The Brand You Ought to Know About: Unlisted Collection

From boutique hotels to restaurants, they’ve got it all covered.

Unlisted Collection, the brainchild of local hotelier Mr. Loh Lik Peng (pictured above), was founded in 2011 and has a knack for discovering charming and novel spaces in offbeat locations. It has since established an international presence in bustling metropolitan cities around the world – namely Singapore, London, Shanghai and Sydney, with a grand total of 27 properties under its name. It is widely known as the brand behind Hotel 1929, a boutique hotel found within a row of shophouses along Keong Saik Road with a surprisingly stylish and modern interior.

Even if you have never heard of Unlisted Collection, you have probably come across some of the restaurants owned by the brand on social media. I’ve got to say, the restaurants listed below are some of the most Instagram-worthy venues in Singapore. Read on to find out more!

1. 5th Quarter

A fairly new establishment opened last year at Syed Alwi Road, 5th Quarter’s forte is in meat curing. Food aside, the extravagant interior in 5th Quarter is one that distinctively sets it apart from the rest: the vibrant combination of red and gold, heavy velvet drapes and bizarre interior decorations (for instance, the life-sized golden elephant statues). The restaurant is a partnership between the Unlisted Collection and Executive Chef Andrew Nocente, an Australian with a flair for handling meat of all sorts.

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Salt N Pepper Tripe with Caponata Sauce
Salt N Pepper Tripe with Caponata Sauce
Pork Collar, Radishes and Praline
Pork Collar, Radishes and Praline

Address: 39 Syed Alwi Rd, Singapore 207630
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays & Public Holidays)
Lunch: 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner: 6:30pm-10:30pm (Last order at 10pm)
Website: http://5thquarter.com.sg/

2. Bincho

Once an ordinary traditional ‘kopitiam’ (coffee shop), this modest space in Tiong Bahru has now transformed into a unique coupling of a hip Japanese yakitori bistro and an old-school meepok stall. In the day, local favourites such as meepok and kaya toast are offered on the menu, prepared, and served by the owners at Hua Bee who have operated the stall for more than 70 years. Concurrently, the modern open-concept yakitori bar and bistro, Bincho, operates in a separate space at the back of the shop unit.

Its refurnished interior maintains some elements of the traditional ‘kopitiam’, such as the distinct original distressed walls. Yet, Bincho successfully harmonizes elements of the old and the new, creating a sense of nostalgia despite its unusual setting. It is helmed by Chef Asai Masahi, who has impeccable knowledge and skills on traditional and authentic Japanese cuisine, especially on the art of charcoal grilling.

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Aburi Kaisen Don – Donburi lunch sets at Bincho starts from $25++
Tori (chicken), the main star of the restaurant.

Address: 78 Moh Guan Terrace, #01-19, Singapore 162078
Opening hours:
Tuesday to Sunday (Closed Mondays)
Lunch – 12pm-3:00pm (Last order at 2:30pm)
Dinner – 6PM till late
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/bincho
Website: http://www.bincho.com.sg/

3. Burnt Ends

Brilliant food, unforgettable service and an unrivalled experience – what’s there not to love? Burnt Ends, a modern Australian BBQ, has made its mark on Teck Lim Road since its opening in 2013. The polished space features an open-kitchen concept and counter seats, where you get to experience being at the heart of the busy kitchen. You will also get to witness Chef Dave Pynt in action with his four-tonne, dual cavity oven fired with apple and almond wood and custom built grills. The menu changes daily to ensure that you get the best they have to offer.

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A crowd favourite – Beef Marmalade & Pickles (S$14)
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Another hot item on the menu – Beef Marmalade and Pickles (S$14). If you are a fan of pulled pork, this is a must-try!

Address: 20 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088391
Opening hours:
Lunch – Wednesday to Saturday, 11:45am-2pm
Dinner – Tuesday to Saturday, 6pm till late
(Closed Sundays and Mondays)
Website: http://www.burntends.com.sg/

4. Cheek by Jowl

The newest addition to Unlisted Collection (opened on 12 February!), Cheek by Jowl is a Modern Australian eatery helmed by Australian chef Rishi Naleendra, who previously worked at MACA at the Tanglin Road. It has replaced Sorrel at the same location on Boon Tat Street. With a seating capacity of 40, it is an intimate space perfect for a private gathering. Natural and earthy hues, illuminated by amber lighting, creates a welcoming and soothing atmosphere.

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Chef Naleendra’s signature dish of duck confit with five-spie caramel and crispy waffles
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Trout, cucumber, buttermilk and wilted greens

Address: 21 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
Opening hours:
Lunch – Monday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6pm-10:30pm
(Closed Sundays)
Website: http://www.cheekbyjowl.com.sg/

5. Cocotte

Hidden away on the ground level of Wanderlust Hotel (on Dickson Road) lies a hip and chic restaurant, Cocotte. It prides itself as a French restaurant serving up authentic, unpretentious French cuisine in a casual setting. It is very spacious and well furnished with an eclectic style, and is an ideal location for a range of events from weddings, corporate to intimate gatherings.

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Steamed mussels & clams with piping hot handcut fries!
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Slow roasted paleron

Address: No. 2 Dickson Road, Singapore 209494
Opening hours:
Lunch/Brunch – Monday to Thursday, 12pm-2:30pm (Last order 2pm); Friday to Sunday, 12pm-3pm (Last order 2:30pm)
Dinner – Monday to Thursday, 6:30pm-10:30pm (Last order 10pm); Friday to Sunday, 6:30pm-11pm (Last order 10:30pm)
Pastry Counter – Monday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm & 6pm-10pm; Saturday & Sunday, 12pm-10pm
(Closed Tuesdays)
Website: http://restaurantcocotte.com/

6. Ember

Situated in the same building as Unlisted Collection’s famous Hotel 1929, Ember is a restaurant that offers refined European food with a tinge of Asian influence with a strong focus on quality and freshness. It is led by Chef Sufian Bin Zain, who has an impressive resume of working in well-known establishments such as Les Amis, Beaufort Hotel’s The Cliff Restaurant, Iggy’s and Waku Ghin. It has done a revamp of its interior in 2014 to make it look more modern. Minimalistic and elegant, with a capacity of 40 (seated), Ember is an excellent venue for corporate functions or a luxurious private party.

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Oven roasted lamb loin, ratatouille, cous-cous, thyme jus
Oven roasted lamb loin, ratatouille, cous-cous, thyme jus
Bouillabaisse soup, scampi, clams, hokkaido scallops, seabass, aioli
Bouillabaisse soup, scampi, clams, hokkaido scallops, seabass, aioli

Address: 50 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089154
Opening hours:
Lunch – Monday to Friday, 11:30am-2pm
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6:30pm-10pm
(Closed Sundays)
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/restaurant-ember
Website: http://restaurantember.com.sg/

7. Esquina

Found around the corner of Jiak Chuan Street is Esquina, a contemporary Spanish tapas diner occupying a two-storey restored colonial era shophouse. It quickly gained popularity amongst tapas lovers since its opening in December 2011, and has established itself as the go-to place for unique tapas and social gatherings. Its exterior is a sharp contrast to the honed and polished, yet intimate space inside. Each storey presents an experience of its own.

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A communal table setting and an open kitchen available at the 500 square feet ground floor, where you are able to see the chefs live in action.
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The 600 square feet second floor, also known as Esquina 2.0, which has a quieter setting.
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Pigeon with forest berries escabeche, burnt rosemary polenta, crisp shallots (S$22)
06 Salted Cod 'Alkorta'
One of the must-try items in the new menu launched in September 2015, baked Salted Cod ‘Alkorta’ with iberico & tomato chickpeas and black garlic from “Las Pedroñeras” (S$28)

Address: 16 Jiak Chuan Road, Singapore 089267
Opening hours:
Lunch – Monday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm (Last seating 2pm)
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6pm-10:30pm (Last seating 10pm)
(Closed Sundays)
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/esquina-2-0
Website: http://esquina.com.sg/

8. Jing Seafood Restaurant

An event held here is surely an event to remember. Jing Seafood Restaurant is the second joint venture between Chef Yong Bing Ngen of Majestic Restaurant and Unlisted Collection. Serving up contemporary Cantonese cuisine with a sight to behold, it is a great location for weddings, engagements, or even grand birthday parties. It has 2 private rooms, the first being like a viewing gallery with outside views, while the other is more intimate and tucked beyond the wine cellar.

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fresh lobster pan-fried with chef’s recipe sauce
roasted beijing duck served with pancake & condiment
roasted beijing duck served with pancake & condiment

Address: One Fullerton, #01-02/03, 1 Fullerton Road, Singapore 049213
Opening hours:
Lunch – 12pm-2:30pm (Last order 2pm)
Dinner – 6:30pm-10:30pm (Last order 10pm)
Website: http://www.jing.sg/

9. Longplay

Hipsters, look out for this one! Straddled between Haji Lane and Arab Street, LongPlay offers a comfortable space for guests to lounge and relive memories with its collection of vintage records all the way from the 1950s. This chic vinyl bar has an old school charm with its unassuming industrial style, exposed amber light bulbs, open concept kitchen and white linen curtains. It has a state-of-the-art sound system that brings out the best of vinyl, and has an extensive collection of records to boot. You may indulge in the flavourful bar snacks offered by Longplay while enjoying the songs, or choose a drink from the wide selection of craft beers, wines, spirits and cocktails on the drinks menu.

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Togarashi Squid, Harissa Dip & Buttermilk Chicken, Coronation Sauce
Bar snacks, anyone? Presenting to you Togarashi Squid with Harissa dip & Buttermilk Chicken with Coronation sauce.
Butternut Squash & Gorgonzola Sandwich
Butternut Squash & Gorgonzola Sandwich

Address: 4 Haji Lane / 33 Arab Street, Singapore 189197
Opening hours:
Tuesday & Wednesday, 6pm-12am
Thursday to Sunday, 4pm-12am
(Closed Mondays)
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/longplay
Website: http://longplay.sg/

10. Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant

Following the successes of Majestic Restaurant and Jing Restaurant comes Majestic Bay Seafood Restaurant, yet another collaboration between Chef Yong Bing Ngen and Unlisted Collection. Located below the Flower Dome at Gardens by the Bay, the exquisite restaurant serves Chinese cuisine, focusing on seafood. It can fit up to 190 guests, and also has a private room for exclusive gatherings. It has large windows for guests to enjoy the scenic waterfront view of the Marina Bay, and uses neutral tones which gives off a comforting vibe.

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Lobster & Geo Duck Sashimi
Lobster & Geo Duck Sashimi
Live Crabs, Bay's Signature Kopi Sauce
Kopi Crab, Majestic Bay’s signature dish.

Address: Gardens By The Bay (below Flower Dome), 18 Marina Gardens Drive #01-10, Singapore 018953
Opening hours:
Lunch – Monday to Sunday, 11:30am-3pm
Dinner – Monday to Sunday, 5:45pm-9pm
Website: http://majesticbay.sg/

11. Majestic Restaurant

Housed within the New Majestic Hotel, Majestic Restaurant serves up contemporary and novel Chinese cuisine such as chilled ‘mao shan wang’ durian with gula Malacca. It is helmed by Chef Yong Bing Ngen, who held positions in renowned restaurants such as the Hai Tien Lo restaurant in Pan Pacific Hotel Singapore and Jade restaurant in Fullerton Hotel.

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grilled lamb chop in chinese honey with pan-fried carrot cake
grilled lamb chop in Chinese honey with pan-fried carrot cake
stewed boston lobster noodles with ginger and spring onions
stewed Boston lobster noodles with ginger and spring onions

Address: New Majestic Hotel, 31-37 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089845
Opening hours:
Lunch – Tuesday to Sunday, 11:45am-2:30pm (Last order 2:15pm)
Dinner – Tuesday to Sunday, 6pm-10pm (Last order 9:45pm)
(Closed Mondays)
Website: http://www.restaurantmajestic.com/

 

12. Meatsmith

Meat-lovers, you probably know about this one. Meatsmith is a modern smokehouse that rooted itself along Telok Ayer Street. It is instantly recognizable from afar due to its black and bold storefront. Its interior is edgy, and reminiscent of a masculine sensibility with its comfortable dark colours. The wide space is able to fit 100 standing and 70 sitting, and its unique interior makes for an impressive venue for any event function.

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Address: 167/169 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068620
Opening hours:
Monday to Saturday, 8:30am-Late (Closed Sundays)
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/meatsmith
Website: http://www.meatsmith.com.sg/

13. Pollen

This is by far my favourite one on the list! Located at Flower Dome, Gardens by the Bay, Pollen is the ideal location for the perfect date (if your wallet allows for it). Being the only restaurant located within the dome, Pollen offers an unrivalled fine-dining experience with an impeccable view. As it is within a climate-controlled environment, you will be able to enjoy your meal in a cool Mediterranean climate, regardless if it’s rain or shine outside. Pollen serves mainly British cuisine with Asian influences and the person running the kitchen is newly appointed Head Chef, Chef Angelo Rosso.

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Roasted Cod and New Season Morels
Roasted Cod and New Season Morels
Tiger Prawn with Brown Rice Paella
Tiger Prawn with Brown Rice Paella

Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-09, Singapore 018953
Opening hours:
Main Dining Room – Level 1
Monday, Wednesday to Sunday (Closed Tuesdays)
Lunch: 12pm-3pm (Last order 2:30pm)
Dinner: 6pm-10pm (Last order 9:30pm)
Pollen Terrace – Level 2
9:30am-9pm daily
Afternoon Tea: 3pm-5pm
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/pollen
Website: http://www.pollen.com.sg/

 

14. The Market Grill

Situated along the same street as The Meatsmith, The Market Grill is a trendy bistro that also caters to meat lovers. The kitchen is led by Executive Chef Colin West, who has tons of experience working in renowned organizations such as Les Amis and Le Saint Julien. The Market Grill features counter seats and an open-concept kitchen for you to catch all the live action that usually goes behind the scene. Also, unique to The Market Grill is a 1.5 meter long live lobster tank with Atlantic Lobsters flown from Maine and Boston.

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Address: 208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642
Opening hours:
Lunch – Monday to Saturday, 11:30am-2:30pm
Dinner – Monday to Saturday, 6pm-10pm
(Closed Sundays)
Website: http://www.themarketgrill.com.sg/

 

15. The Provision Shop

Opened by Cocotte’s head chef, Chef Anthony Yeoh, The Provision Shop is a casual neighbourhood café that serves comfort food such as Eggs Benedict and Traditional Carbonara. It is a small and friendly space with an informal atmosphere, a perfect place for brunch.

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(Photo credits to Sethlui.com)

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Address: Blk 3 Everton Park, #01-79, Singapore 080003
Website: https://www.facebook.com/TheProvisionShop/

16. The Study

Last on the list, we have The Study, a British-inspired restaurant situated on Keong Saik Street. Led by Head Chef Danial, who had worked at the Michelin-starred restaurant The French Laundry in California, The Study presents modern and novel British bistro fare and frequently updates its menu with new creations. The inviting space is well put together with industrial metal furniture, brick walls, and overhanging lamps, creating a laidback and casual setting perfect for a private party or a nice dinner date.

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Slow roasted pork belly, horseradish & kombu mash, rainbow chard – available on its Set Lunch
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An item on The Study’s SG50 special menu – Red Snapper served with fresh brown shrimps, crispy cereal crumbs and greens
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Cinnamon donuts with salted caramel cream, an item highly raved about.
(Photo credits to MakeYourCaloriesCount.com)

Address: 49 Keong Saik Road, Singapore 089153
Opening hours:
Lunch: Monday to Friday, 12pm-2:30pm
Dinner: Monday to Saturday, 6pm-10:30pm
Brunch: Saturday, 11am-3pm
(Closed Sundays)
Venue rental: http://www.venuerific.com/sg/venues/the-study
Website: http://the-study.sg/

 

For more information, visit their website at http://www.unlistedcollection.com/.

 

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