Kicking off 2014 with the hottest new restaurants to eat, drink and be seen at - from molecular gastronomy to sinful desserts
16 January 2014 5:33 PM | Updated 10 Mar 2014
By Celine Asril and Priyanka Chand Agarwal
Image 1 of 31 | Image credits: Taqueria
TAQUERIA | Where to eat: Finally, affordable tacos! Give it up for this new halal Mexican stall on the third floor of Market Street (Golden Shoe) Food Centre. Set up by a West Coast American who missed good, affordable Mexican food, this taco stall is as authentic as it gets, and the prices are hard to beat. What to eat:Pollo (chicken, $2.50 each), pescado (fish, $3 each), camarones (prawns, $3.50 each), and carne asada (grilled [New Zealand] steak, $4 each) are placed on homemade flour tortillas, with handmade crema (cream) and pico de gallo (salad of raw chopped tomatoes, white onions and chillis). Our favourites are the flaky, battered fish and the smoky medium-rare strip loin steak cubes. We're also impressed by the tortillas that are made in-house every morning. Arrive early – they are only open on Mondays to Fridays from 11.30am to 2.30pm, or when the food is sold out. Watch our short video of Taqueria here.
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PENANG STREET | Where to eat: In the unlikely location within the NUH Medical Centre at Lower Kent Ridge is a restaurant serving up delicacies from Penang. There is an exhaustive menu at this December 2013-opened bistro, featuring plates of the Malaysian coastal state's street fare. What to eat: Try their version of the assam laksa ($8.80) that is sweet, sour and spicy with fish, mint leaves and cucumber. Their signature dish, the nasi lemak ($9.80) is coconut rice served with turmeric-marinated chicken thigh, egg, peanuts and anchovies topped with sambal ikan bilis and sambal mak-mak. At these prices, we do hope that their portions are substantial.
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