NEW café and restaurant openings in Singapore during the month of April will probably revolve around Jewel Changi Airport.
It will be officially opened on the 17th of April with 280 shops and F&B outlets.
More on those for next month’s compilation.
The Alley Luxe
Cineleisure Orchard, 8 Grange Rd, Singapore 239695
(Opening in April 2019)
The Alley Luxe @ Cineleisure is the first premium lifestyle café concept of the brand, featuring an array of exquisite European baked treats such as Croissants, Cruffins and Kouign-amann.
Customers can opt for take-away, or dine-in to savour signature beverages and baked pastries while enjoying the scenic view of Orchard Road.
The Alley first started from Taichung, Taiwan, and has one main outlet in central Taipei. They are strong in their social media marketing, which really aided in their popularity.
The brand’s concept is considered more modern and trendy, with other very photo-worthy ombre drinks on the menu like matcha latte, all served in their unique rounded base cups.
Their menu is divided into “series”, from Milk Tea, Tea Latte, Original Brewed Tea, Brown Sugar Deerioca, Blended to the photogenic Aurora Series – appropriately named Morning Dawn and Northern Lights.
If you are looking out for their top drinks, they are the Brown Sugar Deerioca Milk, No. 3 Alley Milk Tea, Lemon Guava Juice, Royal No.9 Series and Lemon Milk.
246 Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574370
Opening Hours: 11am – 11pm Last Order 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11am – 2am Last Order 1am (Fri – Sat)
Western Delights With Unexpected Sauces
This is an under-the-radar café-eatery found along the Upper Thomson “foodie” stretch. Molten Diners includes a wide selection of appetisers, pasta, and desserts on its menu.
For starter, go for the House Special Chicken Wings ($7.90 for 5 pcs) which are like Har Cheong (prawn paste) Chicken with the crisp skin, juicy meat and signature aroma.
The mains come with choices of two sides, and recommendations include Karala Creamy White Pepper Beef ($26.90), Harissa Chilli Salsa Chicken ($13.90), Katsu Curry Chicken Schnitzel ($13.90), Yuzu Butter Char Grilled Salmon ($21.90) and an intriguing “The Twist” Lava Fish Fillet ($14.90) topped with real, powdered Twisties (yes, that childhood snack).
End the meal with a 3 layered Molten Specialty Chocolate Lava Mud Pie ($12.90). Slurp! Molten Diners (Upper Thomson)
343 Jurong East Street 31, #01-59, Singapore 600343
Tel: +65 9183 8447
Opening Hours: 12:00pm – 10:00pm (Thurs – Tues), 11:00am – 10:00pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Wed
Patisserie With Delicious Matcha Cake And Lime Tart
Lee’s Confectionery has recently attracted a lot of attention on social media, and it certainly has grabbed mine with its visually satisfying in-house made pastries.
Located near Chinese Garden MRT, the confectionery serves roughly 6 to 7 different types of tarts, with some varieties available on a rotational basis.
The best-seller here is the Dale ($8), which includes matcha included 4 ways – in a sponge, as crumble, matcha mousse, passionfruit compote with seeds on a tart sprinkled with… matcha powder.
A refined and polished version with multiple different textures.
Soft sponge cake, crispy crumble, creamy mousse, crunchy passionfruit seeds and sturdy tart base. Lee’s Confectionery (Jurong East)
Moosh – Our Tampines Hub
Our Tampines Hub, #B1-53,1 Tampines Walk, Singapore 528523 (Tampines MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9.30pm (Mon – Sun)
This is mainly a takeaway kiosk concept located at the basement level, with a small dine-in area of 12 seats.
The menu offering is somewhat similar to their outlet at Haji Lane, using 100% Halal-certified ingredients in their softserve and toppings.
Outlet-exclusive items include Softserve with Molten Lava Pancake ($8 – $8.50) and soon-to-launch Kurtos Cone ($9 – $9.50).
In terms of soft serve flavours, you can expect Strawberry, Blueberry, Nutella Brownie Cheesecake, Smores, Apple Crumble and bestseller Ondeh-Ondeh. Moosh (Our Tampines Hub)
Obsessive Chocolat Desire (OCD) Cafe
529 Ang Mo Kio Ave 10, #01-2353, Singapore 560529
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Thu), 12pm – 1am (Fri – Sat), 2pm – 10pm (Sun)
Obsessive Chocolat Desire Café Found At Ang Mo Kio
Chocolate lovers will be thrilled to know find an OCD Café at Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10. Not Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder, but Obsessive Chocolat Desire – for the love of both chocolates and ice cream.
Ice cream is priced at $3.60 for a single scoop, $7 for double scoops, additional $1 for cone and $4 for a normal or sesame waffle.
16 flavours are available at any one time ranging from their signature chocolate flavours (as their name implies) to classic ones such as Vanilla and Strawberry Cheesecake.
The highlight is definitely their five choices of chocolate ice cream from different origins: Madagascar 33% Milk, Ecuador 40% Milk, Belgium Dark 60%, Brazil 72% Dark, Africa 85% Dark. OCD Café (Ang Mo Kio)
506 Bishan Street 11, #01-404, Singapore 570506 (Bishan MRT)
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 10.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Gelato Cafe Found At Bishan Bus Interchange
Located in the Bishan heartland right beside the bus interchange, Denzy offers a cozy and fuss-free space with about 20 seats.
All gelato is churned in-house, with ingredients made from scratch.
For example, the almond and macadamia nut pastes are created by stone grinding for 10 hours; while the yoghurt is sous-vide to make yoghurt based gelato.
What makes them different from other ice cream places is the variety of flavours here, some of which are quite less-commonly-seen and interesting.
Instead of classic flavours such as Vanilla, Thai Milk Tea and Rum & Raisin, signature flavours include Persian Prince made from almond and saffron; Blondie Beach using white chocolate, lime & salt; and Elderflower Mojito Sorbet which is actually non-alcoholic.
Belle-Ville Pancake Café – Tanjong Pagar
100AM Mall 01-14b, 100 Tras Street, Singapore 079027
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 9pm Last Order 8.30pm (Mon – Sun)
Fluffy Stacks Of Japanese Pancakes Found At Tanjong Pagar
The pancake café is known for its meringue made-to-order mille-feuille (French for “thousand layers”) pancakes, included with homemade whipped Hokkaido cream, stacked from 2 to 8 layers.
Offerings 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, priced from $11.90 to $16.20.
What makes their pancakes so fluffy include the usage of fresh milk, and they are made fresh-to-order.
These pancakes were indeed moist and soft, with bananas blended into the batter, the interesting part was a half-cooked centre. Belle-Ville Pancake Café (100AM)
Sanity Coffee Bar
8 Raffles Avenue, Esplanade Mall #02-19, Singapore 039802 (Esplanade MRT)
Opening Hours: 10.30am – 6.30pm (Mon, Wed, Thu), 10.30am – 8pm (Fri-Sat), 10.30am – 6.30pm (Sun), Closed Tue
Singapore Singer Chen Diya Opens A Cafe At Esplanade
Singapore Chen Diya who is a member of a Mandopop-duo The Freshman 插班生 (Cha Ban Sheng), has opened a coffee place at The Esplanade.
Seating area is quite limited with only 2 tables and a coffee bar table with 3 high stools.
But fear not, as you can grab a cup of coffee from Sanity Coffee Bar and head towards the event space next door at Room2F.
All at a nominal fee of $6 per pax, per day. Sanity Coffee Bar (Esplanade)
Little Po 小坡
67 Haji Lane, Singapore 189260
Opening Hours: 10am – 5.30pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 6.30pm (Sat – Sun)
Tiffany Blue Bubble Tea Shop With Brown Sugar Milk Tea
Little Po is easy to spot with an entrance in the shade of Tiffany blue, strategically located along Haji Lane, known as one of the popular tourist attractions in Singapore.
Here, the menu is mainly focused on their selection of bubble tea (yes, another one that offers brown sugar pearls).
My first time coming across a Lapsang Souchong Milk Tea ($4.90), which tasted “interesting” but familiar at the same time, similar to Ovaltine with mild cereal taste.
The Brown Sugar Bubble ($0.60) was decent with a chewy texture and slight fragrance. Little Po 小坡 (Haji Lane)
BCC Tea Studio
Fengshan Market, Blk 84, Bedok North Street 4, #01-29, Singapore 460048
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Sun – Thu), 10am – 11pm (Fri – Sat)
Affordable and Instagram-Worthy Bubble Tea Found At Bedok 85
BCC Tea Studio is located beside Bedok 85 Fengshan Market & Food Centre which is known for its steady stream of evening and supper crowd.
Their menu is categorised into Pure Tea (Small $2.10/ Large $2.90), Milk Tea (Small $2.60/ Large $3.40), Fantasies with layered coloured drinks ($4.20), Fizzies ($3.50), Slushies ($3.90) and Hot drinks ($3.90).
I was recommended to try their bestselling Brown Sugar Boba with Fresh Milk ($3.50), which is the current trending drink.
Available in one size, there is a sense of familiarity in the first sip.
Unlike the usual brown sugar milk drinks trending in the market, this tasted so sweet, so familiar, so old-school… just like Sweet Talk? BCC Tea Studio (Bedok)