#savefnbsg. We are in a challenging situation when restaurants and cafes are seeing a decline of up to 70 – 90% in sales.
In the midst of the COVID-19 situation, we must be responsible to the community as well, stay at home as far as possible, and maintain social distancing even when we are out.
Yet there are many NEW cafes opening up this period, and I believe that the owners and team all have hopes to keep their dreams alive, with a couple struggling to keep afloat.
Some of these NEW cafes are adapting to delivery options – give them some time to do so, plus delivery companies do take a substantial cut of sales; or provide takeaways so that you can buy their food, bakes and cakes back home (Breads are good when you are working from home WFH.)
So while café hopping is a definite no-no at this point in time, if you spot any of these F&B which is near your place and have delivery and/or takeaway options, do lend them your support at this point in time.
Two Men Bagel House – Holland Village
17D Lor Liput Singapore 277731
Tentative Opening Hours (due to COVID-19): 8am – sold out (Indoor dining suspended for the time-being)
Bagel Cafe Opens At Lor Liput With Hearty Bites
After Two Men Bagel House 2.0 at Novena, the owners has opened its 3rd outlet at Holland Village at Lor Liput.
For early risers, there is a “Morning Gems” menu including delicious-sounding Lean Jean ($12) included with scrambled egg whites, smashed avo, turkey sausage and more; and Mademoiselle Chantal ($14) with corned beef, honey baked ham, swiss bechamel and Carolina mustard sauce ($14).
The K-Town Gim ($15) from the “Trail Blazers” menu caught my attention, filled with braised short ribs, Asian pickles, Swiss gochugara (Korean hot peppers) sauerkraut, and mojo sauce.
For bagels, you can choose from their plain, or more fanciful ones from seeded, cheddar, olive, garlic, choco chip and gluten free.
Take note that Two Men Bagel House is suspending all in-house dining for the time-being till further notice, and their bagels are available via Deliveroo. Two Men Bagel House (Holland Village)
Little Farms Café
491 River Valley Road, Valley Point #01-25, Singapore 248371
Tel: +65 6262 0619
Opening Hours: 7:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Expanded Wholesome Brunch Place, Opens From 7:30am
Little Farms has gained a little reputation since opening in 2016, known to offer fresh produce, meats, seafood, dairy, and groceries, source directly from suppliers in Australia and Europe.
It has recently expanded with a café and brunch concept at Valley Point. However, do note that they are limited the number of people within the cafe at any one time, and diners have to adhere to the 1 meter distancing rule when queuing and dining.
Their breakfast and brunch items is available from 7:30am (considered quite early in Singapore’s context) to 3pm, offering Gluten-Free Crumpets, Bacon & Egg Roll ($14), Eggs Benedict ($22), Buttermilk Pancakes ($18), to Buttermilk Pancakes ($18).
Mains start selling at 12pm (till 7:30pm), with Australian Wagyu Beef Burger ($24), Classic Reuben ($26), Rotisserie Cajun Chicken ($26), Australian Morrel Creek Lamb Shank ($26), and Vegetable Stack ($24).
Other than that, diners can select from a variety of salads, sandwiches, wraps and cakes made fresh daily on display at the counter. Little Farms Café (Valley Point)
S L A T E .
24 Purvis Street, #01-00, Singapore 188601
Tel: +65 6261 1724
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 10:30am – 11:30pm (Fri), 9am – 11:30pm (Sat), 9am – 4pm (Sun)
Café By Day, Asian Contemporary Restaurant & Bar By Night
Situated along Purvis Street which has a few other classic names such as Clinton St Baking Company, Salted & Hung and Saveur, SLATE. (or branded as “S L A T E .”) is a café by day and an Asian contemporary tapas bar by night.
Food-wise, some of the signature items include Oxtail Ragout Rigatoni ($16), Avo Toast ($13) and Pork Burger with Fries ($15). Take note items may differ depending on what time and when you head down.
The Brunch menu that is only available on weekends does look more interesting.
There are some items that I would be keen to try, such as the G&G Sandwich ($16) with black truffle gruyere sauce, and the Mid-East ($15) featuring a Beetroot Tahini Spread, Turmeric Egg Salad and Roasted Butternut Squash. SLATE. Singapore (Purvis Street)
Raffles Hotel #01-13, 328 North Bridge Road Singapore 188719 (City Hall MRT)
Tel: +65 8878 7093
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Atas Cafe With Gula Melaka Cake With Cashew Crumble And “Kopi Shake”
Singapore Coffee is helmed by Group MMM which is also behind investing in two well-known homegrown brands – Violet Oon Singapore and Janice Wong.
Founder Manoj Murjani is also co-founder and former CEO of luxury tea brand TWG Tea, and it is perhaps of no coincidence you get similar vibes.
Set within Singapore’s iconic Raffles Hotel (right next to new French crepe shop Gather), the interior of Singapore Coffee is likely leave an impression – blending between the classic colonial history, yet with local elements incorporated.
It offers ways in which customers can experience Singapore’s Kopi and seasonal Asian coffees by way of Siphon, Pour-over and Espresso extractions.
Signature coffee drinks to get include the Singapore Coffee Kopi ($7), Kopi Shake ($9), Iced Chico – cold brew with chicory ($12), and Grand Asia Collection by Siphon.
Be prepared to pay more here, with an Iced Long Black at $9 and Iced Latte priced at $10. Singapore Coffee (Raffles City)
Lad & Dad
7 Tanjong Pagar Plaza #01-108 Singapore 081007 (Tanjong Pagar Station)
Tel: +65 92477385
Opening Hours: 12pm – 12am (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Hearty British Fare Found At Tanjong Pagar
Started as a hawker stall at Maxwell Food Centre, this new café and pub at Tanjong Pagar continues to serve comfort food.
This is still a family and friends-run establishment, and service is warm and approachable.
Food you can expect include Beef Stew ($16), Fish & Chips ($16), Bangers & Mash ($12), Bacon & Chip Butty ($12), English Fry Up ($16), and English Crumpets ($16).
No frills, no GST, no service charge.
Try the English Fry Up ($16, +2 for scrambled eggs) which is essentially the all-day breakfast with no frills.
Glad to say that there were several items which was on-point for me, from the creamy luscious scrambled eggs, the juicy sausage (not the cheap and starchy kind), crispy bacon, and fluffy buttered bread. Lad & Dad (Tanjong Pagar)
Orchard Central #01-10, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 10am – 12am (Mon – Sun)
Undiscovered Brunch Place At Orchard Central
Grain Alley falls into a strange situation where you would expect to find rice bowls in the café, but it sells anything but that.
The menu features an all-day brunch with items such as Chorizo Shakshuka ($21), Duck Tagine with Truffle Mash ($25), Bratwurst Brunch Platter ($29), Great Greek Salad ($19), Smoked Salmon Croissant ($9, and Vegan Avocado Toast ($11).
There are also light bites available from 12pm to 10:30pm, offering Black Truffle Fries with Mediterranean Dips ($15), Chicken Shawarma Wrap ($15), and Manuka Braised Beef Gyros.
Overall, it looks like a brunchy place with Mediterranean twists. Grain Alley (Orchard Central)
The Twisted Trio
Blk 85C Lorong 4 Toa Payoh #01-384 Singapore 313085
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 6:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 6:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Hidden Bakery Café At Toa Payoh With Chio Watermelon Rose Cake
Toa Payoh residents have a new cafe in their hood (Lorong 4, Blk 85C to be exact) to get their sweet tooth cravings satisfied.
The Twisted Trio was started by three friends that have known each other since young, serving a range of cakes and coffee.
The item that caught my eye was the Watermelon Rose Cake ($8).
You can see a distinct layer of watermelon sandwiched right in between, topped with a generous number of grapes and strawberries.
Besides cakes, The Twisted Trio also sells freshly bakes and packaged items such as Sea Salt Chocolate Chip Cookies ($14) and Biscotti ($18).
Do note that this is a space that is more catered towards takeaways. The Twisted Trio (Toa Payoh)
Paya Lebar Office Centre, 29 Paya Lebar Road, #01-01, Singapore 409005
+65 8127 3925
Opening Hours: 11.30am – 7pm (Mon – Sat) tentative soft opening hours, Closed Sun
Creative French Tart & Cake Shop Offering Orh Nee Tart
Located within Paya Lebar Office Centre, Patisserie CLÉ (which means ‘key’ in French) has shifted from an online platform to a brick and mortar shop within the compound.
The small, cosy shop decked in a plain white interior does not offer any seating space, and acts as a takeaway shop for their cakes ($8.50) and tarts ($8).
The selection of Tarts ($8) include Lemon Meringue, Orh Blanc (Orh Nee + Mont Blanc), Strawberry, Tropico (Mango and Pineapple), Passion Sesame (passionfruit curd with black sesame) and Cognac Caramel Chocolate.
The Orh Blanc Tart ($8) caught my attention with the uncommon combination of oriental Orh Nee (Yam) and French tart pastry. Patisserie CLÉ (Paya Lebar)
53 Amoy Street, Singapore 069879
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 8:30pm (Mon – Fri), 10:30am – 3:30pm (Sat), Closed Sun
Cake Cafe At Amoy Street Offering Orh Nee Cake
Not to be confused with Lunar Coffee Brewers located at OUE Downtown Gallery few streets away, LUNA is the newest addition to the hip Amoy Street.
Stepping into LUNA, I was greeted with an entire row of pastries on the counter, ranging from Croissants, Madelines, Dark Chocolate Walnut Brownie, to Matcha Chocolate Chip Scones.
A separate display shelf presents their current line-up cakes (a total of 10 currently) such as Strawberry Swissroll, Yuzu Cheesecake, Mango Passionfruit, Orh Nee and Luna, and a Hazelnut Caramel Mousse named after their shop.
The Orh Nee was my favourite, made of pumpkin sponge layered with a mixture of yam and ginkgo paste.
The surprise came from the textural contrast in the yam and ginkgo paste, a mixture of smooth and velvety puree and bite-sized chunks of yam. LUNA (Amoy Street)
25 Jalan Mas Puteh, Singapore 128630
Tel: +65 8137 8796
Opening Hours: 4pm – 9pm (Wed – Fri), 1pm – 7pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Hidden Bakery With Delicious Sourdough Cream Cheese Garlic Bread
This bakery café opened late last year / early 2020, but I thought of including this in due to how ‘hidden’ it is.
Situated near Clementi at Jalan Mas Puteh, DESEM Bakery is a hole-in-the-wall bakery along the same stretch as W39 Bistro and Bakery.
It has also been crowned the ‘title’ of “the shop that seldom opens” by its neighbours, because of the bakery’s interesting opening hours.
Desem Bakery serves a wide range of bakes with the sourdough being particularly popular. All their bakes have no additives, preservatives, improvers or emulsifiers.
The Black Rice and Flax Seed Sourdough (Whole $10.8, Half $6.80) boasts a hydration level of 90%.
After undergoing a cold fermentation process, the result of this is a nice, soft and chewy sourdough bread. There is also a nice sourness that kicks in towards the end.
Its signature item is the Sourdough Cream Cheese with Roasted Garlic Bread ($5.50). DESEM Bakery (Clementi)