With characteristic cool, passion and verve, lawyer-in-training turned-chef and first MasterChef Asia winner Woo Wai Leong unveils his much-anticipated maiden dining experience, Restaurant Ibid.
Restaurant Ibid constitutes the culinary vision of Woo Wai Leong, lawyer-in-training turned chef and first winner of the inaugural MasterChef Asia season. Ibid draws the concepts of ‘from the same source’ (which ibid means in Latin) and ‘Nanyang’, which is characterized by an East-West sensibility and a constant search for origins and identity. From these dual inspirations comes Nanyang-style, Contemporary Chinese cuisine, a creative art form forged from Wai Leong’s own Nanyang heritage and Asian and Western culinary background. Housed in a conserved riverside shophouse and staffed by youthful ‘cross-trained’ kitchen and service talents, Restaurant Ibid is a seamless integration of concept, style and operation springing ‘from the same source’ embodied in the restaurant’s dynamic chef-owner.
Restaurant Ibid is housed on the first level of a shophouse in the Boat Quay precinct, where Chinese immigrants once traded on the Singapore River. Guarding the entrance are two external pillars bearing, in Chinese calligraphy, the name of the original landlord who traded in dried seafood. Visitors step into a hall with a feature wall of wooden traditional Chinese medicine drawers, highlighting the restaurant’s Chinoiserie theme.
The restaurant seats 14 at the bar and 40 at table, for a total of 54 guests.
Lunch, available from 14th May at Restaurant Ibid, sees an a la carte selection of Mains (Dong Po Beef Brisket with Plum Rice, Onsen Egg & Daikon Pickles), Sharing Plates (Chopped Kailan Salad with Roasted Garlic & Three Eggs) and Desserts (Acai, Chocolate Tofu Mousse, Fruits & Seeds).
Dinner features set menus with a choice of 4, 6 or 8 courses; highlights include Spring Onion Shao Bing with Yeasted Butter & Laksa Leaf; Egg Yolk Jam with Onion Soubise, Gingko Nuts & Tea Broth; Beef Short Rib with Black Garlic, Angelica Root, Black Fungus & Dehydrated Asian Pear; and Soy Bean Ice Cream with Toasted Sesame, Sarawak Pepper & Almond. There is also a selection of approachable yet distinctive wines, craft beers and pre-batched cocktails.
Feel the heat, sip on Mezcal, taste and share plates as you savour the flavours and move to the Latin beat.
So, question is. Who is Poncho???
Poncho loved life and had many homes around Latin America. He enjoyed great food, drinks, music, cigars and movies. His house was for everyone. Combining the best of all his casas, the Casa Poncho team bring his home to Singapore for you to enjoy!
Enjoy menu highlights like La Pluma - grilled Iberico pork pluma with caramelized pineapple or Dedos de Poncho - chilli cheese churros with jalapeño and cheddar. Or the Pulpo Ranchero - tender grilled octopus topped with chili ranchera salsa, pumpkin seeds and a dash of scallion oil.
Don't miss ordering a Mezcal-based cocktail like their signature La Margarita del Poncho.
The Salted Plum, formerly known as long-term pop-up Five Ten, has officially opened its doors at a two-storey shop house along Circular Road after much anticipation.
The name “The Salted Plum” was chosen with reference to the ingredient commonly used in Taiwanese cuisine. With striking blue hued walls and boasting a full view of the kitchen, The Salted Plum eatery is set to offer a casual, fun dining experience with mainly Taiwanese pop music from the 2000s playing in the background.
With an improved version of the Taiwanese tapas dishes that were well-loved at Five Ten, the intimate 98-seater has kept to its winning formula of dishes served at friendly prices of just $5 and $10.
The menu created by Chef Shawn Koh has undergone upgrades, following an extensive research trip around Taiwan, such as Taipei, Keelung, Taichung, Tainan and Kaoshiung, where he immersed himself in the local authentic dining culture and learnt traditional preparation methods from the Taiwanese.
Signature dishes include the Smashed Baby Potatoes ($5), a tongue-in-cheek take on the usual French fries. Here, baby potatoes are deep-fried, then smashed and sprinkled with a generous dose of salted plum powder. The popular Taiwanese Fried Chicken, a well-known street food, is marinated with soy and sesame, deep-fried, then served with nori mayonnaise ($10).
For a touch of luxury, the eatery also offers Live Boston Lobster ($25), steamed and with soy and sesame dressing, and also Slipper Lobster ($25) cooked with five spice during dinner. Limited portions, however, are available each week.
Sothys was the name the Ancient Egyptians gave to the brightest star in the sky; she symbolized to them eternal beauty. It is also a renowed french beauty brand and name of a family business that has inherited a long tradition of quality and excellence, based on human values and French production. Visit the new Sothys Premium Salon Boat Quay and pamper yourself with an authentic Sothys beauty experience.
Discover Sothys' wide range of beauty products to suit your skincare needs. The manufacturing of Sothys products is subjected to the most rigorous quality standards applied in the pharmaceutical industry.
Sothys Premium Salon Boat Quay's co-owner, Clara, is also the first and only Sothys Golden Badge Certified Facialist in Singapore.
DePizza wants to recreate a Pizza dining experience to allow people to enjoy Pizzas the way people in Singapore love to enjoy food.
Firstly the fusion of local flavours into the Pizzas which produced pizzas such as the Chilli Crab Manzza where the Pizza is done on an entire Mantou crust, the Nasi Lemak Pizza done on a Coconut Cream dough and the Sweet and Sour Pork or what we affectionately call "Gu Lou Yok" Pizza which is an Asian twist to the regular Hawaiian.
Their home-made sauces which include an explosive Garlic Sauce, a zesty Red Chilli Sauce, a fragrant Green Chilli Sauce and a tangy Tomato Ketchup. Heck, if you love spicy, they even serve up some Carolina Pepper Hot Sauce. Pair them with their Pizzas and you'd get a different experience with every bite.
Other dishes include their Mussels and Fish & Chips which come fresh from local farms and a wide range of Regular pizzas to satisfy your pizza cravings. Swing by 35A Boay Quay to look for them.
The Merry Lion, Singapore's only full-time comedy club is 'unofficially' open for business.
With a combined bar management and comedy event experience of over 4 decades, The Merry Lion is proud to announce that it opened it's doors this month and will be the hub of all comedy in Singapore, providing a dedicated space for audiences and performers to ensure everyone has a great time.
There are now weekly shows in the calendar until the end of the year and beyond. The Merry Lion's resident host is Scott Mitchell, is a Singapore Permanent Resident and has lived here for 14 years.
Click here to view the comedians already booked to perform in 2017. The show schedule is filling up fast.
The Merry Lion's grand opening will take place in early January 2018.
It needs some tender loving care. The basics are in - stage, lights, bar, seats, toilet and balcony. The plan is to make it the premier choice for visiting and local artists and ergo, the premier choice or comedy fans. They have launched a Kickstarter project to help make this possible.
Pledges start from as little as $2. Besides the usual t-shirt and tote bag, they've added a few exclusive items too.
WINE RVLT has evolved a lot from before.. now just called RVLT serving up tasty, wholesome and real food by chef Manel Valero.
WINE RVLT was Singapore’s first wine bar to have a clear focus on uncompromising natural wines.
RVLT started as WINE RVLT in September 2016 to be a constant evolution of the REVOLUTION to breakthrough from the mould, bringing a whole new experience to Singaporeans. Something different - never the same and always exciting, when it comes to your next bottle of wine. And in this spirit, they bring you the next evolution.
Version 2.0 will just be RVLT. Because life is simple, why complicate things right?
The Container is a tapas and cocktail bar that draws inspiration from the elements of earth, air, water and fire. It is also one of two specially curated concepts – Aburiya Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku and The Container Wagyu Tapas & Bar which are located side by side, right next to the iconic Singapore River on Boat Quay, offering a comprehensive Japanese Wagyu experience.
In Hokkaido, wagyu farmers all have a second ‘home’.
At the end of the day, they will gather in old, used containers which are converted into informal ‘bars’.
It is at the bars where they share anecdotes about their day’s work and their family (or how some miss theirs who live in other prefectures). They enjoy small plates of wagyu dishes, served up along with sake and beer. Sometimes, the farmers take turns to prepare their hometown wagyu specialities.
Laughing, bonding, over their stories. A place of camaraderie and friendship. This is a celebration of life. The Container is inspired by this experience.
At Aburiya, you will embark on a real Japanese Wagyu beef journey in more ways than one. Presenting to their customers a unique experience with two specially curated concepts – Aburiya Japanese Wagyu Yakiniku and The Container Wagyu Tapas & Bar are both located on Boat Quay, right next to the iconic Singapore River.
As believers of the “nose to tail” philosophy, the people behind Aburiya and The Container respectfully ensure that they use all the cuts of the Japanese Wagyu beef which they import to Singapore from their partner farmers, to minimise wastage and also to showcase the various unique cuts of the beef.
At Aburiya, they pride ourselves in delivering the perfect yakiniku experience.
They also import their own ‘bincho’, also known as ‘white charcoal’, from their own source. A Japanese tradition for yakiniku, grilling Japanese wagyu over ‘white charcoal’ imparts a special flavour to the slices of wagyu beef.
Located on the second storey of a Boat Quay shophouse, Bee Bee's is the oasis in the CBD with a view of the Singapore River and skyline. Named after the matron of his life, 22-year-old Bryan Kishore emptied his bank account to open up Bee Bee’s, a Tiki cocktail bar with elements of Peranakan fare - a beautiful fusion of Malay and Chinese cultures, and each one's favourite ingredients and cooking techniques. Get ready for nights filled with swagger, spice, and bad advice.
At Bonchon, you will find the best ‘hometown’ super crispy yet non-greasy original Korean fried chicken cooked to perfection. Their new outlet is now at the lively, vibrant riverbank stretch of Boat Quay. Enjoy a scenic lookout while indulging in their signature wings.
Bonchon is “my hometown” in Korean, and is a global Korean comfort food restaurant brand that originated from South Korea in 2002. Founder and owner Mr. Jinduk Seo spent years perfecting the distinct cooking technique and addictive sauces that have made Bonchon Chicken the well-loved global phenomenon it is today.
At Bonchon, you can find a good variety of authentic korean comfort foods. Their specially designed menu includes their famous Korean fried chicken dishes, as well as traditional, yet modernized Korean foods to satisfy your discerning taste buds.
The gastronomic stretch of Hong Kong Street, lined with the city’s top restaurants and bars, has a new company in Amò, the smart-casual Italian eatery and bar by established restaurateur-chef Beppe De Vito of the ilLido Group.
Amò continues the Group’s continuous mission to elevate the Italian dining scene in Singapore, by combining Italian traditions with contemporary innovation at a high perceived value.
The menu comes in sharing portions to encourage interaction, ranging from an assortment of antipasti, salads and sides, to pre-sliced pizzas and large mains such as Spaghettoni with Boston Lobster and Tarragon, Butter Roasted Golden Chicken with Grilled Corn Custard, Grilled Octopus with Friggitelli Peppers and Calabrian Chili Vinaigrette and Grilled Angus Beef Tagliata with Sunchoke Mash. Its House Cured Meats and Cheese Platter also features a selection of specialty salami by sister restaurant &SONS.
In true Italian hospitality, a relaxed bar welcomes Amò's guests on arrival at the restaurant for casual drinks and aperitifs. The beverage list boasts an all-Italian selection of wines, beers and spirit-forward cocktails. A hot spot for social drinks and corporate entertaining, the cocktail menu concentrates on refreshing coolers that are built on classic Italian tipples while an impressive rotation of up to twenty wines are offered by the glass using the Coravin system at any time.
Taking over a sprawling shop house that had its origins as a warehouse since the 1950s, the 90-seater restaurant celebrates the heritage of its location with its post-industrial design concept.
They have a private indoor dining room, specially carved out to host intimate occasions and gatherings for 12 guests.
Unique to the unit that houses Amò is an outdoor courtyard featuring a larger-than-life hand-painted wall illustration by local artist Venetia Stravens. The charming terrace accommodates up to 40 guests for dining under the stars.
Teepee Bar & Restarurant, is a new watering hole at Hong Kong Street for all your guilty pleasures, be it for lunch, dinner or afterwork drinks.
On Teepee's menu, you will see a selection of original cocktails by Matthew Chan (Certified Sommelier of the Court of Master Sommeliers, and former Head Sommelier at Bacchanalia), spiced kimchi beef burger, wagyu beef bowl topped with an onsen egg and more.
Braci is a modern, casual-luxe Italian open kitchen restaurant and a chic rooftop bar.
Perched on the top two floors of a newly-restored heritage shophouse by the Singapore River, Braci is the newest modern Italian restaurant and rooftop bar by renowned restaurateur Beppe De Vito. An exclusive Italian hideaway in the heart of bustling Boat Quay overlooking the river, the casual-luxe 16-seater open-kitchen restaurant and 30-seater bar features progressive Italian cuisine and classic cocktails that are reinvented through modern techniques.
With a name that literally means ‘ember’ in Italian, Braci’s menu is inspired by charcoal, the main cooking method, and draws upon this most primitive form of cooking to re-define and uplift classic Italian cuisine through the use of the Josper oven and the Japanese shichirin grill.
Headquarters by The Council is the new party home base for The Council, helmed by Eileen Chan aka DJ Cats on Crack and owner of KOI Izakaya, Clement Chin. The new space will host their Council series from Wednesdays to Saturdays, with Resident DJ Julien Brochard spinning electronic beats alongside other local DJs.
Known for their pop-up underground parties featuring local faves like Haan from CBD raving ground, KyÅ, to Berlin’s Kaiser Souzai, The Council’s recent party base hosts regional and international DJs who spin beats from house music, disco to techno. The Headquarters is then a no-frills underground club that is home to a community of music lovers with their signature parties and weeknight events.
You can even expect an experimental flair from their parties and not just a dark room with music, since they’ve turned streets into dance ï¬oors and shop houses into dancehalls. They've also brought parties to open-air carparks, secret villas and stunted rooftops.
The Prestigious is founded by Master Tailor and former President of the Singapore Master Tailor Association, Thomas Wong.
In an environment of outsourced manufacturing, The Prestigious keeps true to its traditions and roots, and demands that every commission be Bespoke made. Every single process is personally crafted by our skilled tailors and completed in-house. The Prestigious boasts an atelier within its retail premise and every commission is crafted onsite without being outsourced or transferred offsite.
Our tailors have all undergone years of rigorous training, and are mentored and personally supervised by Master Wong. Nothing is compromised - from the start to finish of the bespoke process, every detail is meticulously taken care of by the team.
The Prestigious has gained recognition and following, and now counts Titled Dignitaries and Captains of Industries amongst its exclusive list of ardent supporters.
Located at Boat Quay and tastefully decorated with an original Taverna theme, Gyromania welcomes everybody for a sensational and palatable journey of Authentic Greek Cuisine.
Originally the Gyro consisted of various cuts of meat (primarily lamb & pork, sometimes boneless chicken and beef) skewered on horizontal rotisseries. One of the reasons this Greek version of fast food was so popular is because the freshness - as patrons ordered the Gyro, the new layer began to cook from the rotisserie effect. So each order was fresh and the meat did not begin to cook until the next order was peeled from the cone of meat. Souvlaki has become one of the more popular fast foods in Europe and is now becoming popular in Singapore.
Ivory Coffee offers a new coffee break option for those working around the Boat Quay and Raffles Place area.
Grab a seat by the window and enjoy a quick break as you sip on their lightly sweetened Apple Cinnamon Coffee. The cafe has yet to finalise the menu as it is still in its soft launch period, but for now, there are all-day brunch choices like the Salted Egg Chicken Waffle and mains like the Beef Bacon Mac & Cheese. In the evening, the kitchen turns out small plates like Salted Egg Chicken Bites and Fried Mantou with Condensed Milk; these go well with a glass of cold brew Ivory Iced Tea or Slow Pressed Juice.
Dehesa (which in Spanish means “grasslands” – home of the Iberico pig) is an escape from the ordinary. The only front-runner of the nose to tail eating revolution in Singapore, it is the home of distinctive, made-from-scratch and robustly flavoured alternative cut and offal delicacies, as well as succulent classic cut specialities with a commitment to whole animal usage.
Chef-Owner Jean-Philippe Patruno (affectionately known as JP) sits at the helm of this innovative venture located on North Canal Road, which extends the thriving Hong Kong Street dining scene. Highly skilled and proficient in the culinary art of preparing and cooking alternative cuts, he unleashes an unabashed, unashamedly brazen dining experience that is far from the expected norms and waves goodbye to convention.
Empress at the Asian Civilisations Museum offers an elevated dining experience with authentic Chinese cuisine in a modern waterfront setting.
Located in the iconic Asian Civilisations Museum, Empressis a smart casual Chinese restaurant for guests who are looking to have an uplifting and lively dining experience. Offering a contemporary setting, with both indoor and alfresco dining options by the waterfront, Empress aims to make everyday a celebration with traditional cuisine, friendly service and a vibrant atmosphere perfect for socialising over some signature roast meats and drinks.
Looking for an unconventional private dining space? Empress' private dining room, Canton Room, provides the perfect balance of intimacy and vibe. Boasting spectacular views of the Singapore River and CBD skyline, Canton Room comfortably accommodates up to 14 guests and is the ideal venue for all events from business lunches to social dinners.
Boasting a breezy alfresco deck and stunning views of the colourful Boat Quay façade and Singapore River, Empress Bar (opening soon) is a casual waterfront bar ideal for drinks and cocktails. Grab a few friends and kick back while you indulge in interesting Asian-inspired cocktails and bar bites.
Founded in March 2010, My Little Spanish Place is inspired by the ‘meson’, a typical home-style restaurant often found in Spanish regions. Its philosphy is based on the Spanish saying, “Mi Casa es Su Casa”, which means “My House is Your House”. It boasts a full-fledged menu of Spanish home-style dishes and desserts, and offers Singapore’s most complete Jamon bar and a Spanish ‘Despensa’ (pantry).
Swing by this dive bar for a night of boisterous mayhem.
The founders (one of them is the man behind Spiffy Dapper) are a riot, and the only thing pretentious here are the magazines they use to hold their uniquely flavoured kacang putih – yes, that old-school Singaporean street snack.
Bloody strong tiki cocktails with a Singapore feel.