New nosh places

New nosh places

Long Play, Sorrel and Meat Smith


Where: 4 Haji Lane & 33 Arab Street

Opening: Before Christmas


Where: 21 Boon Tat Street

Opening: Before Christmas


Where: 167 Telok Ayer Street

Opening: Before Chinese New Year

Hotelier-restaurateur Loh Lik Peng is busy expanding yet again.

The 42-year-old, who is behind boutique hotels 1929 in Keong Saik Road and New Majestic Hotel in Bukit Pasoh Road as well as restaurants such as Pollen at Gardens by the Bay's Flower Dome, tapas bar Esquina in Jiak Chuan Road and Bincho in Tiong Bahru, will open three new food-and-beverage concepts in the coming months.

He already has more than 20 hotels and restaurants under his hotel-restaurant group, Unlisted Collection, which are in cities such as London, Shanghai and Sydney.

His partners for the new projects here are the same ones behind secret bar The Library and eatery The Study, both in Keong Saik Road, as well as Esquina.

Long Play will be an industrial-themed bar with light bites where people can chill out to tunes from 1950s to 1970s vinyls. The shophouse will have entrances at both Haji Lane and Arab Street.

Sorrel, over in Boon Tat Street, will be a 35- to 40-seat tasting-menu restaurant headed by chef Johnston Teo, the former sous chef of Jaan, who has also worked at Pollen.

Mr Loh says the restaurant will be "edgy, urban and not too rigid". Vegetables will come from a farm in Cameron Highlands in Malaysia, which the group works with for its other restaurants. Prices have not been determined, but expect options of five- and seven-course tastings.

Down the road from Sorrel will be Meat Smith, which is taking over the space previously occupied by the nowdefunct Sophie Bakery in Telok Ayer Street. It is across the road from one of Mr Loh's restaurants, The Market Grill.

Meat Smith will focus on smoked meats that will be prepared in specialist smokers from the United States. Interiorwise, expect a blacksmith shop-like vibe, says Mr Loh.

Syun at Resorts World Sentosa

Where: Resorts World Sentosa, Festive Walk, next to Osia restaurant

Opening: Next month. Noon to 3pm, 6 to 11pm (Tuesday to Sunday), closed on Monday

Info: Call 6577-6688 or go to

Renowned Japanese chef Hal Yamashita, 44, who runs eponymous restaurants in Tokyo and Osaka, will open his first restaurant outside Japan next month at Resorts World Sentosa.

The chef may not have Michelin stars to his name, but his restaurants draw foodies and gourmands from all over the world because of his attention to quality produce and ingredients.

Syun, the Japanese word for spring, takes up more than 1,700 sq ft and is located near other celebrity chef restaurants, including Osia, Joel Robuchon and TungLok Heen.

The 53-seat casual restaurant's contemporary cuisine will be driven by Yamashita's philosophy of simplicity, which focuses on the use of quality ingredients from various provinces in Japan.

For those who want a little more exclusivity, there will be two private dining rooms for eight to 10 people each.

Syun will offer set menus, seasonal menus as well as a la carte items. For lunch, diners can expect bento sets, while sushi and sashimi will be available for dinner. Prices start from $22++ a person for lunch and $55++ for dinner.

Signature dishes include sea urchin and Kuroge wagyu beef roll topped with caviar; grilled gindara (cod) saikyo marinated in premium miso and dried mullet roe with a yuzu miso sauce; and a Kuroge wagyu beef sukiyaki.

Yamashita, one of the chefs whose cuisine was featured during the annual gastronomic festival, The World Gourmet Summit, here in 2010, says: "Singapore is a melting pot of various cuisines and I have noticed that diners here are well-travelled and have a more adventurous palate. I'm confident they will embrace what Syun has to offer."

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