Chinese New Year may have been a quieter affair this year but opportunities to catch up with your friends are always welcome. What better way to introduce adventure into your meetups than by exploring new places? Here are four newly opened places for you and your amigos to sit back, unwind, and get reacquainted over good grub:
Cong Ngot Vietnamese Dessert
Looking for something a little more unique than your usual dessert suspects? Cong Ngot breathes fresh life to the local food scene with specialty Vietnamese desserts.
Located at Bugis, Cong Ngot uses ingredients that are imported from Vietnam to craft a variety of cold desserts, including Vietnamese Chendol and Lotus Charm, as well as the Vietnamese King Dessert, featuring red rubies, coconut milk and fresh durian paste. Those who prefer warm desserts will enjoy the Black Sweetness, a thick black bean-based dessert with slivers of jelly.
Open till 3 a.m. on Fridays and Saturdays, it’s a great option for a post-dinner sweet treat and late-night suppers.
Address: 520 North Bridge Road #01-01, Wisma Alsagoff (Bugis)
Sunday – Thursday: 3 p.m. – 11 p.m.
Friday – Saturday: 3 p.m. – 3 a.m.
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Modern European cuisine meets Asian flavours with Moonbow, a new restaurant in the heart of Dempsey Hill. Helmed by Chef Heman Tan, a ceramist, triathlete and celebrated chef, Moonbow brings over 38 years of his culinary expertise to the table, along with his passion for the arts.
Look forward to an exquisite array of dishes served on handcrafted ceramics, in a cosy and intimate setting – perfect for date night. Steak lovers will appreciate the Tomahawk de Swine, which features an untrimmed 4-day aged young pork tomahawk chop glazed with barbeque sauce, and served with caramelised lime and pineapple compote.
Those looking to splurge for a special occasion can also try their Weekday Set Dinner Menu ($79 for four courses, $99 for five courses, subject to GST and service charges), which features a variety of small and big plates for you to experience a wider range of Chef Heman’s specialities.
Block 10 Dempsey Road, #01-21
Monday – Friday:
11.30 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (Last order at 2.30pm)
6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. (Last order at 9.30pm)
Saturday – Sunday:
10.00 a.m. – 3.00 p.m. (Last order at 2.30pm)
6 p.m. – 10.30 p.m. (Last order at 9.30pm)
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Set of Six
Inspired by Joseph Conrad’s Set of Six, a collection of stories about his time in the British Merchant Navy, Set of Six is an 1870s-themed bar in Craig Road.
The menu features 12 cocktails divided by stories, with each drink seeking to bring the characters in the stories to life; for instance, the Orchard Smash, a tempting citrus concoction of French cognac and dry curaçao, draws influence from “The Duel – France”, a story revolving around an exciting duel between two lieutenants.
Plush seats, sleek wooden panels and subtle lighting lend the space an air of mystery, sophistication, and old-time charm, with eclectic elements such as a private room hidden behind a secret door, with a “Call for Champagne” button that is reminiscent of a speakeasy. The perfect space to embark on new adventures with fellow cocktail connoisseurs.
20 Craig Rd, #01-01
Tuesday – Sunday: 4 p.m. to 10.30 p.m. (Closed on Mondays)
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Alchemist The Mill
Located in The Mill, a neo-gothic industrial building in Jalan Kilang, Alchemist’s fifth outlet is in a stunning space that pays homage to building’s style with a Victorian-inspired interior. Renowned for their selection of coffee, the cafe serves up brews such as the Dark Matter, a comforting cuppa with nutty notes, along with the Mocha, Pourover, and Black and White coffee options. Iced versions are also available for those who wish to beat the heat. Sip away your afternoon while admiring the magnificent chandelier over the bar, and pair your caffeine fix with a modest choice of pastries from The Bakehaus.
5 Jalan Kilang, #02-02 The Mill
Monday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Wednesday – Sunday: 9 a.m. – 6 p.m.
Closed on Tuesdays
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