Italian chef Walter el Nagar, known for his string of hipster-chic pop-up restaurants called The Barbershop in the US, Spain, Russia and Mexico, sets up a permanent shop in Singapore. But nope, you can’t get a haircut here. It’s so named as the original pop-up in America was held in a converted barbershop. Interestingly, the Singapore outpost is located at Salute Kopitiam, and serves up elegantly plated mod Italian dishes like the Yellowtail, Burrata, Tomato and Watercress ($20), and Lasagne Bolognese ($25). There’s also a five-course set menu ($60 per pax) with bites like Veal Tartare and Prawn Risotto. The menu changes weekly. The chef himself has moved to Singapore, and will be stationed full-time at the stall.
119 BUKIT MERAH LANE 1, S151119. OPEN DAILY EXCEPT MON. 11AM-3PM; 5PM-10PM. LAST ORDERS AT 9.30PM. WWW.BARBERSHOP-RISTORANTE.COM