New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Singapore: July 2018

While feasting away at Singapore Food Festival, make sure to also keep a lookout for these newly opened places. From Korean breakfast toasts to superfood-infused baked donuts and umami flavoured fries, there’s food aplenty to keep you going till August comes.

Last updated: 19 July 2018



Photo by Burppler Vanessa Chia

Delicious AND healthy desserts? Sign us up! Japanese brand Kakuida’s makes their products with kurozu (Japanese black vinegar), a superfood that is said to promote digestion and stabilise blood pressure. Try their signature baked donuts that come in four flavours — original, matcha, chocolate, and sweet potato — or go for the more decadent versions that see each flavour studded with chocolate chips. With a slightly crisp surface and pillowy soft interior, these cakey rings pair well with a refreshing cup of fruit kurozu or kurozu-infused smoothie.

Cafe Milligram


Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua

An extension of Cherry Beans Coffee from Australia, Cafe Milligram is committed to serving quality coffee and wholesome food. Take a cue from Burppler Xing Wei Chua who popped by for the Gnocchi, which comprises soft and chewy morsels coated in a fragrant basil-infused cream. He likes the addition of preserved lemon that delivered refreshing tartness, as well as the truffle oil that brings everything together. Our tummies are growling!  

Potato Corner


Photo by Burppler Eunice Foo

With over a thousand stores across the globe, Potato Corner sets foot in Singapore with its flagship outlet in 313 Somerset! According to Burppler Eunice Foo, the fries are coated liberally with their seasoning, giving a lot more umami flavour compared to your run-of-the-mill potato chips. There are several flavours to choose from, but you can never go wrong with the all-time favourites — BBQ and sour cream.

Menya Masamune


Photo by Burppler Daniel Food Diary

After their debut in Ramen Revolution 2017, Menya Masamune has set up permanent shop in central Tanjong Pagar. The soup ramen is available in light-tasting shoyu or shio base, and comes with a slice of cha shu that Burppler Daniel Food Diary describes to be deliciously tender. If you love your noodles dry, the Abura Soba tossed in vinegar and chilli oil is a tasty alternative.

Isaac Toast


Photo by Burppler Daphne Wee

Korea-famous Isaac Toast is finally here in Singapore! With 12 varieties of hearty sandwiches to choose, the kiosk makes a great pit stop for a grab-and-go breakfast or lunch in Plaza Singapura. Every toast is made fresh upon order, with butter and their signature sweet sauce generously smeared on before the ingredients are piled up. Try the Bulgalbi MVP — a true-blue Korean toast that features a savoury beef rib patty, omelette and sliced cheddar. Hungry peeps, get the Double Spicy Cutlet that will fill you up with two pieces of tender fried chicken drizzled with chilli and mustard sauce. This is so good that Burppler Daphne Wee had to have a second helping!



Photo by Burppler Irene Arieputri

From the folks behind dinner-only izakaya Nobu-Ya, Motsu-Ya is a Japanese eatery and sake bar that opens for lunch. Within the small menu, the Motsu-Ni is a well-loved dish by the Burpple community. Chicken meat, chicken liver, carrots and radishes are braised till tender, rendering the ginger and miso-spiked broth sweet and savoury. This dish is so hearty and comforting that Burppler Irene Arieputri declares she will totally return for it!

Tai Croissant


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Tampines 1 welcomes Taiwan’s Tai Croissant! True to its name, Tai Croissant combines Japanese taiyaki and French pastry to create fish-imprinted croissants stuffed with either sweet or savoury fillings. Among the 10 enticing flavours, Burpplers Cecil Dulam and Rachel Chua loved the Okinawa Mochi — mildly sweet, pleasantly chewy and addictively crispy. Follow with a cup of Matcha Au Lait to wash down this delightful snack.


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Newly opened Sideways aims to bring life to the Jalan Besar neighbourhood with Mediterranean-inspired cuisine and warm hospitality. Passionate about serving food from the heart, co-owner Pav even built a wood-fired oven from scratch to do just that. Read all about our experience here.

Ganglamedo Vegetarian Cuisine


Photo by Burppler Leigh Khoo

Take a break from meats this month to try Ganglamedo Vegetarian Cuisine, a refined Tibetan vegetarian restaurant, minus the faux meats (vegan options available!) This meal may come with a hefty price tag, but the quality of fresh produce combined with the elegant setting makes it well worth your money. Read all about our experience here.

Konjiki Hototogisu


Photo by Burppler Rueann Dass

For a different ramen experience, head on down to Konjiki Hototogisu. The award-winning ramen joint from Tokyo is known for their slurpingly good clam-infused broth, smooth Hokkaido noodles and more. Read about our experience here.

TP Tea


Photo by Burppler Wee Guan Fish

Bubble tea is now available around the clock with Taiwanese brand TP Tea! Pop by their 24-hour store at Changi Airport Terminal 2 for their classic Pearl Milk Tea (we heard their pearls are freshly made) or their signature Tie Guan Yin Latte that boasts a perfect balance of bitter and sweet. If you’re not up for a drink, what about a serving of the Pearl Milk Tea Soft Serve? Expect a creamy swirl of frozen milk tea topped with a generous scoop of pearls — yum!

House of MU


Photo by Burppler Wan Ling Yeo

A multi-concept establishment combining restaurant, liquor retail and furniture store, House of MU makes a trendy spot to hit up. The restaurant offers European comfort food, jazzed up with a contemporary touch — think sous vide French Scallops with Cauliflower Puree and Fresh Apples and a meaty MUnster Platter. Read more when we share our experience of House of MU in the coming weeks!

Homeground Coffee Roasters


Photo by Burppler M *

Previously based online, Homeground Coffee Roasters has recently opened a physical shopfront combining an art gallery, retail space and roastery. Its menu is simple, with a range of coffees made from Vanta (blend of 50% Brazil, 50% Colombia) or Las Esperanza (single origin from Colombia) beans, and pastries supplied by The Bakery by Woodlands Sourdough. Follow Burpplers M * and Xing Wei Chua’s recommendation and get the Flat White — its smooth body and earthy overtones may just be what you need to start your day right.  

Chix Hot Chicken


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Hot chick alert! Muslim-owned Chix Hot Chicken serves up Nashville-style Hot Chicken in three levels of spice — mild, extra, and insane. You’ve been warned, for Burpplers have attested that the insane level really burns, though their thick and creamy Vanilla Milkshake sure comes in handy to douse the flames. For a nice balance of heat and juicy fried chicken goodness, try the mildly-spiced Original Buttermilk Chicken or the Soul Sliders, which offer a fuller bite with the crunchy fried chicken, soft buns, and tangy components of pink mayo, pickles and slaw.

The Communal Restaurant Bar


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The Communal Restaurant Bar occupies a small space at the lobby of Hotel NuVe Urbane. Similar to its sister restaurant, Brine, the menu is kept small but thoughtful, with an inclination towards earthy flavours. For instance, the Battered Cauliflower has a nice touch of umami from the togarashi yuzu seasoning, while the Whole Seabass with Apple and Fennel Salad was served with a fresh seabass that retained its moisture. Dessert lovers may be fond of their Brown Sugar Cheesecake with Raspberry Coulis, where unique elements of basil oil and curry powder go surprisingly well with the perfectly sweetened, tangy-topped cheesecake.

Belle-ville Pancake Cafe


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For wobbly pancakes that jiggle at the slightest touch, set your sights on Belle-Ville Pancake Cafe located in the basement of Bugis Tower. Their Japanese recipe for souffle pancakes turns out fluffy and extra soft-in-the-centre stacks. The Millefeuille Pancake is a basic stack of their original pancakes drizzled with black honey — simplicity at its best. For something a bit fancier, give their Grilled Apple with Homemade Caramel Pancake a go. The eggy pancakes are now oomph-ed with additional sweetness from the soft caramelised apples and a layer of crackling sugar on top. Do grab a drink, as the waiting time for the made-to-order pancakes can be long.

Fat Po


Photo by Burppler Xing Wei Chua

The brainchild of the team behind Whisk & Paddle next door, Fat Po takes Western-Asian fusion to new heights. We are intrigued by just the names of their dishes, such as the Mala Mushroom Spaghetti, Sanbei Lala, and Gula Melaka Kopi. For a fun starter, Burppler Xing Wei Chua describes their Mapo Fries to be good for sharing while waiting on the mains. Expect fried taukwa strips topped with mapo ragu and stringy grated cheese.

Ramen Keisuke Champon King


Photo by Burppler Irene Arieputri

Ramen giant Keisuke has opened yet another outlet (the 14th islandwide!) in Tanjong Pagar. Unlike your usual tonkotsu ramen, champon ramen is made by stir-frying noodles with a plethora of ingredients such as pork belly, cabbage and fishcakes, before a creamy pork and chicken based broth is added. Champon King dishes out their ramen in three sizes — Yama Champon, Umi Champon and the King Champon, which sees a whopping 22 ingredients!

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