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10 New Cafes & Restaurants in April 2024 – Rooftop Brunch, Coffee Slushies & Yakitori From $2

New cafes & restaurants in April 2024


Now that we’re 4 months into 2024, March away and step into April. Whether you’re looking for an aesthetic cafe to soft-launch your significant other or authentic Korean gimbap, we’ve collated a list of new cafes and restaurants in April for you.


1. Nana Bunsik


Freshly-made gimbap



Image credit: Nana Bunsik via Google Maps

Nana Bunsik started as a small home-based business named “Nana K Pot” back in 2020. It has just opened a physical storefront at NEWest Mall in Clementi and continues to sell the menu’s top picks such hot and spicy rice cakes called tteokbokki ($7.80) and jjajangmyeon ($13.80), which are noodles in blackbean sauce.


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While you’re there, you have to try their Tuna Mayo Gimbap ($11.80) and Spam Kimchi Gimbap ($12.80). Do keep in mind that the waiting time might be a tad bit longer than usual as the gimbap are made freshly on the spot.

Additionally, there’s free delivery for their kimchi every first Monday of the month, where you can choose from flavours like radish kimchi ($14) and spring onion kimchi ($22). Just note you need to order a minimum of 2 kimchi for delivery. The first 30 orders each month will receive a side of potato salad too.

Price: $

Nana Bunsik
ADDRESS
1 W Coast Dr, #01-84, Singapore 128020
Opening Hours: Saturday 11:30 a.m - 01:00 a.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday Closed
Tuesday 11:30 a.m - 09:00 p.m
Wednesday 11:30 a.m - 09:00 p.m
Thursday 11:30 a.m - 01:00 a.m
Friday 11:30 a.m - 01:00 a.m
Saturday 11:30 a.m - 01:00 a.m
Sunday 11:30 a.m - 09:00 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.9
(31)
CONTACT INFORMATION

2. Kwaasong Bakeshop


Artisanal French pastries



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If you want to eat a croissant today, know that Kwaasong Bakeshop has recently opened about a 5-minute walk from Clarke Quay MRT station. A classic that you can’t forgo here would be their Croissant ($4.50) and Egg Tart ($5.50). For the more adventurous, there’s the Mentaiko Sausage Baton ($7.50) and Truffle Taleggio Fold ($6.50).


Ask the staff to have your pastries heated so that they taste as though they’re fresh from the oven.
Image credit: @kwaasong.bakeshop via Instagram

The bakeshop also offers a small selection of coffee such as Long Black ($5.50), Latte ($6), and Cappuccino ($6) that you can pair with your pastry. Their pastries usually sell out quickly, so you might want to pre-order them online via the Kwaasong Instagram. Alternatively, Kwaasong Bakeshop also offers deliveries at $8 per delivery.

Price: $

Kwaasong Bakeshop
ADDRESS
13 Lor Telok, Singapore 049026
Opening Hours: Saturday 09:00 a.m - 05:00 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 08:00 a.m - 07:00 p.m
Tuesday 08:00 a.m - 07:00 p.m
Wednesday 08:00 a.m - 07:00 p.m
Thursday 08:00 a.m - 07:00 p.m
Friday 08:00 a.m - 07:00 p.m
Saturday 09:00 a.m - 05:00 p.m
Sunday 09:00 a.m - 05:00 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.9
(47)
CONTACT INFORMATION

3. Song Yue Taiwan Cuisine


Authentic lesser-known Taiwanese dishes



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Song Yue Taiwan Cuisine is the place to go if you happen to be looking for a true taste of Taiwan. However, know that the dishes here go far beyond your usual mee sua. For comforting homely food, we recommend their Traditional Ginger Duck (from $27.90) and Ah Ma’s Rice Vermicelli and Taro Soup (from $19.90).


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For desserts, there’s the Pickled Cherry Tomatoes with Sour Plums (from $8.90) and Winter Melon Pickled with Fresh Passion Fruit (from $8.90) – both of which are cooling and refreshing desserts for warm and heaty days.

Price: $$

Song Yue Taiwan Cuisine
ADDRESS
5 Stadium Walk, #01-38/39 Leisure Park Kallang, Singapore 397693
Opening Hours: Saturday 11:30 a.m - 03:30 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 11:30 a.m - 03:30 p.m
Tuesday 11:30 a.m - 03:30 p.m
Wednesday 11:30 a.m - 03:30 p.m
Thursday 11:30 a.m - 03:30 p.m
Friday 11:30 a.m - 03:30 p.m
Saturday 11:30 a.m - 03:30 p.m
Sunday 11:30 a.m - 03:30 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.2
(25)
CONTACT INFORMATION

4. Kai Kai Sushi & Grill dishes


Pocket-friendly Japanese cuisine under Teppei brand



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Run by the very same people behind Teppei and Man Man Unagi, Kai Kai Sushi & Grill is a new go-to spot for your Japanese food cravings.

Besides sushi, expect to find a wide range of other Japanese dishes ranging from grilled skewers to rice bowls. For yakitori, look forward to Capelin Fish ($2), Pork Belly with Enoki Mushroom ($4), and oysters ($6). There’s also ikura fuji ($19.90) that comes with cod roe and onsen egg, and katsu don ($12) for those looking for filling donburis.

Price: $$

Kai Kai Sushi & Grill by Teppei
ADDRESS
435 Orchard Road, Wisma Atria, #04-21 Food Republic, Singapore 238877
Opening Hours: Saturday 11:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 11:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
Tuesday 11:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
Wednesday 11:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
Thursday 11:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
Friday 11:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
Saturday 11:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
Sunday 11:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
3.9
(46)

5.  Surrey Hills Grocer


Pet-friendly outlet at Holland Village



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You might have already heard of Surrey Hills Grocer, since it has 3 existing IG-friendly outlets at Woodleigh, ION Orchard, and Raffles Place. Its latest location at Holland Village is its biggest one yet with cottage-core aesthetics. Plus, it’s pet-friendly with an in-house dog bakery where you can get some treats for your furbabies.

They’ve collaborated with Melbourne Spanish restaurant, MoVida Original, for this outlet. And you can look forward to a unique selection of dishes such as Truffled Wagyu Donut ($35) and Barramundi Salsa Verde ($40).

Price: $$

Surrey Hills Grocer One Holland Village (Pet Friendly)
ADDRESS
7 Holland Vlg Wy, #03-29 to 33, Singapore 275748
Opening Hours: Saturday 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m
Tuesday 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m
Wednesday 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m
Thursday 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m
Friday 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m
Saturday 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m
Sunday 10:00 a.m - 10:00 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.6
(52)
CONTACT INFORMATION

6. Bullock Cart Coffee


Quaint takeaway tea break spot selling French pastries



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Tucked away in Hong Lim Complex in Chinatown is Bullock Cart Coffee, a hole-in-the-wall cafe. The cosy space can fit less than 10 people, hence it functions best as a takeaway kiosk for you to pick up your essential cup of coffee. Coffee options here include classics such as the Black ($4) or White ($5) and ones that are more unique like the Taro Latte ($6).

If you’re looking to get a quick bite, consider choosing from their selection of bakes like the Croissants (from $3.80), Cruffins ($5.50), and Kouign-Amann ($4.60).

Price: $

Bullock Cart Coffee
ADDRESS
531 Upper Cross St, #02-57A Hong Lim Complex, Singapore 050531
Opening Hours: Saturday 09:00 a.m - 03:30 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 08:00 a.m - 04:00 p.m
Tuesday 08:00 a.m - 04:00 p.m
Wednesday 08:00 a.m - 04:00 p.m
Thursday 08:00 a.m - 04:00 p.m
Friday 08:00 a.m - 04:00 p.m
Saturday 09:00 a.m - 03:30 p.m
Sunday 09:00 a.m - 03:30 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.8
(21)

7. Good Egg by Bearded Bella


Melbourne-inspired café in the CBD



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Nestled within the CBD, Good Egg by Bearded Bella is a Melbourne-inspired cafe by 2 friends who lived together in Australia. We recommend trying their Ajumma’s corned beef ($20), sliced avocado toast ($17), Basil pesto fusilli pasta ($17), or Scallops & cold pasta ($20) for their mains.

For coffee, they have their signature Coffee slushie ($8) and Citrus coffee spritz ($6.50) among classics such as Iced black ($6). However, if you aren’t really a coffee person, opt for their Homemade jasmine kombucha ($8) instead.

Price: $

Good Egg by Bearded Bella
ADDRESS
160 Robinson Rd, #01-01 SBF Center, Singapore 068914
Opening Hours: Saturday 07:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 07:30 a.m - 05:30 p.m
Tuesday 07:30 a.m - 05:30 p.m
Wednesday 07:30 a.m - 05:30 p.m
Thursday 07:30 a.m - 05:30 p.m
Friday 07:30 a.m - 05:30 p.m
Saturday 07:30 a.m - 12:30 p.m
Sunday Closed
GOOGLE REVIEWS
5
(1)
CONTACT INFORMATION

8. Maison Boulud


Return of celebrity chef Daniel Boulud to Singapore



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If you were a fan of the now-closed Db Bistro & Oyster Bar, here’s good news. You can still have a taste of some of its signature dishes such as the Original Db Burger at Maison Boulud which has taken over the former’s current spot at the Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands.

Some mains that you might want to consider include their Persillade ($128), which is a whole grilled Maine lobster with herbs and Puttanesca ($48), a traditional spaghetti from Naples. Wash it all down with their mocktails ($16 each) and reinvented classic cocktails ($24 each).

Price: $$$

Maison Boulud
ADDRESS
2 Bayfront Ave, B1-15 & L1-83 The Shoppes, Singapore 018972
Opening Hours: Saturday 12:00 p.m - 10:30 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 11:30 a.m - 10:00 p.m
Tuesday 12:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m
Wednesday 12:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m
Thursday 12:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m
Friday 12:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m
Saturday 12:00 p.m - 10:30 p.m
Sunday 11:30 a.m - 10:30 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.5
(30)
CONTACT INFORMATION

9. Frankie & Fern’s


Rooftop cafe with brunch till 4pm



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Located on the rooftop of Holland Road Shopping Centre, you can dine with a view at Frankie & Fern’s. Order up their lunch set ($35), which comes with a starter and a main. Last we heard, their Woodfired Chicken is a hot favourite. You can choose to add an additional $5 for a dessert to go with your meal as well.


Image credit: koh sherlyn via Google Maps

Alternatively, ala carte dishes like the Roasted Short Ribs Toast ($22) and Frankie’s Breakfast ($26) are worth a try as well.

Price: $$

Frankie & Fern’s
ADDRESS
211 Holland Ave, #04-03, Singapore 278967
Opening Hours: Saturday 09:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 09:30 a.m - 05:00 p.m
Tuesday Closed
Wednesday 09:30 a.m - 05:00 p.m
Thursday 09:30 a.m - 05:00 p.m
Friday 09:30 a.m - 09:30 p.m
Saturday 09:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
Sunday 09:00 a.m - 09:30 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.6
(80)
CONTACT INFORMATION

10. Torno Subito


Classic Italian dishes inspired by Italian Riviera



Image credit: Torno Subito via Google Maps

Rest assured that you’re enjoying quality Italian food here at Torno Subito, which is helmed by celebrity chef Massimo Bottura who owns a 3-Michelin-starred restaurant in Italy. Look forward to the 6-course set menu, CIAO Singapore! ($168), which includes all of his signature dishes such as Modena Ribs, Pizza, and Pasta.

The cocktails ($20 each) and mocktails ($13 each) here are exclusive to Torno Subito with pretty unique names such as Be Right Back – chilli oil-washed Grey Goose vodka and lychee liqueur – and V.I.P Only, with cucumber, rosemary, and basil-infused soda.

Price: $$$

Torno Subito
ADDRESS
26 Dempsey Rd, #01 02, Singapore 249686
Opening Hours: Saturday 06:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m Show More Timings Hide
Monday 12:00 p.m - 03:00 p.m
Tuesday 06:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m
Wednesday 12:00 p.m - 03:00 p.m
Thursday 06:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m
Friday 12:00 p.m - 03:00 p.m
Saturday 06:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m
Sunday 12:00 p.m - 03:00 p.m
GOOGLE REVIEWS
4.8
(30)
CONTACT INFORMATION

March 2024


1. Scoop & Sketch


2-in-1 ice cream & tattoo parlour



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There’s nothing like a scoop of your ice cream to turn your day into a yay, and at Scoops & Sketch, you can even get some new ink to remember it by. That’s right folks, this Nickelodeon-esque gelato joint with neon signs and wacky monster figures has a tattoo parlour on the second floor.


The studio, Naked Skin Tattoo, is managed by one of the eatery’s co-owners. Make an appointment if you want to get inked.

Image credit: @myfoodstop.sg via Instagram

If you just want to grab a bite without any needles, gelatos go for $5/single scoop, in flavours like Chrysanthemum Cacao Nibs and Speculoos. You can also add a waffle with your treat for $7.

As the name suggests, they also provide paper and colourful pens for you to doodle on, along with your meal. Who knows, maybe get one of those doodles inked.

Price: $

Address: 82 Lorong 23 Geylang, #01-01, Atrix, Singapore 388409
Opening hours: Mon-Wed 1pm-12am | Thu-Sun 12pm-12am
Contact: Scoop & Sketch Instagram


2. Swensen’s Unlimited


World’s first Swensen’s buffet opening in Terminal 2



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Image credit: Swensens SG

Flying into Terminal 2 at Changi Airport is Swensen’s Unlimited, the chain’s first buffet restaurant. At this new version of a Singapore fave, you can feast on Peranakan and Pan-Asian cuisines like Kueh Pie Tee or their free-flow roast meats and seafood.


Image credit: Swensen’s

After stuffing yourselves with all the savouries, you can indulge in 48 rotating flavours of ice cream at their DIY sundae station, with unlimited toppings and a 6-tiered chocolate fountain.

Prices will differ depending on the day of the week, and time. Lunches on weekdays are $31/pax and on weekends, $50/pax, whereas dinners are $35/pax on weekdays and $60/pax on weekends.

Price: $$$

Address: 60 Airport Boulevard, #01-03, Singapore Changi Airport Terminal 2, Singapore 819643
Opening hours: 11am-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: Swensen’s website


3. Tamba


West African cuisine on Duxton Road



Image credit: Tamba 

Sink your teeth into food from Nigeria and other West African countries at Tamba, a new bistro on Duxton Road. Upon entering, you’ll notice tribal and traditional murals adorning the walls of a softly lit venue, creating an intimate atmosphere. Jollof Rice
Image credit: Tamba

Add a little bit of a zing to your tastebuds with Jollof Rice ($35): rice cooked with tomatoes, spices, smoked pork belly and topped with a grilled chicken thigh, or a bit of pizzazz with cocktails like Chouti (TBC): a banana liqueur and cognac drink mixed in with the popular ginger street drink, gnamakoudji.

Price: $$$

Address: 101 Duxton Road, Singapore 089964
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 6pm–12am (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Contact: 6513 5388 | Tamba website


4. Warabimochi Kamakura


Famous Japanese brand’s first outlet in SG



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Sticky, stretchy, and sweet are the 3 qualities that make a good warabimochi. Test them out at Warabimochi Kamakura, a famous Japanese brand that’s now in Singapore. They’re also our island’s only warabimochi cafe. 

Unlike warabimochi which you may have purchased at Japanese fairs in Singapore, this one is made using the traditional method, exclusively with 100% bracken starch. It’s then tossed with roasted soybean flour for a nutty finish.


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At Warabimochi Kamakura, a 40gm-45gm piece of warabimochi goes for $3.90. It’s made fresh daily, and you can get it with ice cream for $5.90

For a real twist on the classic, you can try their warabimochi drinks. Think bubble tea with gooey, soft mochi, not pearls. The more popular orders are the Strawberry Milk ($7.90) with strawberry mochi and Hokkaido milk, and the Coffee Milk ($5.90).

Price: $

Address: 7 Holland Village Way, #01-54, One Holland Village, Singapore 275748
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm, 6.30pm-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: 9842 0608 | Warabimochi Kamakura website


5. Christina’s Duxton Hill


Free-flow wine at this new brunch spot



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Here’s to the ladies (and fellas too) who brunch: Christina’s, the new cafe and wine bar in the Mondrian Singapore Duxton. It’s a great spot for a weekend catch-up with its classy yet casual vibe of marble tables, stained glass embellishments and sleek, clean lines. 


Image credit: Christina’s

They specialise in Asian fusion dishes like Crispy Chilli Crab Bonbon ($14), a fried croquette filled with chilli crab that’s served in its shell, and Shakshouka ($22), baked eggs in a spicy tomato sauce.

However, Christina’s is most lively on Fridays and Saturdays with their Beats at Christina’s evenings, where you can dance along to their DJ’s grooves and sip on free-flow natural wines at $88/pax.

Price: $$

Address: 16A Duxton Hill, #01-09 & 10, Mondrian Singapore Duxton, Singapore 089970
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 8am-11pm | Fri-Sat 8am-12pm
Contact: 6019 6010 | Christina’s Website


6. Punch Room


All-blue cocktail bar at EDITION


EDITION, the hottest new hotel in town, may have the hottest new bar too: Punch Room, a velvet blue landscape with creative cocktails and bites.

The cobalt walls house boozy punches like the Straits Punch ($27), a whisky, gin and wine mix with pomegranate, spiced lemon and Ceylon tea, as well as bar bites like Wagyu Sliders ($20) and Sweet Potato Chips ($18).


Image credit: Punch Room

For the non-drinkers who don’t want to splurge on a mocktail or twiddle their thumbs, but still want in on the blue tavern, Punch Room also has Afternoon Tea ($75/pax) every Friday and Saturday from 2pm-5pm with treats like Poached Lobster, Black Truffle Cheese Donuts and Pink Peppercorn Eclairs, to name a few. 

Price: $$$

Address:  38 Cuscaden Road, Singapore 249731
Opening hours: Tue-Wed 6pm-12am | Thu 6pm-2am | Fri-Sat 2pm-2am (Closed on Mondays and Sundays)
Contact:  6329 5000 | Punch Room Website


7. Positivity Cafe


Explore Mongolian cuisine at this Tanjong Pagar cafe


You no longer have to brave the winters of Ulan Batur and Siberia to try a plate of Kotlet and dumplings. Simply make your way to Positivity Cafe in Tanjong Pagar, which specialises in Mongolian and East European cuisine. 


Image credit: @xinfullygood via Instagram

Try dishes like Mongolian Dumplings ($10.50), which are steamed dumplings filled with beef or chicken, topped with a zesty sauce and served with a side of creamy salad, or Mongolian Meat Pastry ($12.50): fried hand pies filled with oniony ground beef.

You’ll give full Marx to dishes like the Russian Kotlet ($10.50), a hefty meal of rice, cabbage salad, mashed potato and a meat patty doused in gravy. With prices this low in the CBD, it’s no excuse not to try something new.

Price: $$

Address: 76 Shenton Way, #01-04, Singapore 079119
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-6pm (Sat-Sun open by reservations only)
Contact: 9088 0816


8. Fourgather


Street food served in an artsy cafe


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If you’ve been craving a bustling Bangkok night market but don’t have enough off days for a visit, check out Fourgather in Telok Ayer. This new, quirkily done-up cafe serves renditions of street food faves like tom yum noodles, and other Thai classics such as savoury fruit salads. 


Image credit: Fourgather

You won’t have to deal with queues and brushing elbows; instead, you can relax under fairy lights and eclectic artworks here at Fourgather. Munch on crispy  Fried Fish Miang ($44.90), which gets you a whole fish, or Thai Watermelon Salad ($16.90) for a lighter bite. This Thai-style dish is served cold, with herbs and spices atop. 

Fourgather also has a lunch promo, where you can grab a set for $9.90-$12.90. This comes with a main, like Thai Basil Fried Rice, and a drink, like Thai Iced Tea or Thai Soya Bean, for those quick lunch breaks from work. 

Price: $$

Address: 376 Telok Ayer Street, #01-02, Singapore 048464
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 11.30am-3pm, 5.30pm-11.30pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 8071 2946 | Fourgather Instagram


9. Cafe Monochrome in Chinatown


2-D cafe opens second outlet with Chinese design elements



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Who hasn’t ever wondered what it’d be like to live in a cartoon world? Well, you can take the first step into living out this experience at Cafe Monochrome’s newest outlet in Chinatown.

The cafe’s first eatery in Jalan Besar went viral for its black and white 2-D interiors, down to the cutlery and glassware. This location takes it up a notch by transforming itself with Chinese-inspired architecture, from bamboo foliage to paper lanterns.

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There are outlet exclusives to try here, such as their Crayfish Pasta ($23), for chilli sauce spaghetti topped with chunky crayfish, as well as staples like all-day Monochrome Brunch ($19): their take on an English breakfast spread. If you’re just looking for something sweet, you can try their frappes and iced teas like the Biscoff Frappe ($8.50).

Price: $$

Address: 25 Trengganu Street, #01-12, Singapore 058476
Opening hours: Tue-Thu 10am-9pm | Fri-Sat 10am-10pm | Sun 10am-pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8332 5195 | Cafe Monochrome Website


10. Tenderbest Makcik Tuckshop Punggol Park


Scenic lakeside dining with Indomie fries and more


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We bet you’ve never seen a Tenderbest like the new Tenderbest Makcik Tuckshop in Punggol Park, which is nestled right next to a lake for some scenic dining in the heartlands. 

A departure from the usual dabao and go, you’ll be surrounded by nature while enjoying their signature fried chicken from $12.90 or more unique items like Indomie Fries with Egg ($5.50). This dish sees regular French fries topped with Indomie seasoning, kecap manis and a fried egg, or you could have Squid Ink Pasta ($15.90), which is jet-black spaghetti with an assortment of seafood. 

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To satisfy your sweet tooth, this new Tenderbest also carries Haagen-Dazs ice cream. End your meal with sundaes like the Fruit Blossom ($15.90), served in a waffle cup.

Price: $$

Address: 97 Hougang Avenue 8, Punggol Park, Singapore 538768
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-10pm | Sat-Sun 8.30am-10pm
Contact: Tenderbest website


11. Roia


French fine dining in Botanic Gardens



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Tucked away in the flourishing greens of the Singapore Botanic Gardens, is E J H Corner House’s newest host Roia. This French fine dining restaurant is for that atas night out with your partner for an anniversary.

By The Rainforest
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There are 2 set menus available here, featuring dishes that are primarily French-influenced, prepared with local ingredients and flavours.

The Signature Set ($188/pax) is a 6-course menu with dishes like Snowfall in Singapore, AKA scallops cooked with yoghurt and finger lime. For something fancier, the Experience Set ($288/pax) is an 8-course set with experimental dishes like By The Rainforest, or lamb with herb puree and mushrooms. 

Price: $$$$

Address: 1 Cluny Road, Singapore Botanic Gardens, Singapore 259569
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 6.30pm-12am (Closed on Mondays and Tuesdays)
Contact: 8908 1705 | Roia website


12. Cafe Gui South Bridge


Korean-Japanese cafe with Hanok decor


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It’s time for Chinatown to start shaking their bento boxes at Gui Cafe South Bridge. This Korean-Japanese cafe went viral 2 years ago for its Dosirak Rice Box ($15.90), an old-school Korean-style meal in a metal box. Typically, this holds rice topped with egg, luncheon meat, kimchi and seaweed that you have to shake before digging in.

Image credit: @annananasl via Instagram

Unlike the Novena outlet, this new outlet has Hanok-style decor such as wooden finishings and traditional air vents.

Menu-wise, the offerings here are similar to the first location, offering signatures like their Dalgona Honeycomb ($9.90) however, this outlet will also have an all-day breakfast menu with dishes like gimbap and matcha toast.

Price: $$

Address: 278 South Bridge Road, #01-01, Singapore 058827
Opening hours: Mon-Tue 10.30am-6.30pm | Thu-Sat 10.30am-9.30pm | Sun 10.30am-4.30pm
Contact: Gui Cafe website


13. Cafe On Pause


Pet-friendly cafe in Kovan with waffles & acai bowls


Just a 5-minute walk away from Kovan MRT is Cafe On Pause, a pet-friendly cafe with brunch and desserts. Feel free to bring along your furry bestie after a walk, or to just spend some time together outside the house, where they can meet new friends as well.

Their brunch menu, available from 9am-2.30pm, has dishes like a Prawn and Guac Tartine ($18), an avocado toast with fresh prawns, and Acai Bowl ($12.50)

If you’re visiting them in the evening, between 5.30pm-10pm, their menu transforms into one filled with milkshakes ($10.90), ice cream ($4.50/scoop) and waffles ($7).

Price: $$

Address: 37 Lowland Road, Singapore 547440
Opening hours: 9am-2.30pm, 5.30pm-10pm, Daily (Soft launch hours)
Contact: Cafe On Pause Instagram


14. ENchanko Hotpot & Kamekashi


Singapore’s first chankonabe restaurant


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Whether you’re a sumo in training or if you’re just entering the Naki Sumo Baby Crying Contest segment of your life, eat like a sumo wrestler at, ENchanko Hotpot & Kamekashi, Singapore’s first chankonabe restaurant.

Chankonabe is a hearty one-pot stew that sumo wrestlers eat to maintain their weight. You don’t have to have sumo goals in life to try this stew, as they have options like the Chicken Nabe Set ($16.80), meant for one.

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Another signature dish at this restaurant is kamameshi, which is rice cooked and served in an iron pot, topped with veggies and meat. One of their most decadent versions is the Miyazaki Wagyu Truffle & Ikura Kamameshi ($39), which is rich, fragrant, and worth the splurge.

Price: $$

Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-52A, VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6255 9188 | ENchanko website


15. Lukumades


Australian doughnut chain opens outlet in Bugis


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A big contender for the best donut brand in Singapore is Lukumades, the renowned Australian franchise selling Greek donuts with various sinful toppings, that’s finally here in town. These doughnuts are smaller, lighter and crisper than regular donuts, so you can easily indulge in more without feeling jelak

Served in a tray of 10 for $12-$13 for 1 flavour or $15 for a half/half of 2flavours, you can try out flavours like Date Night, where they are coated in date syrup and sesame seeds, or Pistachio, where they’re blanketed in pistachio cream.

Price: $$

Address: 60 Arab Street, #01-01, Singapore 199757
Opening hours: Sun-Thur 9am-10pm | Fri-Sat 9am-12am
Contact: 9661 6071 | Lukumades website


16. Le Chocolat Maxime Frederic


Louis Vuitton-themed chocolates in Marina Bay Sands


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You may not have LVs all on your shoes, but you can have them on your chocolate bars at Le Chocolat Maxime Frederic, Louis Vuitton’s chocolate shop in its floating flagship store at Marina Bay Sands

Singapore is now the only country where you can get these chocolates outside of Paris. Even if you’re not planning to purchase these rarities, the store is still worth a visit. Here, chocolate sculptures are displayed amidst the brand’s monogrammed wallets and bags, all of which you can swoon oo la la at.

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You can find artistic creations such as the child-sized chocolate figurine Vivien Sur Malle ($420) and cocoa replicas of bags, as well as more traditional chocolate items like Filled Chocolate Pralines ($75) and the LV Chocolate Bar ($30).

Cheaper items are usually sold out every day, so it’s best to hurry on to MBS early. Finally, you can boast having something from Louis Vuitton. 

Price: $$$

Address: 2 Bayfront Avenue, B1-38/39, Louis Vuitton Island Store, Singapore 018972
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6788 3888


17. Mashi No Mashi


Famous S$90 Japanese Wagyu ramen from Tokyo


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One of the most anticipated restaurant openings to hit Singapore this year is Wagyumafia’s Mashi No Mashi, home of Wagyujiro, a top-class beef ramen from Japan. 

Set to open in Bugis’s Guoco Midtown, this franchise has outlets in Tokyo, Saudi Arabia and Hong Kong, with a bowl usually costing a whopping $90. Though there’s little out now about the prices and menu in Singapore, other locations have had dishes like Wagyu Gyoza and Wagyu Donburi.

Price: TBD

Address: 124 Beach Road, #01-04, Guoco Midtown, Singapore 189771
Opening hours: TBD
Contact: Mashi No Mashi website


Bonus: Bakery 1946


Famous Korean bakery pop-up with fruit-shaped breads



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The famous Korean bakery, Bakery 1946, makes its return to Singapore with a new pop-up in Bugis Junction till 10th March. The viral fruit-shaped breads first appeared in Singapore last August at Market Blue in Tanglin Mall, but are back by popular demand.

Here, you can find adorable bakes like the K-Apple Bread or DaeguNeunggeumbang ($5.90/piece). As the name suggests, this is an apple-shaped bread filled with cream cheese and apple jam. 

You can also find more unique breads like Corn Bread ($3.90/piece), a corn-shaped bread filled with cream cheese and corn kernels, or their Whole Chestnut Bread ($3.90/piece) filled with creamy roasted chestnut.

Price: $

Address:  200 Victoria Street, Level 1, Bugis Junction, Singapore 188021
Opening hours: 11am-9pm, Daily
Contact: Bakery 1946 Instagram


February


1. Louisa Coffee


Giant Taiwanese coffee chain



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Chances are, you’ve seen Louisa Coffee around during your jaunts to Taiwan. After all, they are the island’s biggest coffee chain, with 500 outlets well known for their warm atmosphere and great coffee. Their latest outlet at Guoco Midtown is no different, with the earthy colour palette keeping things nice and cosy, while the floor-to-ceiling windows provide splendid people-watching opportunities.


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Besides their signature Coffee Lattes ($4.90), another must-have is their specialty coffee, the Iced Black Coffee Latte ($6.90). Those wanting some small bites can consider their line of Singapore-exclusive Boston Cream Pies ($6.50/slice). These are available in flavours such as Matcha, Black Sesame, and Taro.

Address: 130 Beach Road, #01-13 & 14 Guoco Midtown, Singapore 189774
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 8am-9pm | Fri 8am-12am | Sat 9.30am-12am | Sun 9.30am-9pm
Contact: Louisa Coffee Instagram


2. Moss Cross Tokyo


French-Japanese omakase from $69



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Located in China Square, Moss Cross Tokyo’s new outlet marks the brand’s first foray outside its native Japan. Inside, you’ll notice the brushstroke paintings on the wall complement the overall light earthy theme very well. 


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The theme is further continued in the Omakase experience. Unlike other restaurants, where the chef serves you directly, Moss Cross Tokyo features shokado omakase (from $69), where 9 individual dishes are packed into a bento-inspired wooden box. No two boxes feature the exact same dishes or layout either, further adding to the experience.

Address: 181 South Bridge Road, #02-01, Capri by Fraser, China Square, Singapore 058743
Opening hours: Tue-Sat 12-3pm, 6-10pm (Closed on Sundays & Mondays)
Contact: Moss Cross Tokyo website


3. Cha Chaan Teng


80s Hong Kong themed bar



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Eponymously named after the ubiquitous coffeehouses found all over Hong Kong, Char Chaan Teng eschews typical bar grub such as boneless wings or truffle fries in favour of tapas with Char Siew ($13.90) and Siu Mai ($12.90). The cocktails here are named after common Cantonese phrases too. These include the Saap Saap Sui ($18), which means easy-peasy in Cantonese, and Yat Gau Gau ($23), vernacular for speaking gibberish.


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Inside, you’ll find that the bar features plenty of elements from the former British colony, such as the dining booths and old photographs of the city. Those wanting to recreate Wong Kar Wai aesthetics for the ‘Gram will be glad to know that the entire place is decked out in red and green mood lighting, perfect for channelling that main character vibe.

Address: 284 Lavender Street, Singapore 338802
Opening hours: 5pm-12am, Daily
Contact: Cha Chaan Teng Instagram


4. Tipo Osteria


Classic Italian fare like Chicken Risotto



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Named after humble Italian restaurants offering simple sharing dishes, Tipo Osteria swaps out the brand’s signature customisable pasta for classic Italian staples like Chicken Risotto ($20). Big eaters can consider going for the 4-course set menu ($38.90), which comprises starters, salads, first and second courses, and dessert.

Inside, you’ll notice that the entire place exudes a vintage vibe, complete with small hexagonal tiles and retro chairs. If you’re looking for some small bites, head over to the open counter where you can check out the selection of pastries available. It also offers a view into the restaurant’s bustling kitchen, so you can catch the chefs in action as they whip up a storm.

Address: 16 Hamilton Road, #01-05, Singapore 209186
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 8721 0868


5. Sagye


Seasonal Korean pot rice



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Those looking for an alternative to hot soup and noodles during rainy afternoons can pop by Sagye. Translating to “4 seasons” in Korean, the restaurant serves up sotbab, traditional Korean pot rice with a variety of seasonal ingredients. These include the likes of beef shortrib (from $32.80) and abalone ($38.80). When you’re done, wash it all down with some nurungji, where hot barley tea is poured over the burnt rice at the bottom of the pot.

Do note that the restaurant only serves sotbab at lunchtime, as it’s primarily a K-BBQ place come nightfall. If you’d like to unwind over a steaming pot of rice and meat after a hard day of work, you’ll be glad to know that sotbab’s also available at Sotpot in Suntec, another newly-opened eatery.

Address: 95 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088516
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm & 6-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9115 6735 | Sagye Instagram


6. Plain Meredith


Has a pet menu with salmon & steaks



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Paw-rents looking to dine with their furkids can consider stopping by Plain Meredith. Unlike other pet-friendly cafes, it has a dedicated pet menu with canine and feline-friendly options. But lest you think that it’s little more than kibble served in a pet dish, we’ll have you know that the menu choices include the likes of Ribeye Steak Bites ($15) and Baked Sassy Salmon ($16), all served on fancy Le Creuset crockery


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But if you’re beginning to be envious of the atas offerings that are available to your furry friends, relax, the cafe’s got a menu for us humans too. Must haves here include the Truffle Aglio Olio ($22) and Steak and Eggs ($32), while brunch staples like the Breakfast Platter ($28) and Classic Eggs Benedict ($22) can be had as well.

Address: 7 Holland Village Way, #02-23/24, One Holland Village, Singapore 275748
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-9.30pm | Sat-Sun 9.30am-9.30pm
Contact: Plain Meredith Instagram


7. Dipndip


Renowned international chocolate dessert chain



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Wonka wannabes finding Mr Bucket Chocolaterie just a little out of reach can consider popping by dipndip. Located in VivoCcity, this is the Kuwaiti dessert chain’s first dip into the Singapore market and features plenty of sweet treats with that great chocolatey taste.

Those who’d feed their phones before themselves can opt for The Chocolate Burj ($22.80). The confection features an upturned cone which you pour piping hot dark chocolate over, revealing a scoop of vanilla ice cream and Lotus cream puffs hidden underneath. Otherwise, the Fettuccine Crepe ($12.80) and Pancake Brownie Stack ($19.80) make good alternatives too. 

Address: 1 HarbourFront Walk, #01-51 VivoCity, Singapore 098585
Opening hours: 10am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Dipndip Instagram


8. Jiak Kim House


Fine-dining resto in former Zouk



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Jiak Kim Street’s no stranger to many of us, with Zouk having called it home for nearly 25 years, before moving out in 2015. What was once the Velvet Underground Lounge has since been transformed into the upscale Jiak Kim House, with its familiar fuzzy walls and couches replaced by rattan chairs, black and white chequered tiles, and restored shophouse windows.

Gone are the lines for the classic bangers and mash too, with atas dishes like Miso Marmite Iberico Pork Chop ($48) and Lobster Two Ways ($98) having taken their place.

Address: 5 Jiak Kim Street, #01 – 16/17, Singapore 169425
Opening hours: Mon-Sat 12pm-3pm & 6pm-11pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 9831 5430 


9. Umai Artisanal Udon Bar


25 udon dishes



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If udon want your weekday lunches to be caipng or chicken rice, Umai Artisanal Udon Bar’s a great option too. On top of the normal Sanuki noodles typically found in Singapore, 3 other varieties can be had here. These include the ban mian looking Hoto and the you mian looking Hippari, as well as the 10cm wide Himokawa Udon that’s making its rounds on Tiktok. 


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Those looking for a familiar dish with a twist can opt for the Chili Pan Mee Hoto ($15), which pairs Hoto noodles with clam sauce and shrimp aioli chilli. Otherwise, the Himokawa Udon with Niku Shabu & Tempura Deluxe Set ($23)’s also a versatile choice, as it can be served either chilled, or in hot soup.

Address: 128 Beach Road, #01-05 Guoco Midtown, Market, Singapore 189771
Opening hours: 11.30am-2pm & 5.30pm-8.30pm, Daily
Contact: 8748 3750 | Umai Artisanal Udon Bar Instagram


10. AIR


Sustainable restaurant with outdoor lawn seats



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Those wanting something more bougie while remaining environmentally-friendly can head over to AIR. Tucked amidst the greenery of Dempsey Hill, the restaurant’s all about sustainability and reducing food waste. 

Take The Whole Coral Grouper for Two ($58), for example. While other restaurants dispose of the fish bones nary a second thought, the chefs here have instead chosen to pressure cook them into noodles. The oft-discarded meat from the fish head will be served as a pate too, further emphasising the concept.


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Seating here is mainly alfresco, with the large green lawn and its wooden steps comfortably accommodating 350. Indoor seating at their 2-storey facility’s available too. Guests on the 1st floor can catch the chefs in action, thanks to the open kitchen, while the dining area on the 2nd floor’s located next to the company’s R&D spaces, so you can have a peek at upcoming menu items.

Address: 25B Dempsey Road, Singapore 249918
Opening hours: Wed-Sun 5.30pm-11pm (Closed on Mondays & Tuesdays)
Contact: 8228 1528 | AIR Instagram


11. Acoustics Coffee Bar


Work-friendly cafe



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True to its name, Acoustics Coffee Bar features noise-absorbing acoustic panelling, essential, given that the ever-busy Serangoon Road is just right outside. Most of their seating areas come with power plugs too, making it an attractive place for those wanting a quiet place to focus on those KPIs.

If you feel like you need an extra surge to power through those deadlines, grab one of their signature Cloud Coffees. These get their name from the thick scoop of sweet cream, which sits atop a variety of latte flavours, including the outlet-exclusive Hojicha ($9). Those looking to silence their tummy’s rumblings can consider heavier options like the Cauliflower Steak ($15) and the B.C.M. ($15), the latter being the cafe’s take on the ubiquitous bak chor mee. 

Address: 2 Owen Road, #01-02, Singapore 218842
Opening hours: 8.30am-5.30pm, Daily
Contact: Acoustics Coffee Bar Instagram


12. Sushi to Sumi


SG’s first standing omakase bar



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The first thing that you’ll notice upon arriving at Sushi to Sumi is that there are no seats to be found anywhere. That’s because it’s Singapore’s first ever standing omakase bar. But before you start checking your bank balance, relax, it’s highly affordable, with their 11-course Ume available from $30. The lunch set starts with chawanmushi, followed by a variety of sushi and a grilled seafood dish, before finishing off with a bowl of miso soup.


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The restaurant also boasts a classy dark earthy theme throughout, which certainly helps highlight whatever’s cooking on the grill.

Address: 20 Cecil Street, #02-01, PLUS, Singapore 049705
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 11am-2pm, 5pm-9pm (Closed on Saturdays & Sundays)
Contact: Sushi to Sumi Instagram


13. AMI Patisserie


Zen Japanese garden vibes in Orchard



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Located off Scotts Road, you can be forgiven for thinking that you’ve been transported to a zen garden somewhere in Japan the moment you step into AMI Patisserie. With its fluted doors and views of the majestic trees and terracotta warrior sculptures in the garden outside, it makes a good spot for unwinding on a lazy Saturday afternoon.


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Food-wise, there’s a variety of pastries to choose from. Those with a sweet tooth can consider the Kuri Mont Blanc ($20), while savoury options here include the likes of Burrata Cheese & Parma Ham Croissant ($14) and Seasonal Fruit Tarte ($15). As there are an extremely limited amount of seats, the store only accepts reservations, which you can make on TableCheck.

Address: 27 Scotts Road, Singapore 228222
Opening hours: Tue-Sun 11.30am-6pm (Closed on Mondays)
Contact: 8907 6146 | Ami Patisserie Instagram


14. Hankang Pocha


Korean alley-like decor



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It’s no surprise that the Hankang Pocha is decorated much like a Korean alleyway, given that it takes its name from outdoor stalls and carts selling street food. It touts itself as “The Most Affordable Korean Pocha”, and with most of the mains here available under $20, it’s hard to refute that claim.


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Must-tries here include their Hot Plate ($14), which can be had with a variety of meats, such as squid, fish, chicken, or pork. Their line of noodles is rather impressive too, with dishes like Korean Cold Noodles ($16), Korean Jajangmyeon ($12), and Hankang Ramen ($8) all available here.

Address: 50 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088471
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: 6022 1860


15. Ralph’s Coffee


Exclusive merch & ice cream



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Whether you’re popping by after shopping for some polos next door, consider heading over to Ralph’s Coffee Orchard. It’s reminiscent of quaint florists in small-town England, with its vintage storefront, baskets of flowers, and exposed timber ceiling beams, perfect for those #cottagecore shots for the ‘Gram.


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On top of their usual offerings like Carrot Cake ($14) and Ralph’s Brownie ($8), there are outlet-exclusive menu items as well. Those wanting a sweet treat to beat the heat can grab a Ralph’s Coffee Soft Serve ($9), otherwise, the Pineapple Shaken Tea ($8) is a great option too. Collectors can also snag the Sttoke Lite tumbler ($69), which features the brand’s iconic bear over a backdrop of MBS and the Merlion.

Address: 1 Scotts Road, Shaw Centre, Singapore 228208
Opening hours: 8am-9pm, Daily
Contact: Ralph’s Coffee Instagram


16. Keng Eng Kee Seafood


Local icons like ERPs



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KEK Seafood’s interior clearly takes a leaf out of our daily lives, with local icons like traffic lights and day parking signs making an appearance here. Even the waiting area’s fashioned out of an old bus stop, while the eatery’s clock resembles an ERP Gantry.

Besides serving up Michelin-starred staples like Signature Moonlight Horfun (from $10.80) and Marmite Chicken (from $15.80), outlet-exclusive menu items are also available here. These include the Otah Charcoal Fried Dough Fritters ($16.80) and Cereal Hei Bee Hiam fried ice cream ($8.80).

Address: 9 Sentul Crescent, #02-01 SAFRA Punggol, Singapore 828654
Opening hours: 11am-2pm & 5pm-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9691 0616 | KEK Seafood website


17. Hey Kee


Old-school Hong Kong style seafood restaurant



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Hey Kee HK Seafood’s interior harkens back to colonial-era Hong Kong, with bright neon signs, white and green mosaic tiles, and old film posters of Bruce Lee and Chow Yun-fat all featured heavily here. 

If you’re looking to come here with a larger party, private rooms are available for reservations too. These seat up to 20 pax and require a deposit of $100 at least a day in advance. They’ve got karaoke machines too, should an after-dinner k sesh be in order.

As its name suggests, they specialise in Hong Kong-style seafood, serving dishes such as Deep Fried Cuttlefish with Salt and Pepper ($20.80) or the “Typhoon Shelter” style Stir-Fried Crab (market price). Those wanting land-based meat can consider the Pan Fried Beef Tenderloin Cubes with Potatoes ($36.80) or the ‘Temple Street’ Crispy Roast Chicken (from $22.80) as well.

Address: 102 Guillemard Road, #01-01, Singapore 399719
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5.30pm-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: 9891 0950 


18. Ramen-ya


Hole-in-the-wall ramen store



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With its row of counter-facing seats and Japanese lanterns strewn overhead, you’re not wrong for wondering if you’ve stepped into a small ramen joint in one of Ginza’s back alleys upon entering Ramen-ya. Nestled in East Village, the tiny 8-seater restaurant is known for its thick, full bodied broth found in its Special Tonkotsu Red ($14.80) and Special Shio Ramen ($13.80)

Given its small size, queues here are a given, so it’s best to come early to beat the lunch or dinner crowds.

Address: 430 Upper Changi Road, #01-03 East Village, Singapore 487048
Opening hours: 11.30am-2pm & 5pm-9pm, Daily


19. Porsche Studio


Fancy sports cars & pastries



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Regardless if you’re a car aficionado or just want a chill place to beat the heat, consider popping by the Porsche Studio. A cross between a car showroom, designer boutique, library, and cafe, it’s located in Guoco Midtown. 


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Unlike conventional car showrooms, which heavily tout the latest and greatest in the marque’s lineup, there’s plenty for non-car enthusiasts to do here too. While your petrolhead friends have a go at the racing simulators or spec out their dream supercars, check out their line of Singapore exclusive merch or refuel with some light bites like the Black Forest Porsche Experience ($8.50) at Cafe Carrera, the in-house cafe. 

Address: 130 Beach Road, #01-12 Guoco Midtown, Singapore 189774
Opening hours: 10am-8pm, Daily
Contact: 6816 9911


January


New Year, new me? Well, more like new restaurants and menus for foodies to sink their teeth into. Think smushed cones packed with umami, meats that have been roasted over firewood for hours, and a spot that offers rosti in waffle form. We’ve rounded up a list of new cafes and restaurants in January 2024 so you can start your year off full.  


1. Ugly Cones & Asylum


Ice cream from a literal hole in the wall



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We’re starting with something sweet at Ugly Cones, tucked away at Asylum’s coffee dispensary. Their umami-packed cones come with toppings like homemade Japanese jellies and bite-sized mochis. Simply order your desired flavour of ice cream from their electronic kiosk and wait for it to be served through a tiny hole in the wall.

There are 3 flavours to choose from; Chocolate, Japanese Strawberry, and Miruku-ame, a combination of Madagascan vanilla, Hokkaido milk and mizuame. A single scoop ice cream cone starts at $7.50 with toppings costing an extra $2-$2.50.  


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If coffee is your preferred beverage, try some of the 4 flavoured moon brews exclusively sold here. If you prefer to brew your cup of java, they also carry a wide selection of beans from across the globe. You can find Moon Brews in flavours like Toffee Nut or Gula Melaka which are produced with beans sourced from Colombia, Brazil, and Ethiopia.    

Price: $$
Address: 435 Orchard Road, #B1-04 Wisma Atria, Singapore 238877
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: Ugly Cones Instagram  


2. Fireplace by Bedrock


Wood-fired eats at this bar & grill



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Located at One Holland Village, the latest shopping mall to open its doors on our island, is Fireplace by Bedrock. They have a strong focus on cooking by fire, so you can expect dishes roasted to perfection by experienced pit masters. 


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Some of their signature dishes to look out for are starters like Von Liebig’s Glazed Bread ($9) and Bone Marrow Toast ($28). Mains like the crispy pork belly (from $35 for 200g) or roasted lamb (from $42 for 200g) are definite must-trys, having been slow-cooked for at least 6 hours. 

Like most of the restaurants at One Holland Village, Fireplace offers pet-friendly outdoor alfresco seating – so don’t leave them behind.

Price: $$$
Address: 7 Holland Village Way, #03-27/28 One Holland Village, Singapore 275748
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10pm | Fri-Sat 11.30am-3pm, 6pm-10.30pm 
Contact: 6589 8760 | Fireplace by Bedrock website  


3. HighHouse


2-storey nightclub & lounge with panoramic views



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HighHouse occupies the 61st and 62nd floors of One Raffles Place. Sporting digital art installations on their walls, it’s an aesthetic spot to grab a bite after office hours. 


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It’s a lounge, club and restaurant all at once – transitioning seamlessly between dinner service and happy hour. If you’re here for a meal, you can get sharing plates that start from $16 to portions of Spanish Jamon ($65) – that’s ham that’s been aged for 48 months. 

Try one of their signature $22 cocktails like Tobacco & Grain which features vodka, vermouth, champagne and a “cigar” of sorts. There’s also Seaweed & Shiso made with seaweed-infused Japanese gin, Shiso perilla, and umami bitters.

There are also private rooms and a “sky karaoke nook”, all perched 282m above the ground with views of the surrounding skyline. 

Price: $$$
Address: 1 Raffles Place, L61-62, Singapore 048616 
Opening hours: Tue 6pm-1am | Wed-Sat 6pm-2am
Contact: 9677 8074 | HighHouse website 


4. Miracle Coffee


JJ Lin’s cafe now permanent



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Owned by homegrown Singer JJ Lin, Miracle Coffee’s pop-up is now a permanent addition to the ArtScience Museum’s lobby. Fans can expect their usual selection of single-origin coffees with some new pastries and small bites. They offer fan favourites like JJ’s Wonderblend ($9) and The Miracle 4 ($11), which includes a flight of 4 speciality blends.   


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You can also pair your caffeinated beverage with food items such as mushroom wraps ($16), laksa prawn ($13) or crab otah sandwiches ($13). The cafe gets tons of natural light, given the museum’s glass facade, so you’ll get a nice view of Marina Bay Sands while you enjoy your daily cuppa.

Price: $$
Address: 6 Bayfront Avenue, Lobby, ArtScience Museum, Singapore 018974
Opening hours: 10am-7pm, Daily
Contact: Miracle Coffee Singapore Instagram page


5. Slowboat


SG’s first ever vinyl listening cafe


If the classic dinner and movie combo seems a little dull at this point in your relationship, spice it up at Slow Boat. It’s Singapore’s first vinyl-listening cafe where you get to listen to some tunes from their vinyl collection for $30/hour


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 You’ll get a complimentary drink with your ticket, so simply find your preferred LP and head to one of their many turntables, plug in the provided headphones, and immerse yourself in the music. 

Drink options include your choice of either black or white coffee ($5), yuzu ($5), or green tea ($3). There’s also a root beer float ($5) if you’re craving something sweet. They carry music across all genres, from oldies like the Bee Gees and David Bowie to more current artists like Coldplay, and Taylor Swift.

 

If you brought a friend or a date, each turntable comes equipped with 2 headphone ports – so you can both vibe together. Once you’re done, head to the black-and-white photo studio at Fotomat, which shares the same space as Slow Boat. You know, so you can finish off your date with a commemorative photoshoot.   

Price: $$
Address: 45A Craig Road, 2F, Singapore 089683
Opening hours: 8am-9pm, Daily
Contact: Slow Boat website


6. Christina’s @ Duxton


Enjoy free-flow wine & snack trays



The aesthetics of this swanky restaurant are definitely a feast for the eyes.
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Christina’s can be found within the walls of Mondrian Singapore Duxton – a hotel that opened this past year. If you’re on the lookout for a new spot for brunch, they also serve Chilli Crab Scrambled Eggs ($18) and Kaya Toast ($16). The latter is no ordinary kaya toast, though – it features blue cheese gratin toasted sourdough. 


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The bar’s garnered some great reviews so far as well with their Asam Boi Highball ($23) gaining quite the reputation amongst regulars. The first week of every month, Christina’s holds Beats At Christina’s, an event with DJs dropping some groovy tunes while diners enjoy free-flow wines and finger food from 8pm-10pm each Friday and Saturday for $88/pax

Price: $$
Address: 16A Duxton Hill, #01-09/10 Mondrian Singapore Duxton, Singapore 089970
Opening hours: Sun-Thu 8am-11pm | Fri-Sat 8am-12am
Contact: 6019 6010 | Christina’s Instagram  


7. Ju Xing Home


Authentic Hong Kong-style zi char in Takashimaya



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We’re moving from Christmas feasts to eateries for your reunion dinners almost as quickly as supermarkets switch up their festive decorations. If you’re one of the many looking for CNY nosh, check out Ju Xing Home. It is a relatively new restaurant at Takashimaya that’s modelled after old-school Hong Kong eateries.


Try their rendition of the classic Chinese staple: Sweet and Sour Pork ($16.80)
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Their specialities include Double-boiled Clam Soup with Mountain Pepper ($25.80) and classic Canton staples like Sweet and Sour Pork ($16.80) from their a la carte-only menu. KIV this spot for CNY if you’ve got relatives in town craving for some Cantonese or Si Chuan-style cooking.

Price: $$$
Address: 391 Orchard Road, #B2-36A Takashimaya Shopping Centre, Singapore 238872
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily 
Contact: 9666 1357 | Ju Xing Home Instagram 


8. NY Char Grill


Affordable set meals from $10.90++



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NY Char Grill is a new BBQ spot in Jewel, Changi Airport with set meals at prices that your wallets will thank you for. 


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They have set meals with your preferred cut of meat that comes with rice and soup, taking pages from both Japanese and Korean grilling techniques. If you consider yourself a barbeque enthusiast, you can even top up an additional $5 for your pick of Peccan, Cherry, Hickory, or Apple wood chips to add the smoky flavour of your choice.

There are also pre-cooked dishes like Grilled Tiger Prawns ($19.60) and sides like Corn Elote ($6) to complete your meal. With that GST increase, this is a spot you’re gonna wanna bookmark for future BBQ-centric meet-ups.

Price: $$
Address: 78 Airport Boulevard, #03-227/228 Jewel, Changi Airport, Singapore 819666
Opening hours: 12pm-10.30pm, Daily
Contact: 8772 4227 | NY Char Grill website 


9. Jeju Sanghoe


Authentic Jeju cuisine like pork noodle soup



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JEJU SANGHOE, (제주상회) via Google Maps 

Jeju Sanghoe brings dishes from South Korea’s provincial island to our shores, so you can try some of the island’s local fare, minus that 5-hour flight. Jeju’s cuisine is different from that of Busan’s or Seoul’s – in a way that it spotlights the breed of pigs that can only be found in Jeju-do. 


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For a taste of that in Singapore, Jeju Sanghoe offer dishes like their signature Gogi-Guksu ($17) – pork soup with noodles – and Moum-Guk ($17), which is pork soup with rice. 

Price: $$
Address: 74 Tras Street, Singapore 079013
Opening hours: 11.30am-3pm & 5pm-10pm, Daily
Contact: 6977 7977 | Jeju Sanghoe Instagram


10. Chicco Pasta Bar


Homemade Italian dishes made from scratch


 
Image credit: Chicco – Pasta Bar 

Chicco Pasta Bar is a casual space for diners to enjoy some authentic Italian dishes. In the sea of Korean BBQ joints, bridal salons, and gastro pubs, this Italian restaurant is certainly a welcome addition to the Tanjong Pagar area.


Image credit: @chicco.sg via Instagram

Order up classic Italian favourites like Rigatoni ($18), Mafaldine ($18), and Spaghetti ($18). Plus, the pasta here is made fresh daily. We’d recommend saving room for dessert – because their Tiramisu ($12) is a treat in itself, made with pistachio and coffee mascarpone. 

Price: $$
Address: 208 Telok Ayer Street, Singapore 068642
Opening hours: Mon-Thu 11.30am-10pm | Fri-Sat 11.30am-10.30pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 8468 8146 | Chicco Pasta Bar website


11. Wushiland Boba


Sample tea for free before buying



Image for illustrative purposes only.
Image credit: @ballsoftruth via Instagram 

If you’re just as serious about bubble tea as we are, head down to One Holland Village to try out Wushiland Boba. Hailing from Taiwan, it’s the latest bubble tea chain to set up shop on our shores. Their first outlet here even features an area where customers can sample their teas before buying one. Much like other bubble tea joints, you’ll get to customise your sweetness and ice levels.


Tea-sampling booth.
Image credit: @khoofoodlover via Instagram  

As part of their soft launch promotion, customers who sign up for their membership enjoy 20% off their total bill for their first order. New members also collect points to redeem rewards with their next orders.  

Price: $
Address: 7 Holland Village Way, #02-22 One Holland Village, Singapore 275748
Opening hours: 11.30am-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: 9016 2313 | Wushiland Boba website 


12. Mnemonic Brew


Unique coffee like Smoked Cinnamon Latte



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Tucked away on the second floor of Oxley Tower lies Mnemonic Brew. Much like its namesake, the coffees here a certainly unique enough to remember. Take the Smoked Cinnamon Latte ($7) that comes with an actual stick of cinnamon that’s been torched for added olfactory effect.


Image credit: Mnemonic Brew via Facebook 

There are also coffees infused with sea salt ($8) and osmanthus (from $7) if you’re game to try these unique combinations. While seating is limited at Mnemonic Brew, you get a pretty good view of the bustling CDB intersection below from their floor-to-ceiling windows – so if you can secure a seat for yourself, it’s a great spot to chill and people-watch. 

Price: $
Address: 138 Robinson Road, #02-01 Oxley Tower, Singapore 068906
Opening hours: Mon-Fri 8am-6.30pm | Sat 9am-3pm (Closed on Sundays)
Contact: 8763 9515 | Mnemonic Brew Instagram


13. Ingen Kyoto


Japanese teahouse by the folks behind Hvala



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 The people behind tea-centric establishments Hvala have added yet another spot for tea to their list of teahouses. This one’s straight outta Kyoto and sports some super Insta-worthy aesthetics. Ingen Kyoto at ION Orchard is their latest teahouse, and it packs way more than tatami mats and Japanese ceramics. 


Image credit: @ingenkyoto via Instagram 

Their selection of specialty teas and desserts starts from $12.80. One fun fact about the menu here is that their desserts are seasonal and based on the Japanese practice of dividing their calendars into 24 according to the sun’s movement. 

December saw melon and yuzu-forward desserts like the Kabocha ($19.80) and Zenzai ($19.80). Tea-wise, you’ll be spoilt for choice with around 200 options to choose from. Each tea is brewed thrice so you’ll experience a different profile with each tasting. Take your pick from their range of white, yellow, green, oolong, black, dark and herbal teas and see what they have in store for desserts this month.

It’s strictly walk-ins for now, so you can’t even make a reservation.

Price: $$
Address: 2 Orchard Turn, #B3-15/16 ION Orchard, Singapore 238801
Opening hours: 12pm-9.30pm, Daily
Contact: Ingen Kyoto website   


14. Shiok Burger


Mala burgers & ebiko tater tots



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Shiok Burger, a new fast food restaurant at Paya Lebar Square has something that might interest local foodies or burger aficionados. Its Mala Burger ($6.75) consists of a juicy chicken patty slathered with Mala sauce, sandwiched between two freshly baked hand-rolled Chinese buns. 


Image credit: @shiokburger_sg via Instagram

Some early reviews have noted the Mala sauce not to be as spicy as one would expect, but still able to deliver that numbing sensation. Offset the spice with sides like cheesy fries and tater tots with ebiko sauce from $2.95 for small and $4.50 for big portions.

Price: $
Address: 60 Paya Lebar Road, #01-77 Paya Lebar Square, Singapore 409051
Opening hours: 11am-10pm, Daily
Contact: 9189 9937 | Shiok Burger Instagram   


[Closed] Atelier GDMC X SEAL


Dig into rosti waffle burgers



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If you’re a fan of rosti, a Swiss breakfast classic, the minds at Atelier GDMC X Seal have recently cooked up something at their Ubi cafe. They specialise in the Roffle, a rosti in waffle format that’s used as the buns in their new range of burgers.


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For protein, you have the options of grilled chicken, beef, lamb, or fish which goes between layers of sour cream, cheese, and scrambled egg. Prices for these tasty breakfast burgers start from $10.80

Complete your meal with soft-serve (from $6.50) that comes sealed in their signature canned form or pair your hearty roffle with one of their cold-brewed teas ($7) in flavours like Melon Oolong and Green Tea Lychee.  

Price: $$
Address: 71 Ubi Crescent, #01-01 Excalibur Centre, Singapore 408571
Opening hours: 12pm-11pm, Daily
Contact: Sealsg Instagram     


Bookmark this article for the next time you don’t know where to eat


Since a quarter of the year is done, you deserve to treat yourself. If you’re a foodie, check out these new cafes and restaurants to get yourself fueled to tackle the rest of the year.

For more places to check out in April:


Cover image adapted from: Surrey Hills Grocer, @the_phey_family via Instagram

TSL

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