October's New Cafes & Restaurants
The only reason to be optimistic during this hazy season is the kind reminder that one needs to be chilling indoors. If the health of my respiratory system demands me to be pigging out in air conditioning, I’ve no choice but to oblige and do exactly that. Besides, what better reason to remove your N95 than to indulge?
From molten malted milk puffs to grilled premium cuts of steak, get in on all the action this October with our monthly guide.
- Cafés -
1. Café & Meal Muji
For all you hipsters looking for a new instagram-worthy place to chill and grab a bite, cozy up in Café & Meal Muji! Minimalistic designs are the trademark of Muji, and the cafe’s resemblance to a simplistic Japanese home comes at no surprise. Café & Meal Muji aims to bring you healthy delicacies, while embracing the natural flavour of seasonal ingredients.
Located on the 4th level of Paragon, Café & Meal Muji serves 15 hot and cold dishes plus 4 desserts, including their signature Caramel Pudding ($4.90) available daily.
Read the full review of Café & Meal Muji on our sister site here.
Address: #04-36/37/38 Paragon, 290 Orchard Road, S(238859)
Opening hours: 10am-9.30pm daily
If coconut water is your go-to thirst quencher, you’re gonna love this coconut ice cream served in a fresh coconut husk! Raw Thai coconuts fresh from their farms form the core ingredient in Qoolco’s wide range of products, including the bottled coconut water most of us are familiar with.
Qoolco’s signature ice cream goodness includes Soft Snow ($3.80) shown above and Volcano ($4.60) - coconut soft serve drizzled with an egg yolk sauce. Sounds a little queer, but there’s always a first time for everything!
Address: #01-30 ONE Raffles Place, 3 Pickering Street, S(048660)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 10.30 am-8 pm; closed Sat and Sun
3. Roll Out
Feast your eyes - and your stomach - on this refreshing sushi-bar concept, where the main ingredients of each unique flavour are on full display! Introducing a local twist to their sushi, Roll Out serves up an original number called The Hainanese ($4.90) - chicken stock infused sushi rice, stuffed with pieces of chicken breast, garnished with ginger and smothered in a crispy garlic dressing. Now that’s one hell of a sushi!
Address: #B1-K11 Tampines Mall, 4 Tampines Central 5, S(529510)
Opening hours: 10.30 am-10 pm daily
From the name of this cafe, it’s probably self-explanatory that they sell creamy sweets. All of their Artisan Ice Creams are freshly made and include unique flavours like Thai Milk Tea, Bubble Gum Grapefruit and even White Rabbit Candy, something that every Singaporean kid grew up with!
Their milky menu also features other savoury dishes like Tunisian Egg ($13.90) and brunch staples like French Toast ($10.90) and Scrambled Eggs Breakfast ($15.90).
Address:#01-29 The Commerze @ Irving, 1 Irving Place, S(369546)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11:30 am – 10 pm; Sat-Sun 9:30am – 11pm
5. Doughwory Bakery
If you’re looking to satisfy your sweet tooth, you’ll find all the delectable sweet treats and confectioneries in the obscure North. Doughwory Bakery serves up a variety of pies, puff pastries, cakes, waffles and more! We definitely give them credit for their pun-worthy name.
Address: #01-03 Block 504 Yishun Street 51, S(760504)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12 pm-9 pm; Sat - 9.30 pm Sun 10 am - 8.30 pm
6. 21 Cube Artisan Ice Cream
If you’re fascinated by how ice cream can be frozen instantly and scraped up into delicious rolls, you’d be delighted to know that you can customize your own in town! From a low price of $4.90, you can choose your ice cream base from flavours like matcha, chocolate and yoghurt. Mash it up with a variety of fruits, oreo, kinder bueno, and even red bean.
Address: 2 Orchard Link, SCAPE Orchard #02-29, S(237978)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 12 pm-10 pm; Sat-Sun 11 am - 10pm
This Malted Milk Custard puff ($3) is the angmoh equivalent and close rival of the revered liu sha bao. It’s one of the bestselling pastries at Neato. This new kid on the block along Bencoolen Street offers other sinful sweets to stuff yourself silly with, like the Pumpkin Cheesecake ($4.90), Toasted Marshmallow Fudge Cake ($5.90), and Banana Bread ($3.90) generously drizzled with caramel sauce. I’m salivating just thinking about it!
Address: #01-55 Burlington Square, 175 Bencoolen Street, S(189649)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 9am-6.30pm; Sat-Sun 1pm-6.30pm
8. DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe
Girls, get ready to be dragged here by your boyfriend, brothers and maybe even your dad to watch them geek out at the latest superhero themed cafe on our shores. DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe serves the usual Western dishes like pastas, burgers, coffees and cakes conceptualised by celebrity chef Eric Teo. With comic book menus, superhero logos stamped everywhere and a themed interior furnishing, this new cafe will be the awe of any DC Comics fan.
Read the full review of DC Comics Super Heroes Cafe on Eatbook.sg.
Address: #01-03/04/05 Bay Level, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue, S(018956)
Opening hours:: Sun-Thurs 11am-11pm; Fri-Sat 11am-11.30pm
9. The Bakehouse by Carpenter & Cook
The next time you’re on the way to IKEA to get your fix of Swedish meatballs, you might wanna try out Carpenter and Cook’s latest edition, The Bakehouse. Located on the ground level of Alexandra Central, you’ll find the cosiest cafe furnished with timeless vintage pieces.
Apart from their impressive selection of baked goods like the Fruit Frangipane ($6.50) and White Rabbit Carrot Cake ($7.50), you’ll also find wood-fired pizzas, al dente pastas and more.
Address: #01-14 Alexandra Central, 321 Alexandra Road, S(159971)
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 8am-10pm; Fri-Sat 8am-11pm
10. Grain Traders
If you think salads are rabbit and hamster food, you are seriously mistaken. At Grain Traders, fill your salad bowl to the brim with fresh leafy greens, grains, proteins and toppings, tousled with your choice of salad dressing. Speaking of salad dressings, you wouldn’t find your typical choices here. Go crazy with their selection of Coconut Curry, Miso Caramel and even Apple Kimchi dressing.
Read our full review here.
Address:#01-01/02/03 Capitagreen, 138 Market Street, S(048946)
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-7pm, closed Sat and Sun
- Restaurants -
Mango puree spheres disguised as egg yolks, pineapples set on fire and Chinese stencil wall art of the Simpsons aren’t exactly things that gel well together in a traditional Chinese restaurant. Then again, Lokkee isn’t your typical Asian eatery. With dishes like Baked Oyster with Bacon ($22) and Yunnan-style Pork Ribs with Salsa ($20) on their menu, Lokkee breaks the stereotype of Chinese cuisines with a dash of Westernised flavours.
Address: #03-01 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road, S(238839)
Opening hours: 11am-3pm; 5.30pm-10pm daily
2. Chef’s Table by Chef Stephan Zoisl
Aptly named Chef’s Table, the open-concept kitchen here lets you watch your meal being freshly prepared before you. Savour a 3-course meal starting from $68, or if you’re feeling a little more extravagant, go for an 8-course meal at $150. If you’d like something simpler, pick from an ala carte menu that includes Beef Tagliata ($22), Duck Confit ($12) and even a Cheese Platter ($24).
Address: 61 Tras Street, Tanjong Pagar, S(079000)
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 5 pm-12 am; Closed on Mondays and Sundays
Tel: 6224-4188 / 9128-3058
3. 5th Quarter
With an incessant burnt smell that pervades the air, I can’t be the only one who’s craving for some grilled goodness. Head down to 5th Quarter to sample all kinds of hearty meats! Step out of your comfort zone and try out some of the dishes you don’t see everyday, like the Grilled Lamb Loin ($42) and Pork Collar ($32).
Address: L1, Hotel Vagabond, 39 Syed Alwi Road, S(207630)
Opening hours: Closed on Mondays; 12pm-2.30 pm (Lunch) and 6.30pm-10.30pm (Dinner) daily
One of the perks of living in a multi-racial society is that we can easily try dishes from all corners of the world. Garçons sits in a new food court at The Pinnacle@Duxton, offering a fusion of French and European cuisines at affordable prices. At Garçons, you’ll be able to live the atas life without burning a huge hole in your pocket.
Address: #01-01 Essen @ The Pinnacle, 1 Cantonment Road, S(080001)
Opening hours: 10.30am-11pm daily
5. District 10
If you’re a meat lover and steaks are your thing, you might want to keep District 10 in mind the next time you’re on your carnivorous quest. Known for their dry-aged meat, District 10 takes seasoning their steaks to a whole new level at their brand new outlet.
Choose from their premium cuts of 45 Days Dry Aged Corn Fed US Prime OP Rib ($20 per 100g, min order of 500g) or try out their 45 Days Home Dry Aged Corn Fed US Prime Traditional Fiorentina Steak ($22 per 100g, min order of 800g), if you’re in the mood for a fancier meal.
Address: 3 Temasek Boulevard, Suntec City Mall #01-514/515, S(038983) (Beside Tower 2 Office Lobby)
Opening hours: 11.30am - 11pm on Mon-Thurs, 11.30am - 1am on Fri, 11am - 1am on Sat, 11am - 11pm on Sun
Tel: +65 6822 2886
6. The Carvery
Say hello to IKEA’s newest neighbour, Park Hotel Alexandra, and its latest tenant The Carvery. Specialising in premium roasts of beef, lamb, fish and more, they’ll treat you to a preview of how your meal is prepared by chefs at the live-cooking stations! It doesn’t get any fresher than that.
Address: Park Hotel Alexandra Level 7, 323 Alexandra Road, S(159972)
Opening hours: 12pm-3pml; 6pm-10pm daily
7. Ban Heng Restaurant
Mention an all-you-eat ala carte buffet and you’ll be able to command the attention of any Singaporean. At Ban Heng Restaurant’s all new branch at Cathay, you’ll be able to enjoy an ala carte buffet lunch from $22.80 and dinner from $26.80 every Monday to Friday.
Prepare your stomach for a wide range of dim sum dishes featuring chef recommendation Braised Baby Abalone with Mushroom and appetisers like Jelly Fish & Cucumber in Wasabi Sesame Sauce!
Address: #02-01 The Cathay, 2 Handy Road, S(229233)
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm; 6pm-10.30pm daily
Tel:: 6732-7888 / 6732-6623
Put tapas together with 80 Japanese alcohols together and you’ll get the ultimate fusion restaurant. With Japanese ingredients served in a Spanish style, you’ll find dishes like Kamo + Foie Burger ($20.80), made with pulled duck & seared foie gras with apple kimchi. Cold tapas dishes are also available.
Address: #01-01 Golden Castle Building, 80 South Bridge Road, S(058710)
Opening hours: Mon-Sat: 4.30pm-12am; Closed on Sundays
In Singapore where 3-in-1 milo and coffee are commonplace, 3-in-1 restaurants are becoming a thing too! Serving up European sourced ingredients, Delicacy starts off serving Spanish breakfast and Sunday brunch available from 10.30 am - 2.30 pm, then it transforms into a deli by day serving salads and sandwiches. When night falls, Delicacy turns into an exquisite wine bar and dinner restaurant ideal for celebrating a special occasion.
Address: 10 Gemmill Lane, S(069251)
Opening Hours: Mon-Thur 7.30am-10pm; Fri 7.30am-12am; Sat 10.30am-12am; Sun 10.30am-3pm
We’ve done American burgers, Japanese ramen and Korean BBQ in Singapore, but have you given Austrian-Hungarian cuisine a go? I certainly haven’t and I can’t even name one Austrian dish. Here’s your chance to try exotic dishes like Bohemian Meat Dumplings ($25), Hungarian Paprika Stew ($19) and even Viennese Goulash ($26). The next time you’re craving for something exotic, you know where to go.
Address: #02-06 / #03-06 Capitol Theatre, 17 Stamford Road, S(178907)
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 10.30am-12am; Fri-Sat 10.30am-1am
Dare to Explore
With so many new dining options available this month, McDonald’s, Pizza Hut and KFC can take a backseat. The next time you and your friends are deciding on where to eat, you’ll be spoilt for choice! And if you guys are staying in, this definitive guide to home deliveries will come in handy.
If you’re dying to share a snap your glorious meal with someone, don’t forget to hashtag #TSLmakan on your Instagram posts and you might just be featured on our TSL account!