It is MARCH 2019 already?
This month, the DFD team has 2-3 days short compiling this (because February), but we made it anyway… madly scrolling through instagram, going to cafes anonymously, getting that corner table, and taking notes. Okay, I get recognised more often now (may not be a good thing).
We went to more than 10, but a couple of shops do not look too ready yet.
Café hoppers are showing signs of their boredom, but there are still new openings that continue to excite.
This is for you, enjoy the brand NEW Café guide! (I am very particular about the publish date, has to be 1st of the month.)
United Square Shopping Mall, 101 Thomson Road, #B1-09 & 64/65 Singapore 307591
Tel: +65 6259 5668
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm, Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
For Duck Confit & Waffle In Singapore
What makes Duckland different is its offering of BOTH Roast Irish Duck, and other Asian and Western duck delicacies in a casual setting.
The other thing special about Duckland is its use of “Silver Hill Duck”.
Popularly known as ‘London Duck’ as it is served in 98% of London’s Chinese restaurants, this breed is called ‘Irish Duck’ at Duckland in honour of its origin country.
Perhaps one of the best versions in Singapore, Duckland’s Duck Confit & Waffle ($20++) is simple yet executed well.
A whole duck leg enveloped in a crispy skin is heaving with duck fat flavour.
Served with a soft, golden-brown buttermilk waffle topped with sunny-side up egg, and a small bowl of maple syrup on the side. Note: The waffles are on the light and fluffier side, though I think Singaporeans generally prefer a more buttery and denser version.
12 Jiak Chuan Road Singapore 089265 (Outram/Chinatown MRT)
Tel: +65 6996 3937
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
1st African Themed Café In Singapore
The attention to details… from the menu design, sofa, cushions, decorations, paintings, doors to even the panels, you know a lot of thought has been put into the collection and planning of the space.
Kafe Utu serves up brunch items, East and West African food, as well as specialty coffee. Owner Kurt Wagner grew up in Kenya and wanted to bring a piece of home to Singapore.
Food items on the menu include Swahili Fish Curry ($29) with red snapper, tamarind, coconut milk, house curry paste, habenero and coconut rice; Liberian Peanut Chicken Stew ($28); West African Spicy Greens ($28) with chicken thigh and smoked fish; and Caribbean Goat Curry ($28).
If you would prefer something safer and more familiar, go for the more ‘brunchy’ items such as Curried Avocado with Raw Garlic and Toast ($16) and Ricotta Hotcakes ($23). Kafe Utu (Jiak Chuan Road)
66 Yio Chu Kang Road, Singapore 545568
Tel: +65 9487 1398
Opening Hours: 12pm – 11:30pm (Tue to Sat), 12pm – 10pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Affordable Italian & French Dining At Serangoon
From the team which founded South Union Park (Kembangan), Elevens Strands is their latest Italian and French dining concept located at Serangoon.
Taking over the defunct Kombi Rocks Diner, Eleven Strands has revitalized the space with simple yet elegant touches, from lapis blue signage, golden molecular chandelier to nautical inspired decors.
Leveraging on their former strength, they serve up 13 different kinds of pasta offerings – from garlicky Bacon Aglio Olio ($19), tomato-based Beef Bolognese ($21) to dairy-based Bacon Cream Pasta.
The Vongole Pasta ($22) also left an impression with its plump juicy clams simmered in light aromatic white wine sauce and further scented with garlic & herb fragrance. Eleven Strands (Serangoon)
249 Outram Road Singapore169048
Tel: +65 6223 2490
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Tue – Thu), 10am – 12am (Fri – Sun), Closed Mon
French-style Patisserie at Outram Road
You may not have imagined that there is a cake café hidden in stretch of shophouses along Outram Road, flanked by zi char, steamboat restaurants, and has Tiong Bahru Pau as neighbours.
And if you have sudden cake cravings late at night, Voyage is opened till 12am from Fridays to Sundays.
Chef Jonathan hopes to present quality plated desserts and cakes to people without having them to worry about the cost.
The signature cake is the Cynthia ($9), a petite gateau featuring rose chantilly cream, lychee bits, raspberry compote and genoise sponge shaped like a rose.
Interesting note: Chef created and named this cake after his girlfriend as it is the first “rose” that he has given to her. So sweet…
Blk 3 Everton Park #01-79 Singapore 080003 (Outram Park Exit G)
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Tues – Sun), Closed on Mon, 2nd & 4th Sun
Freshly Baked Cakes And Healthy Meals
Little Oasis which I found situated at the corner of Block 3 Everton Park, was indeed that dreamt-upon cosy place.
It was relatively quiet with soft music in the background, and vibes of calming charm. A place where you can read a book over a cup of tea.
The café started off as Little Wooden Table, an online home bakery, doing healthier bakes with reduced sugar, natural flavours and colouring, specializing in chiffon cakes, pound cakes, and customized birthday cakes.
The signatures include the Lemon Drizzle Cake ($6.50), Earl Grey Lavender Chiffon Cake ($2.50), Banana Yoghurt Loaf (healthy bake) ($4.50), along with Banana-Oatmeal Waffles ($7 for half portion, $12 for full portion).
The cakes are baked in house, with flavours of the chiffon and pound cakes rotated throughout the week. Little Oasis (Everton Park)
Wild Wood Café
598 Yishun Ring Road #01-51/52 Wisteria Mall Singapore 768698
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm (Mon – Fri), 8:00am – 10pm (Sat, Sun, PH), Last orders 9:30pm
Under-The-Radar Brunch Café At Yishun
Wild Wood is a simple, bistro-styled café tucked away in level 1 of Wisteria Mall, the same mall where PocoLoco is located.
The food items are what you may call the “standard café items”, with offerings of all-day breakfast sets, burgers and pasta and savoury waffles combinations.
Choices available include Classic Breakfast Set ($11.80), French Toast ($8.80), Ham & Cheese Sandwich ($8.80), Beef Bolognese Pasta ($13.80), Tukey Bacon Aglio Olio ($11.80), and Wild Chicken Carbonara ($10.80).
The Classic Breakfast Set ($11.80) came with toast, mixed salad, eggs and a choice of meat. The portion was not bad for the price, considered reasonable for café pricing in Singapore. Wild Wood Café (Yishun)
Micro Bakery & Kitchen
Serene Centre 10 Jalan Serene #01-05 Singapore 258748
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:00pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon – Tues
Artisanal Bakery at Bukit Timah
Micro Bakery and Kitchen has taken over the space left behind by The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough (unfortunately they have closed).
Their previous partner has continued the business, while maintaining the same philosophy of making small batch, hand-made breads.
Their breads are naturally leavened using organic and sustainable flour, using natural ingredients and no additives.
From 9:30am to 3pm, you can also get your fill on sandwiches such as Grilled 3-cheese with Sauerkraut ($12) Charred Cauliflower ($12); Mushroom Tartine ($10), or House Ricotta ($12).
Look out at the board for fresh bakes of the day. Microbakery Bakery & Kitchen (Bukit Timah)
10 Anson Road, International Plaza #01-15 Singapore 079903
Opening hours: 7.30am – 4pm (Mon – Fri), Closed, Sat, Sun, PH
Coffee & Matcha Place With Good Vibes At Tanjong Pagar
Nexus Coffee is the CBD outpost for Community Coffee Bar located at Far East Plaza.
Coffees served at both cafes are roasted themselves in small batches, to highlight the qualities that are unique to each coffee’s varietal, processing method and origin.
There are seasonal single origin coffees for both espresso and filter selections, which change every 2 to 3 weeks depending on the harvest season and availability.
They are currently featuring a washed Red Bourbon varietal from Finca El Tambor (Guatemala) for espresso-based drinks, which include White ($4.50, $5.50), Black ($4, $5), and Mocha ($5). Nexus Coffee (International Plaza)
Kebun: Specialty Tea Latte Bar
Blk 531 Upper Cross Street #01-41 Singapore 050531
Tel: +65 90098375
Opening Hours: 10am – 7pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
1st Vegan Latte Cafe in Singapore
Kebun should be considered the first vegan tea and coffee latte bar in Singapore, located at Block 531 Upper Cross Street.
The drinks are dairy-free, made using handcrafted cashew mylk made fresh daily.
Some of the signatures offered include Kebun’s Earl Grey Latte ($5), A Date with Chat Latte ($5), Royal Thai Latte ($5), Violet Sweet Potato Latte ($5.50), Seoul Misugaru Latte ($5.50), and Kyoto Matcha Green Latte ($5.50).
There are occasional seasonal drinks such as the Ondeh Ondeh Latte ($5.00). Kebun Tea Bar (Upper Cross Street)
Jenjudan Singapore 珍煮丹
1 CityLink Mall #B1-13 Singapore 039393
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Looks like Brown Sugar Milk Tea is continuing its wave, with another famous Taiwanese brand arriving in Singapore in March 2019.
Its first location in Singapore is set to be at CityLink Mall, opening 23rd March.
The brand started out at the Shilin Night Market way back in 2010, specialising in Brown Sugar Pearl Milk drinks.
It has evolved to be quite a popular chain well-known for this particular style drink.
Therefore, Brown Sugar beverages is likely to take up half of the menu, and may take Taiwan’s cue with the offerings of the basic Brown Sugar Jelly, Brown Sugar Lemon, to Brown Sugar Pudding Milk, and Brown Sugar Glass Jelly Milk. Jenjudan Singapore 珍煮丹