New Cafés and Restaurants In April 2015
March saw our first instalment of a curated list of new restaurants and cafés, replete with Insta-perfect food pictures. If that left you salivating for more, you’re in luck.
This month is also a bountiful one, with April’s edition giving you the inside scoop on where to chow down should you fancy anything from Italian to ice-cream.
– New Cafés –
1. Montana Brew Bar
This Sydney-inspired café is home to legendary truffle mac & cheese waffles. As the latest café to fuel the waffles-with-anything-and-everything fad, expect a whole variety of sweet and savoury options here.
Address: 1 Selegie Road #01-04, Singapore 188306
Telephone: 9833 1790 | Open daily 8am to 9.30pm.
2. Cocoa Colony
Chocoholics will love this, but just about anyone will enjoy what Cocoa Colony has to offer.
This new chocolate café serves handcrafted cocoa drinks and sweet treats that make for a wonderfully decadent café run. Cup a mug of Dark Chocolate Mocha between your palms and feel comforted by its warmth as you leaf through the pages of a good book, and you’re all set for the afternoon.
Address: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, #01-06, Singapore 228208
Telephone: 6235 8328 | Open Mon-Sat 8am to 10pm; Sun 9am to 9pm.
3. Dazzling Café
Picture perfect creations will have you snapping pictures in quick succession. Top of our too-pretty-to-eat list includes the Shibuya style honey toast, and the Mochi QQ Waffle.
Address: #01-85 Capitol Piazza, 15 Stamford Road, Singapore 178906.
Telephone: 6221 2117 | Open daily 12pm to 8pm.
4. Guac & Go
If you’ve never been a salad kind of person, Guac & Go just might make a convert out of you. With mouth-watering salads topped with the likes of smoked duck and fresh guacamole, you’ll be raring to dig into bowls of creamy, crunchy goodness.
Otherwise, for the salad-adverse, there are alternative options like wraps.
Address: 32 Maxwell Road, #01-08, Singapore 069115
Telephone: 6221 2117 | Open Mon-Thu 10am to 7.30pm; Fri 10am to 9pm; Sat 11am to 5pm.
5. Carol Mel Café
This café dedicates itself to whipping up comforting Ipoh-style food within its homely premises.
Address: #01-30 The Commerze@Irving, 1 Irving Place, Singapore 369546
Telephone: 6635 5755 | Open Mon – Fri 9am to 6.30pm, Sat 10 am to 4 pm.
6. Paddy Hills
Café by day, tapas bar by night, Paddy Hills is a classy, laid-back place to chill with friends at anytime of the day. Special mention goes to their Berry Ricotta Hotcake, which pleases aesthetically as much as it does gastronomically.
Address:38 South Buona Vista Road, Singapore 118164
Telephone: 6479 0800 | Open daily 9.30am to 10pm.
7. 25 Grams
This bakery café offers novel cupcake options like Milo Dinosaur, Sticky Date, and Gula Melaka. What else is baking in 25 Grams’ kitchen? Hopefully a second lease of life for the fizzled out cupcake craze.
Address: 12 Kallang Avenue, #01-14 Aperia Mall, Singapore 339511
Telephone: 9236 0448 | Open daily 11am to 9.30pm.
Spend your weekend enjoying a hearty brunch at this café, and save yourself a shopping trip because incorporated into the café premises is a boutique stocked with items from online store Ohvola. The clean, minimalistic space also makes a wonderful #OOTD backdrop.
Address: 308 Tanglin Road, Phoenix Park, #01-01, Singapore 247974
Telephone: 6734 7656 | Open Tue-Sun 10am to 10pm.
33SixtyEight prides itself on churning out low-fat gelato and sorbetto using only the freshest ingredients.
But here’s the highlight of this new ice creamery: the Bun Bun Bomb, an upgraded version of the ice cream sandwiches we used to buy from the ice cream cart uncles, is unique to 33Sixty Eight. Comprising of a slab of gelato sandwiched between freshly toasted buns, delight your tastebuds with the perfect harmony of hot and cold.
Address: Blk 8, Halan Batum #01-07, Singapore 431008
Telephone: 6225 3368 | Open Tue – Sun 12pm to 10pm.
10. Chew the Fat
Only tea is served here, alongside a selection of baked desserts. Order up some Japanese Cherry Blossom Sencha, and pair that with the Royal Apple Crumble, and you’ll have yourself a delightful mid-afternoon tea break.
If you’re making the trip down, you would notice that the mascot, Chew the fat boy, looks strikingly like Up’s Russell!
Address: Blk 6 Everton Park #01-18, Singapore 080006
Telephone: 9873 8122 | Open Tue – Sun 11am to 9pm.
– New Restaurants in April –
11. Xin Yue Modern Chinese Restaurant
Former Paradise Group executive chef Fung Chi Keung innovates traditional Chinese fare at his new restaurant. Though on the expensive side, you get what you pay for, with exquisitely presented numbers attesting to expertise of the chef behind them.
Address: 207 River Valley Road, #01-51/54 UE Square (River Wing), Singapore 238275
Telephone: 6235 8854 | Open Mon-Fri 11.30am to 2.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm;
Sat & Sun 11.30am to 3.30pm, 6pm to 10.30pm.
12. Joo Bar
Mention ‘Korean restaurant’, and you can sense the trepidation mounting in the air because surprise, surprise – the Korean angle has been over-exploited. Yet Joo, the latest establishment to ride the K-wave, makes a niche for themselves in an oversaturated market by brewing their own rice wine. This makes for a refreshing change that might just re-ignite our passion for all things Korean.
Address: 5 Tan Quee Lan Street
Telephone: 8138 1628 | Open daily 5.30 pm to midnight.
13. NUDE Seafood
NUDE serves seafood dishes that are not only healthy, but delicious. This is one restaurant you won’t mind returning to again and again – for a healthier option while eating out, and also because you simply cannot resist NUDE Seafood’s delectable dishes.
Address: 8 Marina Boulevard, Marina Bay Financial Tower 3, #01-02, Singapore 018982
Telephone: 6443 1167 | Open Mon-Fri 8am to 8pm.
14. Violet Herbs
The secret behind the authenticity of the Modern European cuisine served here is deceptively simple: the judicious use of herbs. Now you can simply head down to the bustling business district that is Tanjong Pagar for a taste of top-notch French and Italian fare.
Also, if you should require more convincing: Violet Herbs takes it upon themselves to provide such fine cuisine at rather affordable rates.
Address: 81 Tras Street, Singapore 079020
Telephone: 6221 3988 | Open daily 11.30am to3pm, 6 pm to 10pm.
The famous fish & chips joint from Hertfordshire, UK, has found its way to our sunny shores. No fishy business here, for things are going swimmingly – Murphy’s has been getting consistently good reviews and ratings on its Facebook page since its opening.
Though this café serves more than fish and chips, you can’t say you’ve been to Murphy’s unless you’ve tried their signature dish.
Address: 532 Ang Mo Kio Avenue 10, #01-2495, Singapore 560532
Telephone: 6452 9863 | Open Mon-Fri 11am to 10pm; Sat & Sun 9am to 10pm.
16. 2it & Drink
This new player really knocks it out of the park, and might just become your new favourite haunt for all-things Italian.
Address: 491 River Valley Road #01-01, Valley Point, Singapore 248371
Telephone: 6737 3001
Open Mon – Fri 12pm to 2pm and 6pm to 10pm; Sat, Sun and PH 12pm to 3pm and 5.30pm to 10pm.
Chikuwa Tei’s sister restaurant sure doesn’t disappoint. Manzoku means ‘satisfaction’ in Japanese, and satisfaction is fat slices of sashimi squeezed all into one Chirashi Don.
Address: 18 Purvis Street, Singapore 188597.
Telephone: 6734 4436 | Open Monday – Sunday 11.30am to 3pm and 6 pm to 10 pm.
Roughly translating to “the dog doesn’t care” in Mandarin, this Chinese restaurant’s name derives from a story concerning the original restaurant in Tianjin, whose buns were so popular that the owner became infused with a sense of hubris. This angered the public, and they started to liken him to a conceited pet dog.
Fortunately, no such arrogance will be on display here. Must-tries include the highly raved about minced meat buns and the Teapot Soup of the Day.
Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, #B2-02, Singapore 018792
Telephone: 6688 7799 | Open daily 11am to 11pm.
19. Sacha & Sons
Wild Honey’s sister restaurant brings a taste of New York to us here in Singapore. Specializing in deli foods like smoked pastrami, corned beef, and smoked fish, Sacha & Sons is a novel new brunch spot to check out.
Address: 333A Orchard Road, #02-02, Mandarin Gallery, Singapore 238897.
Telephone: 6735 6961 | Open Sun – Thur 10am to 10pm; Fri & Sat 10am to 11pm.
20. House of Peranakan Petit
Traditional Peranakan fare, humbly plated, is offered this quaint little establishment. Dining here will be a blast from the past for everything in this restaurant, including the decor, evokes memories of the good old days.
Address: 42 Eng Hoon Street, Singapore 169785
Telephone: 6222 1719 | Open Mon, Wed – Sun 12pm to 3pm and 6pm to 10pm.
Go back to the basics with this newly-opened restaurant along Boon Tat Road, which cooks their various meats and seafood the traditional way: atop wood, and over a roaring fire. Also, you can expect an Asian twist with certain dishes accompanied with familiar dipping sauces like sambal belacan.
Surprisingly worth a try is an item off the dessert menu – the Baked Pistachio Melt & Pandan Ice Cream. Read our review about FYR here.
Address: 19 Boon Tat Street, Singapore 069619
Telephone: 6221 3703 | Open Mon – Fri 11am to 11pm, Sat 9am to 11pm, Sunday 9am to 4pm.
Eat Your Hearts Out
Life’s always better with good food, so go forth and feast till your heart’s content (or your stomach’s limit). See you next month as we bring you the hottest restaurants to check out!