New restaurants to try in Singapore in July 2018
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We’re officially halfway through the year and before the mid-year blues hit hard, head down to a few of these new food joints for some added excitement. There’s no need to rely on your regular Sunday cafe, when you’ve got the likes of gourmet sandwiches, a new Keisuke ramen concept, and fine-dining halal food. Here are 20 new cafes and restaurants to try in July 2018:
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1. Two Hana
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As a Korean-Western joint, Two Hana might not be your usual KBBQ restaurant but it does serve up a range of mouthwatering dishes including fried chicken - try their Drumlets ($9) which come infused with flavours like Spicy Tang Nyeom and Honey Butter.
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Most of their dishes are made to share, like their Bulgogi Sidewinders ($9) and Korean Cauliflower Fritters ($8), but they also offer mains like Braised Gochujang Lamb Shank ($24) and a selection of BibimWraps (from $12).
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #01-21 Century Square, Singapore 529509
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 8AM - 10PM
Telephone: 6260 4321
2. Riz Labo Kitchen
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You’ll have to wait the later part of July for Riz Labo Kitchen, but these Japanese pancakes are worth your patience. Apart from being super fluffy, these are gluten-free and made with pesticide-free rice flour. No matter what flavour you get - psst, there’s matcha - it’ll come with a load of cream slathered on top.
Riz Labo Kitchen is set to open on 21 July 2018 in Wisma Atria.
3. Benjamin Barker Cafe
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Benjamin Barker isn’t just a place to stock up on your suits any longer - they’ve also got a fully-fledged Benjamin Barker Cafe. It’s in the middle of Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, with the entire store spanning 3 levels, so drop by when you need a shopping break.
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There’s a huge range of dishes here, everything from fusion fare like Laksa Pizza ($22) to hearty bowls of pasta like Truffle Carbonara ($18). End your meal with Waffles and Ice Cream ($13) - the ice cream flavour changes monthly.
For drinks, they offer beer like Little Creatures and Pure Blonde as well as a solid range of coffee.
Address: 8 Range Road, #01-01/02 Cathay Cineleisure Orchard, Singapore 239695
Opening hours: Mon to Thu: 11AM - 10PM, Fri: 11AM - 1AM, Sat: 11AM - 1AM, Sun: 10AM - 10PM
Telephone: 6732 2123
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Those with a sweet tooth will lap up the drinks at Honeymill, which are made with honey from all around the world. All drinks are mixed entirely by a robot, with a robotic arm stirring in the honey and other ingredients.
Try their Rawsome Blossom ($6.80) for a dash of raw honey mixed with wolfberry and honey jelly, or Manuka Mystic ($6.80) for manuka honey with basil seeds, aloe vera, and calamansi. If you prefer designing your own drinks, you can choose between 3 bases: floral, nutty, or fruity, and also add their own toppings like coffee jelly or passionfruit.
Address: 5 Straits View, Marina One The Heart #B2-22, Singapore 018935
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 9AM - 6PM (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
Telephone: 8181 9722
5. L'occitane Pop-Up Cafe
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Janice Wong’s a well-known name - if not for 2am: dessert bar then for her foray as a guest judge in MasterChef Australia. But now there’s another place where you can try her desserts and handmade chocolates: the L’occitane Pop-Up Cafe at ION. It’ll be running from 3 to 16 July featuring L’occitane flavours like Cherry Blossom and Verbena.
Artist’s impression of the pop-up
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There’ll also be a skin and body care bar, so you can test different L’OCCITANE products - all with a 10% discount.
Address: ION Orchard Level 1 Atrium, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 10AM - 10PM
6. Potato Corner
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We’ve had an influx of new french fry joints lately, and we’re certainly not complaining. Shoestring, wedges, waffles - we like them all. Potato Corner is serving up buckets of fries in flavours like barbecue, sour cream, wasabi mayo, and even truffle.
Since there are 6 different sizes, you can either have a Regular ($2.90) all to yourself or share a Terra ($10.90) with a larger group.
Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-45 313 Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 10AM - 10PM
7. Löwe'f Artisanal
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Sandwiches at Löwe'f Artisanal come looking picture-perfect, nothing at all like the grab-and-go variety. Start your early hours with their Good Morning Burger ($7.50), which comes with scrambled eggs, cheddar slices, and coffee mayo.
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Other sandwiches that caught our eye include their Citrus Salmon Sandwich ($15), Salted Beef Brisket Sandwich ($16), and Queen Street Chicken Burger ($14) - which tastes like a deconstructed hainanese chicken rice with chilli mayo and ginger shallot dressing.
Address: 1 Queen Street, Singapore 188534
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 8AM - 6PM (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: 8767 4859
8. Maxi Coffee Bar
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Maxi Coffee Bar is a hole-in-the-wall coffee joint, covered with old-school mosaic tiles and leafy fronds. The entire establishment looks fitting for cover shots of Kinfolk and Frankie, but you can’t linger too long as there are just 2 counter seats.
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The menu’s simple enough, with Black ($4) and White (starting from $4). They also serve up interesting variations, like Coconut Cold Brew ($7.50) and Iced Cereal Milk Latte ($7.50). Whatever your choice, this will be your new CBD haunt for a takeaway cup of Joe. If you’re peckish, they also do up toasts like Miso PB Honey Toast ($6).
Address: 31 Club Street, #01-02 Emerald Garden, Singapore 049468
Opening hours: Mon to Fri: 8AM - 4:30PM (Closed on Saturdays and Sundays)
Telephone: 9831 5760
9. LIANG Sandwich Bar
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Mandopop fans, here’s a food joint that comes fully Jay Chou-endorsed. LIANG Sandwich Bar doesn’t serve up a sandwich in the traditional sense, but instead, a Taiwanese-style scallion pancake that’s stuffed with all sorts of savoury fillings like marinated chicken and ham.
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Plenty of these sandwiches are priced under $5, such as their Chicken Bolognese Sandwich and Mushroom & Egg Sandwich.
Address: 1 Harbourfront Walk, VivoCity #B2-K22, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: TBC (To open 7 July)
10. Le Fuse
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If you have Muslim friends wanting to try a halal pot of mala xiang guo (Spicy Dry Pot, $12.80), take them to Le Fuse Cafe, where you can expect a fusion of Malay and Sichuan spices. You won’t get to pick your own ingredients but there’ll still be typical ones in the mix like black fungus, sliced lotus, and mushrooms.
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Other halal dishes to try include their Rice Cake Soto Sichuan ($8.80) which has homemade rice cakes cooked in a mee soto broth, and Salted Egg Smoked Duck Laksa ($10.80).
Address: 22 Lim Tua Tow Road, Singapore 547772
Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 4PM - 10PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 9820 6260
1. Konjiki Hototogisu
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Yep, it’s another Michelin Bib Gourmand ramen restaurant in Singapore. But what differs at Konjiki Hototogisu is that their broth is seeping with Hamaguri clams. Their signature ramen, the Shoyu Hamaguri Soup ($14.90), comes with porcini mushrooms and black truffle.
Those who want a lighter soup should opt for the Shio Hamaguri Soup ($14.90) with a base of salt.
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-17/K5a/K5B CHIJMES, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 11:30AM - 9:30PM, Sun: 11:30AM - 9PM
Telephone: 6256 3155
3. Little Creatures
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You might’ve tried Little Creatures’ pale ale - they can be found in Cold Storage and selected shelves of craft beer stores - but if you’ve been wanting to try their full range of brews, then head down to the brewery itself. Try their Orchard Crush Cider ($12/half pint) for a sweeter alternative, or their Little Creatures IPA ($14/half pint) for a full-bodied maltiness.
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If you’re feeling peckish, there’s also a decent food menu to order off from noon onwards: their Chicken Risotto ($26), Pork Belly ($27), and Margarita Pizza ($23) are all substantially-sized mains that go great with a pint or two.
Address: 36 Club Street, Singapore 069469
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 8AM - 12AM
Telephone: 6239 0350
3. Suage Hokkaido Soup Curry
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It’s not often that we can have the best of both worlds, but with Suage Hokkaido Soup Curry - you can. Soup curry is perfect for the rainy days we’ve been getting, since it comes in a piping hot bowl of broth that has a texture between clear soup and thick curry.
You won’t go wrong with either the Beef Shabu Shabu ($14.50), Pork Kakuni ($13.80), or Prawn & Avocado ($14.50). Each soup curry comes with a plate of rice for you to soak up the gravy with.
Address: 13 Stamford Road, #B2-53 Capitol Piazza, Singapore 178905
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 11:30AM - 3PM, 5:30PM - 10PM
Telephone: 6242 4722
4. The MeatHouse
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If you’ve been craving a good chunk of meat, the folks at The MeatHouse do it just right - so it’s tender and juicy inside but with a lightly charred sear on the outside. Their OP Ribs ($10/100g) or Tomahawk Angus ($12/100g) are both excellent choices for a large group feast.
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For a lighter meal that’s just as delish, their Beef Burger ($14) comes with a thick patty and fried egg, all between a multigrain bun.
Address: 2 Tampines Central 5, #05-04 Century Square, Singapore 529509
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 11AM - 10:30PM
Telephone: 6260 1752
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Instead of just pad thais and tom yum soups, Un-Yang-Kor-Dai specialises in Isarn (Northeastern Thai) cuisine for you to gradually ease into less conventional Thai dishes. Try their Signature Grilled Chicken ($21/whole, $11/half) paired with sticky rice or the Papaya Salad ($13.50) for a spicy kick.
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Their Stir-fried Lobster ($78) is another highlight, with lobster chunks soaked in a generous spilling of salted egg sauce. They also have a retail space where you can buy handicrafts made by locals back in Khao Yai.
Address: 57 South Bridge Road, Singapore 058688
Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 11AM - 10PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6787 8575
6. Keisuke Champon King
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If other Keisuke outlets are anything to go by, Keisuke Champon King is already on the fast track to success. This time, you’ve only got three variations of their Champon Ramen: Yama Champon ($13.90), Umi Champon ($14.90), and King Champon ($15.90).
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The word “champon” means to mix a bunch of different things together, and that’s exactly how the ramen is served. All bowls come with a heap of toppings, including pork belly, fish cake, cabbage, sliced carrots, and plenty more. Add on $2 for a ramen egg, which comes with an oozy centre.
Address: 10 Anson Road, #01-02 International Plaza, Singapore 079903
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 11AM - 2:30PM, 5PM - 10PM
Telephone: 6224 2234
7. Yellow Pot
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As part of newly-launched hotel Six Senses, Yellow Pot offers up modern Chinese cuisine in a classy space that’s decked out in yellow and black. And yes, the dishes are presented as tastefully as the decor.
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One standout dish is their Stir-fried Mee Sua ($18) which comes with Hokkaido scallops and tiger prawns. Thanks to a generous drizzle of soy sauce, it’s been praised for its wafting aroma and wok hei flavour.
Address: 83 Duxton Road, Six Senses, Singapore 089540
Opening hours: Mon to Sun: 6:30AM - 10:30AM, 11:30AM - 2:30PM, 5:30PM - 10:30PM
Telephone: 6914 1420
8. Ebi Tori Menzo
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We all love our ramens, but try tsukemen for a change. Ebi Tori Menzo offers up a rich prawn dipping sauce to pair with dry noodles. You get a choice between Original Ebi, Curry Ebi, or Spicy Ebi - feel free to add on toppings like leeks, spinach, and lotus root for $1 each.
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Once you’ve slurped up every last noodle, you’ll get a bowl of rice and milk to soak in your leftover broth - so you’ll be ending it off with a creamy prawn porridge.
If you’re not keen on tsukemen, there’s also a choice of ramens like Shio Chicken Ramen ($15.90) and dons like Chashao Don ($7).
Address: 26 Beach Road, #B1-18 South Beach Avenue, Singapore 189768
Opening hours: Mon to Sat: 11AM - 3PM, 5PM - 10PM (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: 9880 0519
9. Backyard Kitchen
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With two chefs in the kitchen - one Michelin-starred and the other from restaurant Le Steak - Backyard Kitchen shows off the fine dining potential of halal food. Order their 3-course set menu ($58) and you’ll be feasting on entrees like Yellow Fin Tuna, mains like Australian Lamb Rack, and desserts like Gula Melaka.
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But if you’re not up for a full course meal, sample a few dishes from their a la carte menu. There’s plenty to choose from, with grilled meats like Great Omaha US Ribeye ($48) or pasta dishes like Whole Sea Crab Spaghetti ($38).
Address: 248 Jalan Kayu, Singapore 799472
Opening hours: Tue to Sun: 6PM - 12AM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6481 1083
10. IL DEN
Braised octopus in red wine on mash
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At IL DEN, everything’s run by the same bloke - he owns the restaurant and handles all the cooking too. It’s a tiny bistro, so small that it seats just 8 to 10 guests. Our advice? Make a reservation, especially since the food seems comparable to dishes you’ll find in a fine-dining restaurant.
Pasta in prawn broth and dashi, topped with prawns and ebiko
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There’s no a la carte menu, so you’ll be sticking to the set lunch and dinner menus. At $25, the lunch menu offers up starters like Pate and Foie Gras Terrine, a choice between Carbonara or Chorizo Pasta, and a Yuzu, Lime & Ginger Sorbet. Dinner’s more elaborate at $75, where you’ll get to pick between French Poulet, Iberico Pork Jowl, or Beef Short Ribs.
Those wanting to splurge can opt for the $120 tasting menu, where the chef will be deciding the menu based on fresh produce. All pastas are handmade daily.
Address: 150 Orchard Road, Orchard Plaza #04-21, Singapore 238841
Opening hours: Tue to Thu: 12PM - 3PM, 6PM - 9:30PM, Fri: 12 - 3PM, 6PM - 3AM, Sat: 6PM - 12AM (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Telephone: 9117 1791
New eateries to try in Singapore
Months are flying by so quickly that we’re already right smack-bang in the middle of the year. Save some time in your schedule to try a few of these new restaurants and cafes in July 2018. From a L’OCCITANE Pop-Up Cafe with Janice Wong chocolates to halal mala xiang guo, there’s plenty to feast on this month.