Restaurants that have permanently closed from COVID-19: Antoinette, Ding Dong, Maggie Joan's and more
Gone but not forgotten
As the coronavirus pandemic continues to devastate the F&B industry, it has been an uphill battle for restaurants to stay afloat and continue being in business. While some restaurants have adapted to these new changes by partnering up with online food delivery services, or reaching out to customers via social media, others have more trouble adjusting to these difficult circumstances.
Goodbyes are in order for these restaurants listed below — some old, some new, some iconic. Their departures bode a loss to the veritable food scene on our shores, and here are the things miss most about them.
No one did quintessential Parisian pastry and French-inspired mains quite like Antoinette did. Chef Pang Kok Yeong's culinary prowess shined through with the ever-popular Schiciatta (a flatbread stuffed with camembert cheese and truffles), as well as the succulent Crispy Pork Belly Confit. Not to mention, the light and airy Souffle Pancakes that even came in a savoury version, as well as the signature Kaya Ondeh Ondeh Toast. Some good news for fans of Pang, he'll be endeavouring in a noodle shop called Pang's Hakka Noodles at a food court at the end of July.
Vianney Massot Restaurant
The first Michelin restaurant to shutter on our shores. Previously known as Bacchanalia, the fine dining French establishment was bested for serving up personally curated meals for diners as part as Massot's new identity for the brand.
Located in a secluded back alley in Gemmill Lane, this unassuming restaurant that specialises in European-style food was a hidden gem for foodies. Maggie Joan's prided itself on sourcing fresh local seasonal ingredients for its hearty meals. Whether you're a fan of seafood or poultry, it's likely that neither would have left this place feeling disappointed. Chicken liver cigars (you read that right) and Coffin Bay oysters at this place are some of the menu items that we'll definitely miss.
The eclectic corner at Amoy Street is most notable for its cheeky take on Asian flavours as well as a space of old-world charm splattered with vintage posters. For years, Ding Dong has proven that there's more than one facet to plating up Asian grub — and it wasn't afraid of taking risks in its approach. We'll miss the vibrant flavours, plausible spunk, and that iconic bell by the door.
An authentic local Japanese Izakaya exeprience in Telok Ayer, that serves up creative offerings exploring the boundaries between traditional and modern concepts. There was sushi that came with swanky cocktails, along with the wall of extensive Japanese alcohol on display in the restaurant's highball den.
Founded by local performers Jack and Rai, Miss Chinatown had customers singing with praise for their Asian fusion cuisine. Thai Magic Noodles with blue butterfly pea noodles in a quirky shade of purple, Beef Rendang Gua Pao and Peking Duck Wonton Tacos were some of the most innovative dishes on their menu that adventurous foodies would have appreciated greatly.
The Botanic Restaurant
Staying true to their name, this restaurant focused on fusion food made with fresh, natural produce. Their mouth-watering plant-based sharing dishes, such as the Smoked Sambal Short Rib, as well as the Pork Rack with roasted Baby Potatoes, were some of the items that kept customers coming back.
Love it or hate it, Holland Village has some of the best brunch places and cafes with hordes of cafe-goers armed with their phone cameras ready to snap a pic of their meal. Breko Cafe had all-day dishes, from brunch to dinner and everything else in between. Hearty breakfasts like their Brekkie in a Pan came with a toast dip, complete with sausages, mushrooms and more.