This year has brought with it a bumper crop of new restaurants, and the final stretch is no different. If anything, restaurateurs have saved most of their fresh openings for year-end, when corporate budgets can be tapped for festive events and people are in the mood to spend. Here are four new places with legit credentials that we recommend you check out - no disappointments, promise.
There are plenty of wholesome meal options in the CBD area. But finding one that’s also tasty and customisable? Not so easy. That’s why we love Grain Traders for its mix-and-match bowls that allow you to build your preferred lunch combi from its selection of grains, meats, veggies and sauces. At $16 a bowl, this atas version of economical rice is pricey, but it’s worth every cent for its premium, yummy ingredients. #01-01 CapitaGreen, 138 Market St.
Hailing from Hong Kong is this burger specialist with a huge following. Here, the patties - made with dry-aged Aussie Black Angus beef - are minced to order in front of customers, before being passed back to the kitchen and grilled to perfection. Don’t miss the signature The Burger and Duck Fat Fries, and wash it all down with with a refreshing beer or bourbon. #01-01B Clarke Quay, 3A River Valley Road.
A buffet concept featuring eight “conservatory kitchens”, this new restaurant at the Ritz Carlton promises to tantalise your taste buds with a culinary journey that includes Chinese, Indian, Western, Malaysian, Indonesian and other cuisines. Besides the food, live-kitchen showmanship is also a draw – you’ll get to watch the chefs whip up your meal right in front of you, in an elegant British colonial setting to boot. The Ritz Carlton, Millenia Singapore, 7 Raffles Avenue.
The art of fine Italian cuisine is among the key highlights at the National Gallery, thanks to the opening of restaurateur Beppe de Vito’s Aura in the museum. The sprawling duplex features a 90-seater restaurant and an al fresco rooftop terrace that seats an additional 200 people. Expect Italian dishes of the same calibre as those at de Vito’s other restaurants, which include il Lido. And while it may be located within a fine arts venue, Aura offers dining in an ambience that’s stylish yet not snooty. #05-03 & #06-02 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrews Rd.