New Bites: September 2015
new bites september 2015
In this month’s roundup of new eateries, we suss out 8 places definitely worth your visit, starting with that hottest grain on Market Street, a Japanese dessert café that éclair lovers are chasing and not forgetting that café by MUJI that we have all been waiting eagerly for.

1. Grain Traders

grain traders
The team behind KILO presents to you a bowl approach to “feeding you right” – a philosophy they stand by at their new restaurant, Grain Traders. For $16 nett, you can either choose from 6 signature bowls or build your own with a choice of 1 grain, 1 protein, 1 hot veg, 2 cold veg, 1 sauce and 1 topping. Breakfast here includes bagels served in a multitude of ways such as “Kilo Style” Wasabi Tuna Tartare with Avocado and Tequila-cured Salmon. Plus, the collaboration with Papa Palheta group means serious coffee drinkers can swoon over the selection of gourmet roasts and cold brews. Grain Traders, CapitaGreen, 138 Market Street #01-01/02/03, Singapore 048946 (Image: Grain Traders Facebook Page)

2. Stamping Ground Coffee

stamping ground coffee
Hole-in-the-wall Stamping Ground Coffee might be small, but this well-designed nook in Club Street certainly isn’t lacking the support of customers who return time and again for bottled cold brews ($6), made from Papa Palheta’s Throwback blend. For those looking for non-caffeinated but equally refreshing thirst quenchers, you’ll find solace in their homemade bottled Almond Nut Milk ($8) or Chia Seed Honey Yuzu ($6) on a scorching hot day. Stamping Ground Coffee, 31 Club Street #01-02, Singapore 069468 (Image: Stamping Ground Coffee Facebook Page)

3. Lokkee

Wordplay on ‘lucky’, Lokkee is the latest F&B venture by TungLok Group conceptualised by restauranteur Norman Hartono. It takes modern Chinese cuisine to another level by reinterpreting classic Chinese take-out dishes commonly found in New York, London and Sydney, topping it all off with a splash of cheekiness. We recommend going for the extremely moreish Poké Salad ($16), Tomato Broth Grilled Fish ($58), Firecracker Chicken Nest ($24, actual serving of 4) – accompanied with faux egg yolks that are really mango puree spheres – and the Custard Egg Roll ($10) if you’re in for a dessert surprise. Every diner ends the meal with a fortune cookie, some stashed with messages you wouldn’t expect. Lokkee, Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road #03-01, Singapore 238839 (Image: Peh Yi Wen)

4. Karafuru Desserts

karafuru desserts
If you haven’t already heard of Karafuru Desserts, this minimalistic Japanese-inspired dessert café has been wildly chased for its beautiful éclairs and yogurt parfaits since opening day. The café’s name translates to ‘colourful’, as reflected in its dessert creations and the man behind all that is Michael Liu, formerly the pastry chef at Windowsill Pies (recently relocated to Thomson). Unlike the classic French eclairs, the ones here are fluffier and lighter to taste, while incorporating traditional Japanese flavours. Best sellers to try: Ume Shiso, Yuzu and Sakura Rose éclairs ($6 - $7), as well as their Hanami Parfait ($16). Karafuru Desserts, 8 Jalan Klapa, Singapore 199320 (Image: Karafuru Desserts Facebook Page)

5. In Good Company Café

in good company cafe
Love Plain Vanilla Bakery’s cupcakes? You can now get them in the heart of town at their newest venture, In Good Company Café, which shares a lovely space in ION with its namesake, a womenswear label. Unlike the rest of the retail space, the café side is given more life and warmth with an orange ceiling and hanging pots of fern. Cupcakes aside, deli offerings include simple sandwiches, granola and yogurt, quiche, as well as some new bakes. Coffee comes with a butter-soft shortbread, which is also available for purchase at $16 a jar. In Good Company Café, ION Orchard, 2 Orchard Turn, #B1-06, Singapore238801 (Image: In Good Company Facebook Page)
Related: Multi-Concept Cafes in Singapore

6. Raven

For those with jaded palates in search for something new, swing by Raven, the new restaurant and bar housed at the basement of Chijmes. They serve an all-new cuisine coined “The New Americas” – an ideal mix of Northern and Southern comfort food with Asian flair. Must-try small plates include Tuna Tartare ($17) served with an avocado wasabi puree and frozen pear and Roasted Corn Niblets ($12). For mains, we highly recommend the Roasted Cauliflower Steak ($23) and Herb Crusted Rack of Lamb ($37), where the latter is accompanied by lamb fat roasted potatoes. As the sister restaurant of popular cocktail bar House of Dandy, cocktails here do not disappoint. At $17 each, signatures to try include Cucumber Rickey for gin lovers and Agave Smash for those who prefer something sweet blended with tequila. Raven, Chijmes, 30 Victoria Street #B1-01/02, Singapore 187996 (Image: Raven)

7. Café & Meal MUJI

cafe meal muji
Over this past weekend, the much-awaited Café & Meal MUJI opened its doors together with the adjacent revamped outlet at Paragon Orchard. Chope your seats with a metal reserved table tent, before you queue to make your order. A basic meal consisting 1 hot deli, 2 cold deli, white rice or bread will cost you $12.90, while an additional hot deli will amount to $16.90. (You won’t regret spending the extra $1 for the ten grain rice.) There’s also a Butter Chicken Curry with Salad ($14.90) available, plus Roasted Tea Pudding ($5.40) and their signature Caramel Egg Pudding ($4.90) for desserts. Small portions aside, for those convinced enough to drop by for a try, do note that their concept is entirely self-service so remember to clear your tables before you go! Café & Meal MUJI, Paragon Orchard, 290 Orchard Road, #04–36 to 40, Singapore 238859 (Image: Peh Yi Wen)

8. DC Comics Super Heroes Café

dc comics super heroes cafe
Batman fans, you’re gonna love this one. The official DC Comics Super Heroes Café has finally opened in Marina Bay Sands, comprising a casual dining area, sandwich and salad counter, patisserie and ice cream station and of course, a retail section stocked with snazzy merchandise. An ardent comic book fan himself, local celebrity chef Eric Teo helms the kitchen, which doles out Wagyu burgers and Slow cooked lobster tail sandwiches. For now, every $50 spent will get you a goodie bag containing merchandise worth $50, featuring iconic members of Justice League. DC Comics Super Heroes Café , The Shoppes at Marina Bay Sands, 2 Bayfront Avenue L1-03, Singapore 018972 (Image: DC Comics Super Heroes Café)
Written by Peh Yi Wen
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Yi Wen likens the gourmet world to a theme park that never closes – full of adventure with endless rides to discover. When not writing, she dabbles in calligraphy and gawks at lego displays.
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