New restaurants and cafes in October 2021
We may have entered October with two pax dining restrictions, but meal times certainly won’t be dull with these 20 new restaurants and cafes to treat yourself to after a long week at work. Two food markets, a 1950s Shinjuku-themed speakeasy and a Victorian-era cafe are just the tip of the iceberg:
1. Interim Market @ Southside – Industrial-style food market at Sentosa
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Other than offering a slew of deals with their free island membership, Sentosa is dishing out new grub this month with its pop-up Interim Market @ Southside. Find locally-brewed beer, specialty coffee and food like mussels and artisanal pizza at the relaxed industrial-style food concept on Siloso Road.
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Make a reservation on Southside’s website before heading down.
Must-trys: 4AM Pizza
Address: 80 Siloso Road, Singapore 098969
Opening hours: Fri 6PM-10.30PM | Sat & Sun 11.30AM-10.30PM (Closed from Mondays to Thursdays)
Telephone: 6395 6890
2. The Great Mischief – Wes Anderson-esque cafe
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The Great Mischief is what some might call a scene out of a Wes Anderson film, with pink hues, gold accents and aesthetically pleasing symmetry.
Previously at The Great Madras hotel, the cafe closed down two years ago and has since reopened at National Gallery with an absolutely killer interior, and a Catalan-inspired brunch menu in place of its previous tapas selection.
Must-trys: The Grandé and Chaffles
Address: #01-17 National Gallery Singapore, 1 St Andrew’s Road, Singapore 178957
Opening hours: 10AM-6PM, Daily
Telephone: 8721 3150
3. Proper Slice BYGB – NY-style pizzas by the slice
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There’s no need to wage a war on whether pineapples belong on pizza at Proper Slice BYGB, started by the folks behind Lucali BYGB. Everyone gets what they want here, with large and thin-crusted New York-style pizzas sold by the slice (from $8).
Must-trys: Pepperoni pizza and Spinach & Ricotta pizza
Address: 110 Amoy Street, #01-02, Singapore 069930
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 12PM-12AM (Closed on Sundays)
4. Le Jardin – Victorian-era cafe with IG-worthy tarts
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With a gorgeous Victorian-esque interior, Fort Canning’s newest restaurant Le Jardin is perfect for those with a penchant for all things vintage. Under hanging dried flowers and chandeliers, enjoy French and European-inspired breakfast and brunch nosh.
Fig & Raspberry Tart ($12.90)
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Must-trys: Sea Salt Caramel Latte ($10.90), Croissant Waffle ($23.90) and Fig & Raspberry Tart
Address: 5 Cox Terrace, Level 2, Fort Canning Arts Centre, Singapore 179620
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 9AM-3.30PM & 5.30PM-9PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 8338 8281
5. The Ice Cream Bar – Alcoholic ice cream like Guinness Pistachio
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For those who can’t decide between desserts or drinks after dinner, make a beeline straight for The Ice Cream Bar. While most parlours offer an alcohol-based flavour or two at most, this store, which hails from Malaysia, has roughly half of their 16 flavours made satisfyingly boozy. Prices range from $4.90 – $6.90 for a single scoop.
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Must-trys: Whiskey Red Velvet, Guinness Pistachio and Smoked Cognac ice cream
Address: 59 Kampong Bahru Road, Singapore 169367
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 12.30PM-10.30AM | Fri – Sat 12.30PM-11PM
Telephone: 6980 7020
6. Chin Mee Chin – Colourful cafe with classic SG breakfast
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Bouncing back from their 2018 closure is Chin Mee Chin Confectionery, where old meets new. The brightly-coloured and retro exterior may be what draws in the crowd but comforting Singaporean breakfast sets are what’ll get folks to return.
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Must-trys: Kaya Toast and Eggs ($3.80) and Cream Horn ($2)
Address: 204 East Coast Road, Singapore 428903
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 8AM-4PM (Closed on Mondays)
7. Gram Cafe VivoCity – Sakura trees and Kit Kat pancakes
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All right, so Gram Cafe & Pancakes Singapore may not be new per se, but their outlet at VivoCity has undergone a massive facelift. Previously botanical-themed, the souffle pancake house is now revamped with neon signs, rounded archways and pastel pink trees for “sakura season” all year round – perfect for the ‘gram.
Kit Kat Premium Matcha Pancakes ($22.90)
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Beyond the usual jiggly pancakes, also dive into the limited-time Gram x Kit Kat menu, available until further notice. Savoury options like bento and pasta have also been added to the menu.
Must-trys: Kit Kat Chocolate Premium Pancakes ($20.90), Kit Kat Premium Matcha Pancakes, Kit Kat Matcha Frappe ($8.90)
Address: VivoCity, 1 HarbourFront Walk, #02-110, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
8. Mylo’s – Rustic ice cream cafe at GBTB
Retro and rustic interior
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Following the opening of a new Starbucks and Shack Shack outlet, Gardens by the Bay now welcomes Mylo’s. The new dessert stop replaces what was once Fennel Café with a cool menu comprising 23 flavours of ice cream (from $5/single, $8/double), alongside bakes, coffee and booze.
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P.S. The alfresco area is pet-friendly as well!
Must-trys: Affogato’s ($10), Margarita Gelato and Coconut Gelato
Address: 18 Marina Gardens Drive, #01-01, Singapore 018953
Opening hours: Wed – Thu 8AM-8PM | Fri – Sun 8AM-10PM
Telephone: 6970 8553
9. Pancake Place – Sweet and savoury pancakes in Bugis
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90s kids may remember Strictly Pancakes, which used to lure our secondary school selves in like moths to a flame. With both sweet and savoury pancakes, Muslim-owned Pancake Place has dishes reminiscent of the popular old hangout spot with picks like Grilled Tiger Prawn ($19.90) and Tiramisu ($17.90).
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Must-trys: Grilled Tiger Prawn Pancake ($19.90), Salmon Royale Pancake ($21.90) and Nutella Salted Pretzel ($13.90)
Address: 56 Kandahar Street, Singapore 198904
Opening hours: 12PM-3.15PM & 5PM-9.15PM, Daily
Telephone: 6518 9368
10. Analogue – Cocktail bar with an entirely plant-based menu
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Cocktails may not be the first thing you’d associate with the green movement but Analogue raises the bar for sustainability in Singapore. Vegans and vegetarians can enjoy an entirely plant-based menu with dishes such as Jackfruit Tacos ($22), made with fibrous jackfruit in place of pulled pork. Cocktails are all priced at $23 each.
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Diners will also surely do a triple take at the sight of their 3D printed wave-shaped table, made out of upcycled plastic.
Must-trys: Cactus cocktail, Spirulina Cocktail and Jackfruit Tacos
Address: 30 Victoria Street, #01-31 Chijmes, Singapore 187996
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 5PM-10.30PM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 8518 1882
11. Timbre+ Eastside – New “hipster” food court at Expo
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Sentosa may have Interim, but Easties won’t be missing out with the new Timbre+ Eastside. Joining the opening of KF1 go-kart is this sustainable food park filled with entertainment activities including a free book corner, an air-conditioned studio for fitness classes, indoor bicycle parking and a playground for kids.
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Boon Lay Power Nasi Lemak, Kopifella and Gopizza are some of the popular stall tenants you can expect.
Must-try: Gopizza and Ajiya Okonomiyaki
Address: 1 Expo Drive (Outside Hall 5), Singapore 486150
Opening hours: Varies, depending on stalls
Telephone: 9850 5769
12. Smoking Hot Coffee – Offbeat vintage cafe & furniture shop
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Before heading to your next driving lesson at Ubi, give the three-storey-high Smoking Hot Coffee a shot. The offbeat vintage cafe-cum-furniture shop was previously located at Esplanade but moved to Ubi this month. Aside from coffee (~$6) and nosh, they’ve also currently got straw mark-making workshops to sign your kids up for.
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Must-trys: Sea Salt Caramel Cake and Latte
Address: 201 Ubi Avenue 4, Singapore 408804
Opening hours: Sat 11AM-8PM | Sun 12PM-8PM (Closed from Mondays to Fridays)
13. Wolfrik’s Pizzeria – Nasi Lemak pizza at SMU
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Wolfrik’s Pizzeria stretches the definition of a pizza with fusion flavours sure to raise some brows. Among the wackiest of their creations are the 12” Nasi Lemak ($25) and Peking Duck Pizza ($29) for the adventurous foodies out there.
Currently having their soft opening, they’re offering 20% off delivered pizzas (minimum spend $70) from now till 30th October 2021. WhatsApp 9652 9862 to order.
Must-trys: Nasi Lemak and Japanese Unagi Pizza ($33)
Address: 80 Stamford Road, #B1-65 School of Information Systems, Singapore 178902 (accessible to public)
Opening hours: Yet to be announced
Telephone: 9652 9862
14. Here Kitty Kitty – 1950s Shinjuku-themed speakeasy by Zouk
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Those who miss Japan can step into Zouk’s new concept bar, Here Kitty Kitty. No, it’s not associated with the adorable Sanrio character. A modern take on the red light district of the era, this speakeasy bar offers Japanese cocktails such as Highballs ($22) and bar bites from $14.
Must-trys: Haku Hai Cocktail ($24), Here Kitty Kitty Highball and Here Kitty Kitty Signature Maki ($28)
Address: The Cannery, 3C River Valley Road, #02-01, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: Tue – Sat 6PM-11PM (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Telephone: 9489 8357
15. Evan’s Kitch – Beach Road cafe helmed by ex-hotel chef
Soft Shell Chilli Crab Spaghetti ($35)
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You could say Evan knows what’s up. Having worked at a multitude of renowned hotels and restaurants such as Raffles Hotel and The St.Regis Hotel over the last 16 years, the chef and owner of Evan’s Kitch now delivers his take on cafe fare in Singapore. No MSG here, only homemade sauces.
Vegetarian and vegan options are also available.
Must-trys: Soft Shell Chilli Crab Spaghetti, Fettuccine with North Malaysia Beef Rendang ($22) and Vegan Breakfast ($25)
Address: 371 Beach Road, #02-35 City Gate, Singapore 199597
Opening hours: Tue – Thu 8.30AM-5PM | Fri – Sun 8.30AM-6PM
Telephone: 9173 8082
16. Josephine – Sunny French bistro on Amoy Street
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Joining the foodie’s paradise of Amoy street is Josephine, a French Bistro where you can find Charcoal Grilled chicken, duck and rib eye (from $18), Cold Cut Cheeseboards ($35) and an extensive wine menu. Enjoy these in their sunny shophouse, with both indoor and alfresco seating for your next date night.
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Must-trys: Cold Cut Cheeseboard, Burratina Spaghetti ($21) and 1910 Paris Brest ($14) – a choux pastry
Address: 97 Amoy Street, Singapore 069917
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 11.45AM-2.30PM & 6PM-11PM (Closed on Sundays)
Telephone: 9642 4901
17. Monday Blues – Desserts served on “clouds”, open till 3AM
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Shoo away that dark cloud hanging over your head with Monday Blues, offering a sweet twist that sets itself apart from the gazillion ice cream + waffle shops out there. Their Cloudy Waffles ($14.80) come with buttermilk waffles and two scoops of ice cream served on a bed of fluffy white “clouds” made out of cotton candy.
Cloudy Cones (from $7.80)
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16 different ice cream flavours are available!
Must-trys: Cloudy Waffles and Cloudy Cones
Address: 749 Geylang Road, Singapore 389655
Opening hours: 1PM-3PM, Daily
Telephone: 8201 3144
18. Revolver – Premium Indian-international grills on Tras Street
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Pulling no punches with flavour is Revolver, with spiced up grilled Indian-International fusion cuisine like Marga Lamb Chops, Stuffed Courgette Flowers and Pulled Pork and Gruyère Kulchette in their 8-course Discovery dinner. For the perfect pairings of flavours, they’ve got curated multi-course tasting menus priced $79-$199.
Must-trys: 8-course Discovery ($139)
Address: 56 Tras Street, Singapore 078995
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 12PM-2.30PM & 6PM-12AM (Closed on Mondays)
Telephone: 6223 2812
19. Sushi Ichizuke – Edomae-style omakase
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Zouk is pampering us with not just one but two new concepts this month. Alongside Here Kitty Kitty is Edomae-style omakase restaurant Sushi Ichizuke, helmed by Head Chef Ryoichi Nakatani from Japan, with 20 years of experience at a restaurant at the renowned Tsukiji Market.
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Pretty uncommon in Singapore, Edomae sushi is cured before serving, so you’ll be tasting something a little different from your typical nigiri or maki.
Must-trys: Miyabi Omakase ($280)
Address: 3E River Valley Road, #02-02, The Cannery, Clarke Quay, Singapore 179024
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 11.30AM-2.30PM & 6PM-11PM (Closed on Mondays)
20. Glacier – Pinterest-worthy dessert house in Lavender
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Resembling a snapshot out of Pinterest or someone’s IKEA-themed home is Glacier. Much like the name suggests, ice cream is the star of the show here with 12 flavours of gelato, which you can have paired with everything from Glacier French Toast ($16) to Pandan Mochi Waffle ($8).
Babka is a Jewish sweet braided bread
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Among all the possible mixes and matches, the Genmatcha Gelato ($4), topped on a White Chocolate Babka ($3.50) is probably the best combo for fans of green tea.
Must-trys: Glacier French Toast and Genmatcha Gelato ($4) + White Chocolate Babka ($3.50)
Address: 161 Lavender Street, #01-09, Singapore 338750
Opening hours: Sun – Thu 10AM-10PM | Fri – Sat 10AM-1AM
Telephone: 6993 5148
New restaurants to try in Singapore
From exciting new eateries to the return of some local favourites, there are plenty of new restaurants and cafes to check out this October for your next treat-yo-self meal – especially if you’re already tired of all the food options near you.
For more food options, check out the past months’ new cafes and restaurants:
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