10 New Cafes In Singapore March 2017 – The Most Gorgeous Brunch Place, And NEW Openings At Tai Seng And Science Park
While Orchard and the town area typically get their share fair of F&B new openings, the further areas are the ones that we can look out for.
Tai Seng Street 18 has a new mall with Michelin-starred eateries Tsuta Ramen and Hawker Chan Hong Kong Soya Sauce Chicken Rice and Noodle attracting some crowd (Note: It is their original branches that got the stars and not these, but still good for marketing.) I also spotted a NEW coffee place – Huggs Coffee.
Over at the west, Science Park is seeing a variety of NEW openings coming in March and April. So look out for them.
Here are 10 New Cafes In Singapore March 2017: (If there is a blue link behind the summary, click on it for a more detailed writeup.)
House Of AnLi Bistro
Tanglin Mall #03-17, 163 Tanglin Road Singapore 247933
Tel: +65 6235 3851
Opening Hours: 9.00am – 9.00pm Daily
Probably The Most Gorgeous Undiscovered Bistro Café
House Of AnLi at Level 3 of Tanglin Mall is probably the most gorgeous bistro to open in Singapore of late.
This is an extension of the House of AnLi furniture store, and therefore the entire European design and homely setting carries on over.
Mains include Maria’s Moussaka ($28 – layered eggplant with minced beef and béchamel), Ghentse Waterzooi ($26 – chicken broth with chicken fillet), Beetroot Risotto ($24), Sole Meuniere ($38 – lemon sole with butter caper sauce) and Carbonnades De Chez Nous ($28 – beef cheek with fondant potato and baby carrots).
Price wise is on the steeper side, as it was obviously attracting the relatively higher-spending-power target audience. House Of AnLi (Tanglin Mall)
Kith – Winsland House
163 Penang Road, #01-01, Winsland House II Singapore 238463 (Somerset MRT)
Tel: +65 6235 0582
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 10:00pm Daily
Brunch Food & Coffee From 6:30am, New Branches Near Somerset Orchard
Kith has expanded to a few more branches, notably at Winsland House II and Ascott Orchard. Both are walking distance from Somerset MRT station at Orchard.
I needed breakfast and coffee near Orchard Road, and was pleasantly surprised to find that the outlet at Ascott operates from 6:30am, while Winsland House II opens from 7:30am onwards. Brunch is served till 5pm.
The brunch menu consists of Muesli ($8.00), Salmon & Eggs ($19.00), Better Than Benny ($18.00), Pulled Pork & Eggs ($24.00), Poached Eggs & Avocado ($16.00), Pancakes ($16.00) and Grilled Sandwiches ($10.00). Somewhat predictable items. Kith (Somserset)
WTF Coffee House & Bar
Innotel Hotel, 11 Penang Lane Singapore 238485
Tel: +65 6545 4818
Opening Hours: 7am – 12am Daily
Barachirashi Don Near Orchard, Till Midnight
Not sure if WTF is the best name for a coffee house. WTF in this case stands for “We Talk Food”, though there is another WTF We are The Furballs pets café in Singapore.
The Coffee House & Bar is located at the ground floor of Innotel Hotel.
Food offered was an unpredictable mix from Curry Chicken Baked Rice ($13.90), Gyu Don ($13.90), Carbonara Pasta ($13.90), Fish and Chips ($15.90), Smoked Duck Hoisin Sauce Tortilla Pizza ($12.90) to Pork Trotter’s Braised Vermicelli ($25.90).
Most come here for the Barachirashi Don ($18.90) served in an wooden bowl, considered value-of-money with the number of ingredients thrown in, including ikura, shrimps and baby scallops. WTF Coffee House & Bar
9 Raffles Boulevard, #01-96 Millenia Walk, Singapore 039596
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9:30pm
Pullman Bakery Opens Japanese Café At Millenia Walk
Pullman Bakery, famous for their Hokkaido curry buns and other Danish pastries, is a name that Japanese bread lovers should recognise. The folks behind Pullman Bakery have decided to start a Tachihara Coffee right next door. If you are lost, it is just across Starbucks.
Tachihara Coffee’s menu focuses mainly on small bites such as Toast ($2 – $3.50), Toast Set (additional $6), Hot Dog/ Sandwich ($8), Coffee and Tea.
Cup desserts are priced at $3 each, offered in various flavours of Strawberry, Mango, and Tiramisu. Tachihara Coffee (Millenia Walk)
43 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088464 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 8121 1462
Opening Hours: 8am – 12am (Mon – Sat), 10am – 10pm (Sun)
Chillax At This All Day Dining & Drinking Venue At Tanjong Pagar
Crackerjack, by the people behind 28 HongKong Street and Proof & Company Spirits, is an all-day dining concept with a welcoming atmosphere.
You will notice many long-benches, communal tables and full-length windows, making it conducive for interactions. This can be the after-work OR in-between-work teabreak-time meet up place.
For the lunch trays menu, I was presented with Moroccan style Chermoula Chicken ($20), Mojo Brandt Bavette Steak Salad ($25), Lentil Mushroom Scotch Egg ($18), and Three Cheese Barley Risotto ($18).
A bold move, I liked that food was unpredictable, though some combinations might not have worked as well as what you would have imagined. Crackerjack (Tanjong Pagar)
3 Everton Park #01-79 Singapore 080003 (Outram Park (Exit G, Police Cantonment from Purple Line)
Tel: +65 69044957
Opening Hours: 11am – 2pm, 6pm – 9pm (Mon – Fri)
Hawaiian Style Made-To-Order Poke Bowls
Alakai at Everton Park is somewhat different from the rest. It makes poke fresh to order, rather than have the fish out on a display set for selection.
As owner Lon had lived in Hawaii for a long period, and familiar with how Poke Bowls are done back there, he chooses to have the food served not in a bowl, but as a Hawaiian-style plate lunch.
Here’s how it works at Alakai: You can have a choice of fish (tuna, salmon, prawns) or tofu in 150g, 250g, 500g amounts combined with a sauce, and sides of rice or salad.
There are 5 sauces available, from Alakai Ho’ono – their house mix, to soy sauce blend, coconut and lime dressing, creamy spicy Korean, to a rotating seasonal. Alakai Poke (Everton Park)
491 River Valley Road, Valley Point Shopping Centre #01-13, Singapore 248371
Tel: +65 6821 1771
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
A Birds’ Nest Café In Singapore
Do not be surprised if you get Waffles with Bird’s Nest, Coffee with Bird’s Nest, and Macaron’s with Bird’s Nest. Yes, I am being serious. These are all available.
What are available include ready-to-enjoy bird’s nest and desserts for the busy working class.
As a point of reference, a Double Boiled Classic Bowl with Rock Sugar is priced at $16.90, while a premium bowl goes for $25.90.
I thought that the Asian desserts such as Double Boiled Asia Pear with Wolfberry ($12.90) and drinks such as the Honey Lemon or Ginseng with Rock Sugar ($6) worked better with the Bird’s Nest. Nesture (Valley Point)
2 Science Park Drive, Ascent, Singapore Science Park 1 #01-28, Singapore 118222
Tel: +65 6264 5114
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
Hawkerpreneurs Open Kopi Café At Science Park
Kopi “hawkerpreneurs” from Coffee Break at Amoy Street Food Centre have gone a step further. They have just opened a hipster café of sorts at Science Park.
The trio siblings, Faye, Anna and Jack Sai got into the radar by being young hawkers selling sock-brewed coffee in Singapore, with the kopi drinks added with a flavoured twist.
You will get Kopi with Black Sesame, Taro Milk, Mint, Melon Milk, Masala and Almond Ginger.
A cup of traditional kopi or teh cost $2.00 for hot, $2.50 for cold. I like their kopi enough – smooth, has enough of that coffee kick, and balanced in terms of the evaporated milk proportion.
Blk 21 Ghim Moh Road Singapore 270021
Tel: +65 6899 0842
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm Daily (Closed every last Tuesday of the month)
Crispy Prata Goes To Ghim Moh
Enaq, with another outlet at Jurong East Street 32, has been popular with supper-goers for its crispy-style Roti Prata. It has taken over the outlet previously occupied by Flock Café at Ghim Moh.
The offerings include a variety of Prata, Murthabak, Thosai, Goreng, Roti John, Biryani and Rice Sets.
The star was the Plain Kosong Prata ($1.20). Eat the piece fresh and hot, before it gets soggy.
Somehow the exterior was just thinly crisp contrasted with fluffy interior. Tasty on its own, with faint sweetness. The sensation was almost like having puff pastry. Enaq Prata (Ghim Moh)
18 Tai Seng Street, Singapore 539775
CBD Coffee Goes To Tai Seng
Huggs Coffee has ‘quietly’ expanded to many branches – McCallum Street (The Clift), Shenton Way (AXA Tower, MAS Building) Cecil Street (GB Building), Chervon House, Church Street (Capitol Square), Singapore Post Centre, Changi Business Park (UE BizHub East) and now 18 Tai Seng.
They present artisanal coffee from Medellin, the Huila region, Columbia, Brazil, Sumatran and Vietnamese origins.
Some of the special items they have include Latte Gula with Caramelised Sugar ($4.80) and Turmeric Coffee.
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