Best New Restaurants In Singapore February 2023
What's new and tasty on the dining scene this month.
If you ask us, there is a serious lack of good Middle Eastern food in Singapore but the brains behind North Mizon look set to remedy that with Aniba. With Israeli Chef Meir Adoni at the helm, the team deliciously mix classic Middle Eastern dishes with a European twist. Highlights include the crispy fatayer with cheese, spinach, eggplant and almond, the Jerusalem Bagel with labneh, Za'tar and lemon and the Yementite Tacos with bluefin Tuna, lime aioli and celery. And if you are going on a Saturday night, be prepared for a speakeasy vibe as a guest DJ spins the decks and the in-house mixologists keep the cocktails flowing.
When it comes to the dining scene, we have all heard buzz phrases like Asian-fusion, Euro-Mix etc a million times so when something pops up that actually might be good for our stomach as well as our mouths, we take note. Yue Bai is the latest restaurant on the Duxton dining scene where the dishes are rooted in TCM. Chef Hongwei has produced a menu full of famed Southern Chinese dishes, but with the ancient dietary principle of shí liáo or 'dietary therapy' added in. On offer there's the healing and nourishing double-boiled Silkie Chicken soup with Jasmine flower and Deed-fried Prawns using clean granola instead of batter. Want to take it one step further? Opt for the set menus that are aligned with the Chinese calendar to feed body and soul.
Paying tribute to his Italian roots is what drives Aussie Chef Drew Nocente and his new restaurant, Cenzo. Nocente says that this latest venture is all about good Italian food with a modern Aussie vibe and for the restaurant to be a hub for people to celebrate good food and a good time. So what kind of good food are we talking? Well there's the porchetta with salsa and celeriac, the salt and pepper squid, shellfish risotto with prawns and chili and of course, Drew's tiramisu. And if you're up for a lunchtime nosh, they do a very good value set lunch at just $35.
As a self-confessed picky eater, I love the idea of sharing plates so that then I can pick little bits from everywhere. So, consider me thrilled when Quay House opened in Boat Quay with the whole concept that of communal dining. Poised at offering a a play on regional cuisine, they offer both small and large sharing plates including lychee smoked squid, Quay house satay, Balinese Kampung chicken and black pork chop.
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