Goodbye Forever: Joël Robuchon, Strictly Pancakes and More

Goodbye Forever is our farewell tribute to the restaurants, cafes and bars that gave us good times while they lasted.

Strictly No More Pancakes


Photo by Burppler Natalie Wong

Strictly Pancakes, a harbinger of pancake cafes in Singapore, has closed its doors. Strictly Pancakes was always true to its name — offering satisfying pancakes in both sweet and savoury flavours. We will surely miss the simple classics, such as Garlic Buttered Prawns and The Druggie (a stack of chocolate-loaded pancakes), as well as the good old times when our schoolmates were constantly harping on the need to visit “this pancake cafe along Prinsep Street”. Farewell, dear grandfather of pancakes.

Goodbye Joël Robuchon


Photo by Burppler The Fine Diner SG

Four months after the departure of Restaurant André, Singapore’s fine-dining scene suffers yet another blow, as the nation’s only three-Michelin-starred restaurant Joël Robuchon Restaurant ceased operation on 30 June. Its sister outlet L'Atelier de Joël Robuchon has also closed, but the team has hinted at the possibility of relocating to Orchard Road.

NOW Noodles Now Closed


Photo by Burppler Claire Seet

Now closed, NOW Noodles+ was a place to go for hearty and comforting Asian noodles with a modern twist. Their Fried Mee Tai Mak was a hot favourite among Burpplers, thanks to the prominent wok hei and aromatic century egg. No concrete plans have been announced, but they have certainly expressed wishes to reopen in the near future; in the meantime, check out I want my noodle for equally satisfying fusion noodles.

Soul Kitchen Left for Good


Photo by Burppler Wuu Yyiizzhhoouu

Started as a social enterprise to fund their mission in supporting early education for children in Cambodia, Soul Kitchen has shut its doors. We may not be able to enjoy their hearty mains and indulgent cakes anymore, but it comforts us to know that they are pulling the plug for a greater good — to open a free children's library in Phnom Penh.

Viva La Vida, VLV Singapore


Photo by Burppler Cheryl Teo

If you’ve enjoyed dining at multi-concept VLV, know that the restaurant, bar and club lounge is set to close shortly after the World Cup season wraps up in end July. Swing by before then for one last order of their well-loved Roasted Truffle London Duck, or bring your football-loving friends down to enjoy the largest outdoor screening of the World Cup matches in Clarke Quay.