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Akira Back

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

Fire­bake

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

Fynn's

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

Ot­toman Room

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

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