That’s fast. 3 more months and the challenging 2021 will come to an end.
In the meantime, if you want to show support to the new F&B establishments – some are quite under-the-radar, recent cafe openings include:
Glacier (Lavender Street)
Eggslut (Orchard Road)
Bearded Bella (Bukit Timah)
Monday Blues (Geylang)
Moin Moin Gelato (Yishun)
Shake Shake In A Tub (Bt Panjang)
Carrotsticks & Cravings (Stanley Street)
Pi Food (Penang Road)
Bynd Artisan + Sunday Folks (ION Orchard)
Check out more below.
198 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068637 (Tanjong Pagar)
Tel: +65 6223 1766
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Tues – Sat), Closed Sun, Mon
Delicious Chilli Crab Pasta and Har Cheong Burger At Tanjong Pagar
If you are around the CBD looking for inexpensive meals, Jarrell’s Bistro is a modern, casual Asian bistro located along Telok Ayer Street.
It offers Lunch Sets and A La Carte menu of modern Asian fusion tapas, mains, pastas and sides – at wallet-friendly prices considering this area.
A 2-Course meal is priced at $25++, while a 3-Course with appetiser, main and dessert is at $35++.
Chef’s Traditional Prawn Paste Chicken aka Har Cheong Gai which is available as a bar snack got so popular, he decided to make a burger out of it.
The “patty” is a fillet of chicken thigh marinated in fermented prawn paste, basil leaf powder, ginger and more.
Once the flavours have seeped in, it is deep-fried till the skin turns crisp while keeping the meat juicy. Jarrell’s Bistro (Telok Ayer)
5 Cox Terrace, Level 2, Fort Canning Arts Centre, Singapore 179620
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Mon – Thurs), 8:30am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sun)
Beautiful Floral-Themed Pets-Friendly French Concept Opens At Fort Canning
Nestled at the Fort Canning Arts Centre, Le Jardin which is the sister-concept of Cafe Do Nicole’s Flower focuses on French and European cuisine with both indoors and alfresco dining areas.
The 120 seater space has a garden theme outdoors which is pets-friendly, equipped with marble table tops and vintage, retro-style rattan chairs and vase of fresh flowers on each table.
Stepping inside, the interior has a Victorian vibe, with a centrepiece showcasing all the fresh flowers available for purchase at their florist section.
Their Breakfast and Brunch menu starts from opening till 4.30pm, whereas Lunch menu is available from 12pm to 3.30pm and Dinner is available from 5.30pm to 9.30pm.
Brunch items featured are Croissant Waffle ($23.90), Potato Rosti ($18.90), Portobello Mushroom ($16.90), and Fig & Salted Caramel French Toast ($21.90).
Some mains include Forest Mushroom Tagliatelle ($20), Argentinian Red Shrimp Tagliatelle ($22), Ora King Salmon ($30), Kurobuta Pork Loin ($34), and Margaret River Black Angus Ribeye ($42). Le Jardin (Fort Canning)
The Ice Cream Bar
59 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169367
Opening Hours: 12:30pm – 10:30pm (Sun – Thurs), 12:30pm – 12am (Fri – Sat)
Popular Malaysian Alcoholic Ice Cream Cafe Opens At Kampong Bahru
Perhaps alcoholic ice cream would get you all tipsy. Opened by the folks behind popular Malaysian ice cream cafe Inside Scoop, The Ice Cream Bar is their sister brand which focuses on alcoholic ice cream flavours.
Prices starts from $4.90 for a single scoop, $8.50 for double and $11.60 for triple, with additional $1 for premium flavours and $2 for double premium flavours.
Most of the alcoholic flavours are either premium (+ $1) or double premium (+$2), such as Guinness Brownies, Bacardi Choc Crunch, Whiskey Red Velvet, Crunchy Choc Whiskey, Choc Baileys, Kahlua Cheesecake, Whiskey & Nuts and Smoked Cognac.
The 2 double premium flavours on the shelf are Silician Pistachio and Guinness Pistachio.
Pints are available for takeaway at $16, with additional $2 for premium flavours and $5 for double premium flavours.
Opened till 12am on Fridays and Saturdays, The Ice Cream Bar could be that ideal place to hang out without getting drunk. The Ice Cream Bar (Kampong Bahru)
Amuse Dessert Co
73 Duxton Road, Singapore 089532
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Tues – Thurs), 12pm – 10pm (Fri – Sat), 12pm – 6pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Artisanal Dessert Cafe At Duxton With Basque Truffle Cheesecake Ice Cream
Opened by the folks behind The Dark Gallery known for their artisanal dark chocolate desserts, Amuse Dessert Co. has opened at 73 Duxton Road Tanjong Pagar.
Focusing on artisanal desserts created through their own encounters and longing for new experiences, their selection of pastries changes on a rotational basis.
The most eye-catching selection will be the Macarons (Single $3.50, Box of 6 for $21) with 8 different colours that are aesthetically inspired by nature’s colours.
Other pastries include Canele ($4), Madeleine ($4), Mini Pound ($4.50), Loaf Pound ($5.50), Chunky Cookie ($4.50) and Brownie Squares ($6).
The Lemon Basil Mini Pound ($4.50) was my favourite, with a soft and moist texture and refreshing lemon flavour and herbaceous basil notes. Amuse Dessert Co. (Duxton Road)
Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe
131 East Coast Road, Singapore 428816
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 8am – 12am (Fri – Sat)
Brand New Concept At East Coast With Exclusive Chocolate Pastries And Chocolate On Tap
Awfully Chocolate has opened a new concept of Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Cafe.
Compared to their previous interior which is more bistro-like with black, white and grey tones, this has more cafe vibes, with wooden floorings and bespoke furniture pieces, complemented by hanging and potted plants.
Exclusive to this East Coast outlet is the Chocolate From The Tap, with a choice of Dark Milk (45%), 60% or 70% Cocoa flowing through the cool metallic taps in store.
Another outlet-exclusive is their selection of viennoiserie that are freshly prepared in house and available from 8am daily.
This is in addition to their repertoire of chocolate desserts that we are familiar with, prepared from a central kitchen with a full selection only available from 1pm onwards.
Chocolate lovers can also look forward to Chocolate Madeleine (1 for $3, 3 for $8), Chocolate Croissant ($6), Chocolate Danish ($5) and Chocolate Canelé ($5) on the menu. Awfully Chocolate Bakery & Café (East Coast)
Chin Mee Chin
204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903
Opening Hours: 8am – 4pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Nostalgic Confectionery Known For Charcoal-Toasted Kaya Buns Reopens
If you have missed the famous Chin Mee Chin Confectionery 真美珍茶室 at East Coast Road, it has made a return with a refurnished look and revamped menu.
Another to add to your East Coast Plan, though take note to wait for quite a while for the team to iron out its operations.
On the breakfast menu are Kaya Toast ($2.20), Eggs ($1.60), or get the set with a drink ($4.90).
Other breads available include Luncheon Meat Bun ($2), Brown Bun ($2), Hae Bee Hiam Bun ($2.20), Otah Bun ($2.20), Sausage Bun ($2).
The Kaya Toast with the thick slab of butter remained my favourite item of the lot, with sweet aromatic kaya hand-made in traditional style on charcoal-roasted bun. In fact, the bun was soft and more delectable than how I remember it to be. Opps.
The soft-boil eggs were unfortunately quite run-of-the-mill average; while the kopi lacked the robust body and aroma you would have expected from a Nanyang-style coffee. Chin Mee Chin (East Coast Road)
71 Oxley Rise, #01-01, Singapore 238698
Tel: +65 8222 0018
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 4pm (Mon, Tues, Thurs), 11am – 6pm (Fri, Sun), 8:30am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Wed
Minimalist Vegan Café Near Somerset With Korean Bibimbap And Orh Nee Tarts
Lilac Oak Café is an extension of home-based business Lilac Oak, and has the simple objective of introducing the wonders of plant-based foods to customers.
This is a quaint, cosy, small and undiscovered space that looks like it is full of heart – with food cooked with a fresh warm taste of home.
On the savoury menu available from 12 noon onwards are rice bowls and sandwiches.
These include rotational items such as Baked Maple Miso Vegetables on Sesame Rice ($14.90), Grilled Teriyaki Eggplant Donburi ($12.90), Simple Tofu Sandwich ($6.90), Peanut Tempeh Sandwich ($8.90), Mushroom Tofu Ciabatta ($8.90), and Kimchi Portobello Sandwich ($9.90).
I had the House-special Bibimbap with Sweet Potato Rice ($14.90) which came with a colourful spread of seasonal vegetables, grilled tofu, house-made sautéed kimchi. Lilac Oak (Oxley Rise)
18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-01, Singapore 018953
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Wed – Thurs), 8am – 10pm (Fri – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Gorgeous Glasshouse Gelato Cafe At Gardens By The Bay That Is Pets-Friendly
Replacing where the defunct Fennel Cafe was, Mylo’s focuses on a wide range (read 23) of gelato flavours.
The 90 seater space is divided into both alfresco and indoors area, with a pet-friendly outdoors area for 50 pax.
The gelato menu has expanded from the previous 8 flavours to the current 23 flavours, ranging from 2 alcoholic, 6 non-dairy options and classic flavours.
Non-dairy flavours include Alphonso Mango, Lemon, Jasmine Oolong, Coconut Pandan, Lychee Raspberry Rose and Pineapple Sichuan Pepper whereas alcoholic ones include Margarita and Gin Tonic.
Ample amount of sunlight can be seen pouring through the floor-to-ceiling glass windows on a sunny day, where diners will be surrounded by the greeneries in the Gardens that gives off a chill and relaxing vibe. Mylo’s (Gardens By The Bay)
At Tea 署茗職茶 – 313@somerset
313 Orchard Road, #B2-46 52A, Singapore 238895
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Singer Jam Hsiao Launches NEW Specialty Tea Cafe At 313@somerset
Taiwanese singer Jam Hsiao’s specialty tea chain At Tea 署茗職茶 has opened its 2nd Singapore outlet in the heart of town at 313@somerset.
What’s noteworthy about the 313@somerset outlet is it comes with a seat-down café concept offering more than just beverages, also featuring Tea Gelato and Planetary Cakes.
This cafe is space-themed with a gigantic rocket in the middle, a nod to Jam Hsiao’s hit 薩哈星球 ‘Planet Sa-Hah’.
Inspired by Jam Hsiao’s popular song 薩哈星球, there is a Planet Sa-Hah drink ($6.90) that already looks like it can take you on a magical galaxy journey.
At the base is a space-blue “Sa-Hah Jelly” which is made from natural ingredients, then topped with fresh-tangy passionfruit and premium jasmine green tea.
While the drink appears yellow and blue, the trick is to give it a good shake and watch the colour-shifting to an almost luminous-green.
Looks aside, the playful creation contains those light fruity notes and tart taste that would provide a cool and refreshing feeling for the hot weather. (Also look out for 1-for-1 specials during the opening weekend from 1-3 Oct 2021.)
Trio, 11 Sam Leong Rd, #03-08, Singapore 207903
Opening Hours: 12pm – 9pm (Mon – Sun)
Asian-Flavoured Burger Shop Opens At Jalan Besar
A creative and catchy name which means “burgers” in Mandarin, Hambaobao is known to serve interesting Asian-inspired artisanal burgers at an affordable pricing.
It first started off as a food stall located at Beauty World Food Centre.
Bringing back their 5 signature burgers, they include The Classic Beef ($7.50), What The Fish! ($8), Crispy Pork Belly ($8), Spiced Pulled Pork, and Ayam Buah Keluak ($8).
Sides include their Hand-Cut Fries ($2.50) with optional add-ons Beef Patty ($2.50), Cheddar/ Mozzarella Cheese ($0.50) and Bacon ($0.70).
The What The Fish! ($8) came with 2 slices of dory fish topped with tartar sauce, zucchini and cheese.
Their buns are still as soft and pillowy as I remembered, giving a nice chewy texture in contrast to the firm and flavourful dory fish. Hambaobao (Jalan Besar)
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