The number of new cafes in Singapore is booming once again – I counted about 20 these two months, but downed in to a nice number of 10. As for the “theme” of the month, it has to be “hidden cafes”. We went from Yishun, Yio Chu Kang, Kallang Way, to Chang Airport Terminal 2
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The number of new cafes in Singapore is booming once again – I counted about 20 these two months, but downed in to a nice number of 10.
As for the “theme” of the month, it has to be “hidden cafes”.
We went from Yishun, Yio Chu Kang, Kallang Way, to Chang Airport Terminal 2 to suss out cafes that nobody else have written about. Even took a short climb up Jalan Kukoh to find a cake and ice cream place quite out-of-sight.
Do also look out for LR Boulangerie (River Valley), C Café (Joo Chiat), Kings Cart Coffee Factory (Joo Chiat), Joy Luck Teahouse (ION Orchard), MAXX Coffee (JEM), Butter Bean (Funan), and LUX Restaurant (Beach Road). Or DFD’s Aug 2020 and July 2020 Cafe Guide – in case what you are finding is there.
Hub And Spoke Cafe
60 Airport Boulevard #01-T2S-02 Kampong Changi, Singapore 819643
Opening Hours: 7.30am – 8pm (Mon – Thurs), 7:30am – 9:30pm (Fri – Sun)
Linking the East Coast Park connector and Changi Airport, Hub and Spoke is a pit stop for cyclists to park their bicycles and rejuvenate.
The entire glasshouse setting is a 30 seaters space (24 indoors, 6 outdoors) decked in black and white colonial style with ample natural sunlight pouring in during daytime.
Opened at 7:30am daily, Hub and Spoke Cafe offers a menu ranging from local Breakfast Toast ($3.20 – $4.50) and Kopi/ Teh ($1.30 – $2.10) to cafe-style Brunch ($6.80 – $15.90), Pasta ($11.90 – $12.90) and Sandwich ($7.80 – $14.80).
I enjoyed the ambience, space and the natural sunlight here, especially when the food here is reasonably priced, tasty and not too fancy.
The only problem now is probably the location, which is not that accessible via public transport. Hup and Spoke Café (Changi Airport T2)
67 Kampong Bahru Road, #01-00, Singapore 169371
Opening Hours: 9am – 6pm (Mon – Sat), 10am – 4pm (Sun)
French Desserts And Pastry Cafe With Influences from Spain
Dolc Patisserie is the newest kid on the block located along the stretch of shophouses at Kampong Bahru Road (somewhere near where Strangers’ Reunion was).
Specialising in French techniques with modern flavours and incorporating influences from Spain, Dolc Patisserie wants to introduce a piece of Barcelona in their pastries to the locals.
The desserts display features their current selection of the day, ranging from Fruit Tart ($8+) to Bananier ($8+) made from chocolate and banana, Elsie ($8.50+), Passionfruit Meringue ($7.50+), Charlotte ($8.50+), chocolate with coffee Royale ($8.50+) and Mango Shortcake ($8+).
I got the velvety-red Charlotte ($8.50+) which was love at first bite (or sight).
The basil taste was distinctive yet not overwhelming, pleasantly balanced with the sweet strawberry coulis with a touch of creaminess from the mascarpone layer. Dolc Patisserie (Kampong Bahru)
129 Rangoon Road, Singapore 218407
Opening Hours: 10am – 10pm (Mon with coffee and cakes only), 10am – 10pm (Tue – Thu), 9am – 10pm (Fri – Sun)
Minimalist Japanese-Style Cafe With Chilli Soft Shell Crab Rice Bowl
Daizu Cafe is the newest addition to the cafe scene along Rangoon Road.
Their brunch menu featuring Daizu Brunch ($22) and Lemon Miso Egg Benedict ($24) is available daily from 11am to 3pm; whereas Rice Bowls ($14 – $17) and Udon ($16) are available from 11am till 3pm and 5pm onwards.
Soybean powder is used to make the batter in some of their Japanese dishes such as the Kitsune Udon with Tempura Prawn ($16) and Chilli Soft Shell Crab Rice Bowl ($17).
The Chilli Soft Shell Crab Rice Bowl ($17) came with edamame, soy beans, mushroom, soft shell crab, sous vide egg and sprinkled with curry leaves.
The soft-shell crab had a golden-brown crispy texture on the surface and tender on the inside.
Unlike the usual chilli crab sauce that we are familiar with, their sauce has a spicier punch with minimal sweetness. Daizu Café (Rangoon Road)
Durian Lab Cafe
Blk 119 Bukit Merah Lane 1, #01-22 Singapore, Singapore 151119
Opening Hours: 8am – 8pm (Mon – Sun)
Ah Seng Durian Opens Cafe With MSW Burnt Cheesecake And Cruffins
Ah Seng Durian has expanded with a 2nd outlet at 119 Bukit Merah, and this comes with their very first Durian Lab café next door (The shop is near Alexandra Village Food Centre.)
The MSW durian desserts include Durian Tart ($8.50), Roll Cake ($8), Mille-Feuille ($11.50) and Short Cake ($8); while Keong Saik Bakery is also supplying Burnt Cheesecake ($11) and Burnt Cruffin ($6.50).
The MSW Burnt Cheesecake ($11) which is the most expensive item on their menu, came in three different layers.
The top layer of burnt cream cheese, pure MSW durian puree with some durian pulp in the middle layer, and MSW cream cheese at the base.
The burnt cheesecake was well-executed with a texture of smooth, velvety cream with some durian flesh for an extra bite, and an ice cream-like sensation when served. Durian Lab Café (Bukit Merah Lane)
164 Kallang Way, #02-K1, Singapore 349248
Opening Hours: 8am – 4:30pm (Mon – Fri), Closed Sat, Sun, PH
Hidden NEW Cafe At Geylang Bahru
Started off as a coffee cart business in 2018, Musketeers Coffee is founded by 3 friends who call themselves “Musketeers”.
Their menu is short and concise, mainly focusing on their in-house artisanal coffee.
Using a 3-beans-blend (Ethiopia, Columbia, Costa Rica) roasted by Tad Coffee, the menu includes Espresso ($3.50), Black/ White ($4.50) and Mocha ($5).
For those coffee enthusiasts seeking Pourover Coffee, they are using coffee beans roasted by Anteroom Coffee Brewers with 2 variants: Daily brew ($4) and V60 ($6). Musketeers Coffee (Geylang Bahru)
Kyushu Pancake Singapore – Holland Village
25 Lor Liput, Singapore 277735
Tel: +65 6352 6265
Opening Hours: 11am – 9pm (Tues – Sun), Closed Mon
Japanese Pancake Cafe At Holland Village
Kyushu Pancake which used to be at Novena Regency, has reopened again at a different location – Holland Village.
Wondering what to get? Some of the top-sellers include Berry-licious Pancake ($16.90), Matcha Tiramisu ($16.00), and Matcha MontBlanc ($18.00), and Annou Imo Pancakes (16.00).
There are also savoury options of Eggs Benedict ($18.00), Croque Madame Pancake ($19.00), and American Big Breakfast ($22.00).
The Kyushu Pancake Mix is made from 7 different finely selected grains including wheat from Oita Prefecture and Pressed barley from Saga Prefecture, 100% homegrown in Kyushu Japan, free of emulsifier, artificial fragrance, additives or processed starch.
Therefore, the texture may not be the usual souffle and wobbly that many Singaporeans are more used to. Kyushu Pancake (Holland Village)
Little WOLA Café
8 Jalan Kukoh, #01-37, Singapore 162008
Opening Hours: 12pm – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Hidden & Quaint Cafe With Stylish Decor At Jalan Kukoh
Little WOLA Café is located at Jalan Kukoh, and is considered under-the-radar. The place is also tastefully done up, as the café is related to “Wola” – a collective of brands and spaces for designers.
Depending on the time of the day you visit, you may expect to have Carbonara ($14.90) with bacon, brussel sprouts and crispy lychee, Sanuki Udon ($9.90), a selection of Sandwiches, Chicken & Mushroom Pie, Smoked Salmon Quiche, and Waffles with Ice Cream.
A selection of coffee such as Vanilla Latte, Hazelnut Latte, Butterscotch Latte, Caramel Latte,and Mocha Latte are available, affordably priced at $4.50. Do not expect latte art though.
Hard to get to, but it had a quaint, welcoming environment. Little WOLA Café (Jalan Kudoh)
10A-E Yio Chu Kang Rd, ICB Shopping Centre, Singapore 545524
Opening Hours: 9am – 9pm (Tue – Sat), 9am – 6pm (Sun), Closed Mon
Korean-Inspired Minimalist Bakery & Speciality Coffee Cafe At Yio Chu Kang
Urban Table is located at ICB Shopping Centre, slightly further down from iconic eateries such as Song Kee Eating House and Eleven Strands.
The open coffee bar counter which you can view the barista at work, pastries on display and neatly arranged tables, and minor details immediately took my soul for a joyride in South Korea.
The only mains available was an All-Day Breakfast plate ($14.90) made up of ham & cheese croissant, scrambled eggs, and a serving of greens.
Also available is a range of pastries and cakes such as Apple Strudel ($4.50), Pain Au Chocolate ($3.90), Onion Quiche ($6.90) and Strawberry Shortcake ($6.80).
I generally liked their pastries such as buttery croissant which came with soft and fluffy insides, coupled with flaky golden exterior. Urban Table (Yio Chu Kang)
645 Yishun Street 61, #01-322, Singapore 760645
Opening Hours: 11am – 10pm (Mon – Sun)
Gelato Cafe At Yishun, With Whiskey Cran-cherry Flavour And Sourdough Waffle
Bloom Artisan Cafe is the newest gelato shop opened in Yishun within the housing estates.
Their menu features 12 gelato flavours (Single scoop $3.50/ Double Scoops $6/ Premium +$0.70) at any one time.
Flavours range from the more basic Chocolate Mousse and Cool Choco Chip Mint, to interesting ones such as Wheatmilk, Whiskey Crancherry, Apple & Mint Sherbet and Hojicha & Red Bean.
Available in Cups, Cones (+$0.70) and Brown Butter Sourdough Waffle ($4), the gelato are also available for takeaways in 2 sizes: 16oz ($12) and 26oz ($18).
Recommended is the Whiskey Crancherry (Single Premium $4.20) in a Waffle Cone ($0.70) with distinctive alcoholic smell and taste, coupled with tiny bits of cran-cherry (cranberry and cherry) that added some textural contrast to the smooth and creamy gelato. Bloom Artisan (Yishun)
Rilakkuma – The Relax Café
Kumoya @ Orchard Central #04-08, 181 Orchard Road, Singapore 238896
Opening Hours: 11am – 9:30pm, Last Order 30 minutes before closing (Mon – Sun)
Rilakkuma Pop-Up Café In Singapore At Orchard Central
While many character cafes in Singapore have short life spans, Kumoya known for its numerous pop-up cafes has opened a new outlet at Orchard Central #04-08.
This Kumoya @ Orchard Central is bigger at 2000 sq ft (more space for social distancing), brighter, overlooking Singapore’s Orchard Road.
This pop-up “Rilakkuma -The Relax Café” will be the first semi-permanent San-X characters pop-up café in South East Asia, as it will be a year-long collaboration with various San-X characters making their appearance.
Items available include Relaxy Rilakkuma Chicken Cordon Bleu ($29.90), Rest & Relax Rilakkuma Chicken Stew Rice ($25.90), Chill-out Rilakkuma Yuzu Carbonara Pasta ($23.90) and Rilakkuma Chill-out Tendon Rice Set ($27.90). Rilakkuma Café (Orchard Central)
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