5. M&S Café Singapore
Photo: M&S Café Singapore
If you’re a regular at the M&S Café Singapore (Fun fact: Opened in 2016, it’s the world’s first table service café by British retailer Marks & Spencer), you’d be happy to know that it has revamped its menu with over 20 new dishes you can try that include British classics and more.
These include lighter meals such as the Fish Finger Sandwich ($16) and Brie & Cranberry Sandwich ($14), and heartier options such as the Wood Fired Chicken & Mozzarella Pizza ($24) and Prawn Bhuna Curry ($23). There’s also a new Cheese Board ($21) for those who want to graze while hanging with their girlfriends.
Now available at M&S Café Singapore, #01-K2 Wheelock Place, 501 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238880, tel: 6235 2471.
The recently appointed executive chef of this grand space, chef Lachlan ‘Loki’ Lynch, has conceived a new menu to wow its diners (as though they aren’t impressed enough by the extravagant Great Gatsby-style decor). Ranging from cold selections to hot snacks to mains, specials and desserts, dishes are all European-influenced and created with fresh ingredients from the region. Highlights include a lamb kofta with beetroot yoghurt, bread crumb salsa and sumac onions under hot snacks. Four bite-sized lamb meatballs are topped with a crispy bread crumb salsa and served over a refreshing beetroot yoghurt and sumac onions, before being finished with a lemon dressing. Light and flavourful.
There’s also the classic French bistro dish of steak frites with bone marrow butter, capers, watercress and thin fries. A perfect cut of wagyu steak is topped with rich bone marrow butter with aromas of tarragon and worstershire sauce. Pan-fried in creamy French butter, the tender steak is served with crispy fries on the side.
For a palate cleanser, go with the traditional Greek mezze made from smoked cod roe, the taramasalata with radish, zaatar, green olive oil and bagel chip. Sprinkled with zaatar, an Eastern Europe spice mix containing sesame seeds, cumin and sumac, and drizzled with olive oil made from hardy mammoth green olives, it is served with radishes and crunchy house-toasted bagel chips.
Now available at ATLAS, Parkview Square, 600 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188778, tel: 6396 4466.
7. Udon Kamon
Photo: Udon Kamon
For something a little unexpected, try this bowl of tricoloured chilled udon, which Udon Kamon says is the first of its kind in Singapore. The udon specialty house has combined its three types of Sanuki udon noodles into one bowl: Udon Kamon’s original white udon; the green matcha udon, made with uji matcha from Kyoto; and the red chilli udon, made with Korean chilli powder.
Three intriguing new flavours are available — the Mentai Maze Udon (S$12.80++), which features the creamy and savoury mentaiko (spicy cod roe) and is topped with an onsen tamago, the Beef Shabu Shabu Bukkake Udon (S$13.80++) which incorporates tender and evenly marbled beef short plate imported from Australia, and the decadent Uni Maze Udon (S$19.80++) which has noodles coated with a luscious homemade uni sauce and is topped with creamy and savoury sea urchin from Hokkaido.
Now available at Udon Kamon, 3 Temasek Boulevard #03-315, North Wing (Tower 1) Suntec City, Singapore 038983, tel: 6266 5338.
8. Baan Ying Singapore
Photo: Baan Ying Singapore
Known for its authentic Thai cuisine in Singapore (BTW, it was granted the ‘Thai SELECT Premium’ award by the Royal Thai Government, which is usually awarded to restaurants that boast quality Thai cuisine, beautiful interior and outstanding service), you know you’d get nothing short of the full, genuine experience at this casual dining restaurant.
As part of a special ‘One Meal Around Thailand’ initiative, Baan Ying has come up with a number of set menus that incorporate flavours from the various regions in Thailand. Choose from three set menus for two ($58.80++), four ($128.80++) and eight persons ($298.80++). Dishes such as the aromatic Gaeng Hang Leh (Pork Belly Curry) and the smoky Khai Pam (Grilled Omelette) in banana leaf bowl from Northern Thailand; the tasty Soup Makuer (Spicy Thai Eggplant Dip) from North-Eastern Thailand; the addictively spicy Sator Pad Goong (Stir-fried Bitter Bean with Shrimp) from South Thailand; and the tangy, piquant Gaeng Som Pae Sah (Fried Sea Bass in Tamarind Soup) from Central Thailand will hit the spot with its complex mix of sweet, savoury and fragrant flavours.
All sets include a welcome drink, amuse bouche, four types of Nam Prik (Thai Chilli Dip) served with seasonal vegetables, Som Tum (Green Papaya Salad) with assorted toppings, palate cleanser shots of frozen Butterfly Pea and Coconut and Crème Brûlée Cha Thai (Thai Milk Tea Crème Brûlée). Wash all of that deliciousness down with some complimentary herbal tea to end the meal.
Available from July 9 to Sept 30 for lunch and dinner at Baan Ying Singapore, 103 Irrawaddy Road, Royal Square @ Novena, #02-07, Singapore 329566, tel: 9111 7852. Note that you have to reserve your sets one day in advance.