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(Closed) Novus

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Novus Restaurant & Bar is a modern European fine dining restaurant located at the historic National Museum Of Singapore.

Mon - Sat: 11:30 - 14:30

Mon - Sat: 18:30 - 22:30

Bar: 05.00pm - 01:00 am
$88 based on 69 submissions
Dinner (26 votes), Quiet (26 votes), Romance/First Dates (26 votes)
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Another reason to visit the National Museum

Novus (the first F&B venture by the folks behind Alley Bar and Rouge) is a clever addition to the newly renovated National Museum – chic, sleek, pretty and refined. The restaurant is not big – it’s really a narrow room divided into a dining room and bar.

I had the Valentine’s Day menu which was fit for a queen (of course mah...*hairflip*) and an excellent showcase of what the restaurant has to offer.

The 1st course was the yellowfin tuna tataki with maple syrup reduction and baby coriander, as well as baby yellowfin tuna nicoise. Both were not bad – I’m not a very big fan of tuna – but I loved the clever pairing of the maple syrup and tuna. Who would have thought? Definitely whetted my appetite for more.

The 2nd course sure did not disappoint - foie gras mousseline & foie gras crème bulée. Before you go WTF?! both were excellent especially the crème bulée. It was basically foie gras that was in a terrine form with the top caramelized by searing with a torch. The foie gras was done such that it was creamy but not salty and went so well with the sweet caramel tasting top. So clever and it turned out soooo well - I was really pacing myself to enjoy it for as long as possible. The foie gras mousseline was served in a shot glass with a raspberry reduction. Nice.

The 3rd course was the grilled scallops and pork belly cooked 4 times with chestnut puree and red wine reduction as well as prosciutto wrapped monkfish tail with seeded mustard risotto. I felt that the proscuitto didn’t quite go that well with the monkfish and made it a tad too salty but the risotto helped tone everything down. The scallops and pork belly was another winner. I loved the sauce which was thick, gooey and sweet and went so well with the scallops and the pork belly…the pork belly…oooh the fat that was so soft that it just melts in your mouth. Amazing and I can’t wait to try it again soon.

The 4th course was the slow roasted veal rack and truffled white polenta with sauce périgueux and pan-fried wagyu beef, potato scales and lyonnaise onions with cabernet reduction. To be honest I really did not like the veal and I’ve come to decide I really am not a fan of polenta (cornmeal) either. But the wagyu beef was fantastic – really good… together with the lyonnaise onions…heavenly.

Dessert was a chocolate trio of ice-cream, molten fondant (basically warm chocolate cake) and white chocolate mousse. I must commend on their cake (which I know just about every restaurant is serving) because the chocolate which they used was excellent.

Service as attentive without being annoying (know what I mean?) and I hear many of the wait staff were from Da Paolo.

Novus is definitely worth checking out – elegant contemporary food, excellent execution and beautiful presentation backed by a competent team and boosted by a great location / setting. It's form and substance - I’m already looking forward to my next visit!

Pssst – the foie gras crème bulée is the only dish not available on their standard menu but you can call and order 1 day in advance (ask for Eddy).

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Based on 69 votes
10 Apr 2013 • 245 reviews • 1 follower

great european brunch food at this cosy - and very classy - restaurant

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great european brunch food at this cosy - and very classy - restaurant hidden away in the singapore national museum. I popped by this place for a brunch with friends and the food is rather innovative,
chocolate test
19 Mar 2013 • 6 reviews • 0 follower

Lovely dessert, okay brunch

Brunch - egg Lorraine was okay..find it lacking in flavor, but the chocolate test is a must-have!! Best chocolate dessert in the world!
04 Feb 2013 • 54 reviews • 2 followers

SMU Gourmet Club

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Specializing in Contemporary European cuisine, the absence of humdrum European fare in Novus’s menu comes as a breath of fresh air. A fine dining restaurant with a modern chic interior, Novus’
22 Dec 2012 • 1 review • 0 follower

Utterly Disappointed!!

Called early in the morning to make reservation, was told to come after 1pm. Wow the restaurant is fully booked till 1pm, I thought "it must be GOOD!"

Arrived at 1pm sharp, found that there was a wedding going on, but the place was 80% empty. So I & him got a seat immediately. ordered our food 10
02 Nov 2012 • 161 reviews • 1 follower

Great dinner at Novus!

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