The hottest opening for the month should be Paya Lebar Quarter PLQ – which finally launched after a long delay.

Some new restaurants and cafes you can look forward to there include Taiwanese toast café Feng Sheng Hao, Korean fried chicken chain Mom’s Touch, Milksha, Jimmy Monkey, Morphine Coffee, Café Red Ginger, and The Providore PLQ

Other than many (semi) famous foreign F&B establishments which set foot in Singapore, I thought we should also celebrate the new outlets of born-in-Singapore cafes. These include home-grown bubble tea shop Woobbee X AC.Kafe at Jewel Changi Airport, affordable Italian-cafe PocoLoco at Upper Thomson, and Viet Pho shop Mrs Pho at VivoCity.

Woobbee X AC.Kafe
ActionCity Jewel Changi Airport #04-223 & 224, 78 Airport Boulevard, Singapore 819666
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Toys-Themed Café At JEWEL, With Unique Pei Pa Koa Bubble Tea
AC Kafè by ActionCity is a first of its kind designer-art toy themed cafe, a collaboration between beverage concept Woobbee and the home-grown collectible retail brand.

Located at Jewel Changi Airport Level 4, Woobbee is housed with AC.Kafe at this new exciting setup where creative drinks, food and toys are cleverly combined together to present a fresh F&B concept and experience.

Using premium ingredients like pure wild flower honey, special dark chocolate, first-rate syrups, and Hokkaido fresh milk, Woobbee only uses raw sugar in preparing their signature drinks.

One of their signature flavours, Herbalmint or Pei Ka Koa ($6.80), is infused into this redesigned 2.0 milk tea beverage.

The result is a richer, creamier drink. Available only regular sized, this minty concoction is recommended when you need both the refreshing and the throat-soothing herbal power of pei pa koa. AC.Kafe (Jewel Changi Airport)

PocoLoco – Upper Thomson
215F Upper Thomson Road Singapore 574349
Tel: +65 8436 3363
Opening Hours: Lunch 12pm – 3pm Last Order 2:30pm, Dinner 6pm – 10pm Last Order 9:30pm (Mon – Fri),
12pm – 10pm Last Order 9:30pm (Sat, Sun, PH)
Reservation Online – PocoLoco

Under-The-Radar Affordable Italian Cafe Opens At Upper Thomson
Reviewed as “Food King Good”, they started off at Ang Mo Kio and has expanded to Jurong (Snow City Level 2), Royal Square@Novena, Yishun Wisteria Mall, and Upper Thomson – all slightly off-the-radar locations.

The recommended pasta dish is the Mentaiko ($14.90). Enjoy this pasta with a Japanese-inspired cream sauce with mentaiko (marinated cod roe) from the Chubu region of Japan.

The spicy cod roe which imparts that orange-pink colour, giving it slight spiciness which complements the buttery, creamy sauce.

End the meal with sweet treats, such as Panna Cotta ($5.90), Tiramisu ($7.90) and Matcha Lava Cake ($11.70).

PocoLoco has made it easier for us to enjoy quality Italian food at pocket—friendly prices. PocoLoco (Upper Thomson)

Starter Lab Bakery
721 Havelock Road Singapore 169645 (Tiong Bahru Station)
Tel: +65 9839 0408
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)

Famous Bakery From Bali Opens In Singapore
From hipster area of Canggu in Bali to Havelock Road, Starter Lab Bakery has opened its 2nd outpost (in the world) right here in Singapore.

Baker-consultant Emerson Manibo has worked at New York’s Per Se, trained at famed Tartine and Della Fattoria bakeries in California.

The bakery café essentially offers a wholesome menu of posh toast (so much so they have been reviewed to serve the “Gucci Of Bread”), sandwiches and build your own bread boards.

All the loaves and pastries served (other than the scones) contain sourdough/starter, and loaves are fermented over 36 hours before being baked.

If you are lost at what to order, some recommendations include House-Made Mascarpone, sustainable honey, bee pollen and crushed walnuts ($14); Salmon, pickle, house-made creme fraiche on Danish Rye ($14), Country Loaf ($11 for half, $18 for whole, estimated 1.2kg), and Miso Baguette. Starter Lab (Havelock Road)

Narrative Coffee Stand
Bras Basah Complex #01-05, 231 Bain Street Singapore 180231 (Bugis MRT)
Tel: +65 9488 4493
Opening Hours: 8.30am – 6pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 6pm (Sat, Sun, PH)

Under The Radar Coffee Place At Bras Basah Complex
Narrative Coffee Stand has replaced the space previously occupied by Dancing Goat Specialty Coffee at Bras Basah Complex, and seems to have received some support from coffee aficionados.

While Narrative Coffee Stand is generally no-frills, the Scandinavian style décor, white and medium blue furnishing makes it a comfortable place despite limitations in space.

Drinks offered include White ($4.50), Black ($4), Cold Brew ($5, $6), Mocha ($5.50), Chocolate ($5), Filter ($5), Matcha ($5) and Hojicha ($5).

Interestingly, they do not outsource their pastries and cakes (like what many others do).
Offerings are baked in-house and appear to be rather ‘experimental’. Narrative Coffee Stand (Bras Basah Complex

Quarter Life Coffee @ Bunkerbunker
120A Prinsep Street, 187537 (Nearest MRT: Rochor)
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun

Hidden Container Cafe Near Bugis
Quarter Life Coffee is found within Bunkerbunker at Prinsep Street, which is within DECK – a modular site featuring an independent art space.

Coffee choices include Espresso, Blacks, White, Cold Brews and Filters ($3.50 – $7, iced versions for an additional dollar).

Interesting to note that they only use single origins and don’t have a signature blend as they believe in featuring coffees from various regions and the story behind their production. Quarter Life Coffee (Prinsep Street)

Bakes offered are supplied by The Plain Jane, known for its fluffy Swiss Rolls with soft cream.

Gather the Misfits
217 Rangoon Road Singapore 218457 (near to Farrer Park MRT Station)
Tel: +65 9298 7291
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Wed – Mon), Closed Tues

Hidden Cozy Café Serving Earl Grey Waffle with Pandan Ice Cream
Gather the Misfits has opened at Rangoon Road, located at where C Plus Café used to be

The menu is kept rather lean for now. In terms of the food aspect, there are offerings of Toasties, Ice Cream and Waffles.

Recommended items include Smoked Fish with Bonito Cream Toastie ($13), Prosciutto with Black Garlic Mayo Toastie ($13), and Triple Cheese Toastie ($11). They are served with a garden salad tossed in goma dressing.

The highlight of Gather the Misfits is Earl Grey Waffle with Pandan Ice Cream ($9.50).

What was kind of special was that the waffles being round and flat looked like one of those old-school ones sold at the neighbourhood shops (I don’t mean this in a bad way), with a pleasant chewy bite in the middle. Gather The Misfits (Rangoon Road)

One Stone Three Birds
443 Clementi Avenue 3, #01-71, Singapore 120443
Opening Hours: 3pm – 9:30pm (Mon), 12pm – 9:30pm (Tues – Thurs, Sun), 12pm – 10pm (Fri – Sat)

Gelato Cafe At Clementi With Osmanthus & Chrysanthemum
Located right beside Clementi Mall, One Stone Three Birds or “onestonethreebirds” is a small, cozy space offer takeout gelato that is made in-house.

Flavours during my time of visit included Creamy Peanut Butter, Dark Chocolate, Rum & Raisin, Mister Espresso & Banana, Salted Caramel, Hojicha, Strawberry & Basil, Chocolate & Orange, and the intriguing and seasonal Pandan Lotus with Salted Egg Mooncake.

The Black Sesame Gelato ($3.80 for single scoop, $7.00 for double scoop) was one of my favourites.

The sesame seeds were roasted in house before gelato production, hence the intense sesame fragrance. You can also taste the texture of the sesame seeds in this, which provides an elevated gelato experience. One Stone Three Birds (Clementi)

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19 #01-01 Amoy Street, Singapore 069854
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Mon – Fri), 4pm – 12am (Sat)

Newest Café On The Block At Telok Ayer
While the Telok Ayer and Amoy areas are always bustling with people due to its proximity to the CBD, you may just find a moment of reprise here.

This is quite a hidden café in the corner, that hasn’t received much publicity yet.

The interior is kept quite minimal with a centre of counter and few seating areas.

One of the reasons is perhaps menu is still kept rather lean, with offerings of cocktail, coffee, and a few food items such as Charred Brussel Sprouts Salad, Bibimbap Noodles and Portobello Sandwich.

Fong Sheng Hao 豐盛號
Paya Lebar Quarter Mall, 10 Paya Lebar Rd, #B2-04, S409057
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Tasty Taiwanese Toast Cafe From Shilin Market
One of the more highly anticipated F&Bs to open at Paya Lebar Quarter Mall is Fong Sheng Hao 豐盛號, a Taiwanese Toast Cafe which originated from Taipei’s Shilin Night Market 士林夜市.

The savoury toasts include their bestseller: TW Special Pork Patty ($6.30), Pork Egg & Cheese ($6.30), Spicy Pork Egg & Cheese ($6.30), Pork Floss Egg & Cheese ($6.50), Potato Special ($5.80).

My favourite was the TW Special Pork Patty ($6.30) that came with a thick cut of minced pork patty with a sweeter profile.

The milk loaves are specially created in their own central kitchen using New Zealand dairy giant Fonterra’s premium NZMP butter, sent over to the shop then toasted over charcoal fire before serving. Feng Sheng Hao (Paya Lebar Quarter)

Mrs Pho
VivoCity #B2-29A, 1 Harbourfront Drive, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)

Popular, Authentic Pho Shop With Viet Coffee Opens At VivoCity
Mr Pho’s new outlet at VivoCity – the third one in Singapore and first located in a mall, serves up casual Vietnamese dishes and home-style communal dishes at wallet-friendly prices.

To achieve that taste, most of the ingredients are sourced from Vietnam for the most genuine execution.

Everything is made in-house, from the broth – the foundation of an excellent pho, to the sauces (other than those bottled ones).

Get the Special Beef Combo Pho ($9.90), a warm, hearty bowl of silky flat rice noodles in a rich beef soup. That broth has been boiled for 12 hours, long enough to extract all the beefy goodness.

Meat lovers will rejoice with all the meat they are getting – lean cuts of beef flank and brisket, plus beef balls, and tripe.

Even the nuoc (beverages) are freshly concocted and proudly homemade. You won’t find fusion-style dishes in the menu. Just straightforward, traditional Vietnamese food.

(Quote “DFD” and LIKE Mrs Pho Facebook Page or Instagram Page to receive a FREE entrée with a main order. T&C apply.) Mrs Pho (VivoCity)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary, Nicholas Tan @stormscape and Song Yu @__sy_g.

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