6 New Restaurants To Check Out This Week

Korean rice cake buffet, wagyu beef cooked on a crystal plate, Penang laksa and more delights await.

1. Dookki
#B1-107 Suntec City, 3 Temasek Boulevard, S038984. Tel: 6266-2425. Open daily 11am-10pm. Last orders at closing. www.facebook.com/dookkisg

Binge on rice, Korean-style, at this rice cake-centric hotpot buffet. Choose ingredients from various types of rice cakes, deep-fried seaweed rolls stuffed with glass noodles, and fish cake skewers (odeng). The Korean tteokbokki (rice cakes) buffet ($18.80 per pax) works like this: start with a hotpot of spicy rice cakes which you cook with other free-flow nibbles like enoki mushrooms, sausages and boiled eggs. When you’re done, you can opt to have some kimchi fried rice cooked in the same pot using the leftover spicy sauce. If you’re a cheese fiend, get the Double Cheese Ring (see main pic, add $9.80), featuring a moat of molten cheese around the pot in which you dip your ingredients in. Did we mention that you should leave your carb count at the door? 

2. Black Knight Warrior
#B1-01B The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 10 Bayfront Avenue, S018956. Tel: 6688-7138. Open Daily 11am-3pm; 5.30pm-11pm. Last orders at 9.45pm. www.facebook.com/Black-Knight-Warrior-Hotpot-1307951102633791

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This 80-seat casual Taipei export specialises in Taiwanese-Sichuan spicy hotpot, beef noodles and braised dishes. The restaurant’s suave moniker came about as its Taiwanese owner believes that eateries with ‘black’ in their name would have good business, and ‘Knight Warrior’ was a name given by the owner’s late father-in-law. Um, cool. The sole outlet in Taipei only accepts reservations as it’s so popular, but you can simply walk in for a meal at the Singapore branch. Choose from a la carte ingredients such as Mud Crab ($58 each) and Black Pork ($22; from the black Berkshire pig) to go with soups like the Taro Spare Ribs Pot ($38 for the soup) boiled with taro, pork ribs and cabbage. Pair it with some comforting Braised Beef Tendon ($18), made using a 35-year-old traditional recipe.

3. Hudsons Coffee
#02-60 Departure Lounge, Terminal 3 Transit Hall, Changi Airport. Open 24 Hours.

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This Australian coffee chain with more than 60 outlets Down Under offers drinks made with coffee blends roasted in Melbourne, as well as the usual sandwiches and pastries. There’s the signature IceStorm Coffee (similar to an ice-blended drink, from $6 for a small cup) and light bites like the Breakfast Club Sandwich ($12.50). 

4. D’Laksa
#B1-K7 Hougang Mall, 90 Hougang Ave 10, S538766. Tel: 8725-6500. Open daily. Mon-Fri 11am-10pm; Sat-Sun 10am-10pm. Last orders at closing. www.facebook.com/dlaksasg

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This takeaway assam laksa stall is by the people behind the popular flagship outlet in KSL mall in Johor Bahru, Malaysia. It offers Classic Assam Laksa ($3.50 a bowl) as well as Fishballs in Assam Laksa Soup ($2.50 for five fishballs). The tamarind-spiked broth which contains no coconut milk unlike our local lemak version, is prepared fresh at the stall according to a recipe provided by the Malaysian HQ. Each bowl is laced with flaked mackerel and liberal doses of prawn paste for an extra umami hit.

5. Niku Katsumata
47 Duxton Rd, S089511. Open daily 5.30pm-11pm. Last orders 30 mins before closing. www.facebook.com/nikukatsumata

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A yakiniku joint featuring Japanese wagyu grilled over a crystal plate on low heat so that the meat remains tender and juicy. Niku Katsumata’s mothership is in Tokyo, where it’s an omakase-centric, members-only restaurant (patrons can only dine there with a membership or via an invitation from a member). It’s opened by the namesake owner Tsuyoshi Katsumata (‘niku’ means beef in Japanese), who also started the Japan Meat Sommelier Association. The Singapore outlet, the first international one for the restaurant, is helmed by a chef with 10 years’ experience working in the restaurant in Japan. Prices are more affordable here than at the Tokyo branch. Value-for-money sets include the A4 Wagyu Beef Set ($38) which, other than premium Japanese wagyu, also comes with Japanese pork prosciutto and beef curry rice. Or go for a donburi like the Tataki Wagyu ($20), with A4 wagyu atop rice soaked in bonito soup stock. Top up $5 for a posh topping such as uni, foie gras, ikura or caviar.

6. Ishizuchi Sake Bar
#01-18 Marina Square, 6 Raffles Boulevard, S039594. Tel: 6812-2153. Open daily noon to midnight. Last orders 30 mins before closing. www.facebook.com/EmporiumShokuhin

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This sake bar and liquor store is a collaboration between Japanese food enclave Emporium Shokuhin and Ishizuchi Shuzo, an over a century-old sake brewery in Japan that brews its sake using pure mountain spring water. The 27-seater offers 15 types of premium sake from the brewer such as the Ishizuchi Junmai Daiginjo ($86.40 for a 720ml bottle) and the more premium Ishizuchi Daiginjo Daiyuho ($250 for 720ml). Hungry? Munch on Japanese-style tapas such as Chargrilled Unagi skewers ($9 for three). 

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