe and green tartar; Jypsy cali, a healthier option of shrimp, avocado and cucumber; and kara-age. The latter is packed with deep-fried chicken cutlets, shichimi furikake and green yuzu pepper.
A feast is called for when you’re coming with friends, so toss in other delicious dishes from the All Day Bowls. The Tajima beef fried rice calls out to carnivores with its succulent wagyu beef, kombu butter-infused fried rice and zesty pickles.
Jypsy | 38A, 01-02 Martin Road, S(239072) | 6708 9288
4/5 Yujin Izakaya
Les Amis is celebrating its 25th anniversary the best way it knows how—by opening more new concept restaurants. The latest one is this "neighbourhood" izakaya, helmed by chef Freddie Lee (who was part of Les Amis restaurant’s opening team).
He brings his culinary prowess to the kitchen, firing up the grill to cook up the likes of tebasaki (chicken wings), gyutan (ox tongue) and tsukune meatball to smoky perfection. More than a place for meats on sticks, the menu spans hot and cold appetisers such as the silky truffle chawanmushi that’s so addictive, you’ll need another serving, and katsu sando made up of beef katsu lathered with piquant pommery mustard and book-ended by toasted bread. Complete the meal with shochu drinks or cocktails.
Yujin Izakaya | 56 Zion Road, S(247781) | 6235 0429
5/5 Book Ahead: Ellenborough Market Café
With a new month comes a refreshed spread for this Peranakan stalwart. From June 4 to 28, you’ll be able to dig into a plethora of crabs prepared in different styles. Black pepper crab, Szechuan spicy crab, Thai yellow curry flower crab, boiling crab shabang and sambal flower crab—you name it, they have it.
It’s worth noting that these serve to complement the daily spread of Peranakan favourites, which you can still have during this period. Which means you can indulge in popular favourites such as kueh pie tee, ayam buah keluak and beef rendang.