Eating out is serious business in Singapore.
According to Mastercard’s 2014 survey on dining habits, Singaporeans spent an average of US$198 per month for Singapore restaurants, second only to Hong Kong’s US$218.
New Singapore restaurants are constantly opening.
British concepts have dominated local food headlines this year, including London burger institution MEATliquor, Bread Street Kitchen by Gordon Ramsay and a second Jamie’s Italian.
Shop houses in Chinatown continue to be popular among many indie operators but the city’s most hotly anticipated newcomer located on the grounds of the old Supreme Court and City Hall.
Opening in October, Odette is a 40-seat French fine diner by Julien Royer, the former head chef of Jaan (No. 11 on Asia’s 50 Best 2015).
Till then, the city has no lack of great new Singapore restaurants to appease voracious diners.
With cuisine described as “gastro botanica,” Corner House serves more than just vegetables on its menu.
Housed in the Singapore Botanic Gardens, the French-inspired haute cuisine at this year-old restaurant by Jason Tan, former executive chef of Sky on 57, is labeled “gastro botanica.”
The star dish from the eloquent tasting menu showcases Tan’s toothsome interpretations of his favorite vegetable, Cevennes onion, in four ways (onion puree, tart, chip and tea).
Far from being vegetarian, the degustation also features other non-botanical options like the carabinero prawn with textures of tomato and Kristal caviar.
Corner House, E J H Corner House Nassim Gate, Singapore Botanical Garden, 1 Cluny Road, Singapore 259569 Singapore; +65 6469 1000
Kakure is technically a sake bar with in a Singapore restaurant, offering about 50 labels of artisan Japanese sakes by small production houses.
But the menu of Japanese comfort food by kaiseki master chef Kazuhiro Hamamoto of stablemate Ki-sho (located downstairs) provides more than enough reasons to make a reservation.
Both the omakase menu and a la carte offer tasty options like the charcoal grilled otoro with grated daikon or tempura of gizzard shad.
Sake sommeliers are in the house to provide pairing suggestions. With only 16 seats, reservations are highly recommended.
Kakure, Level 2, 29 Scotts Road; +65 6733 5251
Ki-sho, 29 Scotts Road, Singapore 228224 Singapore;