Comfort Italian fare at il Cielo, seasonal specials at Fukui, and more new menus to try this April

There’s much to celebrate today, with the reveal of the Asia’s 50 Best Bars extended list — which sees nine homegrown venues ranking among the 51st to 100th spots. We’re already making plans to hit up these bars for this weekend, and are feeling exceptionally glad that the revised Covid-19 safety measures announced last month include letting us enjoy our tipples past 10.30pm. We’re also celebrating with these new menus for April 2022, because nothing sets the stage for evening drinks better than a sumptuous meal.

We’re spoilt for choice on where to go too, seeing how many restaurants have launched revitalised repertoires this April 2022 that are equal parts tasty and thrilling. Contemporary Korean eatery Nae:um, for instance, has unveiled a repertoire inspired by cuisine served in coastal towns, while il Cielo at Voco Orchard has us abandoning our no-carbs diet plans in favour of its hearty pizzas and pastas. Over at omakase joint Fukui, seasonal specials the likes of Awayuki Ichigo (white strawberries) are thrown into the spotlight.

Already planning your next big night (or day) out with your friends, especially from April 26 when group size limits are lifted? Scroll down for our suggestions of where to go.

These are the tastiest new menus to savour this April 2022

Nox Dine in the Dark has moved to a new, two-storey venue along Club Street, and launched refreshed tasting and cocktail menus. As its name suggests, the restaurant is known for its unconventional dining concept that has guests tucking into their meals while surrounded by complete darkness and guided by visually-impaired hosts. Its snazzy new interiors feature an RGB art wall adorned with changing visuals and colours, and a Braille-inspired wall installation. Standout items in its cocktail repertoire designed by veteran mixologist Sam Wong (of Ah Sam Cold Drink Stall fame) include the light and fruity Please Burst My Bubbles — a mix of earl grey-infused gin and lemon juice that’s crowned with actual bubbles — and Breakfast For Champions, a tangy whisky-based tipple that’s surprisingly potent. After savouring their drinks at the lit lounge area, guests are led upstairs by a visually-impaired host to the dining hall, which is pitch dark.

The menu, which leans toward modern European cuisine, is shrouded in mystery as diners are invited to make guesses about what they’re eating before the full lineup is revealed to them at the end of the meal. Our maiden visit had us feasting on 12 different dishes (four per course) with an assortment of meats and seafood. It was slightly disorientating at first to eat in the dark, with our only sources of light being the red glare of multiple surveillance cameras in the room. But as the session wore on, we slowly grew accustomed to depending on our spatial awareness to find our food and cutlery on the table, and found ourselves paying more attention to the flavours, scents and textures of every dish without being distracted by their aesthetic appeal.

The food menu changes every two months, with the next refresh due in April. If you’re seeking an unconventional dining experience, here’s a spot worth considering.

Restaurant opening hours
Open every day from 6pm – 1030pm, except Monday (closed).

Address
83 Club Street, Singapore 069451
Phone
+65 6298 0708

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Comfort Italian fare awaits at rooftop eatery il Cielo, which has reopened at Voco Orchard hotel with a new concept and menu. Dig into starters such as fritto misto (a platter of fried seafood such as soft shell crab, prawns and whitebait with lemon aioli) and velvety burrata with parma ham and arugula, before loading up on carbs with the restaurant’s range of pizzas, pastas and risotto. Go for the Manzo & Tartufo, which features housemade tagliatelle tossed with wagyu beef cubes so gorgeously tender they melt in the mouth. The pasta is also generously speckled with parmesan and grated black truffle.

Another winner is the Al Nero, a squid ink risotto that’s bursting with umami in every bite. It’s topped with chewy slices of octopus and a crisp croquette that breaks apart to reveal sweet, creamy pumpkin filling. If you’re keen on spicy flavours, the risotto is also daubed with dots of harissa sauce, which look unassuming at first glance but pack a fiery punch — mix them into the rice if you’re game. For pizzas, try staples like the margherita and 6 Cheeses (a combination of ricotta cheese, mozzarella, scarmoza, taleggio, parmesan and gorgonzola), or — for something a little different — the Ricotta & Spinaci, which pairs spinach and garlic prawns topped with fluffy gobs of ricotta.

Don’t hold back on dessert — the classic tiramisu is a decadent treat with its espresso-soaked sponge layers bedecked with Grand Marnier-infused mascarpone cream, while the dreamy panna cotta is flecked with hazelnuts and caramel fudge.

Restaurant opening hours

Lunch 
Wednesday to Saturday, 12pm – 3 pm
Sunday, 12pm – 3.30 pm

Dinner 
Wednesday to Saturday, 5 pm – 10 pm

Address
Voco Orchard Singapore, Level 24, 581 Orchard Road, Singapore 238883
Phone
+65 6730 3395

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This omakase restaurant located right next to Bistecca Tuscan Steakhouse has released a new spring menu spotlighting seasonal ingredients such as Takenoko (young bamboo sprouts), Noresore (young conger eels), and Ishidai (striped beakfish). Diners can expect to savour dessert incorporated with Awayuki Ichigo (white strawberries), and the restaurant’s signature dish of Ise Ebi with Imo Tofu — Japanese yam covered in lobster potage sauce. Seafood sushi cooked over binchotan coals will also be included in the omakase set during dinnertime.

Restaurant Opening Hours
Monday – Saturday
Lunch: 12pm – 3pm
Dinner: 6pm – 10.30pm

Address
25 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 238969
Phone
+65 6509 0909

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If you’re a fan of smoky, grilled flavours, Revolver is where you need to be. It specialises in modern Indian fare that’s cooked on wood-fire, a smoker and tandoor, and changes its menu every two months. For March and April, it’ll serve up recipes from regions such as the Southern coast of Malabar and the Northern region of Punjab, and feature ingredients such as venison, duck and Jerusalem artichoke. Highlights include Boston lobster Malabar (lobster coupled with a creamy coconut milk-based sauce finished with butter) and venison tenderloin with lotus radish crisp.

Restaurant Opening Hours 

Lunch
Wednesday to Sunday, 10.30am – midnight (last order at 11.30pm)

Dinner
Wednesday to Sunday, 6pm – 10.30pm (last order at 9:45pm)

After hours
Thursday to Sunday, 12am – 2:30am (last order at 2.15am)

Address
56 Tras St, Singapore 078995
Phone
+65 6223 2812

Over at Sheraton Towers, Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant’s Executive Chinese Chef Chung Yiu Ming has teamed up with Japanese Chef Akihiro Maetomo of Maetomo Japanese cuisine Kaiseki & Sushi for a four-hands dinner. Their collaboration promises to be a lavish affair with mouthwatering courses of foie gras with unagi, Alaskan king crab with Hokkaido scallop and uni, and an eye-catching dessert of bird’s nest perched on a Williams pear. The dinner menu is available at Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant from 31 March to 1 May on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Restaurant Opening Hours 

Lunch
Monday to Saturday, 11.30am – 2.30pm
Sunday, 10.30am – 2.30pm

Dinner
Daily, 6:30pm – 10pm

Address
Li Bai Cantonese Restaurant, 39 Scotts Rd, Sheraton Towers Singapore, Singapore 228230
Phone
+65 6839 5623

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Contemporary Korean restaurant Nae:um has refreshed its six-course dinner tasting menu with a slew of new creations inspired by idyllic beach vacations and food served in Korean coastal towns. These range from Samhab — an intriguing combination of bincho-grilled Iberico pluma and Spanish octopus with a kimchi-potato mille feuille — to snacks of soju-simmered black mussels as well as crispy baby shrimps dusted with kimchi and vinegar powder.

Restaurant Opening Hours

Dinner
Tuesday to Saturday,  6.00pm – 10.30pm

Lunch
Saturday, 12.00pm – 3.00pm

Address
161 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068615
Phone
+65 8830 5016
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