Cover Situated at the entrance area, the Officer's Club is luxe and welcoming with the use of rich reds Photo: Courtesy of Firangi Superstar

Besides dishing up a gastronomic fare, these chic new restaurants in Singapore also serve a dose of charming interiors

This article was first written on April 13, 2021, and updated on July 13, 2021.


As challenging as the pandemic has been for restaurants around the world, the blitz of restaurant openings in Singapore continues—these new dining venues in Singapore also make a striking first impression with their stellar ambience and stylish interiors.

If you’re celebrating a special occasion, or perhaps if you simply would like to treat yourself to an indulgent meal, keep these debonair restaurants in mind for your next feast.

See also: How Singapore Fared at the Asia’s 50 Best Restaurants 2021 Awards

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Naeum

Craving a taste of South Korean cuisine after watching a slew of popular Korean dramas? Head to modern Korean restaurant Naeum at Telok Ayer for an elevated dining experience. Helmed by former Kimme head chef Louis Han, Naeum promises to deliver contemporary Korean dishes that are intricately crafted.

The modern Korean restaurant features a minimalistic and contemporary interior, crafted by homegrown spatial design consultancy Drawn. A soft palette with champagne hues and light brown tones create a charming interior, while dried flower bouquets and light wood accents add a stylish touch. Various pendant lighting fixtures that create a comforting glow. A range of seating options, from the counter bar to cosy nooks, beckons one to take a seat and bask in the alluring atmosphere as they sample the chef’s unique creations. 

Naeum | 161 Telok Ayer Street | naeum.sg

See also: New Restaurant Alert: Chef Louis Han to Open Korean Restaurant Naeum on July 1

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Firangi Superstar

Firangi Superstar, the latest restaurant to shake up the scene at Craig Road, is set to transport you on an otherworldly journey with both its delectable food and vibrant interiors. The modern Indian restaurant is the newest member of The Dandy Collection’s group of restaurants. Designed by senior director Michael Goodman and lead designer Piya Thamchariyawat of EDG Design, the maximalist interiors of the restaurant set a dramatic backdrop for your gastronomic journey.

The 93-seat venue is split into four dining spaces that each holds its own vibrant charm. Entering the establishment, one would be first greeted at the Officer’s Club, a lounge located next to the restaurant's reception area. With a rich colour palette consisting of sultry burgundy and rust hues, the inviting space imbues a sense of warmth. Antique rifle replicas and vintage-style photos create a sense of nostalgic charm. The main bar area within the space also features an eye-catching peacock-themed textural wallcovering from Santorus.

Heading further into the restaurant will lead one to the Old Railway Room, a private dining area that has been designed in the style of a train carriage. Vintage wallpaper and brass fixtures bring to mind glamorous train journeys. 

Journey past the room and to the Elephant Palace, and you’ll be greeted by a contrasting cooler-toned colour palette. The space draws cues from the blue room in the Udaipur City Palace. It features dining booths with wallpapers portraying elephant motifs, framed by graphic arches. The Jungle Lodge continues the safari theme with wall coverings and fittings in the form of resin antlers and tiger prints. Animal-patterned rugs, throws and cushions further heighten the rich layers of textures in the space.

Firangi Superstar | 20 Craig Road, #01-03 | firangisuperstar.com

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Rabbit Carrot Gun Marina One

Known for their modern British fare served within stylish interiors, Rabbit Carrot Gun has expanded from its original sole Katong outlet with a second venue in Marina One. 

The new restaurant and bar, which will open its doors on July 21, is designed with a handsome mix of leather furnishings in warm tones, accompanied by a playful mix of artworks.

Rabbit Carrot Gun | 5 Straits View, #01-20/21,The Heart, Marina One | rabbit-carrot-gun.com

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Casa by Remy Lefebvre

Chef Remy Lefebvre, who previously helmed the Butcher’s Block at Raffles Hotel, has opened his own establishment in Chijmes. The contemporary 35-seat restaurant and bar is designed as an elegant and inviting space with a soothing colour palette formed out of blue and mustard hues.

The restaurant features various seating options to replicate the easy warmth of a family home. Dining tables either feature a fun terrazzo design or a light wood table top, accompanied by an array of velvet seats and mirrors that expand the sense of space.

Casa by Remy Lefebvre | 30 Victoria Street, #01-20, Chijmes | casarestaurant.sg

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Tapas 24

Hailing from Barcelona, popular Spanish tapas joint Tapas 24 has opened its first outlet in Asia at The Quayside in Robertson Quay. Headed by chef Carolina Garcia Santamaria, the protégé of Michelin-starred chef Carles Abellán himself, the waterfront restaurant features interiors crafted by Matthew Shang and Paul Semple of Matthew Shang Design Office. 

Delivering the vibrancy of Barcelona to Singapore was the key to the design of the restaurant. Taking inspiration from Catalan architect Antoni Gaudí, the duo sought to recreate the fun atmosphere of traditional tapas bars in Barcelona by filling the space with energetic colours and an open-plan layout.

The bar area allows guests a peek into the open kitchen. The restaurant also features red Spanish-style casement windows and hand-glazed ceramic tiles in bright cobalt blue, paired with handwritten menu boards that list the daily specials. 

Tapas 24 | 60 Robertson Quay, #01-04 The Quayside | tapas24.sg

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Clos Pasoh

Step into an urban botanical jungle at Clos Pasoh. Tucked away on the second storey of a heritage shophouse along Bukit Pasoh road, the 50-seat dining establishment boasts a chic tropical theme. Led by Louis Pacquelin—the former chef de cuisine of the now-shuttered BBR by Alain Ducasse—and co-owned by French entrepreneur Jean-Christophe (JC) Cadoret, the French brasserie radiates a vibrant atmosphere.

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Cadoret’s desire to bring the outdoors in resulted in an airy space with lush greenery. The summery ambience is expressed through an exotic wallpaper from Pierre Frey, while rattan dining chairs handmade from local label Ong Shunmugam enhance the look of the indoor tropical jungle. 

The modern French restaurant also contains hints of Art Deco-infused pieces; from green velvet chaise lounges that invitingly beckon customers to test their plushness, to golden bar shelves that hold an extensive collection of liquor.

Related: New Restaurant in Singapore: Clos Pasoh Serves French Fare in a Chic Setting

Clos Pasoh | 48A Bukit Pasoh Road, Level 2 | clospasoh.sg

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Waku Ghin

Renowned Japanese restaurant Waku Ghin has reopened its doors after more than a year of extensive renovations. Acclaimed celebrity chef Tetsuya Wakuda, the chef-owner of the restaurant, personally oversaw the sweeping renovation process.  

Located at The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, the two-Michelin-starred restaurant has been transformed into a glamorous setting. The refreshed interior, designed by award-winning Japanese interior designer Yohei Akao, is an amalgamation of tradition and contemporary style. 

Related: Waku Ghin at Marina Bay Sands Singapore Re-Opens its Doors After a Major Facelift

A towering two-tonne sculpture that hails from Japan greets diners as soon as they step through the reception area. At The Bar, settle into one of the 24 striking red chairs and knock back a Japanese cocktail or two crafted by head bartender Kazuhiro Chii. The lofty swivel shelves that double as both a partition to the dining area as well as an extra storage space feature calligraphy paintings by Japanese artist Shiro Tsujimura. 

At the restaurant’s signature 10-seat Chef’s Table, the omakase experience takes place atop a dining table crafted by artisanal makers from Shikoku, Japan. Created with Japanese cherry wood, the table’s rich colour and natural discoid lines are said to grow even more prominent and distinct with time. Paying ode to Wakuda’s Japanese roots, the striking restaurant has definitely made a phenomenal return.

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Restaurant Euphoria

Restaurant Euphoria might have only been opened for a short amount of time, but the widely-praised establishment has already been snapping up accolades, including the 41st spot at the prestigious Asia’s Best Restaurants 2021 Awards

Culinary maestro Jason Tan, the former head chef of Corner House, brings his “gastro-botanica” cuisine—an original culinary philosophy where botanical ingredients are infused into the soul of Tan’s dishes—to his new establishment. In accordance with the cuisine, the dining destination flaunts a sophisticated design, with lush foliage and vegetal representations.

Euphoria marks Tan’s entrance as an entrepreneur beyond a chef-owner; the restaurant was designed by JTAW Design, a culinary design studio founded by Tan and his partner Arissa Wang. Besides an eye-catching indoor garden flanking a wall of the restaurant, sinuous lines and accents clad the warm earth-toned space.

Onion motifs are found in abundance throughout the restaurant—paying homage to Tan’s signature iconic Cevennes onion dish. From the lighting installation custom-made by Wang to the brown upholstery of the booths that represent an onion’s layers, you’d find plenty of references to the chef’s favourite vegetable. With tasteful decor that emphasises the restaurant’s stylish vibe, Euphoria makes for an idyllic dining spot.

Related: Inside Chef Jason Tan’s Restaurant Euphoria

Restaurant Euphoria | 76 Tras Street | restaurant-euphoria.com

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Sushi Masaaki

With trips to Japan on an indefinite pause, you can never have one too many omakase spots in town. This popular gastronomical spot at South Beach Avenue is helmed by renowned Japanese chef-owner Masaaki Sakashita, who previously led popular Japanese fine-dining restaurants Ishi and Hashida Sushi.

At the chef’s new eponymous restaurant, you’ll find no signs of restrained minimalism that are archetypal of Japanese fine-dining establishments. Conceptualised by husband and wife design duo Takenouchi Webb, Sushi Masaaki possesses an elegant and contemporary aura.

A pink Gucci wallpaper featuring large dancing cranes greet diners at the entrance. Cloud-like washi sheets are suspended from the restaurant’s lofty ceilings, providing an outlandish aura. Waltz behind the dancing cranes and one will find a dining space that seats 20 people. A light wood counter, crafted from 250-year-old hinoki wood, takes centre stage.

Rounding out the magnificent space is an eye-catching okudo, a stone charcoal hearth typically used in traditional Japanese culinary. With charming interiors and an artful dedicated chef at the helm, Sushi Masaaki is a playful Japanese dining oasis.

Sushi Masaaki | 26 Beach Road, South Beach | sushimasaaki.com

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Moonbow

A collaboration between veteran local chef Heman Tan and co-owner Dylan Soh, Moonbow at Dempsey serves modern European fare with an Asian influence.  

Obtaining its name from a rare natural phenomenon known as a lunar rainbow, the restaurant’s interior is as whimsical and dreamy as its namesake. A soft palette with pink pastels and champagne hues creates a romantic and charming interior, with gold accents and white floral bouquets adding a sophisticated flair. Contemporary pendant lighting fixtures hang from the dining hall’s 5m ceilings, lighting the space with a comforting golden glow.

 

The dining space also offers an expansive view of the open kitchen and bar, allowing diners a peek of the chefs and bartenders at work. When dining at the restaurant, keep an eye out for the glossy dishware that holds your grub. These aren’t your run-of-the-mill plates. Tan, a multi-hyphenate chef who’s also a fervent ceramicist and triathlete, played a hand in designing the custom ceramic dishware that his food creations sit upon.

Related: Moonbow is Dempsey Hill’s Latest Swanky Restaurant

Moonbow | Block 10 Dempsey Road, #01-21 | moonbow.sg

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La Fez

Step into La Fez, and you’ll be whisked off to a dreamy pink Moroccan destination. Finding its home at Siglap is a picturesque Moroccan-inspired wellness restaurant and bakery. Taking inspiration from the historical capital city of Marrakesh in Morocco, the dining establishment is clad in millennial pink walls on both the exterior and interior—a nod to Marrakesh’s moniker as the 'red-rose city’. 

Silhouettes and arches echoing the style of traditional Moroccan doors line the exterior of the cafe. The same Moroccan-inspired details continue inside, where rattan chairs are set against marble-like tabletops. The pastel blush-toned walls are accompanied by gold accents and trimmings, adding a touch of glamour. Standalone palm plants line sporadically in-between seats, further amplifying the concept’s whimsical tropical touch. 

La Fez | 907 East Coast Road

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Nixta Mexican Grill and Bar

Nixta is the latest addition to join Travis Masiero Restaurant Group’s list of esteemed restaurants, which include Luke’s Oyster Bar & Steakhouse as well as Blue Label Pizza and Wine. 

The restaurant’s interior, crafted by local design firm Perinelli Design, emits a warm and refined ambience. The charming dining space is infused with Mexican touches, from the vibrant colour palette to the mid-century furnishings. 

“With Nixta, we took inspiration from the elements of the Mexican farmhouses (haciendas) and the colors for the Mexican nature,” says Alessandro Perinelli, founder and creative director of Perinelli Design. “The result is a refined, warm and intimate restaurant that complements the high-quality Mexican food.”

Nixta Mexican Grill and Bar | 116 Amoy Street | nixta.sg

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Hashida Singapore

Japanese chef Kenjiro ‘Hatch’ Hashida has made a welcomed return to the dining scene in Singapore with his comeback on Amoy Street. The rebirth of his eponymous restaurant is now in partnership with OUE Restaurants, the food and lifestyle arm of global property developer OUE Limited. 

Minimalistic and contemporary, the restaurant’s interior is a testimony to chef Hashida’s widespread versed skills. Extending beyond his culinary prowess, the talented chef took part in designing the new restaurant. Step through the red doors and the restaurant’s torii gate into a polished sanctuary packed with hidden charms.

Related: Hashida Singapore Returns in January 2021 With Fresh Perspectives on the Modern Sushi Experience

With three dining rooms, guests can enjoy a quiet gastronomic omakase experience. The largest 12-seater dining room features a textural lighting fixture; be it “clouds”, “waves”, or “mountains”, the chef leaves the paper-mache-like structure open to interpretation, with the idea behind the sculpture reflecting his unrestrained culinary imaginations. 

Wood from Hiba trees, native to the Aomori Prefecture in Japan where his father hails from, is used for the smooth countertops in two of three dining rooms. In the third and smallest dining room, decorative panels are constructed out of recycled 200-year-old wood beams from an old ancestral house in Kyoto. 

The grey colour palette of the restaurant was also thoughtfully selected by the chef. Alluding to the “transition from day to night”, the chef chose the gradient shades of grey as a conceptual nod to the significance of the fishermen, farmers and logistic suppliers who labour through the night to provide him with fresh ingredients in the day.  

Hashida Singapore | 77 Amoy Street, #01-01 | hashida.sg

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Sommer

The debut of chef Lewis Barker’s first restaurant is certainly a sight to behold. With a sophisticated and elegant atmosphere, the new fine-dining establishment presents a stylish, relaxed setting with a neutral palette and wood furnishings. 

Located on the ground floor of The Sail on Marina Boulevard, the modern European restaurant is set in a bright day-lit space. Large floor-to-ceiling windows allow for ample daylight to flood the restaurant, while dinner settings are cosy and intimate when basked in the waterfront bay’s evening glow.

Related: Restaurant Sommer Review: New Fine Dining Spot Opens At The Sail, Marina Bay

The 28-seater dining hall features subdued shades of grey, ranging from the charcoal grey shade that grace the walls to the darker stone-hued flooring. The soothing colour scheme is complemented by stylish wood panels that wrap around the restaurant.

Abstract lighting fixtures hang from the ceiling, providing an atmospheric glow as diners tuck into their fare. An open kitchen offering a glimpse into the busy kitchen further adds to the manifold dining experience.  

Sommer | 2 Marina Boulevard, #01-02 | sommerdining.com

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Kotuwa

After various understandable delays due to the pandemic, Kotuwa has finally opened its doors as a restaurant to great anticipation. The new venture by chef-owner Rishi Naleendra finds its spot at the lobby of Wanderlust Hotel in Little India. 

Much like Kotuwa’s cuisine, the restaurant’s interior is a nod to Naleendra’s Sri Lankan heritage. Designed by Grey Matters—the studio behind Naleendra’s acclaimed Australian restaurant Cloudstreet—the establishment is warm and inviting, with elements that draw cues to its Sri Lankan heritage peppering the space.

Related: Why Kotuwa Has Much More To Offer Than Authentic Sri Lankan Cuisine

Besides serving as a stylish feature wall, the grey brick wall that leads to the kitchen also represents the subway tiles at Kotuwa station in Sri Lanka. The flamingo and foliage paper that lines the other parts of the restaurant highlights the tropical wildlife in Sri Lanka, alongside the rattan chairs, coloured wooden panels, and animal sculptures. Industrial lights, accompanied with Loh Lik Peng’s signature chandeliers, cast a warm amber glow that further intensifies the atmosphere. 

Related: Kotuwa: A New Sri Lankan Restaurant by Rishi Naleendra of Cloudstreet and Cheek Bistro Is Now Open 

Kotuwa | 2 Dickson Road | kotuwa.com.sg