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Don’t be a creature of habit and head to these newly opened establishments for a taste of their delectable offerings

It’s a great time to be a gourmand in Singapore. Three months into 2022—and despite the Omicron variant still raging in the community—the dining scene is still getting back on track with a slew of new restaurant openings. Here are five worth checking out.

1. Goho

In the mood for Japanese food? F&B group Proper Concepts has launched Goho, an omakase joint inspired by the five important elements in preparing a kaiseki meal. These are colours (goshiki), methods (goho), flavours (gomi), senses (gokan), and considerations (gokan no mon).

There are three menus to choose from—Sakura (nine courses), Umire (11 courses) and Ume (13 courses). Opt for the latter and feast on decadent creations like the poached awabi (abalone) placed atop a bed of sushi rice accented with liver sauce, bafun uni and sea grapes; and Mt. Goho, a towering pile of uni, Wagyu beef, toro, snow crab legs, ikura and caviar that’s served in a glass dome.

The menu is complemented by Japanese-focused cocktails created by Diageo World Class 2016 champion and co-owner Boo Jing Hen. Beers, wines and non-alcoholic beverages are also available. Book here.

Goho, 53A Duxton Road, S(089517)

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2. White Marble

White Marble is chef Otto Weibel’s ode to the Mediterranean. Drawing cues from his travels in the region, he has crafted an extensive menu that brings the beautiful flavours of Spain, Portugal, France, Morocco and the Middle East to this side of the world. Following the culinary philosophy of this cuisine, dishes are crafted with the season’s best bounty and prepared with simple cooking techniques that let the ingredients shine through.

Offerings here are better shared, so gather your family or friends and feast on appetisers such as roasted butternut squash, chargrilled octopus, and broccolini and fine green beans. These whet the appetite for the mains to come, and one of the signatures is the prawn bucatini puttanesca. This well-loved Italian pasta is entwined with a luscious sauce concocted with fresh cherry tomatoes, capers, olives, garlic, prawns and anchovies. Book here.

White Marble, 1 Tanglin Road, 01-09 Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, S(247905), +65 9772 9434

3. Roberta’s Pizza

Who can resist pizzas? Not Beyonce and Jay-Z, and definitely not us. That is why we’re ecstatic to report that another pizza institution from Brooklyn, New York—which is has drawn celebrities like the aforementioned power couple—has opened its doors at Marina Bay Sands.

It is famous for its Neapolitan style pizzas which have a thin crust and chewy cornicione (edge of the pizza). For the die-hard fans, you’ll be glad to know that most of the signatures are available in the Singapore menu.

Get started with the classic Margherita with a tomato base topped with mozzarella and basil, or get cheesy with the Famous Original loaded with gooey mozzarella, sharp parmigiano and smoky caciocavallo, as well as oregano and chillies. 

Roberta’s Pizza, 2 Bayfront Avenue, S(018972) 

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4. Estate

There are many reasons to visit the newly opened Hilton Singapore Orchard, and one of these is the all-day dining restaurant Estate. Director of Culinary Vijayakant Shanmugam and his team showcase culinary experiences and flavours from around the world, as displayed in their open kitchens.

Taste the briny flavours of the sea when you head to the raw and seafood section, heaving with freshly shucked oysters, tiger prawns and black mussels. Or, satisfy your meaty cravings at the grill kitchen with the likes of black miso chicken and Wagyu beef kofta. But if a bowl of piping hot Cantonese-style Wagyu beef noodles is what your tummy truly desires, you’ll find that at the noodle and wrap kitchen. Book here.

Estate, 333 Orchard Road, Level 5, Hilton Singapore Orchard, S(238867), +65 6831 6270

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5. Les Bouchons Rochester

Experience joie de vivre with a meal at this French stalwart’s new outpost at Rochester Commons. Of course, the signature steak frites and steaks are available, but there is also a plethora of new and exclusive dishes to try.

Among these are the foie gras terrine served with onion chutney and toast; French mushroom soup doused with truffle oil; and French heirloom beetroot salad. Keep in mind—these are just the appetisers. Enjoy the variety of mains, which include the grilled beef Wagyu onglet; and grilled lamb chop flavoured with herbes de Provence. Pair these delectable dishes with your choice of pour from the curated wine list, comprising over 100 Old and New World labels. Book here.

Les Bouchons Rochester, 10 Rochester Park, Rochester Commons, S(139221), +65 6904 8972

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