Top Restaurants to try in July
Friday, 29 Jun 2012
Get set for an exceptionally exciting foodie month!
Harry Grover of Forty Hands has teamed up with George Grover and Cynthia Chua to launch a revolutionary restaurant-bar-dance-floor-music store experience, while Jason Atherton (of hit tapas place Esquina) is at it again with POLLEN in Gardens by the Bay – and guess what, it opens today!
Lots of French food for the Parisian lovers and an important go-to place for Japanese kushikatsu fans in store too – time to get cracking on this month’s hit list!
Jason Atherton? All-star secret ingredient to success.
First there was Pollen Street Social in London. Big hit.
Esquina (Singapore) followed. Mad popular.
With POLLEN opening today, we expect only great things to unfold.
Housed in the Flower Dome of the new Gardens by the Bay, POLLEN offers modern European cuisine with Mediterranean influences. Bonus: spectacular view of the Marina Bay skyline.
Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Singapore 018953, p. 6604 9988
Daily 12-230pm, 6-1030pm
Here at the Honeycombers we love ourselves some great tapas, and Foodbar DaDa hits all the right spots. The place is a bit of a shoebox, but the flavours pack a big punch; no carb bombs here, only bold, well-executed modern Spanish food. A big A+ to original cocktails.
60 Robertson Quay, The Quayside, #01-12, Singapore 238252, p. 6735 7788
After honing his culinary skills at renowned hotels around the world, Chef Frédéric Colin decided to set up shop right here on Tras street, and drew inspiration from his grandfather. This charming French restaurant features family recipes and hearty, stick-to-your-bones fare. Highlights include Tartine d’os a moelle – bone marrow that sits delicately atop scrumptious parsley puree and garlic confit on toasted Poilane bread and the Potée Auvergnate, a traditional pork hotpot.
66 Tras Street, Singapore 079005, p. 6225 8266
Mon-Fri 1130am-230pm, 630-1030pm; Sat 630-11pm
Le Petit Cancale
Just when the hype over Duxton Hill was dying down, Le Petite Cancale comes along to keep things fresh. This French seafood restaurant and champagne bar features a signature 50-piece platter of seafood, including oysters, clams, Brittany crabs, mollusks, shrimps, prawns, lagoustines, and whelks. Another popular option is the butter-grilled blue lobster. But our favourite part of the whole meal is dessert: an unmissable, wholly unique salted butter caramel lava cake. Mega yum.
37 Duxton Hill, Singapore 089614, p. 6534 7671
Mon-Fri 12-230pm, 6-1030pm; Sat 6-1030pm
This sweet new concept is the brainchild of Harry Grover (java guru of 40 Hands), Cynthia Chua (founder of the Spa Esprit Group), and George Grover (DJ and music junkie of Broadcast Events AUS). Opened just this month, BHQ houses a restaurant, bar, dance floor, and music retail store (with specially curated podcast, vinyl and CD) – how cool is that! Get your fill of BBQ meats, specialty preservative-free cocktails, award-winning coffee from the man of the hour, and great music.
107 Rowell Road, Singapore 208301, p. 6292 4405
Tue-Thu 6pm-12am, Fri 6pm-12am, Sat 12pm-1am, Sun 12pm-10pm
This is where great Japanese food goes for the perfect golden treatment – they’re first lightly coated in batter before dunked in hot oil to sizzling perfection. If you’re a kushikatsu fan (translation: Japanese-style deep-fried kebab), you’re in for a very indulgent treat. Definitely no slick, greasy aftertaste over here.
331 North Bridge Road, #01-04 Odeon Towers, Singapore 188720, p. 6336 2466
Mon-Sat 12-230pm, 6 to 10pm
Onion Restaurant and Bar
More tapas for the tapas enthusiasts! If tapas isn’t really your thing, you’ll still be able to eat hearty with their signature seafood platters or Western mains.
791 Bukit Timah Road #01-01, Singapore 269764, p. 6763 0398
Mon-Thu 530-1030pm; Fri 530-11pm; Sat 1030am-3pm, 530-11pm; Sun 1030am-3pm, 530-1030pm
Wooloomooloo Steak House
Some days you just need some good steak. This established grill (originally from Hong Kong) serves premium Aussie and USDA steaks and grill faves, hitting all the right spots!
2 Stamford Road, Level 3, Singapore 178882
Good things definitely do come in small packages. This charming bistro and boutique bakery in Goldhill Plaza (Novena) offers affordable French fare, great breads, and always delish wines. Our top pick: the braised beef cheek.
1 Goldhill Plaza, #01-11, Singapore 308899, p. 6253 5376