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New cafes & restaurants in August 2022


If there’s one thing all Singaporeans have in common, it’s our love for good food – and maybe an occasional IG pic at an aesthetic cafe. Since Singapore is so small, it’s easy to cafe-hop from one place to another. 

This month, you’ll have 13 new spots to add to your cafe and restaurant list – from aesthetic photo-worthy options like Naga House, to fancy ones for a big night out like Restaurant BORN. If you’re ready to get your tummy’s fill this month, check out these yummy new cafes & restaurants in August 2022.


1. Naga House – Japanese-style cafe & bar selling trendy apparel


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If you’re looking for a chill hangout spot, check out Naga House. It sports a modern laid-back interior and a retail corner selling trendy apparel, a nod to its streetwear roots.

The shop has a Japanese-inspired menu, with sandos like the Flank Steak ($16) and Triple Tamago ($12), as well as Gohan Bowls (Japanese rice bowls) like the House-Fried Chicken with Tamago Kake Gohan ($14).

It also doubles as a bar for late-night hangs, whipping up cocktails like the Pretty Boy Whiskey ($14), and Tequila shots starting from $8.

Address: 14 Lorong Telok, Singapore 049027
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 10am-12am (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9018 3381 | Naga House’s Instagram


2. Sushi-Go – New AMK Hub outlet with AI robots


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Westies may already be familiar with Sushi-Go, a train-concept sushi restaurant. Now, the chain has opened its 2nd outlet at AMK Hub, featuring a new futuristic concept with AI Go-Botsthat’ll deliver sushi with heart-eyes, smiles, and other cool emoji expressions. 

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Customers can choose from a wide selection of 150 dishes, including new ones like the Aburi Shoyu Butter Hotate Sushi ($2.80) and Salmon Dragon Roll ($8.90)

Address: 53 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 3 04-02 AMK Hub, Singapore 569933
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11.30am-10pm | Sat-Sun 11am-10pm
Contact: 6235 8783 | Sushi-Go’s Instagram


3. Ground Floor Coffee – Home-based coffee stall in a Pasir Ris HDB


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If you’re active on social media, you’ve probably seen videos or articles about Ground Floor Coffee, a unique little coffee shop that operates out of a HDB window. 

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@foodgowhere.sg

You read that right – the “walk-through” stall is fully home-based, which explains why it only takes pre-orders and has varying opening hours based on the owner’s personal work schedule. Items you can purchase include Latte ($4), Lavender Latte ($6), and Dark Mocha ($6), as well as freshly baked Cake Gula Hangus ($2.50)

Address: Blk 214 Pasir Ris Street 21, Singapore 510214
Opening hours: Varies, keep updated via Ground Floor Coffee’s Instagram


4. Pocha! Korean Street Dining – Pojangmacha-style street food


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K-drama fans are probably familiar with the mandatory pojangmacha scene, where the main characters indulge in yummy street food while drinking soju inside orange-coloured tents. Now, you can live out your main character moment in the comfort of air-conditioning at Pocha! Korean Street Dining

The street food stall sells popular Korean food, from smaller bites like Pork Belly Zig Zag skewers ($5.90) and tteokbokki, AKA Korean simmered rice cakes, ($10.90) to mains like Beef Bulgogi ($12.90).

Address: 1 North Point Drive, #B1-181, Singapore 768019
Opening hours: 11.30am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 8660 3391 | Pocha! Korean Street Dining website


5. Stack – Reopened after 2 years with sandwiches & waffles


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OG fans of Stack will be thrilled to hear that it’s reopened 2 years after closing in October 2020. The aesthetic Muslim-owned cafe is recognisable by the cute cartoon graphics printed on its windows. Inside, you’ll get to enjoy an array of sandos, waffles, soft serves, and coffee. 

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Specialising in sandwiches, their sandos include a classic egg and pork-free spam combo, aptly named Spam And Egg And Egg ($12), vegan K-Sando ($10) and waffles with soft serve starting at $12. If you’d just like the ice cream, you can get it a la carte for $6, with $1 topping options.

Drinks on the menu include Espresso ($3.50) or Cold Brew Black ($7) for coffee lovers. Otherwise, order up juices like Berry Bliss ($7) or other sweet options like Butterscotch ($7). 

Address: 155 Waterloo Street, #01-07, Singapore 187962
Opening hours: 10am-6.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6904 8117 | Stack’s Facebook


6. La Petite Boulangerie – French bakery in a furniture store


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There’s always a sort of excitement attached to uncovering a hidden cafe, and La Petite Boulangerie is the newest one on the block. The French pastry shop is nestled inside My Selection, a new furniture store stocking affordable European-style furniture. 

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You can find rare French treats here. It is notably the first shop in Singapore to offer the Merveilleux ($9), a small meringue cake dessert, in a wide variety of flavours. Other pastries include a bread called Escargot, with local flavours like Coconut Gula Melaka ($5.50).

Address: 2 Marne Road, #01-04, Singapore 208393
Opening hours: Tue 10am-6pm | Wed-Sat 9.30am-6pm (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: 8428 3548 | My Selection and La Petite Boulangerie’s Instagram


7. Um Yong Baek – Famous Korean restaurant with Busan delicacies


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Those who frequently travel to South Korea may know of Um Yong Baek, a popular restaurant from Busan. It soft-launched in Singapore in May by reservation-only and it was super hard to secure a spot at. Now, it’s been opened to the public for walk-ins, so you can finally get a taste of its famous Busan delicacies. 

One of its specialty dishes is dwaeji-gukbap, a.k.a. Busan Pork and Rice Soup ($21). The dish, which first came about during the Korean war when refugees had to maximise their usage of ingredients like pork bones, has become a staple in Busan. 

At night, Um Yong Baek also turns into a KBBQ spot, serving meat like Tongmoksal Jumeokgogi ($28), which means pork collar, and Ohgyeopsal ($27), which is pork belly with skin.

Address: 27 Boon Tat Street, #01, Singapore 069623
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am to 3pm, 5.30pm to 10pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9870 5721 | Um Yong Baek website


8. Restaurant BORN – Fine dining at Jinrikisha Station


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Jinrikisha Station along Neil Road was a central depot for rickshaws in the past. The heritage building is now home to a new French-Chinese fine dining spot, Restaurant BORN

The restaurant is the latest endeavour by Chef Zor Tan, a former executive chef at 2-star Michelin restaurant Sichuan Moon. It’s one that foodies definitely don’t want to miss. 

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Fitting with its clean, modern interior, Restaurant BORN serves contemporary dishes that’s a mix of French and Chinese cuisine. Currently, they offer a 9-course seasonal menu, with the Chef’s Menu costing $368++, with wine pairing at $198++ and non-alcohol pairing at $138++

Address: 1 Neil Road, #01-01, Singapore 088804
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6-11pm (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: 6223 3292 | Restaurant BORN website


9. Le Petit Chef – Immersive dining experience available till Sep


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This dining experience is probably one of the most adorable ones we have right now, and it’s here in Singapore for a short time till 15th September 2022

Le Petit Chef comes from France, and is a super cool immersive experience where diners get to watch a tiny chef “prepare” their food through a cute animation, before trying the actual dish. 

Diners can opt for a 5-course Master Class Menu ($218), premium ingredient Elite Class Menu ($318), and vegetarian Légumier Class Menu ($218). There’s also a Junior Class Menu ($108) curated for kids.

Address: Grand Hyatt, 10 Scotts Road, Level 3 Residence 2, Singapore 228211
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-4pm & 6pm-8pm | Sun 9am-5pm & 6pm-8pm
Contact: 8328 0605 | Le Petit Chef website


10. Ocean Restaurant – Reopened after 3 months with new menu


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Ocean Restaurant, a popular dining spot at Resorts World Sentosa, is famous for being a unique fancy restaurant where patrons essentially experience dining “inside” an aquarium. It’s finally reopening with an upgraded menu after being closed for refurbishment since February.

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Its new menu is sustainability-focused, and features responsibly-sourced seafood and home-grown ingredients. The restaurant opens during fixed slots daily, serving a 4-course lunch ($148++) in the day, and a 6-course dinner at night ($248++)

Address: Equarius Hotel, 22 Sentosa Gateway, B1M, #B1-455 & 456, Singapore 098136
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 11.30am & 1.30pm, 6pm & 8.30pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: 6577 6869 | Ocean Restaurant website


11. Lola’s at Holland Village – 2nd outlet with larger tables for groups


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Lola’s is a pretty dessert and breakfast spot at Simon Road that’s steadily gained traction online, and it has officially opened a 2nd outlet at Holland Village. The new branch sports a cosy interior with wooden and brick detailing, plus large seating options ideal for large groups. 

Patrons of the Simon Road outlet can continue to enjoy their regular dishes at this outlet, such as the Pulled Pork & Avocado Eggs Benedict ($16), Lola’s Breakfast ($23), and Lola’s Chocolate Cake ($6.50).

Address: 48 Lorong Mambong Singapore 277699
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9am-9.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 88636515 | Lola’s website


12. Well Collective – Pet-friendly cafe in the new Northshore Plaza


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Those looking for a new spot to chill with their fur-friends can check out Well Collective, a pet-friendly cafe with a warmly-lit interior. It adopts a Japanese-inspired dining concept, where it’s a deli and brunch spot by day and an Izakaya by night. 

It serves an array of dishes, from mains to breakfast foods and bites. For instance, they sell sandwiches like a Japanese Curry Chicken Sando ($19), breakfast platters like a Well Daily Big Breakfast ($25) and mains like Truffle Mushroom Pasta ($21)

Address: Northshore Plaza 2, 418 Northshore Drive, #02-11/12 Blk 418, Singapore 820418
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6979 6442 | Well Collective website


13. 1932 Story Cafe – Antique cafe at Bukit Timah Railway Station​​


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The Bukit Timah Railway Station, one of the 2 railway stations we have in Singapore, recently reopened to the public in July after being restored. There, you’ll find the new 1932 Story Cafe, aptly named after the year the station was built. Staying on theme, the cafe’s interior is decked out in antique furniture, and even has a space set aside for a “heritage gallery”. 

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The cafe serves halal fusion food, with options like Hawaiian, Garlic, or Mushroom Pizza ($18.90), mains like Charred Seafood Curry Pasta ($14.90) and bites like Truffle Fries ($9). They also sell local delights like Nasi Lemak with Chicken Wing & Otak ($10.90).

Address: 1005 Bukit Timah Road, Singapore 596121
Opening hours: 9am-9pm, Daily
Contact: 9427 7177


– July –


1. Cafe Hachi – Japanese Parfaits & vegan dishes from Fukuoka


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@cafehachi_singapore

Ask a Japanese person what their favourite dessert is and chances are they’ll say a parfait. No, they don’t mean the layered yoghurt treat you might have in mind – Japanese parfaits come with layers of fresh fruit, fluffy cream, and loads of toppings.

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You’ll find just that at Cafe Hachi, along with much more like puddings, ice cream, and vegan options too. The chain comes straight from Fukuoka, and definitely looks like it; the interior resembles an old Japanese tearoom, or kissaten, with rustic wood furnishings and plush seats. Just like with toilets and trains, the Japanese just seem to do it better.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Matcha Tall Parfait ($18.80), Matcha Milk Pudding ($6.80)

Address: 35 North Canal Road, #01-01, Singapore 059291
Opening hours: 9am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 6226 1182 | Cafe Hachi website


2. Ju Signatures – Cute, handmade dim sum & Cantonese dishes


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Ju Signatures
is a classic Chinese restaurant with a twist. Here, more than your usual siew mai and har gao, you’ll find some really cute and unique dim sum.

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Specialising in Cantonese cuisine, the restaurant is known for their IG-worthy dim sum. Looking at the pictures, you can see why – each fold, crease and dot of colour is done by hand, and the result is some dang cute dim sum. Surprisingly, prices are pretty affordable, with most of their dishes being under $10

Price: $
Must-trys: Wok Fried Chilli Crab in Mantou Bowl ($8.80), Yuan Yang Love Swans with Lychee Ball ($10.80).

Address: 4 Maju Avenue, Singapore 556682
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 9am-2.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8876 7498 | Ju Signatures website


3. Jinhonten – Omakase restaurant with one seating a day


If there’s anything that’ll get Singaporeans excited, it’s exclusivity. It can’t get more exclusive than Jinhonten, which only does 1 lunch and dinner seating a day.

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With ingredients air-flown from Japan, their menu features all sorts of seasonal specialties. At $180++ for the 8 course lunch and $450++ for the 10 course dinner, it’s not exactly affordable. But when you consider the fact that dishes are made with ingredients like Iranian caviar and Murasaki uni, the price makes more sense. 

Price: $$$

Address: 1 Scotts Road, #01-11 Shaw Centre, Singapore 288208
Opening hours: 12pm-3pm & 6.30pm-11pm, Daily
Contact: 9635 0973 | Jinhonten website


4. Pangium – Elegant date spot in Singapore Botanic Gardens


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Most of us know Singapore Botanic Gardens as the grounds for our picnics, or for being the place where we do our morning exercise or evening walks. Now, more than just being a place of exercise, there’s a new dining spot. Past all the lush greenery lies Pangium, a restaurant serving heritage cuisine in a villa setting.

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If you don’t believe this place exists because you think you’ve covered every blade of grass in the area, know that it’s located within the Gallop Extension of the garden. As they use only the freshest seasonal ingredients, there is no fixed menu. Lunch will cost you $198++, while dinner will set you back $258++, so while it’s not an everyday splurge, it’s perfect for special occasions. 

Price: $$$

Address: 11 Gallop Road, Gallop Entrance, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259015
Opening hours: Lunch: Sat-Sun 12pm-2.30pm | Dinner: Wed-Sun 6.30pm-10pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: Pangium website


5. Kura – Reopened after 3 months with new cakes


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@kura.singapore

If you’ve been in the Chinatown area recently, you may have chanced upon Kura. If the name rings a bell, that’s because this is the same joint that once operated from Kim Yam Road. After a 3-month long move and renovation, they’ve made their long awaited comeback, and with some new menu items to boot. 

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Among the familiar favourites are 2 new items: the Mango Basil ($12.80) and the Raspberry Earl Grey ($12) – made with raspberry coulis and earl grey jivara chocolate mousse. In non-baker terms, these cakes are fancy.

If cakes aren’t really your thing, you can even go for the Key Lime Tart ($8.50) – a tangy, refreshing treat that won’t get cloying no matter how many bites you take.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Mango Basil ($12.80), Raspberry Earl Grey ($12)

Address: 79 South Bridge Road, #01-00, Singapore 058709
Opening hours: Mon-Thu & Sun 11am-7pm | Fri-Sat 11am-9pm
Contact: Kura website


6. Hovoh Cafe – Healthy banh mis & rice bowls near Fort Canning


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Like most hidden gems, Hovoh Cafe is tucked away in a rather unassuming building.
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They say that health is wealth, and there’s no better way to keep healthy than to make sure you’re careful about what you put into your body. Hovoh Cafe makes healthy banh mis and rice bowls, using locally sourced, sustainable ingredients. 

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@hovoh.cafe

Located just a 5-minute walk from Fort Canning MRT station, the cafe is perfect for grabbing a quick, healthy bite after hiking at Fort Canning Park. Other than its signature rice bowls and banh mis, the Parisian-style cafe also sells pasta, burritos and coffee. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Chicken Banh Mi ($12.80), Red Curry Fish Rice Bowl ($16.80)

Address: 23 Mohamed Sultan Road, Singapore 239017
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm (Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
Contact: 6219 0111 | Hovoh Cafe website


7. The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie – Opened by Le Cordon Bleu chef


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If you’ve watched the Netflix show Emily In Paris, you probably remember drooling over the bakery scenes. Chances are, you wished you could go to Paris then, and probably still do now. If that’s not an option, The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie in Bendemeer is the next best thing. 

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The cafe is helmed by a pastry chef from Le Cordon Bleu culinary school, so you can be sure that the bakes are going to be good. If not, the fact that it sells out daily should make it a little more convincing. While you’re there, get the Pain au Chocolat ($4.50), the litmus test for any good bakery, and the Trio of C ($6.50), which combines a cookie, cheesecake, and croissant.

Price: $
Must-trys: Pain au Chocolat ($4.50), Trio of C ($6.50)

Address: 16 Hamilton Road, #01-02, Singapore 209186
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8.30am-5pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8188 0102 | The Lunar Rabbit Boulangerie website


8. Lumbré – Spanish farm-to-table dining in CHIJMES


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Lumbré in CHIJMES specialises in Spanish farm-to-table fare. The dishes on their land and sea-themed menu are only cooked through 1 of 2 signature means – either an open wood-fire grill or Josper charcoal oven – which imparts a delightful smokiness onto the food. 

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@lumbre.sg

Their a la carte dishes, such as the Charcoal Octopus & Ibérico Pork Belly With Chorizo Foam ($38), run a little on the pricey side. But they also offer a set menu for $35++/pax, which comes with a main and a starter, and is a far more economical option. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Charcoal Octopus & Ibérico Pork Belly With Chorizo Foam ($38)

Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-20 CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12pm-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: 9722 8171 | Lumbré website


9. Shake Shake In A Tub – Popular fry chain’s first cafe, in Orchard


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You can’t call yourself a true fry lover unless you’ve tried Shake Shake In A Tub. The popular fry chain took Singapore by storm when it first opened 3 years ago, and judging by the snaking queues outside their kiosks to this day, the hype isn’t dying down anytime soon. 

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While the chain previously only operated to-go kiosks around the island, they’ve since opened their very first cafe – a sit-down branch with plenty of new menu items. Go for the Fries-Go-Round set ($15.80) to sample 5 kinds of fried food at once, or the Say Cheese! Fondue ($21.90), which comes with its own pot of savoury, melty cheese.

Price: $
Must-trys: Fries-Go-Round set ($15.80), Say Cheese! Fondue ($21.90)

Address: 111 Somerset Road, #01-08 111 Somerset, Singapore 238164
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Shake Shake In A Tub website


10. Caffeine Xpress – Hidden cafe in a magazine store


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@coffeemeetsryan

Even if Holland Village MRT station isn’t a part of your daily commute, you’ve probably walked past Thambi Magazine Store countless times.

The hole in the wall has been an iconic part of Holland Village for years, located just outside the station. Though it used to be a grab-and-go shop, with the opening of Caffeine Xpress, you can now grab a cup of joe to sip while you browse.

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In addition to a selection of coffees, teas, and other beverages, the newly-opened cafe also sells cakes and pies, baked in-house. While selections change daily, their Lemon Meringue Pie ($4.50) and Blueberry Cheesecake ($6) are worth a try.

Price: $
Must-trys: Lemon Meringue Pie ($4.50), Blueberry Cheesecake ($6)

Address: 211 Holland Road, #01-K4 Holland Road Shopping Centre, Singapore 278967
Opening hours: 8am-6pm, Daily
Contact: 8827 0792


– June –


1. Cafe Natsu – Japanese-inspired brunch & bubblies


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Awash with pastel shophouses and abstract murals, Joo Chiat is also where cafes are aplenty. Cafe Natsu enters the fray with menu offerings that marry Western mains with Japanese ingredients. Included in their roundup of dishes are ones like Cold Soba Noodle Salad ($22) and Wagyu Burger ($28).

Expect aesthetic dishes that match the vibes of the cafe. Its rounded doorways and minimalist exteriors, is yet another draw for IGers who want a backdrop that looks as good as their chio meal. Cafe Natsu also has bar seats that overlook the street where patrons can pop by after work and sip on bubblies and sake. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Roasted Buckwheat Granola ($19), Kawatsuru Sanuki Cloudy sake ($13)

Address: 283 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427537
Opening hours: Wed-Sat 9am-3pm, 6pm-10pm | Sun 9am-6pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Telephone: 8886 4497

Cafe Natsu website


2. Missus – Muslim-owned bakery cafe


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The Jalan Besar ’hood has its fair share of hipster cafes. Joining its ranks is Missus, a halal cafe that prides itself on its take on a grilled cheese sandwich. Instead of just a slice of cheese melted between white bread, you’ll find modern interpretations of the after-school classic here.

There are only 4 options available on its soft launch menu currently, with more to be added in the future. This includes the Missus Melt ($16.90), a truffle cheese mix, and Slumdog Grillionaire ($19), with masala tomato and tomato tamarind chutney. 

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Apart from the grilled cheeses, you can’t miss the wafting smell of fresh bakes in the air. That’s because the cafe also has an in-house bakery where customers can pick up buns and tarts after their meal to snack on later or save for brekkie the next day. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Scallion & Cheese Scone ($8), Missus Melt Grilled Cheese ($16.90)

Address: 16 Hamilton Road, #01-05, Singapore 209186
Opening hours: Sun & Mon 10am-7pm | Wed & Thu 11am-9pm | Fri & Sat 10am-10pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Missus website


3. LUCE by Davide Giacomelli – Authentic Italian fare


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Acquerello Lobster ($46) and LUCE-misu ($18).
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Those with a palate for Italian food can head over to LUCE at InterContinental Hotel this June. Despite its locale, patrons shouldn’t feel the need to dress to the nines to enjoy a meal here. LUCE may serve haute cuisine but the resto has a comfy and casual vibe to it.

Swing by during lunch for their 2- and 3-course lunch sets ($34 and $40 respectively). Tipplers can look to the menu for suggestions on drink pairings (from $10/glass) that would go best with their choice of mains. Else, try the Acquerello Lobster ($46), a risotto dish with generous portions of lobster for a taste of Italy without hopping on a flight out. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Acquerello Lobster ($46)

Address: 80 Middle Road, InterContinential Singapore, Singapore 188966
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 12pm-2.30pm, 6pm-8pm, 8.30pm-10.30pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Telephone: 6825 1008

LUCE website


4. Uncle Fong Hotpot Restaurant – Popular HK hotpot chain


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There’s no denying that Singaporeans enjoy gathering around a hotpot and dipping ribbons of pork and beef into flavourful soups. And now there’s Uncle Fong Hotpot from Hong Kong to add to your list of hotpot go-tos.

Like most other hotpot restaurants, they have a 2-way pot for 2 different soups. But the main attraction here is the 9-grid pot for mala. This allows you to cook different types of ingredients based on the heat and time required.

Readers, if this Chongqing-style hotpot has piqued your interest, you’re in luck. You can get the 9-grid hotpot soup base for free from now till 30th June 2022. It’ll be no kick for those who eat mala te la (highest spice level). 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Chongqing Broth ($7)

Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #B1-108/109, Singapore 237994
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm, Daily
Telephone: 6232 7800

Uncle Fong Hotpot Restaurant website


5. Epigram Coffee Bookshop – Book cafe in a museum


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Earlier this year, we paid a visit to the Singapore Art Museum at Tanjong Pagar Distripark to check out the new art exhibition space. And now, its in-house coffee bookshop from Epigram Books has fully opened, giving museum-goers a cosy space for a drink after checking out the installations here.

Grab a delicious cup of liquid gold like Drip Coffee ($5) if you’re thirsty. Or if you’re looking for more reasons to relax here, pick out a book from Epigram’s curated collection of local reads to pair with your java.

Price: $
Must-trys: Drip Coffee ($5)

Address: 39 Keppel Road, #01-02, Singapore 089065
Opening hours: 11am-6.30pm, Daily
Telephone: 9137 9050

Epigram Coffee Bookshop website


6. Cake Spade – Pastel pink cake shop


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Stroll along the shophouses of Chinatown and the Barbie-pink facade of Cake Spade’s new outlet will be hard to miss. Its interiors are just as cute, with the entire cake shop overflowing with photo spots for cafe-hopping BFFs to snap a tonne of #besties pics. 

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Old fans of Cake Spade will be delighted to know their classic bakes are still available, like the Strawberry Shortcake ($8.80) and Dark Chocolate Strawberries Banana Cake ($8.80). They’ve got new items on the menu too, like tofu cheesecakes (from $8.80/slice) and the Comic Cake ($9.80) which looks like a 2D drawing come to life.

Price: $
Must-trys: Comic Cake ($9.80), Speculoos Cookie Butter Cheesecake ($10.80)

Address: 283 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058832
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11am-10pm (Closed on Sundays & PH)
Telephone: 6444 3868

Cake Spade website


7. The Coconut Club – Michelin-recognised nasi lemak


coconut club nasi lemak
Image credit: @thecoconutclubsg

You’ve seen the 72-hour nasi lemak challenge and now it’s all you can think about for breakfast, lunch and dinner. Do yourself a favour and go straight for the atas approach on the humble dish at The Coconut Club to fully satisfy your cravings. The Michelin Bib Gourmand title holder has opened up its flagship at Beach Road with a larger seating area.

The double digit price tag on their nasi lemak is worth forking out the cash for as your meal is served with large cuts of ayam goreng (fried chicken) and plenty of their house blend sambal sauce to go around. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Ayam Goreng Berempah Set ($18.80)

Address: 269 Beach Road, Singapore 199546
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 8.30am-10.30pm (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6635 2999

The Coconut Club website


8. Jypsy @ One Fullerton – Boho riverside cafe


jypsy at one fullerton
The new location has riverfront views for a romantic date by the Singapore River.
Image credit: Jypsy

Here’s another cafe that’s made a move recently. You might know Jypsy from its first location on Martin Road, but now they’ve relocated to One Fullerton by the Singapore River. As before, they’ve done away with the typical cafe aesthetic of white, minimalistic interiors and gone for a more tropical look with rattan furniture and stained wood deck.

jypsy food
Image adapted from: Jypsy

This is one place you’ll want to head to to celebrate the upcoming weekend. Rally colleagues for Friday night drinks with their beers on tap (from $14) and original cocktail mixes (from $19) for the gang to get tipsy on till midnight.

Don’t drink on an empty stomach; order the Jypsy Tongue & Cheek ($26), beef with wasabi mash, or get the Charcoal Tsukune Sticks (from $11) to share. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Jypsy Tongue & Cheek ($26), Torched Crispy Wagyu Nigiri ($29)

Address: 1 Fullerton Road, #01-02/03, Singapore 049213
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 5pm-12am | Fri-Sun 11.30am-4pm, 5pm-12am (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6708 9288

Jypsy website


9. Coffee & Chirashi Cafe – Pet-friendly brunch cafe in CCK


coffee and chirashi don
Image adapted from: @coffeechirashi, @flubbyandfriends

Coffee & Chirashi Cafe is the newest cafe kid on the block in Choa Chu Kang. It’s got a Japanese-inspired menu where you’ll find staple items like rice bowls (from $11.80) and udon ($8.80). The sides too include ones like edamame ($5.80) and mentaiyaki ($4.80) that are light enough to snack on midday.

You’ll find Coffee & Chirashi Cafe along the outdoor section of Sunshine Place. The open space means paw-rents are welcome to bring their fur babies here after a romp in nearby parks.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Chirashi Don ($15.80)

Address: 475 Choa Chu Kang Avenue 3, #01-23 Sunshine Place, Singapore 680475
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-10pm | Sat & Sun 10am-10pm 

Coffee & Chirashi website


10. Blue Balls Bike Cafe – Bicycle-friendly cafe open till 12am


blue balls bike cafe
Image credit: @azuresg

Right off the bat, this cheeky cafe name was one that got many of us giggling. Name aside, Blue Balls Bike Cafe was created for cyclists to connect with each other.

blue balls cafe and food
Image adapted from: @blueballscafe, @yephao

The cafe opens as early as 6am on weekends and calls it a day at midnight. Pelotons en route to West Coast Park can bookmark Blue Balls Cafe to replenish their energy with the signature Blue Balls Burger ($20) and other Western mains.

Drop by during happy hour (3.30pm-7.30pm, daily) for its extensive menu of drinks that includes cocktails, craft beers and wines from $8/glass (U.P. from $10)

Price: $$
Must-trys: The Blue Balls Burger ($20)

Address: 44 Pasir Panjang Road, Pasir Panjang Recreational Centre, Singapore 118405
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 7am-11pm | Fri-Sun 6am-12am (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 9726 3477

Blue Balls Bike Cafe website


11. Forma – Unique handmade pasta


forma
Image credit: Forma

Even before opening its doors, Forma was already booked out for the month of May. Thankfully, bookings for June and July are now open, but you’ll want to make a reservation – stat – before seats are snapped up again.

The draw here at this Italian restaurant is its handmade pasta, which includes shapes like penne and orecchiette. Arrive early enough and you’ll get to watch the chefs in action make the pasta through the clear glass that separates the kitchen from the main seating area. 

forma pasta
Image credit: Forma

The pasta shapes are designed to be paired with a specific dish in mind. Plus, the menu refreshes seasonally, which means multiple visits to this establishment might be necessary. This season, the pasta of choice is the Tortellini in Brodo ($34), tiny dumpling-shaped pasta in chicken broth.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Busiate con Pesto alla Trapanese ($28), Spaghetti alla Nerano ($29)

Address: 128 Tembeling Road, Singapore 423638
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6pm-10.30pm (Closed on Mondays & Sundays)
Telephone: 6513 2286

Forma website


12. Shin Yasuke – Sushi omakase from $180


shin yasuke
Sushi at Shin Yasuke include the gizzard shard and stripped jack.
Image adapted from: @terenceongwh, @shin.yasuke.sg, @shin.yasuke.sg

Travelling to Japan is about to be a dream come true for many of us who’ve been waiting to dig into handmade ramen or see the cherry blossoms in full bloom IRL. For the rest of us who aren’t planning to clear our ALs so soon, make a trip to River Valley instead to check out Shin Yasuke, a new omakase restaurant. 

The menu is simple: $180 for 15 types of nigiri sushi selected by the chef and made fresh right in front of you. Seafood choices are seasonal but expect to see crowd favourites like fatty tuna to more exotic selections like firefly squid.

Price: $$$

Address: 428 River Valley Road, #01-03 Loft@Nathan, Singapore 248327
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 6pm-10.15pm (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 8869 7589

Shin Yasuke reservations


13. Osteria Mozza – Farmhouse vibes & mozzarella bar


osteria mozza
Image adapted from: Hilton Singapore Orchard, @osteriamozzasingapore

Osteria Mozza has been taking time off for the past 4 years, but the Italian restaurant is back at the reopened Hilton Singapore Orchard Hotel. The menu has been kept the same with some updates, so you’ll still find favourites like Burrata with Bacon and Orecchiette with Sausage and Swiss Chard.

But those looking forward to sinking their teeth into their famed pizzas might have to wait a while – these will only be brought back to their lunch menu sometime in the future.

Visually, the Hilton rendition of Osteria Mozza still sports its familiar farmhouse aesthetics with its dark wood furnishings. Its famed mozzarella cheese bar where its antipasti are on display is also back, and now situated near the entrance.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Burrata with Bacon, Nancy’s Caesar Salad

Address: 333 Orchard Road, Level 5 Hilton Singapore Orchard, Singapore 238867
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 5pm-10.30pm (Closed on Mondays & Sundays)
Telephone: 6831 6271

Osteria Mozza website


14. Zen Cafe – Vegetarian cafe in a monastery


zen cafe
Image adapted from: Teo Weikeong, Tan Mingli, Tan Mingli

Religious establishments are the last place anyone would look to for a new cafe or restaurant, yet one cafe has sprung up in Kong Meng San Phor Kark See Monastery. Aptly named Zen Cafe, it’s helmed by monks of the Buddhist temple, and provides followers with vegetarian buns and drinks to refuel with after prayers.

That’s not to say the non-religious are discouraged from visiting. Feel free to drop by for their simple menu of Assorted Buns at $1.60 each, with fillings like taro and cheese. For drinks, coffee options are available from $4.50. There are even kid-friendly bevvies like milk (from $3) and freshly blended fruit smoothies ($6).

Price: $
Must-trys: Assorted buns ($1.60 each)

Address: 88 Bright Hill Road, Singapore 574117
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10am-7pm | Sat & Sun 10am-5pm
Telephone: 6849 5300

Find Zen Cafe on Google Maps.


15. CouCou Hotpot.Brew Tea –  Wagyu platter & bubble tea mugs


CouCou Hotpot.Brew Tea
Image adapted from: @coucouhotpotsg, @eatstagram_sg

Shortly after launching their first outlet at Suntec City, Coucou Hotpot has decided to bring their popular hotpot and bubble tea to Jewel Changi Airport too. If your dinner pals can’t decide on the soups to get, the hotpot chain resto is known for its 3-way hotpot ($118) for more soup choices and less bickering.

Another delicious must-have on the menu is their meat platters. Stuff yourself silly with various cuts of beef, like the Wagyu Beef Chuck Brisket ($58.80/180g). You’ll also find the standard offering of Sliced Pork Belly ($16.80/150g). Or, switch things up and go for the Assorted Beef and Seafood Platter ($108) that’s an epic triple-tiered tray of beef, clams, and fish. 

To simmer bellies that are fired up from all the spicy soup, sip on bubble tea (from $4.80) with tea varieties like Pu Er and Da Hong Pao served in large glass mugs. Perfect for sharing between friends and family, or you can hog a mug for yourself to chug down.  

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Triple-Flavor Hotpot ($118, private room only), Pu Er Bubble Tea ($5.80), Da Hong Pao Bubble Tea (from $4.80)

Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, #02-208/209 Jewel Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: 11am-11pm, Daily
Telephone: 6992 2549

CouCou Hotpot website

Below are more cafes and restaurants that opened earlier this year, for more options for foodies:


– May –


1. Market Street Hawker Centre – Food court at CapitaSpring


Market Street Hawker Centre
Image adapted from:
@foodluvinggal, @alphadentalgroupsgp

Massive sky garden CapitaSpring Green Oasis is no longer the only hot spot within the new skyscraper. CBD office workers can now add Market Street Hawker Centre to their list of affordable lunches, which has reopened as a 2-storey food court within the building. 

Now, you can enjoy lunch hour with a view of the city while enjoying hawker favourites from 56 stalls, notable ones being Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun, Golden Nur Nasi Briyani and Wei Nan Wang Lor Mee.

Price: $
Must-trys: Ah Liang Ipoh Hor Fun, Golden Nur Nasi Briyani, Wei Nan Wang Lor Mee

Address: 88 Market Street, CapitaSpring, Singapore 048948
Opening hours: 6am-9pm, Daily
Telephone: 6713 3948


2. Dickson Nasi Lemak – Authentic M’sian classic from KL


Dickson Nasi Lemak 2
Image credit: Eatbook

It doesn’t take a trip across the causeway to satisfy our cravings for Malaysian hawker food. Dickson Nasi Lemak is bringing their A-game to SG, with an authentic favourite from Village Park Restaurant in Kuala Lumpur. 

The restaurant whips up a mean Ayam Goreng Berempah ($8.60+) that nails each component – fried chicken, sambal and coconut rice – while staying loyal to the original recipe. 

Do note that Dickson Nasi Lemak currently has no seats to dine in, so only takeaway options are available.

Price: $
Must-trys: Ayam Goreng Berempah ($8.60+)

Address: 320 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427571
Opening hours: Thu-Tue 8am-10am, 11.30am-2.30pm (Closed on Wednesdays)

Dickson Nasi Lemak website


3. Supernova – Brunch cafe with vintage wine bar


Supernova Cafe
Image adapted from:
@breadstixnchill

Hipster cafes may have become a staple in SG’s food canon, but we’ve yet to see one with a vintage Victorian style. Well, Supernova is the first – run by the folks behind Apollo Coffee Bar and Columbus Coffee Co, this cafe has a classy wine bar that opens during dinnertime, where you can hit the bartender up for a cocktail to complement your main dish.

Supernova Cafe 2
Fried Chicken French Toast.
Image credit: @breadstixnchill

Keep your eyes peeled for their Fried Chicken French Toast ($24.50), one of their most highly raved dishes amongst their brunch offerings. Pair it with a cup of Einspanner ($7.50), a Viennese coffee drink made of hot espresso with a plop of cool whipped cream.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Fried Chicken French Toast ($24.50), Einspanner ($7.50)

Address: 266 Tanjong Katong Road, Singapore 437053
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 8am-10pm | Sun 8am-7pm (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6518 9600

Supernova Instagram


4. Maha Co – Unique “Thosai tacos” by Yung Raja 


Maha Co
Maha Co has a hip and bohemian decor, with coloured tiles and funky graphic posters.
Image credit: Eatbook

Beyond his popular rap music, Yung Raja’s bold and funky style now comes through in Maha Co, his first venture into the F&B industry with Indian-Mexican fusion dishes. Just like his penchant for bilingual hip-hop beats, Yung Raja blends cultures with his unique Thosai Tacos (from $5.90+).

If you’re looking for something a little more filling, have a bite of their Crispy Pork with Mexican Slaw ($7.50+). Accompany it with the Raja Masala Chai ($3.20+), which comes either hot or iced.

Price: $
Must-trys: Crispy Pork with Mexican Slaw ($7.50+), Raja Masala Chai ($3.20+)

Address: 1 Fusionopolis Link, #01-04 NEXUS @ one-north, Singapore 138542
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Sat 9.30am-8.30pm | Tue 9.30am-6pm (Closed on Sundays)

Maha Co website


5. Nobu Singapore – Famous Japanese restaurant from NYC


Nobu Singapore
Image adapted from:
@noburestaurants, @noburestaurants, @noburestaurants

Hailing from NYC, Nobu is a famous celebrity hotspot and is frequented by big names all year around. If you’d like a taste of the high life, the restaurant is set to open an outlet in Singapore at the Four Seasons Hotel. 

While their legendary dishes like Black Cod Miso and Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno will be on the table, patrons can also expect a new fusion Japanese menu with Peruvian influences.

Note: More information is yet to be released regarding Nobu’s opening, but you can stay tuned to Nobu’s Facebook page for more updates.

Price: $$$$
Must-trys: Black Cod Miso, Yellowtail Sashimi with Jalapeno

Address: 190 Orchard Boulevard, Four Seasons Hotel, Singapore 248656


6. Grey Area Coffee Roasters – Minimalist & industrial decor


Grey Area Coffee Roasters
Image adapted from:
@doggaebi

B&W may be a style too edgy for some, but it certainly holds quite the charm in Grey Area Coffee Roasters, a new minimalist cafe in town. 

Coffee enthusiasts should look out for the cafe’s filter coffees ($6), which come in house blends such as Capim Branco, Los Nogalas and Uraga Gomoro. Regular coffee is also available at reasonable prices, with Black, White and Mocha going at $4, $5 and $5.50 respectively. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Filter Coffee ($6)

Address: 13 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169345
Opening hours: Mon, Wed-Fri 8am-5pm | Sat-Sun & PH 9am-6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Grey Area Coffee Roasters Instagram


7. WAKUDA – Japanese fine dining at MBS


WAKUDA Singapore 2
The decor has dark wood fixtures that are both modern and classically Japanese.

Image adapted from: @rockwellgroup

Whenever there’s an occasion to celebrate – and cash to spare for some ballin’ – many of us might head to MBS for a fancy meal. Joining its suite of boujee eateries is WAKUDA, a Japanese fine dining restaurant that whips up solid omakase and a la carte meals.

WAKUDA Singapore
Roasted Carabinero Prawn and Tasmanian Ocean Trout.
Image adapted from: WAKUDA Singapore, WAKUDA Singapore

Expect top-notch Japanese cuisine from WAKUDA, which is helmed by the same Michelin-starred chef behind popular spot Waku Ghin. Its opening is highly anticipated, so be sure you make your bookings early if you’d like to visit.

Price: $$$$
Must-trys: Roasted Carabinero Prawn, Tasmanian Ocean Trout

Address: 1 Bayfront Avenue, Lobby Hotel Tower 2, Marina Bay Sands, Singapore 018971
Opening hours: 4pm-11pm, Daily (Bar) | 5pm-11pm (Dining Room)
Telephone: 6688 9992

WAKUDA website


8. Tourterelle Cafe – Quirky paintings with Parisian vibe


Tourterelle Cafe
Image adapted from:
@saltyaaron

We love Paris for its croissants, art museums and old-school architecture dotted along the streets. Here to bring you a dose of Parisian charm is Tourterelle Cafe, a lowkey coffee spot in Kampong Glam filled with quirky paintings that’ll make you feel like you’ve stepped into an artist’s cosy home.

As you people-watch, have a cup of Sea Salt Coffee ($7.50) which uses Alambé Coffee Beans from artisanal brand From Farms With Love. They also have a range of specialty bakes to complement your drink. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Sea Salt Coffee ($7.50) 

Address: 20 Kandahar Street, #01-01, Singapore 198885
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 9am-5pm | Sun 10am-5pm


9. CAVA Cafe – Chicken & “Croffles” near Upper Thompson


CAVA Cafe 2
Chicken & Croffles and CAVA Burger.

Image adapted from: @ughsogooood, @the_pastel_teh_o

We’ve heard of fusion dishes like chilli crab pasta and prata-waffles; now comes a new one – Chicken & “Croffles” (from $18). It is a blend between croissant and waffles, and is one of the menu highlights in CAVA Cafe, a new hidden brunch spot near Upper Thompson. 

CAVA Cafe
Image credit:
@doggaebi

Those who’ve been looking for pet-friendly eateries might want to keep CAVA Cafe on your radar – they have an outdoor area that is open to patrons with four-legged friends. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Chicken & Croffles (from $18), CAVA Burger (from $17)

Address: 8 Jalan Gelenggang, Singapore 578190
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 10am-10.30pm | Fri-Sat 10am-11pm
Telephone: 6910 9656

CAVA Cafe Instagram


10. Unkai Sushi Singapore – Fancy omakase at cheaper prices


Unkai Sushi Singapore
Image credit:
@unkaisushisg, @unkaisushisg

An atas meal is a treat we all love once in a while, but enjoying it at a cheaper price is what doubles the feel-good factor. You and bae can celebrate your anniversary at Unkai Sushi Singapore to pamper your taste buds with a 12-course omakase meal from $88+.

If you’re looking to stretch your dollar, have a go at The Tsuki ($88+), a 12-course meal with sushi, a handroll, soup and dessert. Those who are down for a bigger splurge can have The Hoshi ($138+), which also includes an appetiser, seasonal grilled fish and hot dish.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: The Tsuki ($88+), The Hoshi (#138+)

Address: 1 Tanglin Road, #01-10 Orchard Rendezvous Hotel, Singapore 247905
Opening hours: 11.30am-2.30pm, 6pm-10pm, Daily
Telephone: 9634 8508

Unkai Sushi Singapore website


11. The Oyster Bank Great World City – Outlet exclusive brunch


The Oyster Bank
Image adapted from:
@theoysterbank, @mayxlora

Seafood fans would love The Oyster Bank, which has opened its 2nd outlet in Great World City. Bless your palettes with their outlet-exclusive Shucking Good Weekend brunch that’s served between 12pm and 3pm, where you’ll get a Petite Seafood Platter and assorted cocktails for $48.

Weekday lunch hour deals are also available, where you can have rice bowls such as a Bara Chirashi Don and Smoked Duck Don that comes with a complimentary hojicha tea for $14.90++.

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Petite Seafood Platter ($48)

Address: 1 Kim Seng Promenade, #01-111 Great World City, Singapore 327994
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-3pm, 4.30pm-9.30pm | Fri 11.30am-3pm, 4.30pm-10pm | Sat 11.30am-10pm | Sun 11.30am-9.30pm
Telephone: 6235 5797

The Oyster Bank website


12. Le Matin Pâtisserie – Iconic pastry shop by Michelin chef


Le Matin Patisserie
Image adapted from:
@lematin.sg, @saltyaaron

SG is no stranger to award-winning concepts. The brainchild of a pastry sous-chef from Michelin-starred restaurant Noma in Denmark, Le Matin Patisserie is an iconic pastry shop that has found a new home in 2 brand new stores in Orchard and Telok Ayer.

Le Matin Patisserie specialises in European pastries, with their Pistachio Escargot being a top hit of their selection. Their Smoked Cruffin, Pain Perdu and Fermented Mushroom Quiche are also favourites that are worth trying. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Pistachio Escargot, Smoked Cruffin, Pain Perdu, Fermented Mushroom Quiche (all from $4)

Orchard outlet:
Address: 290 Orchard Road, #04-48 Paragon Shopping Centre, Porcelain Spa, Singapore 239959
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9.30pm | Sat-Sun 9.30am-8pm
Telephone: 6850 5161

Telok Ayer outlet:
Address: 77 Robinson Road, #01-03, Singapore 068896
Opening hours: 9am-5pm, Daily
Telephone: 8030 7303

Le Matin Pâtisserie website


13. Hvala Beach Road – Takeaway outlet with zen garden decor


Hvala Beach Road
Image credit:
@hvala_sg

Besides bubble tea, matcha is a foolproof dessert and drink that Singporeans love. Sip a matcha latte (from $5.90) at Hvala’s new zen garden-themed outlet along Beach Road, which serves as a takeaway-only spot for those around the area looking to grab a drink. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Matcha Hojicha Latte (from $5.90), Matcha Hojicha Ice Blend (from $7), Yuzu Ice Blend ($7)

Address: 267 Beach Road, Singapore 199545
Opening hours: 12pm-9.30pm, Daily
Telephone: 9855 4587

Hvala website


14. Keong Saik Bakery Holland Village – Kopitiam shophouse


Keong Saik Bakery 2
Image adapted from:
@doggaebi, @doggaebi

Ask any pastry lover and they will tell you that Keong Saik Bakery is one of the best spots in town. Now, you get to enjoy their tasty treats at their new outlet at Holland Village, which is decked in a sleek kopitiam aesthetic that adds an element of nostalgia.

Keong Saik Bakery
Miso Salmon Kouign-Amann, Salmon Eggs Benedict Cube and KSB Big Breakfast.
Image adapted from: @keongsaikbakery, @keongsaikbakery, @keongsaikbakery

Crowd favourites aside, Keong Saik Bakery goes a step further with their outlet-exclusive treats: their Miso Salmon Kouign-Amann ($4.70) adds a savoury kick with miso and seaweed flavours, and their Salmon Eggs Benedict Cube ($7) and KSB Big Breakfast are clever spin-offs from standard brunch dishes that come jam-packed with flavour. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Miso Salmon Kouign-Amann ($4.70), Salmon Eggs Benedict Cube ($7), KSB Big Breakfast

Address: 44 Jalan Merah Saga, #01-42, Singapore 278116
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 8am-6pm | Fri-Sat 8am-9.30pm 

Keong Saik Bakery website


15. MeadesMoore – Casual steakhouse with rare cuts


MeadesMoore
Image credit:
@meadesmoore

Carnivores, this one’s for you: if you’ve been hankering for a good ol’ steak, bookmark MeadesMoore

They bring out the big guns, with large format steaks like Full Blood Wagyu and Black Opal Fi Wagyu sourced from Australia and America. Even better, their servings are ample for 4-5 pax and start from a reasonable $138 – so be sure to jio your other meat-loving friends along for a meal. 

Price: $$$
Must-trys: Full Blood Wagyu ($138), Black Opal Fi Wagyu ($148)

Address: 21A Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069620
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-10pm | Thu-Fri 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-11pm | Sat 5.30pm-11pm (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: 6227 2247

MeadesMoore website


16. GRUB Burger Bistro – Popular burger bar reopened


GRUB Burger Bistro
Image credit:
Grub

The original GRUB Burger Bistro at Bishan-Ang Mo Kio Park may be gone, but that doesn’t mean the iconic cafe has left no trace. Rather, it has made its grand return at Stevens Road, where patrons can relish on their yummy burgers while enjoying the chill breeze at the alfresco dining area. 

GRUB Burger Bistro 2
Image credit:
@chewwie

Fusion favourites like their Har Cheong Fried Chicken Waffles ($17) and Mentaiko Pork Katsu Burger ($18) are back on the menu. But if you’re looking for classics done right, you’ll be easily satisfied by their Mushroom Cheeseburger ($18) and Truffle Angus Burger ($19).

Price: $$
Must-trys: Har Cheong Fried Chicken Waffles ($17), Truffle Angus Burger ($19)

Address: 30 Stevens Road, #01-06 Novotel@Stevens, Singapore 257840
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm | Sat-Sun & PH 8am-10pm
Telephone: 8891 9298

GRUB Burger Bistro website


– April –


1. Bamboo Bowls – Futuristic serving pods with $10 grain bowls



Enjoy your meal at the open-concept staircase seats.
Image adapted from: @ielodesign

You’ll be in for an interesting dining experience at Bamboo Bowls, where you can collect your food from the walls of the cafe. After ordering, simply pick them up from the serving “pods” and head over to their mini-fridge for something to drink – they’ve got free-flow tea too!


Image credit:
@bamboo.bowls

Their organic grain bowls are all priced at an affordable $10, with flavours inspired by Asian cuisines like Balinese, Indian and Japanese. There’s also the option to personalise your meals with add-ons like ethically-sourced meat protein and low-carb alternatives.

Price: $
Must-trys: Bangkok Bowl, Sichuan Bowl, Tokyo Bowl

Address: 137 Amoy Street, #01-01 to 03 Far East Square, Singapore 049965
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 11.30am-3pm, 4pm-7.30pm
Telephone: 8748 9978


2. Haus217 – Japanese-style pop-up cafe



The space is flooded with natural lighting during the day – great for taking IG pics.
Image credit: @eat_jonlove

With cosy studio-like wood interiors and a shop front that resembles a retro shophouse, Haus217 is a quiet pop-up cafe just 7 minutes from Lavender MRT.


The space can be booked as a wedding hall too.
Image credit: @eat_jonlove 

Unlike your typical eatery where you can just stroll in for a meal, this cafe only takes online reservations on selected days, which can be checked on their website. Once you’ve snagged a slot, just head down and enjoy their locally-inspired bakes and mains. 

Price: $
Must-trys: Coconut Yuzu Donut ($5.50), Matcha Canelé ($6.50), Ondeh Ondeh Roll ($6.50)

Address:
217 Lavender Street, Singapore 338772

Haus217 website


3. State of Affairs – Coffee from 6am at Upper Thomson



The metallic lamps and exposed vents give the space an industrial aesthetic.
Image adapted from: @always.hungry.502

Upper Thomson is pretty much Singapore’s cafe central, and its latest addition is State of Affairs. The coffeehouse opens at 6am on weekends, making it a great pit stop for early risers craving a cuppa before a weekend hike at the nearby MacRitchie Reservoir.

Price: $
Must-trys: Black Honey ($6), Cauliflower Steak ($15)

Address: 183 Upper Thomson Road, Singapore 574332
Opening hours: Mon-Tue & Thu-Fri 8am-4pm | Sat-Sun 6am-4pm (Closed on Wednesdays)
Telephone: 8874 4657

State of Affairs website


4. Soul Coffee – Robot barista & “underwater” photo ops



Image credit:
@illuminatiaii

If you’ve ever wondered what it’s like to live in the ocean like The Little Mermaid, you’ll get a glimpse of it at Soul Coffee. With floor-to-ceiling wall projections of coral reefs and marine animals, it won’t take long for you to feel transported underwater.

The cafe also features an extra futuristic touch thanks to George Hillary – Singapore’s first AI robot barista. Said to have gone through 3,000 hours of training, this smart little guy can brew a Pourover Coffee ($9.90) for you.

Price: $
Must-trys: Pourover Coffee, Horoscope-themed Iced Coffees ($8.90), Horoscope-themed Mocktail ($7.50)

Address:
11 Tanjong Katong Road, #02-16 Kinex Shopping Mall, Singapore 437157
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm | Sat-Sun 10am-10pm
Telephone: 9876 7257

Soul Coffee website


5. K. Patisserie – Pastel pink interior & handmade cakes



The cafe’s signature Pulut Hitam chiffon cake.
Image adapted from: @petiteoatmilklatte

With pretty, pastel pink furniture and dainty desserts, K. Patisserie will have you feeling like a princess. Drag the boyfie or your BFFs here for a spot of afternoon tea.

The latest addition to their menu is the Goma Cheesecake ($8.50) – a black sesame cheesecake with an oreo crust.

Price: $
Must-trys: Speculoos Cheesecake ($8), Pulut Hitam Cake ($8.50), Black Sesame Latte ($6.50)

Address:
11 Kee Seng Street, #01-07 Onze, Singapore 089218
Opening hours: Thu & Sun 1pm-6.30pm | Fri-Sat 1pm-8pm (Closed from Mondays-Wednesdays)
Telephone: 9728 1817

K.Patisserie website


6. RATIO Cafe + GastroBar @ ION Orchard – Funky neon bar



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RATIO

With bright pink neon signs, alcoholic popsicles and free latte art made by a robot barista, RATIO Cafe + Gastrobar isn’t your typical Friday night hang. The highlight would have to be their Passion Pops – the bar only makes 24 of these alcoholic popsicles a day, so head down earlier if you don’t want to miss out. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Passion Pop ($14), Tom Yum Mussels ($15.90), Long Black ($4.50)

Address:
2 Orchard Turn, #B1-12 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily

Ratio Cafe & Gastrobar website


7. My Little Pony Cafe – Limited-time dishes for MLP fans



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@missusalain

Whether you’re bringing the little ones out for a meal or just want something whimsical to enjoy for yourself, be sure to visit the My Little Pony Cafe. The cafe is offering limited-time-only dishes inspired by the characters from the show, with vegetarian Impossible Meat options on the menu as well.

Price: $$
Must-trys: You Are Magical! Churros Chocolate Fondue Set ($20.90), We Are Magic Together Rainbow Parfait ($20.90)

Address:
181 Orchard Road, #04-08 Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 11am-9.30pm, Daily
Telephone: 8946 4181

My Little Pony Cafe website


8. Upside Down Cafe – Optical illusion set-ups



This setup is #WFH goals.
Image credit: @usdcafesingapore

You’ll understand why Upside Down Cafe is named what it is the moment you enter – much like in a trick-eye museum, you’ll find optical illusion sets “hanging” from the ceiling all around the cafe.


Image adapted from:
@usdcafesingapore, @wherearethecalories

USD Cafe specialises in authentic Ipoh white coffee, with interesting concoctions like banana, matcha and cheesy salted white coffee. They also have affordable brunch options from $10 and refreshing fruit juices at $7.50.

Price: $
Must-trys: Ipoh White Coffee ($7.50), You Are My Sunshine ($10)

Address
:
171 East Coast Road, #01-05, Singapore 428877
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 9am-6pm (Closed on Tuesdays)

Upside Down Cafe website


9. Pazzion Cafe – Opened by shoe brand



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PAZZION Cafe

Pazzion – sound familiar? You might know the brand as a shoe store that’s got stores in malls all around Singapore. It’s also recently opened concept cafes, with its latest outlet at Takashimaya.


The cafe has vegan and vegetarian options, including ingredients like organic eggs.
Image credit: @pazzioncafe

The cafe boasts a roomy 55-seat space and is just a stone’s throw from their Pazzion boutique store for some shoe shopping afterwards.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Mixed Berries Waffles ($18), Braised Beef Cheek ($28)

Address:
391 Orchard Road, #B1-39/40 Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Ngee Ann City, Singapore 238872
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 10am-9pm|Fri 10am-10pm|Sat-Sun 9.30am-10pm
Telephone: 6876 9142

Pazzion Cafe website


10. 99 Coffee & Gelato – Unique gelato near Lavender MRT



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@99coffeegelato, @saltyaaron

99 Coffee & Gelato sits just a convenient 5-min walk away from Lavender MRT station, with interesting gelato flavours to snack on. Unique selections include Tomato Strawberry, Caramelised Banana with Cacao Nibs and Coconut Pineapple.

Besides gelato, they also serve drinks and pastries, which you can enjoy on their lush sofas for a midday break.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Caramelised Banana with Cacao Nibs ($6), Creme Fraiche & Yuzu Jelly ($8)

Address:
809 French Road, #03-31 Kitchener Complex, Singapore 200809
Opening hours: 11am-8pm, Daily
Telephone: 9173 3359

99 Coffee and Gelato website


11. Chatterbox – “Premium” chicken rice



Their new outlet has counter seats for solo diners to eat comfortably.
Image credit: @mighty.explorers

Singaporeans love chicken rice – it’s basically our national dish. But if you’re looking to try a more “premium” experience besides having it at your neighbourhood coffeeshop, try Chatterbox instead.


This might be pricier than your usual chicken rice, but you’ll be getting a hearty serving of chicken.
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The restaurant is known for their Mandarin Chicken Rice, which comes with everything you’d expect. Tuck into some tender steamed boneless chicken and fragrant chicken rice, with 3 sauces at the side including house-made chilli and ginger paste. The set also comes with a flavourful bowl of chicken broth with cabbage and tofu. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Mandarin Chicken Rice set ($25), Lobster Laksa ($34), Coffee Pork Ribs ($26)

Address:
333 Orchard Road, #05-03 Hilton Orchard Singapore, Singapore 238867
Opening hours: 11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-9.30pm, Daily
Telephone:  6831 6291

Chatterbox website


12. SweeT.Rex – 1-for-1 souffle pancakes in April



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@gashunum

Thanks to a myriad of restaurants and cafes lining its streets, Tanjong Pagar is the spot for foodies. SweeT.Rex is the new kid on the block – once a humble store at Alexandra Village Food Centre, the dessert spot has just opened a second branch at International Plaza.

They’re currently having a 1-for-1 souffle pancake deal from now till 30th April 2022. Besides ordering their signature jiggly pancakes, be sure to try the cheesecakes too. The Basque burnt cheesecake is a hot fave, with other flavours like tiramisu and matcha.

Price: $
Must-trys: Classic Souffle Pancakes ($9.80), Basque burnt cheesecake ($4.50-$6.50)

Address:
10 Anson Road, # 01-11 International Plaza, Singapore 079903
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12pm-7pm (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
Telephone:  8163 7630

SweeT.Rex website


13. Zerah Coffee Roasters – Freshly roasted & steamed coffee



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@salty.aaron

Zerah Coffee Roasters has experts who roast the beans in-house, so you know you’ve got a good cuppa in your hands here. Their coffees are made using Decent – a special machine that steams and brews on demand.

Plus, no extra charge if you want to get your coffee cold too!

Price: $-$$
Must-trys: Iced White ($5.50), Ethiopia Filter Coffee ($7)

Address:
465 North Bridge Road, #02-5063, Singapore 191465
Opening hours:  Tue-Fri 10.30am-5pm | Sat 9.30am-5pm (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)

Zerah Coffee Roasters website


Head down to these new cafes and restaurants in August


Whether you’re in the mood for a big splurge, or looking for a new down-to-earth Sunday brunch spot, you’ll be spoilt for choice with the number of new food stalls opened recently. And who knows – some of these spots may end up being your new weekly go-tos.

Check out more cafes: 


Cover image adapted from: @eat_jonlove, @eatwithfelz, @as.it.lasts
Article originally published on 2nd Jan 2022 by Charlotte Lee. Last updated by Gwyn Lim.


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