12 NEW Cafés In Singapore December 2017 – “Friends Of Autism” Cafe, Mango King, Gong Cha, Cartoon Network Cafe
With this guide, I am done for the year! *jumps around in delight*
Some of you may be curious, “Where do you find all these new cafes?” Especially when I have an unconventional style of declining all media invites and events.
Many times we are just on the grounds scouting around, getting information from other foodies (they are the best), typically visiting these cafes anonymously – try to hide but sometimes it is hard with a camera in hand. So I always choose to sit in a corner, disguised. LOL. We may see beautiful photos in press releases and instagram, but nothing can beat heading down on our own.
Hope you have enjoyed the cafe guides so far. Have been doing this consistently, every month, since 2014. How time flies. It won’t have gone on without you reading and sharing. 2018 will be more exciting – I promise.
7 Jalan Pisang Singapore 199074 (Bugis MRT station)
Tel: +65 9456 0992
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 7:00pm (Mon), 11:00am – 8:00pm (Tue – Sat). Close Sun, PH and 1st Mon of every month
A “Friends of Autism” Café
Muslim owned Lina’s Café calls itself a “Friends of Autism” Café with the hope to create a safe haven for families with ASD kids to dine in a judgement free zone.
The café provides free 1st drinks for every family of 4 that dines in with their ASD or spectrum kid – all year round. It also sells books about Autism to promote its awareness.
In the kitchen are Lina who prepares breakfast items and traditional Malay dishes, and while her BFF Zima makes cakes, pies and pasta dishes.
Zima is behind LapisZima which creates soft and moist lapis cakes, using family recipes handed down since the 1960s.
Food offered include Mee Rebus ($4), Avocado Chicken & Egg Pasta Salad ($8.80), Mee Siam ($4, only available on Thursday), Nasi Lemak Chicken Set ($3.60, only on Fridays), various Lapis Cakes ($4.20 – $4.80), Shephard’s Pie ($3.40) and Bubble Tea drinks ($2.50). Lina’s Café (Jalan Pisang)
Carrotsticks & Cravings
75E Loewen Road Singapore 248845
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 4:00pm
Pretty Café With Deliciously Nutritious Food Made With Love
Carrotsticks and Cravings is a café that some people I know are looking exactly for – serving healthy AND tasty food, full for greens and superfoods, and decorated in pretty pink and white.
With several GF, NF, DF, V options – gluten free, nut free, dairy free, vegetarian.
It is located at the further end of Dempsey on 75E Loewen Road, run by Terri-Anne who is an expat mum from Melbourne living in Singapore.
Breakfast offerings included Acai Berry Bowl ($14), Breakfast Berry Parfait ($14), Smashed Avocados ($18), and Meredith Goats Cheese with Thyme Roasted Mushrooms on Sourdough ($18).
If you come during lunch, there are Quinoa and Pomegranate Superfood Salad ($18), Green Falafel Bowl ($20), Dukkah Roasted Pumpkin and Lentil Salad ($18), with rotational salad and sourdough specials. A healthy food haven. Carrotsticks And Cravings (Loewen Road)
11 Kee Seng Street #01-04, [email protected] Pagar Singapore 089218
Tel: +65 81265271
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 5.30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun
Healthy Cafe Meals With Asian Flavours, At Onze Tanjong Pagar
Fifty50 is a new café at Tanjong Pagar Kee Seng Street serving healthy café meals catered to “meat lover, vegetarian or flexitarian”.
Offerings include pasta items of Truffle Chicken Lasagne, Linguine Chilli Crab ($13.50), and Curry Chicken Wrap ($11.50), Beef Meatball Ciabatta ($12.50) and Steak Panini ($13.50).
For vegetarians, you get choices of Spaghetti Prima Vera ($10.50), Penne Pumpkin Pasta ($11.50), Zucchini Hummus Wrap ($10.50), Buffalo Mozzarella & Pesto Panini ($11.50) and affordably priced salads such as Mango Avocado Mesclun ($6.50) and Quinoa Spinach and Rocket ($6.50). Fifty50 (Kee Seng Street, Tanjong Pagar)
The Wired Monkey
5 Dunlop Street Singapore 209335 (Jalan Besar MRT Station)
Tel: +65 90220194
Opening Hours: 9:00am – 7:00pm (Mon – Fri) soft launch
Burgers & Specialty Coffee Shop With Unconventional Seating Space
The current menu is quite compact, serving Beef Burger ($12), Fala-Falafel Burger ($12) and Chix Belado on Toast ($12).
Other items to expect included Soba Salad ($9), Sweet Potato Fries ($5) and a selection of pastries.
Many cafes in Singapore serve burgers as well. After trying quite a couple of mediocre ones, I think The Wired Monkey’s version ranks high. The Wired Monkey (Dunlop Street)
SingPost Centre 10 Eunos Road #01-141A/141B Singapore 408600 (Paya Lebar MRT)
Reopening At SingPost Centre With NEW Drinks
Gong Cha Singapore will return with its evergreen best-sellers, such as their Royal Milk Tea with Pearl and Cheese Foam Tea beverages.
It will also offer a range of brand new flavours, some of which are developed exclusively for Singapore consumers. These include Sweet Potato Milk Tea, Matcha with Red Bead and Brown Sugar Oolong. Gong Cha (SingPost Centre)
Clarke Quay Central, 6 Eu Tong Sen Street 02-20, Singapore 059817 (Clarke Quay MRT)
1st Ever LUMINE Café Opens At Clarke Quay Central
LUMINE has opened its first retail space in Singapore on the 2nd level of Clarke Quay Central, which you can access both via within the mall or outside from the escalator.
This is the first time the retailer is launching a LUMINE Café.
I happened to find the café very photogenic, stylish in a feminine way, pretty in pink.
Offerings appear limited for now, with 4 different types of Fruit Parfaits – Melon Medley ($18.90), Berry Blush ($12.90), Tropical Blast ($12.90), Mango Crazy ($12.90); along with Fruit Punch ($7.90) and selection of drinks such as Honey Latte ($6.90), Matcha Latte ($4.90), and Blood Orange Juice ($4.90). Lumine Café (Clarke Quay Central)
Minion Café – THE GUEST cafe&diner
181 Orchard Road, Orchard Central #03-23/24/25, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 9:00pm Daily
Bello! These Yellow Fellows Arrive At Orchard Central
Similar to its Japanese counterparts, this is a pop-up concept under “THE GUEST cafe&diner” that will operate from 23 November 2017 (Thurs) to 31st January 2018 (Wed).
The popular Minion themed food and drinks includes Minion’s Great Escape Cream Stew ($20.90), Minions Vacation Plate ($23.90), S’more & Minion’s Ice Cream ($16.90), Minion Riceball Party ($21.90), and Pizza Box ($13.90).
Drinks wise, other than the Be Bad Cafe Latte ($8.90, $9.50 for iced version), there are colourful choices of Upside-down Minion Jelly Soda Drink ($12.90), Gru&Lucy Soda ($8.90), and a weird looking Balthazar’s Bubble Gum?! Milk Tea ($10.90) – which looks like Thai red ruby on top.
Do not expect too much from the food. Minions Café (Orchard Central)
Cartoon Network Cafe By The Soup Spoon Union
83 Punggol Central, #B1-12, Waterway Point Mall, Singapore 828761
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Powerpuff Girls, We Bare Bears, Ben 10 And Adventure Time Land At Punggol Waterway Point
As a collaboration with Cartoon Network for a year, the 93-seaters Soup Spoon Union at Punggol Waterway Point has undergone a revamp with Cartoon Network wallpaper, toys, plushies and a dedicated corner for cartoon sketching.
Each of the cartoon characters will be available in the Appetisers ($8.90 – $10.90), Mains ($14.90 – $23.80), Desserts ($12.90 – $16.80) and Drinks ($4.50 – $10.90) section of the menu.
Even though I felt excited when I thought of meeting my childhood heroes initially, I don’t feel as much for the taste and the presentation, as compared to Gudetama Cafe. Cartoon Network Café (Waterway Point)
4 Jalan Kuras Singapore 577723
Tel: +65 8411 7565
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Tues – Sun). Closed Mon
Humble Cafe With Hearty Brunch Of Chicken Stew And Jjolmyeon
Thus Coffee micro-roast their own coffee, and the owners and staff sound very sincere and down-to-earth (hope they can remain that way!) I cannot vouch for its entire menu as it changes regularly, but online feedback has been positive.
Its main offerings currently include Hearty Chicken Stew ($16), Baked Eggs & Toast ($14), THUS Breakfast ($19), Salmon & Kale Toast ($17), Salmon Grain Bowl ($18), and Wagyu Beef Grain Bowl ($20).
The creamy chicken leg stew with herbed potatoes, carrots and zesty lime, served with toasted multigrain bread has been a crowd favourite. Thus Coffee (Jalan Kuras)
Raffles City S.C, 252 North Bridge Road, #03-37 Singapore 179103 (City Hall MRT)
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 10:00pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Stunning NEW Outlet At Raffles City, Styled Like A Glasshouse In The Sky
Homegrown PS.Cafe has opened its 10th outlet at Raffles City Level 3, shortly after the One Fullerton branch with that waterfront view.
The exterior is designed like a green-house, with ample planters, glass panels and monochromatic coloured features, which make it stand out immediately once you get there.
Food wise, the menu retains the PS.Cafe favourites of salads, nibbles, sandwiches, mains, pasta and cakes.
Also remaining are its more-expensive-than-average prices.
You can look out for the Buttermilk Fried Chicken ($26), Baked Greek Spinach Pie ($27) and Norwegian Smoked Salmon Sandwich ($25) which may not be available at all outlets.
Reservations recommended. P.S Café (Raffles City)
Common Man Stan
11/12 Stanley Street, Singapore 068731
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 4.30pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat-Sun
Popular Brunch And Coffee Place Opens 2nd Branch In The CBD
The layout of Common Man Stan is somewhat similar to its first outlet at Martin Road, with a bar table, communal table, hanging lights and an outdoor seating area.
While there are similar items on the menu for both outlets, exclusive dishes are GF Cacao Granola ($16), House-made bagels ($16), Marmite Mushrooms ($17), Ponzu Chicken with Basil Pesto Brown Rice ($20), Date, Chocolate & Almond Torte ($12) and Salted Maple Syrup Cheesecake ($12).
Food is somewhat on the pricier side.
Not missing out on their specialty coffee with 2 blends available: CMCR Espresso (Cherry, Sweet citrus, Dark cocoa with floral aroma) and 22 Martin (Dark Chocolate, heavy body with lingering aftertaste). Common Man Stan (Stanley Street)
Mango King Thai Dessert
2 Orchard Turn #B4-63 ION Orchard Singapore 238801 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 6238 8006
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Sweet Thai Mango Dessert Cups Arrive In Singapore, At ION Orchard
Okay, not really a café, but a dessert kiosk. This Thai mango dessert kiosk has opened at basement 4 of ION Orchard, taking over First Love Patisserie.
It serves up a layered mango dessert cup, priced at $8.90 for a regular, and $11.90 for a large version. The large is humongous – get it only if you are sharing.
The cup was filled with layers of mango juice, fresh cream, mango sorbet and cubes of fresh mangoes from Thailand. Mango King (ION Orchard)
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