For the first time in 5 months, there are more new cafes than restaurants. In a bad economy, it seems people are opening small businesses more than opulent restaurants.
However, to save costs, the trend that I spotted earlier continues: (a) more cafes are focused on singular items (such as cakes or hotdogs) and are not trying to do so many things at once. This makes sense because you cut down cost of ingredients and you focus at what you’re good at. (b) Also, in order to cut down rental fees, many start off as kiosks and hopefully one day they can have a shop space.
The first outlet of 5 Senses is at Bedok Point Mall, and now they have another at ToTT. They serve French food at affordable prices. Recommended: pan-seared salmon with mash.
15 Tampines Central 1, Tampines Mrt Station #01-31, Singapore 529544
tel: +65 8122 7604
Coming from Thailand with 60 outlets, April’s Bakery, a takeaway shop, serves home-made Thai pastries with flavors such as taro, soybean, black sesame, pumpkin and purple sweet potato. They are made without butter, lard, and preservatives.
The Batter Affair
2 Orchard Link, Scape #02-09 Singapore 237978
tel: +65 8268 0532
24-year-old Tong Wei Li with 6 years of experience as a pastry chef at Fullerton Hotel and Hyatt hotel opens this cake-and-beverage cafe. Recommended: Triple chocolate coma cake ($6.20) and coconut key lime tart ($4.20).
290 Orchard Road, Paragon #B1-K26 Singapore 238859
tel: +65 9765 2509
Takeaway kiosk, Be Frank, puns on the word frankfurter, and it sells hotdogs. Sauces and other ingredients are made from scratch when possible.$9.90 for a meal including a hotdog, a drink, and fries/croquette. $6.50 for the hotdog itself.
1 Irving Place, The Commerze@Irving #01-29, Singapore 369546
tel: +65 6702 2729
M-F 10.30am-6.30pm, Sat 10.30am-5.30pm, closed Sun
This cafe is the official distribution of the 65 year-old Belgian waffle dough supplier Belgaufra. The waffles are made on the spot. Recommended: waffles with Nutella or Speculoos spread ($7.30).
The Croissandwich Shop
1 Fusionopolis Link, #01-04 Nexus@One-North, Singapore 138542
tel: +65 6710 4005
The former Envy Coffee has opened a shop that makes sandwiches out of croissants with selections such as smoked salmon and wasabi mayo, blue cheese beef steak, and chocolate peanut butter. Coffee by Liberty Coffee.
756/758 North Bridge Road, Singapore 198724
tel: +65 6297 6166
It’s a cafe and craft shop. They use coffee from Common Man and get their cakes from a home baker. By the side, they sell handmade tableware. Art classes are available.
Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff Singapore
35 Haji Lane, Singapore 189228
M-F 12pm-8pm, weekends 12pm-8.30pm
Hokkaido Ice Cream Puff is a franchise from Malaysia and they bake their puffs daily to ensure freshness.
53 Tras Street Singapore 078992
By the people behind Shuu by Koki Tamagoyaki, popular for their choux, Nesuto is a dessert shop by pastry chef Alicia who used to work at Capella hotel. They serve rustic European desserts with a twist.
612 Clementi West Street 1 #01-288, Singapore 120612
tel: +65 9736 9523
T-F 12.30pm-10pm, weekends 10am-10pm
No. 3 is a dessert cafe serving cakes, ice cream, waffles and pastries.
115 Eunos Avenue 3, #01-01 Zhaolim Building Singapore 409839
“Nuevo” means new, Nuevo cafe is cute name for a new cafe. It serves European cuisine with a touch of Japanese influence.
21 Baghdad Street, Singapore 199660
They serve local desserts in a cup. Flavors include avocado gula melaka, chendol, durian ice blended, soursoup ice blended, mango pomelo ice blended. This concept sounds like it’s suited for a takeaway kiosk but they have a shop space that accommodates quite a few tables and chairs.
1187 Upper Serangoon Rd, The MidTown #01-23, Singapore 533971
Tel: +65 8499 0484
T-F 12pm-10pm, weekends 10am-10pm
Picnic Cafe serves modern European food and homemade desserts.
The Playground Coffee
60 Jurong West St 91, Nanyang Community Club, Singapore 649040
Two years after their first outlet at North Bridge Road, Rabbit Owl Depot has opened their second, taking over the space of Two Plus One Creamery. They make their ice cream from fresh ingredients and they serve fine waffles.
Seoi Gor Cafe
45 Holland Dr #01-357 Singapore 270045
A Hong Kong chaa chan tng.
Six by Sera
89 Rangoon Road, #01-03 Urban Loft, Singapore 218375
tel: +65 9652 8141
T-F 12pm-9pm, Sat 10am-10pm, Sun 10am-9pm
Six by Sera serves savory donuts at $2.90: cheeseburger donut, truffled smoked salmon donut and maple bacon donut. There are also croissants in both sweet and savory flavors from $5.90 to $12.90.
The Sugar Fairy
Blk 28 Dover Crescent #01-97 Singapore 130028
Tel: +65 9862 6527
Tue 12pm-6pm, W-Sun 12pm-10pm
They serve desserts such as brownies, waffles, and parfaits.
67 Kampong Bahru Rd Singapore 169371
tel: +65 8606 0611
M-F 11am-3pm, 5pm-9pm, Sun 11am-7pm
From their facebook, ‘Upeh comes from the word “upih”, a coconut sheath used as a transport in a Malaysian traditional race game called ‘Tarik Upih.'” They serve traditional Malay food and rather interesting desserts such as durian ball.
Written by A. Nathanael Ho.
Categories: New Restaurants