As footsteps of Christmas 2021 is approaching, we would be expecting more new restaurants and cafes, especially in the Orchard Road area.
Other new cafes you can head over include:
Swish Rolls (Cluny Court Bukit Timah)
Coconut Queen (Takashimaya)
Oh My Mango (Jurong JCube)
Minion Café Singapore (Clarke Quay)
Smile Dessert (Dhoby Ghaut)
Lucky Saigon Café (Tanglin)
Dutch Colony (Tampines)
Mad Roaster Café (Depot Road)
LUNA Diner+Bar (Bukit Timah)
Haven Coffee (Tanjong Pagar)
Da Paolo Gastronomia (Great World)
Stay Gold Flamingo (Amoy Street)
Tsui Wah (Jewel Changi Airport)
Ai Cafe (Jalan Besar)
FLIPPER’S – Bugis Junction
Bugis Junction #01-97, 80 Middle Road, Singapore 188966
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Mon – Sun), Last order 8pm
Bugis Junction Outlet With Toretama Fried Egg Breakfast Pancakes
If you love your fluffy pancakes, get ready as well-loved Japanese pancake cafe FLIPPER’S has opened at Bugis Junction.
The Bugis outlet has a glasshouse-liked decor which allows natural-daylight to shine in during daytime.
On the side is the show kitchen in which customers can watch their pancakes being made on the spot behind the window.
Note that as the soufflé pancakes are cooked to order at precise temperatures, the estimated waiting time is about 20 to 30 minutes.
There are three choices of savouries, and diners can also top up $6 to complete the meal with a soup of the day and a choice of drink (latte, honey lemon tea, citron tea or Americano).
This savoury breakfast plate of Kiseki Pancake Maple Bacon and Fried Egg ($22.80) was very satisfyingly delicious due to the inclusion of fried Toretama egg – a type of premium egg from Oita, Japan, produced by free range farming.
You would find the colour of the yolk more orangey, and much creamier and richer in taste.
I also like the turkey bacon which was surprisingly soft, and the crispy house-made rosti. Served with sides of salad with sesame yuzu dressing and maple syrup. FLIPPER’S (Bugis Junction)
Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road, #B1-16 to #B1-24, Singapore 238872
Opening Hours: 10am – 9:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Stylish ‘Korean-Style’ Minimalist Café At Orchard Ngee Ann City
A modern-day market for unique fashion, The Editor’s Market has opened their flagship outlet at Orchard Road within Ngee Ann City.
And within this fashion and lifestyle boutique, shoppers will be able to find this own gourmet cafe brand: Found.
The 16-seater space has a sleek, white and minimalist touch, equipped with Korean cafe elements such as the use of raw materials with a muted tone and an unfinished look.
A good mix of savoury and sweet pastries are all displayed on the counter, sourced from various cafes on a weekly rotational basis.
Savouries include Black Truffle Pie ($9.50), Spam & Potato Sourdough ($6), Black Garlic Sourdough ($5.50), Cheese Kurt ($6), Coffee Knot ($3.50) and Tomato Forcaccia ($5.50).
My new FOUND love was their Layered Cake ($8) like a tiramisu, in flavours of Banoffee and Matcha.
The latter comes with alternating layers of matcha ganache, cream cheese and matcha sponge topped with a layer of matcha powder and a layer of macadamia crust at the bottom. Found Café (Ngee Ann City)
Takashimaya S.C., Ngee Ann City, 391 Orchard Road #03-15, Singapore 238872
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Baby-Pink Floral Cafe With Red Ruby Pancakes And Bunwich
Opened by the same team behind Greyhound Cafe Singapore, Black Society, Masa by Black Society, BreadStory and Central 中環, Q Classified is the latest brainchild at Ngee Ann City.
Their striking pink floral fantasy theme can be easily spotted, with a borderless design without the use of walls and glass doors.
This creates an open-concept space that looks visually bigger.
The cushioned couches are pretty comfy in shades of baby pink, and there are two private rooms conducive for small business meetings or gatherings.
Their menu is quite comprehensive, with a variety of Mains ($18 – $28), Sandwich ($14 – $28), Sides ($9 – $18), Salad ($12 – $26), Dutch Baby Pancakes ($9 – $15), Freakshakes ($14), Coffee ($7), Tea ($8) and Smoothies ($12).
There are Asian influences in the dishes served such as Bulgogi Beef Wagyuwich ($26), Tamagotchi Egg Uni Sandwich ($26), Seafood Laksa Toast ($16), Trio Xin Tian Di Chinese Bunwich ($16). Q Classified (Orchard Road)
You Are My Sunshine
Ngee Ann City, 391B Orchard Rd, #05-05A, Singapore 238874
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Korean Brunch & Desserts Cafe With Botanical Interior Opens At Ngee Ann City
Newly opened Korean-inspired brunch and dessert café You Are My Sunshine recently opened at Ngee Ann City.
If you find the name sounding familiar, they have a sister outlet Walking on Sunshine located at Orchard Central.
Both outlets are Korean duo-concept store with both cafe and salon under one roof, with the same iconic lush greeneries and plants in their compound.
The entire space can be easily spotted from far, an entire green wall totally surrounded by potted plants and climbers just like a mini forest.
For now, their menu is exactly the same as their outlet at Orchard Central, with Korean elements added into the dishes.
It is categorised into Salad ($27), Brunch ($20 – $27), Mains ($24 – $33), Sides ($14 – $16), Sweets ($18 – $25), Coffee, Tea and Shakes, with prices on the higher side than most cafes.
Diners can look forward to Korean dishes such as Classic Bulgogi Salad ($27), Crispy Korean Fried Chicken with Yangnyeom Sauce ($28), Hake & Chips with Kimchi Tartare ($32), Popcorn Chicken with Yangnyeom ($16) and Kroffle ($18), a cross between croissant and waffle. You Are My Sunshine (Ngee Ann City)
Suntec City Tower 2, #01-506/507, Singapore 038989
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 8pm (Mon – Sun), Last order 7pm
Minimalist, Zen Cafe With Coffee Desserts And Croissants At Suntec City
Located at the drop off point of Suntec City Tower 2, Guerilla Coffee is an easy-to-spot cafe after entering the mall.
Taking up 2 units space, Guerilla Coffee is opened by the folks behind Caffeine Solutions, a wholesale coffee solutions company.
They also provide coffee beans & training, retailing coffee machines, equipment and maintenance tools with the necessary technical support & expertise.
2 house blends roasted in-house are available on the menu namely Guerilla Coffee No.1 (Brazil, Ethiopia) and Guerilla Coffee No.2 (Brazil, Yunnan, Congo) with a 3rd single origin from Indonesia for their espresso-based drinks.
Coffee starts from $4 for a cup of Espresso, Americano ($5), Latte ($6), Mocha ($6.80) and Mint Mocha ($7.20).
Smooth and medium bodied with a distinctive chocolatey taste, the flavours are robust with hints of stone fruit and light acidity for a good balance. Guerilla Coffee (Suntec City)
Bailey & Whiskey
Depot Heights, 108 Depot Rd, #01-30 Shopping Centre, Singapore 100108
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
This is opened by the owners behind kids dance studio Rhythm in Me, located just a few doors away in the same block.
As such, Bailey & Whiskey is created with kids in mind, a warm and cosy Safari-theme, equipped with wooden furniture, potted plants, grass lawn and lots of animal plushies that can probably keep the kids occupied.
The cafe is spacious, with 20 tables indoors and a pets-friendly outdoor area that can accommodate another 4 tables.
Diners can look forward to either toasts such as Whiskey’s French Toast ($16), Honey Drizzled Mascarpone Toast ($14), Nutty Butt ($14), Egg Mushroom Toast ($16), Avocado Salmon Toast ($18), or bowls – Super Smoothie Bowl ($14) and Dino Oat Bowl ($12) on their All Day Breakfast menu. Bailey & Whiskey (Depot Road)
318 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park Block A, Singapore 247979
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 2pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Hidden Bakery Cafe At Tanglin With Tasty Bakes And Pets-Friendly Space
Flourish Bakehouse is a brand-new bakery café located at Block 318-A of Phoenix Park, next to gym The Guild Fitness and the GUILD International College.
Customers who wish to dine in can sit at the grass area (it is pets friendly on the outside), or at the small café space – but note that it is non-air conditioned and the whole feel really depends on the weather. Great if there is both sun and breeze.
Bakes are sold at $12 for a box of 3 pieces, or $12 for box of 5. Note that the items are served in boxes, and can be easily packed away.
Savoury bakes included Sundried Tomato, Basil & Feta Muffin, Mozzarella Potato Rosemary Galette, Brown Butter Pumpkin & Sage Quiche, and Ham Leek & Parmesan Scone.
On the sweet side, there was Raspberry & Pistachio Friand, Coffee & Cardamon Walnut Cake, and gluten-free Lemon Polenta Cake.
Between the two categories, I found the sweets bakes generally more impressionable. Flourish Bakehouse (Tanglin)
41 Kreta Ayer, Singapore 089003
Opening Hours: 11am – 7pm (Mon – Sat), Closed Sun
Cheesecake Specialty Cafe With Cheesecake Macaron Near Chinatown
Known for their Basque-style burnt cheesecake and starting the trend in Singapore way back in 2019, Olivia Restaurant & Lounge at Keong Saik is no strangers to many people.
After 2 years, the team behind Olivia Restaurant & Lounge has finally opened a standalone shop for their signature cheesecake, QUIEC, just one street away from their sister outlet at Keong Saik.
Their signature Olivia Burnt Cheesecake can be found here at QUEIC in various sizes: 4” ($15), 6” ($48) and 9” ($78).
I remembered vividly how distinctive and remarkable Olivia’s version is, using Valdeon cheese (a Spanish blue cheese made from a blend of goat and cow milk) that give it a savoury note, on top of an almond sable base that is firm and crisp, before scorching the top layer to add a caramelised touch.
More like a pie instead of the cake due to the almond sable base, the result is a semi-molten cheesecake at room temperature, creating a myriad of textures from the oozy cheese to the crazy caramelised layer and the crunchy almond sable base.
There is a nice balance of sweet and savoury notes due to the Valdeon cheese used, intense but not overpowering, slightly salty and pungent, with a complex combination of flavours. QUEIC (Kreta Ayer)
Breakfast Club – Holland Village
17a Lor Liput, Singapore 277731
Opening Hours: 10:15am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Retro American Diner With Fried Chicken & Waffle And Rosti
From neon lights to stripes, black and white checkered floor tiles and old school jukebox, Breakfast Club at Kovan Serangoon has opened their newest branch at Holland Village.
You find the vibes similar to Joji’s Diner – the brand is known for their American diner vibe, introducing a piece of America in the 50s and 60s in Singapore with affordable dishes.
The menu is largely similar at both outlets, serving American grub such as Fried Chicken & Waffle ($11.90), Burgers ($12.90), Fries ($8.90) and Milkshakes ($9.90 – $12.90).
Exclusive to this outlet are Country Fried Chicken & Mash ($12.90), Chicken Chop ($9.90) and Jane Hopper ($10.90).
Other signature items on the menu includes the All-Star Platter ($12.90), Farmer’s Plate ($21.90) and Rosti (Plain $6.90, Egg Sausage $9.90).
The Jane Hopper ($10.90) comes with a hearty portion of half a waffle topped with a sunny side up, scrambled eggs, baked potatoes, 2 bacon strips, 2 beef patties.
My favourite was the smooth, silky, and creamy scrambled egg with a creamy and buttery taste.
Craze Kitchen – Yishun
18 Yishun Avenue 9, #01-02, Junction Nine, Singapore 768897
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Craze Kitchen – Tampines
201D Tampines St. 21, N2 Shopping Street #01-1171, Singapore 524201
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10pm (Sun – Thurs), 11:30am – 1am (Fri – Sat)
Hidden Cafe With Generous Portions And Inexpensive Pricing
While not exactly “new”, Craze Kitchen has recently revamped their menu with more choices, offering large servings at not-so-large prices.
The outlets can be found at Yishun Junction 9 and 201D Tampines Street 21.
With no GST and no service charge, you get to pocket those extra savings. For example, a Chicken or Fish Fillet pasta is priced at $10 nett. Good portion too.
Here you can find mostly Western dishes from Italian pastas, burgers, mussels, Spanish paella rice, to family platters and everything comforting in between.
You can spot a few fusion creations, blending in the flavours of the East to add a local touch, such as Laksa Mussels, Prawn Laksa Pasta, and Sambal Fish Paella.
Here’s how the Italian pasta section works. There are choices including Aglio Olio, Cream Carbonara, Arriabiata, Neapolitan starting with $10, and seasonal choices of Lobster Bisque (+$2) and Salted Egg Infused Pasta.
With 10 choices of meat available, from chicken, fish fillet, lamb chop, beef, prawn, seafood, salmon, ribeye, to even lobster & clams (additional cost applies for more premium seafood and meats), feel free to customise your pasta to your liking.
For pasta, the best-selling Chicken Aglio Olio ($10) is a must-try with its juicy portion of grilled chicken steak. Craze Kitchen (Yishun)
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