QUITE A HANDFUL
Joining the growing list of manwich joints here is Wolf Burgers. The indoor market vibe of Pasarbella in Suntec City, where Wolf is located, makes it an ideal spot to grab no-frills grub done well. Try the fried chicken burger that comes with a juicy fillet of crispy chicken slathered with salted egg mayo, sandwiched between two fluffy white buns sourced from Bakery Artisan Original (Bao).
#01-455 Pasarbella, Suntec City North Wing.
DOWN TO THE CRUNCH
Besides housing art, National Gallery Singapore has been making waves for its restaurants. Among them is Cantonese dining room Yan, by Parkroyal Hotels & Resorts. For a visual treat, order the fried live prawn with crispy noodle ball that retains its shape and texture even after being doused with hot chicken consomme. Silk-woven dividers in the seating area allow for privacy. This, together with the artfully presented cuisine, is good reason to come and talk business.
#05-02 National Gallery Singapore.
Spanish tapas bar Esquina has a fresh face fronting it – Carlos Montobbio. The former Anti:dote chef, known for his creative bar bites, injects the same innovation and finesse into the menu. While the traditional Spanish omelette is often a rich deep-dish of potatoes and egg, Montobbio lightens it with his version of a small, fluffy disc peppered with olive oil caviar and served on a delicate slice of toasted sourdough. The finesse isn’t lost on heartier dishes either, with Spanish octopus cooked sous vide then charred for a lovely smoky edge. A sprinkle of oyster leaves adds a hit of umami.
16 Jiak Chuan Road.
LIFE AFTER KALE
Animal fat is making a comeback as an ingredient, so don’t be appalled if you see generous amounts of lard plopped on pizza or mixed into mashed potatoes.