Happy new year! It’s taken us a while to come up with a “Best Of’ list this year, simply because it hasn’t been all that inspiring a year for us, in terms of new finds. Possibly because some of the more lauded new restaurants this year have been way out of our price range, like Waku Ghin and Restaurant Andre. For the most part, our best meals of the year have been at old favourites like Ember and Valentino. Still, for what it’s worth, here are some standouts this year (in no particular order).
Their burger and burrata are decent, but what will make me return to Spruce is their outstanding tuna tartare.
2. Imperial Treasure Super Peking Duck
This is our new default favourite place for birthday gatherings with my gang. Fabulous Chinese food that even A likes, and outstanding peking duck. Not to mention the delicious mee pok with truffle oil.
3. Otto Ristorante
Fancy Italian food but still not intimidatingly chi-chi. Just well executed and great flavours. The set lunch doesn’t showcase the restaurant at its best, so just go for a proper dinner service.
4. Two Fat Men
No, this isn’t here because we know the owner KH. It’s because their creamy tom yam soup and grilled pork neck are almost reason enough to consider moving to the East.
5. Paradise Dynasty
Awesome xiao long bao and la mian, this place may be our new favourite dining destination in ION. The perpetual queue just makes Meatworks next door look all the more forlorn.
6. San-Sui Sumiyaki and Tsuki Bar
We’ve been here a few more times since our first visit and I must say I’m liking it more and more. Their foie gras rice bowl, the ultimate in elitist comfort food, is to die for.
I know some of my friends have mixed feelings about Gattopardo, and I while I do agree that some trial and error is required in terms of what to order, I still maintain that when you do come across a gem, it’s really good.
Thanks to colleague L for recommending this amazing Japanese joint. It’s right up our alley – no frills, really fresh fish, and in my opinion, their chawanmushi is the best damn $5 you’ll ever spend.
9. Paradise Inn
Another entry from the Paradise Group, the Paradise Inn restaurants serve zi char done really well. Everything that we’ve tried here has been delicious.
10. Santi Tapas Lounge
I’m in two minds about whether this ought to make the list, but I did need some place to round off the list to ten... Anyway, this makes the cut simply for the awesome parmesan cheese and the quail stew.
Have a great 2011 everyone!
Maybe we’ve just gotten more spoilt and selective, but it seems the pickings for new places were slim this year. My best meals probably came from old favourites like Ember, Valentino and Morton’s Bar.
But for new places we tried in 2010, I agree with C on:
Spruce – Killer ahi tuna tartare
Otto Ristorante – Very good food with very good service. Atmosphere may appear stuffy and imposing but the wait staff are super friendly.
San-Sui Sumiyaki and Tsuki Bar – Made me a convert with the foie gras rice bowl. And I’m not even that big a fan of foie.
Paradise Dynasty – Great xiao long bao flavours and large portions of la mien.
Paradise Inn – Good zi char chain.
Chikuwa-Tei – awesome Unagi and Chirashi for relatively affordable prices.
I’d also add:
Melt, The World Cafe – Fantastic cheese selection.
Domani – Not for food, but for the Double Chocolate Chiffon Cake.
Rocks Urban Grill + Bar – Great food although a tad on the expensive side.
I’ll stop there and not try to force entries just to make up numbers.