8 new cafes and restaurants in Middle Road you must try

April 07, 2017
  • 8 new cafes and restaurants in Middle Road you must try
    1 / 9 8 new cafes and restaurants in Middle Road you must try

    Looking for a place to eat in Middle Road is not a problem. The question is, what to eat?

    Finding an answer is now more difficult as a new crop of eateries has opened there recently.
    These new restaurants include Hotel G‘s Ginett, a bistro-wine bar, and 25 Degrees Burgers & Liquor Bar, which opened in February.

    There is also Chinese restaurant Song Garden, which opened in Mercure Singapore Bugis last December.

    Other newcomers include Sbam, a fusion vegetarian cafe in Fortune Centre; and Mellower Coffee, a Shanghai-based coffee chain. Both opened in February.

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  • Sbam
    2 / 9 Sbam

    What: The name of this month-old vegetarian cafe stands for Spice, Brew And Masala. The cosy eatery serves fusion food – dishes from Chinese and Malay cuisines cooked with spices such as cardamom and saffron.

    Popular rice bowl sets (from $6.90) include “prawns” coated in a fiery sambal; cashew chilli gong bao “chicken”; and nasi lemak that comes with soya-based “fish” and rice or belinjo crackers, made from gnemon tree nuts.

    It also serves pasta such as spicy “tuna” pasta and snacks such as potato gyoza. Diners can help themselves to a free flow of beverages.

    Where: 02-05 Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road
    Open: 11am to 8pm (Mondays to Saturdays), closed on Sundays
    Info: Call 9625-4434 or go to www.facebook.com/sbamrestaurant

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  • Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar
    3 / 9 Kappou Japanese Sushi Tapas Bar

    What: This Japanese casual restaurant serves sushi, sashimi and Japanese small plates. Its omakase-style menu starts at $68 for five courses.

    Chef-owner Aeron Choo, who has worked in Japanese restaurants for nine years, offers tapas-style dishes made with seasonal ingredients from Japan.

    A highlight is onsen tamago, egg yolk and salmon roe topped with caviar and winter truffles. Seafood items include botan ebi and bluefin tuna. Complement the meal with rare Japanese tipples such as Junmai Ginjo Aiyu Dry sake and Nomura golden plum wine.

    Where: 02-10A Fortune Centre, 190 Middle Road
    Open: 6 to 11.30pm (Mondays to Saturdays), closed on Sundays
    Info: Call 9170-4583 or go to www.facebook.com/pg/KappouJapanesesushitapasbar

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  • Ginett
    4 / 9 Ginett

    What: Clink your glasses to one of the more wallet-friendly happy hour deals in town.

    This chic bistro-cum-wine bar offers about 70 French wines, with prices starting at $6++ for a glass of 2014 Domaine des Hautes Ouches.

    To go with the tipples are charcoal-grilled dishes such as Angus sirloin beef ($22) and pork belly ($16) cooked over apple wood. It also serves cheese and cold cuts, pasta and salad bowls. A two-course set lunch costs $18++.

    Where: Level 1 Hotel G, 200 Middle Road
    Open: 7am till late daily
    Info: Call 6809-7989 or go to www.facebook.com/pg/ginettsingapore

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  • 25 Degrees Burger & Liquor Bar
    5 / 9 25 Degrees Burger & Liquor Bar

    What: This burger joint from the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel in Los Angeles is located in Hotel G.

    The swanky 40-seat burger bar is named after the difference in temperature between a raw and a well-done burger patty. Burgers made with USA Angus beef are the main draw and there are five ($14 each) to choose from.

    Number One is piled with creamy crescenza, gorgonzola cheese, caramelised onions and bacon, while Number Four has seared yellowfin tuna and fried onions on a bed of butter lettuce.

    Diners can also customise their burgers with more than 30 sides and condiments (from $9.50 for a turkey-based burger). For drinks, there are milkshakes and spirits such as gin, vodka and rum. The lunch set ($18++) comprises a burger, fries and beer or soda.

    Where: Level 1 Hotel G, 200 Middle Road
    Open: 11am to 11pm (Mondays to Thursdays), 11 to 1am (Fridays and Saturdays), closed on Sundays
    Info: Go to www.hotelgsingapore.com/dining/25-degrees

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  • Song Garden
    6 / 9 Song Garden

    What: This 120-seat restaurant serves contemporary Cantonese cuisine. Signature dishes from executive chef Wong Shea Nung include roast chicken on a bed of beancurd skin (from $25++); and lamb rack stuffed with diced cod, served with honey-black pepper sauce ($22++ a person).

    Dim sum highlights include pan-seared otah siew mai ($6++ for four pieces) and steamed chee cheong fun with chunky prawn filling ($6++).

    Where: 02-01 Mercure Singapore Bugis, 122 Middle Road
    Open: 11.30am to 2.30pm and 6 to 10pm (weekdays); 11am to 3pm and 6 to 10pm (weekends)
    Info: Call 6521-9299 or go to www.mercure.com/A0D7

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  • Mellower Coffee
    7 / 9 Mellower Coffee

    What: This Shanghai-based coffee house chain has opened a 4,000 sq ft flagship shop here that has a retail gallery and barista bar, where latte art and coffee-blending workshops will be held later this year.

    Signature brews include Sweet Little Rain ($9.80), which has a cloud of candy floss hovering over a cup of coffee; and Ondeh x Latte ($9.80), which has coconut milk and pandan served with a shot of gula melaka coffee. Or for something stronger, go for its coffee cocktails such as Guinnespresso ($9.80) with whisky, espresso and lemon juice.

    Where: 01-01 The Prospex, 108 Middle Road
    Info: Call 6255-0820 or go to www.facebook.com/pg/Mellower-Coffee-Singapore-1813999808866034

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  • Captain K Seafood Tower
    8 / 9 Captain K Seafood Tower

    What: This restaurant offers seafood cooked in steamers stacked in three to nine tiers. The five-tier set ($128.90 for four people) contains scallops, prawns and shellfish.

    Juices from the steamed seafood drip into a pot of kombu dashi at the bottom tier, which can be used later as a steamboat broth.

    Popular a la carte add-ons include Sri Lankan crabs ($9.80 for 100g). This 6,500 sq ft outlet can host events for up to 70 people.

    Where: 01-00 Midland House, 112 Middle Road
    Open: 5.30 to 10.30pm (Mondays); 11.30am to 3pm and 5.30 to 10.30pm (Tuesdays to Thursdays and Sundays); 11.30am to 3pm and 5.30 to 11pm (Fridays and Saturdays)
    Info: Call 6255-5744 or go to www.captainksg.com

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  • Follia
    9 / 9 Follia

    What: This 45-seat restaurant serves hearty Italian fare. Popular dishes include thin-crust pizza with toppings such as burrata and Parma ham ($30). Other dishes include squid ink pasta ($26) and braised veal shank with risotto ($36).

    Desserts include tiramisu ($12) made with seven types of alcohol. It also offers a daily set lunch menu that starts at $8. The service charge and GST are waived.

    Where: 01-23 Waterloo Centre, 261 Waterloo Street
    Open: 11am to 10pm daily
    Info: Call 9799-3661 or go towww.facebook.com/folliasg

    Related: 5 new family-friendly restaurants to try this weekend

    A version of this article first appeared in The Straits Times
    (Photos: The Straits Times, Facebook.com/CaptainKmiddleroad, Facebook.com/folliasg, Facebook.com/MellowerCoffeeSG, Facebook.com/25DegreesSG, Facebook.com/MercureSingaporeBugis, Facebook.com/ginettsingapore, Facebook.com/KappouJapanesesushitapasbar)

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