14 New Cafes In Singapore February 2017 – Candy Floss Over Coffee, Popping Spheres And Nitrogen Ice Cream
Did the month of January 2017 just fly by like that? February 2017 still proves to be more or less exciting for F&B.
On our list, at least 20 or so cafes, and a whole lot more restaurants opening up within these 2 months. Some brave new openings, despite of news around of uncertain economy.
You would have realised DFD’s monthly cafe list differs slightly from the rest. Part of what we do, as a ‘hobby’ is to walk around Singapore physically, sometimes to the more obscure places to look for hidden finds.
Here’s 14 New Cafes In Singapore February 2017: (If there is a blue link behind the summary, click on it for a more detailed writeup.)
Stray by FatCat
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road, #04-22A/23, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 11am – 12pm (Coffee), 12pm – 2pm (Lunch), 2pm – 6pm (Coffee and cakes), 6pm – 10pm (Dinner), Opens Daily
I was intrigued with the items on the menu, many not commonly found in other places.
Think Yu Sheng Bowl ($20), Sichuan Black Pepper Wagyu ($22), Truffle Paper Wrap Chicken ($16), deconstructed Mango Sago Pomelo ($20) and Commando’s Favourite ($17) made up of Lychee, Longan and Red Tea Softserve.
Perhaps it may change your impression of Chinese food, that it can be updated and trendy too. Stray By Fatcat (Orchard Cineleisure)
(Click PLAY for video of Hattendo Soft Cream Buns.)
Hattendo Singapore Cafe
Tanjong Pagar Centre #01-05, 7 Wallich Street Singapore 078884
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 8pm (Sat – Sun, PH)
Famous Japanese Soft Cream Buns In Singapore
Japanese soft cream buns Hattendo has arrived in Singapore, with a Hattendo Singapore Café at Tanjong Pagar Centre (right opposite Japan Rail Cafe).
There are five flavours to choose from, from Custard, Fresh Cream, Azuki (sweet red bean paste), Matcha and Chocolate. The most popular flavours are the Custard and Fresh Cream.
Beyond the soft outer layer was tantalising smooth fresh cream. The inside was cold, smooth and mellow, in the right proportion of sweetness and viscosity.
They all go at $2.50 for a piece. I say, get the drink set which is a steal at $5.00 in total with a beverage. Hattendo (Tanjong Pagar)
Dutch Colony Coffee Co.
UE Square, 81 Clemenceau Avenue #01-21 Singapore 239917
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 4pm (Sat – Sun)
NEW Cafe At UE Square, After PasarBella And Frankel Avenue
Dutch Colony Coffee Co. has opened another outlet at UE Square, Clemenceau Avenue. Note: This is at River Valley, do not be confused with United Square.
This is its 3rd branch after PasarBella @ The Grandstand and Frankel Avenue. This has a contemporary, clean look that would appeal to the executives in the area.
The coffee selection includes a rotating selection of single origins – 2 from Ethopia, 1 from Burundi.
If not, an Espresso ($3.50) or Latte ($5.00) made from the signature “Dutch Blends” which has tasting notes of milk chocolate and strawberries (on white) should be a safe choice. Dutch Colony Coffee Co. (UE Square)
Shop Wonderland Cafe & Floral Studio
134 Telok Ayer Street Singapore 068600 (Telok Ayer Station)
Tel: +65 9299 4593
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm (Mon-Sat), Closed Sun
Garden Themed Cafe And Floral Studio Opens In The CBD
Shop Wonderland Cafe has moved from Haji Lane to 134 Telok Ayer Street, right next to popular coffee shop Sarnies.
The café was known for its floral and botanical-inspired space, that would give you a sense of ease and tranquility while having cakes and coffee.
Food offered during lunch includes Beef Goulash ($15.00), The Wonderland Om Bowl ($15.00) which is a veggie grain bowl, Sausages with Egg ($23.00) and Soup of the Day served with Toast ($9.00).
I generally think the cakes are the strength here, with favourites such as Earl Grey Lavender ($8.00), Gula Melaka Avocado ($8.00), Rose Raspberry ($8.00), Green Tea Black Sesame ($8.00) and Guinness Chocolate ($8.00). Shop Wonderland Café (Telok Ayer)
Bee’s Knee at The Garage
50 Cluny Park Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 257488
Tel: +65 6264 7978
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Dine At A Heritage Building In The Botanic Gardens
This colonial building at the Botanic Gardens has now been refurbished into a F&B establishment which houses two dining concepts – Bee’s Knee at Level 1 and Botanica at Level 2.
At level 1, Bee’s Knee is the café arm that serves a menu of pizza, pasta, sandwiches and desserts.
One can choose to dine at the exterior garden seating, or within the comfort of air-conditioned seating. Bee’s Knee (Botanic Gardens)
Nigiro Café Esplanade
8 Raffles Avenue #02-14, Esplanade Mall, Singapore 038983
Tel: +65 6238 1669
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Sun – Thu), 11:30am – 1am (Fri & Sat)
Japanese-Italian Café At Esplanade With Waterfront View
Being situated at second level of Esplanade Mall gave Nigiro Café the advantage of a Waterfront view.
Together with natural lighting and sleek furniture, it elevates the style and dining atmosphere to a different level.
Some of their recommended dishes include Cobb Salad ($16), Mentaiko Potato Pizza ($19) and NIGIRO Hamburg Steak ($25).
Go for the Churros Cheese Tart ($4.80). A crumbly tart with overflowing lava cheese when cut open, I enjoyed having the cookie-like texture crust together with the cheesy content. Nigiro Café (Suntec City)
20 Havelock Road, #01-24, Central Square, Singapore 059765
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Quaint Ice Cream Cafe At Central Square
Located near the lift lobby of Central Square, one building next to Central Perk Singapore, Canvas Gelato sells gelato, waffles (soon-to-come), bakes (limited selection) and coffee.
The gelato is priced according to weight, 80g for a Small Cup ($4.20), 120g for a Medium Cup ($6.30) and 180g for a Large Cup ($8.80).
Flavours include Latte, Matcha, Coconut for the gelato, and Passionfruit, Pineapple and Mandarin for the sorbets. Canvas Gelato (Central Square)
Suntec City #B1-165/166, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 10:00pm Daily
Popular American Frozen Yogurt Shop Opens At Suntec City
American brand Yogurtland has arrived at Suntec City basement. For a yogurt shop, it has a relatively large seating area, with USB ports and photobooths for you to charge phones and take Instagram-worthy photos.
The yogurt is sold by weight at $3.00 per 100 grams, with more than 30 different toppings available.
Flavours spotted include Plain Tart, Alphonso Mango Tart, Kiwi Raspberry Sorbet, Dragon Passion Tart, Strawberry Shortcake Pop, Sumatra Coffee, Matcha Tea and Salted Caramel Pecan. Though they rotate regularly. Yogurtland (Suntec City)
Lab Made Singapore
Westgate L2-K3, 3 Gateway Drive Singapore 608532
Popular Hong Kong Nitrogen Ice Cream Shop Opens At Westgate
Although Lab Made was founded only in recent 2012, it has quickly become one of Hong Kong’s most popular ice cream brands.
Singapore’s Westgate outlet currently carries 4 flavours – Crunchy Sea Salt with Caramel ($6.90), HK French Toast ($6.90), Salted Egg Yolk Custard Bun ($6.90) and Beancurd Dessert ($6.90).
However, do take note that several flavours are ‘sold out’ by noon time when we went down, and we were informed that they “ran out of nitrogen” (???) Lab Made Singapore (Westgate)
Soi 55 – Ang Mo Kio
No 51 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 #01-02A “[email protected]” Singapore 569922 (Ang Mo Kio MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 10:30am – 2:00am (Fri – Sat)
Instagrammable Thai Milk Teas At Ang Mo Kio
Soi 55’s Thai Iced Milk Tea has got a level higher, both in terms of aesthetics (can customise now) and taste (further fine-tuned). Making this probably one of the most instagrammable Thai Milk Teas in Singapore.
The signature Cha Yen ($3.30) in a large 22oz cup version, with tea leaves coming from the familiar “Number One Brand”.
Soi’s 55 version has probably been modified to suit the local taste, and therefore not as sweet.
1189 Upper Serangoon Road, The Midtown at Hougang #01-18, Singapore 534785
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Wed-Mon), Closed Tue
Hideout By The Pourover Bar At Hougang Midtown
Locating the Foxhole Cafe requires some navigation skills as it is located at The Midtown, previously known as Hougang Plaza, which will only be fully occupied in mid 2017.
Foxhole Café is an extension of The Pourover Bar, which shared the same space with Ollella at Petain Road Farrer Park.
The Pourover Bar will continue to serve their pour over coffees using specialty beans from Melbourne, Australia, whereas the Foxhole Cafe offers main dishes, light bites, desserts and bakes.
Their signature Small Bites include Croissant/ English Muffin with Ham & Cheese ($8.90), Black Pepper Smoked Salmon ($10.90) and Chilli Crab Meat ($12.90) that comes with a choice of Black Truffle or Raspberry chips, Lasagne (Chicken/Beef) ($12.90). Foxhole Café (Hougang)
Salt and Delight
9 Yio Chu Kang Road #01-02, [email protected], Singapore 545523
Tel: +65 6909 0140
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Tue – Sat), 2pm – 6pm (Sun), Closed Mon
French Entremet Patisserie Shop Opens At Yio Chu Kang
Despite being relatively new, Salt and Delight may be familiar to pastry lovers, as owner / patisserie chef Gwen has been serving her range of Entremet cakes online since 2015.
Entremet is a multi-layered mousse-based cake with various complimentary flavors and varying textural contrasts.
Ah, yes. The interesting blend of cake flavors, was what first caught my attention from this little unpretentious cake store.
The most oriental-sounding Matcha Mandarin Orange ($7.50 for slice) ended up as my favorite pick.
Despite its peculiar combination, it had a complimentary blend of matcha bitterness with citrusy sweet orange fragrance. Salt And Delight (Yio Chu Kang)
Art OVAS (within OVAS Home Gallery)
1 Kaki Bukit Road 1 #01-11, Enterprise One, Singapore 415934
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 7:30pm (Mon – Sat), 10:30am – 7:00pm (Sun)
An Art Café Well Hidden At Kaki Bukit
Sharing the same compound with OVAS Home Gallery at Kaki Bukit, one may simply walk pass without noticing the presence of a café located within this furniture showroom.
Art OVAS, the café arm of OVAS Home Gallery serves only light bites such as Wraps ($7), Pies (6) Salad ($7 – $9), Coffee and Desserts such as Cakes ($7), Muffins ($5) and Brownies ($5).
Their all-day set menu is considered value for its money, as $18 can get you a main, soup and coffee. Art Ovas (Kaki Bukit)
Mellower Coffee Singapore
108 Middle Road #01-01, The Prospex, Singapore 188967
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm Daily
Candy Floss Over Coffee
Mellower Coffee is a coffee house from Shanghai which specialises in specialty coffee from various places around the world.
This outlet near Bugis is its 2nd in Singapore after the outlet at 77 Robinson Road.
One of its highlight is the Sweet Little Rain ($9.80), where you get a ball of cotton candy suspended over a cup of Americano. The heat from the coffee supposedly will melt the candy and drip back into the cup. Supposedly. Surely an Instagram hit, for the time being.
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