Novus Restaurant, Bar, Courtyard, Café

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Housed in the historic National Museum of Singapore, Novus is all about making a striking impression with elegant table settings, black chandeliers, majestic curtains and grand mirrors; perfect for a meal with out-of-towners. The man behind the luscious creations at this modern European establishment is executive chef Stephan Zoisl who not only changes things up seasonally, but also offers a unique take on reinterpreted classics, so brace yourself for something less conventional.

The museum has refashioned itself into an elegant building with beautifully restored architecture and well thought out facilities. Consequently, its restaurant, cafe and bar maintain this image. Novus—the restaurant—is set in a small rectangular room by the main entrance, which looks bigger with giant wood-framed mirrors. A long bar divides the room into two halves: One for dining and one for drinks. On the dining side, the window seats are of course more popular. The menu comprises a fairly small but interesting selection of starters, mains and desserts—and the food, we must say, was excellent. We started with the delicious scallops with pork belly and chestnut puree, and tomatoes and goat cheese which contained incredibly sweet cherry tomatoes. Our snow cod and chicken with pancetta were very good too, and left us no room for dessert. The wait staff in general were also on top of things. One drawback though is that parking in the museum is limited and security seems to pick who to let in. But we’ve heard that’s improving and had no problems the night we went.

Have you tried the Berkshire pork belly? It's one of I-S Magazine's 50 things to eat in Singapore before you die (2011).

Venue Details
Address: Novus Restaurant, Bar, Courtyard, Café, #01-02 National Museum of Singapore, 93 Stamford Rd., Singapore, 178897 Singapore
Phone: 6336-8770
Area: City Hall
Cuisine: European
Price Range: $$
Open since: December, 2006
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11:30am-2:30pm, 6:30-10:30pm
Alfresco, Reservation recommended, Parking available: at National Museum of Singapore, Dress requirements: smart casual
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