In the Dempsey area and can’t decide between Candlenut, Ippoh Tempura Bar by Ginza Ippoh, and The Dempsey Cookhouse and Bar? COMO Club is your answer. The latest addition to the COMO Dempsey enclave is a coastal-chic aperitivo bar (hello, giant cobalt blue overhanging lights) offering plenty of delectable tapas-size choices from all three restaurants, with creative cocktails such as Basil Jalapeño Margarita and Yuzu Drop to wash them all down. Our top picks are Candlenut’s kueh bingkah and Snake River Kurobuta Pork Neck Satay, Ippoh Tempura Bar’s Tenshi Shrimps And Vegetable Tempura, and The Dempsey Cookhouse’s Black Truffle & Fontina Cheese Pizza. Relax, tête-à-tête, at the bar counter or grab a table with your mates. Time to look forward to those weekday soirees. Visit comodempsey.sg/restaurant/como-club.
From left: COMO Club’s Tenshi Shrimps And Vegetable Tempura and Silver Snake Kurobuta Pork Neck Satay
"From far left: 1-V:U’s Vu’s Loaded Chips. Made for chilling, the Day Club is an open-air oasis offering panoramic sunset views"
Ah, to laze in the breeze without screaming kids. Realise that dream at the adults-only 1-V:U, Sentosa’s latest lifestyle venue perched on the seventh-floor roof of The Outpost Hotel. At the Day Club, sunsets bring soulful grooves and throbbing beats by resident DJs Jorge Monteiro and Erica K, while brunch and afternoon-party revelry dominate weekends. And what’s a good time without good food and drinks: The club’s all-day menu includes small plates—think the refreshing Kaffir Lime Seafood Ceviche and the sinful Vu’s Loaded Chips laced with wicked toppings such as kombu truffle oil, sherry vinegar, grated parmesan and truffle aioli—as well as bigger pizza and pasta options. Mark special occasions at the open-kitchen restaurant with Head Chef Ace Tan’s bold North-east Asian cuisine, served as a communal menu of land and sea delights or a seasonal tasting menu ($98 per person) in a 60-seater space right next to the Day Club. Visit 1-vu.sg.
"Modern osteria Caffe Cicheti"
Goodbye, mate, and ciao, bella! Modern osteria Caffe Cicheti takes over the space formerly occupied by Australian restaurant Fynn’s to serve the best of coastal Italy with a fun indie wine list. We’re already envisioning many Sunday brunch dates at this bright, foliage-filled setting with interior and patio seating. Follow the traditional Italian meal flow, where you start off with antipasti (appetisers) and primi (first dishes) to share before hitting secondi plates—such as Pollo (chicken thigh in romesco sauce served with hazelnut salsa) and Iberico Pork—to indulge on your own, and finishing with desserts. If old favourites are still on your mind, there’s always brunch item Ricotta Hotcakes with maple syrup, fresh berries and whipped mascarpone to bring back memories of Fynn’s. Visit caffecicheti.com.
"Vongole pasta with fresh clams from Japan, garlic butter sauce and lemon"
BY GRACE MA