This month we chose to spotlight those new cafes at more hidden spots in Singapore – in Kallang, within a community centre, at Bukit Batok West, and within a fitness club at Tanjong Pagar.
Other new cafes for the month include:
Habitat Coffee (Jalan Besar)
The Headless Baker & Sons 無頭師 (The Star Vista)
Butterspace (Chai Chee Drive)
Joya Onsen Cafe (Joo Koon)
Bynd Artisan + Sunday Folks (ION Orchard)
Nom Gelato (Erskine Road)
Knock Knock Café
101 Geylang Road, Singapore 828761 (Kallang MRT)
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat), 10am – 9pm (Sun)
Floral-Themed Café in Kallang Serves Up Asian-inspired Pastas & Burgers
Sprouting up at Kallang is Knock Knock Café with floral-theme aesthetics and fusion cuisine., a spin-off of the Knock Knock livestream app.
Free high-speed WiFi and modular rooms make Knock Knock ideal for remote work and business meetings.
Make it a meal and have their Asian-inspired pastas and burgers like “Lup Cheong” Carbonara, Just Like Grandma’s ‘Hae Bee Hiam’ Pasta, and Umami ‘Laksa’ Seafood Pasta.
Try this Asian-inspired Just Like Grandma’s ‘Hae Bee Hiam’ Pasta ($17) and get comforting feels with its familiar local ingredients. If you love the mix of aglio olio and prawns, this is for you. Bouncy Tiger prawns get a delicious slick of flavoured oil in between the strands of al dente spaghetti.
But unlike a regular aglio olio prawn pasta, this rendition is just like Grandma’s for the hae bee hiam tossed into it. These spicy dried tiny shrimps pack a punch of savoury-spicy flavours. Knock Knock Café (Geylang)
1-for-1 Pastas Promotion:
From 1 to 30 September, enjoy 1-for-1 pastas all day at Knock Knock Café. The promotion is valid for both dine-in and takeaway.
The Star Vista, 1 Vista Exchange Green, #01-46, Singapore 138617
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Buona Vista Cafe With Candy Floss French Toast And Chicken Waffles
Dewgather, pronounced as “together” has opened at The Star Vista alongside with other new indie cafes such as The Headless Baker & Sons 無頭師 .
Featuring a spacious 20-seater space indoors and 40 seats outdoors in an elongated layout, Dewgather has a contemporary look decked in dusty pink with industrial flooring.
Their mains menu features a selection of brunch dishes that are pretty similar to many cafes, priced about $2 – $3 higher.
These include Dewgather Breakfast ($22), Salmon Avocado ($20), Hummus in the Pan ($15), Waffle & Fried Chicken ($20), French Toast ($18), Linguine Puttanesca ($17) and Barramundi Fish Burger ($25).
Chef’s recommendation includes the Dew Harvest Bowl ($22) and Dew Swordfish Pasta ($24). Worthy to mention is that there is a relatively high proportion of vegetarian options.
The French Toast ($18) looked “instagrammable” with a scoop of Crème anglaise ice cream, topped with brown sugar crumble, crushed pistachio, berry compote, purple candy floss with edible flowers on top of the thick sliced brioche toast.
What I liked most is the brioche toast, slightly crispy on the edges with a fluffy and chewy texture on the inside which becomes moist after soaking in the cream foam and melted ice cream. Dewgather (The Star Vista)
Pacto 忆缘 by Parchmen
Jalan Besar Community Centre, 69 Jellicoe Road #01-05, Singapore 208737
Tel: +65 9833 0858
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Cafe Hidden Within Jalan Besar CC With $2 Espresso
Just as I thought that Jalan Besar cannot get any more crowded with new cafes, there are a few that popped up just this month.
Pacto 忆缘 by Parchmen is found at a ‘hidden’ spot right within Jalan Besar Community Centre, of walking distance from Lavender MRT station.
The one thing to note is their coffee is more on the wallet-friendly side, with an espresso priced at $2. A Long Black is at $3.50, with no additional charges for an iced version.
There was a small selection of cakes available, from Sourcream Cheesecake ($6), Hazelnut Royaltine ($7), Green Tea Azuki ($6), Matcha Swiss Roll ($4.50) and Houjicha Swiss Roll ($4.50). Pacto 忆缘 by Parchmen (Jalan Besar)
5 Teck Lim Road, Singapore 088383
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Sat), 8:30am – 5pm (Sun), Closed Tues
Gorgeous French-Style Double-Storey Cafe With Crepes, Pancakes And All-Day Breakfast
Named after co-owner Suzette Simon, Chez Suzette is the brainchild of the husband-and-wife team, who first met while working at 3 Michelin Stars restaurant, Joël Robuchon.
Occupying 2 storeys with both 8 seats indoors and 16 seats in the alfresco dining area, French elements are incorporated in the interior design.
My favourite corner is their alfresco dining space, the patio which is the paved outdoor area with tall ceilings, hanging fans, huge plants and ample sunlight shining through in the morning that create the lush space.
Their menu starts from 8.30am with All-Day Breakfast such as Egg Mayo Croissant ($8), Avocado Toast ($14), Eggs Benedict with Parma Ham or Salmon ($16), Croque Monsieur ($14), Beetroot Burrata Salad (2 pax $32), Dippy Eggs with Toast Soldiers ($7), Pancakes with Berries ($16) and Homemade Granola Bowls with Yogurt ($13).
I particularly enjoyed the Eggs Benedict ($16) that comes with a choice of Parma Ham or Salmon, which is considered a staple in most brunch places.
While most places served their poached eggs on a huge slice of brioche or sourdough, the version here is served on mini brioche with a fluffy texture almost like a muffin. Chez Suzette (Teck Lim Road)
Acoustics Coffee Bar
61 Neil Road, Singapore 088895
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Thurs), 8:30am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sun)
Pet-Friendly Botanical Theme Cafe With All-Day-Brunch
Acoustics Coffee Bar, previously known as Acoustic Cafe at Ang Mo Kio , has shifted to Neil Road (right opposite Apiary).
This has expanded to a 40-seater here at Neil Road, using materials to create a neutral sound environment with a better acoustics (thus the name).
Other music elements include the wooden waveform structures seen hanging on the walls and two huge speakers to create the ambience.
Using fresh produce for all their dishes, expect All-Day-Brunch With Breakfast At Acoustics ($24), Acoustics’ Fluffy Pancakes ($12), Brie & Mushroom Croissant ($13), and Egg in A Hole ($14).
The Breakfast At Acoustics ($24) comes with a choice of Egg (Ramen Egg/ Scrambled/ Sunny Side Up), Cheese Sausage, Slow Baked Tomato, Maple Glaze Bacon, Roasted mushroom, Kale salad on a slice of sourdough.
The components are generally well-executed with the scrambled egg stealing the limelight with its moist and creamy texture.
The slow baked tomatoes were a mention, soft and tangy, adding a refreshing citrus punch to the combination. Acoustics Coffee Bar (Neil Road)
29 Joo Chiat Place, Singapore 427753
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Instagrammable Brunch Cafe At Joo Chiat With Sand Dunes-Inspired Décor
The Joo Chiat area is becoming so exciting with many new cafe additions of late.
The interior draws inspiration from sand dunes with waves that mimic the uneven surface of the sand as seen on the ceiling, walls, and bespoke lighting in the main dining hall.
Something different from the usual minimalist, industrial or botanical designs that are commonly seen in local cafes.
With an All-Day Breakfast that starts from 8.30am daily, signatures include 7S Avod ($18), 7S Brekky ($26) and Cheese Toast with Ham ($11).
The Mains are served from 11am with a selection of Bangers – Mash ($22), Gyu Burger ($26), Land/ Sea Protein ($21), Spicy Chicken Burger ($18), Truffle Mac ($18), What The Fish ($23) and Pasta ($18 – $23). Sevens Cafe (Joo Chiat)
The Better Scoop
264 Serangoon Central, #01-203, Singapore 550264
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Ice Cream Cafe By Just Because Creamery Opens At Serangoon
Fans of Just Because Creamery in Sembawang will be thrilled to know that the brand has opened a second outlet in Serangoon right beside NEX.
With a rebranding to The Better Scoop, their new outlet at Serangoon is more spacious and can accommodate up to 32 pax.
Compared to first outlet in Sembawang, diners can look forward to a more extensive menu with more (18 versus 14) ice cream flavours (Single $4.20, Double $8, Premium +$0.50), unique Waffles ($6.50 – $6.80), Signature drinks ($5 – $6.50), Coffee ($3.50 – $5) and Tea ($4.50).
Interesting flavours include Orh Nee (Yam), Black Sesame Soy Milk, Luo Han Guo (Monk fruit) Longan, Tie Guan Yin, Chrysanthemum Goji Berries and Osmanthus Oolong.
Among the 3 seasonal waffles, the Tie Guan Yin Waffle ($6.50) and Nian Gao Waffle ($6.80) come with a traditional twist. The Better Scoop (Serangoon Central)
The Community Coffee
14 Upper Cross Street, Singapore 058330
Opening Hours: 9:30am – 6:30pm (Fri – Wed), Closed Thurs
Chinatown Cafe With In-House Coffee Roastery
Those who frequent the Orchard area may be familiar with The Community Coffee which first started in 2017, serving $4 at Far East Plaza.
Over here at their new space, the 19 seater space is more spacious and has a “MUJI-like” touch, mainly decked in white and wooden elements with bar counter seats, sofa and a long banquette bench lining against the wall.
2 single origins are offered on their menu for their espresso-based drinks, namely Peru and Colombia.
Prices start from $5.50 for a cup of Double Espresso and $5 for a 5oz espresso with Milk.
My cup of Flat White ($5) using single origin beans from Colombia was medium-bodied, smooth with a medium roast, with hints of yuzu and plum with a sweet finish.
Unlike the usually taste profile of Colombia coffee beans, Caturra trees were grown by the Colombian producer, which undergoes a classic fully-washed process thereafter. The Community Coffee (Upper Cross Street)
Whisk & Paddle
816 Bukit Batok West Ave 5, #01-01, Singapore 659089
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10:30pm (Mon – Fri), 9:30am – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Botanical-Themed Glasshouse Café Outlet At Bukit Gombak
Whisk & Paddle is no stranger to residents staying in Punggol, a popular riverside cafe since 2014 along the Sungei Serangoon Park Connector that leads to Coney Island.
True enough, I wasn’t surprised when Whisk & Paddle decided to open a second outlet along another Park Connector (Choa Chu Kang PC).
Surrounded by lush greeneries from the Bukit Gombak Park, diners can momentarily experience dining in the woods with an extensive menu.
Food choices range from Starters ($9.80 – $14.80) to Brunch ($14.80 – $20.80), Mains ($25.80 – $32.80), Pasta ($14.80 – $20.80), Bar Bites ($11.80 – $13.80) and 10-inch Pizza ($18.80 – $24.80).
While most of the menu is similar to their sister outlet at Punggol, some of the new outlet exclusive items include the Tom Yum Pizza ($24.80), Pumpkin Pizza ($19.80) and Mushroom Bacon Risotto ($17.80).
My favourite was the Tom Yum Pizza ($24.80) came with slices of prawns, mushrooms and onions, drizzled with chilli oil and lime juice for the citrus punch on top of a thin crust pizza. Whisk & Paddle (Bukit Gombak)
Canteen by Trapeze Rec. Club
27 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088450
Opening Hours: 9am – 3pm (Mon – Sun)
Hidden Cool Cafe Within Fitness Wellness Club At Tanjong Pagar
The 4-storey Trapeze Rec. Club is a membership-based wellness club found at Tanjong Pagar, and features a curation of services.
There is an in-house café called the “Canteen” hidden within which members of the public can access to.
Canteen by Trapeze Rec. Club features a limited menu of toasts, coffee, and smoothies made with healthy and organically sourced ingredients.
The menu also includes an array of sweet and savoury Ayurvedic yoghurt bowls, along with bakes from local partners such as Pickle Bakery.
There is also an interesting-sounding Spicy Dan Dan Yoghurt Bowl ($14.80) which is a savoury yoghurt bowl with sous vide egg, chilli oil, sesame, peanut butter and more. This has been their bestseller. Canteen by Trapeze Rec. Club (Tanjong Pagar)
820 Tampines Street 81, #01-526, Singapore 520820 (in Tampines Polyview)
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Hidden Tampines Cafe With Baked Mac & Cheese At $10 Nett
Kraft Kitchen often described as a “hidden café gem”, is an award-winning Halal-certified speciality café serving specials like Seafood Pot, Pot Pie, stews, pasta, coffee and desserts.
Located along Tampines Street 81 (near Tampines West Community Club), this no GST and no service charge café offers Western dishes with a touch of local flavours, and Japanese donburi bowls and salads (under the branding Mama Don).
Good to know that the tasty offerings are all priced wallet-friendly, with popular items such as Chicken Alfredo Pasta, Sauteed Mushrooms Ciabiatta, Chicken Cutlet, Gratin Cheese Cream Bake Rice, Mac & Cheese, Creamy Chicken Stew, and Sriracha Chicken & Fries all priced at $10 nett.
Get the delectable Baked Mac & Cheese or Baked Raisin Rice ($10) paired with your choice of the meat.
Try it with a Crispy Fish Fillet and let the savoury notes contrast with the dual type of sweet raisins in the rice. The fish which was more like battered fish & chips, came with generous portion of 3 pieces. Kraft Kitchen (Tampines)
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