Some of my friends remember the last day of the month with “payday”. I keep track with this NEW Cafes Guide. Goodness, am left with just 2 more for 2017.

The common thing I hear about the newer cafes are that they are “boring” – to no offence to any listed here.

I think it is a combination of many going for the tried-and-tested, or anything trendy just gets copied soon enough anyway.

To be fair, and I personally visited all the cafes listed here (but Miffy since it is not opened yet), food and concept are actually not that bad.

The two main things lacking, is perhaps publicity – sometimes close to none, or usually too late into the game; and the customer experience. To many, visiting a cafe is not just about food and drinks, but a process of experiencing the space as a whole. Just some random thoughts.

10 NEW Cafés In Singapore October 2017

Omotesando Koffee
6A Shenton Way #04-01, The Work Project, Downtown Gallery, Singapore 068815
Opening Hours: 8am – 6pm (Mon to Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

Famed Coffee Place From Japan Opens In Singapore At Downtown Gallery
This a take away store tucked away in a corner of Level 4 of Downtown Gallery as part of office space “The Work Project”, but that did not hider coffee fans from finding their way to this secluded part of building.

Over here, the menu is kept simple with Hot or Iced selections.

Hot coffee include espresso based Omotesando Koffee Hot (Regular $4, Large $5), Hand Drip Koffee ($6) Latte and Cappuccino (Regular $4.80, Large $6).

The popular choice is the signature Iced Cappuccino (Single $7.50, Double $8.50) capped with layer of bubble foam and topped with cocoa powder. Omotesando Koffee (Downtown Gallery)

The Glasshouse: Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar
#01-K11 CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Tel: +65 9793 0234
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 5.00pm (Mon – Fri), 8.30am – 6.00pm (Sat – Sun)

Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar At CHIJMES
The Glasshouse Specialty Coffee and Toast Bar at CHIJMES is a shoo-in as one of the most instagrammable cafes in Singapore 2017.

One thing to note is The Glasshouse uses a rotation of various roasters. Therefore, if you are a regular, you get to try something different monthly. However, perhaps that may exclude those looking for that familiar taste.

The Open-faced Sourdough Toasts offerings include Mushroom Ragu ($7) of creamy mushroom, sweet pickled shallots, onsen egg, umami parmesan topped with seeds and nuts for the crunch; and Avocado & Dukkah ($7) topped with avocado slices, hummus, feta cheese, house dukkah blend, touch of lemon. The Glasshouse (CHIJMES)

PS.Cafe One Fullerton
1 Fullerton Road, #02-03B/04 One Fullerton, Singapore 049213
Tel: +65 8812 3198
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 11:00pm (Mon – Wed), 11:30am – 12:00am (Thurs), 11:30am – 1:00pm (Fri), 9:30am – 1:00am (Sat, PH), 9:30am – 11:00pm (Sun), Last Order for food 10:30pm

Gorgeously Chio With Waterfront View. Really About The Ambience
The new Fullerton outlet of P.S.Cafe has a design which supposedly evokes a beachside boathouse ambience, with bespoke furniture, display of greens, different seating sections which can possibly create a varied experience every time you come.

There is an open air terrace where most of the diners I noticed were seated at, well to enjoy the cool bay breeze. I chose the air-con side for obvious reasons.

The exclusive new dishes here include Chargrilled Skate ($34) with green harissa and broccolini, Moules Vin Blanc ($28) with crusty dipping bread, and Chargrilled Chunky Prawn Sandwich ($27) with spiced pickled mango, kaffir lime aioli, shoestring fries and house sourdough.

Lighter options and desserts include Baked Greek Spinach Pie ($27) with ricotta, feta, mint and house pesto, Poached Chicken Salad ($25), with lentils, buckwheat, pomegranate, hazelnuts and smoked yoghurt, Crème Caramel Orange Cake and Mrs. J’s Trifle Bomb. Quite pricey. PS.Cafe (One Fullerton)

10 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089264 (Outram Park MRT)
Tel: +65 9642 2361
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm, 6.30pm – 11pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

Handmade Pastas, Truffle Egg Toast and Specialty Coffee
The 30-seater is a bistro by day and restaurant by night, it offers a mixed menu from freshly made pasta and sandwiches for lunch, and heavier dishes such as Octopus and Wagyu Beef Shortrib at night.

Lunch includes a selection of sandwiches from Crispy Pesto Chicken ($15.50), Jamon Iberico Grilled Cheese ($16.50), Truffle Eggs ($15.50), Avocado Toast ($12.50), and Pulled Pork ($17.50) with Russian dressing and purple cabbage slaw. Bread is made in-house.

There is also a small selection of light bites such as Pommes Frites ($15.50), Garlic Wings ($17.50), Chicken Bites ($16.50) and Meatballs ($15.50). .elia (Jiak Chuan Road)

A Juicery
21 Lorong Telok Singapore 049033
Tel: +65 6533 1303
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat – Sun

Pink Cafe & Juice Place At Lor Telok
A juice and coffee place decorated in pink and black, a slight spark of hipster element in the buzzing Lor Telok near the Raffles Place CBD.

The juice makers used to be an online business, and this is its first brick and mortar shop.

The focus is primarily cold-pressed juices with 16 flavours, organised in 4 main categories: Pure – greens based, Fuel – root based, Invigorate – citrus based and Calm – nut milks.

For regulars, you would know there is a *secret menu* that is not featured on the wall. Without giving too much away, you should order some of their Strawberry Latte and Chilli Chocolate Coffee ($7). A Juicery (Lor Telok

Qi Philosophy
93 Dawson Road, #01-02 Sky Terrace @ Dawson Singapore 142093
Tel: +65 69090198
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:00pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Cafe With Scenic Park View, Serving Healthy Meals At SkyTerrace@Dawson
Qi Philosophy is nestled within the compounds of SkyTerrace@Dawson, an award winning Build-To-Order (BTO) HDB development located at 93 Dawson Road.

What you get is a cafe set right in the middle of a scenic park environment next to Alexandra Canal Linear Park, with green communal spaces and a park connector just steps away.

The menu of the dining café is focused on serving fresh, modern fusion cuisine based on healthy clean eating concept.

Offerings are slightly limited for now, with choices of Sandwiches with fillings of Miso Chicken with Asian Slaw, Japanese Egg Salad, Roasted Vegetables with Feta Cheese, Brie with Fresh Tomato & Basil Pesto ($4.50 – $6.00); and Salads of Cranberry & Chicken Rice, and Roasted Vegetable Rice (both $8.00). Qi Philosophy (Dawson Road)

Scorch 一把火
24 Raffles Place, #01-12A Clifford Centre Singapore 048621 (Raffles Place MRT)
Opening Hours: 7:00am – 4:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun

$3 Taiwanese Lu Rou Fan And Nasi Lemak Sets At Clifford Centre
Scorch 一把火 is located at an inconspicuous end of Clifford Centre – the building which by the way is fully crowded with CBD workers looking for inexpensive eats, snacks and kopi during lunch.

The no-frills eatery may not look the most inviting in terms of décor, but it serves up a tiny, mean bowl of tasty Lu Rou Fan.

What you get is a $3 bowl arriving piping hot, topped with strips of braised pork bellow slow-cooked in dark sauce that would soon melt in your mouth.

The highlight to me was the rice beneath, of fluffy Japanese rice grains that would soothingly absorb some of the sauces.

13 Stages
1 Stadium Place, #01-41, Kallang Wave Mall, Singapore 397628 (Stadium MRT)
Tel: +65 6384 0502
Opening hours: 10:00am – 9:00pm Daily

13 Types Of Kopi. Opened By Local Celebrity Mark Lee
Local celebrity host Mark Lee 李国煌 has ventured into another business, this time a chicken rice and coffee eatery 13 Stages at Kallang Wave Mall.

A highlight of this casual food shop is that it serves 7 flavours of chicken, 13 types of kopi.

There are 13 different types of kopi, with coffee beans sourced from varied states in Malaysia, and each representing the characteristic of coffee from that particular state.

If choosing is hard for you, I would recommend the sampler Gems of 3 States Kopi set ($4.60 for hot, $5.20 for cold) to try kopi from 3 separate Malaysian states. Between the Johor, Melaka and Penang, I liked the Penang most which was velvety smooth, balanced – not too rich, bitter or sweet. 13 Stages (Kallang Wave Mall)

Baby Moo Creamery
47 Lorong 6 Toa Payoh #01-134 Singapore 310047
Opening Hours: 1:00pm – 10pm (Sun, Mon, Wed, Thurs), 1pm – 11pm (Fri, Sat), Closed Tues. Last order 30min before closing time

Gelato Café At Toa Payoh Lor 6
Baby Moo Creamery took over the space left by Little Prince Creamery – which also sold gelato and coffee. (Just wondering, if the former shop with stronger personality didn’t work out in the end, then what would be the differentiating factor for this current place?)

Over at Baby Moo Creamery, Ice Cream cost $3.50 per scoop, $6.00 for double, and $1.00 extra for premium flavours. Interesting flavours offered were Belgium Dark Chocolate, Sicilian Pistachio, Raspberry Mascarpone, Lychee Cream, Mao Shan Wang Durian, and Speculoos.

Waffle offered included buttermilk, charcoal, chocolate and red velvet (all $6 each).

Miffy Café
Kumoya @ 8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 9.30pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 12.00pm – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat), Last Order 30 minutes before closing, Closed Mon

Duration: 5 October 2017 (Thursday) to 31 December 2017 (Sunday)

Famous Rabbit Hopping To Singapore, At Halal Café Kumoya
This is a pop-up concept that will take place from from 5 October 2017 (Thursday) to 31 December 2017 (Sunday). All the way till Christmas and New Year’s Eve.

The pop-up collaboration is taking place with Kumoya, Singapore’s first Halal-certified Japanese-French café.

The limited-time menu has been curated and styled by well known food stylist Shirley Wong (Little Miss Bento) and the Kumoya team. Shirley is also consultant of the menu at Gudetama Café Singapore.

The menu features detectable Main Courses, Desserts and Beverages that carry the cute Miffy character.

Look out for the Splashing Good Fun Japanese Seafood Curry Rice ($24.90), You, Me & Miffy Makes 3 Chicken Katsu Burger ($18.90), and Souperlicious Hot Udon with Breaded Ebi ($20.90). Miffy Café (Jalan Klapa)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Lewis Tan @juicyfingers.


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