Happy New Year! 2021 has been pretty challenging for F&B, and we look forward a better year ahead.
While travelling overseas is not on the cards for many people yet, we can experience those overseas vibes with many new cafes which pay more attention in creating a more cohesive environment.
Other than the 10 below, also check out the following new cafes and dessert places:
Aphrodite (Jalan Besar)
Coexist Coffee Co. (Keong Saik)
MONKI 台灣小吃部 (The Star Vista)
2nd Serving (Holland Drive)
PYROAST (Kent Ridge)
Under Der Linden
5B Portsdown Rd, Singapore 139311
Opening Hours: 9am – 10:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Floral-Themed Concept With European Vibes And Gorgeous Cakes
Despite this cafe-restaurant in One North being quite an ulu place to reach in Singapore, cafe-goers craving for a piece of Europe and photo opportunities would likely still make their way there.
Located at Portsdown Road near One-North and Commonwealth, Under Der Linden is considered ‘off the beaten track’.
This comes with borh alfresco and indoors dining space, an in-house florist, private event space and a fine dining restaurant under one roof.
Different menus are served throughout the day, starting with bread, dessert and drinks available all day, lunch starting from 11.45am till 3.30pm, bar snacks from 3.30pm to 5.30pm followed by dinner service.
An aesthetic selection of Inaya Dark Choco Cake ($14), Vanilla Strawberry Choux ($11), Citrus Tart ($11), Chamomile Mango Swiss Roulade ($11) and Lovely Earl Grey Lavender ($12) can be found at the display counter. Pretty place and lovely vibes. Under Der Linden (One North)
23 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209193
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Bakery Cafe By Ex-Pastry Chef Of Keong Saik Bakery & Bakery Brera
Jalan Besar especially the Hamilton Road stretch, has many new F&B entrants of late.
Levain, a leavening agent used to bake bread, is a starter of bread-making, thus the fundamental principle at La Levain.
The 30-seater minimalist space is decked out in industrial-like grey interiors, rustic wooden furniture and neon orange lighting.
More than just a bakery, it offers with brunch fare, pastries and specialty coffee menu-wise.
With a wide selection of more than 50 pastries and bakes on display at their counter, customers can look forward to Bread ($4 – $9), Viennoiserie ($3.50 – $7.40), Cruffin ($4.60 – $5.20), Baked Sandwich ($5.50 – $6.50), Muffin ($2.50 – $7.50), and Pies ($32 – $35).
The croissants are double baked to give it a very crispy texture, flavourful and buttery aroma.
The Bo Bo Cha Cha Croissant ($6.50) is recommended, inspired by our local dessert Bubur Cha Cha with a layer of purple sweet potato, yam and coconut mochi.
The sweet potato and yam cubes give it more textures whereas the coconut mochi adds a nice subtle sweetness to the combination. La Levain (Jalan Besar)
Sin and Savage Bakehouse
169 Stirling Road, #01-1153, Stirling View, Singapore 140169
Opening Hours: 10:30am – 9:30pm (Tues – Fri), 9am – 10:30pm (Sat – Sun), Closed Mon
Queenstown Cafe By Mixsense Private Dining
Sin and Savage Bakehouse is opened by chefs from Mixsense Private Dining, and looks like it is off to a promising start.
The name is a combination of both “Sinful” sweets and “Savage” treats for diners to indulge on.
While there is nothing too fancy about their interior with 5 tables indoors and another 5 tables outdoors, their menu is more extensive than the typical heartland cafe.
The Small Boi Breakfast ($18) is quite decently portioned with a choice of scrambled egg or sunny side up and a choice of spicy chicken sausage or smoked bacon, serve alongside toast, tomato pesto, sautéed mushrooms, baked beans, tater tots and salad.
As a bakehouse, their signature items are their pastries and desserts.
The donuts are available in 6 different flavours: Cinnamon Sugar, Hazelnut Ganache, Speculoos Cookie Butter, Charcoal Dalgonut, Lemon Meringue and Messy Milo Overload.
The Charcoal Dalgonut ($5) caught my attention, an entirely black donut made from charcoal powder, with the once-trending dalgona coffee filling. Sin and Savage Bakehouse (Stirling Road)
58 Seng Poh Road, #01-15, Singapore 160058 (Tiong Bahru)
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 5:30pm (Mon – Sun)
Japanese Cafe & Tearoom In The Day At Tiong Bahru
The bustling Tiong Bahru area known for many cafes is seeing new additions to the neighbourhood.
The latest kid on block is Sevens Kissaten, opened by the Sevens Group – a real estate developer and thus the name.
Sevens Kissaten is the Japanese tearoom during the day; and the entire space is closed at 5.30pm to convert to a Kappo-Style Omakase – Sevens Kappo during dinner time.
Their Japanese-inspired menu includes a selection of Appetizers ($8 – $16), All Day Breakfast ($19 – $48), Yakimono ($12 – $58), Rice & Pasta ($16 – $42), Dessert ($7 – $15), Japanese Tea ($7 – $8) and Coffee ($5 – $8).
All Day breakfast items range from 7S Breakfast ($32), Avocado Salmon Baguette ($23), Onigirzau ($23), Chateaubriand Katsu Sando ($48), Mentai Dashimaki Baguette ($21), Wagyu Hamburg Yogan ($29) and Chicken Stew Thick Toast ($19). Items may seem to be on the pricier side. Sevens Kissaten (Tiong Bahru)
619D Bukit Timah Rd, 01-01, Singapore 269724
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Bukit Timah Brunch Cafe With Rosti, Otah Bolo Bun
Daily Ground is a new addition to the Bukit Timah, and looks set to attract café hoppers with its combination of brunch, bakery products and gelato offerings.
Customers can look forward to a spread from fuss-free light breakfast of hand-made pastries and coffee to a full sit-down meal with crowd favourites such as a full breakfast and mains.
Starting with daily bakes, there are options of Butter Croissant ($3.80), Kouign Amann ($4.50), Oolong Pear Danish ($5.50), Truffle Mushroom Danish ($5.50), Ham & Gruyere Croissant ($6.80), Pulled Pork Cocky Bun ($4.80), Otah Cocky Bun ($4.80), and Cinnamon Hazelnut ($5.50).
The brunch and mains menu includes items of Shakshuka ($18), Green Eggs Ham Frittata ($18), Chilli Scrambled ($18), Samvo Toast ($20), Rosti Eggs Benny ($20), Pulled Pork Burger ($22), Jolly Chicken Burger ($22) and Mushroom Ragu ($22).
My Rosti & Sausage ($24) was pretty decent and filling, comprising of creamy scrambled eggs, rosti with a pleasant crispy layer and jumbo gouda chicken sausage. Daily Ground (Bukit Timah)
Orchard Gateway, 277 Orchard Road, #03-17/18, Singapore 238858
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 11pm (Mon – Sun)
Korean-Inspired Jungle Theme Cafe At Orchard Gateway
82SOHO which stands for 82 Social House is a multi-entertainment habitat, the latest addition to Orchard Gateway with 2 distinct entertainment – Kommune & Tigress.
Tigress is a jungle theme Korean-fusion gastrobar which provides a space for the urban folk to kindle over food and drinks or even a game of billiard.
Serving Korean flavours in their menu items, diners can look forward to their signature Japanese Wagyu fat-infused Beef Burgers ($17 – $34), Tapas $13 – $18), Platters ($26 – $52) and Sides ($10 – $12).
Each of their Japanese Wagyu fat-infused Beef Burger comes with French Fries and a choice of Sides (Homemade Kimchi, Mac & Cheese, Onion Rings, Truffle Enoki, Tomato Salsa Salad).
Apart from their selection of burgers, Tigress also offers an assortment of drinks, ranging from Mashy Milkshakes ($12) to Desserts ($7 – $11), Coffee ($4 – $7) and Tea ($7).
True to their jungle and botanical theme, the Matcha Latte ($7) was aesthetically pleasing with dried flowers served on the side. Tigress 82SOHO (Orchard Gateway)
78 South Bridge Rd, Singapore 058708
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Sun)
Familiar faces can be found here if you are a frequent patron of Kurasu at Waterloo Street.
The menu is short and concise, focusing on their artisanal specialty coffee with both espresso-based drinks and filtered coffee.
Using a single origin from El Salvador roasted by The Community Coffee for their espresso-based drinks, think Espresso ($3.50), Black ($4.50), White ($5.50) with optional Iced (+$1), Oat milk (+$1) and Espresso shot (+$0.50).
With a rotating pastry menu, expect Lemon Pound Loaf Cake ($5), Pandan Coconut Loaf Cake ($5.50), Walnut Banana Bread ($5), Apple Crumble ($6) and Brownie ($6) on the display.
The Pandan Coconut Loaf Cake ($5.50) is the crowd’s favourite, pre-heated before serving with a nice warm and moist texture, in contrast to the sweet, caramelised crust on the surface. DAWN (South Bridge Road)
50 Bussorah Street, Singapore 199466
Opening Hours: 12pm – 4pm, 5pm – 10pm (Mon – Thurs), 12pm – 4pm, 5pm – 11pm (Fri – Sun)
Waffles Specialty Cafe Near Bugis With Ondeh Ondeh Waffle
Taking over the space previously occupied by Bachelor Brothers at Bussorah Street, Waffle Place is a double storey cafe with a small alfresco dining area on the first floor.
Being a waffle-centric cafe, their menu includes both Sweet and Savoury Waffles ($13.90 – $20.90) and Croffles ($11.90), a mix between croissant and waffle.
Their Savoury Waffle menu includes Asian flavours such as Salmon Mentaiko ($17.90), Gochujang Fried Chicken ($13.90), Har Cheong Tai Chicken ($13.90), Teriyaki Maple Chicken ($13.90) and Takoyaki Croffle ($13.90).
Their dessert waffle menu each comes with a soft serve on top of the waffles with various toppings, with flavours such as Apple Crumble ($14.90), Rocky Road ($14.90), Mango Tango ($15.90), Banana Split ($14.90) and Ondeh-Ondeh ($12.90).
I had the Ondeh-Ondeh Waffle ($12.90) which also comes in Glass Cup ($6.90) and Cone ($5.90), topped with pandan custard cream, Gula Melaka jelly and sprinkled with toasted desiccated coconut with gula Melaka syrup served on the side.
I enjoyed the crispy waffle on the outside with an airy texture on the inside, a contrast to the smooth and creamy vanilla soft serve. Waffle Place (Bussorah Street)
Manulife Tower, 8 Cross Street, #02-01/02, Singapore 048424
Opening Hours: 8am – 9:30pm (Mon – Fri), 8:30am – 4:30pm (Sat – Sun)
Sleek Coffee Bar At Telok Ayer Opens From 8AM
“Neighbourhood” is a coffee bar nestled within a cycling studio at Manulife Tower in Telok Ayer.
The space is brightly lit with white ceiling panels, a standalone tree, glass windows, wooden coffee tables and tall stools which provides a peaceful and conducive environment.
Featuring a sleek granite bar counter and a chromed Slayer espresso machine, the menu is pretty concise with only Black ($3.50), White ($4.50) and Shakes ($9).
2 single origin coffee beans are available for their espresso-based drink, Guatemala or Brazil, both roasted by Brewsmith Coffee Roasters in Malaysia.
A possible spot to grab a cup of coffee before work since they open at 8am on weekdays and 8.30am on weekends. Neighborhood (Telok Ayer)
2 Everton Park, #01-59, Singapore 081002
Opening Hours: 8am – 4:30pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
With an elongated layout decked in all black, the interior is conceptualised by the same designers behind Grace Espresso, so you can expect a unique and different touch.
Serving 3 single origins coffee beans from Ethiopia and Colombia for their espresso-based drinks, the usual options can be found: Espresso ($4.50), Black ($5) and White (5oz $6, 7oz $6.50).
The iced versions are available at an additional $0.50 and oat milk will be at an additional $1.
Customers can pick up the glass jars with the respective grounded coffee beans to smell it before deciding on the beans for their coffee. Handcraft Coffee (Everton Park)