A quarter of 2016 flashed past us, and to date there are still at least about 40-50 new cafes that has opened, though more sporadically this year.
10 New Cafes In Singapore April 2016 – The Waffle Places, The Cute Bingsu And The Health Food
Privé Clarke Quay
Blk C #01-09A, 3 River Valley Rd, Singapore 179024
Tel: +65 6776 0777
Opening Hours: 5pm – 2am (Mon – Tues), 5pm – 3am (Wed – Fri, PH), 11:30am – 4am (Sat), 11:30am – 2am (Sun), 5pm – 4am (Eve of PH)
Privé is one of the newest kid in the block for Clarke Quay, which brings about a casual dining experience, live music every night from 8pm to late 9pm, and late night DJ driven parties from Wednesdays to Saturdays.
I enjoyed relaxing outside in the seated area (perfect spot to people watch) while having a sandwich or burger.
Some choices include their signature Grilled Chicken, Bacon and Cheese Sandwich, Pulled Pork Knuckle Panini or Bad Ass BBQ Burger with a wagyu beef patty, button mushrooms and housemade BBQ sauce.
Bingki Korean Desserts
Blk 7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-106 Singapore 081007 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6443 5435
Opening Hours: 11am – 2am (Mon – Thurs, Sun), 11am – 4am (Fri – Sat)
The bingsu fever doesn’t end. Bingki Korean Desserts which is near the ‘Korean BBQ zone’ at Tanjong Pagar has a huge space and pleasant enough environment (depending on which seats you get – some are short, small ones).
Opened till late, Bingsu for dessert after a Korean feast sounds like a good idea.
More than 10 different bingsu varieties are available, including Red Bean ($12), Injeolmi ($13), DaBang Coffee ($16), Peach ($15), Mango ($15), Melon ($18), Watermelon ($15) and Papaya ($15). The shavings soft and fluffy, the portion small for its price though. Bingki (Tanjong Pagar)
5A Lock Road, Gillman Barracks Singapore 108927 (next to Sundaram Tagore Gallery)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu, Sun), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sat), Closed Mon
Fans of Creamier and Sunday Folks can flock down to a new location. Creamier has found a second playground at Gillman Barracks. Unlike their first outlet at Toa Payoh HDB estate that experienced a continuous human traffic, Gillman Barracks was relatively quieter and “ulu” geographically.
The menu offerings are similar, with Ice Cream ($3.30 for Single scoop/ $5.60 for Double scoops), Waffle ($6 for Plain/ $8.80 with 1 scoop/ $11.60 with 2 scoops). Creamier (Gillman Barracks)
Ollella and The Pourover Bar
Residence@Somme, 3 Petain Road, #01-01, Singapore 208108 (Farrer Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Wed-Mon), Closed Tue
This is cute – a choux pastry café. Opened by two sisters from Indonesia, Ollella is the combination of their names – OLLyvia and MarcELLA. Ollella’s choux flavours include Vanilla ($4),Apple Cinnamon ($4), Raspberry ($5), Lemon Meringue ($4), Matcha Azuki ($4.50), Tiramisu ($5) and lastly Dark Chocolate ($4.50), listed in terms in flavours intensity.
This is a collaboration with The Pourover Bar, so fret-not if you need some coffee. A cup of hand-poured coffee will vary from $8 to $45 depending on the beans. Yes, $45. Ollella and The Pourover Bar (Petain Road)
The Providore @ Raffles Place
7 Raffles Place Singapore 048625
Tel: +65 6533 1352
Opening Hours: 8am – 11pm (Mon – Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun, PH)
The Providore has really gone big on this one, with an all-day dining restaurant opened 7 days a week literally in the heart of Singapore’s CBD.
This flagship at Raffles can be considered a café and provisions retail store, for dine-in meals and quick takeaways. There is even an outdoor terrace.
The menu consist of Breakfast (from 8am – 12pm), Salads (11am – 10pm), Sandwiches (11am – 3pm), Mains (12pm – 10pm), Snacks (5pm – 10pm) and pastries. Found it slightly pricey, but this is not stopping the CBD folks from packing the place. The Providore (Raffles Place)
Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3, 12 Marina Boulevard, #01-08, Singapore 018982
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8pm (Mon-Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Seem to some other assemble-your-rice-bowl places, Workspace Espresso offers coffee and bakes offerings in the morning (7.30am – 11.30am) and Chap Chye Png (pardon this) style of building your own rice bowls after 11.30am.
Huge bowls and containers were displayed at the counter during lunch hours, from carbohydrates as a base to proteins, sides and dressing.
At $13.80, we were given the choice to choose 1 base, 1 hot protein, 3 sides, 2 toppings and an optional dressing. Add-ons were available at $2 for base, $3.50 for hot protein, $2 for sides and $1 for dressing.
Style by Style Vibes Café
Level 3, Media Gallery, MediaCorp Campus Singapore 787110
Opening Hours: 7am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10pm (Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun)
Did I mention I LOVED Sharon Au during my much younger days? (Opps, Sharon, anyway…)
Local ex-host turned “Lead of styleXstyle” has another portfolio in her bag, this time with a café venture at the new MediaCorp campus. Is this going to be the MediaCorp ‘canteen’?
Try the Ondeh Ondeh ($6.90) cake, with soft and light pandan layers, with very sweet (too sweet for some) gula melaka layer.
The café to spot some stars.
Blk 328 Clementi Ave 2, Singapore 120328
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat), 12pm – 10:30pm (Sun)
Gecory = GElato, COffee, pastRY. Got it?
This humble-looking ice cream café has interesting flavours on a rotational basis, including SALTED egg gelato. A waffle with 2 scoops of gelato is at $11.20 – gelato was rich and milky, while the waffle was decent with a slight crisp.
Olivia & Co
Suntec City Mall (between Tower 1 & 2) 3 Temasek Boulevard #01-481, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm
Opened by the team behind French restaurant OCF, Olivia & Co traces the adventures of “Olivia” around the world for Italian pasta, breakfast, waffles and Vietnamese Banh ‘Meanie’.
Craftman Specialty Coffee
173 Thomson Road Goldhill Shopping Centre, Singapore 307623 (Novena MRT)
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9pm (Sun – Thurs), 8:30am – 10:30pm (Fri, Sat, Eve of PH)
Oh, The Fickle Mussel has closed (that’s fast) and replaced by Craftman Specialty Coffee which specialises in different types of coffees all round the world, with options to have coffee brewed by different types of method like V-60 and French Press.
This is their 3rd outlet after Siglap and Eastwood.
They seem to be popular among families staying around the area, coming here for their all day breakfast and brunch items such as 3 Tier Brioche, Croissant Sandwiches and English Muffin with Eggs.
Do have some patience as you may have to wait a while (or long while) for food during busy periods.
And one more…
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd, Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
*Screams*. Nope, you are not reading wrong, Pompompurin Café is coming to Singapore, anticipated to be opening mid to late April at Orchard Central.
Fans and cafe-goers can expect an authentic experience on all things Pompompurin at the cafe, including a menu of kawaii-styled food and beverages, character-themed merchandise, and Japanese service.
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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape who eats all the [NEW] stuff.