15 new menus & restaurants you mustn’t miss this May

With not one, not two, but three public holidays this month, it’s time to plan your month strategically to make the most of your days off. Lucky for you, AVENUE ONE has done the legwork to share with you what are the things to do this month as well as staycation deals you should snag for an extended holiday.

With your activities sorted, check out our round-up of gastronomical offerings that every foodie should try this month! We’ve got you covered with everything from an award-winning French restaurant’s first omakase-style four-course dinner and an all-eggs menu to Korean-Mexican fusion dishes that you can only order via a digital restaurant! Bon appétit!

Psst… You might also want to drop by the Museum of Ice Cream’s retail showcase pop-up at Design Orchard for some Insta-worthy moments – take a look at our pictures and you’ll know what we’re talking about!

1. La Takorea

La Takorea, the world’s first digital restaurant concept developed within 48 hours on The Apprentice, recently made its way to our shores offering island-wide delivery for its Korean-Mexican fusion dishes.

Conceptualised and executed by the reality show’s contestants in a challenge on Episode 4, the menu was created in collaboration with global food technology company TiffinLabs, featuring plant-based chicken from food-tech firm Next Gen’s first brand, TiNDLE, as the main ingredient.

The menu of eight TiNDLE dishes includes dumplings, tacos, and baos which you can order from various kitchen locations here.

2. Mad About Sucre

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Left: Cauliflower | Right: Barramundi and prawn with a sauce of seafood essence

At Mad About Sucre’s first-ever omakase-style dinner tasting menu, expect to savour a four-course experience prepared differently each day using the freshest seasonal premium ingredients like wild-caught barramundi and prawns, cheeks of pasture-raised beef, Greek anchovies, and caviar.

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Left: Spring | Right: Nana

Besides the omakase-style dinner tasting menu, the award-winning French restaurant, patisserie, and chocolaterie is introducing its Spring desserts that you can enjoy when you dine in or order online – gluten-free and vegan options available!

The Spring tasting menu is available from now until 29 May 2021 at S$78+ per person with only one seating available daily from Wednesdays to Saturdays at 7pm, so be sure to make a reservation here. For more details about the Spring tasting menu, click here.

Address: 27 Teo Hong Road, Singapore 088334

3. Blue Jasmine

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Left: Gaeng Som | Right: Sun-dried Chicken with Green Chilli

Blue Jasmine is known for serving authentic Thai flavours in the heart of Farrer Park, and its new menu this time ’round focuses on perennial Thai classics and much-loved Thai street food staples – all whipped up without pork or lard.

Irresistible new menu additions include Crispy Kang Kong (S$13++), Tom Sapp Beef Soup (S$24++)Cha-Om Crab Meat Fried Egg (S$22++) as well as Chang Rai Style Stir-Friend Basil Squid Kaprao (S$24++), but what we have our sights set on are the Sun-dried Chicken with Green Chilli (S$20++) and the Gaeng Som (S$26++).

The former is a popular northern Thai flavour featuring a whole chicken leg that’s marinated overnight in palm sugar, pepper, and fish sauce and dried in a combi oven at low heat (to mimic the traditional sun-drying method used in Thailand) before going into the deep-fryer.

Meanwhile, the latter (which is also known as Thai Orange Fish Curry) hails from southern Thailand and is an aromatic bowl of sea bass and half-ripe green papaya that are cooked in a spicy, tangy broth made from a chef’s special blend of yellow turmeric, fresh red chillies, lime juice, fish sauce, and palm sugar. Best enjoyed with a steaming bowl of rice to soak up the flavoursome gravy.

To wash down the spiciness, order the Ruam Mit (S$14++) which is a coconut milk-and-pumpkin dessert, and a glass of Housemade Thai Milk Tea (S$6++) which you can jazz up with boba pearls (additional S$2++).

Blue Jasmine opens daily from 11.30am to 10pm, make a table reservation here

Address: 10 Farrer Park Station Road, Park Hotel Farrer Park, Level 5, Singapore 217564

4. Tapas,24

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One of Barcelona’s most beloved restaurants has landed on our shores, and we couldn’t be more excited to take a deeper dive into the authentic Spanish cuisine offered by this award-winning tapas restaurant that’s helmed by Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellán.

Setting up shop in the buzzy Robertson Quay neighbourhood, the first Asian outpost of Tapas,24 is headed by chef Carolina Garcia Santamaria, who has over a decade of experience under her belt and is a protégé of Abellán himself, and her female-centric team of rising local chefs. In order to serve the most authentic Spanish cuisine in the new establishment, the team spent time training with chef Abellán in Barcelona, where they learnt more about the quality Spanish products used and sampled ample traditional tapas dishes.

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Staying true to the original concept, the menu at Tapas,24 Singapore focuses on traditional tapas with a twist, highlighting bold flavours in sharing-style plates. Must-try dishes include “Tapas 24” Bikini Sandwich (S$16) with black truffles, Ibérico ham, and buffalo mozzarella as well as Barceloneta’s Bomba (S$6), a deep-fried breaded potato ball with pork and beef filling, topped with Bravas sauce, and aioli. From the large plates section, go for the Paella de Gambas Al Ajillo (S$40), a hearty update to the classic garlic prawn dish (Gambas Al Ajillo), and Barbequed Ribs en Bosam (S$40) which serve up Josper-grilled ribs wrapped in lettuce.

Don’t leave without tasting the Roasted Eggplant Escalivada with Sobrasada (S$12), a cured sausage from Balearic Islands, and the Secreto Ibérico with Creamy Mashed Potato (S$26), which uses slices of the Iberian cut – arguably the tastiest portion – served atop creamy mashed potato and finished with chimichurri.

To complement your alfresco dining, you should definitely pick out a couple of alcoholic thirst quenchers to enjoy for the evening – choose from a variety of sangria-based creations, an extensive list of wines or a selection of Spanish Street cocktail pitchers (from S$58).

Tapas,24 officially opens its doors tomorrow (7 May). Click here to make a table reservation.

Address: 60 Robertson Quay, #01-04, Singapore 238252

5. Shake Shack

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Shake Shack recently opened its sixth Shack at Great World with the debut of a new limited-time Jalapeño Ranch menu that puts a spin on the classic American favourite and amps up the heat in a handful of Shake Shack classics.

The Great World outlet also has two exclusive Concrete flavours that you must have to round out your greasy meal – we especially liked the Berry Ferris Swell, a creamy delight with vanilla custard blended with tangy raspberries and cheesecake.

The all-new menu is available now at all Shake Shack outlets until 15 June 2021. Read more about it in our review here!

Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, Great World, #01-101, Singapore 237994

6. Crayon Shin-chan x Kumoya

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Left: Stars Hash Brown with Sweet Potato Mochi Balls | Right: Relaxing Onsen Pudding Parfait

The mischievous Crayon Shin-chan has arrived at our shores with his family and friends, thanks to an exclusive collaboration with Kumoya!

The cheeky yet kawaii menu, which is designed by Shirley Wong (a.k.a Little Miss Bento) together with the Kumoya kitchen crew, perfectly captures the young Japanese rascal’s naughty, prankster nature, with a decent selection of deep-fried snacks, main dishes, desserts, and beverages that will surely delight the inner child in you.

What’s more, there’s also exclusive imported Crayon Shin-chan merchandise that’s said to hit shelves this 17 May!

The Crayon Shin-chan x Kumoya pop-up has officially opened and will be available for a limited time only. Find out more about it in our review here!

Address: 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320

7. Heart of Darkness

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Heart of Darkness is a watering hole that’s been a go-to spot for craft beer lovers thanks to its unique combination of core brews as well as collaborations with local, regional, and global craft breweries.

The gastrobar recently expanded its fusion Vietnamese food menu, adding new tasty additions and an array of much more diverse booze offerings to complement its signature craft beer selection that has about 25 options – all of them proudly displayed in a row of taps behind the bar.

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Bánh Bao Gà

Dig into dishes like Bánh Bao Gà (S$14), an unassuming plate of minced chicken dumplings served with Thai sweet chilli sauce, or Bone Marrow (S$34), which is braised with garlic, rosemary, and thyme to become an ultra-decadent butter that no bone marrow lovers can get enough of.

Check out what else you need to try in our detailed review!

Heart of Darkness currently opens daily from 2pm to 10.30pm on Mondays through Wednesdays and from 12pm to 10.30pm on Thursdays through Sundays. To make a reservation, book online or contact Heart of Darkness at 6208 7940. Island-wide delivery and takeaway are available too, visit this page to place your order.

Address: 1 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089109

8. Winestone, Mercure Singapore on Stevens & Royale, Mercure Singapore Bugis

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Winestone, Mercure Singapore on Stevens

To further embrace a sustainable food and beverage culture, the restaurants of two Mercure Hotels in Singapore recently unveiled a Discover Local programme that champions hero ingredients from local farms.

To kickstart this journey, the hotels partnered with N&N Agriculture this April and May to spotlight a simple basic food item – freshly laid local eggs – in a variety of food and drinks.

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Fluffy Omelette Consommé (top) and 64 Degree Celsius (bottom)

At Winestone, we recommend you try the 64 Degree Celsius (S$16++) – sous vide egg in celeriac jus pomme purée topped with black truffle, porcini, and pea shoots. You can also opt for the Fluffy Omelette Consommé (S$14++), which is a fluffy omelette dish with salmon rillette laid on a bed of kombi consommé.

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Floating Island

While at Royale, order the Floating Island (S$12) which is a plate of poached meringue on a vanilla sauce with pistachio and mixed berries.

For the upcoming months from June to December, you can expect to indulge in unique dishes that highlight mushrooms from Kin Yan Agrotech (June/July), farmed ocean fishes from The Fish Farmer (August/September), and goat’s milk from Hay Dairies (November/December).

Winestone opens daily from 11.30am to 10pm while Royale opens for lunch from 12pm to 2.30pm on weekdays and 12pm to 3pm on weekends, and for dinner from 5pm to 10pm on Tuesdays through Sundays.

Winestone
Address: 30 Stevens Road, Mercure Singapore on Stevens, #01-09, Singapore 257840
Contact: 6491 6100

Royale
Address: 122 Middle Road, Mercure Singapore Bugis, Level 3, Singapore 188973
Contact: 6521 6030

9. Shang Palace

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In celebration of its 50th anniversary (together with the Shangri-La Hotel Singapore), Executive Chef Mok Kit Keung of Shang Palace has taken a leaf out of the history books – the 1971 launch menu itself – to create a special two-month celebratory menu that will take you on a journey into a grand and exquisite culinary past

A highlight that can be seen during this period only is three specially commissioned dim sum pushcarts, from which the Shang Palace team serves a curated selection of 50 nostalgic steamed, baked, and deep-fried favourites that will leave you wanting more.

Along with these delightful morsels, Chef Mok is also presenting a comprehensive à la carte menu showcasing 50 heritage and celebratory dishes like Traditional Barbecued Pork Roll with Chicken Liver in Honey Sauce (S$8 for 2 pieces), Double-Boiled Duck Broth with Coriander and Tangerine Peel (S$26), and Braised Four Kinds of Vegetables with Cheese Sauce (S$30).

As a gesture of appreciation to guests, Chef Mok has also included a Sweetened Red Bean Soup With 50-Year Tangerine Peel on the menu. This traditional red bean soup is fragranced with a prized 50-year tangerine peel and offered at just S$5 per bowl during the 50th-anniversary celebration.

The special two-month celebratory menu is available for lunch and dinner from now until 30 June 2021. Make your table booking here.

Address: 22 Orange Grove Road, Shangri-La Hotel, Lobby Level (Tower Wing), Singapore 258350

10. Cé La Vi

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Iconic rooftop destination Cé La Vi at Marina Bay Sands’ SkyPark now offers a new dining experience across the Restaurant, SkyBar, and Sky Lounge. The menu update by Group Executive Chef Joey Sergentakis presents an abundance of sharing-style dishes, all incorporating flavours and ingredients from across Asia.

Expect a diverse array of small, large, and premium sharing plates, including highlights such as the Marinated Big Eye Tuna (from S$30) accented with Sudachi ponzu, orange segments, pistachio, and avocado; the Thai-style Binchōtan Tiger Prawns with Coconut Clams (S$56) steamed with chorizo in a spiced lemongrass-coconut broth; as well as the Crown Roast of Maimoa Lamb (S$260), an impressive 1.5kg serving of premium New Zealand-sourced lamb served with spicy tomato compote and roast potatoes & rosemary.

A scaled-back version of the new Restaurant menu can be found at the Sky Lounge and SkyBar. Sharing-style platters are available for desserts too with the Chef’s Selection, a celebratory presentation of any dessert item served with fresh fruit and dry ice for theatre.

Place your reservation via the website. Alternatively, you can call Cé La Vi at 6508 2188 or email [email protected] to make a table booking.

Address: 1 Bayfront Avenue, Marina Bay Sands, Tower 3 (Hotel), Level 57, Singapore 018971

11. Goodwood Park Hotel

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Goodwood Park Hotel’s much-celebrated Durian Fiesta returned earlier this year in March and to mark its 38th anniversary this year, the hotel has rolled out the Mao Shan Wang Durian Swiss Roll (S$128 nett for 1kg) that has been dearly missed by durian fans.

The Durian Swiss Roll, a crowd-favourite previously launched in 1998 using D24 durian pulp, is now back better than ever as it now comes with the finest Mao Shan Wang durian filling.

Mao Shan Wang durian pulp mixed with fresh cream is spread generously on the vanilla sponge cake before carefully rolled up and lightly dusted with icing sugar to finish – a perfect afternoon indulgence if you ask us!

The Mao Shan Wang Durian Swiss Roll is available for takeaway or delivery only from now until 31 May 2021. You may place your order online for delivery or self-collection. Alternatively, you can call 6730 1786, email [email protected] or swing by The Deli which opens 11am to  7pm daily to place your takeaway orders for self-collection only.

Address: 22 Scotts Road, Singapore 228221

12. La Fez

Inspired by the colours and flavours of Morocco, La Fez invites you to feast on a Moroccan-inspired meal that’s always a treat for the senses.

Not only are most dishes nourishing for the body and soul, but the vibrant Arabesque flavours will also light up your taste buds. Plus, they all look really good for the ‘gram!

Reserve your table online here.

Address: 907 East Coast Road, #01-03A, Singapore 459107

13. Pastamania

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PastaMania, Singapore’s largest Italian casual dining chain, recently set up shop at Kallang Wave Mall and introduced new offerings on top of the signature PastaMania menu in conjunction with the store launch.

Dig into a selection of mouth-watering dishes from the Baked Series such as Beef Rendang Baked Rice (S$12.90), Ocean Baked Pasta (S$11.90), Beef Lasagne (S$13.90), and Chicken Lasagne (S$13.90) that are available exclusively at the new branch only.

The new Pastamania outlet operates daily from 11am to 10pm.

Address: 1 Stadium Place, Kallang Wave Mall, #01-21/K10, Singapore 397628

14. Republic

An exciting new food and beverage concept by The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Republic presents flavours, ingredients, and sensations inspired by the influential hallmarks of the 1960s – one of the most pivotal eras of the 20th century.

The bar celebrates four cultural epicentres of importance and meaningful change, represented by way of alluring cocktails that you can imbibe in as you enjoy the stories. If you’re feeling peckish, do not worry – the bar also offers afternoon tea, lunch, and dinner along with delicious cocktails.

Republic opens from 12pm to 11pm daily, book your table online here. Alternatively, you may call 6434 5288 or email [email protected] to make a reservation.

Address: 7 Raffles Avenue, The Ritz-Carlton, Millenia Singapore, Level 3, Singapore 039799

15. Roxy

A hidden enclave tucked in the back of Miss Fitz Kitchen & Bar, Roxy is a cocktail bar concept in the heart of Singapore’s CBD that’s inspired by the glorious back rooms as well as rock and roll nightclubs of Lower East Side Manhattan in the 1970s.

Every Wednesday of the month, guests are invited to rock out to Backstage Spirits, an ongoing series spotlighting a specially curated playlist of the selected artiste alongside a limited-run menu featuring two signature cocktails and a shot or boilermaker that are themed according to the band in collaboration with top spirit brands.

This month, you can check out the following line-up happening from 6pm to 8pm:

  • 5 May: Queen x Hope Gin
  • 12 May: Deep Purple x Smokey Monkey
  • 19 May: Series 8 x Angel’s Envy Bourbon
  • 26 May: Led Zeppelin x Stranger & Sons

Roxy opens every Wednesday through Sunday from 5pm to 10.30pm. To make a reservation, call or WhatsApp Roxy at 9382 5147 (click on the number to send a WhatsApp message). You can also book online here.

Address: 6 Marina Boulevard, The Sail at Marina Bay, #01-19, Singapore 018985

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