Another new month rolls around and this August, we bring you the hottest openings in town from tempura bowls specialists to éclair gurus.
L'éclair has recently set up their first brick and mortar store in the town area as an addition to their online premises. As a shop that boldly sells éclairs and not much else (the only other item is a Chicken & Bacon Pie), you can be sure of their expertise. Recommended flavours are Lemon Meringue ($7.50) for those who like their desserts tart and Vanilla and Pecans ($8) for sweet tooths out there. L'éclair, 190 Clemenceau Avenue #01-28, Singapore 239924 (Image: L`éclair’s Facebook page)
As you can probably guess from their name, Tuk Tuk Cha sells tea (and coffee), Bangkok style. The Thai Green Milk Tea ($2.80 for regular, $3.20 for large) is one of their bestsellers, and said to be rich and milky without overwhelming the more subtle tea base. If you’re in the mood for a bite, order the Golden Toast ($3), where you can choose to add on dips like Pandan Kaya or Condensed Milk with Milo at $0.80 each. Tuk Tuk Cha , 3 Temasek Boulevard #02-605A Suntec City, Singapore 038983 (Image: Tuk Tuk Cha’s Facebook Page)
Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar modernizes the traditional wanton mee to serve it in a slightly more upscale setting and even offers customisable bowls for your dinner. Being a new establishment, the place still has a few kinks to sort out, especially in terms of service. However, the noodles themself seem satisfactory enough, so if you decide to drop by for lunch, try their Set A - Wanton Noodles with Char Siew ($5.50 for small, $6.50 for medium). Wanton Seng’s Noodle Bar, 52 Amoy Street, Singapore 069878 (Image: Wanton Seng’s Facebook page)
Mak’s Noodle is famous for being one of the cheapest Michelin-star restaurants around. Unfortunately, their wonton noodles have received a few less-than-positive comments. But that’s not to say they’re altogether unfavourable; in fact, their wontons are held in high esteem. If you manage to beat the queue, order the Wonton and Beef Brisket Noodle Soup ($9) and judge for yourself. Mak’s Noodle, No. 176 Orchard Road #01-63-64, The Centrepoint, Singapore 238843 (Image: Mak’s Noodle’s Facebook page)
Not another Korean dessert café, you think. Bibing stands out with their Bibim ($18), a Bingsu that looks just like the bibimbap. This creative item consists of different fresh fruits on finely shaved ice, and the “egg” in the middle is made with mango and yoghurt. They’ve also decorated the café to exude a strong Korean vibe, so fans of the culture will find it an especially charming place to unwind at. Bibing, 50 Smith Street, Singapore 058958 (Image: Bibing’s Facebook page)
Open Farm Community sets themselves apart from other restaurants with their farm-to-table concept. Located in a tranquil corner of Dempsey, the place is an oasis of sorts, except better – they serve food. For mains, there’s Roasted Baby Chicken, Braised Leeks with Hazelnut butter and Wild Watercress Salad ($28) and for brunch, try the Truffle Scrambled Organic Egg, Oyster, Shimeji and Portobello Mushrooms, Baby Spinach and Sourdough ($24). Open Farm Community, 130E Minden Road Singapore 248819 (Image: Open Farm Community’s Facebook page)
CreatureS is one of the latest and hottest restaurants to hit town in recent times. Serving a fusion of east and west with some Peranakan influences, it seems like they have managed to balance the delicate line between these 2 cuisines. Highly recommended dishes include the Babi Pongteh ($20) and Seafood Risotto ($30).
CreatureS, 120 Desker Road, Singapore 209639 (Image: CreatureS’ Facebook page)
Curious Palette aims for – and hits – all the right spots with the hip young crowd with their minimal, modern decoration and ample natural light. Ambience aside, they also serve pretty and decent food – try the Truffle Risotto ($16.90) for a bowl of savoury and Berry Ricotta Hotcake ($18.90) for your sweet cravings. Curious Palette, 64 Prinsep Street, Singapore 188667 (Image: Curious Palette’s Facebook page)
Although they sell only pastries, cakes, and sandwiches, Bakersfield makes sure they are the top in their field with premium ingredients and in-house bakes. The favourite at this café is the Pistachio Strawberry Tart ($7.50), which has a dacquoise base instead of your usual tart base, the density of which is balanced by the strawberries and pistachio Chantilly on top. Bakersfield, Innovis, 2 Fusionopolis Way #01-06 Singapore 138634 (Image: Bakerfield’s Facebook page)
While it’s easy to please with fried food, Tendon Ginza Itsuki goes a step further to make their tempura bowls affordable without compromising on quality. Options here are straightforward: choose from the Special Tendon ($13.90), which has prawns, chicken, and vegetables, or Vegetable Tendon ($12.90) for non-meat eaters. Each order comes with a chawanmushi and miso soup. Tendon Ginza Itsuki, 101 Tanjong Pagar Road, Singapore 088522 (Image: Keisuke Tokyo – SG’s Facebook page)
Dessert Project should be no stranger as they’ve already been featured in a few lists for their thick toast – especially the Nutella Toast ($14.90), which comes as a fluffy pillow slathered with Nutella, 2 scoops of ice-cream, and a sprinkle of nuts. They are also known for their more exotic ice-cream flavours, such as Melon and Parma Ham ($.3.80) and White Truffle ($4.20) Dessert Project, 22 Havelock Road #01-673 Singapore 160022 (Image: Dessert Project’s Facebook page)
Written by Mandy How