Boon Keng on the North-east line which consists of Bendemeer, Towner and Boon Keng itself, is known for Bendemeer Market & Food Centre.

Due to its proximity to Jalan Besar, there are a number of cafes to be discovered here.

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Platform 1094
1094 Serangoon Road, Singapore 328192
Tel: +65 6204 6003
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Wizard-Themed Café With Brunch, Mains and High Tea
Platform 1094 is quite a unique entry, featuring an environment that is said to transport the customer into a magical world.

There is a large focus on wizards and magical elements in the interior decor at Platform 1904, which makes is a great place for celebrations.

Even the food served at this restaurant is made in unique ways – which makes the café a definite visit for those wanting to visit this fantasy world.

Wave your wand for best-selling mains on the menu which features Welcoming Feast’s Lamb Shoulder ($20), Fish & Chips ($19), House-Elves Special Pork Ribs ($22), Charing Cross Road Angus Rib-Eye ($25), and FFL Da Bomb Burger ($19)

Try the Crab Meat Aglio ($17) with spaghetti tossed in beurre monte sauce, cooked with generous portion of crab meat, topped with smoked salmon and flying dish roe for a sumptuous treat.

34 Whampoa West, #01-35, Singapore 330034
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Fri), 10am – 10pm (Sat), 10am – 8pm (Sun)

Minimalist MUJI-Style Coffee + Gelato Cafe At Whampoa West
Stepping inside, the 20 seater space is decked in a simplistic, minimalist MUJI-style that incorporates white, grey and wooden elements together.

Four seats are available at the coffee bar counter for the serious coffee drinkers, who will like to interact with the barista over their cup of coffee.

Using the Throwback Blend from PPP Coffee, a 2-beans-blend of Brazil Rio Brilhante and Guatemala Sitio De Maria, their coffee menu offers a selection of Black, White, Brown aka Mocha for their espresso-based drinks, Oat Cold Brew and Filtered Coffee.

Slickshots offers 12 gelato flavours supplied by Sweet Cheeks Gelato located at Potong Pasir.

Think common flavours such as Dark Chocolate, Mango, Earl Grey, Hazelnut, Nutella Peanut Butter and Pistachio, whereas interesting flavours include Bailey’s & Brownies, Hojicha, Cereal Milk, Cinnamon Brown Bread, Marshmallow Oreo and Honeycomb.

Read more at: SlickShots (Boon Keng)

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, Orh Nee Flavours
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.

At a shop called “Ong Lai Gelato”, there is no way I won’t order the Pineapple Tart flavour which is supposedly made with real pineapple jam bits.

Am glad they got this smooth, rich-tasting and not too sweet, with varied textures such as buttery crumbs in the middle to let you reminisce about having pineapple tarts.

Read more at: Ong Lai Gelato (Boon Keng)

Puck Provisions
618 Serangoon Road 01-01, Singapore 218220
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Artsy Hole-In-The-Wall Coffee Bar Near Boon Keng
Stepping inside, the custom-made skateboards chairs reminded me of Double-Up Coffee (near Bugis), and the green and dark walls create a different vibe.

Head towards the rear of the space and one will walk into an art gallery with paintings hanging along the wall of the corridor and track lights illuminating the space.

A single origin Ethiopia beans roasted in-house is used for their espresso-based drinks: Doppio, Piccolo, Black and White.

My cup of Black almost tasted like a cup of lemon tea, citrusy and zesty with an acidic punch.

The White, on the other hand, is medium bodied with an acidic finish, pretty well-balanced.

Read more at: Puck Provisions (Serangoon Road)

Madu the Bakery
421 Race Course Road, Singapore 218668
Opening Hours: 10am – 8pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon

Bakery Cafe With Mentaiko Brioche Buns And Indonesian Cheese Cake
Madu the Bakery is another new addition to the Jalan Besar neighbourhood, this time round in the northern part of the area nearer to Boon Keng.

The humble bakery offers 20 seats for dine-in customers, and a menu focusing on mainly sandwiches and pastries.

Madu means “honey” in Indonesian language, which symbolises the sweet treats you can find at Madu the Bakery.

Signature items include the savoury buns that come in 3 different flavours: Classic Garlic ($5.50), Umami Mushroom ($6) and Mentaiko ($6.50).

2 desserts are on display, namely Bola Keju ($6) and Espresso Pistachio ($9.90).

The former is a classic Indonesian dessert, which means “cheese cake”. Made up of fluffy vanilla sponge which is light and airy, complemented by alternating layers of bourbon vanilla and cheddar cheese.

Read more at: Madu the Bakery (Race Course Road)

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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Nicholas Tan @stormscape.


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