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Start the year on a good note by visiting these newly opened establishments

Opening a new restaurant can be hard, especially in the middle of a pandemic where establishments face a lot of restrictions. Fortunately, many chefs and restaurateurs have pressed on, as evinced by the number of establishments that opened in the last few months. That said, what better way to start the year on a good note and support the local industry while having a delicious meal at the same time. 

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1. Rosemead

Taking over The Black Swan at The Quadrant is Rosemead, Jigger & Pony’s modern Californian fine dining restaurant helmed by chef David Tang. While its a la carte menu changes seasonally, gourmands can anticipate comforting Californian fare such as Pickering Passage oysters with salmon roe and horseradish; 14-day matured Long Island duck with apricot barley miso; and swordtip squid and mussel with green chilli harissa (green chilli paste). Book here

Rosemead, 19 Cecil Street, The Quadrant, +65 9781 9084

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2. Path Restaurant

Head chef Marvas Ng presents familiar East Asian flavours elevated with French finesse. Diners are invited to choose between omakase dining or a la carte sharing plates. A must-try from its a la carte menu is the signature butter-roasted soy-glazed French poulet served with Hong Kong scallion salsa and handmade vegetable rolls. The chicken is brined for 16 hours in a selection of Chinese herbs (including angelica root, codonopsis and Chinese lovage root) before it is generously slathered in unsalted European butter and roasted until crispy. Book here

Path Restaurant | 12 Marina Boulevard, Tower 3, #01-05/06 Marina Bay Financial Centre, S(018982) | 6443 0180

3. Tiong Bahru Bakery

Northerners can take a trip to this famous bakery’s latest outlet, conveniently nestled within Serangoon Gardens. Indulge in its popular sweet and savoury bakes, including its tangy lemon tart; dense and sweet kouign-amann (sweet Breton cake); and fragrant brie and roasted mushroom croissant. A crowd favourite is its roast beef croissant, which consists of tenderly sliced roasted beef, aromatic sautéed onions and roasted tomatoes,  embedded within a buttery homemade croissant. Order here

Tiong Bahru Bakery (multiple outlets) | 8 Maju Avenue, S(556686) | 6877 4890

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4. French Fold

This French crepe café, which serves indulgent crepes and galettes, is one of the latest additions to Palais Renaissance’s F&B offerings. Savoury lovers can opt for No.4; a crowd favourite, it features a wonderful combination of sunny side up, ham, sautéed mushrooms and comté cheese. These are encased within a crispy crepe. Have a sweet tooth? Go for the No.24, a soft and warm crepe topped with artisanal Manuka honey, roasted buckwheat seeds and Hojicha sea salt gelato. Book here

French Fold (multiple outlets), 390 Orchard Road, Palais Renaissance, +65 6908 3962

5. 5 on 25

Take a break from Western cuisine and try this new modern Cantonese establishment, located at Andaz Singapore. At the helm is executive chef Lim Hong Lih, who serves up refined Cantonese cuisine that emphasises fresh and sustainably sourced ingredients. Signatures include succulent Boston lobster poached rice ‘pao fan’ in aromatic lobster broth; deep-fried juicy king prawns and minced chicken; and double-boiled grouper soup with fish maw and wolfberries. Gourmands may opt for the tea and wine pairing menu, led by tea sommelier Li Guanyi and wine sommelier Helen Chong. Book here

5 on 25,  5 Fraser Street, Level 25, Andaz Singapore, +65 6408 1228

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