If you have yet to visit Katong and East Coast in a while, you should. Not just for Peranakan food and laksa, but NEW Cafes alert. Quietly and certainly, indie cafes have sprouted along the stretch of shophouses within this year.
8! So many. Didn’t know, till I really counted. The NEW but off the radar Katong Square is also set to house many food establishments.
8 NEW Cafes At Katong & East Coast – – Time To Head To The East (ALso Read: 5 Cafes Along Tanjong Katong Road)
(Video & photo credit: Nicholas Tan @stormscape)
11 East Coast Road, The Odeon Katong, Singapore 428722
Opening Hours: 2pm – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 12pm – 12am (Fri-Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
The café is separated into 2 sections, with an Ice Cream Bar serving 16 flavours each time and a Dessert Station. Interesting flavours include the Salted Egg Yolk (again), Apple Pie, Butter Beer and Lychee Rose.
It was déjà vu when we saw the pyrotechnique display with the frozen marshmallow torched right in front of our eyes. Looks similar to the famed Frozen S’more from Dominique Ansel Bakery though.
The S’mores ($6.50) had an interesting contrast in temperature, but could be a tad expensive for its small portion.
Cold on the inside with a dark chocolate ice cream and cracker crumb core, and hot on the outside with the torched marshmallow. Anything for Instagram man, anything. Scoop Therapy (East Coast Road)
Tok Panjang Peranakan Cafe
392 East Coast Road Singapore 428992
Tel: +65 9663 3392
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Tok Panjang Peranakan Café has just opened at 392 East Coast Road, though the family behind it is not unfamiliar to Peranakan food.
This is opened by the House Of Peranakan Group of restaurants, with this fourth branch taking a more casual, café approach.
What you get are dishes such as Assam Laksa ($8.90), Nonya Mee Siam ($7.90), Nonya Mee ($8), Bibik’s Fried Bee Hoon ($7.90), Nasi Lemak ($10.90), light bites such as Satay ($8 for 10), Kueh Pie Tee ($6.50 for 4), Ngoh Hiang ($5.50) desserts and coffee. Tok Panjang (East Coast Road)
Stamping Ground Coffee
87 Upper East Coast Road, Singapore 455223
Tel: +65 9070 7610
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Stamping Ground Coffee previously located on Club Street has moved to 87 Upper East Coast Road. The café shares the space with Dawn Q (florist) and East Mezzanine (venue space).
The revamped café also has an expanded food menu, with offerings such as Bacon Jam Brioche ($13.50), Tuna Croissant ($13.50), Beef Pastrami Sandwich ($15) and Mushroom Toast ($14.00). Stamping Ground Coffee (East Coast Road)
Birds Of Paradise
63 East Coast Road #01-05 (Opposite Katong I12 and Roxy Square) Singapore 428776
Tel: +65 9678 6092
Opening Hours: 4:30pm – 10pm (Tues – Fri), 12pm – 10pm (Sat- Sun)
Birds of Paradise is so named because the shop creates gelato inspired by the botanical flavours of nature. That means fruits, flowers, pods, herbs, and spices.
Flavours include Basil, Lychee Raspberry, Spiced Pear, Mint Cacao, Strawberry Basil, Pandan and White Chrysanthemum. Do have your gelato on their freshly made thyme cone (additional $1). Birds Of Paradise Gelato Boutique (East Coast Road)
i12 Katong, 112 East Coast Road #03-06, Singapore 428802
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Tues – Sun)
Welcome back Gastrosmith. They moved away from their previous Beach Road location to the current space within HomesToLife at i12 Katong (the mall looks emmm… empty though).
The menu retains some of the previous favourites. Small Plates recommendations include Mushroom “Escargots” ($6.50), Not-So-Humble Eggs ($7), Gastrosmith Tori Kaarage ($8); and Big Plates include Gastrosmith Chicken Roast ($18), Pork Chops ($18) and Roasted Alaskan Black Cod ($24). Gastrosmiths (East Coast Road)
86 East Coast Road #01-01 Katong Square Singapore 428788
Opening Hours: All Day Dining 11:00am – 10:30pm, Dinner 6:30pm – 10:30pm, Bar Bites 11am – 11:30pm, Weekend Brunch 10:30am – 3:00pm (Sat = Sun)
Reserve Online Now – Baba Chews
Katong is already known for its heritage shophouses, many with Peranakan influence. Housed within the former Joo Chiat Police Station, Baba Chews looks set to attract hipsters with its modern meets Straits Chinese cuisine.
Other than the recommended Chilli Crab Cake with Mantou Chips ($15) and Foie Gras Tau Kwa Pau ($20), the Ayam Buah Keluak Burger ($18) looks intriguing enough.
For more Asian and local favourites, there is a variety from Penang Char Kway Teow ($15), Nonya Fried Rice, Hokkien Mee ($16), Nonya Laksa ($18) and Hainanese Chicken Rice ($17). Portions surprisingly quite satisfying. Baba Chews (East Coast Road)
2 Six Café
88 East Coast Road #01-10 Katong Square Singapore 423371
Tel: +65 6247 7548
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 10:00pm
2Six Café is so named, as it is a café where two to six persons can get together.
The signature here is the Mille Crepe Dessert ($7.90) with flavours of French Vanilla, Belgian Chocolate, Blueberry, Cappuccino, Matcha, Oreo and Strawberry. Though they look suspiciously like from other patisserie.
Light bites such as pies, pizzas, wraps, sandwiches and soups are also available ($3.90 – $6.80).
37 East Coast Road Singapore 428755
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
LAAF used to be from Lucky Heights, and moved to 37 East Coast Road.
The menu at LAAF is said to be Australian-inspired cooking, with Asian touches in some dishes, offering all-day breakfast and a selection of appetizers, pasta, sandwiches, burgers and mains including vegetarian options.
For mains, you can expect Oxtail Stew ($21.90), Fish and Chips ($14.90), Roast Chicken ($13.90), Pork Chop ($12.90) and Hainanese Chicken Chop ($12.90).
Stocks, stews, sauces, batters and desserts are done from scratch and in small batches to ensure freshness and wholesome flavours.