If you have read DanielFoodDiary.com for a while, you would realise that I have a special liking of featuring cafes that nobody heard and has written about.
Some of these cafes are located in obscure places; while there are many others who are clueless about marketing and advertising (No, merely setting up a Facebook and Instagram account doesn’t count.)
My “job” would have been easier if a) these new café owners / administrators actually reply their emails. I would say only 30 – 40% do, and that is despite reminders from Facebook and IG DMs; b) while there are shops who are actually closed despite publishing they are opened.
No telephone numbers to reach out to them either. Tough ah.
Anyway, I would say 8 or 9 out of the 10 cafes listed here are mostly unheard of, with the exception of My Little Pony Café which would gather some interest from fans.
Also, that is because the owner takes pains to craft a press release, send the menu, along with taking high resolution photos. (So new café owners: things don’t just drop from the sky; customers don’t just walk in like that.)
All righty. Enough of my ranting (just needed to get it out). Hope you enjoy October’s edition. 2 more months to Christmas. Time really flies!
Halcyon & Crane
Paragon Level 3 (Orchard MRT)
Tel: +65 9727 5121
Opening Hours: 9am – 10 pm (Mon – Sun)
Western Meets Sichuan Food In The Heart Of Orchard
Halcyon & Crane brings about Western-meets-Sichuan café-style dining and drinking at Orchard Paragon.
Its food is modern European with Sichuan influence, and has a well-designed chic and serene pavilion concept where you can take a break after all that shopping.
Some of their signature items include King’s Chicken Hash Benedict ($21) of English muffins topped with gong bao chicken, sous-vide egg and Cheddar cheese; Beetroot & Seafood Risotto ($32) made with Japanese pearl rice and given a touch of spice from pickled chilli; Baby Chicken Roulade ($32); and Chicken & Mushroom Capellini ($23), a nourishing soup of chicken and bamboo mushrooms with quality vermicelli noodles imported from Sichuan.
Soft launch phase, give them time to settle in.
41 Duxton Road, Singapore 089505 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6224 1941
Opening Hours: 10 am – 10 pm (Mon – Sat), 10 am – 6 pm (Sun)
Café Serving Sugar Free Cakes
Duxton 41 isn’t your typical café. This is probably the first cake cafe that is completely sugar free in Singapore. What?
All the desserts have no added sugar but still taste sweet. The rationale is because the owners who are fitness enthusiasts wanted to provide an alternative for people who try to be healthy or just cut down on the sugar consumption.
Their Souflee Cheesecake is gluten free, soft serve is diary free and they even have a vegan chocolate brownie.
This is also where you can get handwoven Thai Silk from Almeta, Bangkok.
730 Upper Serangoon Rd, #01-01, Singapore 534613
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon, Wed to Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat & Sun), Closed Tue
Charming Chic Café With Dusty Pink Interiors At Serangoon
Amber Ember, a chic café located at Upper Serangoon Road, at a standalone building situated next to Upper Serangoon Shopping Centre.
While marble white with cement grey are the norm café colours (too many actually), I was greeted with a store dressed with dusty pink interiors. Which was charming in its own ways.
Their brunch menu revolves around a range of jaffles options. From savoury; Truffle Shrooms ($11) and K-Pork ($10) to sweets; PB & Jelly ($8) and Chocobanana ($8).
I went for the Pablo’s Beef ($10) which came with minced beef, capsicum and loads of melted morzerella cheese. Sinful, but I like.
54 South Bridge Road Singapore 058685 (10 min walk from Clarke Quay MRT)
Tel: +65 9326 9599
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat), Closed Sun
Under-The-Radar Spaghetti Café
Spagtacular at South Bridge Road (just opposite Law Society) offers an array of pasta dishes with a local twist.
Therefore, you can expect dishes such as Chilli Crab Pasta, Salted Egg Pasta and the likes.
The starter of Har Cheong Kai Nibblets ($10) was in reality quite decent for its price – not the typical ones deep-fried from defrosted generic packs.
There are currently 5 pasta dishes – Mummy’s Assam ($15) of fried dory with rich sautéed assam paste; Chilli Crab ($15), The Golden Egg which is creamy salted egg pasta ($12); Kimchi Spring ($15); and Geylang Serai ($13) – curry pasta with marinated fried chicken cubes. Spagtacular (South Bridge Road)
Dopa Dopa Creamery
29 South Bridge Rd, #01-01, Singapore 058665
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Artisanal Gelato Cafe With Creamy Roasted Pistachio Flavour
Dopa Dopa Creamery located at South Bridge Road has been earning generally positive reviews with its gelato churned from scratch, included with natural ingredients such as nuts, fruits and tea leaves.
The small café has limited seating and only serves up 8 different flavours at any one time.
These include home roasted Pistachio, Hazelnut, Ferrero, Green Tea Toasted Rice, Hojicha, Speculoos with Lotus Biscuit, Watermelon Mint and Apple Ginger sorbet.
A single scoop goes for $3.90, while you can also opt for a double or triple ($7.50, $11).
The flavours were slightly more ‘intense’ than the usual ice cream. For example, there would be that slight roasted tea aroma as you savour your Hojicha gelato.
The Living Room Eating House
400 Lengkok Bahru, #01-01, Singapore 159049
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 5:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Spacious, Pleasant “Community Centre” Cafe With Inexpensive Pricing
The Living Room Eating House is located at Leng Kee Community Club, which is a 10 to 15 minutes’ walk away from Redhill MRT station.
The café occupied quite a big space with friendly-cosy vibes, popular with families.
It has rather personable service and serves up local delights in the likes of Nasi Lemak (from $3), Mee Siam ($3.50), Prawn Noodles ($4, $5, $6), Big Prawn Noodles ($8, $10), Bak Kut Teh ($6.5), and Chee Cheong Fun ($2).
These are your coffee shop pricing, or maybe just that 1 to 2 dollars more, with aircon-comfort. The Living Room Eating House (Lengkok Bahru)
KToast Sandwich & Coffee
Grantral Mall #01-23 (Cityvibe Clementi) Commonwealth Ave West Singapore 129581 (Clementi MRT)
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Korean Sandwich Cafe Opens At Clementi
The shop serves up “authentic Korean Toasts”, with a Korean chef behind the recipes and working in the kitchen. The chef is said to be recruited from Myeongdong and is a certified barista.
Items offered by the new KToast include the original Ktoast – which includes ham, egg and cheese ($2.90), Bacon Toast ($3.90), Bulgogi Toast ($4.90), Chicken Toast ($4.90) and Potato Toast ($3.90).
I was recommended to try the Hot Bulgogi Toast ($4.90). True enough, a Korean chef was working meticulously, pan-frying the ingredients and assembling the toast together.
There were some elements that I liked – that it was freshly made and piping hot; that thinly shredded cabbage was added to balance off the ‘heatiness’; and both the bread and egg were fluffy. KToast (Clement)
Make Your Own Café
Blk 4 Upper Aljunied Lane #01-06 Singapore 360004
(closest MRT: Woodleigh MRT – to transfer bus 100/135/155 at Exit A, alight at 3rd stop, recommended MRT: Serangoon – to transfer bus 100 at bus interchange, alight at 7th stop)
Opening Hours: 10.00am – 6.00pm (Mon – Wed, Fri – Sat), 10:30am – 6:00pm (Sun), Closed Thurs
Well Hidden Workshop Cafe In The East
From the appearance alone, you would not expect to find such a café here, located at a quiet Upper Aljunied HDB estate un-obstructively on the ground floor.
The place has an interesting name as well – “Make Your Own”, which is actually a D.I.Y. workshop studio, recently expanded with a workshop café concept.
They have a small menu selection – all vegan friendly, eggs and dairy free. Coffee is served with organic soymilk. Also offered are a couple of homely light bites such as Vegan Triple Chocolate Brownie ($4.00), Vegan Choco Walnut Banana Muffin ($3.80), and Vegan Mushroom & Veg Tofu Frittata ($5.80), and Cranberry Coconut Scones.
Perhaps this is not the kind of place you will go out-of-the-way just to have a cup of cuppa, but if you intend to have a reprise, get involved in such kind of crafts, this could be the café to spend a leisure afternoon at.
Make Your Own Café (Aljunied)
2 Orchard Turn, #B4-40/41/42, ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Tel: +65 6509 9500
Opening Hours: 10am – 9pm Daily
Splash n Decker Sandwiches From NP And NYP Returns, At ION Orchard Basement
When the popular Splash n Decker outlets serving sandwiches at Ngee Ann Polytechnic and Nanyang Polytechnic closed, students were left disappointed.
The shop has “re-appeared”, and renamed as Sandwich Lab at basement 4 of ION Orchard, operated under the Four Leaves Bakery group.
Other than the previous popular favorites of Teriyaki Chicken Sandwich ($4.80), Spicy Chicken Potato Sandwich ($4.00), Bacon & Egg Sandwich ($4.50), there are new offerings such as the Peri Peri Chicken Sandwich ($4.80) and Tom Yum Seafood Sandwich ($4.50). Sandwich Lab (ION Orchard)
My Little Pony 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: 27th September (12pm) to 30 December 2018
The My Little Pony may just revive those those childhood memories and rainbow dreams with their magical ponies.
This is the latest Kumoya pop-up café, which will be held from 27 September 2018 to the 30 December 2018. It is also South East Asia’s and Singapore’s first My Little Pony pop-up café.
As with their previous pop-up, Kumoya will be transformed with rainbows, happy colours. The menu, designed by the talented Little Miss Bento, will feature their 6 star ponies – Applejack, Fluttershy, Pinkie Pie, Rainbow Dash, Rarity and Twilight Sparkle. (Note: The menu is not Halal certified, but with no pork, no lard and no alcohol.)
Special items include Magic Friendship Rainbow Big Breakfast ($24.90) – toasted house rainbow bread with chicken and beef sausages, scrambled eggs and cute cheese stars; Friendship Meets Love Seafood Curry ($28.90); Twilight Sparkle Soaring Skies Chicken Katsu Burger ($22.90) and dessert of Pinkie Pie Pack-a-Punch Strawberry Cake ($17.90).
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