Almost half the year has went by us, and a whooping number of more than 100 cafes has opened in Singapore for 2015.
By contrast, almost 100 cafes which opened last year in 2014 have also closed, according to figures from Singapore’s Accounting and Corporate Regulatory Authority. There are some which ended their operations in a month of operations. So what happened?
Let us show more love to cafes which deserve our support, and may the new cafes continue to deliver quality food and service to keep people coming back.
10 New Cafes In Singapore June 2015
Capitol Galleria #01-82, 15 Stamford Road Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 63840481
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm
Parisian tearoom Angelina arrives in Singapore. Look out for their two signature items: the Old-Fashioned Hot Chocolate “L’Africain” ($12), and Mont Blanc ($13.50). The hot chocolate made with three different kinds of African cocoa from Niger, Ghana and Côte d’Ivoir could blow the minds off chocolate lovers. Warning, it is stupendously rich. Brunch items such as Croque Madame ($21), Parisian Club Sandwiches ($21) and Truffle Omelette ($25) are available. This is tai-tai kind of place.
Capitol Piazza 15 Stamford Road #01-83 Singapore 178906 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 6348 3660
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
1933 pays tribute to the original year the iconic and historical Capitol Theatre building was completed. The food is said to be influenced by local cuisine in the 1930s, with the offering of the likes of Hainanese Kampong Chicken Rice ($16.80) and Nanyang Curry Chicken ($14.90). In case you are wondering, 1933 is opened by the BreadTalk Group, and it won’t be very wrong to say this is an upscale version of Toast Box.
O’ma Spoon Korean Dessert Café
313 @ Somerset, 313 Orchard Road #04-20/32 Singapore 238895 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon-Thurs, Sun), 11:30am – 12am (Fri-Sat)
O’ma Spoon opened two cafes in quick succession – one in Marina Square, the other 313 Somerset. We liked the Mango Berry Cheesecake Bingsu ($18.80) which was pretty spot-on, with both light cheese cake and ice cream (oh, the calories), with scattering of cranberries for that touch of sourness. Honey Toast is also available, though we found them quite average.
Owner of Nunsaram stressed that this is a “real Korean dessert café”. Bingsu are priced between $12.90 and $15.90, an additional $1.50 for a scoop of ice cream and $2.50 for red beans. The side menu consists of Tteogkkochi (Korean rice cakes on skewers) that comes in 3 variations: Honey ($4.50), Spicy ($4.90) and Cheese ($5.90) and Injeolmi Toast ($5.90). Their bingsu were photogenic, and shaved milk soft and refined.
Is this Singapore’s first container café? Items offered: Korean Snowy Bingsoo ($12,90 – $14.50), Injelomi Toast ($5.40), Drug Corn ($5.00), Waffle ($6.00), Salad ($6.00) and beverages. Coffee ($5.00) is from the Nespresso Dulce Gusto capsule. $5. Don’t say you were not warned. For the sake of novelty and boosting rights, this container café should attract some customers.
A bakery café at Jalan Bt Ho Swee. Opened by sister and brother team Melissa and Wesley Hoe, Cream & Custard could cater to the residents and office workers nearby, providing an alternative dessert selection for the sweet-tooth. The bakes included Passionfruit Meringue, Praline Chocolate Crunch, Strawberry Shortcake, Triple Chocolate Devil, Tropical Delight and Tiramisu. Prices between $5-$7.
22 Havelock Road #01-673 Singapore 160022
Opening Hours: 12pm – 930pm (Mon-Tues, Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Wed
Another café at Jalan Bt Ho Swee, this serving ice cream, waffles and toast. Dessert Project offers ice cream ($3.80 for single scoop, $4.20 for premium flavours) with some rather varied flavours – think White Truffle (seriously, it almost reminded me of truffle fries), Parma Ham with Melon, and White Rabbit Candy. Loved the textures, though slightly sweet.
The chef in charge of Krave is Chef Sufiyan Safee, with a resume of being Suria’s cookshow host (Is he a celebrity chef then?) and helming Jimmy Monkey’s kitchen. Offerings include Truffle Fries ($10), Calamari ($8), Drumlets ($8), Chicken Caesar ($8), Vanilla French Toast ($8), Pizza ($12-$16), Pasta ($8-$16) and Chocolate Lava Cake ($9). While the décor of Krave was straight forward and simple, it was the homely food which combined Malay-Western influences that makes this café worth a visit if you are at the vicinity.
The Selfie Coffee Café at hipster stretch Haji Lane is from the Malaysian chain, which retains its bizarre concept, jungle theme and doodle tables. Light bites such as pies and cake slices are available. Basically, you take a picture of your face there, and that would be printed on foam similar to cake frostings. Drink your face? Rather gimmicky lah.
Block 11, Jalan Bukit Merah, #01-4444, Singapore 150011 (10-15 min walk from Redhill MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), 11am – 7pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Nestled beside ABC Brickworks Food Centre, Coffee Cup finds itself in the most unlikely of places. Its coffee, ironically, is quite ordinary. The old-school styled bakes are freshly made in house daily. Mango and Oreo Cheesecakes are sold at $4 each, Chocolate fudge cake and carrot cake at $5 each whereas assorted cupcakes are priced at $1.80 each.
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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary & Nicholas Tan @stormscape. There were many other new openings, and we have visited more than 10 new cafes, but will need re-visit some due to operational hiccups. Really hope those can be minimised. To new cafes: open when you are really ready.