Di Tanjong Katong, airnya biru. Di situ tempatnya dara jelita…. Heard of this song? Loosely translated, it means you can find pretty maidens by the sea.
Can I add that Tanjong Katong is quite THE food enclave?
In this stretch spanning about 3 bus stops where you can literally walk down (and salivate as you take that walk), you get a good mix of restaurants, cafes, local eateries and a village food court.
The only troublesome thing is parking (most people chose the open air carpark next to the food village) and the lack of an MRT station nearby.
But but but, Eng’s Wanton Noodles, Punggol Nasi Lemak, Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, Tianfu Steamboat, Bar Bar Black Sheep, ice cream parlours Little Ice Cream Kafe (LICK) and Bing Bing, and these 5 New Cafes along Tanjong Katong Road should be good enough reasons for you to make that trip down. (New < 1 year old)
The Laneway Market
266 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437053
Tel: +65 67198832
Opening Hours: 4pm – 9:30pm (Tues), 11am – 9:3pm (Wed-Fri), 10am – 9:30pm (Sat-Sun), Closed Mon
The Laneway Market is strong in their cakes, the team also being the owners of Kreme Couture Bakery (their bakes are also supplied to some other cakes), set up by former students of At-Sunrice Global Chef Academy.
If you need to find the café, you literally have to walk into a laneway.
I liked the general vibes of the space – clean with wood accents, contemporary looking, a space for counter seating, with tables outside for a relaxing afternoon chat.
The Laneway Market team attempts to bring in different elements to form a dish. Thus, you will be able to find a couple of Japanese infused dishes such as Salt Cod and Soba ($22), Hon Dashi Risotto ($21), Miso Aglio e Olio ($17) and Gambas Soba ($16). Quite a selection of food including brunch items. For them looking for a more complete café experience.
226 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437015
Tel: +65 63481406
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Tues-Thurs), 8am-10:30pm (Fri-Sat), 8am – 9pm (Sun)
Do.Main is a combination of two words – dough and main which means ‘hands’ in French. With a French baker Chef Frédéric Deshayes helming the kitchen, the bakery is inspired by the patisseries of Paris and the rustic cafés of Montmartre.
Also available is an Afternoon Tea Set for 2 pax ($32) which include a selection of pastries, sandwiches, 2 savouries, coffee or tea. There were some good stuff in that mix (though not all), particularity the financier and broken eggs. Considered quite value for money.
232 Tanjong Katong Road Singapore 437020
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun-Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat)
Bingsu in the east. This outlet at Tanjong Katong (next to Punggol Nasi Lemak) is Nunsongyee’s first franchise. The menu is the same as the original, serving Snow Flake Bingsu, Toast, Rice Cake, Coffee and Tea.
There are some reasons why their bingsu taste better than some of the rest. Shaved milk is used, while we have experienced many which used either shaved ice, or a combination of milk and water. If in incorrect proportions, the shavings could have coarser texture.
Many have asked me to recommend a flavour, since I have tried almost everything on its menu. To be politically correct, it is really up to you. The safest choice I guess would be the Black Sesame Bingsu ($18.90), though if you want something more adventurous, try the Snow White Bingsu ($18.80) with cheese and macadamia nuts in the mixture.
368 Tanjong Katong Rd, Singapore 437125
Tel: +65 9823 5048
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs), 8am – 10:30pm (Fri), 10:30am-10:30pm (Sat), 10:30am-8pm (Sun)
Service was friendly and helpful the one time I was here, the staff making recommendations patiently and asked for preferences. Thumbs up.
Toothsome Cafe serves Asian meets Western delights such as Laksa Prawn Pasta, Sweet Potato Fries, desserts and coffee. Cakes are baked in-house. (Good to know: The cafe just changed a management team 2 months ago.)
Amongst the cafés along this stretch, Toothsome is probably one of the least apparent in café hipsters’ radar, perhaps due to two reasons: It is at the other end of Tanjong Katong, and its name doesn’t seem to have that ‘ring’.
[Closed] Wednesday Café
220 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437011 (opposite Caltex and Tanjong Katong Girls School)
Tel: +65 6247 7760
Opening Hours: 1pm-10pm (Mon-Wed), 1pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 1pm – 10pm (Sun)
[Updated 12th Oct 2015] Wednesday Cafe has ended operations.
I still do not quite get their concept, and probably attracts a specific group of café goers.
Wednesday Cafe adopts a concept unique to Singapore known as “anti-cafe,” whereby patrons pay for their time spent in the cafe instead of what they consume.
Under a cover charge ($12 for first hour, $5 for subsequent half hour), customers are entitled to an all-you-can-eat dessert bar, inclusive of coffee, tea and specialty Pink Lemonade.
There used to be two cats around, but have been taken back by their owners. Wednesday Café seems popular for private events booking (therefore also check their Facebook to check if they are opened).