Award-winning craft beer brewery Heart of Darkness from Saigon, Vietnam has relocated their taproom to a new space on Keong Saik Road.
With high demand for a bigger, better and badasser location, a major upgrade was needed. Heart of Darkness 2.0 brings the same good vibes and hospitality guests have come to expect, now just bigger and better! Guests can now enjoy 25+ craft beers on tap along with a wide variety of wines, creative beer cocktails and a full kitchen cooking up delicious western fusion tapas.
In the heart of the taproom, the centrepiece of the space, a large mural brings to life a Dragon and Merlion intertwined over a setting sun, emphasizing the collaborative nature between Vietnam and Singapore. A local Singaporean visual artist Tobyato (also known as Toby Tan) teamed up with the Heart of Darkness creative team in Vietnam to help bring the two countries identities together, paying homage to the iconic Vietnam brewery in the Singapore bar.
Heart of Darkness is a privately held company that was founded in 2016 in Saigon, Vietnam with the focus on becoming Asia’s premiere craft beer brand. Inspired by the American craft beer scene, Heart of Darkness produces over 100 new beers a year. All the while maintaining the highest standard of quality, consistency & availability. The Heart of Darkness brewery is located in Saigon, Vietnam and distributes throughout Vietnam as well as internationally in Hong Kong, Singapore, Taiwan, Cambodia,Thailand and Finland. Additionally, Heart of Darkness operates two flagship gastropubs, one in Saigon and the other in Singapore.
Vietnamese craft beer pub Heart of Darkness has moved out from Tras Street and is taking over the premises of Neon Pigeon on Keong Saik Road.
Some people say they make the best craft beer in Saigon, Vietnam. Enter the Darkness and decide for yourself...
Heart of Darkness is all about duality. Good and evil. Sane and insane. Big, bold, crafted brews that will challenge the way you think about beer. Thirst quenching, session beers that will have you bouncing off the walls. Hop bombs that will give you a kick-to-the-teeth, while still being still balanced and smashable. Whatever your taste, they’ve got it…. Browse their unique brews here.
After bringing in Tsuta, the world’s first one Michelin-starred ramen eatery, to Singapore and expanding the chain to 7 stores in 4 countries all under 2 years, businessman Brian Chua is hungry for more. Through Gourmet Food Holdings, an investment company which Brian founded, he is investing into Mrs Pho with the hopes of bringing the brand international.
The authentically humble pho restaurant operates on the tribute to its founder Hoang’s mother, grandmother and aunts, the women who selflessly feed their family out of love and whom he crowns as the best cooks. Mrs Pho serves up homemade communal style Vietnamese classics derived from Hoang’s family recipes, so they taste just like how his mother used to make them. All ingredients in their making are proudly sourced from Vietnam as well.
Growing up as a refugee in Australia, food was the string home to Hoang’s roots, the same one which he now hopes to share with the world through Mrs Pho. That is why everything continues to be made in-house, from the broth and sauces to its range of unique house-made drinks.
Their partnership has birthed the latest Mrs Pho outlet in VivoCity, Singapore’s largest retail and lifestyle destination. This outpost marks the first Mrs Pho in a shopping mall, the first of many more which Gourmet Food Holdings has set its sights on growing worldwide.
Two very special dishes were unveiled at the launch – an exclusive creation by the original Mrs Pho, as Hoang’s own mother is affectionately known, who graced the event with her presence for the opening. Mamma’s Chicken Ham are irresistible slices of minced chicken marinated with spices, steamed in in banana leaf and then fried for extra flavour. A traditional snack in Vietnam, its flavours explode with each bite especially when had with its special sweet and spicy dipping sauce, perfect to go with beer. They are also the perfect addition to the Moc Noodle Soup, a hearty clear noodle broth, sweetened with slices of fresh onion.
The rest of the meny features flavours of Hoang’s childhood with appetisers like the Mrs Pho Cockles that presents succulent cockles tossed in fragrant garlic and pork lard, as well as the Fresh Star Fruit and Beef Salad, where tender slices of beef is served with fresh star fruit for a zesty balance. The Grilled Lemongrass Beef Sticks is also a good contender with chunky beef marinated in lemongrass essence for a touch of freshness.
The must-order at Mrs Pho is the Special Beef Combo Pho, a warm, hearty bowl of silky flat rice noodles in a rich beef soup, accompanied generously by lean cuts of beef, beef balls, tripe and more. Crunchy beansprouts, mint leaves, sliced chilli and onion make it a meal that’s as balanced as it is heartwarming. The Hue Special Beef Noodle Soup also shines the spotlight on beef while the Mrs Pho Dry Noodle Combo allows you to savour the delicateness of the restaurant’s house-made noodles.
Wash it all down with house specialty drinks like refreshing Coconut Smoothie, Yoghurt Cooler and a popular Vietnamese favourite, the Saigon Salty Lemonade. For a sweet end, the Cream Caramel will seal things with a syrupy sweet kiss while the Avocado Smoothie wraps things up on a creamy note. As an option, you can also have the traditional Vietnamese drip coffee as an add-on to the smoothie for an extra buzz.
In Mrs Pho, Brian found authenticity and character of food served from the heart, and has chosen to invest and help expand the chain to international waters. Likewise, Hoang appreciates Chua’s sincere and fearless approach in taking a small ramen shop and bringing it to international success while maintaining its core qualities and hopes to see the same for Mrs. Pho.
This new outlet takes on a quirkier vibe true to Vietnam’s booming street art scene back home, featuring a graffiti wall by an upcoming Vietnamese artist for an interactive element. The dining area reflects your typical Vietnamese household with lanterns and bamboo beads. All furniture and fixtures are flown in from Vietnam, too, for a true feel of home.
A visit to Mrs Pho promises to transport diners to Hoang’s home and childhood, through the food, ambience and restaurant spirit.
Some people say they make the best craft beer in Vietnam. In fact, they’ve been rated the best Brewery in Vietnam by Ratebeer for the past 2 years. Enter the darkness in Singapore APRIL 2019 and decide for yourself...
Heart of Darkness Brewery on Tras Street is all about duality. Good and evil. Sane and insane. Big, bold, crafted brews that will challenge the way you think about beer. Thirst quenching, session beers that will have you bouncing off the walls. Hop bombs that will give you a kick-to-the-teeth, while still being balanced and delicious. Whatever your taste, they’ve got it….
Their taproom is a communal eating and drinking experience, built around a vibrant, passion-filled menu and their tasty brews. They’ll have 20 taps on-site with 10 tried-and-true flagships, and 10 rotator taps - there will always be something new to tickle your taste buds. They put a whole lot of love into every brew, and their relentless pursuit of quality means that they use only the finest ingredients from around the globe. They are prolific brewers - having brewed over 220 different styles of craft beer since we opened in October 2016. A hoppy twist to a porter? Easy. A 10% ABV, 70 IBU Pilsner?! True story. A 123 IBU Indian Pale Ale? Definitely! Each and every beer is brewed to the same amazing standard of quality. Every. Single. Time. It’s their brewers’ mastery of balancing hops, malts, and yeasts that ensures quality and consistency.
There at Heart of Darkness, they’re all about the good life... Great food, even better beers and amazing service. Like their Facebook page to find out more about when they're opening... It won't be long now!!!
Arteastiq Group’s new Vietnamese culinary concept, Paper Rice, takes diners through the country’s rich gastronomic history through a careful study and integration of the cuisine’s signature clean, exotic and robust flavours.
A collaboration between Arteastiq’s award-winning Executive Chef Yip and Vietnamese-born Chef Minh, the extensive menu presents nostalgic classics such as the hearty Pho, smoky street-style grill and Vietnamese drip coffee, as well as other traditional and uncommon Vietnamese delights such as the Nem Lá»¥i Huáº¿ (Grilled minced pork lemongrass skewers from Hue), the Mì Quáº£ng (Speciality pork noodles from Da Nang) and the Cà Phê Trúng (Traditional egg coffee from Hanoi).
An all-day dining destination, Paper Rice also offers Singapore’s first Vietnamese-style high tea sets featuring colourful traditional snacks, desserts and pastries served alongside your choice of Vietnamese coffee or Arteastiq’s signature teas.
At So Phô, the fresh ingredients chosen give the food its authenticity. Together with the friendly staff plus relaxed setting, the whole dining experience is enhanced. They are passionate about sharing the most original delicacies with Vietnamese food lovers.
Other than the classic Chicken or Beef Pho, you can also enjoy Grilled Beef with Mango Salad, Summer Rolls, Imperial Spring Rolls, Hanoi Fish Fillet with Lemongrass & Dill, Vietnamese Curry Chicken with Bread and many more at So Phô.
A group of Singaporeans, visited My Banh Mi Saigon (MBM Saigon) in Ho Chi Minh City and were deeply impressed with the flavourful yet healthy range of food MBM Saigon provides. The lingering taste inspired them to bring it nearer to home, by collaborating with MBM Saigon to open its first ever Asian outlet outside of Vietnam, in Singapore’s Tanjong Pagar Centre.
My Banh Mi Saigon (MBM Saigon) is a family business managed by Celebrity Chef Bobby Chinn's father, Frank Chinn. Together with Vietnam’s well-known European chef Andreas Ertle who has opened restaurants globally from New York to Moscow, the specialty sauces and roasting processes of the quality meat being used by MBM Saigon was developed.
MBM Saigon is fully committed to its objective of providing its valued customers with food products representing “Wholesome, Flavorful, Value”. Since its inception, MBM Saigon has garnered numerous good reviews on TripAdvisor, and has been awarded the TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence 2016 and is now recognised as Vietnam’s #1 Banh Mi.
ComNam Vietnamese Street Eats is back at Raffles City. With a brand new look and menu, they bring to the table some of the most iconic dishes from the streets of northern, central and southern Vietnam.
Staying true to its roots, the dishes at ComNam are inspired by traditional recipes which have been influenced by both French and Vietnamese gastronomy.
Their BÃºn tÃ´m cháº£ cÃ¡ Háº£i PhÃ²ng hails from Hai Phong — the northern coastal region known for its abundance of fresh seafood — the noodles are simmered in a flavourful seafood broth and topped with fresh giant king prawns, prawn cake slices, and pork leg slices.
At MOC Restaurant & Bar, they will bring to you authentic Vietnamese food as seen on the streets of Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam. They believe that the best chefs in Vietnam are on the streets cooking in their makeshift stalls which they spent their entire adult life mastering that one dish. Opening soon at Greenwood Avenue.
For the past 3 years, they have been meeting the Vietnamese street chefs and learning from them their secret recipes. MOC's ingredients are brought over from Vietnam weekly where they fly over personally and hand-carry back to Singapore. They have even imported a whole oven and flour just to re-create the famous Banh Mi!
Pho Street offers a vibrant dining ambience serving authentic Vietnamese Street delights from iconic Pho selections, an array of street snacks to crusty Banh Mi. Their latest outlet is now at Ocean Financial Centre.
Led by their Vietnamese executive chef, Pho Street’s tantalising creations promises to whet diners with the vibrant flavours of authentic Vietnamese dishes.
Savour a piping hot bowl of Pho with tender beef slices, served in a light and flavourful broth that has been boiled for long hours to extract the natural goodness of marrow-rich beef bones.
Miss Lok is a fun contemporary asian hot pot and noodle bar serving up classic regional offerings with a modern spin.
It is not just a restaurant; but rather a crazy place where street food, cocktails and music meet to create a unique culinary experience, all with a touch of naughtiness.
Be sure to indulge in some lok lok sticks (dishes on skewers), dipped into your wide variety of aromatic broths. Mix and create your own unique dips from the open sauce bar or order some speciality dips created by Miss Lok, such as the salted egg yolk and Nam Tom dips. Check out the side dishes which are inspired by popular street hawkers fares found along the alleys of Japan, Korea, Thailand, Malaysia and China.
Unwind over the selection of Asian craft beers or sip some sake shots with party friends or savour some freshly squeezed juices to detox before/after the big night out. If there’s still room, do order a MakPowPow, their take on the popular young coconut dessert commonly found along the streets of Thailand.
A Global Chinese concept, Lokkee (pronounced as 'Lucky') is a witty and cheeky play on favourite Chinese recipes which have been given a unique tweak to include a dash of Western influence. This genre of Chinese cuisine, often defined by chow mein and fortune cookies, is reinterpreted and elevated here through fresh, top quality ingredients, and clean flavours.
Lokkee aims to add diversity to Singapore’s restaurant landscape and celebrates the style of cuisine commonly found in Chinese restaurants dotted across major cities such as New York, London and Sydney. Created by enterprising Chinese immigrants, it is an appropriation of the food from their motherland, adapted for diners in their new environment.
Lokkee is designed to tap on the growing audience of well-travelled Singaporeans for whom the idea of Chinese food for a Western audience is associated with being in a buzzing cosmopolitan hub.
Làng Nuöng Viá»‡t Nam means Vietnam BBQ/Grill Village. We are the first traditional Vietnamese BBQ restaurant located at the heart of Singapore, 18 Foch Road along Jalan Besar.
At Làng Nuöng Viá»‡t Nam, they aim to emulate the hustle and bustle of the busy Vietnamese streets, which provides the perfect backdrop for them to serve delicious Vietnamese BBQ in their street styled concept restaurant. Customers will experience first-hand the famous Vietnamese “street-food” charcoal-barbequed gourmet meat that can only be found in Vietnam. The meat is marinated in a range of homemade Vietnamese sauces and will be the first of its kind in Singapore.
The ambiance should be reminiscent of the typical conditions in Vietnam where such food outlets thrive. Hence they have all the furniture, Clay Stoves, cutlery, signage and even all the fans are imported from Vietnam to bring out the culture and feel. A mixture of Vietnamese popular new and old songs will be played too. Barbeque is by old-fashioned barbeque clay stoves from Vietnam which are slowly diminishing over time.
As for the food, all the special dipping sauces, ingredients for the secret marination they are using imported sauces from Vietnam as well so as to achieve their actual awesome taste of Vietnam.
Tonkin was, for centuries, the name of a fertile delta of the Red River known as the northernmost region of Vietnam. This is where their casual dining experience begins, where bright flavours, fresh textures and rich aromas converge in every healthy bite.
More than escaping into the past, they celebrate a living legacy—much like Hanoi’s 36 lanes that began a thousand years ago and still flows with trade, craftsmanship and everyday life to this very day. Spices from far away awaken ingredients harvested just this morning. Recipes handed down from one generation to the next come alive as simple comfort fare through modern approaches and techniques. Vintage charm enriches a contemporary atmosphere where you may dine quickly or linger as you wish.
ArtBlue Studio has opened a new space in the heart of the vibrant Tiong Bahru neighbourhood.
Founded and headed by Phuong Nguyen, a Vietnamese national, residing in Singapore, they strive to provide a bespoke, personalized service which is unparalleled.
Their personal connections with many of Vietnamese’s most established and up-and-coming artists, combined with their personal approach, ensure that they can to offer you the best possible access to some of the most exciting artworks coming out of Vietnam.
Their philosophy is to work closely with museums, galleries and private clients to ensure satisfaction. This is achieved through one-on-one consultations, private viewings and regular invitation-only viewings events.