10 New Cafes At Chinatown – South Bridge Road, Keong Siak, and Everton
Do you agree that some of the best restaurants and cafes in Singapore are found at Chinatown? Take a walk around Tanjong Pagar, Ann Siang Hill, Telok Ayer, Kreta Ayer, Keong Siak, Everton, Kampong Bahru and Bukit Pasoh and you will find a number of head-lining characteristic eateries around.
Here’s a look at 10 New Cafes At Chinatown, found at South Bridge Road, Keong Siak, and Everton Park.
50, Smith Street, Singapore 058958 (5 min walk from Chinatown MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 11pm (Fri), 10am – 11pm (Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
BiBing = Bibimbap + Bingsu. 진짜? Jinjja The BiBim ($18) was remodelled like a real bibimbap (Korean mixed rice) using fruits of various colours as toppings instead. The egg yolk was created using a slice of mango whereas the egg white was made from yogurt.
279 South Bridge Road Singapore 058828 (Chinatown MRT Exit A)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9:30pm (Mon-Thurs), 12pm – 11:30pm (Fr-Sat), Closed Sun
A Korean café set up by a family in Singapore. The local service staff was trained by a Korean dessert chef. The Patbingsu is as their signature, in flavours of Red Bean, Sweet Potato, Oreo, Mango, Green Tea ($8.50 – $9.00), and toasts of ice cream, red bean, kaya butter, peanut butter or Nutella. Look out for some of their monthly specials.
Monochrome Fusion Bistro
291 South Bridge Road Singapore 058836 (near Maxwell Market, Chinatown MRT Exit A)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Black and white. Western and Asian. Art and style. Food and drinks. A stylish monochromic themed café bistro. Some of their signatures: Monochrome Signature Meatballs ($16) – handcrafted meatballs coated with black and white sesame, Monochrome Squid Ink Risotto ($24) – squid ink risotto with pan-seared scallops and parmesan cheese, and Snapper Loin Cha Soba ($24) – soba, teppanyaki snapper, served with miso broth.
333 Kreta Ayer Road, #01-14, Singapore 080333
Opening Hours: 1pm – 7pm (Mon), 1pm – 10pm (Tues-Thurs), 1pm – 10:45pm (Fri-Sat)
Cafe owner Georgina Sim, a graduate from Le Cordon Bleu Paris, hoped to bring smiles and enjoyment to people with her creations, thus naming the café, Les Délices, which means “The Delights” in French. A total of 8 pastries were on display at any one time, including Choux of 3 different flavours, Earl Grey, Matcha and Valrhona Guanaja ($5.90 each). Instead of just limiting to coffee selection, there are Chinese tea offered such as Pu- Erh, Fenghuang Dancong, Tie Guan Yin, Shuixian ($4.20 each). One type of Chinese tea will be served as the Cold Brew ($4.90). Truly an innovative East meets West fusion.
26 Keong Saik Road Singapore 089133
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues-Sat), 12pm – 7pm (Sun), Closed Mon
The South Korean café chain is popular for its banana theme decorations, yellow and white clean look, and pretty potted plant desserts. The signature desserts available included the Flower Paap ($6.50) – pudding in a flower pot, Oreo Bomb ($12), Pot BingSu ($12.50) and Som Som latte with candy floss toppings ($6.50). Some of the drinks look prettier than they taste though.
Keong Saik Road #01-04, Singapore 089109
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Tues-Fri), 9am – 12am (Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun)
Contemporary, clean, woody, wide spaces, the space exhibited the ‘Aussie café’ vibes for a noon of laidback coffee-drinking. Luxe first started as a hole-in-the-wall at Bondi, and Singapore makes its first overseas outlet. Its Head-chef Chui Lee Luk is actually Singapore-born, and this makes a home-coming of sorts. With experience at Claude’s and with Kylie Kwong, Chef Chui promises modern Australian cuisine with a Southeast Asian twist.
The Daily Roundup
1 Keong Saik Road #01-02 The Working Capitol Singapore 089109
Formerly tentatively known as The Working Capitol Café, this space has a fixed name and identity finally – a modern crêperie. The cafe with rather Aussie-vibes serve sweet crepes and savoury galettes (round flat crusty cakes). The Yuzu Butter Crepe ($10, $4 more for ice cream) was fab. Popular spot with office executives for meet-ups.
Mad About Sucre
27 Teo Hong Road, Singapore 088334 (near Bt Pasoh, Outram MRT)
Tel: +65 62213969
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10:30pm (Tues-Thurs), 12:30pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 12:30pm – 5pm (Sun), Closed Mon (Note: May close earlier on some days)
Some of my friends describe this café as “madness” – a good way. The staff take time and effort to explain each and every one of their cake, knowledgeable about every ingredient that goes into it, and which tea pairs best. All cakes are handcrafted on-site. One of my favourite is the Coco Citron ($9.80+) – a coconut sablée tart with light coconut mousse, lemon curd and crystal drops on top. Note: cakes are produced in limited quantities, do get sold out fast here.
Chew The Fat
Block 6 Everton Park #01-18, Singapore 080006
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 9pm (Tues-Sun)
Everton Park was the café hotspot, but it is getting quiet of late. Chew The Fat hidden within a block of flats offers a small selection of in- house bakes and sliced cakes with flavours such as the Rainbow Cake & Red Velvet. They also serve mains (Crispy Salmon, Orange Halibut, Chicken Roulade, pastas) & salads all-day. Match the bakes with tea blends such as the Japanese Cherry Blossom Sencha (most popular), Chili Chocolate White Tea, Jasmine Rose White Tea and Mandarin Orange Earl Grey.
Blk 7 Everton Park Singapore 080007
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 10pm (Fri-Sat)
Handcrafted gelato in the neighbourhood. No preservatives, no added colourings, no added chemicals. The creamery experiments with interesting flavours such as Avocado Gula Melaka, Cayenne Chocolate, Black Sesame with White Sesame seeds, Rockmelon with Vegetarian Bacon, and Whiskey Cream.
If you have time, do show some support to Old Boys Gallery and The Dough Shoppe at Kampong Bahru Road (near Everton) as well!
*Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary & Nicholas Tan @stormscape.