After a month of switching to food delivery and takeaway, F&B operators are once again shifting gears to reopen their outlets for dine-in from June 21. While it’s certainly sweet music to the ears of those who can’t wait to head out of their homes and catch up with friends over dinner (hello reservations, goodbye ‘dapao-ing’), it’s another stark reminder that the next trip out of Singapore isn’t happening too soon.
Fortunately, a slew of new restaurants has opened this year, and some of these venues come with stunning interiors designed to cure your wanderlust without travelling. Each of them will transport you to a different country while you are there. Ditch your passports, here are four hot addresses we can’t wait to visit.
If your last trip to France feels like a lifetime ago, well, you are in good company. Francophiles can seek refuge at Clos Pasoh, a contemporary French brasserie nestled in the heart of Bukit Pasoh conservation area. Past a long flight of stairs of the restored shophouse and you will arrive at a charming interior filled with lush greenery and gorgeous wallpaper and furnishings. Having seen the much-raved Pot-au-feu (French Beef Stew) – presented in a drip-coffee contraption – making its rounds on Instagram, this is one dish that is not to be missed. Chef Louis Pacquelin also impresses with his scrumptious reinterpretation of Bisque coco-homard, a traditional French lobster bisque, with steamed lobster dumplings and an Asian touch of Thai basil, kaffir lime, and coconut. And if the weather permits, enjoy a glass of Chardonnay at the charming outdoor terrace and decompress while the world spins on.
Clos Pasoh, 48A Bukit Pasoh Rd, Level 2, Singapore 089859
Socials: @Clospasoh (Instagram)
Clos Pasoh (Facebook)
You don’t need a plane ticket to Japan to enjoy an authentic omakase experience. We found ours at Araki in Orchard Plaza, a haven for Japanese food. The intimate diner is run by Chef Issey Araki, who paid his dues prior at Kyuu by Shunsui and Shun X Sakemaru. Fish, in its glorious varieties, is the highlight here, from the crispy fish skin in the Grilled Kinki Fish to the grilled nodoguro with a punch of smokiness served as Nodoguro Handroll Style.
Araki, 150 Orchard Rd, #04-23 Orchard Plaza, Singapore 238841
Socials: @araki.orchard (Instagram)
ARAKI. Orchard (Facebook)
Images of Machu Picchu will remain in our heads for now, but we are making a more accessible trip to Dempsey Hill to discover CANCHITA Peruvian Cuisine. Located by the edge of the Dempsey forest, CANCHITA’s interior concept is inspired by the Peruvian Amazonia so diners can fully immerse themselves in the ‘travel’ experience. A comprehensive repertoire of Peruvian dishes awaits, from the national dish of Ceviche, made with fresh raw fish cured in citrus juices, to the all-time-favourite, Alfajores, a popular Peruvian dessert with butter cookies, dulce de leche, and pineapple compote. There is even a ceviche bar housed within the premise that is dedicated to made-to-order Peruvian specialties. Drinks-wise, CANCHITA offers a wide variety of Latin American spirits and wines as well as pisco sour cocktails.
Dempsey Rd, 9A 9B, Singapore 247698
Canchita SG (Facebook)
Ahh, Morocco, how we have missed you. In the meantime, we are content to soak up the dreamy pale pink interior at La Fez, a Moroccan-inspired café and bakery, located in Siglap. Easties can indulge in their pretty pink desserts such as Pomegranate Rose Mille Feuille and Caramelised Banana Cake. Another highlight is their nous nous, which is a half-espresso, half-milk beverage served in a Moroccan glass. Enjoy high tea with your girl squad and take plenty of Insta-worthy photos to mark your long-awaited reunion.
La Fez, 01-03A 907 E Coast Rd, Singapore 459107
Socials: @wearelafez (Instagram)
La Fez Cafe & Bakery (Facebook)