2nd last month of 2018. Why did all the time go?
I didn’t travel at all last month, and had time to venture around Singapore looking for new cafes, so you would likely see slightly more ‘obscure’ ones here.
There are people who asked “How do I get you to feature my place?”
Typically, there are at least 20 to 40 cafes restaurants that open every month – and there are so many more undiscovered place, and I will pick out 10 to feature here. Of course I will make it a point to visit every place on the list.
The very first thing I ask is usually the menu, which gives you a sense of the place and offerings. Perhaps there is something unique or interesting that readers would want to know. If I don’t end up featuring, sometimes it is because the shop is closed when I head down (even when FB is indicated open), or maybe it is just lacking of the special something (but don’t get personal about it). All right, just to share.
10 New Cafes November 2018
ION Orchard Mall, 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-29, Singapore 238801
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Original Inventor of Cheese Tea in Singapore
A China’s most popular iconic tea brand, HEYTEA 喜茶 has launched its first-ever overseas store in Singapore.
There are many imitation brands around, but this is the real McCoy.
The cheese tea brand is known for its high standard and quality raw ingredients to deliver the same delicious and healthy menu as its Chinese counterparts offer.
As for the menu in HEYTEA Singapore, they will offer a wide range of offerings catering to different palates: Cheezo Tea, Pure Tea, Berry Mango Family, and Fruity Boom. There will also be desserts in the form of tea ice cream, and two items exclusive for the Singapore market.
Get the King Fone Cheezo Tea ($5.50) which you can recognise by the enticing yellowish hue, uses premium oolong tea leaves that have been specially harvested for HEYTEA.
161 Lavender Street #01-12 Singapore 338750
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Tues, Thurs – Sun), Closed Wed
Beautiful White Cafe That Makes You Feel Like Home
This specialty coffee place at Lavender Street is called “Apartment” because the owner wanted to create the vibes of inviting people home, to have chats with coffee lovers at the counter seats, and for them to feel welcomed.
I think a lot of instagrammers will start heading here, because the café fulfills many requirements needed for those ‘mood’ and ‘got-feel’ shots – natural daylight, white space, Scandinavian furniture, locally-designed ceramic cups.
I was recommended the Colombia La Falda ($6.50), a single origin with notes of plum, redcurrant and grapefruit.
It was indeed a well-balanced, refreshing cup with that obvious fruitiness that made a good perk-me-up. Apartment Coffee (Lavender Street)
12 Gopeng Street, 01-33/34 Icon Village, Singapore 078877 (Tanjong Pagar MRT)
Tel: +65 6221 0289
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Scrambled Eggs Focused Café Offers Brioche Burgers And Egg Boxes
The main item here are the scrambled egg burgers, made using brioche buns ordered from the Michelin-starred Burnt Ends, toasted upon order.
Each burger mixes both Western and Asian flavours together, with sauces used made in house.
Choices include the Signature Egg ($7.90) included with cheese, hashbrown, onion jam and chipotle aioli; Spam & Cheese ($8.90); Smoked Salmon ($10.90); Smoked Duck ($10.90); Bacon & Cheese ($8.90); Avocado & Tomato ($8.90); and Scrambled ($13.90) comprising of almost all the fillings available.
As for the star – the scrambled eggs, it did not disappoint as it was evenly seasoned and satisfactorily creamy.
215F Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574349
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Mon, Wed, Thurs), 10am – 12am (Fri), 8am – 12am (Sat), 8am – 4pm (Sun)
Brunch & Dinner Cafe At Upper Thomson
Birdy’s is a newly-opened neighbourhood kitchen and bar at 215F Upper Thomson, which serves up breakfast, lunch, dinner, coffee, wines, craft beers and everything in between.
The strange name of “Birdy’s” comes from a fictional character who is peckish is all day, and the shop’s objective is to provide quality without the frills.
Faced with a list of items, the signatures include Duck Confit Hash ($18) of pulled duck confit with pimiento peppers, onions, potatoes, poached egg and greens; Breakfast Sanga ($14) included with bacon, fried egg, emmental cheese, house made beetroot pickles and brioche; and Overnight Oats ($11) with rolled oats, chia seeds, soy, banana, berry compote and pistachios.
Not many cafes (even restaurants) in Singapore do the ‘simple’ Scrambled Eggs well, but Birdy’s got it just right in terms of the consistency, creaminess and fluffiness. Birdy’s (Upper Thomson)
Black Fairy Coffee
131 Tyrwhitt Road, Singapore 207553
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), 8:30am – 6pm (Sun)
Cafe At Jalan Besar, With Goblin Burger, Poke Bowls And Enchanted Matcha Parfait
With a name like “Black Fairy Coffee”, one would expect more whimsical or fantasy elements in terms of menu design or décor.
The offerings included Poke Bowl, Croissant, Sandwiches, Toast, Salads, a Burger, an all-day breakfast item called Morning Feast, and a couple of desserts such as Parfait, French Toast and Ice Cream Waffles.
Sort of everything under the sky, yet limited.
The most thematic item on its menu board was The Goblin Burger ($20), of pulled pork and yogurt coleslaw and smoked barbecue sauce in a brioche burger bun.
For more ‘brunch-type’ food, get the Morning Feast ($18) of scrambled eggs, sautéed mushrooms, bacon, Italian sausage, baked beans and garden salad. Black Fairy Coffee (Tyrwhitt Road)
529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 #01-2365, Singapore 560529
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 12pm – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Unique Crepe Café Found At Ang Mo Kio
Galettes located at Ang Mo Kio Ave 10 (with Pine Garden as its neighbour) specialises in making crepes – the thin, flat French-style pancakes.
On the savoury end, options include the All Day Breakfast ($14), and Funghi & Cheese ($10), while sweet crapes offered are the Crepe Suzette ($12.50) and Cherry Jubilee ($12.50) with flambeed dark cherries.
As I was feeling kind of full, I had the Crepe Cake instead ($6.50) with flavours of Crème Brulee, Dark Chocolate, Lemon and Strawberry.
The cake was on the lighter end and not too sweet, with beautiful thin layers. I am comparing this with the other familiar brand, and I wished that the cream could have been smoother and more delicate. Galettes (Ang Mo Kio)
182 Jalan Jurong Kechil, The Hillford, #01-51, Singapore 596152
Tel: +65 9179 5804
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 8:pm (Mon – Sun)
Quality Artisanal Bakes From A Humble Cafe At Upper Bukit Timah
The small shop offers a wide selection of freshly baked bread and pastries, prepared using quality ingredients.
It looked like a family-owned place, with personable service. Except that the space could be a bit cramped.
Some of their recommended include the Kougin Amann ($3.30) which uses brown sugar; Chocolate Almond Banana ($4.50) which has the fruit blended into pain aux chocolate – thus quite special; Traditional Baguette ($3.20) with starter cultivated in-house; and Sourdough ($3.50) with tangy texture.
As for the Charcoal Bacon & Cheese ($5.50), it had quite a likable, doughy-chewy texture with creamy, savoury fillings. Bread Createur (Jalan Jurong Kechil
C Plus (C+)
217 Rangoon Road Singapore 218457 (Farrer Park MRT Station – 10min walk away)
Tel: +65 8733 2177
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Understated Café That Gathers The Best Cakes From Various Home-Bakers
C+ Café, which stands for Community Plus, has opened diagonally opposite Ng Ah Sio Bak Kut Teh, the same row as Mr Pho House.
The unique thing about them is they work closely with local craft makers and home bakers to provide a different experience to customers.
In terms of cakes, they work with a community of home bakers who bake in their premises, and then provide their best-selling items for sale. So, you get a variety of bakes, and possibly the best of the best.
Some of the recommended cakes you can expect include the Ondeh Ondeh Cake by @beelibakes ($7.50 per slice), Earl Grey Cheesecake by @101weis2bake ($7.50 per slice), Matcha Latte Pie by @elijahpies ($7 per slice) and Lychee Rose by @petitejoybakes ($7.5 per slice). C Plus Café (Rangoon Road)
Walking On Sunshine
Orchard Central, 181 Orchard Rd, #03-07, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm
Garden Themed Korean Cafe & Hair Salon, Hidden Within Orchard Central
Walking On Sunshine is a Korean beauty and café concept. (M1 should just come and advertise here.)
There are Korean hair stylists who would give you a “Korean hair” make-over, along with photo studio for you to take photos in hanboks.
Food wise, the brunch-cafe presents a limited menu with offerings such as Souffle Pancake ($23), Eggs Benedict ($18.50), American Breakfast ($19.50), Honey Butter Toast ($11.50), Seoul Beef Bulgogi Pizza ($21.50), and Double Beef Budger ($18.50).
I had a Spicy Pork Panini ($17.50), which were nicely grilled to a golden crisp, packed with ingredients which were moist, and the spiciness gave it a Korean twist. Walking On Sunshine (Orchard Central)
Brawn & Brains Coffee
218 East Coast Road Singapore 428916
Quality Coffee With Minimalist Vibes, New Outlet At East Coast Road
Brawn & Brains has launched an outlet on 218 East Coast Road, a few shops away from another strong ‘competitor’ Forty Hands.
While the coffee place is seldom in-your-face and not often in the radar, it has gathered quite a loyal fan-base over the years who vouch for their quality of coffee.
The Easties should like this space, it has natural light, minimalist decor and this easy-going calm vibes. Brawn & Brains Coffee (East Coast Road)
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