20 New Cafes And Restaurants in December 2018 - $6 Wine, Tiong Bahru Bakery Safari Tent, & China’s OG Cheese Tea

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New food places in Singapore

 

New restaurants in December 2018

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This December, it’s all about getting into the holiday spirit and feasting at the new food joints that have opened their doors. Your diet can wait - save the new year’s resolution for next month. From China’s most popular cheese tea to Thailand’s Bib Gourmand chicken rice, here are 20 new cafes and restaurants we’re excited to try:

 

- Cafes -

 

1. Scrambled - scrambled egg burgers

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Scrambled

Their brioche buns are ordered from Michelin-starred restaurant Burnt Ends.
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Scrambled eggs are often pigeonholed as a breakfast dish, but burger joint Scrambled dishes out Scrambled Egg Burgers (from $7.90) any time of the day. And if you’ve ever pondered over the question of how you like your eggs, your answer will always be scrambled after trying these. They’re done superbly well here - creamy but with a fluffy consistency.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Scrambled

They also offer Steak and Eggs ($16.90).
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Besides the Signature Egg, which is undoubtedly glorious with hashbrown and loads of cheesy goodness, they also have varieties like Spam & Cheese ($8.90) and Smoked Salmon ($10.90). The former comes with a splash of curry ketchup, and the latter, a mentaiko mayo.

Address: 12 Gopeng Street, #01-33/34 Icon Village, Singapore 078877
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 11:30AM-8PM (Closed on weekends)
Telephone: +65 6221 0289 

Website 

 

2. Easy Noodles Bar - handmade ramen and tortellini

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Easy Noodles Bar

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The noodles at Easy Noodles Bar are all made purely from scratch - whether it’s ramen or stuffed tortellini, they’re all fully handmade. The dishes here are clearly Asian, but there’s no sole focus on one cuisine so you can expect a mishmash of Japanese, Chinese, and Singaporean flavours.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Easy Noodles Bar

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They offer a large range of dishes like chicken broth-based Yang Chun Noodle ($4.80) and Angus Beef Noodle ($12.80). Their Lamb Foreshank ($15.80) - braised in red wine with tender chunks of meat falling off the bone - comes highly recommended.

Address: 20 Foch Road, Singapore 209261
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 11AM-12AM
Telephone: 8581 3521 

Website

 

3. Go-ang Chicken Pratunam - Bib Gourmand Thai chicken rice

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Go-ang Chicken Pratunam

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As Singaporeans, we’ve patted ourselves on the back for having the world’s best Hainanese chicken rice. But Bangkok’s Go-ang Chicken Pratunam’s chicken rice has a Bib Gourmand pegged to its name. And we can try it for ourselves now, since they’ve opened their first Singapore branch in NEX.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Go-ang Chicken Pratunam

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A plate of Single Portion Chicken is priced at $4.50, much steeper than its Bangkok counterpart at THB40 (~S$1.7), but those who’ve headed down describe the chicken as perfectly poached with a tender bite.

Another plus side is that you can load up on other Thai dishes like Stir Fried Basil Chicken with Kai Lan ($8) and Chai Poh Omelette ($6.50).

Address: 23 Serangoon Central, #B1-05/06 NEX, Singapore 556083
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 11AM-10PM 

Website

 

4. DOHKIE - edible cookie dough

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Dohkie

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Anyone who’s ever baked a batch of cookies know how difficult it is to resist digging into raw cookie dough. But DOHKIE is serving up edible cookie dough that’s been safely processed - that is, their flour is heat treated and raw ingredients like eggs are removed.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Dohkie

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Choose from classics like Original Chocolate Chip, Brownie Batter, and Cookies & Cream. There are even quirkier flavour like Lemon Tart and Birthday Cake. The batter comes solid and stiff, but you can add a scoop of soft-serve ($2.50 more) on top for a complementary blend of textures.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Dohkie

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1 scoop of cookie dough here starts from $4.

Address: 2 Havelock Road, #B1-26 Havelock II, Singapore 059763
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 11:30AM-9:30PM 

Website

 

5. Heytea - China’s most popular cheese tea

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Heytea

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As China’s most popular tea brand, you know that Heytea is worth heading down for - especially since they’re the OGs who kickstarted the cheese tea craze. Try their signature King Fone Cheezo Tea ($5.50). It’s brewed with oolong tea leaves and topped with a frothy layer of cheese foam.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Heytea

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Other special drinks include their Jade Matcha Cheezo Tea ($5.90) and fruity blends like their Very Strawberry Cheezo ($8.70). For added novelty, they’re also serving up Durian Ice Cream ($4.80) and Salted Egg Yolk Ice Cream ($4.80) - all special flavours that can only be found in Singapore.

Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B4-29 ION Orchard Mall, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10AM-10PM 

Website

 

6. Stack SG - halal gourmet sandwiches

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Stack SG

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This halal joint is offering up massive beasts of a sandwich, in which you can look forward a generous amount of ingredients spilling out from some artisan dough.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Stack SG

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The menu offers up solid options: Sloppy Joe ($11) comes with chili beef stuffed in a pullman loaf, and Chunky AF ($15) has a unique combination of lamb meatballs and peanut butter hummus in a garlic bagel.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Stack SG

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It’s not all savoury bites either, with sandwiches like Sleepy Nonna ($9), which is french toast loaded with banana, nutella, and crushed oreos.

Address: 4 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199316 (within Camelia & Co.)
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10AM-6PM
Telephone: 6904 8117 

Website

 

7. Cultures Specialty Coffee - Japanese rice bowls

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Cultures Specialty Coffee

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While Singapore’s cafe scene has grown by leaps and bounds in recent years, we’re still excited by newcomers like Cultures Specialty Coffee. This one’s mostly for the work crowd since it’s in the middle of the CBD: they deal out rice bowls that’ll help fuel you through a long work day. Options include Wagyu Beef Don ($19.90), Salmon Mentaiko Don ($18.90), and Nyonya Pork Don ($15.90).

New restaurants - December 2018 - Cultures Specialty Coffee

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New restaurants - December 2018 - Cultures Specialty Coffee

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Their coffee is made from beans roasted by Common Man Specialty Coffee, and they’ve got standard brews like Latte ($5.50) and Flat White ($5.50). But what we’re really interested in? Magic ($5.50) - a white coffee with supposedly the perfect ratio of coffee to milk.

Address: 2 Marina Boulevard, #B1-04 The Sail @ Marina Bay, Singapore 018987
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 8AM-6PM (Closed on weekenda) 

Website

 

8. TBB Safari - Tiong Bahru Bakery’s safari-themed tent

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Tiong Bahru Bakery

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Tiong Bahru Bakery’s newest concept is quite the wildcard. What with it being housed in a massive tent and dishing out organic fare, TBB Safari bears little resemblance to their other bakeries. It’s got major African safari vibes with foliage and wooden decor - inspired by the owner’s recent trip to Botswana.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Tiong Bahru Bakery

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While they’ve got TBB’s regular menu of baked goods, this new joint is offering up unique drinks and dishes like their Tumeric Latte ($6.50) and Rolled Oats with Sesame and Pineapple ($8.80). If you’re after their signature croissants, they also offer pastries like the Ham & Cheese Croissant ($7.50) and Brie & Roasted Mushroom Croissant ($8.50).

New restaurants - December 2018 - Tiong Bahru Bakery

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And unlike other alfresco experiences in sunny Singapore, TBB Safari brings it up a notch with eco-friendly coolers that keep the temperatures down to a cool 25 degrees. The canvas tent is rainproof too, so you can enjoy the sound of thundering rain while staying dry.

Address: 130E Minden Road, Singapore 248819
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 8AM-5PM
Telephone: 6877 4876 

Website 

 

9. The Green Ducklings - fusion cafe

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Green Ducklings

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Fusion food is always a huge hit in Singapore, and it’s not any different at new cafe The Green Ducklings. They offer unusual dishes like Fried Carrot Cake with Nacho Cheese ($5.90) and Shrimpy Seaweed Fries ($5.90), but also cafe usuals like Meatball Pasta ($15.90).

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Green Ducklings

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There’s also a takeaway counter serving up baked goodies like Lemon Meringue ($2.90) and Blueberry Cheese Tart ($2.90).

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Green Ducklings

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Address: 302 Beach Road, #01-06 The Concourse Skyline, Singapore 199600
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 8AM-8PM
Telephone: 9664 1518 

Website

 

10. Churreria La Lola - popular churros chain from the Philippines

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Churreria La Lola

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There’s nothing like biting into a piping-hot golden churro that’s generously dusted with sugar and cinnamon. Churreria La Lola, The Philippine's popular churro chain has opened their first Singaporean branch at Clarke Quay, and will be serving up their Classic Churros with a choice of dips (signature, chocolate, matcha, yam, and cream cheese).  

New restaurants - December 2018 - Churreria La Lola

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To try a range, you can mix 3 flavours for $9.30. And for those feeling adventurous, there’s a Singapore-exclusive Pork Floss Churro with Cream Cheese.

Address: 6 Eu Tong Sen Street, #01-27 Clarke Quay Central, Singapore 059817
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 11AM-11PM  

Website 

 

- Restaurants -

 

11. Rubicon Steak House - Japanese wagyu steak and hamburg

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Rubicon Steak House

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Rubicon Steak House’s hearty, meaty dishes are undoubtedly worth splurging on. You wouldn’t expect it from this hole-in-the-wall diner, but they’re dishing out quality Japanese meat. Try their Hokkaido Wagyu Steak ($31) for a hefty 180g slab of meat or the Hokkaido Beef Hamburg ($15.80) for a lighter but equally satisfying choice.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Rubicon Steak House

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Although they’re first and foremost a steakhouse, their Pork Cutlet Plate ($15.80) is also worth a try, and you have a choice between garlic bread or rice with your tonkatsu.

Address: 200 Upper Thomson Road, #01-04 Thomson Imperial Court, Singapore 574424
Opening hours: Tue to Sat: 11:30AM-3PM, 5:30PM-10PM, Sun: 5:30PM-10PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 8303 4075 

Website

 

12. Komyuniti - sharing plates in Orchard Road

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Komyuniti

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There are plenty of hidden gems in Orchard and there’s no need to grudgingly seat yourself down in another mainstream chain - especially with the opening of YOTEL’s new restaurant Komyuniti.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Komyuniti

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The food here is made to be shared with dishes like Salmon Poke ($13), Beef Tartare ($14), and Butter Poached Slipper Lobster ($16). Their drinks are equally tasty, with unique concoctions like KOMpliment ($18, butterfly pea-infused gin) and Chaussettes ($18, truffle vodka).

New restaurants - December 2018 - Komyuniti

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Address: 66 Orchard Road, Level 10 YOTEL Singapore, Singapore 238904
Opening hours: Sun to Thu: 6:30AM-11PM, Fri to Sat: 6:30AM-12AM
Telephone: 6866 8000 

Website

 

13. Preludio - monthly themed menus

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Preludio

Iberico pork shoulder and grape tomatoes following a monochrome theme.
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Another fancy fine-dining restaurant to add to your list is Preludio, which sets itself apart by having a new menu and theme every month. Last month featured a “monochrome” theme, and the menu was kept simple but with complex flavours - ingredients like balsamic vinegar, caviar, and hand-crafted butter were woven in.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Preludio

“Rags to riches” - squash gnocchi with a generous topping of white truffle.
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Lunch starts from $68 for 4 courses and dinner starts from $168 for 6 courses.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Preludio

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Address: 182 Cecil Street, Frasers Tower #03-01/02, Singapore 069547
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 11:30AM-10PM
Telephone: 6904 5686 

Website

 

14. Telok Ayer Arts Club - Mediterranean and Asian fusion

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Telok Ayer Arts Club

Tomatoes & Tofu comes with white miso and shitake pesto.
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Telok Ayer Arts Club isn’t merely a dining space - as its name suggest, it’s also an arts club. But there’s nothing pretentious about it either. Like a quirkier version of our neighbourhood community centres, it’s simply a place for people to enjoy good food and music. Of course, there’s also an exhibition area that regularly showcases the work of local artists.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Telok Ayer Arts Club

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Foodwise, you’ll be enjoying a mishmash of Mediterranean and local flavours with  Mediterranean Couscous ($15), Seafood Fettuccine ($25), and Tomatoes & Tofu ($14).

New restaurants - December 2018 - Telok Ayer Arts Club

The Passion Cooler has fresh passionfruit, citrus, egg white, and honey.
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Address: 2 McCallum Street, Singapore 069043
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 11AM-11PM (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: 6221 0712 

Website

 

15. The Botanic - fusion sharing plates in Raffles City

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Botanic

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The Botanic has taken over a prime corner of Raffles City and chances are, you’ll notice it soon with its pastel green exterior and quaint alfresco setup. The menu fits the restaurant’s aesthetic perfectly, with an array of plant-based sharing dishes.

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Botanic

The Chendol Pavlova comes with fresh fruits like coconut, mango, and jackfruit.
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Flavours here are primarily Asian with a twist of Middle Eastern, with dishes like Caramelised Organic Bungalow Pork Belly ($22) and Harissa Spiced Spatchcock ($29). There’s also plenty for vegetarians and vegans to choose from, from Grilled Halloumi ($22) to Pressed Tofu ($16).

Even their desserts are fusion: we’re eyeing the Chendol Pavlova ($12) that’s loaded generously with fresh coconut, mango, and jackfruit.

Address: 252 North Bridge Road, #01-22A Raffles City Shopping Centre, Singapore 179103
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 12PM-11PM
Telephone: 6837 0995 

Website

 

16. Restaurant JAG - Michelin-starred French chef

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Restaurant JAG

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Here’s one classy fine-dining restaurant to save for a special meal: Restaurant JAG, led by a French Michelin-star chef. You can choose between 5 ($98), 7 ($168) or 10 ($218) courses, but whatever it is, you’ll be treated to a bevy of delicate dishes like Hokkaido Scallop, Foie Gras, and Brittany Turbot.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Restaurant JAG

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No doubt that it’s for special occasions only, since it’s the sort of place that dole out cheese platters for dessert and exquisite door gifts on your way out.

Address: 76 Duxton Road, Singapore 089535
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 12PM-2PM, 6PM-11PM, Sat: 6PM-11PM (Closed on Sundays) 

Website

 

17. The Mast’ of Mozzarella & Co. - Italian cheese joint famous for buffalo cheese

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Mast' of Mozzarella & Co.

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All cheese lovers know that there’s no such thing as too much cheese. Hailing straight from Italy, The Mast’ of Mozzarella & Co. is all about the cheese - gooey, hard, crumbly, they’ve got it all. Their menu also offers up plenty of other Italian fare.

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Mast' of Mozzarella & Co.

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Try the Tris di Bufala ($28) for buffalo cheese in three ways: truffle-stuffed, pesto-stuffed, and mozzarella. Other dishes on the menu include pizza, flatbread, stuffed bread - really, anything that goes well with cheese.

Address: 182 Cecil Street, $01-05/08 Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 10AM-10PM (Closed on Sundays) 

Website

 

18. The Wine & Gourmet Friends - wine from $6 and Asian tapas

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Wine & Gourmet Friends

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A glass of wine? Much needed after a long day. And that’s exactly what you’ll be getting at The Wine & Gourmet Friends - they’ve got over 300 different wines and a glass starts from just $6. Pair either a red, white, or sparkling with their wide variety of Asian tapas which include tasty bites like Luncheon Chips ($8) and Crab Wonton ($12).

New restaurants - December 2018 - The Wine & Gourmet Friends

Their Lamb Trio ($30) comes with lamb kofta, lamb rendang, and rosemary grilled lamb rack.
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For a heartier meal, they also have mains like Rosedale Ruby Pure Australian Beef (from $12/100g) and Braised Lobster Noodle ($78 for 2 people).

Address: 48 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089859
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 12PM-11PM, Sun: 12PM-9PM
Telephone: 6224 1982 

Website

 

19. Mythz & Myths - experimental menu that changes every 3 months

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Mythz & Myths

Tender bone marrow, as part of an 8-course omakase.
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There’s no fixed menu at Mythz & Myths - it’s experimental and varies every 3 months or so. A different music soundtrack will also be swapped out to offer an entirely new ambience. With an eight-course dinner menu ($138), you’ll be leaving yourself in the hands of the chef - previous dishes have included plates of Hamachi Crudo (yellowtail sashimi) and Hokkaido Snow Beef.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Mythz & Myths

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Their cocktails are equally experimental and make use of fresh fruits, herbs, and spices. Try the Cosmic Bloom ($22) for a splash of gin and white wine that’s mixed with a refreshing blend of lemon rosewater.

Address: 50 South Bridge Road, #01-00 CMO Building, Singapore 058682
Opening hours: Tue to Sat: 5PM-12AM (Closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Telephone: 9733 4377 

Website

 

20. Bacchanalia by Vianney Massot - Michelin-starred tasting menus

 

New restaurants - December 2018 - Bacchanalia

The Foie Gras Symphony - a complimentary amuse bouche.
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Bacchanalia by Vianney Massot serves up dishes so finely presented[d] that they could only be described as works of art. The chef comes from the now-defunct two Michelin-starred L’Aterlier Joel Robuchon so you can be sure that the food here is French cuisine in all its finery - but with small dashes of local flavours.

Besides, it has a Michelin star of its own.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Bacchanalia

Scallop ravioli with caviar - all in a frothy kumquat emulsion. 
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There’s no a la carte menu, but fixed tasting menus for both lunch and dinner. The Five-course Lunch Degustation ($158) and Seven-course Dinner Degustation ($298) might be pricey but comes loaded with fancy ingredients like caviar and white truffle.

New restaurants - December 2018 - Bacchanalia

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Address: 39 Hong Kong Street, Singapore 059678
Opening hours: Tue to Sat: 12PM-2PM, 6PM-9:45PM (Closed on Sundays and Mondays)
Telephone: 6909 6360 

Website

 

Restaurants to try in Singapore

 

Since November, plenty of new restaurants have opened their doors. From Tiong Bahru Bakery’s safari-themed tent to a cookie dough joint, our stomachs will be filled to the brim this December.

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