Tried and true classics are great comfort foods, but sometimes you just want some excitement in your life. Add a generous dash of adventure to your dining plans this month and check out a couple of these fresh eats. There’s vibrant and punchy Mexican, fun and messy pub grub, funky millennial-style eats, and much more.
Breathing new life into fan-favourite Thai classics, Nooka Modern Thai Cuisine offers authentic Thai cuisine with a fresh, contemporary twist. Their dainty Croquettas combine East and West flavours perfectly, infusing creamy mashed potatoes with aromatic Thai seasoning. Another creative dish is the Green Curry Salmon. The punchy curry brings out the natural sweetness of the fish, creating a superb pairing made in food heaven. That’s not to say that they compromise on tradition. If you’re not looking for anything too crazy, the Pad Thai is nothing short of divine.
2. House of MU
Comfort is key when you dine at House of MU. Serving comforting, homestyle dishes cooked to perfection amidst a space decorated with elegant Burmese teak furniture, the restaurant radiates a warmth that makes you feel right at home. Gather around with your friends and family to enjoy generous sharing platters of grilled meats like steaks, grilled chicken, and sausages. Keeping things simple, the dishes served here are utterly delicious, bursting with the smoky fragrance of Japanese Bincho charcoal and apple wood.
3. Papi’s Tacos
Aching for a good Mexican fiesta? Don’t scramble to buy your plane tickets just yet – check out Papi’s Tacos instead. With the skilful Mauricio Espinoza (aka Papi) whipping up down-to-earth Mexican dishes, this retro restaurant the vibe of a casual taqueria down to a tee. We’re in love with the Tacos al Pastor, which has the perfect pairing of smoky spit-roasted pork and tangy pineapple. Their Tacos de Pescado are amazing as well, featuring dory grilled to crispy perfection topped with an addictive chipotle aioli. Don’t forget to order a deliciously potent margarita to sip on as you enjoy your laid-back night out.
Find it at 39 Seah St, Singapore 188395.
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Delicious Japanese food made with premium ingredients, without the hefty price tag. Sounds too good to be true? Enter Jypsy, a free-spirited casual Japanese restaurant by PS.Cafe that’s all about quality. Apart from the delicious sashimi flown in from Japan, you’ll also get to enjoy a host of playful and fun dishes. One of Jypsy’s must-tries is the salmon tacos, featuring savoury marinated salmon in a crunchy fried seaweed shell. And how does a coconut matcha panna cotta sound for dessert? There’s classic Japanese comfort food as well, like a rich, smoky, unagi fried rice – a showstopper that’s guaranteed to hit the spot.
Find it at 38 Martin Road, Singapore 239072.
Click here for more information on Jypsy.
5. Q-Wa Izakaya
Things don’t get more Japanese than at Q-Wa Izakaya. With colourful carp streamers and bright lanterns overhead, as well as the delicious sound and smell of barbecue, it feels like you’ve walked into the middle of Japanese festivities. Sink your teeth into savoury grilled seafood, meats, and yakitori, alongside a selection of artisanal sake and Japanese whiskies for your enjoyment. As for carbs, their rice sets, fried rice, and noodles are nothing if not flavourful and addictive.
Drink up and party it up at Drink Culture! This cocktail bar-turned-pub is all about groovy tunes, cold beers, and delicious pub grub – a foolproof recipe for an epic evening. Don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty with the sinful Messy Rocker Burger, featuring char siew, a beef patty, fried egg, and sambal XO sauce. Or, kickstart your drinking session with the WEROC wings, which have a boozy Irish Guinness marinade. Casual, welcoming, and jovial, Drink Culture is a go-to spot for unwinding after a long day.
7. Ash & Char
If your dinner buddies are the kind who can never agree on where to eat, then Ash & Char is the perfect place for you. Their menu is inspired by comfort food from all over the world so everyone can fulfil their cravings. And the food is affordable too! Indulge your hankering for tze char with the classic Har Cheong Gai. Feeling Japanese? Grab a Salmon Aburi Bowl instead! For those who are want something more European, there’s the classic French Moules Frites, steamed mussels with fries, as well.
8. Uncle Kiisu
This restaurant is an amalgamation of all things stereotypically millennial: hashtags, edgy yet whimsical decor, and an adventurous fusion menu. Every dish is an eye-opening combination of flavours, with pairings that are unheard of yet work surprisingly well. One of the must-tries, especially if you love Peranakan cuisine, is the #KuroGorudoRamen. Chewy ramen noodles are coated with fragrant Buah Keluak and mince meat sauce, creating a uniquely local noodle dish.
Wine and dine guilt-free at The Winery Tapas | Bar. They start strong, using quality ingredients sourced with care for the environment, like wild-caught seafood and organic produce. Even their wines are environmentally friendly! Their selection contains more than a hundred wine labels, which are all made with organic grapes, while the wine is made with minimal intervention. Of course, you need something to eat with your wine. That’s where their delicious Spanish tapas come in, or for something heavier, juicy and flavourful Josper-grilled meats.
Given how well Germany does its meats, the thought of a German burger sounds like heaven on Earth, the perfect answer to any and all indulgent cravings. If you already know how good Hans Im Gluck burgers are, then you’ll be pleased to know they’re opening a new outlet at Boat Quay. Sink into the simple pleasure of biting into a large, juicy burger patty, made from top-notch Australian beef, right on our scenic riverbank. Don’t think it’s only for carnivores though – there truly is something for every diet here. If you’re not a fan of meat, there are vegetarian and vegan options too. You can even go carb-free and swap bread for pieces of vegetables!