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New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Singapore: August 2018

From comforting tteokbokki hot pots to stretchy gelato and healthy kombucha, here’s this week’s dose of dining inspo to keep you happily fed till September comes.

Last updated: 23 August 2018

Hokkaido-ya

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Photo by Burppler SG Food On Foot

From the team behind Sushi Tei comes Hokkaido-ya, a casual Japanese eatery serving affordable one-bowl meals. The Salmon Don goes for as low as $9.90, but we’d say splurge a bit more for the Aburi Mentai Bara Chirashi Don (creamy mentaiko over fresh fish cubes). If you love your noodles, the Hokkaido Beef Ramen that features pan-fried sliced beef with a medium-rare cook is a tasty option.


Dancing Fish Signature

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Photo by Burppler YiTian Yu

This award-winning restaurant from KL lands in Singapore with its upscale Indonesian fare and contemporary yet classy batik-accented interiors — all things fitting for a family feast! Head straight for their signature Dancing Fish, which sees a deep-fried tilapia with crisp skin and moist, succulent flesh.


Egg Stop

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Photo by Burppler Christabel Tan

Halal-certified Egg Stop opens in Paya Lebar Square. The Korean-inspired sandwiches are made to order, with buttery house-baked bread coddling flavour-packed ingredients. Go for the Beef Teriyaki with smoky beef slices, caramelised onions, raw egg yolk and their signature sauce that’s sweet, savoury and tangy all at once!


Detox Cafe

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Photo by Burppler Rahul Chauhan

Pop by this Orchard Gateway joint for a tasty, healthy AND filling lunch. The Burpple community has been raving about their generously portioned Salmon Fiesta and Cajun Chicken salads, as well as the refreshing Banana Acai Bowl. Grab a power-packed smoothie for sustenance on the go too.


Red Holic

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Photo by Burppler Hwans Lim

CBD dwellers, here’s a Korean spot dishing out comforting tteokbokki hot pots for rainy day dinners. Choose from the sweet-spicy original, creamy carbonara or savoury jjajang sauce, and cap off with either the tender beef brisket or crispy chicken for a meat topping. Also get the flavour-packed Giant Mandu to share.


Dopa Dopa Creamery

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Photo by Burppler Joe Yang

Dopa Dopa Creamery’s stretchy, gooey and creamy gelato is something for hot days. The thick consistency gives the icy treat a slight chewiness, which makes it great on their crunchy cone, flaky croissant and, of course, on its own. The Watermelon Mint and Apple Ginger sorbets are refreshing options, but if you’re seeking richer flavours, get the Roasted Pistachio or Speculoos with Lotus Biscuit.


The Communal Place

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Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua

Just five minutes away from 112 Katong, this casual cafe-cum-bar serves a range of Western classics. On weeknights, swing by for a tipple and some tantalising mains (Miso Salmon anyone?). Come weekends, brunch items like the Do-It-Yourself Breakfast and Pancake Tower take the limelight.


Spagtacular

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Photo by Burppler Shawn Loh

For affordable, satisfying pastas, look to newly opened Spagtacular. From the 10 pastas on offer, the Burpple community likes the Asian-inspired options best. According to Burppler Dex Neo, the Kimchi Spice tastes just like actual kimchi — tart and spicy, with additions of green chilli and crispy pork belly.


Grids & Circles

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Photo by Burppler Gerri Lim

A three-storey lifestyle cafe and workshop space along South Bridge Road, Grids & Circles makes a quiet nook to spend a relaxing afternoon with a few pals. Give their Strawberry Wonderland a go — strawberries and cream aside, these fluffy pancakes also come with basil and mint for a refreshing zing of flavour!  


One Sushi

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Photo by Burppler Doreen Tan

Sushi at $1.50 per plate? Yes please! One Sushi is the newest addition to the Yishun neighbourhood for sushi and Japanese favourites. Mentaiko fans will go head over heels for their Mentai menu, which sees creamy cod roe torched over items like grilled prawn and salmon. Pro tip: Pop by between 2:30 to 5:330pm for sushi plates that go for $1 each!


Teabrick

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Photo by Burppler Zhihui Lim

Located within Royal Group Building, this tea bar does away with the usual flavours for healthier kombucha, fermented lemonade and tisane tea options. Burppler Zhihui Lim approves of the refreshing Lemongrass Kombucha. Customise your drink with your choice of crème, base and topping — no pearls here, but there’s blue pea ruby (water chestnut balls)!


Five Oars Coffee Roasters

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Photo by Burppler Nobelle Liew

Good coffee, addictive sides and hearty mains — this Melbourne-inspired cafe does it all, and really well too. The Créme Brûlée French Toast is a stunning dish well sought-after. Thick brioche toasts are topped with caramelised sugar and custard, alongside mixed berries, popcorn and pistachio ice cream — a feast for both the eyes and tummy.


Kipos Collective

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Photo by Burppler Cecil Dulam

From a locally-inspired Hainan Chicken Rice Bowl to bowls designed for ketogenic and paleo diets, take your pick at Kipos Collective and eat on for health! You can also build your own bowl from just $10 — we highly recommend going for the aburi salmon with creamy, tangy mentaiko.


Mister Wu

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Photo by Burppler Dex Neo

Taking over the former grounds of Jimoto-Ya, Mister Wu offers a lineup of classic Chinese fare with a wide tea selection. Mr Su’s Dry La Mian boasts chewy noodles in a sweet yet savoury sauce, alongside braised pork belly that’s meltingly tender. Top up $4 to complete your lunch set with a side dish and Chinese tea.


Leslie’s Restaurant

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Photo by Burppler Wan Ling Yeo

Hailing from Tagaytay, Philippines, Leslie’s Restaurant has opened a branch at North Bridge Centre serving homely Filipino cuisine. Come with a few friends to share their specialty dishes — the Bulalo (bone marrow stew) is very comforting. If you’re dining solo, there are also rice combos akin to our local economy rice.


Mo & Jo Sourdough Burgers

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Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua

The team behind Baker & Cook has launched a new burger concept at Greenwood Avenue. The fluffy and flavourful sourdough buns provide an excellent complement to the burgers here, especially the all-American Holy Smoke that comes with a juicy beef patty, savoury bacon and house BBQ sauce.


Qi Lai Feng

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Photo by Burppler Yang Xunsheng

This new restaurant in Yishun lets you have dry fish pot AND hotpot! Their unique dry fish pot is prepared by cooking fish slices in a specially-concocted broth, before flash-frying to achieve a slightly crispy exterior. Thereafter, dig in to the hotpot with either pork bone broth or spicy mala broth — both fare well in giving your meat and seafood items a flavour boost.


Nooka

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Photo by Burppler Shawn Loh

Housed in DUO Galleria, Nooka dishes out modern Thai as well as Spanish-inspired dishes at reasonable prices. Milky Seafood Tom Yum Soup with a hint of tartness? Yes please. The tapas-inspired Thai Gambas sees prawns bathed in flavourful olive oil and is delicious, especially when lapped up with rice.


Jypsy

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Photo by Burppler Jolyn P

From the team behind PS.Cafe comes Jypsy, a smart casual Japanese restaurant along Martin Road. The menu takes a contemporary spin on classic Japanese fare — the Jypsy Salmon Tacos in crispy seaweed shells and the wok hei-infused Smokey Unagi Fried Rice both make pretty tasty nosh.


Kagurazaka Saryo

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Photo by Burppler Agnes Chow

Hailing from Tokyo, this dessert house is the place to hit up for some bittersweet Uji matcha goodness, from Matcha Frozen S’more to Matcha Fondue and Matcha Nitro Drink! P.S. Simple hot meals are served too.


Papi’s Tacos

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Photo by Burppler Casey Tan

This back-alley taqueria does yummy tacos, delish quesadillas and refreshing margaritas. Read all about our experience here.


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