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New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Singapore: November 2017

New Restaurants, Cafes and Bars in Singapore: November 2017

Get your tummies ready for plenty more exciting new finds this week. We checked out (yet another) acai spot in Katong, this time specialising in acai soft serve; ate our hearts out at an unassuming coffeeshop stall in Havelock that dishes out the most flavoursome zi char plates; and mopped our brows after a sweat-inducing but utterly satisfying meal at this Sichuan-style grilled fish specialist. What better way to cool down then than to join the queues for the lusciously creamy and cheesy ice cream from Japan? We hope you're hungry.
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For an indulgent, creamy treat, head to this new stall in the basement of Raffles City. Famed for their range of delicate cheese cookies, Tokyo Milk Cheese Factory also serves up really amazing Hokkaido Soft Serve (from $4). Burppler Natalie Wong loves that the ice cream is smooth and creamy, while Burppler Yvonne Lo compared it to Japanese cheesecake in ice cream form. Yum! It can be a tough choice deciding between the Cow Cow Milk ($4) and Cow Cow Cheese flavour ($4.50), so consider getting the Cow Cow Twist ($4.50) for a combination of both. Alternatively, get the best of both worlds with the Cow Cow Sundae ($8.50), which sees your choice of soft serve topped with a cheese cookie and a slice of pillowy cheesecake.
Pro tip: The stall has a selection of cookies, cheesecake and roll cake for sale — perfect for bringing with you for house parties.
Avg Price: $5 per person
Photo by Burppler Natalie Wong

This newcomer to the Clementi Avenue 2 'hood brings a welcome bistro option to the suburbs. Set in a quieter part of the neighbourhood, G'Day serves up Western-type fare at reasonable nett prices (no service charge!). The menu puts together familiar flavours like Truffle Fries ($7), Mushroom Aglio Olio ($10.90) and Fish & Chips ($12.90) — perfect for no-brainer family meals in the West. Consider getting the Parmesan Garlic Wings ($8 for six mid-wings), fried till crisp golden and tossed with garlic salt and powdered parmesan. Some Burpplers shared that they found the cheese a bit overwhelming towards the end, so make sure you share these. For mains, the Soft Shell Crab Aglio Olio ($13.90) puts a luxe spin on a classic with a beautifully fried whole crustacean. Burppler Alex Chua loves how the garlic and chilli flakes perk up the flavour of the dish.
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua

Don't write this off as yet another tea stall. This Japanese tea kiosk in Raffles Xchange (sandwiched between Waa Cow! and Jjigae Jjigae) serves up artisanal Japanese teas that are brewed fresh upon order. While this means a longer waiting time (skip this if you're on a lunchtime crunch), it also means that every cup is put together with thought and care. Burppler Dex Neo vouches that the drinks here are worth the wait. Take his advice and try the Purple Sweet Potato Iced Lattero ($6.40). The tea was balanced and sweet, with a good hit of sweet potato flavour at the end. Add on the free cheese foam topping for a savoury contrast. For cool, rainy days, follow Tastemaker Zhihui Lim’s lead and opt for the hot version. She’s been hunting for a good sweet potato latte after she tried it in Seoul and so far this is the closest she’s had!
Avg Price: $5 per person
Photo by Burppler Dex Neo

One of the five featured Alley on 25 dining concepts at the Andaz Singapore Hotel by Hyatt, The Green Oven serves hearty dishes, all cooked using their giant, statement green Beech oven (hence the name). The food here is great for sharing — think Braised Lamb Shank ($35) and Mac & Cheese ($35) with lobster and morel mushrooms — so file this aside for the next family lunch, or upcoming festive group gatherings. The gorgeous views of the city skyline add a touch of opulence. Topped with buttery garlic mash and sporting a golden brown hue from its time in the oven, the Oxtail Pie ($25) is super comforting. Burpple Tastemaker Fiona Ting appreciated that the dish was served piping hot — great if you like to take your time savouring your meal. The dinner-only Sustainable Seafood Stew ($68) may be pricey, but it is the one dish Fiona declares she'd gladly return for. The stew is filled together with seafood of all sorts, including jumbo lump crab, Boston lobster, black mussels, seabass, scallops and squid. The tomato bouillabaisse seafood broth is absolutely rich in flavour, and great for soaking up with the sourdough they serve with the dish. Pro tip: Their $25 set lunch, which gets you a main, an appetiser and a scoop of ice cream, is great value. The dinner menu, however, is more extensive.
Avg Price: $40 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Fiona Ting

Set beside Prive at Keppel Bay, this bayfront restaurant is fast chalking up favour among the Burpple community for delish seafood served in a laidback setting, with excellent service. There's even a foosball and ping pong table, making this a great spot for family meals. The Fish & Chips ($19) are representative of British chef de cuisine Jack Allibone's kitchen chops — fresh-tasting cod encased in a light and crunchy beer batter, accompanied with crushed peas, housemade tartare and, in Burppler Veronica Phua's words, elegant ethereal wisps of potato in place of chunky fries. Also good is the Chargrilled Octopus ($22) and Fisherman’s Feast ($38 per person, minimum two pax), which sees hand-rolled linguine topped with a bounty of fresh seafood. It's not all about seafood here too. The tasty Beef Agnolotti ($18) served with leeks, parmesan and smoked bone marrow, as well as the Lamb Cutlets ($38) served with housemade lamb sausage are great meaty options.
Avg Price: $50 per person
Photo by Burppler Veronica Phua

If you're in Katong on a sunny day, pop by this new kid on the block for an icy treat to beat the heat. Located across the road from Katong V, Beriwell specialises in smoothies, as well as acai and coconut soft serve. The colourful Hawaiian themed interiors and cheery vibes may instantly transport you to beach holiday mode. If it's your first visit, get the Superswirl ($6.90 for small with two toppings, $9.90 for large with four toppings). The soft serve is available in Coconut Majik (coconut mixed with a special iron-rich spirulina), Acai or The Twist (mix of both). Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua went for The Twist, and describes the acai to take the flavour spotlight with its deep berry notes — great for acai lovers, but coconut lovers may do better going for a single flavour instead. That was what Burpple Tastemaker Victoria Hii did. She likes how the coconut soft serve is light and refreshing, not strong and dense like coconut ice cream. Toppings run the gamut from fresh fruits like kiwi and pineapple to crunchier options like granola.
Avg Price: $10 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua

Tucked within Chinatown Complex Market & Food Centre, this hawker stall dishes out authentic Taiwanese dishes that "for a moment" transported Burpple Tastemaker Blueskies Cottonclouds back to Taiwan. There are five items on the menu, which includes Jajangmyeon ($4.50), Potato Rice Bowl ($4.50) and the crowd favourite Braised Beef Tendon and Shank Noodles ($7.50). The latter comes with unbelievably tender tendon and flavourful beef shank, swimming in a robust beef broth. For a quick lunch fix, you won't go wrong with the Braised Pork Rice ($5) that comes topped with a perfectly molten chilled egg.
Avg Price: $5 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Blueskies Cottonclouds

This new restaurant in Suntec City specialises in Sichuan-style grilled fish — great for spice fiends! The concept is straightforward: select your choice of seafood and then a base from various styles and varying spice levels. There are also veggies and sides like luncheon meat and fish cake, which you can add on for an extra charge. According to Burppler Jayson Yeo, even the mildest spice level packs quite a punch, so choose wisely! He went for the Grilled Sea Bass ($35.90) cooked mala-style at the mildest spice level. The fish is fresh and grilled till the exterior is beautifully crisp, before it is immersed into the spice-filled soup. He likes that servers automatically top up the soup stock, so don't be shy to slurp it all up! Side add-ons like beancurd skin and enoki mushrooms ($2.90 each) do well to soak up all the broth, but bear in mind that the fish is sizeable, so limit the extras unless you're dining with a larger group. Alternatively, order the Eggplant that Deserves a Beating ($5.90) on the side. Weird name aside, the eggplant is grilled till velvety soft and slathered in a yummy minced garlic paste — delicious! Pour on some of the mala sauce from your fish for an extra kick.
Avg Price: $20 per person
Photo by Burppler Jayson Yeo

Located in the new King Albert Park Mall, Kindred Folk is a cosy cafe where you'll find fusion pastas, cakes and the highlight — ice cream (from $3.70 per scoop)! There are 15 flavours available, all freshly churned within the cafe. Try the best-selling Watermelon Kalamansi for something refreshing or go for the creamy Roasted Peanut if you're a nut lover. For adventurous foodies, try the Wasabi flavour that Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua recommends — an odd combination of vanilla ice cream and punchy wasabi that he says will grow on you. Place your orders on the first floor before heading up to the second floor where you'll find seats, and even a hammock you can relax in! Pro tip: Students in the area can enjoy the Lunch Sets (U.P. $12.90) at just $9.90 — what a steal!
Avg Price: $5 per person
Photo by Burppler Hilary See

Tucked away in a quiet corner of a coffeeshop in Havelock, this unassuming place has garnered raving reviews from the Burpple community, all thanks to chef-owner Erik Tan's dedication to his cooking. Burppler Jayson Yeo is all praise for how the chef doesn't believe in taking shortcuts. He could taste the effort in the Mui Fan ($6), which sees the rice being wok-fried for wok hei before seafood gravy is ladled over. Other dishes to try include the Kam Heong Prawns ($18) — large, juicy prawns stir-fried in a popular Malaysian cooking style, resulting in a super aromatic plate that's slightly spiced, fragrant and full of umami; as well as the Salted Egg Prawns ($18), which boasts a super rich and indulgent salted egg yolk sauce.
Avg Price: $10 per person
Photo by Burppler Annabel Huang

New to the Tiong Bahru enclave is this beautiful, laid-back bistro for simple but very tasty French dishes. It's an excellent spot for weekend catch-ups, replete with great music and ample seats — though they do fill up fast, so head down early. For brunch, have the Marinated Crab Tartine ($18) that comes with lots of well-seasoned crab meat and half an avocado set atop toasted sourdough. The Ravioles de Roan ($18) is also good, French dumpling pasta filled with Tete de Moine cheese — sounds heavy but is surprisingly not jelat and so flavourful. Otherwise, you won't go wrong with their organic egg offerings, like the Poached Eggs ($22) with avocado, pomegranate and portobello mushroom. Be sure to save space for a Flat White ($6) made with beans from Tiong Hoe Specialty Coffee, paired with the Croissant ($3) or Pain Au Chocolat ($3.50) baked in-house using 100% French butter. Pro tip: Cheese lovers can now stock up on their favourite cheese at Merci Marcel, all specially flown in from France every Friday morning!
Avg Price: $30 per person
Photo by Burpple Tastemaker Xing Wei Chua

Hawkerman brings together three well-loved concepts — Tender Fresh, Warong Kim Seafood and Ah Boy Popiah — under one roof at Singpost Centre. The spacious, air-conditioned space is perfect for beating the tropical heat, and we like the creative spin they put on several local favourites. Go for the no brainer Bao Ka Liao ($32.90) set, which puts together all the favourites from the three brands and allows you to try a little of everything. The seven items featured include wet and smoky Hokkien mee, half fried spring chicken and tasty popiah. These are supported by a cast of creative sides, including muah chee with kimchi slaw and citrus plum watermelon dusted with sour plum powder. The set comfortably feeds two.
Avg Price: $15 per person
Photo by Burppler Dex Neo

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