Compiling this cafe guide gives me a sense of time. WHAT? It’s March 2016 already. How did it even happen? Anyway, 10 more cafes in this month, we visited all of them – some surprises, some a second branch, some we-wonder-what’s-going-on.
906P Upper Thomson Road Singapore 787110
Opening Hours: 11am – 12mn (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
Located at the corner unit of the shophouses along Thong Soon Road, the double-storey Muslim-owned café (which only utilized the ground floor) was designed to look like a container café.
The main thing that caught our attention was the smart playing with WORDs (as their name implied). Dishes named as “Cut the Crab”! “Say Cheese” and don’t be “Blur like Sotong” made ordering so much fun and easier to remember.
Try the Bakkdegil ($9), also known as “Begedil” (means fried potato patty in Malay), which was potatoes cooked twice with basil aioli.
Maison Kayser Raffles Place
OCBC Centre 63 Chulia Street #01-01
Opening Hours: 7am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 7pm (Sat – Sun)
Eric Kayser is no unfamiliar name in Paris – his croissants, breads and pastries are well known, using natural leaven in the breads.
This Maison Kayer at OCBC Centre is a larger outfit that its previous two at Grandstand and Scotts Square, serving brunch, pastry items and coffees. The rows and rows of sweet treats under glass were attractive, especially the eclairs of spongy pâte à choux hiding a center of cream.
110 Amoy Street #01-02 Singapore 069930
Opening Hours: 11am -12am (Mon – Sat)
This is another hole-in-the-wall, opened by the team behind Maggie Joan’s a few shops away. You enter via Gemmill Lane where Club Street Social and Angeleno.
Gemmills is somewhat like a wine bar, liquor store and café all together in one. Sandwiches and Toasted Croissants ($4.50) with ham and cheese, Vegemite and Cheese On Toast ($4.50) are available. Dark lighting, but also quite a tranquil space to spend a quiet afternoon.
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road #01-16E Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Is there still a bingsu-fever (Is this an oxymoron) going on? 첫눈과 같은 부드러움. 우리의 처음 기억하니?
Chot-Nun opens at Far East Plaza (where I used to get clothes long long ago), serving bingsu in a takeaway cup with a compartment for dry ice. #totallyinstagrammable
Expect interesting flavours such as durian and peanut butter.
Dhoby Xchange B1-36, Singapore 238826 (Dhoby Ghaut MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Sun-Thu), 11am – 10.30pm (Fri-Sat)
This Characters Cafe at Dhoby Xchange is probably Singapore’s first. The opening theme is “Kuma” which stands for “bear” and Rilakkuma is the first character brought into Singapore by BonJapan.
There will be a different character theme every month. It is cute, but let’s just say do not expect too much from the food.
If you are the type that loathes ley-chey-ness (meaning: tediousness), note that No cash transaction can be made at Characters Café, and meal coupons for a particular date and time slot have to be purchased at http://www.worldsnackday.com. Character Café (Dhoby Xchange)
The Pipe District
Gemini, 45 Science Park Road, #01-09, Singapore 117407 (Kent Ridge MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm (Mon-Sun)
The Pipe District is a ‘pipe-themed’ restaurant serving modern European dishes along with Archipelago Beers.
The interior stays true to its name – repurposed furniture pieces from pipes, wood pallets, container walls. Industrial looking and thematic.
A total of 10 interesting flavours are available for the Chicken Wings, affordable at $10 for 8pcs. Salted Egg Butter (the current trend), Wasabi Mayo and Chilli Crab Style (support local!) are some of the recommended flavours. Check out their black Charcoal Fish & Chips as well. The Pipe District (Science Park Road)
The Larder Cafe
Blk 177 Toa Payoh Central #01-124, Singapore 310177 (Toa Payoh MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tue-Sun), Closed Mon
The Larder Café has opened recently at the obscure side of Toa Payoh Central, a 5 minute walk from Toa Payoh Public Library, diagonally opposite Toa Payoh Central Community Club.
Their menu selection offers choices such as Smoked Salmon Egg Benedict ($16), Duck Confit ($18), Lamb Rack ($23), Pan Seared Sea Bass ($16). The Larder Café (Toa Payoh Central)
215F Upper Thomson, Singapore 574349 (Marymount MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 2am (Fri), 10am – 2am (Sat), 10am – 11pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Aiskilin (pronounced as ‘ai-ski-lin’ aka ice cream) has a straightforward menu: Ice Cream Rolls with 2 toppings ($5.90), Plain Waffle ($5) and Waffle with Ice Cream Roll ($9.90).
With a total of 13 flavours, interesting flavours are the fruit-based ones: Durian, Avocado and Passion Fruit. Aiskilin (Upper Thomson)
Joe & the Juice Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove
31 Ocean Way Sentosa Cove #01-09 Singapore 098375
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Joe & The Juice known for combining health and entertainment, selling fruit juices and coffee with a slab of fun, has opened its 2nd outlet in Singapore at Quayside Isle @ Sentosa Cove.
Their juices have peculiar names, think Pick Me Up, Go Away Doc, Stress Down, Hell Of A Nerve, Hangover Heaven, and emmmph… Sex Me Up, which is essentially a juice of passion fruit, apple and ginger. Joe & The Juice (Quayside Isle)
Drury Lane Jurong
JTC Summit, 8 Jurong Town Hall Road Level 2 Jurong East Singapore 609434
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Soft launch)
Drury Lane at Tanjong Pagar opens at Jurong (it is still hush-hush that even their Facebook is not updated yet.)
Expect more brunch items when they are fully ready, but seems like their menu is going to be different from their original store.
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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape who eats all the [NEW] stuff.