New Restaurants, Cafes & Bars In Singapore: December 2021

The year is almost over, but these hot new venues just got started. From a multi-concept food court in Botanic Gardens to a cosy resto-bar hangout in Chinatown, these spots are totally worth checking out before the month ends!

Cluny Food Court

For Multi-Concept Goodness In The Gardens
This first-ever food court by the Les Amis Group features five of their popular concepts: Piccante Pronto, Mui Kee Express, S'Mao Barbecue, Laifaba Express & Project Penyek by Ansar. Better still, it's in the lush green heart of the Botanic Gardens! Think affordable dining options like Nasi Ayam Penyet ($6.50), Suprema Pizzas (from $12.50), the All In Plate ($24) platter loaded with Texas-style barbecue and more. When it comes to a great lunch spot or casual evening date in the area, we can't think of many better places.

Photo by Burppler Cecil Dulam

For Heritage Classics
Celebrity chef Damian D'Silva is back with yet another concept, this time in the form of Rempapa, a multi-cultural heritage restaurant serving the flavours of Chinese, Peranakan, Eurasian, Indian and Malay kitchens. The options are endless, from Fried Nyonya Fish Cake ($18) and Sri Lankan Chicken Curry and Tomato Chutney with String Hoppers ($16) to Ayam Bakar ($17), Baca Assam ($38) and Lamb Leg Rendang ($38)! Burppler Xing Wei Chua says you can't miss their Kueh Platter (from $6), which offers "a bit of flexibility here where one can pick the pieces of kueh they like", including Kueh Bingka and Lapis Pulut.

So France @ Claymore
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For A Modern French Experience
So France has been one of our favourite modern French bistros ever since they set up their first location at Duo Galleria, so we're stoked to learn that they now have a second outlet at Claymore Drive, just steps away from Orchard Road. This chic bistro brings a delicious slice of France with menu favourites such as Cassoulet ($32), a traditional family stew of pork belly, duck confit, sausages and beans and the Oeufs Meurette ($22) with poached eggs, Bordelaise sauce, bacon, pearl onions and croutons. Did we mention they also house a gourmet store with over 1,000 products from artisanal producers across France?

Guerilla CoffeePhoto by Burppler ZP HappilyStuffed

For Innovative Coffee Drinks
Guerilla Coffee has opened its first-of-its-kind flagship cafe at Suntec City! They currently feature a main menu of classic espresso-based beverages catering to the diverse palates of coffee lovers – with two espresso blends to show for it. Choose between the rich and nutty Guerilla No.2 or the floral and sweet Guerilla No.1., then enjoy these hot in the classic Cappuccino ($6) and Cafe Latte ($6), or chilled in the Iced Latte ($7) and community-favourite Iced Mint Mocha ($8.20).

Casa by Remy Lefebvre
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For Woodfired Magic
Located at CHIJMES, Casa by Remy Lefebvre is a contemporary woodfire gastronomic restaurant that reflects the chef's years of travel, his affinity for nature and produce, and cooking with woodfire in the traditional way. For lunch and dinner, Casa offers the 4-course Discovery menu for $118, the 6-course Experience menu for $198, and the Carte Blanche with 8-courses for $258 – with a rotating selection of 16 dishes to choose from. For lunch only, they also offer an executive menu ‘Trust Me’ – a 3-course at $88. All menus are presented with snacks and petit fours!

Photo by Burppler serene goh

For Rooftop Dining In The Heart of Chinatown
Tucked away on the roof of Chinatown's iconic Yue Hwa Building, Eclipse is a casual fine-dining spot by seasoned chef Samuel Quan combining European and Asian influences. Dishes to look out for include Slow Cook Chicken Breast with lemongrass farce and the Hoisin Glazed Shortribs. Burppler serene goh especially enjoyed the Pumpkin Laksa Soup, which was "a brilliant fusion of the natural sweetness of pumpkin & laksa spices, topped with crispy puff rice, seafood tortellini, ikura, and laksa oil, this was such a hearty bowl!" Starters range from $16 to $28, mains from $36 to $72, and desserts from $15 to $23.

The Store

For A Cosy Neighbourhood Hangout
The Store is a friendly neighbourhood hangout where cosy meets classy, with imaginative cocktails and great tapas-style food. Think White Wine Mussels ($24) or Cured Duck Salad ($16) paired with concoctions like the Bloody Mary-inspired Timotini ($22) or umami Notanegroni ($24). Or opt for their carefully-curated set lunch menu ($27 for appetiser, main, and dessert) for a mid-day respite, with choices like Beetroot Salad and Prawn Couscous, Spicy Sausage Pasta, Primavera Sandwich, Street Style Hotdog, and Creme Brulee.

Queic by Olivia
Photo by Burppler Joe Yang

For Cheesy Desserts
Remember the famous burnt cheesecake tarts from Spanish restaurant Olivia? In response to popular demand, they have opened a bakery dedicated to their cheesy desserts, simply called QUIEC by Olivia. Aside from their signature Olivia Burnt Cheesecake ($15 for 4-inch), other yummy offerings are the fruity Gâteau Basque ($10/slice) and American Cheesecake Macaron ($12). Burppler Ting C also tried the Idiazabal Cheesecake ($10.70) and said "The centre was gooey while the edges were very slightly firmer in texture. Like eating gooey, smokey, rich cheese."

La Levain
Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua

For Colourful Viennoiserie
This new cafe at Hamilton Road is all about their creative bakes, particularly viennoiserie like croissants, cruffins, tartines and also sandwiches. The most popular item here? It's probably the striking Bo Bo Cha Cha Croissant ($6.80) in its full purple and yellow glory, much like the colourful regional dessert. Burppler Xing Wei Chua describes is as featuring "sweet potato, yam and coconut mochi in the middle. While the croissant maintains a flaky, layered texture, we found the cubes of sweet potato and yam providing the usually soft textures and sweet, yet earthy notes typical of the dessert."