THE HOT LIST
Sadly some new restaurants did not make it into the book in time. Here are some new players that look set to impress in the coming months. Headlining the food and beverage offerings at JW Marriott Singapore South Beach is Akira Back, the eponymous restaurant of the Korean-born, Aspen-raised and Japanese-trained chef. Dishes here are an amalgamation of influences: Jeju red snapper with chojang and orange tobikko; the signature tuna pizza, comprising wafer-thin slices of bigeye tuna, ponzu mayonnaise, truffle oil and micro shiso topping; and our favourite, the linecaught Pacific halibut pan-fried to a golden crisp and married with a rich soy beurre blanc sauce. 30 Beach Road, Singapore 189763 Tel: 6818 1914
Owned by Konstantino Blokbergen, a chef, culinary consultant and Katong resident, Firebake’s main focus is its sourdough breads, made using traditional, artisanal European methods. They are baked in two woodfired ovens handmade out of 37 tonnes of brick, sand and mortar.
The sourdough breads here are hefty, hearty loaves, which are served alongside a menu of small and sharing plates of contemporary European cuisine. The cured salmon with dill and the mussels were excellent, and of course the range of breads—with its sweetly tangy flavour and soft yet dense texture—which is served with lightly smoked corn oil and fine butter. 237 East Coast Road, Level 1, Singapore 428930 Tel: 6440 1228
Occupying prime position on South Beach Avenue’s covered piazza lies Fynn’s, a casual modern Australian diner. We like the laidback vibe of the interior painted in warm tones, with rattan seats and sandcoloured marble tops.
On the dinner menu, handmade pasta like silky rivulets of crab meat taglierini are a delight to slurp up. If you’re only after nibbles, go for their small plates such as the juicy, pan-grilled Spanish octopus with lemongrass and apple spicy slaw. For dessert, try the chocolate semifreddo, embedded with Maldon salt and pink peppercorns. South Beach Avenue, B1-21, 26 Beach Road, Singapore 189768 Tel: 6384 1878
Hidden behind the recently-launched Fat Prince café and bar at Tanjong Pagar, The Ottoman Room dishes out New Middle Eastern feasts in opulence and decadence. Diners are treated to a mezze menu comprising a wide variety of hummus, including their signature Prince’s hummus with duck fat and lemon, and sweet potato hummus with chilli— this doesn’t require any order, and will be topped up throughout your meal. Be sure to order the apple-stuffed lamb shoulder, or the grilled fish with za’atar pesto and cucumber labneh. 48 Peck Seah Street, #01-01, Singapore 079317 Tel: 6221 3683