May is the month for kawaii cartoon cafes. Pompompurin Cafe has just arrived at Orchard Central, while Hello Kitty Orchid Garden at Changi Airport and a pop-up Pokemon Cafe will appear at Bugis Junction.
Some other new foreign cafes with a first Singapore outlet MAY cause a queue.
15 New Cafes In Singapore May 2016 – Hello Kitty, Pokemon Cafes, More Pancakes & Hotcakes Also read: 10 New & Hot Restaurants Singapore May 2016
Hello Kitty Orchid Garden
Arrival Hall Central #01-22, Terminal 3, Singapore Changi Airport
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Daily
Officially opened! Named as “Hello Kitty Orchid Garden”, the interior and menu is inspired by Singapore’s national flower.
Some local influence will be woven into the menu, which comprises of all-day breakfast fare and an array of Kitty-fied desserts, including gelato sundaes, waffles, pastries and tea cakes.
Located at Terminal 3’s Arrival Hall Central, the cafe will be opened 24/7. (There are also plans for application of Halal certification, making this the possible 1st Halal Hello Kitty Cafe.) Hello Kitty Orchid Garden (Changi Airport T3)
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Road #04-08 Singapore 238896 (Somerset MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 10.30pm (last order 10pm)
Takeaway services are not available
No reservations, walk-in only
The Pompompurin Café in Singapore has a “Garden City” theme (same same as Hello Kitty), with a signature Pompompurin Gate at the entrance, and Pompompurin and Friends Tree. Though people will rush to sit in the ‘tree houses’.
Food includes Spaghetti Napolitana ($26.99), Mushroom & Bacon Carbonara ($26.99), Taco Rice in a Cup of Friendship ($19.99), Pompompurin’s Coconut Milk Chicken Curry ($17.99) and Pompompurin’s Beef Stroganoff ($18.99).
Cuteness aside, we didn’t come expecting a satisfying meal in terms of taste. A lot of the dishes tasted ‘kiddy’ and might not please the adult palate. Okay lah, was not THAT bad.
Pokémon Café Singapore
200 Victoria Street, #04-05, Bugis Junction Singapore 188021 (Bugis MRT)
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (May 27 – Jul 31)
Pika Pika… Gotta Catch ‘Em All! For a limited period from May 27 to July 31, EwF at Bugis Junction will be changed to a Pokémon Café.
This ‘pop-up’ café will take over Everything With Fries at Level 4. The café will sell 12 specialty Pokémon related dishes, and don’t be surprised if you see a Pikachu mascot appearing too. Pokemon Café (Bugis Junction)
Dutch Baby Cafe
The Paragon, B1-13, 290 Orchard Road, Singapore 238859 (Orchard MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon-Sun)
Located at the basement of The Paragon, Dutch Baby Café is opened by the people behind Japan Food Holdings. Think Ajisen Ramen, Menya Musashi and Fruit Paradise – whch served as one of the desserts here).
Their signature items are the Dutch Baby Pancakes ($11.80 – $13.80) with both sweet and savoury versions made with eggs, flour, sugar and milk on hot cast iron pans straight from the oven. Dutch Baby Café (Orchard Paragon)
Kyushu Pancake Singapore
275 Thomson Road Novena Regency #01-08 Singapore 307645
Tel: +65 6352 6265
Opening Hours: 11:00 am – 9:00 pm
Kyushu Pancake has come to Singapore, known for their pancakes made with a proprietary flour base, combined with fresh fruits and dairy products.
The Kyushu Pancake Mix is made from 7 different finely selected grains, 100% homegrown in Kyushu Japan, free of emulsifier, artificial fragrance, additives or processed starch.
15 Duxton Road Singapore 089481
Tel: +65 6222 8055
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 7:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Ninja Bowl has taken over the space where Department of Caffeine used to be
While my friends initially had the impression that Ninja Bowl just serves “healthy bowls”, there are other intriguingly sounding brunch items.
These include Gyu & Tama ($17) – mushroom scrambled eggs with 24-hour braised beef cheek, Tonkotsu Spirit ($16) of aburi cha shu and poached eggs (no tonkotsu or spirits in this one), sandwiches, bites such as Bacon Tempura ($10) and Poutine Fries ($14), and cakes at the display counter. Ninja Bowl (Duxton Road)
41 Duxton Road Singapore 089505
Tel: +65 5221 1227
Opening Hours: 10am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 7pm (Sat)
A friend noted that there are SO MANY salad shops at the CBD area. Seriously a lot.
Just a few shops away from Ninja Bowl is Sprout, serving Salad Bowls such as Ahi Poke Bowl, Beef & Broccoli Bowl and Korean Chicken Bowl – no worries, not deep fried, it’s grilled.
46 Owen Road, #01-277, Singapore 210046 (Farrer Park MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9.30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Blogger turned baker turned business owner. Shiberty has been baking for the past 4 years and finally opens her own serving signatures of Shiberty Toast aka Shibuya Toast ($16), Gourmet Waffle ($14), Dessert Pizza ($14) and Milkshakes ($9).
The Shibuya Toast called Shiberty Toast ($16) is offered in 3 different flavours: Classic (sea salt caramel and vanilla ice cream), Rocher (hazelnut and vanilla ice cream) and Matcha (green tea and vanilla ice cream).
We were recommended the Rocher Shiberty Toast ($16) with lots of toppings (chocolates, marshmallow, macaron shell, chocolate fudge) that resembled an Over-The-Top Milkshake. Shiberty Bakes (Owen Road)
South Union Park
101 Jalan Kembangan, Singapore 419139 (Kembangan MRT)
Tel: +65 9061 8703
Opening Hours: 5:30pm – 10pm (Tues), 11:30am – 10pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon
About a 10 minute walk from Kembangan MRT, located within a private estate is South Union Park.
During our visit, food seemed reasonably good. Offerings include Poutine Fries ($12), Short Rib Ragu Homemade Pasta ($22), Duck Confit Pasta ($19), with desserts such as Apple Crumble ($10) and Souffle ($13). Prices are nett. Slightly inaccessible, but quite a promising place.
16 Morse Road 01-207, Singapore 099228
Tel: +54 6352 7680
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues
Need some fuel to energise your inner engine? Refuel Café has opened a sister café called Fuel Plus, located at Telok Blangah.
One of the recommended is a Pump It Up Hotcake ($16) where chunks of baked apples top a cinnamon hotcake. (We were not kidding when we mentioned the many hotcakes around.)
Two Plus One
30 Woodlands Ave 1 #01-01 The Woodgrove, Singapore 739065
Opening Hours: 1pm – 12am (Mon – Thurs), 1pm – 1am (Fri), 12pm – 1am (Sat), 12pm – 12am (Sun)
Two Plus One is a gelato shop, found way up north at The Woodgrove.
Normal ice cream flavours go for $3.80 while premium are at $4.50 per scoop. Premium flavours include Chocolate Rocky Road, Strawberry Cheesecake, Hazelnut Rochor, Durian, Salted Caramel, Bubble Gum, Earl Grey with figs, Crème Brulee, Thai Milk Tea and Dark Chocolate.
Buy Two Plus One special promotion at $10. That means 3 ice cream scoops at $10. Two Plus One (Woodlands)
6 Raffles Boulevard, #02-226A/B, Marina Square Singapore 039594
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm
This is the 2nd branch of Brew Maison, and we must say we are a little surprised.
Brew Maison is a pretty little place, said to be inspired by both Japanese and Korean cafes. Kawaii ne! Gwi yeo weo!
The kitchen serves standard, no-fuss affordable breakfast, hot food, cakes and drinks that introduce Japanese and Korean flavours.
Signatures include the Dekku Toast with scrambled eggs, chicken patty or fish fillet on a warm toast, and Waffle Tower of chicken patty or fish fillet, sunny side up and cheese melt sauce. (available during weekends).
#01-33F/G The Centrepoint 176 Orchard Road, Singapore 238843
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm
Honolulu Café from Wanchai Hong Kong, known for its old school cha chaan teng style of food, has opened 10th May at The Centrepoint.
The signature Honolulu Egg Tart (set to be priced at SGD$1.70) is known for its 192 layers of flaky pastry, crumbly, with wobbly aromatic eggy fillings. Reportedly being sold out by noon or so. Honolulu Singapore (Centrepoint)
9 Yuk Tong Ave, Singapore 596314 (Beauty World MRT)
Tel: +65 9728 8563
Opening Hours: 24 Hours Everyday
There is no stopping for Korean dessert café Nunsongyee 눈송이, which has opened up yet another bingsu shop, this time at Bukit Timah.
The better news is, it is opened 24/7!
The offerings are still similar from when it started, with varieties of Pat Bingsu, Oreo, Choco-Banana, Cheesecae, Injeolmi, Blueberry, Mixed Berries Black Sesame, Strawberry, Coffee, Snow White and the latest addition of Mango Bingsu ($12.90 – $18.90). Nunsongyee (Yuk Tong Ave)
[Closed] Plane Daze
The Noble Hotel, 407 Jalan Besar Singapore 209012
Tel: +65 9818 2243
Plane Daze is located within The Noble Hotel along Jalan Besar, which is within walking distance from many prominent hipster cafes.
The Mains served include TomYum Pasta ($14.90), Thunder Tea Rice ($12.90), Teriyaki Don ($12.90), Beef Stew ($15.90), Chicken Stew ($13.90) and Roasted Chicken ($11.90 for half, $19.90 for whole).
Would need further refinements of their menu and coffee, perhaps still in a daze. Plane Daze (Jalan Besar)
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