As dining-in resumes at F&B establishments islandwide, we’re once again scoping out the hottest new restaurants for you to check out this July. And you won’t be disappointed with the crop of eats this month, as Singapore’s got a brand new Peruvian restaurant, an eatery dedicated to Sichuan cuisine and a sparkling new sushi bar in town. Read on and take your pick from these nine new restaurant and bar openings.
Now that the recent ban on dine-in has been lifted, Canchita Peruvian Cuisine can finally welcome guests into its spanking new space at Dempsey Hill. To kick things off with a bang, the restaurant has organised The Great Latin America Takeover, a month-long food fiesta happening in July to commemorate the independence days of several Latin American nations.
As part of the celebration, expect to savour arcane eats like griddled maize cakes, pernil asado (crispy pork served with rice and beans) as well as Escabeche “Criollo” which features fish seared, marinated and loaded with egg, sweet potato, and onion pickles.
But if you’d like to start with Canchita’s signature dishes, just go with the addictive Patacones for crispy plantains crackers served with avocado guacamole as well as the Arroz Con Mariscos, a crayfish and seafood rice tossed with Peruvian panca chili, crab butter, white wine and tomatoes.
Found within the snazzy neighbourhood of Chijmes, Casa Restaurant is led by Chef Remy Lefebvre and essentially reflects the chef’s relationship with nature and produce while focusing on his preferred method of cooking with woodfire. That entails smoky, savoury eats which utilise fresh, seasonal ingredients including aged meats and seafood as seen in menus like the four-course Discovery and six-course Experience.
Just imagine eats like the Palermo Pepper which serves Sicilian sweet peppers with Muhamara sauce and gluten-free croutons, as well as the Hamachi that presents an aged hamachi fish—grilled before being plated alongside lemon puree, sauce verge and sauteed kampot rice with sofrito sauce.
Desserts are fairly experimental too, so come with an open mind.
The folks behind popular Japanese concepts including Tamago-En and Aburi-En have introduced an all-new sushi bar—a first for the En Group. Here, tuck into Insta-worthy platters of sushi such as The Chura Nigiri Set which offers 10 different types of sushi; or choose the Chura Signature Roll for sashimi wrapped with seaweed and marinated radish before being topped with sea urchin, caviar, ikura and Okinawan sea grapes.
And don’t forget to pair those eats with easy-drinking libations like the Chura Sour or Matcha Made in Heaven.
Dopo Teatro, which means “after theatre” in Italian, is a solid option for theatre-goers to grab a bite after catching a riveting performance at Esplanade. Reminisce the spectacular show over antipasti like Japan Sakoshi Bay Oysters and Sake Flambe Mussels which showcase a mix of Japanese and Italian flavours. As for pizzas, try the hand stretched Verde which is topped with generous slices of mortadella, bocconcini, toasted pistachio and rockets.
Gram Cafe & Pancake has officially headed for the heartlands, opening up its second outlet in Singapore at Punggol’s Waterway Point. Here, order up its delicious, gravity-defying souffle pancakes like the limited time Gram X Hershey’s Premium Chocolate Lava Pancakes which is an outlet-exclusive too. There’s also the new Lotus Biscoff Premium Pancakes that combines the Osaka brand’s signature souffle pancakes with cream, strawberries, blueberries and Lotus Biscoff sauce. In case you need some savoury mains to cut through all that sweetness, you can also choose from donburis and spaghetti dishes like the mini wagyu beef don and Golden Red Miso Prawn Pasta.
The only Mr Holmes Bakehouse left in the world (for now) is located in Singapore, so Singaporeans have access to world-famous cruffins and other sugary snacks like plum yuzu jam donuts, cheesecake danishes and cornflake cookies.
Check out our review here.
Park Bench Deli’s newest concept Onda has brought back its famous Cubano sandwich, so all can savour that familiar flavour they know and love. But besides the dish that put the all-day diner on the map, also indulge in some hot dog buns and fried pork rinds plus Cuban-style coffee.
Read our review here.
Former Antoinette chef and chef-owner of Pang’s Hakka Delicacies has just opened a new restaurant dedicated to showcasing Sichuan cuisine. Just indulge in slurp-worthy noodles when you order the Shredded Chicken Kimchi Cold Noodle; the French Red Wine Wagyu Brisket with Truffle Foam also draws upon the chef’s French cuisine training. Sichuan Alley easily proves that Sichuan cuisine is more than just fiery fare.
Japan’s number one tendon chain restaurant Tenya is launching a second outlet in Singapore come Jul 5. Located at Ion Orchard, the new branch will feature exciting additions exclusive to Ion during the first week of the store’s opening. A must-try is the spicy cold udon as well as the Salmon Tendon which offers tempura salmon fillet, hiroshima oyster, camembert cheese and mashed potato; new sides like the Kawi Ebi (fried river shrimp) and Truffle Chawanmushi make up the restaurant’s expanded menu too.