DFD’s monthly NEW Cafes Guide scheduled to be published on the 1st of every month took a break for 2 months due to the ‘Circuit Breaker”.
While we have announced quite a number of F&B closures, let us not forget about the NEW cafes that have started operations during this challenging period.
Quite a number listed here opened their doors only for couple of days before CB happened, and they had to scramble suddenly to find delivery options or close. There are some others that got their space and could only do something about it during “Phase 1”.
There were many other unseen challenges such as finding new suppliers, changing food to deliverable options, getting packaging, renovation works done half-way, settling staff headcount and welfare… but one thing in common, they all made it through with a positive mindset and passion.
While café hopping is not that encouraged, if you find a café near you or want to support them via delivery, have a look and show some support. (Oh yah, there is also April’s cafe guide which is pretty-NEW too.)
32 Maxwell Road, #01-07 Maxwell Chambers, Singapore 069115
Tel: +65 9620 7739
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sat), 10am – 5pm (Sun)
Autumn-Themed Korean Café At Maxwell Chambers
When I visited this undiscovered café called Kreams Krafthouse at Maxwell Chambers (near Tanjong Pagar MRT station), I couldn’t help feeling how spacious, how well-decorated this space was. And the attention to details.
Beautiful space. The cafe just focuses on two items for now – coffee and scones.
Other than the usual Latte and Long Black, there are more Korean-café oriented drinks such as Dalgona Coffee (don’t have to whip yourself), Creamy Choco, Sweet Potato Latte, Vanilla Latte, and Cloud Latte.
The Dalgona Coffee was not quite like the typical ones circulating on the net or made at home, and was included with house-made toffee crisps.
Give it 5 minutes to melt before enjoying the sweet Korean candy taste and mild bitter finish. Kreams (Maxwell Chambers)
The Food Peeps Coffee & Deli
20 Maxwell Road, Maxwell House #01-11 Singapore 069113
Tel: +65 6970 8035
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Tues – Fri), 8am – 3pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Cosy Café At Maxwell House With Brunch And Cakes
The Food Peeps is opened by 3 friends – a chef, barista and marketer, who decided to ‘join forces’ and capitalise on past experiences.
The owners wanted a small space where they can use to experiment can churn out items for catering and delivery, almost like a central kitchen.
Some of the items on the menu include Ranch Chicken & Avo Sandwich ($14), Mushroom Melt Sourdough ($14), Spicy Clam Linguine ($14), Rendang Pasta ($15), Chicken Pesto ($14), and Carbonara ($15).
If sweets are your thing, there is a display of homemade desserts like Buttercake ($2.50), Chocolate Crepe ($5.50) Chocolate Chip Cakes ($1.50); and Peanut Butter Jelly Blueberry Waffles ($11) and Pancakes ($13).
Prices are considered reasonable.
Customers can still takeout or pick-up items from the café (calling prior would be recommended).
There is also delivery available to customers staying in the Chinatown and Tanjong Pagar (with minimum order of $20), while they are finalising details with other delivery partners. WhatsApp +65 6970 8035 to enquire.
4 Everton Park, #01-40, Singapore 080004
Tel: +65 6220 2330
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5pm (Mon, Wed – Fri), 9am – 5:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Popular Cafe Reopens With Revamped, Spacious Look
Yes. Nylon Coffee Roasters has reopened with a brand-new look and the same great beans and java.
The coffee specialty place is quietly situated within the Everton Park public housing complex, and the quaint coffee bar and roastery is known for offering quality seasonal blends.
After the revamp, the interior looks more modern and spacious, with different pockets of sitting areas, long benches and seats for coffee drinkers to chillax a little, while maintaining their social distance.
One thing to note is Nylon Coffee has somehow kept their prices reasonable since its opening days from 2012, with a Long Black priced at $3.50, and medium White at $4.50.
The coffee menu at Nylon is always rotating depending on seasonal availability.
They work closely with coffee producers, to the extent of visiting farms and cooperatives to build better relationships with their partners and workers. Nylon Coffee Roasters (Everton Park)
Pipes by Hattendo
331 New Bridge Road, #01-02 Dorsett Residences, Singapore 088764
Tel: +65 8113 6096
Opening Hours: 10am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Hattendo Returns With Japanese Café-Restaurant Concept
Perhaps you may remember “Hattendo”, the once-trending Japanese cream buns which had long queues outside its café at Tanjong Pagar Centre.
That café may have closed, but they have returned with a brand new “PIPES by Hattendo” concept at Dorsett Residences, very near Outram MRT Station.
During the day there is a Japanese-fusion menu along with the signature cream buns; while night time customers can expect chef’s speciality dishes.
The lunch time menu includes a variety of items such as Tamago Sand ($13) of egg mayo sandwich with sausage and green salad, Teriyaki Pork Chop Don ($14), Roast Bee Don ($18), Una Don ($25), Roast Beef Sourdough Toast ($14), to Spanish Pork Belly Burger ($8). PIPES by Hattendo (Dorsett Residences)
Jimmy Monkey at PLQ
2 Paya Lebar Road #01-10, Park Place Residences at PLQ, Singapore 409053
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Brunch Cafe With Alfresco Dining At Paya Lebar Quarter
Known to be the home of Singapore’s first Slayer Espresso Machine (aka the Ferrari in the coffee industry), Jimmy Monkey is well-loved for its coffee blends.
This new space at Paya Lebar Residences PLQ has a full outdoor, alfresco setting with ample natural sunlight and greenery.
Their breakfast menu runs from 8am to 5.30pm daily, focusing on Australian brunch fare such as The Hulk ($16) with smashed avocado on sourdough, Egg’s n’ Toast ($10) and Maple Granola ($12).
Exclusive to the new outlet at Paya Lebar is their dinner menu available from 6pm to 9pm daily.
Other than small bites such as Slow Cooked Cauliflower ($7), Cracked Rosemary Tots ($9), Pasta ($18-23) and Salad ($19-20), diners also have more filling options including the Boston Bay Mussel Pot ($23), Thai Laksa Beef Short Ribs ($26) and Pumpkin Moussaka ($22) are popular choices. Jimmy Monkey (Paya Lebar Quarter)
11 Cavan Road, 01-09, Singapore 209848
Tel: +65 8831 3078
Opening Hours: 12pm – 8pm (Tues – Thurs), 11am – 10pm (Fri – Sun)
Gelato Cafe With Exciting Flavours Such As Lychee, Raspberry & Rose
Gelato Labo is located at an inconspicuous corner of Cavan Road, of close proximity to Jalan Besar Stadium and hipster cafes such as Chye Seng Huat and Tiramisu Hero.
The humble shop with limited sitting outside churns out small batch flavours through a constant process of experimentation and refinement.
A scoop for the classic flavour goes for $5, while the premium is priced at $6. Double scoops at $8 and $10 respectively, while a Jumbo Cone is at $1.40.
Flavours include Sicilian Pistachio, Milk Chocolate & Cereal Nibs, Del Monte Banana & Cacao Nibs, Mango and Granny Smith Apply Jelly, Packham Pear & Thyme, Strawberry & Rosemary, 70% Guanaja Dark Chocolate & Valencia Orange Peel, Piemonte Roasted Hazelnut & Chocolate Nibs, but take note these are always rotating.
They use only fresh fruits and source for local and organic ingredients where possible in the production. Match that with a lavender-scented cone. Gelato Labo (Cavan Road)
988 Upper Serangoon Road #01-28, Stars of Kovan, Singapore 533734
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tue – Sun), Closed Mon
Gelato Cafe With Banana Milk And Raspberry Rose Flavours At Hougang
From the team that bought you Two Bakers, SugarTree Gelato is their latest venture and features an assortment of gelato made from scratch using all-natural premium ingredients.
This is a hole-in-a-wall takeaway kiosk located within Stars of Kovan.
Single scoop retails for $4.20 and Double scoop going at $7.60, with a $0.80 top-up for Premium flavour gelato.
I was particularly intrigued by the Banana Milk, which reminded me of the famous Korean bottled beverage. The only difference is that real banana fruit goes into the gelato making process.
The owners shared that they use only ripened banana to achieve its natural sweetness, with no addition of artificial flavouring.
It was like having a real banana fruit, with a touch of creaminess. SugarTree Gelato (Hougang)
HAYO – 100% Australian Artisanal Yogurt Beverage
112 Middle Road, #01-00C Midland House, Singapore 188970
Tel: +65 6255 2270
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Australian Yogurt with Purple Rice Drinks
HAYO is the newest yogurt beverage cafe in town, located at Middle Road, next to Captain K and walking distance from Bugis Junction.
What’s special about the brand is they use 100% Australian premium cow milk specially imported, and included with various fresh ingredients.
Their drinks include Avo-Cardio ($7.70), Purple Rice Madness ($6.30), Feeling My Oats ($6.30), High Passion ($6.80), Peachy Paradise ($6.80), Yuzu Beautiful ($6.80), Strawberry Crush ($6.90), and Slim Green Shady ($6.90).
The one immediate thing I realised when drinking the Purple Rice Madness ($6.30) was, the consistency was not as thick as some of the other competitor brands.
If you always felt trouble finishing your yogurt purple rice drink, this was actually quite manageable – somewhere in between milk and yogurt. HAYO (Middle Road)
Delivery is available in partnership with Captain K and En Sushi at https://www.captaink.sg/online-ordering.
4 Queen’s Road, #02-109 Farrer Garden, Singapore 260004
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Hidden Specialty Cafe With Good Coffee Near Farrer Road
Coffee Plus specialises in artisanal coffee, while gelato and other small bakes such as croissants and Kouign Amann.
The menu is kept lean with the offerings of white, black and pour over coffee.
The shop is serious in the coffee business and intends to micro-roast their own beans once things get more settled, with a special custom-made Giesen W6A.
If you are keen in pour over coffee, beans are currently sourced from Nylon Coffee Roasters, with options of Colombia Patio Bonito (tasting notes of orange marmalade, pear, jasmine) and Ethiopia Haru (tangerine, peach and jasmine).
A humble, hole-in-a-wall café that serves up good coffee.
PYROAST @ Henderson
102 Henderson Road (Sprout Hub) Singapore 159562
Tel: +65 9199 0467
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Thu), 10am – 11pm (Fri), 9am – 11pm (Sat), 9am – 10pm (Sun)
PYROAST is a new coffee stall at Sprout Hub, a urban agriculture place located at Henderson Road.
It shares the space of a refurnished former canteen with Meat & Greet, o-Kome, and LOK-KOL.
From curating green coffee beans to roasting, the team strives to deliver great quality coffee from bean to cup.
What you can expect include Hand-brewed coffee ($7 onwards), Latte ($4), Long black ($3.50), Espresso Boom ($5.50).
Good to know that there are more than 15 types of single origin and three home blends available here. PYROAST (Henderson Road)
FREE DELIVERY for purchases above $25 (within 5km radius from Henderson) or above $55 (islandwide). Otherwise, delivery fee is $3.50 (below $25, within 5km) or $7 (more than 5km) per delivery.