Best new restaurants in Singapore: March 2022
Where is hip, hop and happening on the dining scene this month.
Now settling into their new home in Riverwalk, Slake has lost none of its charm from their early days with a focus on or inventive interpretations of Singaporean and regional flavours. The brainchild of serial restauranteur, and self-professed food enthusiast Jeremy Cheok he constantly challenges himself and his culinary team to use modern techniques, quality ingredients and a healthy dose of creativity to reinterpret the favourite dishes they grew up eating. This modern take on familiar heritage meals at has proved to be a popular option with the restaurant garnering a cult following before its recent move. Particular favourites include grilled pork collar served with laksa leaf beurre blanc and US rib eye with pickled jambu, gula melaka custard and rendang custard with prawn, charcoal egg and tobiko.
Small's is called Smalls because it is, yes, small. Starting its culinary life attached to Bjorn Shen’s flagship restaurant, Artichoke and has since risen to new heights of popularity. While getting to the restaurant is somewhat tricky, the entrance is through the alley behind The Refinery, the menu won't disappoint. Currently serving what they describe as 'Doughmakase' - it is basically bread sushi. Offering an 'experience' rather than just a meal - the menu is is set for each sitting and as each bit is part of a whole, the restaurant let diners know in advance that they can't accommodate substitutions or changes. So what's 'Doughmakase'? Otoro tartare tossed in bulgogi dressing and the tuna with sambal matah with coconut heart.
What do Beyonce, Jay-Z and Robert de Niro have in common? Well, they all like to grab a slice at Roberta's in Brooklyn, New York. Opening their first overseas outpost this month, feast on the likes of their original with tomato-oregano and three types of melted cheese as well as the Bee Sting boasting salami, mozzarella, basil, honey and chilli oil.
A veritable Singapore institution, world-famous chicken rice haven, Chatterbox, re-opens its doors this month. First opened in 1971 at the former Mandarin Singapore, this time sees it choosing the new Hilton Orchard as its home. Old favourites remain including the much-loved classic of Mandarin Chicken Rice as well as Lobster Laksa and newbies including Lemon Butter Tiger Prawns and Mackerel and Crab Otah Otah.
Synonymous with its world-famous chicken rice, Chatterbox was the talk of the town when it first opened in 1971 at the former Mandarin Singapore. An endearing icon that has stood the test of time – including several waves of refurbishment over the years, Chatterbox has been feeding hungry diners and satisfying discerning palates with its inimitable menu of well-loved specialities prepared with time-honoured and fiercely-guarded recipes.
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