BOOK A TABLE | TAMASHII ROBATAYA | Housed in the same North Canal Road building as Ritual Gym is this new robatayaki ("fireside cooking", grilled) restaurant that prides itself on serving uber fresh ingredients imported from Japan. They cook the food table-side serve them on samoji (wooden oars). We recommend the omakase (7 to 8 courses, begins at $100 for lunch and $150 for dinner). For more details on what to eat, read here.
BOOK A TABLE | BULL AND BUTCHER | This is a contemporary steakhouse at Plaza Singapura, outfitted with cowhide upholstery and high tables inspired by butcher blocks. The restaurant boasts both an al fresco and an indoor area, and serves up Australian and US steaks ($26 to $75) of various cuts, with a variety of sides. We liked our meal here. A piece of advice: come hungry.
BOOK A TABLE | OCHIN TAPAS BISTRO | Tucked away behind Serangoon Road is this cosy eatery that is family-run and opens only for dinner (6pm onwards). They serve up Peranakan-style small plates that are well-executed and affordable. We enjoyed the marinated salmon cubes with ginger, chives and wasabi dill raita ($6), and their version of the buah keluak ($6). But that wan't all...
BOOK A TABLE | FLEUR DE SEL LE RESTAURANT |Set up by chef Alexandre Lozachmeur (previously at Alain Ducasse Au Plaza Athénée, Paris, and St Regis Singapore) Fleur de Sel is a dignified French restaurant on buzzing Tras Street. Sample the exquisite fare via the executive set dinner menu ($88 per person) — with course options such as Le Crab (crab seasoned with tartar sauce and crushed avocado) and Le Cabillaud (seared Atlantic cod fish drizzled with beurre blanc sauce). We are fans of their luxurious private dining room for 12, take a look.
BOOK A TABLE | BOCHINCHE | This modern Argentinian restaurant in a second-floor fold above Martin Road got Singapore's tastebuds pinned, and boldly too: strong flavours resonate across the menu. We like the queso de chancho (braised pig's head meat croquettes with quince jam, $15) and the unforgettable vegetarian dish of provoleta studded with almonds, drizzled with honey ($16). Read on for more eats at Bochinche.
BOOK A TABLE | W39 BISTRO & BAKERY | Look out for W39's cheery, yellow-striped awning along this row of stores on West Coast Road. The cosy eatery is good for a spot of brunch and to while away the weekends. The menu is a mixed bag of breakfast dishes, tapas, mains, coffee, tea and cocktails. Read on for what to eat here.
BOOK A TABLE | ONAKA RESTAURANT AND WINE BAR | Food that is fresh, healthy and veggie-friendly? This new restaurant promises all that and more. Located at the Alexandra Retail Centre, Onaka has a varied menu that includes options for all sorts of dietary restrictions. Sugar-, dairy- and gluten-free, check; vegetarian and vegan, check; meat dishes, check. For more details on what to eat, read here.