Lolla Champagne Bar
22 Ann Siang Road
Hours: 12-2pm, 6-11.45pm (Mon-Sat)
Opens end March
SIX months into their opening, the owners of chic small-plates eatery Lolla are ready for another challenge. They recently carved out the front nook of their basement private dining room and turned it into a counter-seating champagne bar, which will open by the end of this month. Expect around 20 labels of bubbly from small grower-producer wineries from the Champagne region. Prices range from $118 for a bottle of Marie Demets Brut Tradition to $660 for a Salon Blanc de Blancs. Champagne by the glass or carafe is also available from $25 to $100.
Other than his supper club Lolla's Secret Suppers - after which the eatery is named - co-owner Pang Hian Tee also runs a boutique champagne import business Lollapalooza, so expect to find rarely imported gems from artisan French winemakers.
23 Ann Siang Road
Opens in May
AFTER Dempsey and Tiong Bahru, Spa Esprit's Cynthia Chua wants to be part of the Ann Siang Road/Club Street dinner party too. The upcoming Ding Dong is a modern South-east Asian-inspired eatery in a three-storey conservation shophouse that comprises a kitchen on the ground floor, 10-seater cocktail bar on the second floor and a dining room for 50 to 60 people on the third.
British chef Ryan Clift - who also teamed up with Ms Chua for the Tippling Club and Open Door Policy - is behind the menu that will feature the likes of Vietnamese scotched quail eggs, roasted kingfish collar and wagyu pho. Prices will start at $12.
"I grew up eating a lot of Asian food as a kid and I love the light, refreshing flavours of South-east Asian food particularly," says Mr Clift, who has Burmese heritage and cites hole-in-wall Thai and Vietnamese eateries in Melbourne's back alleys as an inspiration.
Besides Ding Dong, the group is also gearing up for the Tippling Club's move from its four-year-old Dempsey digs to a three-unit shophouse along Tanjong Pagar in October.
18 Gemmill Lane
Opens in May
MASSIVE Collective is known for running swanky nightspots like Mink and Filter, while Akashi runs a well-respected chain of 13 mid-range and high-end Japanese restaurants.
In May, the two businesses join hands to launch a yet-to-be-named modern izakaya on Gemmill Lane, a quiet slip road that's also home to hotspots such as Luke's Oyster Bar and Club Street Social.
The 1,500 sq ft former premises of an upmarket bicycle shop will be transformed into a slick, 35-seater restaurant featuring an open kitchen with counter seats, according to Akashi owner Mervyn Goh. Lunch will cost from $30 to $50 per person, while dinner will average $100. They're currently in talks with a native Japanese chef from a leading Japanese fine dining restaurant in Singapore to helm the kitchen, reveals Massive Collective's Phillip Poon.
Izy Dining and Bar
27 Club Street
Opens in June
EXCEPT for traditional Japanese kaiseki restaurant Goto, Asian cuisine is still under-represented on Club Street - a a gap that first time F&B entrepreneur Pierre Prunier hopes to soon plug with his new venture, Izy.
The 1,200 sq ft modern Japanese izakaya will serve up small plates designed to pair with beer, wine and sake along a 25-seater counter facing an open kitchen.
"Most izakayas in Singapore are quite traditional in nature. We felt we could add to the scene by bringing a vibrant and contemporary, yet unpretentious, take on the concept," says Mr Prunier, who holds a day job in asset management. His business partner, Indonesian David Tjiptobiantoro, owns and manages F&B establishments in Jakarta such as The Papilion and Huize Van Wely. The two men are also working on a second concept that will open shortly after Izy.