Hello 2018! I genuinely think this will be a better year.
In terms of the restaurant and cafe scene, we should continue to see many NEW openings, and I anticipate about at least one per day. Unfortunately, there will be many others who are likely to throw in the towel as well.
2018 will be the year many other overseas food brands head over to Singapore. I have heard on the grapevine the ‘usual suspects’ which are coming. These food should go viral and get Singaporeans excited, but let’s hope they can maintain standards and consistency as well.
So much love.
12 NEW Cafés In Singapore January 2018
501 Margaret Drive, Singapore 149306 (Queenstown MRT, located within Rainbow Centre Margaret Drive School)
Tel: +65 6817 9414
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 4:00pm (Mon – Fri), 8.30am – 5pm (Sat & PH)
Beautiful Café With Beautiful Heart. Provides Training For Persons With Disabilities
It is heartening to see the Singapore society getting more inclusive, and I make it a point to help cover some of these hidden gems that go beyond to help others.
Seeds is another undiscovered café that is full of heart.
Its location may provide some indication of its mission, as it is found within Rainbow Centre at Margaret Drive School.
Therefore, Seeds is a vocational training ground for persons with disabilities so that they can transit to open employment, and a platform to advocate for a more inclusive community. Seeds Café (Margaret Drive)
The Community Coffee
Far East Plaza, 14 Scotts Road, #02-94, Singapore 228213
Opening Hours: 9am – 7.30pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 7.30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
$4 Latte At Far East Plaza, Of Which $1 Will Be Donated To Charity
Located at level 2 of Far East Plaza where youngsters (used to) frequent, The Community Coffee may seem like a bar from a distance.
Pink neon lights, dim interior, an industrial outlook, a bar table for filtered coffee and 18 seats in total.
As a non-profit organisation, The Community Coffee is all about giving back to the public.
$1 from the sales of each cup of coffee will be donated.
At the moment, the cafe is in the talks of supporting Smile Asia, a group of independent charities that work together to fund the treatment of facial deformities such as cleft lip. The Community Coffee (Far East Plaza)
9 King Albert Park #01-09, Singapore 598332 (King Albert Park Station, Downtown Line)
Tel: +65 6928 3043
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon, Tue, Thu), 12pm – 10.30pm (Wed), 12pm – 11pm (Fri-Sun)
Ice Cream Cafe At King Albert Park With Wasabi, Matcha Gao Flavours
Kindred Folk is a cosy two storey cafe serving up handcrafted ice creams, other desserts and fusion pastas.
In terms of Ice Cream flavours, they included Roasted Rice Milk Tea, Watermelon-Calamansi Sorbet, Cereal Milk, Grapefruit Froyo, Matcha Gao, Sea Salt Gula Coconut, Latte, Pure Hazelnut, to a very interesting Wasabi.
$3.70 per scoop for the basic flavours, and students and residents of KAP Residences get a 10% discount.
You can also find Pasta dishes here ($15 ala carte, $12.90 for set lunch, $9.90 for students), and include Mi-so Sexy pasta – capellini tossed in a light miso and roasted sesame sauce; and Asian Flush Pasta – slightly spicy tomato cream sauce flavoured with curry leaves. Kindred Folk (King Albert Park)
Blk 326 Serangoon Ave 3 #01-378, Singapore 550326
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10pm (Tue-Thu), 11.30am – 11pm (Fri-Sat), 11.30am – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Taiwanese-Owned Ice Cream Café. For Crepes and Weekend Brunch At Serangoon
Located right opposite to NEX (exit F of Serangoon MRT station), along the stretch of shophouses, is an ice cream creamery opened by the Taiwanese.
For the menu, ice cream is available in single ($3.50) and double ($6.50) scoops, with an additional $1 for premium flavours.
Top up $5 for waffles or $3.50 for a crepe (french pancake) with sweet toppings ($1 each) such as Nutella/ Homemande Jam/ Caramel crunchies or savoury options ($0.50-$2.50) such as Tuna Mayo, Kurobuta Ham or Cherry Tomatoes. Cottontail Creamery (Serangoon)
The Working Capitol on Robinson, 140 Robinson Road #04-00 Singapore 068907
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 6:00pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Pickled Grain Bowls And Toast Cafe By Sarnies
Pickleville opened by the people behind Sarnies have also opened a rice bowl and toast focused café.
For breakfast from 8am till 11am, the Fancy Toast served include Avocado on Toast ($9.50), Ham and Cheese ($11), Smoked Salmon & Cream Cheese ($13), Nutella and Banana ($8) and Peanut Butter & Jelly ($8). You can also build your own toast.
The 4 signature lunch bowls offered were Chicken ($15), Salmon ($15.50), Roasted Beef ($16), and Vegan ($12). Pickleville (Robinson Road)
International Plaza; 10 Anson Road, #01-33, Singapore 079903 (Tanjong Pagar MRT Exit C)
Tel: +65 6224 1068
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat – Sun)
Grain Bowls And Artisanal Coffee At International Plaza
Another health-food focused café has opened in the CBD. The Harvestry serves up mixed grain bowls and artisanal coffee at International Plaza (closer to the side of the taxi drop-off).
The good thing is, the café starts opening from 8am during weekdays.
Busy CBD workers can grab some coffee and all day breakfast items of Scrambled Eggs & Toast ($6.00), Sous Vide Chicken Sandwich ($8.50), Pulled Pork Sandwich ($8.50) and Smoked Salmon Croissant ($9.00) before work.
There are 7 signature grain bowls served – The Full Works ($18) created for wagyu beef lover; Soba So Good ($9) which is vegan-friendly; Team Protein ($14) with sous vide chicken breast; Clean and Lean ($14) with baked salmon fillet; Skinny Down ($12) of sous vide chicken with bail yoghurt dressing; Pow-Wow ($14) – braised pork collar with charred baby corn; and Healthy Chicken Stew ($10). Harvestry (International Plaza)
3 Pickering Street, China Square #01-39, Singapore 048660 (Telok Ayer MRT)
Tel: +65 9183 8290
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 6:00pm (Mon – Thurs), 10:00am – 10:00pm (Fri), 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Vegan Cafe At China Square, Most Items Below $10
Soul ALife is a fully vegan cafe located at China Square, which aims to break the stereotype that vegan food is tasteless and unappetizing.
The cafe serves all-day brunch food of Smashed Avo on Toast, mains such as Teriyaki Burger, salads such as Soul Salad, to desserts of Raw Vegan Cheesecake and Protein Brownies.
Signature items included the BBQ Burger ($9.90), Scramble Toast ($8.90), Mac and Cheese ($7.90), Buddha Bowl ($9.90), Ultimate Combo ($9.90) which incorporates guacamole, tofu scramble, salsa, sauteed mushroom and tofu feta on sourdough bread.
The food is MSG free, lower in fat and salt content. Soul Alife (Pickering Street)
Swee Lee Social Club
The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-07/10 Singapore 138617 (Buona Vista MRT Station)
Tel: +65 6334 7703
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Music Cafe Hidden Within The Star Vista
Swee Lee is known to be the place to get your dream musical instrument, and they have recently expanded to include a café within their flagship store at The Star Vista.
The NEW café called Swee Lee Social Club, is meant for music lovers of any stripe to gather and connect.
Offerings are limited though, which include Flat White ($5), Cold Brew Coffee ($6), Hot Chocolate ($6), Sweet Toast ($7), and Waffles & Ice Cream ($10).
You can also request for a “Secret Menu” which offers rotational food items. The current Secret Menu includes Strawberry Field and Mango Tango Smoothies ($10). Swee Lee Social Club (The Star Vista)
The Good Boys Cafe
1 Irving Place, Tai Seng, #01-26, Singapore 369546
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Mon-Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat-Sun)
Heart-Shaped Matcha Fruit Bowl and Acai Bowl At Tai Seng
Located next to 23 Jumpin at Irving Place, The Good Boys offer items that will probably attract the office crowd or the health-conscious people working nearby.
Think Fruit Juices ($4.50/$5.50), Smoothies ($6/$7) and Super Bowls ($12) packed with lots of antioxidants, which are immune boosters. The Good Boys Café (Tai Seng)
5 Raffles Place, #B1-64 Raffles Xchange Singapore 048618 (Raffles Place MRT)
Tel: +65 6779 2948
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 4pm (Sat), Closed Sun & PH
Japanese Tea Kiosk With Cheese Tea And Golden Pearls, At Raffles Place
This is one of the few kiosks in Singapore that focuses on Japanese tea, inspired by “chaseki” (茶席) – a Japanese term which broadly means “formal place for tea”. It is said to be a collaboration between Gryphon Tea and The Soup Spoon.
The menu is divided into Roji Tea, Iced Lattero, Sparkling Fruit Tea and Beauty Fruit Tea.
You can choose the sweetness level of standard, half, or minimal. Only rock sugar is used to bring out the flavours of the Japanese teas.
I ordered a Melona Manpuku ($4.50), and would like to think of this as a more delicate and healthier version than many sugared drinks out there.
The drink had the lovely tea bitterness of Japanese Sencha matched with light fruity sweetness of honey melon. The golden pearls with tinge of sweetness, were soft and chewy,
The Clementi Mall, 3155 Commonwealth Ave W, Singapore 129588
Taiwan’s Instagrammable Bubble Tea Coming To Singapore
Catching up on the trend of both Taiwanese bubble tea and Instagrammable drinks such as colourful layered drinks seen in night markets, Taiwanese-brand Bobii Frutii will be opening its very first store in Singapore at The Clementi Mall.
It is known for their beautiful (and Instagrammable) layers made using milk, tea and colourful pearls, with no artificial flavourings, man-made essences, creamer or preservatives.
Their bubble teas have interesting names such as Think “Don’t Want To Work”, “Mermaid’s Tears”, “Childhood Memories”, and “Uji Snow”.
Say Chiizu Toast Singapore
VivoCity #B2-K16, 1 Harbourfront Walk Singapore 098585 (Harbourfront MRT)
Hokkaido Cheese Toast With Stretchy Cheese From Bangkok
Say Chiizu Toast has garnered some social media attention in Bangkok with its cutesy yellow packaging, toasts of varied flavours, and most important of all – that stretchy cheese.
The viral Cheese Toast store is also set to open at VivoCity (#B2-K16) in January 2018.
There will be 5 flavours offered – Original, Chocolate, Charcoal, Strawberry and Matcha Cheese, all priced at $3.80 each.
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