They say that once you go black, you never go back, and they were right.

You’ve probably noticed them before: dishes that are forbiddingly black and look unapologetically chao tah, whether they’re coloured by bamboo charcoal, black sesame or squid ink. Here are six of the most delicious black foods that you can find in Singapore.

MAINS

Tiong Bahru Bakery

If you’re looking for a black burger, turn to Tiong Bahru Bakery’s squid ink bun with smoked salmon ($8.50) and squid ink baguette, which are topped handsomely with fresh greens alongside smoked salmon and tangy cream cheese. Tiong Bahru Bakery has always made some of the best bakes and these two burgers are not only Instagrammable but also oh-so-delicious. You won’t want to miss some of their signature dishes as well, such as the chicken and mushroom quiche which has a flaky crust and a hearty bite from the well-seasoned chicken and mushrooms. #B1-11 Raffles City Shopping Centre, 252 North Bridge Road. Tel: 6333 4160

Atmosphere Bistro & Bar

At Atmosphere Bistro & Bar, enjoy soothing views of East Coast Park along with four types of burgers, and opt for their famous bamboo charcoal bun if you prefer a striking look. Our favourite is the Atmosphere signature burger ($21.80), with a perfectly cooked beef patty topped with greens, caramelised onions, streaky bacon for extra crunch and a soft yolk sunny side up with a side of fries. But don’t leave without trying one of their top sellers—the flaming pizza ($23.80). #01-25/26/27, 920 East Coast Parkway. Tel: 6440 9705

Skinny Pizza

Skinny Pizza brings our love for pizza to a whole new level by offering the comfort of this carb-heavy treat without the guilt-inducing heaviness, since their pizzas have a thin, crunchy crust and are topped with fresh produce. Their squid ink pizza ($27) is pretty in pictures; it’s topped with tomato salsa, onion, basil, parsley and heaps of fresh squid and prawns. A good pizza without all those extra calories—rejoice! #03-79/83 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road. Tel: 6884 8381

DESSERTS

FatCat Ice Cream Bar

Located among a row of shops at a Bedok HDB block, FatCat Ice Cream Bar gives all you sweet tooths a break from over-priced cafes. Their desserts are rather affordable and are well-received by students and residents in the area. Ice creams come in standard flavours (white tag, $3.90) and premium flavours (dark blue tag, $4.50). Match any ice cream of your choice with their gourmet charcoal waffle ($6), which is drizzled with their special caramel salted egg yolk sauce and topped with dried lavender. We recommend the butter beer ice cream ($4.50), as the liquor flavour is not too strong but hints of it emerge more and more with every bite. A blissful sweet treat for that afternoon slump. #01-25, Blk 416 Bedok North Avenue 2. Tel: 6241 0830

KokoPanda

KokoPanda lifts your spirits with their healthy desserts that come with a wide range of superfood toppings such as dried Korean strawberries, apple, persimmon and jeju tangerine. There are two serving sizes ($4.90 and $5.90) and two flavours—black yogo (froyo made from charcoal and roasted coconut husk) and white cremo (premium Korean milk soft serve). Can’t decide between the two? Order the Koko Twisto, which lets you taste both in one serving. #B2-60 Plaza Singapura, 68 Orchard Road.

Meet & Melt

If oozing lava toast Instavideos have got you going gaga, we recommend trying the decadent lava toast at Meet & Melt. Their charcoal waffle ($9.90) is fluffy, pitch-black, filled with oozing lava and topped with an ice cream of your choice . The mesmerising and highly stylised plating is a riot of colourful crumbs and sprinkles—a picture-perfect shot for Instagram. Not only does it look good, but it also tastes exceptional, and with 70% less cream and sugar, it’s perfect for those who are looking for a healthy treat. What more could you ask for? #01-49, 915 Tampines Street 91. Tel: 9185 8173

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