From Peruvian and Israeli cuisines to pizza and hot pot, here’s what to eat this October

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There's a smorgasbord of dining options this month including new restaurants and menus, so get ready to feast (in pairs)

Those able to dine out are in for a real treat this October. Get excited for new and budding restaurant concepts and menus including modern Israeli fare, Peruvian brunch, and an Italian joint inspired by Italian cookouts.

Bochinche

This modern steakhouse has moved a couple of times, but third time’s the charm, right? At its new Club Street home, be treated to wet- and dry-aged steaks grilled on an expanded wood and charcoal grill, which entails an irresistible, smoky aroma highlighting the natural flavours of beef. Besides the Ojo de Bife rib eye steak, we also suggest the Solomillo Sirloin Steak. Pair these with starters like the Burrata and a side of hand cut chips to complete a hearty meat experience.

27 Club Street, Singapore 069413, tel: 6235 4990

Canchita Peruvian Cuisine

Canchita

Tired of the usual weekend brunches? Try Canchita for a Latin American fiesta. The newly launched Canchita Brunch (available only on weekends from 12pm to 3pm) features dishes and drinks spotlighting the regional cuisines of Mexico such as Zacatecas, Oacaxa, Baja California, and Veracruz – and of course, Peru.

Start off with the Seafood Platter comprising a generous mix of Japanese oysters, Tiger’s Milk shots, Mussels “a la chalaca”, and Aji Amarillo fish ceviche. For authentic Mexican street food, opt for Chilaquiles, a traditional Mexican breakfast dish, or the Beef Tongue Taco served with avocado puree and black beans. Hearty mains include Chupe De Camarones, a traditional prawn and Aji Panca soup, and Pescado A La Talla featuring fish served with an adobo and parsley sauce.

Our personal favourite is Arroz Con Pato. The traditional Peruvian dish is a perfect medley of flavours – tender and juicy duck confit with a hint of sweetness (marinated in orange juice for about a day before it is cooked in its own fat) and dark beer rice for a punch of umami. A range of alcoholic and non-alcoholic drinks are also available. We suggest the Chicamorada drink made of purple corn powder and boiled with apple, pineapple, cinnamon and cloves.

9A Dempsey Road, Singapore 247698, tel: 8028 1994

Da Paolo Gastronomia Great World

Don’t underestimate the new Da Paolo Gastronomia outlet at Great World. Easily one of the largest branches by the F&B group, this new addition houses all its virtual concepts under one roof. So expect to be treated to eats from the Pizza Bar, Pasta Bar and Panini Italiani; not to mention choices from its weekend and evening menus. Alternatively, you can always select some greens and grains from the ever-popular salad station, or pick up creamy gelato to-go.

Oh, and don’t forget to grab jams, pasta and plenty of ready-made sauces from the retail section to whip up simple Italian dishes at home.

1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-163 Great World, Singapore 237994, tel: 6735 8382

Dewgather

Those who need their daily dose of caffeine routinely should check out the all-new Dewgather cafe at The Star Vista. But besides their solid brews, the ‘Gram-worthy eatery also delivers a mean menu of sweet and savoury eats. Melbourne-inspired dishes include the signature Dew Swordfish Pasta for a less conventional dish of linguine and seared swordfish, as well as the Aussie Crumpet for lemon myrtle pieces and ricotta cheese plus berry compote. Guests sharing a variety of mains can also select the Waffle & Fried Chicken which is paired with kimchi and pickled daikon for a nice twist.

Star Vista, #01-46, 1 Vista Exchange Green Singapore, Singapore 138617, tel: 8043 8398 

Fufu Pot

Hot pot for one? Yes, please. At Plaza Singapura’s new Fufu Pot, indulge in simmering stews served just for you, thanks to its individual meals inspired by various cuisines. Opt for the comforting Stinky Tofu to savour a robust broth made with actual marinated stinky tofu; or choose the Thai-leaning White Curry for a creamy soup base paired with seafood like tiger prawns, scallops and clams. You’ll also find a menu of classic eats, where patrons can stay safe with mala, collagen and tomato broths.

#06-07 68 Orchard Rd Singapore, Singapore 238839

Griglia Open Fire Italian Kitchen

Inspired by grigliata (which is Italian for grill-out), Griglia Open Fire Italian Kitchen brings new depths to Italian cuisine in Singapore.

Here, pastas are enjoyed as appetisers, and flame-grilled seafood and meats take centre stage. So order the House Made Pappardelle served with braised pork jowl as well as the Spaghetti di Martino; but be sure to leave room for hearty mains like the Whole Spanish Turbot and dry-aged porterhouse steak.

As for dessert, share some Italian souffle with negroni ice cream or dig into the Cappuccinomisu for tiramisu with a coffee twist.

37 Craig Rd, #01-01, Singapore 089675, tel: 8949 7011

North Miznon


If this restaurant’s moniker sounds familiar to you, it’s because it is the sister restaurant of Miznon, the stuffed pita sandwich joint on Stanley Street. So take a break from stuffing your face with pita, and instead chow down slices of fragrant focaccia bread alongside Israeli eats made with fresh, local produce at North Miznon. And although the menu will rotate frequently, you can expect dishes like the Fennel bulb for a whole fennel roasted to perfection, as well as the Burning yellow potato, which sees a fluffy baked Agria potato charred over the open fire and filled with sour cream plus chopped salad.

Also feel free to order the Sirloin roast beef carpaccio on the rock (literally) or the Seafood Platter which spotlights market-fresh crabs, prawns and calamari cooked in a lemon butter sauce.

110 Amoy Street, #01-01, Singapore 069930, tel: 8028 5204

Wild Child Pizzette


If you love variety, you will love The Cicheti Group’s newest pizza concept, Wild Child Pizzette. Forget oversized pizzas which can barely fit on the table; at Wild Child Pizzette, you’ll find yourself tucking to savoury, 10-inch pizzas which entail more choices. No one should leave without trying the Crispy Fried Margherita, Trio Formaggio and Marinara. Sides to consider include the roasted Cauliflower and Kurobuta (roast pork belly).

50 Circular Road, Singapore 049405, tel: 6970 6592

A version of this article first appeared on SG Magazine.

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