The Hainan Story, a 5-in-1 multi-brand Hainanese restaurant is now open at Hillion Mall. In tribute of the early Hainanese settlers who arrived on Singapore’s shores shortly after the British, The Hainan Story wants to preserve Singapore’s colourful food heritage while offering diners a wide range of delicious, traditional favourites.
Often affiliated with the F&B industry, the Hainanese community is widely known to brew the best coffee in town while cooking up a storm in the kitchen. At The Hainan Story, this legacy continues. Through its 5 different concepts, The Hainan Story features the work of numerous Hainanese chefs — both famous and up-and-coming — who work closely together to create comforting, nostalgia-invoking meals.
They say that breakfast is the most important meal of the day, and at The Hainan Story, they think the same. There, you’ll find old-school breakfasts done just right, with traditional Hainanese toasts that boast thick, fluffy buns with a pillowy-soft centre and wonderfully crisp crust — unlike the thin, flat toasts commonly found elsewhere.
Much effort was put into the décor of The Hainan Story to replicate the look and feel of traditional shophouses located at the old Hainanese enclave. The Hainanese enclave consisted of Seah Street (Hainan First Street), Purvis Street (Hainan Second Street) and Middle Road (Hainan Third Street).
From the red wooden arched window louvres to wired pendant lamps and vibrantly coloured signages, design elements are evocative of that era.
Don’t miss the chance to try well-known Singaporean celebrity Li Nanxing's recipes at the newly-launched Bakers & Co.
While known for his acting chops, the veteran celebrity actually has a secret cooking talent. The highlights at Bakers & Co. are the Ah Ge’s Curry Chicken Set and Ah Ge’s Dried Scallop Hae Bee Hiam with Croissant. Lovingly prepared using his family heirloom recipes handed down through generations, with Nanxing adding his own take to the dishes and generously sharing a taste of his childhood to all during this festive season.
Savouring these dishes always bring back fond and nostalgic memories for Ah Ge, who grew up enjoying them. The fragrant curry chicken is made even better when paired with a wholesome baguette! The breads at Bakers & Co., ranging from Blueberry Cream Cheese, Pizza Bread and Cinnamon Roll are also specially curated by him.
Diners can look forward to a slice of Japan in the Central Business District area as Japanese premium gourmet space, Gochi has opened its doors to the public.
Located at the bustling Capital Square on 23 Church Street, Gochi houses six different Japanese food concepts, ranging from Japanese heritage food brands to modern day treats.
Diners can enjoy a wide range of delectable Japanese cuisine at the new venue, with four new-to-market Japanese brands making their local debut, namely conveyor-belt sushi chain Chojiro, Italian-Japanese fusion restaurant Pronto, unagi specialty restaurant Unaemon and frozen fruit bar Paletas.
The well-loved leading luxury Japanese confectionery and chocolatier, Morozoff, which has three other outlets in Singapore (Plaza Singapura, Westgate and Jewel Changi Airport), has also set up shop at Gochi, selling its range of fine chocolates, best-selling cookies and cream cheesecakes. Hokkaido’s No. 1 soup curry eatery, Suage, which has two restaurants located at Capitol Piazza and Jewel Changi Airport, has an express counter at Gochi to cater to the busy CBD lunch crowds.
Tokachi Tontaro has recently opened its doors in Singapore at Plaza Singapura and OUE Downtown Gallery, bringing the brand's signature Hokkaido Grilled Pork Rice Bowl to Singapore.
A traditional Japanese dish adored by every local in Obihiro, Hokkaido, the Buta Don combines perfectly grilled slices of charred juicy pork slathered in mouth-watering Hokkaido specialty tare sauce and served atop premium Yumepirika rice.
In addition to the Regular Buta Don, Tokachi Tontaro serves two other unique variations of the classic dish - Spicy Tomato and Miso Buta Don. Each pork bowl can be customised down to the amount of spring onions and black pepper for a fully personalised gourmet bowl. A range of delectable side dishes including Hokkaido Imomochi Cheese and Hokkaido Crab Cream Croquette are also available to complete each meal. Tokachi Tontaro looks forward to sharing the taste of Hokkaido’s Signature Buta Don with you!
Monster Curry is a fast-growing Japanese Curry restaurant chain here in Singapore. They have a total of 10 outlets, with their Suntec City, Bugis Junction and JEM outlets being the latest to the family. These 3 outlets were established within a short 2-month period between June-July.
Be mesmerised by the distinct flavour made from fresh fruits, a unique Japanese curry with selectable spiciness level coupled with a range of assortments on a whopping plate size of 34cm in diameter!
Monster Curry’s sauce contains up to 14 different spices and vegetables and requires up to two days to cook so as to bring out the “Umami” to its fullest.
SAMA Curry & Cafe at the new Downtown Gallery serves authentic Japanese soup curry. Get ready to taste the furiously delicious soup curry in 30 different levels of spiciness - measured in “bears”, from baby bear to adult bear and crazy bear.
SAMA Curry & Cafe opened its first store in Hokkaido in 2004. Today, there are 10 SAMA outlets in Japan mainly in Hokkaido, Sendai, Tokyo and Fukuoka. Also available in Hong Kong and now in Singapore.
Following a major revamp, Indian fine dining restaurant Yantra is back in business with celebrity chef Hemant Oberoi at its helm.
Yantra is a trendy and chic fine dining restaurant, offering Indian cuisine with inventive recipes and alluring flavours to stimulate the palate and gratify the senses. This exquisite restaurant is ideal for intimate events and large corporate functions with elegant alfresco seating and private dining facilities.
The open concept kitchen, a key feature of the restaurant, displays 4 large custom-made Tandoors which are impeccably laid out behind a glass enclosure. Guests can enjoy watching the chefs whip up breads and meats whilst enjoying their aperitifs. The restaurant has an indoor area of up to 7,000 square feet and an alfresco area of over 4,000 square feet.
Introducing the new contempory Indian Cookery - Indline.
Offering meals consisting of mean curries and phenomenal naans, Indline combines the comfortable and laid back atmosphere of a contemporary Indian cookery with a dynamic service option. Indline is ideally located to cater busy lunch crowd and intimate dinner gatherings. It caters to both the quick-bite patrons and to those who want to enjoy a more leisurely feast.
Diners can choose to opt for Indbox, where they can customize their meal from an array of choices of curries/tikkas/kebabs, dals, salads, naans and rice; if they prefer to have a lighter meal they could either choose a Salad box or the Kati Roll the Indian wrap.
For those who are not in a hurry and want to savor the delights of our chef’s cooking, the a la carte menu offers a lineup of traditional Indian dishes like the Lamb Rogan Josh or the Vegetable Jaipuri. The a la carte menu also includes a variety of snacks, soups and desserts.
Chef Ajim Khan - Former Executive Chef of The Copper Chimney is a native from Kolkata with more than 25 years of experience helms the kitchen. Following authentic and wholesome recipes passed down from generations, chef Khan focuses on simple food with intense flavors, similar to the food he grew up with in India.
Every meal is prepared fresh by hand daily with exceptional ingredients with no added colors or MSG.
Experience modern Indian cuisine with an innovative interpretation by renowned Chef Patron Abhijit Saha. Saha’s menu offers an array of eclectic flavours originating from the rich culinary tapestry of various Indian regions, recreated with a twist.
SAHA by award-winning Chef Abhijit Saha presents Regional Indian cuisine with modern techniques of avant-garde gastronomy and international aesthetics.
The upscale sister brand of ThaiExpress has undergone a major makeover and is ready to make its grand unveiling in the heart of Orchard Road. Kaffir & Lime offers an exquisite dining experience, using premium and wholesome ingredients, resulting in a new menu of sumptuous Thai cuisine yet set at affordable prices.
The former space has been dismantled, rebuilt and upholstered to provide a warm and inviting ambience. Details like the menu, plates, utensils and uniforms have also undergone a complete change. In addition, the unit is now segmented into two, with one area designed to suit groups of families and friends while another side caters to couples and business meetings. The centerpiece of the store feature 3000 pieces of orange aluminum forming a “wave” hanging from overhead.
One of the highlights in the new menu include the Crispy Soft Shell Crab with Battered Morning Glory. The morning glory, coated with our chef’s special batter of curry powder, tom yum paste and other secret ingredients, before being deep fried to a golden brown, is best savored ever-popular crispy soft shell crab dipped in our homemade Kaffir & Lime sauce.
Another signature dish is our Deep Fried Whole Seabass with Kaffir & Lime Trio Dip. Excite your taste buds with the golden brown “flying fish” dipped in sweet, savory and sour sauces.
The Massaman Curry, awarded the top dish in the world by CNN in 2011, will also be served at Kaffir & Lime with our rendition of the recipe which contains more than 20 ingredients being cooked for many hours to perfection.
They have also brought back the fan favorite Chiang Mai Chicken Wings – deep fried chicken wings sprinkled with crispy basil leaves and fragrant garlic flakes with the new menu. And of course, evergreens including the Phat Thai Seafood, Tom Yum Soup, Thai Mango Salad, Thai Basil Minced Chicken served with Jasmine Rice and many more will be served.
Two new mocktails, the Kaffir Spicy Mango Sparkle and Lime & Blood Orange Cooler, named eponymously after the revamped restaurant, will also be making their exclusive debut.
1933 invites you to step into a time portal and take a trip back to the 1930s where cultures converged. Enjoy the finest renditions of 1930s cuisines such as Hainanese Kampong Chicken Rice and Nanyang Curry Chicken in a bread bowl, as they marry Asian flavours with Western influences for a unique Southeast Asia regional style.
Our signature milkshakes is your ticket to the 1930s Magnolia Snack Bar at Capitol. Escape from the hustle and bustle of the city and forge new identities at 1933.
FYR Cycene Ond Drinc (pronounced as FIRE Kitchen And Drink) is the newest casual dining restaurant in central business district.
Against the backdrop of Chinatown’s historic allure, FYR promises an intriguing experience that harks back to a simpler time. Rustic décor and storied wall murals lend the restaurant a distinct olden-day charm. Even its moniker is as old as time — it is the etymology of fire. Fire is one of the most important elements in life, especially in cooking. They aim to peel back the layers of complexity to produce food that can bring you a lot of joy.
All of FYR’s cuisines and dishes are whipped up using the Josper Charcoal Oven. This culinary practice pays tribute to a time when food was cooked atop wood chunks and over a roaring fire. The chefs of FYR use lychee wood, which gives the dishes a wonderful smoky note that is tinged with sweetness.
FYR purveys an array of authentic, modern cuisines that perfectly captures the European culture. The chefs opt for herbs and spices found in the Southeast Asian region and use them to enliven the dishes. The dishes, varying from grilled meat to seafood, will be an instant hit with Singaporeans, who possess an inclination towards spicy food.
Some of the mainstays at FYR include: Baked Freshly-Shucked Oysters: noble sweet paprika, roasted garlic, chilli padi, spring onion and calamansi all lend a distinctive quality to the fresh and succulent oysters. Grain-fed US Holstein Cow Ribeye 365 Days: this glorious slab of ribeye, cooked to perfection, comes with house salad with java curry dressing and a choice of either buttered cassava or mashed potato.
Whole Maine Lobster: this gigantic lobster, sprawled across the plate, is bound to turn heads. The aroma of the shallot lemongrass béchamel will also waft through the air and whet appetites. Seafood Linguine: tossed with al dente pasta is a potpourri of seafood ingredients as well as lobster bisque, laksa leaves and Thai basil.
Wash these great cuisines down with FYR’s special concoctions. The Apple Rosemary is a delightful blend of fresh apple juice, fresh rosemary and infused lemon syrup. The tangy Lime and Mint is a mix of fresh lime, mint leaves and mint syrup, and will help to cleanse palates.
The Ginger Lemongrass, made with lemon tea, fresh ginger and lemongrass, will help to invigorate senses. The sweet Hibiscus Mint features hibiscus tea, fresh apple juice and infused mint syrup.
Another unique concoction that FYR offers is Grilled Fresh Fruit Juice – expect a rich and caramelized flavour as the bartenders grill the seasonal fruits before juicing. Merrymakers can also quaff the restaurant’s fine selection of red and white wines.