It’s all about hot new looks this month as Whitegrass and Punch open with stunning interiors and an ex-military building turns in to a gastropub….
London is showing no signs of fatigue from a recent influx of Japanese food, and neither is Singapore. JINzakaya, a yakitori and sake bar has opened near to Rangoon Road with high quality grilled meats, fish and vegetables. Reasonably-priced lunches (designed for the working crowd) and sharing dishes are likely to be most popular. Award-winning culinary firm Les Amis Group are, excitingly, heading up the menu.
Part of Singapore’s brand new lifestyle-living headquarters, South Beach, The Armoury is in ode to the building’s past role as an armoury in the early days of Singapore. Fast forward to today and we have a fresh-faced gastro pub with heaps of craft beer on tap (15 and counting) and beautiful Japanese twists on US-style food including Japanese beef in the burgers. They call it ‘American grub with a twist’. Expectedly, the look is macho including exposed brick and long spirits shelves full of whiskies.
Singaporean dessert fanatics Churros Place are behind Paella Place, a new addition to the TripleOne Somerset shopping complex. Here, traditional Spanish tapas is facelifted by Asia – try beef rendang, tom yam tapas or squid ink versions as well as dishes with more of a world influence like the shakshouka (an ‘all day breakfast’ similar to a tajine and native to Morocco, Tunisia and Algeria) or the classic paella.
Now that house plants are hip again, we should expect restaurants to feature them more prominently in their interiors this year. Punch, on North Canal Road, is the new project from the minds behind Singapore’s The Plain and Ronin Café. Inside, it has live walls showing off native flora and fauna on a backdrop of concrete. The bright, airy all-day restaurant serves comfort food dishes from twelve from an open kitchen, and in the morning, the coffee is excellent.
One of the team from breakfast place Wild Honey has taken control of the kitchen at Paper Crane, a fresh café on Waterloo Street. Why’s it hot? Fresh juice is served with all food during brunch hours (11am-2pm) and the menu is excitingly varied: from US-style southern fried chicken to steak and Asian eats are served, to pair with cocktails, alongside a range of traditional European brunch dishes like spaghetti arrabiata and pesto spaghetti with mushrooms.
A restaurant serving modern Australian cuisine has opened inside popular Singaporean neo-classical landmark, CHIJMES. The eighteenth century building was once a female’s refuge. A grass roots approach to dining inspired artist Rodrigo Hernandez to add unique twists to the dining experience at Whitegrass. For the opening, He carved dozens of spoons out of a native Colombian tree for the restaurant; and innovative and experimental tasting menus are available as both five and eight-course sittings. Sit down to a soft palette of colour tones made from natural materials (stone, timber and metal) in a light, relaxed and super-hip setting.
Editorial from JustOpenedLondon.com