From bakery cafes by an Ex-Noma Pastry Chef, new cafe by the same group behind Apollo, to Grub’s reopening, here are 10 NEW cafes you can look forward to in Singapore.
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266 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437053
Opening Hours: 8am – 10pm (Tues – Sat), 8am – 7pm (Sun)
Beautiful Tanjong Katong Cafe With Cool Vibes And Hearty Food
Supernova is conceptualised by the same group behind Atlas Coffeehouse, Lunar Coffee Brewers, Columbus Coffee Co., Apollo Coffee Bar, and Neptune.
All with galaxy-themed names.
There are various menus available depending on the timing you arrive, with brunch from 8am onwards till 5pm, afternoon lunch from 11am onwards, and dinner menu from 5pm till 10pm.
Regulars to their other concepts will be glad to know there are several new food items to be found here.
Brunch favourites include Fried Chicken French Toast ($24.50), Passionfruit French Toast ($20.90), Chorizo Eggs and Avo ($20.90), Baked Eggs ($24.50), Steak Hash ($16.90) and Buttermilk Waffles ($12.50 for plain, $14.50 for salted caramel).
Moving on to lunch, you can look forward to Shrimp Salad ($23.90), Vegan Grain Bowl ($21.90), Shoyu Butter & Garlic Rigatoni ($18), Mala Chicken Burger ($22.50), and Wagyu Cheeseburger ($22.90).
Read more at: Supernova (Tanjong Katong)
Bella People and Coffee
258 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437046
Opening Hours: 8:30am – 6pm (Mon, Wed – Sun), Closed Tues
Tanjong Katong Cafe Has Tasty Mains, Pasta, Burgers, and Waffles
Their menu is comprised primarily of brunch items and Western dishes – some with an Asian spin.
It is divided into all-day breakfast, lunch such as mains, burgers and pasta (served from 10am till 5:30pm), sandwiches, salads, sides and desserts.
Some of the items that caught my eye were the Pulled Pork Burger ($20), Wagyu Beef Burger ($28), Truffle Cream Mushroom Fettuccine ($18), Spinach Truffle Risotto ($22), Asian Salmon Roulette ($28), and Bella Truffle Cheese Toastie ($18).
I was highly recommended to try the Bella Roasted Chicken Leg ($25) which would be good for protein lovers.
You get whole chicken leg marinated in their house-made sauce and roasted to order (do allocate at least 20-25 minutes’ wait for this), accompanied with sauteed broccoli and carrot, deep-fried kale, and smashed potato below the leg.
What surprised me was how succulent and well-marinated the chicken was, it felt healthy yet flavourful at the same time.
Read more at: Bella People & Coffee (Tanjong Katong)
Hello Arigato – Joo Chiat
314 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427565
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Thurs – Sun), Closed Mon – Tues
Japanese-Style Sando Cafe Opens At Joo Chiat
Japanese-style Sandos are IN, and so is Hello Arigato – which has done well enough to open its 2nd outlet at Joo Chiat
Hello Arigato is a lifestyle cafe serving up Japanese-inspired comfort food, specialty coffee and bakes, with its first outlet located at Upper Thomson.
Popularly known for their thick cut Wagyu and Gyu Sandos ($48 for wagyu, $26 for Angus beef striploin) freshly prepared each day, there are also offerings of Tamago ($14), Teriyaki ($15), and HCG ($16) Sandos.
The HCG Sando ($16) is the Joo Chiat exclusive with marinated shrimp paste har cheong gai chicken and crunchy cucumber.
The Tamago Sando ($14) was worth its popularity due to the IG-worthy factor, sandwiched with an Ajitama egg in the middle (rather than what you see in some other TikTok egg sandwich videos which is more oozy) with egg mayonnaise.
Read more at: Hello Arigato (Joo Chiat)
Le Matin Patisserie
77 Robinson Road, #01-03, Singapore 068896
Opening Hours: 9am – 5pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
290 Orchard Road, #04-48 The Paragon (within Porcelain Cafe), Singapore 238859
Opening Hours: 10am – 5pm (Wed – Sun), Closed Mon, Tues
Two Bakery Cafes By Ex-Pastry Chef Of Noma
When it comes to having pastries in Singapore, Le Matin Patisserie is one of those highly sought after.
Owner Singaporean Chef Mohamed Al-Matin was previously the Head Pastry Chef of Restaurant Andre, and was also Pastry Sous Chef at one of the best restaurants in the world – Noma.
You can now head to the new café outlet at Robinson Road, or at smaller pop-up within Porcelain Café at Orchard Paragon. The Raeburn Park unit now serves as a central kitchen.
Some of the popular pastries are the Croissant ($4.50), Almond Croissant ($7.50), Kouign Amann ($7.50), Pain Au Chocolat ($7.50), and Pistachio Escargot ($7.50), and Smoked Cruffin ($9).
You can try to “77 Robinson Exclusive” which is a series of Breakfast Cakes, from Pain Perdu ($12), Avo on Toast ($12), Pancake Stack ($13), and Granola Bowl ($12).
They look like miniature versions of the actual food, but are actually cakes with various elements.
Read more at: Le Matin Patisserie (Tanjong Pagar)
KYŌ Kohee Singapore
144 Robinson Road, #01-01, Singapore 068908
Opening Hours: 8am – 5pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 1pm (Sat), Closed Sun, PH
Japanese Matcha & Coffee Shop With Refreshing Iced Caramel Coffee Latte
KYŌ Kohee is located at Robinson Road, mainly a takeaway concept offering specialty coffee, Japanese tea, freshly baked ‘tasties’ and sweets.
The owners created this space wanting to bring the balance of ‘slow and simple’ in the busy and vibrant office area.
Drinks on the menu include Black ($4.50), White ($5.50), Mocha ($6) and Iced KYŌ Coffee ($6.90); while non-coffee options being Chocolate Milk ($5.90), Cold Brew Royal Milk Tea ($5.90), Chamomile ($4), and Mint ($4).
The Iced KYŌ coffee (6.9) which was an iced coffee latte with a twist turned out to be refreshingly enjoyable.
Before pouring the double espresso into the milk, they whisk a little of their house-made signature caramel sauce into the double espresso creating a foamy and creamy texture.
Read more at: KYŌ Kohee (Robinson Road)
Natter Coffee & Gelato
124 Tanjong Pagar Road Singapore 088533
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon, Wed – Thurs), 11am – 12am (Fri), 10:30am – 12am (Sat – Sun)
Tanjong Pagar Gelato Cafe Opens Till 12AM (Fri – Sun)
Natter is a specialty cafe that offers coffee and artisanal gelatos, started by 3 friends brought together by a common love for good company and food.
To late night supper goers: the cafe opens all the way till 12am from Fridays to Sundays.
When I visited, there were Pistachio, Momo Sencha, Goma, Uji Hojicha, After Eight, Tiramisu, Cookies and Cream, Sea Salt Vanilla, Honey Chrysanthemum and Cocoa Nibs, and Korean Sikhye.
The more interesting flavours were Momo Sencha which is a blend of Japanese Sencha green tea and white peach; and Korean Sikhye (morning rice with barley grains) with light bodied flavour and sweet aftertaste.
They can be paired with Hojicha or classic waffles at an additional $5.
Read more at: Natter Coffee & Gelato (Tanjong Pagar)
Jin Yu Man Tang Dessert Shop 金玉满堂甜品
291 South Bridge Road Singapore
Opening Hours: 11:30am – 10:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Popular Dessert Cafe With Over 100 Items Opens NEW Chinatown Outlet
Jin Yu Man Tang Dessert Shop 金玉满堂甜品 at East Coast which has earned relative popularity for its quality local-style desserts, has opened a second outlet at South Bridge Road near Chinatown.
With over 100 items on the menu, it offers wide-ranging categories of Double Layer Milk Pudding, Peach Gum Series, Fried Custard, Sago Milk, Grass Jelly, Chinese Herbal Jelly, Taro Ball & Jelly, to Milk with Clear Jelly.
Some of the recommended items include Shun De Double Layer Milk Pudding ($3.60), Signature Ginger Milk Pudding ($4.20), Fried Custard ($4.50), Taro Sago ($4.20), Sesame Paste with Sesame Rice Ball ($5), Peach Gum with Milk ($4.50), Taro Ball with Grass Jelly ($3.60), and Mango Sago Pomelo ($5.20).
Their Mango Sago Pomelo ($5.20) aka ”Yang Zhi Gan Lu” came with grapefruit pulp, which provided that slightly-bitter and tart taste which complemented the sweet, fresh mangoes.
Read more at: Jin Yu Man Tang (Chinatown)
Ong Lai Gelato
3 Saint George’s Road #01-109 Singapore 320003
Opening Hours: 1pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 5pm – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
Gelato Cafe At Boon Keng With Nostalgic Pineapple Tart Flavour
Nestled in a HDB estate at 3 St George’s Road, about a 5 minutes’ walk from Boon Keng MRT, Ong Lai Gelato is a small (limited seating), cosy gelato cafe that you can drop by to get your sweet craving fix.
Decorated in youthful colours of pink and yellow, the owners constantly conduct R&D to introduce new delightful flavours, some of them are local flavours inspired by their nostalgic memories.
Ice Cream flavours include their name-sake Pineapple Tart, Kaya Toast, Gianduia Nutella, Salted Caramel with Almond, Milo Dinosaur, White Rabbit, Smoked Milk, Uji Matcha, Strawberry Milk, Apple Pie, and Orh Nee.
Prices are considered inexpensive comparatively, at $3.50 for a single scoop, $7 for a double, and a dollar extra per scoop for premium flavours.
Read more at: Ong Lai Gelato (Boon Keng)
30 Stevens Road, #01-06 Novotel @ Stevens, Singapore 257840
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 8am – 10pm (Sat – Sun)
GRUB Reopens At Stevens Road Offering Har Cheong Chicken Waffles
For fans who missed GRUB previously located at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park, they have found a new home Novotel @ Stevens, perhaps a short 5 to 10 minutes’ drive away from Orchard Road.
Opened by Cookyn’s Mervyn Phan and team, you would find a range of appetisers, mains, burgers, pastas and desserts – many with local and Asian twists on the menu.
The best-selling mains and pastas previously offered at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park still remains, including Har Cheong Fried Chicken with Waffles ($17), Pan-Seated Atlantic Halibut ($18), Grilled Ribeye Steak ($28), Sakura Pork Chop ($27), Sakura Ebi with Prawns ($19) and Grilled Chicken Pesto Linguine ($18).
Inspired by the favourite local zi char favourite of Prawn Paste Chicken aka Har Cheong Gai, try Grub’s Har Cheong Fried Chicken and Waffles ($17).
You could get the faint aroma of the shrimp paste as you bite into the juicy marinated fried chicken.
Read more at: Grub (Stevens Road)
Ace Cafe Bar & Bistro
462 Crawford Lane #01-59, Singapore 190462
Opening Hours: 2:30pm – 10:30pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
2-In-1 Modern Korean Cafe With BBQ Garlic Butter Stingray, Kimchi Stew
New to the block on Crawford Lane at (Lavender is Ace Cafe Bar & Bistro, a Korean-inspired fusion eatery serving flame-grilled seafood.
The owners used to be operating BJ Grill Seafood 海鲜铁板烧 at Old Airport Food Centre for 15 years.
Therefore, you would find your local favourites including Stir-fried Sotong ($13.90), Stir-fried Lala Clams ($11.90), Stir-fried Mussels ($11.90), Oyster Omelette ($12.90), and Cockles ($11.90, $13.90 with sambal).
On the Korean side of things, you can have the Samgyeopsal Pork Belly ($13.9). Slices of pork belly are grilled with gochujang for a smoky and charred flavour, with an addictive spice.
For something filling, the Seafood Kimchi Stew ($14.90) could be just acidic enough to keep your appetite high.
Read more at: Ace Cafe Bar & Bistro (Crawford Lane)