New restaurants & cafes January 2022


When it comes to food, Singapore never seems to be short of new eateries – be it hidden bars or quaint cafes. And thanks to the ever-expanding food scene, January sees a ton of new haunts for us to explore and kickstart 2022. 

From interesting cuisines like Italian-Japanese fusion food to hipster cafes with photogenic drinks, here are 20 new restaurants and cafes to check out in the new year.


1. Binary – Gastro-bar with Asian and Western flavours


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Located at the newly revamped Palais Rennaissance, Binary offers both Asian and Western flavours, depending on whatever you’re in the mood for. This includes classic bar bites with a twist, like Chicken Wings ($18) that come in flavours like Buffalo and Nasi Lemak.

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Thanks to its cosy interior and outdoor dining options, you can enjoy either an alfresco dining experience or atas bar dinner. While here, don’t forget to try their exclusive Binary Craft Brew ($16) either. 

Price: $$
Must-trys: Small Plates ($18) with items like Tiger Prawns and Hand-made Wagyu & Pork Balls

Address: 390 Orchard Road, #01-01A, Singapore 238871
Opening hours: 11.30AM-10.30PM
Telephone: 9363 0101

Binary website


2. Siam Smith – Authentic Thai noodle bar


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Yes, the cheekily-named restaurant does bear a resemblance to famous singer Sam Smith.
Image credit: @siamsmithsg

Serving up piping hot bowls of Thai beef noodles, Siam Smith is the next go-to restaurant for noodle-lovers. Said to only serve the best cuts of meat and freshest ingredients, this noodle bar prides itself for its Beef Tripe Signature Beef Noodle ($18.50) and Seafood Creamy Tom Yum Soup Noodle ($16.50).

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Beef Tripe Signature Beef Noodle ($18.50), Smith Wing (S$9.50)

Address: 390 Orchard Road, #01-01 Palais Renaissance, 238871
Opening hours: 11.30AM-9.30PM
Telephone: 6235 8901

Siam Smith website


3. A Noodle Story – Michelin Bib Gourmand ramen from $8


A Noodle Story
There are also bigger portions going for $11 and $15
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After opening its first outlet at Amoy Street Food Centre, A Noodle Story now has an air-conditioned branch at Guoco Tower, conveniently located right in the heart of the CBD. 

This Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant serves up affordable SG-style ramen starting from just $8, with hearty add-ons like HK-Style Poached Shrimp Wanton In Soup ($6) and Crispy Idaho Potato-Wrapped Prawn ($4.80).

Price: $
Must-trys: Singapore Style Ramen (from $10.80)  

Address: 1 Wallich Street, #B2-32, Singapore 07884
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 11AM-8PM | Sat 11AM-3PM

A Noodle Story website


4. Alice Boulangerie – Zhnged coffee and desserts in the city


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Fancy pastries? Check. Aesthetic interior and food? Check. 

Alice Boulangerie is a new bakery-cafe in Tanjong Pagar that serves a variety of pastries and drinks like two-toned croissants (from $9.60) and Kopi-Misu ($8++). The latter comes with a layer of mascarpone cheese and dusted cocoa powder on top; a definite upgrade from your regular coffeeshop Kopi O.

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Signature bi-coloured croissants like the Pistachio Chocolate Croissant ($9.60++)

Address: 12 Gopeng Street, #01-05/11, Icon Village, Singapore 078877
Opening hours: Wed – Mon 8AM-7PM
Telephone: 6994 1196

Alice Boulangerie website


5. Baker X – Baking studio and cafe in Orchard


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The Basque burnt cheesecake craze may have passed, but Baker X is refreshing the trend, with seven different flavours including Original, Taro, and Lotus Biscoff Cookie Butter ($10/slice). These goodies, along with Korean Fat Macarons (6 for $30), will only be available from now till 9th January 2022

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These jumbo macarons include festive flavours like Peppermint Mocha and Toffee Nut
Image credit: Eatbook

Price: $$
Must-trys: Korean Fat Macarons (6 for $30) 

Address: 181 Orchard Road, #04-29, Orchard Central, Singapore 238896
Opening hours: 11AM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 6238 1051

Baker X website


6. Daruma Tavern – Authentic KL-style Hokkien mee


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@darumatavern

Those who scoff at the sound of Yishun might just their minds thanks to Daruma Tavern. Aside from an array of craft beers and Malaysian bites like their Ipoh Curry Noodles ($7.90), you can try their signature KL Dai Lok Mee ($7.90) which seems to be a hit with customers. Unlike the light Hokkien mee that we’re used to, you can expect a dark, sticky sauce coating the noodles – true-blue KL style.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Signature KL Dai Lok Mee ($7.90), Lok Lok ($12.90 for 10 skewers)

Address: 25 Springside Green, #01-14, The Brooks II, Singapore 786015
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10AM-10.30PM | Sat – Sun 9AM-10.30PM
Telephone: 9734 3484

Daruma Tavern website


7. Neighborhood – Chic coffee bar located in a cycling studio


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Tucked away in ALLY Cycling Studio is a new sleek coffee bar with a bright, open concept for those who need a pick-me-up after an intense workout. Neighborhood serves not just Black ($3.50) and White coffee ($4.50), but also healthy Shakes ($9) for the gym bros and health nuts.

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Image credit: @neighborhoodsg

Price: $
Must-trys: Triple Berry Acai shake ($9)

Address:  8 Cross Street, Manulife Tower, #02-01/02, Singapore 048424
Opening hours: Mon- Fri 8AM-9.30PM | Sat – Sun 8.30AM-4.30PM

Neighborhood website


8. 中河小镇网红餐厅 – Hotpot in a tent


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Tucked away in the west, 中河小镇网红餐厅 – translated as Zhong He River Internet Famous Restaurant – introduces a novel “hotpot in a tent” experience for a romantic date idea or girls night out. Starting from $10.80 for your soup base, you can add on ingredients from under $10 or even BBQ skewers ($1-$3 per stick).

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Nine Grid Set for two (from $58.80), which comes with a choice of nine ingredients

Address: 42A Penjuru Road, Level 2, Singapore 609164|
Opening hours: 11AM-11PM, Daily
Telephone: 9680 5989

Note: Reservations can be made via telephone.


9. 929 Desserts and Bites – Fusion Taiwanese & Korean Bingsu


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For the Easties on the lookout for a new dessert spot, 929 Desserts and Bites serves affordable bingsu from just $4.90 with a variety of flavours like Cookie Monster and Mango Madness. Those in the mood for some ice cream can opt for their Buttermilk Waffles ($4.90) with flavours like Double Chocolate and TuttiFruity (single scoop: $3.50).

Price: $
Must-trys: Gold Fantasy ($6.90), Halo Halo ($4.90) 

Address: Tampines Street 91, #01-451, Block 929, Singapore 520929
Opening hours: Mon 11AM-8.30PM | Tues – Fri 11AM-8PM | Sat – Sun 11AM-9PM
Telephone: 8766 8006

929 Desserts website


10. graft – Sustainability-focused restaurant with an edible garden 


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Created by The Mandala Group and Jekyll & Hyde – the brains behind one of the world’s best barsgraft, a new concept is now open for booking at Neil Road. Aside from whimsical cocktails, the restaurant will also be serving food made with ingredients from their very own edible garden.

Price: $$
Must-trys: Signature cocktails

Address: 76 Neil Road, Singapore 088840
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 5PM-10.30PM | Sat 12PM-10.30PM


11. La Levain – Cruffins and baked sandwiches


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With over 20 different types of bread and pastries on the menu, La Levain is the bakery for pastry lovers to visit. Aside from savoury options like Baked Sandwiches ($5.50), this bakery also served classics and sweet treats like Croissants ($3.50-$7) and Pain Au Chocolat ($4.50).

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Price: $
Must-trys: Hojicha Mochi Croissant ($6.80)

Address: 23 Hamilton Road, Singapore 209193
Opening hours: Tue – Sun 8.30AM-6.30PM
Telephone: 9822 3924 

La Levain website


12. Rempapa – Local recipes by a Masterchef Judge


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Opened by MasterChef judge Damian D’Silva, Rempapa offers a mouth-watering menu of atas local cuisine like Stir-Fried Chee Cheong Fun ($13++) and a variety of kueh (from $6++). Though it might look like a quaint void-deck eatery from the outside, the food options and sleek interior give off classy restaurant vibes perfect for date night.

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Coconut Custard with Gula Melaka ($14++), Braised Beef with Raita & Roti ($25++) 

Address: 2 Paya Lebar Road, #01-01/02/03, Park Place Residences at PLQ, Singapore 409053
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 10.30AM-10.30PM | Sat – Sun 9.30AM-10.30PM
Telephone: 9459 1603

Rempapa website


13. Ganko Sushi – First Southeast Asian outlet with Omakase


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Opening its first Southeast Asian outlet right here in Singapore, Ganko Sushi started off as a quaint little eatery in Osaka. Shipping its seafood straight from Japan, this restaurant promises fresh sushi to its customers. Try it for yourself with the Sushi Platter ($40++) which includes options like Chopped Tuna Roll with Spring Onion and Sea Urchin.

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Rice Bowl With Seafood ($33++), Seared Fatty Japanese Amberjack with Ponzu Vinegar Gelee ($6++)

Address:  9 Penang Road, #01-01, Singapore 238459
Opening hours: 11.30AM-2.30PM, 6PM-10PM, Daily
Telephone: 8828 2280

Ganko Sushi website


14. Gudsht – Neon bar with Jim Beam towers and curry dons


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Orchard’s never short of drinking spots, but if you’ve exhausted the list, GudSht is a new neon-lit bar that has Jim Beam towers and Japanese dishes. Aside from mains like the Curry Buta Don/Udon ($10.90+, $11.90+), don’t miss out on their bar bites like their Rice Cake Poppers ($10+).

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Curry Karaage Don ($10.90+), Honey Lemon and Sour Plum Jim Beam towers ($49+, exclusive to the Orchard outlet)

Address: 8 Grange Road, #01-04, Orchard Cineleisure, Singapore 239695
Opening hours: 11AM-10.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 8683 3052

Gudsht website


15. Mezcla – Japanese-Mexican fusion tacos


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For fans of both Mexican and Japanese cuisine, Mezcla combines the best of both worlds with its unique sushi-taco creation. While soaking in the ambience of the neon-lit interior, grab a bite of some of their signatures like the Salmon Taco or the Chorizo ($8.50).

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Price: $$
Must-trys: Unicorn (Grade A uni on elote, $18++ for two), Salmon Taco ($12.50)

Address: 43 Craig Road, Singapore 089681
Opening hours: Tue – Fri 6PM-10.30PM | Sat – Sun 11.45AM-2.30PM, 6-10.30PM

Mezcla website


16. Twyst pasta – Affordable pastas in the CBD from $6.90


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The word CBD often calls to mind expensive food, but Twyst Pasta introduces an affordable option with pasta starting from $6.90perf for office workers looking for a lunch that’s easy on the wallet. For customers who make it to the restaurant before 14 January 2022, you can also enjoy their opening promotion where you can get a second pasta at 50% off.

Price: $
Must-trys: Laksa Olio ($9.90) and Butternut Kombu ($9.90) 

Address: 5 Raffles Place, B1-25/26, Singapore 048618
Opening hours: Mon – Fri 7.30AM-7PM

Twyst Pasta website


17. Sevens Kissaten – Japanese tea shop with unique flavours


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Passing as a Japanese tea room in the day, Sevens Kissaten turns itself into an omakase restaurant during dinner time. With an interior that reminds us a little of MUJI, this tea housenot only has interesting flavours like Ume-Ume ($7) and Milk Popcorn ($7), but also snacks like Onigirazu ($23) – an open-faced Japanese rice ball sandwich.

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Ogura Toast with Ice Cream ($15)
Image credit: @eatwithfelz

Price: $$
Must-trys: Matcha Monaka ($12), Ogura Toast with Ice Cream ($15) 

Address: 58 Seng Poh Road, #01-15, Singapore 160058
Opening hours: 8.30AM-5.30PM, Daily
Telephone: 8723 7777

Sevens Kissaten website


18. Oishii Ristorante – Omakase dinner from $53/pax


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Oishii Ristorante is introducing a new Italian-Japanese fusion concept to our shores. Indulge yourself with some Italian pizza and pasta inspired by Japanese flavours, with options like Truffle & Kombu Edamame ($10) and Unagi & Corn Pizza ($22).

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Image credit: @oishiiristorantesg

Price: $$
Must-trys: Salmon Tartare ($20), Yuzu Choc Tart ($16)

Address: 182 Cecil Street, #01-05 Frasers Tower, Singapore 069547
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 11.30AM-10.30PM
Telephone: 6232 7890

Oishii Ristorante website


19. Taylor Adam – Hidden speakeasy behind a tailor


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Looking straight out of Kingsmen, Taylor Adam is a speakeasy hidden behind a tailor. You’ll even be asked a secret question at the entrance – answer correctly and you’ll be let in. Alcohol aficionados can appreciate cocktails ($22.80) like the Vesper Martini – introduced in the 007 series – made with Roku Gin and Haku Vodka, or LSD, a cocktail inspired by The Beatles’. 

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Image credit: @tayloradam.sg

Price: $$
Must-trys: Vesper Martini ($22.80)

Address: 1 Raffles Place, #01-03, Singapore 048616
Opening hours: Mon – Sat 5PM-10.30PM

Taylor Adam website


20. CoComelon Cafe – Themed pop-up cafe open till April 2022


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Image credit: Swissotel Singapore

Whether you’re a fan of the cartoon or not, themed cafes are always a fun experience thanks to the cute food options. From now to April 2022, CLOVE at Swissôtel The Stamford will be hosting a CoComelon Cafe that’s fun for the whole fam. Aside from IG-worthy food, like the CoComelon Rubick Cube for the kids, you can also take snapshots of the adorable interior.

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Image credit: Swissotel Singapore

Price: $$$
Must-trys: CoComelon Rubick Cube ($18)  

Address: 2 Stamford Road Swissôtel The Stamford, Level 2, 178882
Opening hours: Mon – Thurs 11AM-8PM | Fri – Sun 10AM-9PM
Telephone: 6431 6156

CoComelon at CLOVE website


New restaurants to try in the new year


2021 might have been a little rough, but let’s hope 2022 ushers in some good luck – and good news – for us. Celebrate the coming of the new year by exploring this list of new restaurants and treating your belly to delicious bites.

Check out our last month’s monthly guides:


Cover image adapted from: 爱丽丝, Eatbook, @albertwu163