10 new restaurants and menus launching in October you should go to the next time you dine out

We often complain that we don’t know what to eat, and more often than not it’s because we’re always going back to our favourite food haunts.

To help you out the next time you’re having trouble deciding on what to have for lunch, we’ve curated 10 places you should dine at – these are either newly opened establishments or have released new menus that you should check out this month.

From authentic Italian cuisine to mouth-watering burgers and shakes, you’ll be spoilt for choice with a plethora of delightful seasonal items and exciting dining options!

Zafferano

Known for its spectacular views of Marina Bay from the 43rd floor of the Ocean Financial Centre, this Italian restaurant will elevate your dining experience with its new five-course Chef’s menu from head chef Andrea De Paola.

Inspired by his hometown in Naples, Italy, these courses aren’t just the celebration of authentic Italian cuisine, but also of prime produce and high quality globally sourced ingredients.

Gambero Rosso e Fegato d’Oca

The first course, Gambero Rosso e Fegato d’Oca, is a seafood dish made with the highly acclaimed Mazara del Vallo red prawn. Cured with fermented orange juice and lemon zest, then coated in shichimi and prawn rice cracker and topped with foie gras, this exquisite dish is sure to delight your taste buds.

Next up is the Tagliolini Granchio Reale, which features a house-made ‘tagliolini’ pasta and the Alaska king crab, accentuated with Calabrian chilli oil and fresh Amalfi lemon zest.

The Alfonsino

To highlight the delicate texture and rich taste of kinmedai, Chef Andrea serves the Alfonsino – a Kinmedai fillet grilled to perfection with chard and Delica pumpkin, and finished with coconut and Italian basil emulsion.

Reinterpreting the classic Italian pairing of beef and mushrooms with an Asian twist, the Manzo Giapponese is a charcoal grilled A5 Miyazaki wagyu beef striploin paired with girolle mushrooms cream, oven-roasted kalettes, and drizzled with timur berry jus. Spice-lovers, this one’s for you, because the precious timur berry shares the numbing spiciness of its Sichuan peppercorn cousins.

Lastly, the dairy- and gluten-free dessert, Foresta d’Autunnoh, offers contrasting textures of chocolate with fruity Valrhona Itakuja 55% dark chocolate, tonka bean cream, and dehydrated shimeji mushrooms.

The five-course Chef’s Menu is available for lunch and dinner at S$168++ per person, inclusive of amuse bouche (selection of canapes), petit fours, and coffee or tea. You may also complement your meal with a wine pairing of six glasses (100ml per glass) at S$128++ per person.

Zafferano is located at 10 Collyer Quay, Ocean Financial Centre, Level 43, S049315.
Make your reservation online via the Zafferano website.

Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro

Located at Faber Peak, one of the leading hilltop destinations in Singapore, Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro now offers guests a hilltop garden dining concept, enhanced by the natural surroundings of the hillside, for quality time with family and friends.

This October, you can indulge in botanical-inspired additions to the menu, family-friendly combos, affordable lunches, a limited-time-only PEAKnic set!

Arbora Rojak (left) and Caesar Salad (In A Jar) (right)

Executive Chef Kenny Yeo introduces a new menu that melds Asian and European influences. Drawing on the numerous papaya and mango trees that dot Mount Faber, Chef Kenny has refreshed a local rojak dish with shreds of papaya and mango for a fresh, fruity twist to create the Arbora Rojak (S$16).

Even the pickiest eater will be eager to dig in these creations – whether it’s shaking up a storm with the Caesar Salad (In a Jar) (S$15) or cracking into (literally!) dessert for a surprise.

Pineapple-glazed Pork Ribs (left) and Flower Pot Surprise (right)

The new menu also includes botanical-inspired mains such as the Pineapple-glazed Pork Ribs (S$28) and for dessert, a Flower Pot Surprise (S$16) to end your meal on a sweet note. The dishes lend themselves well to being shared between parents and children – kids will love the fresh, sweet bursts of flavour from the natural ingredients.

Arbora Singapore Dream Tea

F&B Manager and Sommelier Mohamed Yazid adds his magic in creating a garden-forward beverage menu, with a carefully curated selection of 10 premium tea blends, featuring the exclusive in-house tea blend (SS$6/pot). Inspired by the relaxing, natural foliage of Faber Peak, the Arbora Singapore Dream Tea features the sweet notes of wild berries.

Botanic Pineapple Boost (left) and Botanic Watermelon Boost (right)

If you prefer a mid-day tipple, good news! Two new refreshing cocktails join the line-up- the Botanic Pineapple Boost (S$12) and Botanic Watermelon Boost (S$12). These light, refreshing cocktails are perfect for Mum and Dad to take the edge off over a relaxing lunch!

Planning a day trip with the family? Arbora has got you covered with their new menu! Offering family combos, special lunch deals, and even a refreshed kids menu, there’s bound to be something for everyone.

Arbora PEAKnic Set

If you love the outdoors as much as you love the food at Arbora, you can pre-book at least a day in advance to take your favourites with you! Until 28 November 2020, pre-book an Arbora PEAKnic Set (S$78) and pick up a picnic hamper full of Arbora signatures, a picnic mat, and even a pamphlet of ideal picnic spots.

Packed with classic comfort food like Roasted Potato Salad, Cheese and Mixed Berries, and Homemade Meatball Burger with Tuscan Tomato Sauce, this picnic set is a feast suitable for three.

Arbora Hilltop Garden & Bistro is located at 109 Mount Faber Rd, Faber Peak, Singapore 099203.
Make your reservation online at Arbora’s website, or call +65 6377 9688.

Clove – Swissôtel The Stamford

Cheat day has never tasted better with Clove’s new casual concept: Burgers and Shakers. Everyone loves a great tasting, well-made burger! Indulgent on the outside, but packed with wholesome goodness within, Burgers & Shakers offers a wide variety of handcrafted burgers – plenty of plant-based protein options as well as creative combinations, delectable salads, irresistible thick shakes, floats and concretes, a wide selection of international craft beers, show-stopping sweets and an inspired kids’ menu.

The Chef’s Signatures include the Double Up (S$26), a double cheeseburger (one beer battered patty and one grilled), topped with pickled onions and chilli, cheddar cheese, bacon jam and parmesan aioli, and the Moo-CHAS Grass-IAS (S$18), a vegan delight consisting of an Impossible Meat patty and homemade chilli topped with guacamole, coriander and jalapeño mayonnaise, pickled chilli and lime yogurt sauce.

Non-beef options include the Mr. Gordon Blue (S$16), a creative take on a classic chicken cordon bleu, and the Princess Tilapia Van Aquaponics (S$22), sourced from the hotel’s very own urban aquaponics farm that was launched in October last year.

Avochendol

To complement the delicious food, Burgers & Shakers offers an equally indulgent and expansive menu of thick shakes, concretes and floats, as well as international craft beers. Taking inspiration from popular local ingredients, the Avochendol (S$14) pairs creamy avocado with gula melaka, jelly, azuki beans and coconut.

If you’re looking for an extra kick, a variety of boozy milkshakes (S$21) are offered in flavours like Vanilla with Wild Turkey Bourbon, Coffee with Plantation Original Dark Rum, and Earl Grey with T&T Wheat Vodka. A globally-inspired craft beer and wine list rounds out the beverage offerings to provide something for everyone.

Clove – Swissôtel The Stamford is located at 2 Stamford Road, Level 2 Swissôtel The Stamford, S178882.
View the full menu here and make your reservation via the Swissôtel The Stamford website.

2am:dessertbar by Janice Wong

Janice Wong is once again hitting the big screen and representing Singapore with her part in Ottolenghi and the Cakes of Versailles, a feature film released on 25 September. In celebration, Janice Wong is bringing her experience to the little red dot with the launch of her new high tea series, which will see the first edition pay homage to Versailles itself.

The Cakes of Versailles high tea menu will run every weekend at 2am:dessertbar from now until 1 November. Janice has collaborated with chefs from the film, Sam Bompas & Harry Parr and Dinara Kasko, as well as local chef, Mohamed Al- Matin, who have all created exclusive items for the menu offering.

Cakes of Versailles Quince Chestnut Lemon Cake (left) and the Dinara Cake (right)

Priced at S$45 per person, the menu features sweet treats including Prosecco raspberry Jelly from Bompas & Parr, Strawberry champagne Cake from Dinara, a selection of beautifully baked items such as pistachio and rose escargot from Al-Matin, as well as Janice’s Chestnut Quince Cake with Lemon Curd, Chantilly and Chocolate Chestnut Mousse.

2am:dessertbar is located at 21A Lor Liput, S277733.
Make your reservation via the 2am:dessertbar website or  TableAgent.

Resorts World Sentosa

From now ’till 31 October, whet your appetite for fright this Halloween at Resorts World Sentosa’s Malaysian Food Street and Pizzeria before heading over to Universal Studios Singapore and S.E.A. Aquarium!

Nasi Hantu

The Malaysian Food Street beckons with mouth-watering scary eats boasting local flavours, including the Nasi Hantu, a savoury kampung-style prawn fried rice complete with good “wok hei”, smoky chicken satay drizzled in peanut sauce and a fried egg shaped like a skull. 

Spooky Cookies

Little ones would love the Spooky Cookies, a fun cheeky treat of five adorable “ghosties” cookies in four locally-inspired flavours – Gula Melaka, Chocolate Chip, Coconut Pandan and Vanilla Butter.

The Watcher

RWS’ family-friendly Pizzeria will be whipping up Insta-worthy Halloween pizzas, pastas and cocktails that are scarily tasty.  Begin with The Watcher, a fresh green spinach tagliatelle tucked underneath a rich and tantalising beef Bolognese sauce, topped with creamy mini mozzarella cheese with a drop of squid ink “eyeballs” staring back at you as you devour them. 

For an eerie dish that allows you to indulge in your zombie fantasies, go for BRAAAINS!, a squid ink dough pizza layered with piquant tomato sauce that resembles red gore and splatter, topped with black olives, buffalo mozzarella cheese and “brains” that are actually juicy beef meatballs.

Other deliciously spine-chilling creations include Mummy Mia – a crispy bruschetta topped with tomato sauce, mushrooms, olives and “wrapped” with provolone cheese, and Web of Lies – a sweet spider web pizza topped with blueberry compote, vanilla sauce, rainbow sprinkles and mini marshmallows. 

Fiery Lick

Don’t leave before firing up your spirit with Fiery Lick, a wicked drink made with jalapeños, vodka and cranberries.

Enjoy a special promotional price of S$138++/ S$119++ for RWS members (U.P. S$161) when you order the Family Fright Bundle which includes Mummy Mia, Watcher, BRAAAINS!, The Blob – a soft and creamy dessert of a moss green mousse-like semifreddo, two beers and two sodas.

Malaysian Food Street is located at Resorts World Sentosa, 8 Sentosa Gateway, Waterfront, Level 1, S098269.
Pizzeria is located at Resorts World Sentosa, 26 Sentosa Gateway, #02-144 Hotel Michael, S098138.
Make your reservation for Pizzeria at the Pizzeria website or call +65 6577 6555 / 6688.

W Singapore – Sentosa Cove

The lavish resort is bringing back the kitchen table’s signature bottomless bubbly brunch now in à la carte buffet style with W Does Brunch! Feast to your hearts’ content as you delight in a wide array of international cuisine made from the freshest produce.

Start by cooling off with selections such as Alaskan King Crab Leg from the ‘Ice Bar’, and Burratina Salad topped with Italian Truffle shavings from the ‘Cold Counter’, before tucking into the ‘Egg-cellent’ menu, where contemporary twists elevate familiar favorites in the form of the Lobster Benedict topped with Italian Truffle shavings amongst others.

Dabble in indulgent grills from the ‘Hot Coal’ counter, such as Char-grilled Half Boston Lobster, Grilled Spanish Octopus, Pan-seared Foie Gras, Iberico Pork Secreto, Grilled Skirt Steak Frites and more.

Don’t miss out on the ‘Closer To Home’ selection, showcasing unique flavors guaranteed to awaken your taste buds with elevated local favourites like our Singapore Laksa, Lobster Pad Thai and Salted Egg Wok-Fried U10 Prawn.

Before you go, snag some cheeky treats from the ‘Sweet Ending’ segment, with everything from the sophisticated Saffron Milk Cake to the local must-have, Ice Kacang, the perfect way to end it all off.

W Does Brunch is available every Sunday from 12.30pm to 3pm (last order for drinks is at 2.30pm), at S$150++ (with free-flow champagne), S$130++ (with free-flow cocktails), S$110++ (with non-alcoholic beverage), and S$55++ (for kids between six and 11).

W Singapore – Sentosa Cove is located at 21 Ocean Way, Sentosa, S098374.
Make your reservation at The Kitchen Table website or call +65 6808 7288.

Luke’s Lobster

From left to right – Lobster Roll, Crab Roll, and Shrimp Roll

Hailing all the way from New York, seafood shack Luke’s Lobster has finally arrived in Singapore! Featuring a simple menu with three kinds of seafood rolls: the Lobster Roll (S$25.50), Crab Roll (S$23.50), Shrimp Roll (S$21.50) and a sampler of all three in Luke’s Trio (S$33.50), each split-top bun is slathered with lemon butter, mayo seasoning, and a generous quarter pound of your choice of seafood.

Luke’s Lobster is located at 350 Orchard Road, Shaw House Isetan, Scotts Rd, #01-K4, S238868.
View the full menu here.

The Salted Plum

This October, sink your teeth into The Salted Plum‘s new Taiwanese delights!

The Taiwanese casual eatery is unveiling a new menu of authentic Taiwanese flavours with a selection of favourites and household classics. This new menu is all about conjuring fond memories of digging into 小吃 (xiao chi or small eats) at the bustling restaurants or snacking while exploring the night markets in Taiwan, at affordable signature prices of S$5, S$10, S$15 and S$20.

Taiwan ‘Xiao Cai’ (left) and Braised Spicy Duck Wings (right)

Under the S$5 category, new selections include the Taiwan ‘Xiao Cai’ featuring spice-pickled lotus roots, bamboo shoots and seaweed to line the hungry tummies with a tangy pick-me-up. Braised overnight in The Salted Plum’s signature haus black gravy is the Braised Spicy Duck Wings for succulent and flavour steeped wings.

Fluffy ‘Cai Po’ Omelette (left) and XL Fried Chicken (right)

The latest additions to the S$10 section include the Fluffy ‘Cai Po’ Omelette, a fried egg option with salty and savoury morsels of pickled radish enveloped in a slightly runny egg fold that is perfectly crisp on the outside, as well as XL Fried Chicken – an adaptation of the street food classic, but juicier and thicker with a deep-fried slab of chicken thigh powdered generously in either the plum mix for a distinctively sweet and tangy crunch, or the classic salt and pepper mix that has been infused in preserved orange peels for hints of citrusy goodness.

Crispy Pepper Squid (left) and Steamed Sea Bass with Taiwan Berries (right)

New to the S$15 line-up are two dishes intended to introduce more seafood varieties for diners. Coated in light batter then deep-fried till crunchy on the outside, the Crispy Pepper Squid makes for the perfect accompaniment for post-work beer and grub. There’s also the Steamed Sea Bass with Taiwan Berries, a hearty plate of steamed fillets in a ginger soy dressing and caper-like manjack berries.

Assorted Bubble Tea

Launched alongside the new dishes to complete the quintessential Taiwan dining experience is a pocket menu of Bubble Teas that are all available at S$5. Packaged in a handy takeaway bag for easy grab-and-go, diners can sip on the classic Rose Infused Milk Tea with Brown Sugar Pearls, or opt for fruitier and refreshing profiles like the fruit-infused teas, accompanied with flavourful ‘pops’ to beat the heat.

The Salted Plum is located at Circular Road Outlet 10 Circular Road, S049366.
Make your reservation via the ResDiary website.

Mad About Sucre

While Mad About Sucre was hit hard by Circuit Breaker measures, the restaurant is now back in full swing!

The multi award-winning restaurant, patisserie and chocolaterie has relaunched with a whole new concept, evolving beyond being just a dine-in restaurant with the launch of a brand new, e-commerce enabled website, which includes items that are online exclusives.

With the re-opening of Mad About Sucre, you can expect a gastronomic dining experience that continues to stay true to their promise of only ever using finely-curated natural ingredients and organic flours, with no preservatives, pre-mixes and artificial ingredients.

Back with a whole new menu curated by Co-founder and self-taught chef, Eric Chan, you can expect seasonal flavours with a twist such as the Oxtail Stew simmered in Burgundy red wine (S$42), Wild-caught Barramundi with miso, garlic and spices (S$38) and French Foie Gras Pasta (S$42).

Also known for their pastries, cakes and chocolates, Mad About Sucre is re-opening with a whole new dessert menu specially curated by award-winning Chef & Founder Lena Chan.

To complement its revamped food and dessert menu, the restaurant has undergone a complete overhaul. Stepping into the space, you’ll be first greeted with a bright and cheery orange room where the pastries, cakes and chocolates steal the show, before entering the main dining room with darker colours complimented by Monet-inspired print chairs.

Mad About Sucre is located at 27 Teo Hong Rd, S088334.
View the full menu here and make your reservations via the Mad About Sucre website.

Blue Jasmine

Vegetarians and vegans, rejoice! Thai restaurant Blue Jasmine has expanded their selection of plant-based dishes – many of them now vegan. From bento boxes to comforting soups and small bites, Blue Jasmine’s options are sure to satisfy every craving and palate.

Each bento box boasts a flavourful main, vegetable, side dish, and dessert,three are delectable plant-based boxes created especially for vegetarians and vegans.

Vegetarian Fried Rice with Quorn Nuggets

A recently introduced bento, the Vegetarian Fried Rice with Quorn Nuggets (S$15), has both vegetarian and vegan options.

The bento includes satisfying deep-fried Quorn nuggets that flaunt a light,crispy batter, and fragrant fried rice with a variety of vegetables and egg, along with a serving of stir-fried seasonal vegetables and tofu, and mini mango sticky rice.

To make the bento vegan, simply submit a request to remove the egg upon order.

Heura Red Curry

One of the chef’s favourite dishes, the vegan Heura Red Curry (S$18) is a warm bowl of spice and comfort with a flavourful base of housemade red curry paste and coconut milk.

The curry packs a gentle heat but Blue Jasmine freshens the palate with sweet and sour notes of pineapple, grape and lychee together with plump Heura chunks.

This vegan curry comes in a bento box together with Blue Jasmine rice, crispy vegetarian spring rolls and mini mango sticky rice.

Quorn Meatball Tom Kha Gai (left) and Quorn Meatball Nam Sai (right)

For those who crave a nourishing bowl of warm soup that hits all the right spots, look out for Blue Jasmine’s vegan and gluten-free soups.

The Quorn Meatball Tom Kha Gai (S$16) boasts a rich housemade vegan tom yum stock simmered with coconut milk, fresh herbs, smashed birds eye chilli and lime.

If you prefer something with a little more kick, the Quorn Meatball Nam Sai (S$16) will do just that. Made from the same housemade vegan tom yum stock, but instead of coconut milk, onions and dried birds eye chilli are added for that extra spice!

These soups are accompanied with tender deep- fried Quorn meatballs, mushrooms, tomatoes and finished with coriander leaves.

Enjoy 30% off all dishes when you order via Shopify, and don’t miss Blue Jasmine’s 10.10 offer where you can get all ten of their bento boxes at S$10 each!

Blue Jasmine is located at 10 Farrer Park Station Road Level 5 Park Hotel, Farrer Park, S217564.
Order online via Blue Jasmine’s Shopify.

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