121 days to the end of the year, 115 days to Christmas.
2018 may be whizzing past us, but what it also means is that we can look forward to many exciting NEW OPENINGS which typically arrive the last quarter of the year.
Yes, these shops are already quite trendy with relatively long queues in all, but big brands have opened or are coming, including Hey Tea 喜茶 – the creator of cheese tea, Nayuki 奈雪の茶 and TaiGai 台盖 from Shenzhen, Tiger Sugar famous of their Brown Sugar Fresh Milk, MuYoo+ with a bakery concept at Bedok, and
R&B 巡茶 with a new outlet at the revamped Rasapura Masters at Marina Bay Sands.
Aqua S Singapore
#B1-01 Orchard Xchange (above Orchard MRT Station), 437 Orchard Road, Singapore 238878
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Sun)
Famous BLUE Soft Serve Shop From Sydney
This must have been one of the longest wait. So yes, Aqua S, that dreamy baby blue soft serve from Sydney Australia, has come to Singapore.
The softserve shop is located at Orchard Xchange basement. That is the level above Orchard MRT Station exit.
The Aqua S softserve is famed for its blue-hued twirls on a cone, surrounded by a cloud of fluffy cotton candy and caramel popcorn.
Interesting to know that the brand rotates its flavours every 2 weeks, and has so far developed over 130 soft serve flavours. Some of the more recent ones include Tiramisu, Apple Cinnamon Pie, Peanut Butter, Thai Milk Tea, Snickers, Baileys, Milo, Pandan, Peanut Butter to Mango Raspberry. For its launch, the special flavours are L and Milk Tea. Aqua S Singapore (Orchard)
Bedok Mall #01-94, 311 Upper Changi Road Singapore 467360 (located outside, opposite the food centre
Fruit Tea and Bakery Concept at Bedok Mall
MuYoo is known for its fruit teas, and also healthier versions of the trendy “cheese tea”.
A regular favourite is the Fruit Tea ($4.90) filled with peach, kalamansi and passion fruit for a refreshing beverage to start off the day.
The NEW outlet at Bedok Mall also features a bakery, where all the pastries and buns are freshly baked in-house daily.
My top recommendation would be the Hot Crabby ($5.90), filled with fresh snow crab fillings mixed with Thai chilli sauce, mayonnaise and cheddar cheese which gave their slightly-spicy, creamy bite.
The bun was pillow-soft, added with touch of curry powder on the outside.
TaiGai @ NEX
NEX Serangoon, #B2-34, Singapore 556083
Opening Hours: 10am-10pm daily (Opening 5th September)
Leading Tea Specialty Brand TaiGai 台盖 Opening At NEX
TaiGai which hails from Shenzhen is opening its first Singapore outlet. And we certainly expect more to come.
It is one of the most popular hangout spots amongst Chinese youths around town, growing explosively with over 60 outlets in cities across China.
It is the brand behind the “Fruity Milky Kiss”, of fruit-blended milk cheese crowns which complements its pulpy fruit-blended teas.
Also look out for exclusive “Beary Cute” drinks which will be launched in this NEW store, located right opposite BreadTalk at NEX basement 2.
Marina Bay Sands, #B2-50 Canal Level (at Rasapura Masters) Singapore 018972
1st Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cheese Brûlée In Singapore
R&B 巡茶 has opened a new outlet at Rasapura Masters Marina Bay Sands, which is also newly revamped.
Its latest offering of Brown Sugar Boba Milk with Cheese Brûlée – the first of its kind in Singapore, should attract attention and a queue.
A cup would include pearls cooked in brown sugar, poured in with chilled milk, topped with cream cheese then torched.
It is also coated with brown sugar glaze that looks like the stripes of a tiger. Thus, they gave this drink the name “老虎出巡” – which literally means “a tiger taking its journey”. R&B 巡茶 (Marina Bay Sands)
Grids & Circles
200 South Bridge Road Singapore 058749 (Chinatown MRT )
Tel: +65 69353546
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 9am – 11pm (Fri & Sat)
3 Storey Lifestyle Cafe And Workshop Space
There are various components that make up Grid and Circles: a casual dining café where you can eat and drink; and a lifestyle retail nook to browse and shop.
Few people may head upstairs where there is a space they call “Flex”, which is used to hold private workshops, corporate events, and regular lifestyle classes.
Food wise, the menu has quite a mish-mash of offerings, such as Salmon Ochazuke ($15), Buta Don Pork Bowl ($16), Mushroom Quiche ($7), Bacon and Avocado Sausage ($16), Apple, Ham & Cheese Sandwich ($15), and Wagyu Steak Sandwich ($18).
As their café is based on the Swedish word “Lagom”, which means balance and harmony, they hope to inculcate that concept into their food as well, ensuring that each dish is well balanced in flavor. Grid and Circles (South Bridge Road)
Boufe at Marina Square
6 Raffles Boulevard, 02-226A/B Singapore 039394 (Esplanade MRT station)
Opening Hours: 8am – 9 pm (Mon – Sun)
Croissants, Insta-worthy Cakes, And Specialty Coffee
Boufe has opened at concept store at Marina Square, and hopes to introduce French pastry techniques in their bakes.
Some of their recommendations include Mini Unicorn Cake ($9.50), Milky Way ($8.50), Truffle Mushroom Croissant Sandwich ($8.90), Smoked Salmon Croissant Sandwich ($8.90), and Hazelnut Roll ($3).
The Truffle Mushroom Croissant Sandwich ($8.90) is included with in-house sautéed mushroom, added with dash of truffle oil, topped off with 2 slices of Monterey jack cheddar.
Eat 3 Bowls 呷三碗 福利社
Blk 462 Crawford Lane #01-161 Singapore 190462
Classroom Themed Taiwanese Café With Tasty Lu Rou Fan And Mee Sua
Eat 3 Bowls 呷三碗has moved from Seah Im Food Centre to a bigger café space at Crawford Lane, located right between Tolido’s Espresso Nook and Hatter Street.
The interior is fashioned after a Taiwanese-style classroom in the 90s, with a big notice board, wooden tables and chairs that can be rearranged into rows, coupled with specially-customised army green canvas bags hanging around on chairs.
The Lu Rou Fan was as authentic as it gets, with pork meat and fats braised for a number of hours, scooped on fluffy-short grain rice with that right amount of partly-oily sauce.
Some places serve versions which are too dry or oily, while Eat 3 Bowl’s version is a dish of comfort. Eat 3 Bowls (Crawford Lane)
Chin Sin Huan 振新园
285 Jalan Besar Singapore 208948
Tel: +65 6906 4957
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sat). Closed Sun, PH
2nd Generation Of Famous Tanjong Rhu Pau Opens Café
Chin Sin Huan 振新园 along Jalan Besar, however, is a local café concept by the second generation of the family who is behind Tanjong Rhu Pau.
Offerings include its signature Char Siew Pau ($0.80), Small Pork Pau ($0.80), Big Pork Pau ($1.50), Chicken Pau ($1.50), Red Bean Paste Pau ($0.60), Lotus Paste Pau ($0.60) and Siew Mai ($0.50).
The must-get is the Fan Choy aka Char Siew Rice ($2.00).
Though still slightly on the greasier side, the rice was moist and had sweet-savoury flavours with nuances of pepper, best added with some of the chilli sauce. Chin Sin Huan 振新园 (Jalan Besar)
43 Middle Road, Boon Sing Building #01-00 Singapore 188952 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 6924 0673
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Sun, Tues to Thurs), 10am – 10pm (Fri & Sat), Closed Mon
Wholesome Food And Cakes Such As Matcha Chiffon
“Kokoro” which means “heart” in Japanese, supposedly focuses on clean eating. Their objective is to encourage diners to eat whole foods, and dishes that has gone through minimal modern processing.
Recommended items included Chicken Mimono ($15.80) – bone-in chicken thigh in combo broth with mushrooms and root vegetables; Miso Ratatouile ($14.80) – classic French provençal vegetable stew with white Japanese rice; and Matcha Yogurt Granola Bowl ($12.80).
As the business is a collaboration with Two Bakers, some of the cakes and sweets are worth a try.
Kagurazaka Saryo 神楽坂茶寮
VivoCity, 1 Harbourfront Walk, #01-59, Singapore 098585
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Japanese Matcha Teahouse With Matcha Nitro Drinks
Known to have 9 outlets in Japan with 14 years of history, Kagurazaka Saryo has opened its very first flagship store right in Singapore at VivoCity.
The interior of Kagurazaka Saryo is designed like a Japanese teahouse with prominent wooden element incorporated in the design.
The menu offers a selection of signature matcha desserts such as their famed Matcha Fondue with Assorted Sides ($14.90) and Matcha Frozen Smores ($9.90).
Both matcha and hojicha latte are available in hot ($6.90) and cold ($6.90) versions. Kagurazaka Saryo 神楽坂茶寮 (Vivocity)
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