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20 New Cafes & Restaurants in Jan 2020 – Five Guys, 24/7 Cafe & London’s Favourite Ramen

New restaurants in January 2020 in Singapore

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2020 has arrived and it doesn’t matter if you haven’t gotten your “new year new me” resolutions sorted yet, for there is new food – which is arguably better. Below are 20 new cafes and restaurants that have recently opened up that you can check out this month. Jio your friends, tag bae – you’re gonna wanna be adding some of these to your to-eat list.

1. Sushi Plus – sushi from $1.50 Bugis Junction

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A new concept by the well-loved Sushi Express, Sushi Plus is now open with plates from $1.50 at Bugis Junction. On top of having the usual conveyor belt bringing you an endless stream of the usual $1.50 sushi options, there are also more premium options available at pocket-friendly price points here. 

Mentaiko raw Scallop ($2.50) & Assorted Sashimi – Salmon and Scallop ($6.50)
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This includes Mentaiko Raw Scallop at $2.50,  Assorted Sashimi plates from $4 and even Grilled Butter Lobster at $14.

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Address: Bugis Junction #02-53, 200 Victoria Street, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: 11AM-9.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 6970 1440

2. The Better Half – rustic bakes and cakes

Your other half might be bae, but at The Better Half, you might just fall in love at first sight bite with their delectable bakes. Originally an online bakery on Instagram, the store recently opened a rustic bakery cafe in the quaint area of Everton Park selling beautiful treats. 

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Dig into their soft and fluffy tea cakes like Lavender Honey ($5.50) which come with a sweet icing glaze or sliced cakes like Gula Melaka Avocado ($8). Add on a cup of Latte ($5) to balance out the sweetness of the cakes.

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Address: 1 Everton Park, #01-43, Singapore 081001
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 8.30AM-5.30PM | Sat – Sun 9.30AM-5.30PM | Closed on Mon
Telephone:  9248 7088

3. Go Noodle House – popular noodle chain store from Malaysia

Regular JB-goers might be familiar with Malaysia’s Go Noodle House Chain, a highly popular chain known for their silky noodles and filling-packed meatballs that burst in the mouth.

Bursting Meatball with Mi Xian (from $10.90)
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There are dishes that we only eat once, and then there are those we’ll keep coming back to.

Their dishes will probably be the latter for most, with their special soup made from a secret recipe that’s said to comprise more than 40 different kinds of fish bones. Must-try dishes include their Bursting Meatballs in family recipe fish bone broth ($10.90).

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And if you’re wondering how they’re going to keep the quality consistent across branches, their soup is boiled in a single pot in Kuala Lumpur, frozen into blocks of ice and then transported over to Singapore!

Address: 313 Orchard Road, #B3-37/38 313@Somerset, Singapore 238895
Opening hours: 10AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6363 5323

4. Cafe de Muse – 24/7 cafe on Orchard Road

Brunch fare is hard to come by in the wee hours of the morning. But if your stomach demands for some eggs benedict past midnight, thank the stars for Cafe de Muse, one of the few cafes open 24/7 in Singapore.

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Other than the usual suspects of eggs benedict, coffee and tea, the cafe also preps up a fine selection of cakes, brownies and bingsoo so there’s something for every craving. 

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Located along Orchard Road, this is also a convenient spot to grab a sugary treat to fuel your shopping spree.

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Heads-up Kpop fans – the cafe also holds events to celebrate the birthdays of popular idols – stay tuned to their Facebook page to see if there are more to come!

Find more late-night cafes in Singapore here.

Address: 350 Orchard Road Isetan Scotts, Shaw House, #01-K5/K6 & #02-K4, Singapore 238868
Opening hours: 24 hours, Daily
Telephone: 6970 5011

5. Five Guys – thick, messy burgers from the US

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After the arrival of Shake Shack, Five Guys has been the next most highly-anticipated fast-food burger joint to open its doors in Singapore. They serve burgers in all its unadulterated glory – messy and juicy, and with ingredients oozing out on the sides.

Although not the most glamourous of burgers, their classic Cheeseburger ($15) packs a punch taste-wise with 2 100% grain-fed beef patties, soft sesame buns, and 15 different types of toppings including grilled onions, grilled mushrooms, lettuce and pickles. 

The burgers don’t come  in a set but you can add on some fries (from $7) and a peanut butter-flavoured Five Guys Shake ($10) to complete your meal.

Address: 68 Orchard Road, #01-32, Plaza Singapura, Singapore 238839
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6976 4385

6. Yomie Rice x Yoghurt – blended fresh yoghurt with purple rice

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Bubble tea has yet another healthy alternative right on its tail and this time, it’s Yomie Rice x Yoghurt with 3 brand new stores in Singapore at Westgate, The Centrepoint, and CityLink Mall. 

Featuring yoghurt smoothie drinks, such as Yomie’s Purple Rice Yogurt ($5.60) and Yomie’s Oats Yogurt ($5.60), this is a healthy post-meal beverage to slurp on that’s both tasty and aids digestion. 

City Link Mall
Address: Citylink Mall #B1-07A, 1 Raffles Link, Singapore 039393
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 8332 0535

7. Kanada-Ya – London’s favourite ramen

Originating from Fukuoka Japan, Kanada-Ya is an international ramen chain store that’s worth queueing for – at least, according to Londoners. Having expanded to the UK and gaining massive popularity there, the store now has a branch on our little island, at Paya Lebar Quarter Mall.

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While we’ve already got plenty of ramen choices around, their fragrant Truffle Ramen (from $22.90) and creamy Chashu Tonkotsu Ramen (from $16.90) are some of the enticing options worth trying. But make sure to go down early as the former is limited to 20 servings per day!

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Address: 10 Paya Lebar Road, #03-30, Paya Lebar Quarter Mall, Singapore 409057
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6966 0550

8. Bread & Butterfly – exotic ice cream flavours with lavender-flavoured cones

Valrhona Chocolate and Blue Vanilla with Black Sea Salt
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One can never have too much ice cream, especially if there are plenty of unique flavours to choose from, like the ones at Bread & Butterfly. The newly opened ice cream store at Wisma Atria has an array of 12 exotic flavours including Strawberry Tomato Sorbet and White Chocolate Miso

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Single scoops are priced from $5 and double scoops from $8. If you love a good wafer cone, top up an additional $1 for their aromatic lavender flavoured cone.

Address: 435 Orchard Road, #B1-46, Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Opening Hours: Mon – Sat 10AM-10PM | Sun 10AM-5PM

9. Burger Frites – gourmet burgers with non-beef and vegetarian options

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Burger Frites

Fast food burgers are great but if you’re feeling a little fancy, hit up Burger Frites for some juicy gourmet fare. Less is more is the mantra here – the joint specialises in just 4 options on the menu, namely Burger ($16), Cheese Burger ($17), Bacon Burger ($18) and Cheese Bacon Burger ($19). Each come with flame-grilled US Angus patty propped between 2 buttered French brioche

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For those who don’t eat beef or are vegetarian, fret not, as you’ll still be able to join in the fun. Simply swap out their flame-grilled 180-gram Angus beef patty for alternatives like crispy chicken or breaded brie cheese at no additional cost!

Address: 340 Joo Chiat Road, Singapore 427592
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 5PM-11PM | Sat & Sun 12PM-11PM

10. Tiger Sugar Dessert – Taiwanese desserts

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We’re no stranger to Tiger Sugar’s brown sugar milk, which caused major queues back when it first opened more than a year ago. This year though, they’ve got a new treat for us with their new concept, Tiger Sugar Dessert, centrally located near City Hall MRT so everyone can easily have a taste.

Red Bean with Taiwan Black Sesame Rice Ball
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A blessing for all those with a sweet tooth out there, this Taiwanese dessert store serves up treats like Roasted Mung Bean Soup with Golden QQ ($6) and Red Bean with Taiwan Black Sesame Rice Ball ($7.80).

Mango-lovers can also indulge in their rich and tasty Fresh Mango with Golden Crystal and Creamy Sago Milk ($6.90).

Address: 13 Stamford Road, #B2-32, Capitol Singapore, Singapore 178905
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily

11. Live Twice – bar inspired by mid-century Japan

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For a quiet after-work tipple, head to the charming Live Twice, inspired by mid-century Ginza, Tokyo. Lined with plywood and lit with warm lighting, the cosy bar resembles a quaint and vintage living room rather than one of the usual boisterous bars.

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Lay back and sip on one of their quirkily named cocktails ($25) including the Reyka-based Salty Dog and Snow Flurries, which comprises Kyro Koskue gin and oolong tea.

Address: 20 Bukit Pasoh Road, Singapore 089834
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 6PM-1AM, Fri & Sat 6PM-2AM | Closed on Sun

12. Heybo – healthy grain bowls with Asian flavours

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It’s a fresh start to the year and if your new year resolutions include the goal to eat healthy, the new Heybo might help. The lunch stop is situated in Republic Plaza, near Raffles Place MRT, so CBD 9-5vers can easily get some hearty grub nearby.

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Unlike the usual grain bowls – which tend to have heavy Western influences – Heybo’s signature bowls are packed with Asian flavours like miso. Stuff yourself without ruining your health with their Mighty Mekong ($9), topped with Thai basil tofu and pineapple tamarind, or Shibuya Nights ($12.90), which comes with beetroot miso and avocado edamame.

Shibuya Nights
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Picky eaters who like to have full control over what goes into their dish also have the option to customise their own bowls for $10.90 – which comprises a base, protein, garnish, dip, sauce and 3 sides.

Address: 9 Raffles Place, #01-04/05, Republic Plaza, Raffles Place, Singapore 048619
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 7.30AM-9PM | Closed on Sat & Sun
Telephone: 6974 6209

13. Supergreek – Greek grub at Picnic Food Park

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Picnic Food Park at Wisma Atria is now home to Supergreek, Singapore’s first fast-casual Greek restaurant where you’ll be able to indulge in fresh Souvlaki bowls, pita wraps, and smoothies. Classic Greek dishes you can find here include their Lamb Kebab ($10.90) and Greek Beef Meatballs, which are tasty yet healthy, with generous servings of greens.

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The Roasted Vegan
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The establishment also has plant-based options like The Roasted Vegan ($7.90), a much-appreciated feature for groups with vegan friends.

Address: 435, #03-15 Orchard Rd, Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Opening hours: Mon 9AM-5PM | Tue – Sun 10AM-10PM

14. Miyu – omakase at Duxton Hill

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Miyu at Duxton Hills serves premium-quality omakase (from $138), prepped with air-flown ingredients. Leave your experience in the hands of the executive chef, Ng Kam Kwan, who has more than 22 years of experience under his belt at acclaimed restaurants such as Tsujiki Sushidai

Oyster – an omakase appetiser
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Like most omakase restaurants, the set-up is cosy and intimate, with limited seating to give diners a more exclusive experience, so make sure to call for a reservation in advance to save yourself a seat.

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Address: 74 Duxton Road, Singapore 089533
Opening hours: Mon – Thu & Sat 11.30AM-2.30PM, 6.30PM-10.30PM | Fri 11.30AM-2.30PM, 5.30PM-10.30PM | Closed on Sun
Telephone: 9839 5232

15. We Bare Bears Pop-Up Cafe – themed cafe in Bugis

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We Bare Bears have stolen the hearts of adults and kids alike, and if you’d like to visit a cafe with all things themed after the adorable characters, check out the We Bare Bears pop-up by Kumoya. The cafe, located in Bugis, will run from 4th January 2020 – April 2020, so there’s plenty of time to go down with fellow fans of the show.

Ice Bear Terrific Teriyaki Chicken Katsu Burger
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Special We Bare Bears Baos with Sweet Matcha
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Order their Ice Bear Terrific Teriyaki Chicken Katsu Burger ($23.90+) for a filling meal with fries, or Special We Bare Bears Baos with Sweet Matcha ($11.90+) if you’re just feeling peckish.

Address: 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320
Opening hours: Tue – Thu 12PM-9.30PM | Fri – Sat 12PM-10.30PM | Closed on Sun and Mon

16. Lino Pasta Bar – Italian set meals from $18++

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Italian restaurants tend to be extravagant and pricey, but Lino Pasta Bar deviates from that stigma, bringing affordable Italian grub into the heart of town. The establishment, decked in earthy colours, has a reasonably-priced 2-course lunch menu starting from $18.

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Pick from an array of mains that range from the fragrant and fun Truffle Macaroni & Cheese, to classier dishes like Braised Beef Cheeks, cooked in red wine. Don’t miss out on their desserts either – simply top up $4 to unlock sweet treats like tiramisu.

Address: 1 Scotts Road Shaw Centre, #03-23, Singapore 228208
Telephone: 6235 4653

17. Butcher’s Block – premium steakhouse at Raffles Arcade

To savour exceptional steaks, make your way to Butcher’s Block, a premium steakhouse at Raffles Arcade. The posh restaurant showcases premium meat cooked using wood fire through a variety of techniques to bring out the unique taste and aroma of each.

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Slice into Grilled A5 Wagyu Beef Striploin from $98, or Roasted Augustus Beef Cheek from $65. Steak goes best with a glass of red wine and connoisseurs will be glad to know that there are 200 different varieties to choose from.

Address: #02-02, Raffles Arcade, 328 North Bridge Road, Singapore 188719
Opening hours: 6PM-10PM, Daily

18. Zoey’s Diner – modern baos in Sengkang

North-Easties, there’s a new cafe at Compass One to treat-yo-self at. The minimalist-inspired space serves up modern baos – or baobaes as they call it – such as the nummy Crispy Ebi Cake and spicy Sambal Fried Fish, both priced at $9.90 à la carte or $13.80 for a meal. 

Meals come with fries and a drink
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Address: 1 Sengkang Square, #01-01, Compass One, Singapore 545078
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 11AM-9.30PM | Sun 9AM-5PM
Telephone: 9159 7074

19. Poulet + Brasserie  – French and brunch fare at ION Orchard

Any true roast chicken lover will be familiar with the French restaurant Poulet. The good news is that they have a new concept, the contemporary Poulet + Brasserie, at ION Orchard.

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On top of carrying French cuisine with dishes like Truffle Mushroom Risotto ($15++), the menu here also ventures into brunch fare so you can dig into dishes like the P+ Big breakfast ($22++), a popular option which comes with tater tots, 2 sunny side ups, sauteed mushrooms, baked beans, sausages and bread.

P+ Big breakfast

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If you’re heading down, the most #worthit deal to look out for is their 3-course set that comes with a starter, main, dessert and drink from just $18. Options for mains include pasta, eggs benedict and duck confit.

Address: ION Orchard #B3-21, 2 Orchard Turn, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6509 4341

20. Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke – healthier pork cutlets with free-flow salad

Joining the Keisuke chain is Shiokoji Tonkatsu Keisuke, which dishes out tonkatsu – or pork cutlets – at Paya Lebar Square.

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Now, we all know that deep-fried stuff = unhealthy, but the bread crumb-smothered cutlets here are fried in special fryers that allegedly cause the meat to absorb 50% less oil as compared to traditional methods of deep-frying, while still keeping the outermost layer satisfyingly crunchy. 

Still fried and less sinful? Yes please.

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While you can munch on the à la carte cutlets from $10.90, get a set meal (from $16.90) instead, as it comes with a fried half-boiled egg, rice, miso soup and access to their free-flow salad bar!

Address: 60 Paya Lebar Road, #01-02/03, Paya Lebar Square, Singapore 409051
Opening hours: 11.30AM-2.30PM, 5.30PM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6214 3345

New cafes and restaurants

From ramen to burgers and then some more, there are plenty of exciting new dining options to stuff yourself with. Hit up all of them if you can, and if you haven’t yet set a list of new year’s resolutions, aim to tick off these in Jan instead. After all, if you’ve read all the way to the end of this long article, it’s probably live to eat rather than the other way around!

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Kezia Tan

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