Perhaps Singaporeans are getting tired of just “instagrammable food”, the NEW cafes in Singapore are looking at providing fuller meals.
Some highlights that open up this month includes the world’s first Tokidoki Café; the return of Liberty Coffee Bar after an absence of 4 years; and vegan cafe HRVST by Kilter Avenue in the CBD.
Other than the more familiar names, I make a point to also feature some of the unknown or hidden ones, such as Rakki Bowl within Candour Coffee at Beach Road; Two+2 at Choa Chu Kang; and The Cook & The Barista within a less-visited Sultan Plaza.
Kumoya @ 8 Jalan Klapa Singapore 199320
Opening Hours: 12.00pm – 9.30pm (Tues, Wed, Thurs, Sun), 12.00pm – 10.30pm (Fri, Sat), Last Order 30 minutes before closing, Closed Mon Duration: Till End June 2018
World’s 1st Tokidoki Pop-Up Café
The world’s first Tokidoki pop-up café has opened in Singapore, at Kumoya Café from 29 March 2018 (Thursday) to end June 2018.
Tokidoki, which translates to “sometimes” in Japanese, is an internationally-recognised and iconic lifestyle brand based on the vision of Italian artist Simone Legno and his partners, serial entrepreneurs Pooneh Mohajer and Ivan Arnold.
With a menu designed by @littlemissbento, recommended items include Donutella & Sweet Friends Japanese Curry ($25.90), Moofia-Protected Pressed Sushi Rice ($24.90), A Lot-of-Things LAH! Merlion Seafood Ramen ($28.90), and SANDy and Polpettina Full-of-Life Chicken Katsu Burger ($23.90).
The interior was OTT and delightful. Tokidoki Café Singapore (Jalan Klapa)
Liberty Coffee Bar
387 Jalan Besar Singapore 209002
Opening Hours: 10am – 6pm (Tues – Thurs), 10am – 8pm (Fri), 9am – 6pm (Sat), Closed Sun, Mon, PH
Popular Cafe Is Back After 4 Years
After 4 years of absence, the NEW Liberty Coffee Bar is back and located at 387 Jalan Besar, steps away from Kam Leng Hotel.
Other than its signature coffee blends, there is a “simple but focused” food menu consisting of pastas, sandwiches and finger foods.
Unfortunately, the previously-popular Lemon Poppy Cake and Gular Melaka Café won’t be available anymore.
Offerings include Rodeo Hero Sandwich ($14) with Angus beef and homemade bacon & onion jam; Hot Butt Sub ($13) filled with Cubano-style pork hind; Ragu on Ribbons ($15) – a papardelle pasta in rich tomato-based beef & pork sauce; and Blue & Shells ($13) – pasta shells cooked with Gorgonzola cheese.
Good to have you back, Liberty. Liberty Coffee Bar (Jalan Besar)
True Boss 醋頭家 Singapore
Northpoint City B2-134, 1 Northpoint Drive, Singapore 768019 (Yishun MRT)
Opening Hours: 10:00am – 10:00pm
Fruit Vinegar Tea Shop From Taiwan Opens At Northpoint City
True Boss 醋頭家 is the first fruit vinegar specialty tea shop in Singapore, a brand which hails from Taiwan.
The popular chain store specialises in fruit vinegar, bubble tea, fruit smoothies and vinegar yogurt.
Some of their recommendations in True Boss 醋頭家 Singapore include Peach Vinegar ($2.90, $3.90), Plum Vinegar Tea ($3.40, $4.50), Brown Sugar with Fresh Milk ($3.90, $5.40), Cheese Milk Foam with Lugu Oolong Tea ($2.90, and $3.90), and Vinegar Yogurt ($4.90).
For those of you who have yet to try Fruit Vinegars or may not like the tangy ones, I would suggest going for the Vinegar Tea which are less intense and more delicate on the vinegar aspect.
If not, there is always the Brown Sugar Bubble Milk – loved this. True Boss 醋頭家 (Northpoint City)
Truffle Wagyu Donburi With Generous Portion
Rakki Bowl has partnered with Candour Coffee, serving up Japanese Donburi.
The menu consist of Bara-Chirashi ($12.90, $17.90), Spicy Salmon Don ($12.90, $17.90), Salmon Don ($13.90, $18.90), Teriyaki Chicken Don ($9.90, $13.90), and Signature Truffle Wagyu Don ($12.90, $21.90).
Price is wallet-friendly enough for the youths in the vicinity to want to give it a go.
Rakki Bowl (Beach Road)
Dink Dink Thai Street Café
Royal Square Novena 103 Irrawaddy Road #01-08 Singapore 329566
Opening Hours: 8:00am – 9:00pm
Featuring Thai Tom Yum Noodles And Thai Milk Tea
Dink Dink Thai Street Café is a 68-seater café style Thai eatery located at ground level of Royal Square Novena, opened by the Baan Ying people.
The Thai cafe serves up Tom Yum Noodles ($5.80), Tom Yum Goong Noodles ($12.80) – that’s with seafood, and Classic Thai Noodles ($5.80).
Give it some time to settle down and smooth out operations first. Dink Dink Thai Street Café (Novena)
Vegan Restaurant & Bar In The CBD, Beautiful Space
HRVST, short for “Harvest”, is a vegan restaurant at OUE Downtown Gallery launched by boutique gym Kilter Avenue.
You can imagine that the owners probably envisioned a lifestyle concept, in which one can work out; make like-minded friends; and have healthy, tasty vegan food at the same place.
HRVST’s menu is 100% vegan – no milk, eggs or animal products used, divided into appetisers, mains and desserts.
There is only a couple of selection in each course, with some of the recommendations including Soy Satay with peanut sauce and veggie chip ($10); BKT (Bak Kut The) Barley Risotto ($16); Pumpkin Gonocchi in Tomyum Broth ($16); Sourdough with nut spread ($14); ending with desserts of Matcha Ice Cream with Blood Orange Puree ($8) and Caramelised Pineapple Ring with Clove Ice Cream ($8).
HRVST by Kilter Avenue (Downtown Gallery)
Boutique Coffee Brand From China Opens Cafe At Marina One
Mellower Coffee with branches at Robinson Road and Middle Road (near Bugis) has set up another Singapore outlet at Marina One.
The menu is much leaner here, serving Single Origins ($9), Cold Brew ($7.20 – $8),Black Coffee sch as Americano ($5.20) and Caffe Latte ($6.20). Price seems to be a dollar to two more expensive than the average 3rd wave coffee shop.
Also offered are a small selection of sandwiches such as Turkey Bacon, Tuna Sweet Corn and Roast Chicken Salad ($6), Quiche ($6) and Pies ($7) of chicken with mixed vegetable, and beef with mushroom.
A quick take-and-go place. Mellower Expresso (Marina One)
Ta-da! The Bistro
51 Bras Basah Road, Manulife Centre #01-03A Singapore 189554 (Bras Basah MRT)
Tel: +65 6560 0859
Opening Hours: 11:00am – 11:00pm (Mon – Sat), Closed on Sun
Café With Gochuchang Pasta And Truffle Poké Bowls, At Manulife Centre
For those working and studying around Bras Basah, Ta-da! The Bistro has opened at Manulife Centre.
This may appeal to the office crowd around the area and students from Singapore Management University, School of the Arts and Nanyang Academy of Fine Arts – which are all a short walk away.
The bistro-cafe is said to be where you can find delicacies such as caviar and ebiko at accessible prices.
The mains served included Corn Fed Chicken ($17.90), Iberico Pork Burger ($19.90), Wagyu Burger ($21.90), Pan Fried Salmon ($21.90), Iberico Pork ($23.90), and Wagyu Striploin ($24.90) along with pasta dishes of Al Fungi ($16), Cold Pasta ($16), Salmon and Ebiko ($18) and Chicken Teriyaki ($16). Ta-da! The Bistro (Bras Basah Road)
Ice-Cream & Waffles Café With Free Toppings
The latest addition to Choa Chu Kang is Two+2, a small and cosy ice-cream parlour that has made its home at Sunshine Place.
The menu here is pretty modest, with just a small selection of coffee, iced teas and waffles to accompany the ice-cream.
Out of the 18 flavours available, 16 are fixed while the other two are rotated once every two days in order to give repeat customers something to look forward to.
Some of the choices I spotted that day include Cookies and Cream, Taro Yam & Coconut, Pistachio, Mango Sorbet, Earl Grey, Strawberry Cheesecake and D24 Durian.
Regardless of flavours, a scoop of ice-cream starts at $3.20 and gets further discounted with every additional scoop. Two+2 (Choa Chu Kang)
The Cook & The Barista
100 Jalan Sultan, Sultan Plaza #01-26C Singapore199001
Tel: +65 9852 1156
Opening Hours: 9am – 8pm (Mon – Fri), 11am – 9pm (Sun), Closed Sat
All Set Lunches Below $10
A hidden find within Sultan Plaza (a walk from Lavender MRT). A humble place serving up home-style fare of Mum’s Chicken Curry ($6.90), Katsu Curry ($7.90), The Cook’s Signature Soba ($8.90), Gyudon ($9.90) and other daily specials.
Despite its name, the most memorable item to me was the cake – a Pandan Gula Mela Cheesecake with coconut shavings.
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* Compiled by Daniel Ang @DanielFoodDiary and Simon Koh.