The former Joo Chiat Police Station has been transformed into a nostalgic Peranakan universe. Now a sprawling 90-seat restaurant, Baba Chews whips up authentic Straits Chinese flavours with a modern twist. What we’d order: Chilli Crab Cake with Mantou Chips; Foie Gras Tau Kwa Pau; Ayam Buah Keluak Burger, and Jackfruit Cheese Cake. A weekend brunch on Saturday and Sunday is available from 10.30am to 3pm.
86 East Coast Road #01-01 Katong Square Singapore 428788. For reservations, call 6723 2025. Opens Mon-Sun, 11am-10.30pm. More information here
French-Japanese tapas lovingly prepared over a bincho-tan (white charcoal) grill by chef Jeremmy Chiam is the reason why everyone is flocking to this resto-bar. What we’d order: Japanese Red Bream on Cold-smoked Eggplant; Curry Infused Pork Jowl with Japanese Pumpkin, and a cocktail by head bartender Sugar Ray Ruban.
115 Amoy Street #01-04 (entrance via Gemmill Lane) Singapore 069935. For reservations, call 6221 6065. Opens 11:30-3:00, 6:00-12:00. More information here.
Chef Tim Ross-Watson (formerly of Garden of Eden) returns with an all-new dining experience that focuses on food upcycling. Seaviche may sound like gastronomic novelty but it’s really a blend of sea coconut and smoked chips. Priced at $22 or less for a main, food is hearty and tasty. What we’d order: Mother Lamb (lamb heart and neck), and Tongue in Cheek (pig head terrine).
43 North Canal Road Singapore 059299. For reservations, call 6532 2171. Opens Mon-Sat, 5pm-12am. More information here.
Janice Wong Restaurant Bar
Pastry chef extraordinaire Janice Wong tackles savoury with a Mod-Chinese menu at her flagship restaurant at the National Museum of Singapore. What we’d order: Corn Noodles with Sous Vide Chicken and Peanut Broth, and Truffle Cheese Chicken (both feature in her cookbook Dim Sum: A Flour-Forward Approach to Traditional Favourites and Contemporary Creations. Oh, a three-course lunch set goes for a wallet-friendly $28 while the five-course dinner set is $68.
93 Stamford Road #01-06 Singapore 178897. For reservations, call 9712 5338. Opens Mon-Thu, 11am-11pm; Fri & Sat,11am-1am; Sun, 11am-6pm. More information here.
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After 50 years in the business and 500 restaurants, this pizza chain has finally landed on our sunny shores. Its rectangular-shaped handmade delights are inspired by thin-crusted Italian pizzas. What we’d order: Calabrese, which comes with Calabria-style sausage, spicy Italian sausage, fresh mozzarella, jalapeno peppers, roasted peppers and red chillis. You can thank us later.
B1-08/09 Scotts Square Singapore 228209. For reservations, call 6538 0083. Opens Mon-Sun, 11.30am-10am. More information here.