Discovering dining places is always such a treat. With Singapore being a food haven, it can take us a lifetime to try them all out. So, it’s always better to come up with a strategy: Which of these eateries are worth your buck and your calories? As your designated food guide, we have rounded up some of the new ones worth visiting. Anthesis Boulangerie, Bistro & Cafe
Photo courtesy of AnthesisSomething new is “baking” at Robertson Quay; and it’s none other than Anthesis Boulangerie, Bistro, and Café. While freshly-baked breads (Italian Ciabatta, French Brioche, and Croissant) are the main highlights, you can also get your dose of other pastries and desserts made by Head Baker Gan Eng Ling. These are available for take away or dine in at the cosy eatery with a rustic-meets-modern look. Pair these with the drinks made from aromatic and flavourful coffee beans sourced by co-owner and coffee lover, Melanie Ng. For more filling options, there are also the all-day brunch options such as the Hearty Breakfast, Banana Split Brioche French Toast Stack, or the Mini Breakfast Burgers. More items will be made available soon as Anthesis also plans to include a full service dinner menu in the near future. Address: 86 Robertson Quay, #01-01 Robertson Blue, Singapore 238245 Tel. No: +65 6737 9873 Operation Hours: Tuesday to Sunday: 8:30am to 5:30pm Pidgin Kitchen & Bar
Photo by OpenRiceWhen Pamplemousse finally closed its doors, the husband and wife team who owned the restaurant didn’t waste any time to introduce a bolder concept to Singaporeans. Said Chef Adrian Ling, Pidgin Kitchen & Bar’s menu features Southeast Asian-inspired dishes he grew up loving. He takes charge of the kitchen, and wife Cleo Chiang acts as the restaurant manager. While beloved favourites from the now-defunct restaurant still make an appearance, it’s the more unique creations which grabbed our attention: Bak Kwa Mac & Cheese, Razor Clams Tau Suan, and the Chicken Rice Arancini. You could say that the latter item is a bit confusing because you won’t be getting the usual chicken slices. Instead, you will be served with Carnaroli rice balls cooked in chicken fat and oozing with scarmoza cheese. It’s best eaten by dipping in the sweet garlic chilli jam dip. These are better consumed with the wines and other alcoholic beverages available at the bar. For the full review, click here. Address: 7 Dempsey Road #01-04 Singapore, 249671 Tel. No: +65 6475 0080 Operation Hours: Lunch: 12pm to 2.30pm Dinner: 6.30pm to 10.30pm Closed on Sundays Le Mama Shop
Photo courtesy of Le Mama ShoppeThis newly-opened desserts place is literally a hidden gem in Tanglin. Located at 6 Nassim Road, you would have to climb up a narrow staircase, walk past overgrown greenery just to find the al fresco area, which seats about 30 people. Aiming to make it a more relaxing destination, there’s a pool beside it where customers can go for a dip (we swear, the owner told us). Delectable creations also await those who seek this place. Le Mama boasts a wide array of pies, cakes, and other sinful desserts; which you can enjoy with a cup of coffee. If it’s a hot and sunny day, then have a go at its freshly-squeezed juices. Address: 6 Nassim Road, Singapore 2538373 Tel. No: +65 6887 0760 Operation Hours: Mon to Fri: 10am to 8pm Sat to Sun: 8am to 4pm Artisan Boulangerie Co.
Photo by OpenRiceNew to the stretch along Killiney Road, this promising contemporary bakery led by award-winning artisan baker Eran Mayer, is one that would excite anyone who loves an escape into the artisanal world infused with French influence in a chic interior. We all know how vital flour is in the basics of baking, so you would be pleased to know that Artisan Boulangerie Co. imports its flour from a traditional flour mill just outside of Paris. A word of caution though, with over 50 various items on display, you may see yourself pacing across their fully laden counters, which glisten with the day’s fresh bakes, several times. From old time classics such as baguettes, éclairs, croissants to specialties like orange brioche, rustic loaves, and challah bread, something is bound to catch your fancy. Prefer a fuller meal? The bakery also serves sandwiches, pies, salads, quiches and gourmet coffee throughout the day alongside a selection of boutique wines and German beers with a chef’s selection of cheese and charcuterie. Address: 118 Killiney Road #01-01 Singapore 239555 Tel. No.: +65 6444 8130 Operation Hours: Daily: 8am to 10pm The Dispensary
Photo by OpenRiceEast meets west, old meets new. The rustic Tiong Bahru sees a new addition – The Dispensary, a café that takes you back in time in place of an old abandoned Chinese Medical Hall, bringing to you an array of signature cupcakes, cakes and artisan bread amidst its historical charm. Besides having a Chinese medicinal cabinet – known as ‘a cabinet of a hundred eyes’ – and utilizing the traditional Chinese weighing scale to measure up coffee beans, the café also offers “Opium” – its cheekily named house coffee blend that could possibly serve as your addiction, if you know what we mean. Catching our eyes at first glance of their cupcake selections, Death by Oreo powered that strong surge of desire, which we expect especially amongst cookie lovers. Other highlights include Sea Salt Caramel drizzled with a homemade caramel sauce, Lychee Indulgence – a rich butter cake crowned with lychee frosting and an actual chunk of lychee and an interesting albeit unusual Kaya Cup, featuring a dollop of kaya atop snowy white meringue. Address: 69 Tiong Bahru Road Singapore 168723 Tel. No.: +65 6536 0225 Operation Hours: Tues to Thurs: 8am to 8pm Fri & Sat: 8am to 10pm Sun: 9am to 7pm Closed on Monday See Also: Try out these newest restaurants in the local food scene Satisfy your cravings with the nearest restaurant
Written by Dudi Aureus and Peh Yi Wen