From yakitori to contemporary French cuisine, these are the six places to eat right now.
The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar
Having already expanded his global food empire to Asia with successful restaurants in Hong Kong, Tokyo, and Shanghai, it was only a matter of time before international food celebrity and Michelin-starred chef Jean-Georges Vongerichten turned to Singapore. At The Dempsey Cookhouse & Bar, part of the handsome new COMO Dempsey development located on the site of old British army barracks, Vongerichten opts for a casual, communal dining approach. The menu features a number of the chef’s signatures— including his indulgent caviar creations—alongside other dishes, like lobster with saffron tapioca and passion fruit, that have been given a refreshing Asian twist.
Don Ho Social Kitchen & Bar
Arguably Singapore’s hottest food ’hood, the Keong Saik Road area shows no signs of slowing down with the March arrival of this raucous restaurant from local party planners Sunshine Nation. Decked out, as its name suggests, with leafy plants and tropical designs, Don Ho focuses on modern Australian cuisine divvied into share-friendly plates like ox-tongue sliders, ash-cured ocean trout pastrami, and smoked sweet potato hummus. With one day’s notice, large groups can feast on a four-kilogram suckling pig roasted whole. Don Ho’s tropical theme extends to the cocktail list, too—sip the Coco Bongo, a mixture of passion fruit, elder flower and vanilla syrup, vodka, and St-Germain.
It’s all about the yakitori at this trendy new joint festooned with pop art and located in the pretty strip of vintage shophouses on Tras Street, a popular after-work hangout. Launched by local celebrity Adam Chen and the team behind “secret” rooftop car-park bar The Great Escape, Birders chars its chicken, pork belly, and other skewers in an open kitchen over charcoal grills. The proteins are complemented by a short but considered menu of small plates that includes curry croquettes, liver mousse, and egg tempura.