In a blink of an eye, we have reached the very last NEW café compilation of 2020.
And yes, we have visited over 150 NEW Cafes this year – went to each and every one and more; and that is despite having a 2.5 month break due to the “Circuit Breaker”.
In line with the cooler weather of December, half of this guide is occupied by ice cream cafes, so you can take your pick to sweeten up the day.
As an additional note, some of the cafes can be quite popular and overwhelmed (still getting a hang of operations), so do exercise some patience or visit during off-peak hours if possible. Also check the operational hours on their social media in case they decide to take a break.
Enjoy the very last month of 2020 – shall be good!
Creme & Cone
Food Folks @ Lau Pa Sat, 18 Raffles Quay, #01-03, Singapore 048582
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Gelato Bar at Lau Pa Sat With Local Flavoured Bandung And Milo Cones
There is a revamped section known as “Food Folks” that features local F&Bs and retail products, including 10 F&B brands focusing on Hawker, Street and Mod-Sin menus.
The 10 F&B brands at “Food Folks” include Michelin Bib Gourmand recipient Shi Hui Yuan, Prawn Soup Ramen by Michelin-starred Chef Kang, GOPIZZA, Li Xin Teochew Fishball Noodles, QQ Rice and SMOL, The Grill Knife Smoke House, The Soup Spoon, Runes and Creme and Cone.
Located right opposite Runes is the takeaway Gelato bar – Creme & Cone, serving 16 different and unique gelato flavours with local flavours such as Butter Kopi, Pulut Hitam, Milo Cookie, Root Beer Float and Sour Plum.
Both the Bandung and Milo cones were considered unique in Singapore’s context. Both are nostalgic flavours as they are ‘childhood’ drinks.
I preferred the former as it was more floral and refreshing, which would probably complement well with gelato flavours such as Blueberry Lavender and Lychee Raspberry. Cream and Cone (Lau Pa Sat)
I See Cream
Thomson V2, 11 Sin Ming Road, #01-14, Singapore 575629
Opening Hours: 2pm – 11pm (Tue – Thu), 11am – 2am (Fri – Sat), 11am – 11pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Ice Cream Cafe With Herb & Spice Belgian Waffle At Thomson
The newest addition to Thomson V Two at Upper Thomson, the humble-looking cafe literally pronounced as “ice cream” when you read it quickly.
There were 12 gelato flavours available when I visited, such as premium flavours ($5 per scoop, $20 per pint) of Pistachio, Valrhona Dark Chocolate, Lychee Raspberry, Coconut, Yuzu, and Biscoff.
Other special flavours ($4 per scoop, $16 per pint) included Mango, White Peach Yogurt, Soursop, Blueberry, Rock Melon and Chocolate Chip.
I noticed that 8 out of 12 flavours were all fruit-based, all in the form of gelatos without sorbets for the lactose-intolerant.
The single scoop of Biscoff Gelato ($5) was served with Herb & Spice infused Belgian Waffle ($3.50) and edible Gold flakes were added as a nice finishing touch.
Made using bits of Lotus Biscoff biscuits, it added a firmer bite to the smooth, creamy and sticky texture of the gelato, adding some malty sweetness to the overall taste. I See Cream (Thomson)
Haute And Cauld
740 Bedok Reservoir Road, #01-3179, Singapore 470740
Opening Hours: 11am – 2am (Mon – Sun)
Ice Cream Cafe With Yubari Rock Melon Flavour At Bedok Reservoir
From midnight supper spot at Bedok 85 Fengshan Food Centre to the new gelato bar Hay Gelato that opens till 2am, it seems that Bedok is indeed very ‘happening’ at night.
The 20-seater space has a different feel at night, illuminated by blue neon lights that gives off a chill and relax vibe.
The Waffles ($7.90) come in 3 different flavours: Red Velvet, Charcoal and Buttermilk with a set option ($12) that includes a single scoop of ice cream with a soft drink.
Only the Charcoal Waffle was available at the time of my visit and it was promptly served within 10 minutes in a stacked fashion. I thought that resembled Oblong’s version at Serangoon Garden.
Both the Red Velvet and Charcoal waffles came with a layer of cream cheese in between the two waffles layers, while Nutella was used for the Buttermilk waffles to make the batter more moist and flavourful. Haute And Cauld (Bedok Reservoir)
136 Bedok North Ave 3, #01-148, Singapore 460136
Opening Hours: 1pm – 2am (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Late Night Waffles & Gelato Cafe At Bedok Opens Till 2AM
By the folks behind Brine Restaurant at North Bridge Road is their new 18-seaters (10 indoors, 8 outdoors) gelato cafe at Bedok.
A total of 12 flavours will be available at any one time, with interesting flavours such as Balsamic Strawberry, Truffle, Meyer Lemon, Yuzu Ginger and Smoked Hay.
I didn’t expect myself to “eat grass” when I ordered the Smoked Hay ($5.20 for premium flavour), supposedly their signature flavour at Brine Restaurant.
Made by smoking real hay (plants or grass dried and stored as animal fodder or food) and infusing into their milk-based gelato, the Smoked Hay gelato was dented in the centre with cocoa nibs on top. Hay Gelato (Bedok)
Gelato Labo – West Coast
108 Faber Drive, Singapore 129418
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 1pm – 10:30pm (Fri – Sun)
Artisan Gelato Cafe With Unique Flavours at West Coast
Those who resides in the West would be thrilled to hear about this new artisan gelato spot which has opened at West Coast, Faber Drive.
For those who haven’t heard of Gelato Labo, their first outlet is a hole-in-a-wall takeaway ice cream store which is located at Jalan Besar, featuring an assortment of handmade artisan gelato with unique exotic flavours.
Some of the newer flavours which previously didn’t came across at Jalan Besar were such as Watermelon Mint & Chia Seeds, Naval Orange & Chrysanthemum, Colombian Cold Brew & Cookie Butter Bits, Caribbean Rum & Charred Pineapple and Yamanashi Peach & Lemongrass.
I was rather intrigued by the Sakura Smoke, Artichoke & Pear Compote, which has a paring of fruity with mild nutty undertones, followed by a light smoky after taste.
Flavours are on seasonal rotating basis and single scoop from Premium range goes for $5 and Gourmet range for $6. Gelato Labo (Faber Drive)
Drips Bakery Café – Orchard
Ngee Ann City #B2-31, 391 Orchard Road, Singapore 238872
Tel: +65 6222 0400
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Tarts Specialty Shop Opens At Ngee Ann City
Drips Bakery Café has been in the Tiong Bahru estate since 2010 or so, and I wrote about the café sometime in 2012. It is a slight surprise to find them opened in the heart of Orchard Road at Ngee Ann City.
Rotating tarts you can expect to find there include Baked Almond Tart, Matcha Yuzu Tart, Cinnamon Egg Tart, Choc Truffle Tart, Baked Crumble Tart, Fresh Avocado Tart, Fresh Yuzu Tart, Lemon Meringue Tart, Baked Lemon Tart, Salted Caramel Chocolate Tart, and more.
The average consumer may be concerned about the price, with each 4-inch tart costing about $9.90 and Seasonal Fresh Fruit Tart at $12.90.
The one item that has remained as a best seller over the decade is the Seasonal Fresh Fruit Tart ($12.90).
They use a secret recipe to create a French butter tart shell paired with freshly made in-house custard infused with Madagascar vanilla beans. Drips Bakery Café (Ngee Ann City)
37 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169356
Tel: +65 6238 1068
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sun)
Familiar Name Makes A Return Next Door With A NEW Brunch Menu
Strangers’ Reunion is now found at 37 Kampong Bahru Road, next door from its original space (Another café Kream & Kensho has taken over the previous location.)
The brunch menu remains lean for now, with updates of previous favourites and a couple of new dishes.
What you can expect include an Ancient Grain Salad ($14.90), Roasted Cauliflower Salad ($14.90), Avocado on Sourdough ($16.90), and Roast Beef Melt ($18.90)
A popular favourite is the Strange Breakfast ($16.90) with poached eggs with homemade puff pastry, hollandaise and seasonal green.
The Father’s Favourite Sandwich ($16.90) should be well-liked by mums as well, coming looking like a sandwich made of croissant.
Filled within were oven-baked eggs, bacon and mustard slaw. Good stuff, and welcome back! Strangers’ Reunion (Kampong Bahru Road)
383 Bukit Timah Road, Alocassia Apartment, Singapore 259727
Opening Hours: 8am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Brunch Cafe With Truffle Scrambled Eggs And Cosy Space At Bukit Timah
The Ritual is a new café at Bukit Timah Road below Alocassia Apartment, but has nothing to do with Ritual Gym for 30 minutes exercises.
Brunch items available from 8am to 5pm include The Ritual Big Breakfast ($25) with sourdough or croissant with eggs, sausage and mixed greens, Signature Avo Toast ($18), Ritual Protein Bowl ($25). Slightly on the pricey side.
I had the Truffle Scrambled Eggs and Smoked Salmon Toast ($23), made more luxurious-looking with black caviar and smoked salmon accompanied with sourdough toast.
It was a decent fare, as I thought the eggs could have been creamier and truffle oil aroma more apparent, but the caviar helped to add briny notes to the blander tasting eggs.
For something sweet, offerings include Belgium Chocolate & Berries Waffles ($15), Earl Grey & Speculoos Waffles ($15), Banana Split ($13) and Assorted Cakes ($8).
Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee – Fusionopolis
1 Fusionopolis Place, Galaxis, #01-28/29, Singapore 138522
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 3:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun
Pastel Pink And Blue Cafe With Oat Cold Brew At Fusionopolis
Tiong Hoe has opened a 3rd outlet located at Fusionopolis, sharing the same space as Super Simple that focuses on protein and salad bowls.
The 40-seaters space is beautifully decked in pretty pastel pink and blue tone with a botanical theme and a small coffee counter that can only accommodate 2 persons.
Their menu here includes items of Double Espresso ($3.50), Long Black ($4.50), Piccolo Latte ($4.50), Cappuccino ($5), Latte ($5), Flat White ($5) and Mocha Latte ($5.50) with add-on such as Ice (+$0.50), Espresso shot (+$1.20) and Oatmilk (+$1).
Their house blend is the same across all 3 outlets, a 2 beans-blend of 50% Colombia and 50% Guatemala roasted in house.
I am a fan of their Cold Brew that comes in 4 different flavours: Amber Black ($7), Pollen White ($7), Mocha ($7.50) and the new Oat Zero ($8).
Instead the 330ml glass beer bottles used previously, the cold brew bottles were redesigned with a cap for easy storage instead of consuming the entire bottle at one go. Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee (Fusionopolis)
City Gate, 371 Beach Road, #02-44, Singapore 199597
Opening Hours: 11am – 8pm (Sun – Tues), 11am – 9pm (Wed – Sat)
Hidden Japanese Kakigori Café at Beach Road
Located on the 2nd floor of City Gate, Fuwa Fuwa is a 25-seater Japanese Kakigori-specialty cafe with a simple interior, decked in white and wooden elements.
Japanese Kakigori typically uses ice blocks shavings that are light and fluffy. After which, flavoured syrup is drizzled over since the base is bland.
A total of 4 fixed flavours are available at Fuwa Fuwa, namely Ichigo ($12.50) which is strawberry, Uji Kinotoki that is matcha ($13.50), Mango ($13.50) and Chocolate Brownie ($13.50).
The iced shavings of the Uji Kinotoki Kakigori ($13.50) were so “fuwa fuwa” and indeed cotton-candy-like, almost felt like a guilt-free treat.
The Hokkaido Tokachi Azuki was a nice touch, adding some sweetness and texture to the combination, making it sweeter and chewier. Fuwa Fuwa (Beach Road)
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