After the high profile opening of Tsui Wah from Hong Kong at Clarke Quay last month, popular Korean toast brand Isaac Toast Singapore at Plaza Singapura, and Jay Chou endorsed Liang Sandwich Bar at Vivocity has both opened.
Good and bad. While some anticipated foreign food places have finally arrived in Singapore (what took them so long?), let’s hope that the local start-ups do not get ignored. Hvala looks like it is doing pretty okay.
CHIJMES, 30 Victoria Street, Singapore 187996
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Japanese Cafe & Teahouse Hidden Within CHIJMES
Specially designed to look like a Japanese teahouse, the space has a minimalist touch with wooden elements incorporated into every single details, yet brought out the beauty and the simplicity in the design.
Their signature item is the Tea Latte ($5.80) that comes in Matcha, Houjicha and Matcha Houjicha, which can also be found at their takeaway kiosk in 313 Somerset.
The difference is the Matcha powder used here, in this case Tsuki matcha, which had distinctive and pronounced vegetal notes, with a certain degree of umami-ness that tasted similar to that of seaweed.
A selection of cakes such as Goma (Sesame), Chocolate Truffle, Honey Earl Grey Hazelnut and Matcha Azuki are available. Get the Goma. Hvala (CHIJMES)
Haritts Donuts & Coffee ハリッツ
2 Havelock Road, #01-08, Singapore 059763
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 12pm – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Famous Japanese Donut Shop Opens In Singapore
Donut lovers would have heard of Haritts Donuts, located at Yoyogi-Uehara Tokyo, with branches in Taipei (No. 33, Lane 81, Fuxing North Road) and Taichung.
It was known to introduce “a new genre of Japanese donuts” with no super sweet flavours or colourful exteriors.
Flavours offered at the Singapore store include Original, Cinnamon Currants, Chocolate, Cream Cheese, Earl Grey, Matcha, Raspberry White Choco, Banana Choco, and Kaya – the local Singapore special.
What you get are donuts that are not even oily, with a chewy doughy texture, and not very sweet. Haritts Donuts ハリッツ (Havelock Road)
Pancake Cafe Belle-Ville
Bugis Junction #01-01B, Towers 230 Victoria Street Singapore 188024 (Bugis MRT Exit C, facing Victoria Street, under the giant TV screen)
Tel: +65 6255 5456
Opening Hours: 8am – 8.30 pm (Mon – Sun)
Popular Japanese Pancake Cafe From Osaka Opens At Bugis Junction
Suddenly Japanese pancakes are getting back in trend in Singapore, with the opening of Pancake Cafe Belle-Ville at Bugis Junction, and Riz Labo Kitchen at Wisma Atria.
Pancake Cafe Belle-Ville originated from Osaka Japan, with its popular flagship store located at Umeda Whity. This Singapore branch is its first overseas outpost.
The pancake café is known for its meringue made-to-order millefeuille (French for “thousand layers”) pancakes, included with homemade whipped Hokkaido cream, stacked from 2 to 8 layers.
Priced from $11.90 to $16.20, varieties include Strawberry and Mixed Berry Pancake, Mango Pancake, Grilled Apple with Homemade Caramel Pancake, Matcha with Rice Ball and Red Bean Pancake, and Chocolate with Grilled Banana Pancake. Belle-Ville (Bugis Junction)
Merci Marcel – Club Street
7-9 Club St Singapore 069400
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am (Mon – Fri), 5pm – 12am (Sat), Closed Sun
Beautifully Chic French Social Dining Place Opens At Club Street
Merci Marcel which is relatively newly opened at Tiong Bahru, has landed with another branch at Club Street.
The new outlet boasts of a 1,250 square feet space, with light-filled indoor and alfresco dining spaces.
It somehow was able to marry contemporary, casual and classy all of the same time with the décor, lined with plants, rattan light fixtures and Marcel Breuer-inspired furniture.
The menu is organised into three sections: A rotating cheese menu, main dishes, and sharing plates. Unfortunately, there is no brunch menu in sight for now.
Mains include Duck Parmentier façon Marcel ($26) – a duck confit dish; Cauliflower Trilogy ($17) of roasted, mashed and crunch cauliflower with grilled ham and organic soft boiled egg; Hokkaido Scallop Carpaccio ($29); Whole Catalonia octopus leg ($46) and T-bone New-Zealand Black Angus ($69) with oven baked potatoes and thick crème fraiche homemade Béarnaise sauce. Merci Marcel (Club Street)
Homeground Coffee Roasters
475 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427682
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon, Tue, Thu, Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat,Sun), Closed Wed
Undiscovered Artisanal Coffee Place In An Art Gallery
Opened along one of the shophouses in Katong directly opposite to Sinpopo Brand, Homeground Coffee Roasters is a cafe with an art gallery, retail space and coffee beans roastery within.
The menu is short and concise, with coffee such as Black ($4.50), White ($4.50/$5.50), Filter Coffee ($6), Cold Brew ($5), Mocha ($6.50) and Hot Chocolate ($6).
The retail corner also features some merchandises such as T-shirt, brewing kettle and chocolate from local chocolate company, Fossa, which can be found in their Mocha and Hot Chocolate.
Homeground Coffee Roasters is a space where people will feel at home, with like-minded coffee lovers gathering together for a simple cup of Joe. Homeground Coffee Roasters (Joo Chiat)
TP-Tea 茶湯會 Singapore
Changi Airport, Terminal 2, Departure Hall #026-015-01, Singapore 819643
Opening Hours: 24 hours Daily
1st 24 Hours Taiwanese Bubble Tea Shop With Softserve
TP-Tea 茶湯會has opened at Changi Airport Terminal 2 Departure Hall, right next to Krispy Kreme and Llao Llao (Yes, it’s back), and will become Singapore’s FIRST 24 hours Taiwanese Bubble Tea Shop.
Its parent company is Chun Shui Tang 春水堂 from Taiwan, said to be the store to create Taiwanese bubble tea.
The bestseller and my personal favourite is the Tie Guan Yin Tea Latte ($4.60), which is a premium grade of Oolong Tea.
The first sip is smooth, creamy and milky, with a lingering aroma of roasted tea leaves which resembled that of Japanese Houjicha. TP-Tea 茶湯會 (Changi Airport)
Bobii Frutii Singapore – Suntec City
Suntec City Mall #02-375/376 West Wing, 3 Temasek Boulevard, Singapore 038983
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Instagrammable Bubble Tea With Blue-Coloured Pearls
Bobii Frutii known for its colourful, instagrammable pearls, has just opened another outlet at Suntec City Mall West Wing.
Compared to its first outlet at The Clementi Mall, this has a small sit-down area.
Local actor Nat Ho of Tanglin fame, is also the Brand Ambassador and Creative Director.
Apart from their aesthetically pleasing appearance, their signature items have funky names that made people wonder what the flavours are.
The names include Mermaid’s Tears ($5.50), Don’t Want To Work ($3.90), Pandora Treasures ($5.50), Childhood Memory ($3.90), Green Romance ($3.90), Pandora’s Treasure ($5.50) and Don’t Want To Grow Up ($5.90). Bobii Frutii (Suntec City)
Mr. Men and Little Misses Pop-Up 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: 5th July (Thurs) to End September 2018
Expect Mr Bump Nasi Lemak And Mr Happy Pancakes
These colourful illustrations by Roger Hargreaves will come alive in Singapore’s very own Mr. Men and Little Misses pop-up café.
This is when you can spot iconic characters such as Mr. Tickle, Mr, Happy, Mr. Bump, Little Miss Sunshine and Little Miss Princess in both the food and interior of the café.
The menu takes a local twist this time round, also as a form of celebrating Singapore’s National Day.
It will feature locally-inspired Mr. Men and Little Miss mains, desserts and beverages – all customised for Singapore’s taste.
You can expect Mr Strong Chilli Crab Pasta ($21.90), Fried Mantou with house-made Chilli Crab Dip ($11.90), Mr Bump Knock-out Nasi Lema ($23.90), Little Miss Tiny Sweet and Sour Tempura Fish Burger ($19.90), and Chendol Gula Melaka Frappe ($14.90). Mr. Men & Little Miss Café (Jalan Kapla)
Isaac Toast Singapore
Plaza Singapura B2, 68 Orchard Road, Singapore 238839
Famous Korean Breakfast Toast At Plaza Singapura
The most popular Korean Toast from Seoul Isaac Toast has opened at Plaza Singapura.
Isaac Toast has over 700 retail stores in South Korea, with overseas branches in both Macau, Taiwan and Malaysia.
The brand is brought in here by the same group that launched Yoogane in Singapore, with location of the flagship kiosk to be at Plaza Singapura Basement 2.
Some of its popular flavours include Bulgalbi, Bulgogi, Hot Tteokgalbi, Hot Chicken, Steak Ham, Bacon Best, and Ham Special. Isaac Toast Singapore (Plaza Singapura)
Liang Sandwich Bar Singapore
VivoCity B2-K22, 1 Harbourfront Walk, Singapore 098585
Jay Chou endorsed Liang Sandwich Bar, and the “Number 1 scallion pancakes seller in China” has opened in Singapore at Vivocity.
Liang Sandwich Bar is considered a fast food chain in China, with over 12,000 outlets across 300 cities in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Korea, Japan, United States of America and Canada.
This is not the ordinary sandwich, with the outer layer comprising of Taiwanese Scallion Pancake – said to be made of premium grade flour and non-GMO soybean oil as its main ingredients.
Varieties include Chicken Bolognese Sandwich, Chicken Patty Sandwich, Tuna Mayo Sandwich, Chicken Floss Sandwich, Sambal Ikan Bilis Sandwich and Cheese & Egg Sandwich.
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