Where to eat and what's new in Singapore: PS.Cafe East Coast Park, Publico, and a party at Meatsmith Little India
Where we dined this week...
PS.Cafe by The Sea at East Coast Park
Away from the hustle and bustle of the city centre, the beloved PS.Cafe has just opened its eight outlet, PS.Cafe by The Sea at East Coast Park, overlooking the serene waterfront. This outlet in particular is a seafood lover's paradise — driven by a menu that showcases and celebrates seafood. Families have also been accounted for with the introduction of a special junior menu that will appease the little ones. We started off with the signature PS.Truffle shoestring fries that were dusted with copious amounts of rich truffle cheese before moving onto the first dish — chargrilled octopus — PS.Cafe's take on char siew. The juicy bite-sized pieces are wok-fried in a sweet homemade sauce, giving it an irresistible caramelised crust. On the menu, you will also find the Thai-inspired lemongrass mussel and clam spaghettini that is generously topped with fresh Venus clams, black mussels and portobello mushrooms tossed in a flavourful sweet and sour sauce. Paying homage to the East Coast tradition of chilli crab — this rendition comprised of a fried soft shell crab and grilled tiger prawns that mingle perfectly with the fresh chilli crab dip which packs the right amount of heat. The decadence of the meal was elevated with a serving of fragrant jade rice and crispy golden mantous. We got the best of both worlds in the next dish with spicy fire-roasted chorizo and tender squid that was topped with a dollop of rich, creamy black garlic aioli, not forgetting our dose of carbs with a side of crusty bread. Last but not least, we peaked blissful indulgence with PS.Cafe's signature desserts — sticky date pudding drenched in a pool of warm, gooey toffee sauce and the double chocolate blackout cake that stays true to its name. —NM
1110 East Coast Parkway, Cyclist Park, #01-05/06/07, Tel: 6708 9288
Opening hours: 9.30am-11pm
It's easy. When you're in the Robertson Quay neighbourhood, you hit up Publico Ristorante for some Italian grub. Even if you aren't, you make a trip down anyway. Its ingenuity lies in consistent wood-fired pizzas, freshly made pastas, and a strong medley of cocktails. Of course, it helps when the space is this lively, inviting, and somehow ideal — whether you're a couple on a hot date, a group of old friends catching up, or a family celebrating a special occasion. Since our last visit here, the menu expanded — by leaps and bounds — which is a good surprise but it could also possibly impede one's decisiveness. Take it from us, as delicious as their pizza breads are, go easy on them. Your stomach space is better off saved for the selection of pizzas here. Ranging from chorizos and fresh burrata to Publico Seven Cereali with a multigrain flour base topped with seasonal roots and homemade primo sale cheese, and sun-dried tomatoes. The ultimate indulgence would come down to the Griscia, which comprises of a smoky savoury pork guanciale, mozzarella atop a cream pizza base. When it comes down to pastas, go big on the lobster spaghetti — a fresh Boston catch doubled up with chili, white wine, and garlic. Our new favourite? Their spinach fusilli with a green asparagus emulsion and Hokkaido scallop tartare. It was fresh and bore a tinge of herbiness we grew more and more fond of with every bite. But beyond their expertise of kneading dough, also comes a string of delectable antipastis. There's their chargrilled octopus and a plate of juicy dried dates alongside spicy salami and gorgonzala cheese, that's probably best savoured with a glass of aperitif on the side. You'll also be pleased to know they have four variations of burrata here — while the black truffle might be a tease, order the eggplant. After all, you can't really go wrong with purple artichoke and smoked olive caviar. —JS
1 Nanson Rd, Tel: 6826 5040
Opening hours: (Mon-Thurs) 5pm-11pm, (Fri) 5pm-12am, (Sat) 12pm-12am, (Sun) 11am-10.30pm
A trip to Tuscany inspired chef Sasaki of iI Cielo to jazz up his menu at the Italian restaurant at Hilton Singapore. Where diners will be taken through a gastronomic journey that isn't like the typical Italian grub you might be used to in fast-casual joints. Chef Sasaki isn't about making safe, typical decisions; instead, you'll find the bruschetta burrata here joined with tomato sorbet and basil crumble, parma ham and balsamic vinegar jelly. Yes, it might be to the dismay of diners who firmly believe in the sacracy of Italian tradition, but that isn't a concern at iI Cielo. While there were clearly some misses, like the seafood parcel of grilled squid stuffed with minced Viareggio prawns (we couldn't quite grapple with the disconcerting cream sauce and squid ink herb powder that went alongside it), the hits definitely came down to be his capellini. It remains to be a signature on the menu, which serves up housemade pasta dabbled in an intoxicatingly rich thyme butter sauce and a side of seared Maine lobster. Of course, it doesn't stop there — generous shavings of black truffle showers down with chef Sasaki's personal touch. Other interesting adaptions also included a quail tartare, paired with smoked foie gras terrine and porcini powder. Let's just say you either love or hate this dish. We exactly can't say we're fans of it. When dessert rolled along, we were comforted by a yoghurt base of gelato, strawberry granite, white chocolate espuma and yogurt meringue. It was the colourful dish that kept the balance of sweet and sour delicately. —JS
581 Orchard Rd, Level 24, Tel: 6730 3395
Opening hours: (Mon-Fri) 12pm-2.30pm, 7pm-10.30pm, (Sat) 7pm-10.30pm
Where we're looking to dine...
Meatsmith Little India
Meatsmith Little India is celebrating its second anniversary this Sunday. And in commemoration, chef Palash Mitra, culinary director at Black Sheep Restaurants, who oversees the group's one-Michelin-starred restaurants such as New Punjab Club and Sri Lankan canteen, along with head chef of new Punjab club, chef Sindhu, will be serving an array of South Asian delicacies from beef pepper stir fry to masalewali channp. Expect exquisite flavours, good music and all the tipple you can imbibe.
Meatsmith Little India, 21 Campbell Lane
Time: Sun 2pm-11.30pm
Good news for Sentosa and Singapore, a new party destination will debut with the opening of 1-V:U, which will span across the entire rooftop of The Outpost Hotel. Homegrown chef Ace Tan will be handling the culinary aspect with a focus on Asian progressive cuisine that will be divided into two categories: "Terra" and "Aqua". With day-to-night entertainment, courtesy of resident DJs and a plethora of delicacies to indulge in, we look forward to this chic island escape.
Level 7 The Outpost Hotel,10 Artillery Avenue, Sentosa Island
Opening Hours: (Sun to Thurs) 6:30am-1am (Fri-Sat): 6:30am-3am